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Tafadhali goes boldly forward in 2018

2018 Category Challenge

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1Tafadhali
Edited: Jun 11, 8:05pm Top

After a major shake-up to my category challenge last year (I decided to focus all my energy on Mt. TBR with, so far, good-to-mixed results), I'm ready for a return to form.

I've done music-themed categories in the past, but this year -- inspired by having a new Star Trek show on TV -- I've themed my categories around episodes from the original series. I have 16 main categories (most of which are tried and true favorites) and 2 challenge categories that can overlap with the others.

My categories for the year will be:

I. “And the Children Shall Lead” - Children’s Lit
II. “Charlie X” - Young Adult Lit
III. “Court Martial” - Mysteries
IV. “Shore Leave” - Fantasy
V. “Where No Man Has Gone Before” - Science Fiction
VI. “Return of the Archons" - Podcast-Inspired Reads
VII. “Squire of Gothos” - Historical Fiction / Historical Fact
VIII. “Mudd’s Women” - Books About Gender
IX. “Amok Time” - LGBTQ Books
X. “Assignment: Earth” - Books from Around the World
XI. “The Conscience of the King” - Theatre
XII. “Bread and Circuses” - TV and Film
XIII. “The Children of Eden” - Books on Mt. TBR for 3+ Years
XIV. “Beyond the Farthest Star” - Comic Books
XV. “The Naked Time” - Other Fiction
XVI. “Spock’s Brain” - Other Non-Fiction
XVII. “All Our Yesterdays” - Dewey Challenge
XVIII. “The Enemy Within” - BingoDOG

(Bonus: "The Alternative Factor" - Abandoned Books)

(I'll probably also give myself little bonus episode shout-outs when I read books that tie into ones not named above, like if I read a book with time travel or sex pollen, or set in the '20s or Old West, or with really obvious racism metaphors.) (That one will probably go to X-Men.)

2Tafadhali
Edited: Jun 4, 8:58am Top


I. “And the Children Shall Lead” - Children’s Lit

1. The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall DONE, 5/26/18 - ★★★ 1/2
2. Rebound by Kwame Alexander DONE, 6/3/18 - ★★★ 1/2
3.
4.

Ideas:
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
Troubling a Star by Madeleine L'Engle

3Tafadhali
Edited: Jul 2, 8:20pm Top


II. "Charlie X” - Young Adult Lit

1. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman DONE, 5/28/18 - ★★★★ 1/2
2. Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce DONE, 5/26/18 - ★★★★ 1/2
3. Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro DONE, 7/2/18 - ★★★★
4.

Ideas:

4Tafadhali
Edited: Aug 3, 11:16am Top


III. “Court Martial” - Mystery & Crime
It's more of a courtroom drama, but they do do a fair bit of investigation. Everyone knows TNG is the way to go for Mysteries.

1. The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley DONE, 3/9/18 — ★★★ 1/2
2. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers DONE, 4/30/18 — ★★★★
3. The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martinez DONE, 7/21/18 — ★★★
4.

Ideas:
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P.D. James
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime by Judith Flanders
Ghettoside by Jill Leovy

5Tafadhali
Edited: Aug 8, 2:27pm Top


IV. “Shore Leave” - Fantasy
This was going to be my miscellaneous fiction category, but...Alice.

1. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire DONE, 3/28/18 - ★★★★
2. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire DONE, 4/9/18 - ★★★
3. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman DONE, 7/28/18 — ★★★★★
4. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman DONE, 7/31/18 — ★★★★★
5. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman DONE, 8/5/18 — ★★★★★

Ideas:
The Quick by Lauren Owen
Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

6Tafadhali
Edited: Jun 11, 8:08pm Top


V. “Where No Man Has Gone Before” - Science Fiction

1. Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson DONE, 3/21/18 — ★★★★
2. 11/22/63 by Stephen King DONE, 3/26/18 - ★★★★ 1/2
3.
4.

Ideas:
Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh
Q-in-Law by Peter David
Slan by A.E. Van Vogt

7Tafadhali
Edited: Aug 3, 11:18am Top


VI. "Return of the Archons" - Reads Inspired by Podcasts I Listen To
I do what the computer tells me

1. It by Stephen King (The Losers Club and, actually, the close reading practices of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text) (CR)
2. X-Men: Grand Design by Ed Piskor (Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men) DONE, 6/14/18 - ★★★★ 1/2
3. New Mutants Epic Collection: Renewal by Chris Claremont (Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men) DONE, 3/4/18 - ★★★ 1/2
4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sacred Text) (CR)

8Tafadhali
Edited: Apr 18, 10:31am Top


VII. “Squire of Gothos” - Historical Fiction / Historical Fact

1.
2.
3.
4.

Ideas:
Pawn in Frankincense by Dorothy Dunnett
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Camelot's Court by Robert Dallek
The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

9Tafadhali
Edited: May 19, 7:38pm Top


VIII. “Mudd’s Women” - Books About Gender

1. Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen DONE, 1/5/18 — ★★★★
2. Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor DONE, 5/19/18 — ★★★★
3.
4.

Ideas:
Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace

10Tafadhali
Edited: Sep 13, 9:38am Top


IX. “Amok Time” - LGBTQ Books

1. Gay New York by George Chauncey DONE, 2/9/18 - ★★★★ 1/2
2. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth DONE, 6/16/18 - ★★★★ 1/2
3. David Bowie Made Me Gay by Darryl W. Bullock (CR)
4.

Ideas:

11Tafadhali
Edited: Apr 18, 10:33am Top


X. “Assignment: Earth” - Books from Around the World

1.
2.
3.
4.

Ideas:
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

12Tafadhali
Edited: Apr 28, 4:36pm Top


XI. “The Conscience of the King” - Theatre

1. The Lion in Winter by James Goldman DONE, 2/9/18 - ★★★★ 1/2
2. Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Moisés Kaufman DONE, 4/28/18 - ★★★★ 1/2
3.
4.

Ideas:
Unspeakable ShaXXXspeares by Richard Burt

13Tafadhali
Edited: Aug 3, 11:19am Top


XII. “Bread and Circuses” - TV and Film

1. Queer Movie Medievalisms, ed. Kathleen Coyne Kelly and Tison Pugh DONE, 3/8/18 - ★★★ 1/2
2. Screening Stephen King by Simon Brown DONE, 8/2/18 - ★★★★
3.
4.

Ideas:

14Tafadhali
Edited: Apr 30, 11:36am Top


XIII. “The Way to Eden” - Books on Mt. TBR for 3+ Years
The one episode of the original series I've never watched. So I guess, for me, it's been on Mt. TBW for 20+ years.

1. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin DONE, 3/14/18 — ★★★★ 1/2
2.
3.
4.

Ideas:
Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon
Kindred by Octavia Butler

15Tafadhali
Edited: Jun 11, 8:10pm Top


XIV. “Beyond the Farthest Star” - Comic Books

1. Sex Criminals, Vol. 2 by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky DONE, 5/19/18 — ★★★★
2. The Wicked The Divine Vol. 6 by Kieron Gillen DONE, 1/22/18 — ★★★★
3. Ms. Marvel Vol. 8 by G. Willow Wilson DONE, 2/13/18 — ★★★★
4. Runaways, Vol. 1 by Rainbow Rowell DONE, 5/3/18 — ★★★★★

16Tafadhali
Edited: Sep 13, 9:39am Top


XV. “The Naked Time” - Other Fiction
For when I'm feeling wildly uninhibited in my reading choices.

1.
2.
3.
4.

Ideas:
The Devoted by Blair Hurley

17Tafadhali
Edited: Sep 13, 9:37am Top


XVI. “Spock’s Brain” - Other Non-Fiction
"Brain? What is...brain?"

1. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright DONE, 4/28/18 — ★★★★
2. Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper DONE, 9/12/18 — ★★★★
3.
4.

Ideas:

18Tafadhali
Edited: Sep 13, 9:36am Top


XVII. “All Our Yesterdays” - Dewey Challenge
I'd like to read a book from each Dewey 100s category, and who better to represent that than Mr. Atoz?

000s - Library Science, Journalism, Books, Etc.:
100s - Philosophy & Psychology:
200s - Religion: Going Clear by Lawrence Wright (299.936) √
300s - Social Sciences: Gay New York by George Chauncey (305.38) √
400s - Language: Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper (413.028) √
500s - Science & Math:
600s - Technology:
700s - Arts & Leisure: Queer Movie Medievalisms (791.43) √
800s - Literature:
900s - History:

19Tafadhali
Edited: Sep 13, 9:35am Top


XVIII. “The Enemy Within” - BingoDOG



1. Fits at least 2 KITS/CATS: Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper (NF, Dewey Challenge) √
2. Famous Person in Title: Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Moises Kaufman √
3. Money in the Title:
4. Originally in a Different Language: The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martinez (Spanish) √
5. Unread 2017 Purchase: Too Loud, Too Fat, Too Slutty: The Rise of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen √
6. New to You Author: The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth √
7. Auto-biography or Memoir: Tranny by Laura Jane Grace
8. Published in 2018: The Wicked The Divine, Vol. 6 by Kieron Gillen √
9. Longtime TBR: Gay New York by George Chauncey √
10. Beautiful Cover: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (bought a pretty new edition of the series!) √
11. Poetry or Plays: Lion in Winter by James Goldman √
12. LGBTQ Central Character: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (I read many, many books with LGBTQ central characters, but I'll let Seanan McGuire count for this one) √
13. Read a CAT
14. Rank in Title:
15. Published >100 Years Ago: Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
16. Humorous Book:
17. >500 Pages: Going Clear by Lawrence Wright (560 p.) √
18. X in Title: X-Men: Grand Design by Ed Piskor √
19. Relative Name in Title: Screening Stephen King by Simon Brown (father's first name) √
20. Pacific Ocean Related:
21. Set During a Holiday: Strong Poison by Georgette Heyer (takes place over Christmas) √
22. Something in the Sky in the Title: Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire (we count the sky as being in the sky, right?) √
23. 1001 List: The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin √
24. Number in the Title: 11/22/63 by Stephen King √
25. Story Involves Travel: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman √

20Tafadhali
Edited: Sep 17, 9:10am Top


BONUS - "The Alternative Factor" - Abandoned Books
Because I've never managed to stay awake through this episode.

Nobody's Perfect by Anthony Lane (I was really more dipping into it from time to time, but the whole Incredibles 2 situation kind of cooled me on it)

21Tafadhali
Edited: Oct 6, 2017, 2:42pm Top

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22Jackie_K
Oct 6, 2017, 3:13pm Top

Glorious categories, they made me laugh and are so clever!

23rabbitprincess
Oct 6, 2017, 7:14pm Top

I love the rationale for picking the "abandoned books" category title! Great setup. Looking forward to following along!

24DeltaQueen50
Oct 7, 2017, 5:59pm Top

Great categories, looks like you are getting ready for a fun reading year!

25VivienneR
Oct 10, 2017, 5:17pm Top

Love the BingoDog picture. Those two go together so well!

26majkia
Oct 10, 2017, 6:12pm Top

Good to see old school ST! Good luck with your categories and enjoy your reading.

27LittleTaiko
Oct 10, 2017, 9:23pm Top

Fun use of the Star Trek episodes. Hope you have a great reading year!

28MissWatson
Oct 11, 2017, 4:14am Top

What a wonderful trip down memory lane. I hope it is filled with great books!

29Tafadhali
Edited: Oct 11, 2017, 10:26am Top

Thanks everyone! This was a fun one to plan. I know I'll enjoy seeing these screencaps whenever I look through the thread. (And how could I resist using "The Enemy Within" unicorn dog for BingoDOG!)

30lkernagh
Nov 12, 2017, 12:02pm Top

Love your Star Trek theme!

31mamzel
Nov 17, 2017, 3:02pm Top

>20 Tafadhali: Funny! They recently had all the original Star Treks and I made it most of the way through. Shatner was so over the top. Have a great year!

32Chrischi_HH
Nov 25, 2017, 3:49pm Top

Brilliant matches for your categories. Have fun reading!

33Tafadhali
Edited: Apr 18, 9:24am Top

Episode Pairings:

For each book I read, an episode to go with it.

1. Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud by Anne Helen Peterson = "Elaan of Troyius" (3x13)
Because Elaan defines Too Much.

2. The Wicked The Divine: Imperial Phase II by Kieron Gillen = "Charlie X" (1x04)
Bratty teens with mental powers? A baby-faced naif who isn't what he seems? Hm.

3. Gay New York by George Chauncey = "A Piece of the Action" (2x17)
Due to all the discussion of Prohibition.

4. The Lion in Winter by James Goldman = "Mirror, Mirror" (2x04)
Something about the gender politics and the ruthless ways that people seek power seems to speak to me.

5. Ms. Marvel Vol. 8: Mecca by G. Willow Wilson = "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" (3x15)
This basically is a Star Trek episode (it's about fear of the other, profiling, and neighbors turning on neighbors), so why can't I think of a good pairing....I refuse to do the black-and-white aliens one. ......Okay, for lack of an alternative, I'll do the black-and-white aliens one.

6. New Mutants: Renewal by Chris Claremont = "The Enemy Within" (1x05)
The New Mutants as a whole are a pretty Star Trek team -- a group of ethnically and culturally diverse people with special skills who go on adventures and save the day -- but I'm going to focus on the Magik arc contained in this anthology and the war raging inside Illyana Rasputin between the sweet 6-year-old Russian milkmaid that she was and the monster she fears becoming.

7. Queer Movie Medievalisms = "Shore Leave" (1x15)

If you read the book you'd know what I mean.

8. The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley = "The Conscience of the King" (1x13)
It's got actors, it's got poison, it's got fathers taking the blame for their deranged child's crimes; what else do you want from me.

34rabbitprincess
Apr 2, 4:15pm Top

Great idea to pair the books with episodes!

35Tafadhali
Apr 3, 8:54am Top

I got bored at work, haha! Seemed like a fun thing to do.

36Tafadhali
Edited: May 2, 9:28am Top

Episode Pairings, Part Deux:

9. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin = "The Cloud Minders" (3x19)
I had paired this with "A Private Little War," but then I remembered that a far better embodiment of a the class struggle -- and contrast between two neighboring groups, one a group of hardworking miners, the other a decadent upper class -- existed in "The Cloud Minders."

10. Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson = "The Menagerie" (1x11/12)
Apparently helpful aliens observe human mating rituals.

11. 11/22/63 by Stephen King = "City on the Edge of Forever" (1x28)
Beautiful time travel romances in the shadow of looming world events!

12. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire = "Catspaw" (2x07)
Spooky castles. Halloweeny.

13. Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann = "Metamorphosis" (2x09)
THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF LOVE. SOMETIMES A FAMILY IS A TIME-DISPLACED INVENTOR AND THE DISEMBODIED MIST CREATURE WITH ROMANTIC FEELINGS FOR HIM. I don't think the beautiful mist creature should have to change herself just because of Cochrane's provincial attitudes. (As a queer ace person it maybe means a lot to me that Kirk, Spock, and McCoy show up and are like "Obviously this is a love situation. It is very natural and very good. Your attitudes are extremely 22nd century.")

14. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire = "Tomorrow is Yesterday" (1x19)
Because it involves having to return someone to the right place and time in order for them to have a child (and for them/that child to do an Important Thing). Also 'cause it's a bunch of nonsense. Slingshot effect. I STG.

15. Going Clear by Lawrence Wright = "The Way to Eden" (3x20)
I was torn on this one, because "Return of the Archons" is really a classic episode about people who give up free will and seek comfort in "scientific" dictates, but "The Way to Eden" captures the weird, hippy-dippy, cult of personality part of Scientology.

16. Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Moises Kaufman = "The Measure of a Man" (TNG 2x09)
Initially, I paired this with "Court Martial" but then I immediately read a book that was a better fit for that episode, and so breaking my own self-imposed rules, I'm bound to say that this courtroom drama is more a match for "Measure of a Man", one of my favorite TNG epsiodes.

37Tafadhali
Edited: Sep 7, 12:26pm Top

Ah, hey, you know, if I'm doing episode pairings might as well go all out and make it a Star Trek BINGO:

38virginiahomeschooler
Apr 18, 8:08pm Top

>37 Tafadhali: That is awesome!

39rabbitprincess
Apr 19, 8:08pm Top

>37 Tafadhali: Wow, that is really cool!

40Tafadhali
Apr 20, 8:35am Top

Thanks! Obviously I am having fun with my theme.

41Jackie_K
Apr 20, 8:40am Top

Oh my goodness, we have a serious fan in our midst! That is awesome!

42Tafadhali
Edited: Apr 20, 9:37am Top

I've done music themes the past few years, and now that I'm getting so into my TV theme this year, I'll admit I'm already thinking to next year... Buffy, maybe?

(I should do less category brainstorming and more reading!)

43MissWatson
Apr 20, 9:44am Top

Maybe, but planning the challenge is so much fun!

44lkernagh
Apr 21, 8:55am Top

>37 Tafadhali: - Love that!

45Tafadhali
Edited: Sep 7, 12:03pm Top

Episode Pairings, Part 3:

17. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers = "Court Martial" (1x20)
Ugh, I just gave "Court Martial" to a different book! If I were expanding my pairings to include spin-offs, I would pair Gross Indecency with "Measure of a Man" from TNG (a philosophical Civil Rights case about the nature of humanity) and give the romance-tinged, false-accusation-laden courtroom drama to Sayers. Perhaps I will, at that.

18. Runaways, Vol. 1 by Rainbow Rowell = Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
A desperate mission to save a dead loved one? Finding that things are not the same when you get them back? Working to get the old team back together? Everyone is a bit older, (maybe) wiser, and in new and fun romantic configurations? Gotta pair this with my favorite Trek movie.

19. Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One Cop by Matt Fraction = "Wink of an Eye" (3x11)
Every volume of Sex Criminals is just going to be "Wink of an Eye."

20. Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor = "The Man Trap" (1x05)
This is SUPREMELY RUDE because Paul is NOT a salt monster, but the creature's ability to change her form to whatever is most seductive to the viewer does have a certain resonance with Paul's shapeshifting, gender-bending erotic adventures.

21. Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce = "Arena" (1x19)
So, I was trying to make some sort of War Bird connection with Ozorne, but had to admit that I couldn't do it and that, anyway, things don't really erupt into outright enmity in the first volume of this series. So instead I went with an episode about ingenuity, and learning to use the elements, and being manipulated by forces outside yourself, and intelligent reptiles, and (of course) arenas.

22. The Penderwicks At Last by Jeanne Birdsall = "Miri" (1x11)
There isn't much in common here, this is just one of the only episodes with enough kids to rival the Penderwick gang.

23. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman = "Devil in the Dark" (1x25)
Tess is seeking out strange new life (specifically, megafauna) in underground tunnels. She learns to communicate with creatures that others discount.

24. Rebound by Kwame Alexander = "Operation - Annihilate!" (1x29)
Has the right themes of family and loss of a father even if "Operation - Annihilate!" is a dumb episode and Vulcans having secondary eyelids is a stupid deus ex machina.

46Tafadhali
Jun 11, 8:14pm Top

One of my categories felt like it had too much overlap with other categories, so I decided to swap it out with one that lets me track the books I'm reading thanks to recommendations by and interest being spurred on by my recent podcast obsession -- most of the podcasts I love are about books, comics, or movies and they get me excited about those stories.

47Tafadhali
Jun 17, 11:11pm Top

Episode Pairings, Part 4:

25. X-Men: Grand Design by Ed Piskor = "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (1x03)
Aside from the ordinary people developing extraordinary (and somewhat unsettling powers), something about the early-on production design of this episode is vibing with the throw-back style of Grand Design (of course, all of the show feels '60s -- if I really wanted to capture that I'd have to go with "Trials and Tribbleations" from DS9).

26. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth = "Amok Time" (2x01)
Okay, ONE of the gay books I read was going to end up being "Amok Time," so it may as well be Cameron Post. She is frequently overwhelmed by desire, comes from a place whose climate and rites are alien to me (rural Montana), and ultimately breaks free from the forced heterosexuality being imposed by her religious/cultural background.

48Tafadhali
Edited: Sep 13, 9:33am Top

27. Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

This is a difficult one to match up. It is a challenging book and I don't think any Star Trek episode goes nearly as far in tackling racism or the effects of corrupt policing; its utopian leanings means that the franchise rarely takes as uncompromising a position as the end of this book does. If I were to find an appropriate episode, it would likely be in DS9, a much more morally grey show than TOS, and would deal with Bajor and Cardassia – but I've only seen the first season!

28. The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martínez = also "Conscience of the King"

Look, I didn't want to do this, but what do you want from me -- it also has pretentious toffs and a father taking responsibility for his child's crimes! I can't help that all the mysteries I've read this year have had the same general topic!

29-31. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman = "The Apple" (2x09)

I have no other choice.

32. Screening Stephen King by Simon Brown = "And the Children Shall Lead" (3x04)

The episode has a bit of a Children of the Corn vibe, which seems only appropriate for a book about film adaptations of Stephen King. They do insist on making more and more Children of the Corn movies.

33. Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card 1 by CLAMP = Star Trek: The Motion Picture

If you are excited about the return of Cardcaptor Sakura then I suspect you might like stories about getting the old gang back together again. (Magical girls are thin on the ground in Star Trek.)

34. IT by Stephen King = "The Naked Time" (1x06)

What aspect of this sprawling epic do I even choose to focus on? Gangs of kids? I've already used those episodes. Scary underground creatures that lay eggs? How dare you compare my beloved Horta to that clown. Memory loss and Native American inspiration? Okay, I am not going to equate one of my all-time favorite books to "The Paradise Syndrome." I've already played my "getting the gang back together" card AND invoked Search for Spock. If I wanted to choose something that equalled the emotional richness of the experience of reading IT for me, I would just have to say "the whole damn show."

So, I guess I am just going to go with "The Naked Time" because I love it unreservedly and because it is about an enemy whose weapon is emotion and because Spock's crying and parent issues seem apropos to my reaction to IT and the themes of the book respectively.

NO COMMENTS ON THIS I CYCLED THROUGH ABOUT 12 EPISODES BEFORE I JUST DECIDED "WHATEVER."

35. Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper = "All Our Yesterdays" (3x23)

A book about dictionaries has got to go to Mr. Atoz himself.

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