Staff Recommendations – July 2015

The Adaptation staff are keeping cool indoors with these entertaining recommendations for July!

The Whispers, Mondays on ABC

An unseen force is manipulating society’s most innocent—children—to act in favor of its cause. As the kids unwittingly help this unknown enemy, the clock counts down in this suspenseful race to save humanity. This is not a spoiler, as many articles have already put it out there—and I think it’s better to know ahead of time. It is aliens. This information however does not take away from the suspense and tension in the show. It is a really good watch, plus it stars Lily Rabe (American Horror Story) and Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore Girls, Heroes)! Based on Ray Bradbury’s short story “Zero Hour” first published in his anthology The Illustrated Man (1951), it airs Monday nights at 10pm.


The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I’ve just finished reading The Queen of the Tearling, which was a fantastic fantasy dystopian book, the first in a series. It is about a girl, Kelsea, who finally reaches her nineteenth birthday against all odds and has to accept her birthright: the queenship of the Tear country and a huge mantle in her shoulders. Best of all, they’ve signed on to do a movie starring Emma Watson!


Defiance, Fridays on SyFy

I’ve been watching through the SyFy series Defiance, which is about a futuristic future after aliens—called the Voltans—have immigrated to Earth. While they initially planned on taking over Earth as their own, they have since settled alongside humans and have gained a tenuous peace—but how long can it last? Part science-fiction, part Western, this show is reminiscent of the tragically short Firefly, focusing on the diverse residents of the town called Defiance.


Yo, Is This Racist?, Daily Podcast with Andrew Ti

With 10-15 minute episodes every Monday–Friday, this is a call-in podcast where Andrew and a different guest every week answer people’s questions about whether something is racist. Little hint—it is. The general consensus is that if it bothers you enough that you have to ask, it probably is racist. But rather than just saying “Yes” everyday, they go into why, and the context and subtleties surrounding it whatever the particular thing is, which really helps broaden your perspective if, like me, you grew up with tons of white privilege. I’m lobbying for a spin-off called “Yo, Is This Sexist?”


That’s it for us this month, but be sure to leave your own recommendations in the comments!

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