Book Review: Notes from the Upside Down

Notes from the Upside Down is an unofficial  guide to the hit Netflix Show, Stranger Things. (Season 1).  The book talks about how the show came about and there is a chapter per episode where it talks about things that happened in each episode. There is also a quiz for champions of the show – which I totally sucked at, I guess I should watch the series a few more times and try again!  There is also a lot of talk about the connections to Stephen King, Spielberg, John Carpenter and a lot of the 80s throwbacks.  There are bios on the characters as well as a list of 80s movies that you should watch.  I thought this was a great companion piece for the show, definitely read it as or after you have finished the first season!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Jump inside the world of Stranger Things and discover everything you need to know about the hit TV show.

Grab your Eggo waffles and get ready for a visit to Hawkins, Indiana—just don’t forget the fairy lights!

If you devoured Stranger Things on Netflix and you’re looking to fill the demogorgon-sized hole in your life, then look no further than Notes from the Upside Down. This fan-tastic guide has every fact you could ever wish for—from insights into the origins of the show, including the mysterious Montauk Project conspiracy theory; a useful eighties playlist (because, of course); and much more.

If you’ve ever wondered why Spielberg is such a huge influence, which Stephen King books you need to read (hint: pretty much all of them), or how State Trooper David O’Bannon earned his name, then this book is for you.

Entertaining, informative, and perfect for fans of eighties pop culture, Notes from the Upside Down is the Big Mac of unofficial guides to Stranger Things—super-sized and special sauce included.

Hanson in Disney October 2017

For Halloween I made the trip back to Disney to see Hanson perform at Eat To the Beat at EPCOT.  This trip I also included a trip to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party so that I could meet the Seven Dwarfs in my Snow White costume that I had put together for the year before.  What I did not anticipate was how COLD it was going to be in Florida – texting with my Mom it was about the same temperature in FL as CT which is just not how it’s supposed to work! Throughout the party we kept asking “where is the sweat pants store?” and other than my photo with the dwarfs, I kept my hoodie on the whole night and was still wishing I had something maybe a little bit heavier.

One night I ended up at 3/4 parks and over my 4 days there I was able to hit up all the parks as well as ride on Tower of Terror and Rock N Roller Coaster for the first times!

Each night Hanson played 3 sets – the first night they put Where’s the Love in each of the 3 sets so by the time the run was done, I had seen Where’s the Love a total of 100 times live. The second song to get this honor. Penny and Me is close behind as I have now seen it 99 times.  I should hit 100 for that in Jamaica in January.

For Halloween the guys dressed up as characters from Life Aquatic, the movie with Bill Murray. Most of us had no idea what they were supposed to be – even after they said what they were! Red beanies and blue button down shirts was the attire for the entire band and crew.

The last day, we decided to have a character breakfast (so all my photos with Mickey are him in different outfits!) and while we were there the waitress told us that Hanson was doing a beer tasting. They never advertised it but we managed to eat and head over and get in line and be one of the first 100 to attend the beer seminar/tasting and get photos with the band.

It was a long and exhausting trip but a ton of fun as well!


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