Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tintin in Tibet

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Tintin is an intrepid Belgian reporter who has a knack for solving mysteries and getting involved in all kinds of capers. Often accompanied on his adventures by Captain Haddock, an old sailor who likes his whiskey, and his dog, the always irrepressible Snowy, Tintin travels around the world solving mysteries and encountering new cultures. This one begins with Tintin vacationing in the Alps when news reaches him of a plane crash. Tintin's friend Chang was en route to Europe when his plane crashed in the Himalayas. No survivors were reported, but Tintin is sure his friend is alive. He promptly decides to mount a rescue expedition, and with a reluctant Haddock in tow, they set off for the mysterious East.

Arriving in Katmandu, various hijinks ensue as they strive to hire a guide to take them into the mountains. Eventually meeting success, they set off but are soon beset by various setbacks, including strange calls in the night that may be a yeti and nervous porters. When they find the scene of the plane crash the fun really begins, as Tintin is separated from the rest of the group and finds evidence that Chang may just be alive after all. The usual shenanigans ensue, including avalanches, a stop at a secluded monastery, and a game of cat and mouse with an elusive yeti who has also taken an interest in young Chang. 

The artwork as always is crisp and clean. Herge would express a lot of the story through facial expressions, and if you watch the art carefully you will discover nuances to the story you might otherwise miss. I've heard it said that this was Herge's favorite of Tintin's adventures, and was somewhat personal for him as he had lost touch with a Chinese friend of his own whom he had collaborated with years earlier. The Tintin series comprises 23 books and they are readily available in various formats. I like the oversized softcover versions myself, the art is much more enjoyable that way because of the size. 

Tintin has a great supporting cast- besides Haddock and Snowy, there are the bumbling detectives Thomson and Thompson, who tend to finish each others sentences and cause all manner of chaos, Professor Calculus who is a bit hard of hearing, often with hilarious results, and Bianca Castafiore, an opera singer of the highest caliber and the nemesis of Haddock. These supporting players come and go depending on which installment you're reading, and there are others, but they're the core of the series. This particular book only has Haddock and Snowy, however. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Mystery Blogger Tag

Lauren at Always Me tagged me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Thanks Lauren! This award was created by Okoto Enigmas blog. I think I've done one of these before but they're fun and why not? So here we go! 

The Rules:

1) Put the award/ logo image on your blog
2) Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog
3) Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
4) List the rules
5) Tell your readers 3 things about you
6) Share a link to your best post(s)
7) Answer the 5 questions set to you by the person who nominated you 
8) Nominate 10-20 people 
9) Ask your nominees any 5 questions; with at least one weird or funny question
10) Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog 

3 Things about me

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1) Riverdale might be my favorite show right now- at least until The 100 returns. 

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2) I love Corvettes- mid 70's models only. Black, silver, or metallic blue. 

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3) I wish I still had all the Peanuts books I had growing up. 

My best post? This one's kinda tough so I'll just go with this recent review  of a book that's on my favorites list for 2017. The Shark Club

Lauren's questions: 

1) What has been your favorite read of 2017, so far? Touch choice but I'll go with The Shark Club. 

2) Dream cast your answer to number 1. Ouch- I'm terrible at this. But I'll say maybe Emily Blunt as Maeve and Clive Owen as Nicholas? 

3) What upcoming book to movie or tv adaptation are you looking forward to the most? Not really sure, bit I'm intrigued about this news of Amazon adapting the Lord of the Rings. 

4) If you could attend a dinner party with any five writers, actors, and/or musicians, who would be on your guest list?  George RR Martin, Shakespeare, JRR Tolkien, Rainbow Rowell, Leigh Brackett

5) Would you prefer to bring your favorite fictional characters into the real world, or would you rather be fictional with them? I would say I'd rather be fictional with them, because then I could go to Middle-earth?  

My nominees: You! Or anyone who wants to do this one- I've decided not to pick nominees since I've nominated so many people for various awards, I don't even know anymore. 

My questions (if you're so inclines): 

1) What is your favorite show? 
2) Who is your favorite music artist? 
3) Your favorite book of the year
4) What attracts you more- a great book cover or a great book blurb? 
5) You're stuck on a desert island- what 5 book characters would you pick to join you? 

Top Ten Books of 2017


 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new Top Ten list will be posted. Everyone is welcome to join. Link back to The Broke and the Bookish so everyone can check out other bloggers' lists. It's a fun way to get to know fellow bloggers.

Here it is- the top ten books of 2017, me version. As always, these are the books I liked the most, my 5 star reads for 2017.     

Lost Girls

Dark Matter

A Darkness Absolute (Casey Duncan, #2)

Radio Silence

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)
One Of Us Is Lying
All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)
The Secret History of Us

 Warcross (Warcross, #1)

The Shark Club

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Lying About Last Summer

you can't hide the truth forever  

Monday, December 11, 2017

Reading Challenges Scorecard

Pick Your Genre

Well it's time for me to take stock of how I did on my reading challenges for 2017. I did three challenges this year- the Pick Your Genre hosted by Herding Cats and Burning Soup, the Cloak and Dagger challenge hosted by Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My!, and the Dystopia challenge hosted by Cornerfolds. So how did I do? Well... I did just fine on the latter two, but the Pick Your Genre- not so well. I picked urban fantasy because I wanted to read more of it this year, and for whatever reason I failed badly! So let's break it down below. 

Pick Your Genre- my goal was 12 UF's and I read... 5. Yup only 5. For some reason I noticed that I read 4 of them early in the year, and my reading focus changed I guess as the year went on. The only reason I got 5 was because the 5th one was a sequel and I basically read it right when it came out. Zounds. 

Here's what I read:

Freeks by Amanda Hocking
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Winter of the Gods by Jordanna Max Brodsky 
The Wanderers by Kate Ormand
The Pack by Kate Ormand

So that's it... FAIL. 

Cloak and Dagger- this is a mystery/ thriller challenge. I went with Detective level (16-25 books) and I made it. Easily, since I read a ton of thrillers this time. 25!! I was actually close to the next level, but I'll take that. Here's what I read in this category. 

Lost Girls by Merri DeStefano
How Will I Know You? by Jessica Treadway
A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong
The Winter Over by Matthew Iden
Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard
Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleen Baldwin
Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys
Blood Tide by Claire McGowan
Gone Without A Trace by Mary Torjussen
Missing by Kelley Armstrong
I Found You by Lisa Jewell
What She Saw by Gerard Stembridge
One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Grit by Gillian French
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
The Secret History Of Us by Jessi Kirby
A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
The Good Neighbor by A.J.Banner
Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
Friend Request by Laura Marshall
Wreck by Ferris Fleur
The Breakdown by B.A.Paris
The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti
Everything but the Truth by Gillian McAllister

Dystopian- here I went for Rebel (6-10 books) and was right in the middle with 8 books. Only 8 dystopians- all year?? That surprised me a little. I did okay on the optional bingo category, with  7 entries (I almost got a bingo but missed by one). Here's what I read.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Rising Tides by Katy Haye (Bingo- natural disaster)
Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty (Bingo- set in space)
The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz (Bingo- zombies)
Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent 
Starship by Brian Aldiss (Bingo- one word title)
This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers (Bingo- scary)
Warcross by Marie Lu (Bingo- swoon worthy romance)

So... this was the year of the thriller for me apparently. But I enjoyed what I read so it all worked out. I don't normally do challenges and I probably won't in 2018- too much to keep track of- but it was fun this year. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sunday Post #223

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Snow! We got about 5 inches on Wednesday night/ Thursday morning, and the roads were terrible- but it sure looked nice! Looking like Christmas around these parts. The neighborhood is pretty much lit up, too. And on Tuesday we had serious blusterage! I've included a video below showing the waves on Lake michigan. I personally loved how blustery it was, it had it's own wild beauty with leaden gray skies and the wind howling around the house.  

Also this week I binged all ten episodes of TURN: Washington's Spies, which just hit Netflix. Although I wasn't crazy about the ending, I thought it was the best season yet. 

Last week I reviewed 0 books (yay me) but I am reading The Hunger Games, and *gasp* enjoying reading again. And I wrote another installment of On The Run, sorta going back to the beginning, so maybe things are returning to normalcy here?      

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Song of the week


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Wild Bird  

Last week I posted some of my favorite art from Artur Rosa so I thought I'd showcase a little more this week. Some of these you may have seen before as a few of them have been inspirations for some of my flash fiction. Let me know which ones you like!  

The Exit Alternative (used as inspiration for A Beautiful Day)  

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The flaming circle of our days by ArthurBlueCaves of Tau Ceti by ArthurBlue

Here's that waves video I mentioned up above.

This looks kinda good? 


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- Julie Dillon