Friday, October 28, 2016

Bookcover Spotlight #72

Eight Hundred Grapes

Why Eight Hundred Grapes? That's about how many it takes to make a bottle of wine. This was a great story and I like this simple but effective cover. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

How Scary Is Too Scary?

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So October is the month for all things scary. My question is- how scary is too scary? Some people like to go scary this time of year, and other don't- I guess it's part of that seasonal readers thing. Do you read seasonally, and if so what does that mean for fall/ autumn/ Halloween time? I do read somewhat seasonally, and I think it has to do with blogging. Before I blogged I just read whenever, but now I read so much and am so much more aware of new releases and publishing schedules, that I find myself gravitating towards reads of the season. So I'm reading darker stuff, mysteries, that kind of thing in the fall- psychological thrillers are big- and after Halloween I'll probably start looking at some holiday themed stuff in addition to my usual fare. 

When it comes to scary reads I tend to like thrillers, mysteries and SF/F with a darker theme or a paranormal element. I'm new to urban fantasy but vampires, werewolves and various other night creatures are a natural this time of year. I'm not usually into horror or the really dark stuff- with some exceptions. I do like  something spine tingling or mysterious, with creatures stalking through a snowstorm or a gateway opening to another world allowing some cosmic terror through. I'm not really into gory/ slasher stuff. 

So... how about you? Do you like horror or scary stuff this time of year? And if so do you like the psychological variety or the more explicit stuff? I'd love to hear what you think. 

What are some of your favorites?

Top Ten Halloween Freebie


 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.

This week's topic is a Halloween themed freebie. I had a hard time deciding what to do for this so I split the difference and went with both music and books. I like music that sets a certain tone or mood- the days get shorter, the leaves turn and fall, and the wind howls through the trees. Perhaps our mood changes with the seasons? So here are some song choices to set a certain mood. 


This is an instrumental track but I love how atmospheric it is. 

Same here- these two songs go well together and are great at setting a mood.  

Say hello to the night
Lost in the shadows
Say hello to the night
Lost in the loneliness 

Screams break the silence
Waking from the dead of night 

Tuesday Tagline


"One summer. Endless possibilities." 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Cover Characteristics Airships

Cover Characteristics is a meme by Sugar and Snark- every week a characteristic is selected and we post 5 books with that week's theme.   

This week's pick- Airships

Who doesn't love airships? Majestic, sailing serenely through the air, airships are a staple of science fantasy and steampunk as well. So with Cover Characteristics officially on hiatus, I go rogue again with airships. Do you have an airship read that you enjoy?  

Swords of Mars (Barsoom, #8)The Aeronaut's Windlass (The Cinder Spires, #1)The Tides of Kregen (Dray Prescot, #12) (Krozair Cycle, #1)Image result for sky pirates of callistoThe Fog Diver (The Fog Diver, #1)The Ruby Airship (The Diamond Thief)Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders (Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin, #1)Innocent Darkness (The Aether Chronicles, #1)Agatha H and the Airship City (Girl Genius Novels, #1)

This one's not bad but not my favorite.  

The Tides of Kregen (Dray Prescot, #12) (Krozair Cycle, #1)

Old school called and I believe they want their barbarian on skysled back.  

Swords of Mars (Barsoom, #8)

This isn't how I picture fliers on Mars from the books but it's an interesting cover. Not my preferred cover for these books. 

The Aeronaut's Windlass (The Cinder Spires, #1)

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This one's got an airship, some dudes hanging out on rocks and a cool looking city or something in the background. 

The Fog Diver (The Fog Diver, #1)

I like this one a lot, with the sense of action and the proximity of the other ship.  

The Ruby Airship (The Diamond Thief)

An airship, a cool costume, and goggles. 

Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders (Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin, #1)

This one looks zany and just fun.  

Innocent Darkness (The Aether Chronicles, #1)

More goggles.

Agatha H and the Airship City (Girl Genius Novels, #1)

This may be my second favorite (after The Fog Diver) just because there is so much stuff going on here. I feel like this cover is telling a story by itself!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sunday Post #165

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

This week has been hit or miss- started out nice (and warm) but then around midweek it cooled way off. The trees are really starting to turn now and we've got yellows and golds, even reds. The cold really can speed up the process, sometimes you can tell the difference from one day to the next. As October winds down I find that I haven't been reading many scary books- I'm still getting through books I hoped to read in Sept. - so I hope everyone else is getting their scary on. 

It's been busy on the blog and I've been splitting my time between books and Netflix- yes the Netflix ban is over! A friend of mine from Chicago came in this past weekend and we got to catch up- that was nice. Other than that not too much happening. I didn't have a lot of extra stuff for this week but then Pinterest happened- how many boards can you have up at one time?- and I discovered a bunch of cool stuff, so I shared some of it below. 

This week I reviewed Replica and am reading The Wanderers- hoping to have that review up next week. My discussion post on Wednesday will be- How Scary Is Too Scary- so I hope you can come by and share your thoughts on scary reads.

The Wanderers (The Wanderers, #1)Fear the Drowning Deep

Song of the  day...

I'm listening to Balligomingo again and discovered some of their remixes- this one is a bit more upbeat than some of their stuff, almost like a techno dance track, but I kinda like it. 

Last Weeks Stuff:

Fandom Mashup    
Tuesday Tagline 
Top Ten Characters I'd Name X After       
Creatures of the Night Tag     
Bookcover Spotlight  

Next Week: 

Cover Characteristics   
Tuesday Tagline   
Top Ten Freebie   
How Scary Is Too Scary     
Bookcover Spotlight 



Dead Girls Society


This cracked me up. 

When someone says they don't like Star Wars.:

I think I want the Jyn Erso Funko. 

This is the Funko Star Wars Rogue One POP Jyn Erso Bobble Vinyl Figure. It's great to see the Star Wars Rogue One POP's finally in stock.  Jyn Erso looks great:

I discovered some more Star Wars stuff because Pinterest. Here's a few images I kinda liked. 

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Forest Moon of Endor Retro

One of the many Star Wars locales that fans love is the Forest Moon of Endor featured in the Return of the Jedi film. This minimalist retro travel poster features the vast forests, the ominous Death S:

Love this one. Link here

Some amazing Star Wars Posters:

Star Wars- Bespin Duel