Monday, October 12, 2015

Discussion Post- Blogging Vs. Real Life


I've been thinking of this topic for a while. A lot of times on blogs I see people say they're not comfortable in large groups or social situations, or they're just introverted  and need alone time to recharge. The other thing I see a lot is bloggers saying that one reason they blog is because in "real life" they don't have anyone, or very many people, to talk books with. I can understand that. With a few exceptions, there aren't many people in my life who care about graphic novels or want to talk about Game of Thrones or the new mystery. So we blog, and find our people.

It's like going to book or game conventions- sometimes you go to your first one and it's like being home. And then of course there is always con withdrawal when you have to leave. Does anyone else get this?

Now I'm not saying every book blogger is an introvert or dislikes crowds or whatever- it's just an observation. But it seems that we get something from the blogging community that we don't get in real life. And maybe I shouldn't distinguish the two- blogging is real. Even though we may never physically meet the person who leaves a comment, or whose blog we visit, it's still valid- and often even friendship in some cases. Many of us talk about things that "real life" friends or maybe even family members don't know about! A recent example is the mental health stigma posts I saw recently. It takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there.

Most people in my life know I have a blog but for the most part they probably don't ever look at it. And that's fine! I have the blogging community to talk books. We can share stories about book signings, talk about favorite bookstores and just share the love of books in general. What if a dystopia happened and the Internet went away tomorrow? We'd survive but maybe our lives would be a little less richer, a little less special with all the bookish connections, and yes friendships, that we've made.

So- blogging vs. real life? Maybe they're not so distinct after all. Real life will always take precedence of course- but I think we're pretty blessed to have this as well.

What do you think?

Teaser Tuesday #52


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB at A Daily RhythmTo participate you grab your current read, open to a random page and share (2) teaser sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INLUDE SPOILERS (Make sure what you share doesn't give too much away. You don't want to ruin the book for others). Share the title and author. 

Finn turned back for just a second. "Hey, Georgia..." he said. 
"You know that you're still wearing your wedding dress, yes?" he said. 

Eight Hundred Grapes

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Sunday Post #112

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

Fall is in full swing now, with lots of trees turning now here in the upper Midwest. And the air has a bite to it, although we've had some nice warm days too. Won't be too many more of those though... and the autumn nights have been cool. It's the time of year for cider and donuts, and all the fun fall activities.

This week was busy. I reviewed Bloodline, a great show on Netflix, and also participated in the Frightfall readathon. I also discussed S2 of Continuum and participated in Beyond the Books, a fun meme by KissinBlueKaren. Lots of posts this week... next week I'll have a discussion post- Blogging vs. Real Life- have another A Dance with Dragons post on Wednesday, and of course Bookcover Spotlight.


Comic of the Week #8
Bookcover Spotlight #17
Continuum S2
Beyond the Books- Worst Movie
A Dance with Dragons- Davos I 
Teaser Tuesday 


TUE- Discussion Post- Blogging Vs. Real Life
TUE- Teaser Tuesday #52
WED- A Dance with Dragons- Jon III
FRI- Bookcover Spotlight #18
FRI- Comic of the Week #9



SciFi Month runs all through November- you can check out the details here. #RRSciFiMonth and @SciFiMonth.


Vicarious (Vicarious, #1) Need Guaranteed to Bleed (The Country Club Murders #2) The Chess Queen Enigma (Stoker & Holmes, #3) Death Sits Down to Dinner (Lady Montfort Mystery #2)


Pages and Pages Books Reviews talks Vengeance Road.

Just Another Bookish Blog and Books, Starts, Writing and Everything in Between are hosting a Percy Jackson readalong.

Interested in a virtual YA book club? Some bloggers are doing just that... check out the story here. I'll bet this bloggers hits are going to go through the roof now.

Here's some neat sci fi art I saw over at DeviantArt.

Image by Marco Goriel.

And some more.

Image by ArthurBlue.

Whymermaids talks Title Fonts.

Just for fun.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Comic of the Week #8

Yeah this is a bit of eye candy I suppose, but I've always liked David finch's artwork and now he's doing Wonder Woman (his wife is writing the book). I've heard a bit of flak about their portrayal (and this cover might not help) but I'll give it a try when I have time.

Bookcover Spotlight #17

Dinosaur Planet

Dinosaur Planet by Anne McCaffrey has one of those covers that just looks like an 80's cover.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Continuum S2

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I just finished Continuum season two and this season was a trip- literally. A lot changes and while not everything was perfect, the showrunners definitely upped their game on this one. For anyone not familiar with the show- Continuum is the story of Kiera Cameron, a cop from the future who is sent back in time (by accident- or was it?) with a group of criminals who were to be executed. Their plan is to change the future so that megacorporations won't run the government in 2077. Kiera has a husband and little boy so she's desperate to get home- but things get complicated when she meets Alec, a boy genius who just happens to be the most powerful man in 2077. In this time they are friends, but there are hints that in the future he had something to do with sending her back.

One of the things I like about Continuum are the gray areas. Kiera is trying to stop the terrorists from changing the future- except the future they're trying to prevent is pretty terrible. Sure Kiera has a family there and just wants to get back to them- but the corruption is very real and afflicts a lot of the population (as Kiera sees). So here she is in the present working with Alec, who grows up to be the big bad! And Julian, his step brother who inspires Liber8 in the future, is trying to protect people from that future corruption- but he takes lives in the process. So who's good and who's bad? It's all relative.

There are a lot of twists in this season. Kiera learns there are other time travelers out there, a group called the Freelancers but she doesn't know what their goal is. She continues to work with the Vancouver police department but after certain events she has to run. Alex gets a girlfriend Emily, who is more than she seems, and there's a huge betrayal at the end and of course a cliffhanger. This show is firing on all cylinders by the end, and there are a lot of interweaving plotlines.

The other ting is Kiera is not afraid to use harsh tactics. I about flipped when she worked Garza over in interrogation-and Garza's line about how Kiera is sexy when she's worked up was awesome. If her and Kiera ever work together- watch out. I don't want to be anywhere near 'em. And she was going to shoot Julian- when did she get this ruthless? Somewhere around the middle of the season or so she seemed to get harder edged-it seems a little abrupt.

And that ending- felt like a mindf*** to me. I don't know what else to call it.  

This show keeps me guessing.

UPDATED: I just watched episode 3x01 and Kiera and Garza team up. Totally.badasses.

Beyond The Books- Worst Movie


Beyond the Books is a meme hosted by KissinBlueKaren where every week she throws out a topic to discuss. Link up at her blog and get to know your fellow bloggers!

This weeks topic: The Worst Movie You Ever Did See, and Why

This could be a lot of movie but I have to go with The Fifth Element by Luc Besson. I thought this was terrible (and not the good kind of terrible) when I saw it, and I still sometimes rank a bad movie by how Fifth Element- ish it is! So yeah...

Wanna see why it sucks? Here's why.