Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Monday, November 30, 2015

Cover Characteristic #7

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 theme- Beds

This was fun this week- I couldn't find a lot at first but once I started looking at old mysteries I got luckier. There are some great old pulp covers out there- and the taglines are often hilarious.  

Anyway here's what I went with. A mix of old and new- let me know what you think. 

Epitaph for a Tramp- seriously?

My favorite this week? Tough one, but I might go with Dead in Bed.  Or The Big Sleep.  

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sunday Post #119

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

This week was Thanksgiving and it's a four day weekend. I plan on doing a bit of reading and some Netflix too. I started watching Black Sails and I kinda like it. Anne Bonny is awesome. It's not on Netflix though so I've been buying the episodes at Amazon. I also listened to the Super Serials podcast of the Hunger Games (thank you Katherine for recommending this one) - that was fun. 

The weather was hit or miss this week. It warmed up mid week but will be cooler this weekend. The sun is out a bit as I write this, after two days of rain- Thanksgiving was rainy.  

This week will be another Cover Characteristics, as well as Top Ten Tuesday and a Star Wars post on Wednesday where I will discuss my thoughts on the upcoming movie. 

I've decided to join the Cloak and Dagger challenge hosted by Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My! I almost did this one last year and thought this year I'll take the plunge. I don't do a lot of challenges but this one looks fun.  

I also had my thoughts on A Princess of Mars, a science fiction original and my last post for SciFi Month. You can find that here


Cover Characteristics 
Top Ten Places I'd Like To Eat Turkey
A Dance with Dragons
Beyond the Books Thanksgiving 
Bookcover Spotlight


MON- Cover Characteristics  #7
TUE - Top Ten Debut Novels   
WED- Star Wars 7- My thoughts
WED- A Dance with Dragons - Davos III 
 THUR- Beyond the Books- Bucket List 
FRI- Bookcover Spotlight #25



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

And... Little Red Reviewer this week announced Vintage Science fiction Month is returning in January. You can find all the details here


NeedThe Wanderers (The Wanderers, #1)


Like Black Sails music? Here you go.

The Captain America trailer is here- I need to see this now. 

These story book signs are cool over at Etsy

Steve Thomas Art has some cool vintage style posters.

And to start off the Christmas season. 

Friday, November 27, 2015

A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)

A Princess of Mars is the first in the John Carter series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Written in 1912, it tells the story of John Carter, a gentleman and Civil War veteran from Virginia who finds himself transported to Mars. Alone on a world of dead sea bottoms and strange creatures, he is soon captured by Tharks, the great green warriors who roam Barsoom (as they call Mars) in great rampaging hordes. Carter finds that his swordsmanship, combined with an extraordinary agility owing to the lesser gravity on Mars, gives him a great advantage over the natives, and he soon earns a respected position among the warlike Tharks.

Then Dejah Thoris, the beautiful princess of Helium, is captured by the Tharks and Carter risks all to protect her. This earns him the enmity of the Tharks, and soon Carter and Dejah Thoris must flee in an attempt to return the princess to her home. Carter of course falls in love with her almost immediately, in typical Burroughs fashion, and we have the usual misunderstanding due to his ignorance of Martian customs. Carter has a friend among the Tharks however, the honorable Tars Tarkas, and when the rival nation of Zodanga threatens Helium, Carter and Tarkas must risk all to save Dejah Thoris.

A Princess of Mars kicked off the subgenre of science fiction known as sword and planet, or sometimes interplanetary romance. Invariably this formula involves a man transported somehow to another world, where he meets the most beautiful woman imaginable and (of course) wins her hand, having found his true home. He is usually an expert swordsman as well, naturally. I read these as a kid and was enthralled, although the series seems to drop off in quality as they go on (the first five are generally considered the best, although I would really only recommend the first three).

 A Princess of Mars has swordplay and love in the face of hopeless odds, loyalty and betrayal, airships and atmosphere plants, savage monsters and exotic cities beneath the twin moons of Mars- it is a true science fiction classic and a fast read. It has aged somewhat as the writing style is wordier than we're used to nowadays, but if you want to read the book that probably launched a thousand others, this is the one.

Bookcover Spotlight #24

Savage Pellucidar (Pellucidar, #7)

Savage Pellucidar is a Frazetta figure in a prehistoric setting, with a sabertooth tiger as a companion. Notice her hair sticking to the spear- Frazetta did that a few times- is her hair sticking to blood on the spear?

I like the sense of a lost world- the moss on the gnarled tree roots and the somewhat bleak nature of the scene. This is the seventh book of the inner earth tales. I don't think I've read this, although I did always like Frazetta's covers. He had a distinctive style...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Beyond the Books Thanksgiving


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: Thanksgiving! 

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My family has a pretty traditional get- together, we do the turkey and the usual side dishes- mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, the works. Maybe macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole...  

I do like to have a ton of appetizers and snackies and have been known to spend a ton on them. 

Desserts? I'm not big on pies, although pumpkin pie works for me this time of year. 

And of course the long 4 day weekend doesn't hurt! I'm thankful for that alone! 

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A Dance with Dragons- Jon IV/ Tyrion V

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)

Jon is inspecting supplies beneath Castle Black, and we learn that there are tunnels all over underneath the place, called wormways. It's how the Nights Watch get around quickly in the winter when the snows are high. The situation is not good (this is Game of Thrones, what's new?) - they have a lot of food stored but Bowen Marsh says they will go through it fast, especially with Stannis' people. 

Afterward Jon is summoned before Stannis, and when he gets there he sees that Massey and Horpe have returned (they're the two that Stannis sent south on some mission). Stannis asks him about Mors Umber- he tells him that Horpe and Massey want Winterfell, and Massey wants Val as well. Stannis is more inclined to give Winterfell to Karstark, after he offers it to Jon again and Jon refuses again. 

Jon advises Stannis to go to the mountain clans and ask for their support, and then to march on Deepwood Motte. He says the clans, Flint, Wull, Norrey, Liddle will fight for him.  


Jon is skirting the edge of neutrality by offering Stannis counsel on how best to proceed in the north. Can't blame him though, as the alternative is bleak. 

Tyrion V

The Shy Maid is still heading downriver and they pass another boat, from which they learn that Volantis is at war and that Nyessos and Malaquo are for it. Griff remarks that Illyrio paid Nyessos for his support and they should own him, but Tyrion thinks that the Volantene might have reason to fear the dragon. An argument breaks out and Tyrion reveals that he knows who Young Griff is-and Griff as well.  

COMMENTARY: The big news here of course is the revelation about who Griff and Young Griff are.