Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday #40

 So here's a midweek round up of what I'm reading watching, etc. Plus Can't Wait Wednesday, hosted by Wishful endings. So sit back, raise a cuppa, and see what's new! And share what you're up to.  

This week my Can't Wait pick is The Extinction Trials: Rebel. There's no cover yet so I'm using the first one as a placeholder.  

The Extinction Trials (The Extinction Trials, #1)

What I'm Reading


What I'm Watching


FraterFest Read-a-thon

The FraterFest readathon is back, courtesy of Caffeinated Book Reviewer! You know October is the month for scary reads, right? And it seems like lately there haven't been as many readathons and scary events in October as there were a few years ago. I could be wrong, but it seems like a few have fallen by the wayside. And that's the way of things, but when I saw Kimba bringing this one back, well... I had to participate! 

FraterFest is about the spooky and paranormal reads. The readathon runs from Oct. 11th to Oct 16th and it's easy to jump in- the sign up post is here. You can read thrillers, suspense, horror, mysteries... you name it. I'm still finalizing my TBR for the RAT but here's a look at a few that I've picked. 

Are YOU doing FraterFest??  

The Chess Queen Enigma (Stoker & Holmes, #3)


Survive the Night

Monday, September 17, 2018

Top Ten Books On My Fall 2018 TBR


 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by 
That Artsy Reader Girl. 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 is Top Ten Books on my Fall 2018 TBR. Most of these are books that are just coming out, or will be soon, although there may be one or two that have been out for a while, and I just haven't gotten to them yet.      

Wildcard (Warcross #2)
Nine Perfect Strangers

The Light Between Worlds

Onyx and Ivory

The Consuming Fire (The Interdependency, #2)

Number One Chinese Restaurant

The Cheerleaders

Broken Things


Love & Luck

Tuesday Tagline #109

Three Little Lies

Two best friends. One fateful night.  

Monarchy in Fantasy

Have you ever noticed that fantasy worlds almost always have monarchies of some form or another? Sure, every once in a while they mix it up- say a riff on Venice- and there are some fantasies that don't go this route, but by and large? I think some form of monarchy is the norm in a lot of fantasy, especially epic fantasy. I think this is fascinating because in the real world we have long since dispensed with ideas like divine right of kings and noble blood, but in fantasy it just seems to be accepted. Take Game of Thrones, for example. The clue is right in the title. This is not about gaining the most seats in a parliament (and frankly that'd be quite boring, probably)- no this is a game of thrones, after all.

The world of Westeros, to continue the example, has something like eight thousand years of history, and yet they're still using kings and queens for government? Think about how far the real world has come in that span, and then compare to Westeros. They seem to be behind the times. I guess magic and dragons will do that. Or Tolkien. The world of Middle- earth is another one with noble bloodlines and even has immortals living alongside mortals. You'd think that they would have found a better form of government by the Fourth Age? I guess not.

Now again, maybe monarchy is just sexier. If your blood has power that's kinda neat, right? The "chosen one" or the hidden princess, the royal child raised in secret, all of that's such good story fodder. But do you, as a reader, ever think about that and wonder- why don't they move on? You know, get with the program. I mean let's face it, in some of these societies the whole monarchy thing isn't going so well, is it? And while it may be improving some- we're getting more and more fantasy set in Renaissance settings, or steampunk worlds, or whatever- I think most epic fantasy is still royal.  

So what do you think? Is this a problem or are you fine with it? Are there enough alternatives out there or do we need more? Share your thoughts in the comments, and I'd love to hear your favorite ones, whether they be kingdoms or independent cities or something else entirely. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Sunday Post #263

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews
It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Date 
Another week of open windows and cool breezes, punctuated by some warmer weather as well. A nice week all around. It's nice listening to the night sounds in the evening, the song of late summer. The fireflies are mostly gone, we're not getting those humid nights anymore. You can feel the change of seasons in the air... and speaking of which, I think I'm going to join the Fraterfest readathon hosted by Kimba. I was just lamenting the lack of spooky October- themed events a few weeks ago and so now there's at least one that I'm aware of.    

The read-a-long for Record of a Spaceborn Few is ongoing with La La in the Library, A Dance With Books and Jo's Book Blog and we're having some amazing discussions. You guys are awesome to read with. :) 

Movies That Suck is still on hiatus and last week I reviewed The Opposite of Here. I also have a review upcoming for An Unwanted Guest. And on Monday I'll have a discussion post addressing Monarchy in Fantasy. Otherwise I'm still binging Wentworth (that show is crazy) and Deadwind.  

The Opposite of HereRecord of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers, #3)An Unwanted GuestObscura 

Song of the week  


Image result for fare prey pulp cover


Survive the Night



Sketch-a-day 051

 A dystopian winterscape. 

Sketch a day 051 by skraww

Sketch-a-day 101

This one feels like a cold lake somewhere and someone getting a surprise!

Sketch a day 101 by skraww

Sketch-a-day 278

I feel like I'm looking out of a sea cave with gulls crying overhead and salt spray making everything slick. 

Sketch a day 278 by skraww

Gloomy Forest

I love the mist- could there be will-o-wisps about?

Gloomy Forest by skraww

Hidden Depths

Note the serpent underneath the water. 

Hidden Depths by skraww

His Valley by TacoSauceNinja

They Arrived In The Night by TacoSauceNinja

Land Of The Lost by TacoSauceNinja


You have to see the link version of this.

The Turning

This one's kind of terrifying as she slowly turns into a vampire?

Ash gray 

Lake blue 


This one's very muted but if you click the link you can see more- the water, the cattails, even her breath misting.

Shelter for the Night

I love this one- someone sheltering in an old ruin. This wouldn't look out of place on the 100, would it?

Reach - Empathetic Robot

Reach - Empathetic Robot by DonatoArts


@alicolorado  I LOVE this.

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