Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sunday Post #42/ It's Monday. What Are You Reading?



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

This week was much better for reading, I finished two books and started another. Now that's what I'm talking about- finally. I was slow going on a couple of reads, I guess mainly because nothing was really wowing me - and life was busy too. It kinda feels like the logjam is broken and I can move on now.  I've got some good reads coming up too- well I hope they're good, they look good to me anyway.   

I should have several reviews up this week, just putting the finishing touches on my Jurassic Park thoughts. Looking ahead I have several YA reads I want to get to and a historical or two- where's the fantasy? Seems like I'm not feeling the fantasy love as much these days- or just not coming across the right stuff. Just not a lot that grabbing me right now. We'll see if that changes... 

 What's happening in your world?  

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG: 

Review: Seven Wild Sisters by Charles DeLint and Charles Vess
Teaser Tuesday #19/ Waiting on Wednesday #16
Sunday Post #41/ It's Monday. What Are You Reading? 

THIS WEEK ON THE BLOG: 

Review: Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick
Teaser Tuesday #20


CURRENTLY READING: 

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick (Perry & Gobi, #1)

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber


COMING SOON: 

Legacy of the Clockwork Key (The Secret Order, #1) Emilie and the Sky World (Emilie, #2)  


AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE: 

The Motor City Comic Con is coming May 16th-18th- and I'm going! Lots of great guests this year and it should be a lot of fun. 

My Shelf Confessions has a great new feature called WTF Wednesday- love that! This week she shared a video of some um, luggage handling issues- you gotta click over there and see what these guys were doing. Busted!  

This is not really bookish at all, but it caught my eye. Viewpoint: The Problem with Prom.  A senior in MI wrote a letter describing the issues he has with prom. I have a feeling a lot of people could relate to this. What do you think? 

Tor.com has some interesting news this week- including an update from Disney on Star Wars canon (it's just the movies, folks), some commentary, Dragon Age: Inquisition coming on October 7th, and an excerpt from Monument 14: Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne. 


Hail Hydrant

There's been a lot of discussion about last week's Game of Thrones episode- specifically the scene with Jaime and Cersei. Here are some thoughts about this that I pretty much agree with. My take is the Jaime of the books would never have done that, and that it was a serious misstep for the show. The show can of course do what it wants, but that's just not Jaime...  




   

 So what are you reading this week?


54 comments:

  1. I love that link about the rape in GoT! So glad you got to get some more reading done this week. Me too!! I hope you do a post about the comic con you go to!! I love to read all about them. The good and the bad!

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    1. I think I read more this week than in the last two weeks combined, LOL. It was nice to finish a few books. I will definetly do a post on the comic con, and hopefully will get some pics too. It's not a huge con but it's grown a lot and they should have some good stuff there... :)

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  2. Glad you got some quite a few books read this week, and your new arrivals look good as well. Looking forward to your reviews :) Have a nice day Greg!

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    1. It's about time I got a few read, LOL. Thanks Kimba, you have a great week !

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  3. Glad you finally had some time to read more and I share your views about GoT. It's funny you posted the video of Jurassic Park, that reminded me that Jeff Goldblum was the only person able to ever make me like a math teacher ;)
    Have a great reading week !

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    1. Me too, it felt good to finish some books! LOL about Goldblum- I hated math, but liked him in that movie. It's just so watchable... :)

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  4. I'm happy you have some time to read more, whereas I have non. Sadly but yeah I'll be back on track soon. I really hope you'll enjoy Legacy of the Clockwork Key as that cover is really beautiful. Great post :)

    Here is our Sunday Post!

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    1. I just started Legacy of the Clockwork Key, I hope you come back for the review. Hopefully it will soon- this year ha ha! Sorry to hear your reading time is down too- hope that turns out for ya soon. Thanks for stopping!

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  5. I'm curious to see your reviews about the books! Happy reading!

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    1. Thank you Melliane. I'm in the nice position of having some reviews to write now, after a few weeks of very little reading time. Think I like this better. :)

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  6. Had to skip over the GoT talk since I missed it last week and plan to catch up today before watching the new one.

    Sorry your reads aren't grabbing you lately, that happened to me a couple months ago it's very frustrating.

    I have been wanting to go to a Comic Con for a while, I am determined to go this year. I think the NY one is in October and my kids would love it as much as me. Hope you have a great time.

    Enjoy the week and Happy Reading!

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  7. Glad to see you are coming out of your reading funk, Greg. I picked up and read 3 short stories that I had tucked away on my Nook this week. That seemed to help a bit. The book I'm reading now also picked up its pace and I devoured about half of it yesterday while doing some extra resting to try and recover from this blasted cold.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Hope you feel better! I've actually done a lot of reading this weekend too- it's been a quiet one and that's good. For a change! Glad you're enjoying your reads!

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  8. I think lighter books mixed in with heavy ones help me when I'm in a slump. This past week was all heavy books for me....sigh.

    I think my new week will be better! Enjoy your week...and here's MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES

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    1. Hope so! I know what you mean, sometimes you need a little lighter break. I just finished a book last week that was fairly short and breezy, and that was a nice break. Now it's onward to something else... thank you for coming by.

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  9. Glad to hear this was a good week in terms of reading. I've had some slow reading weeks as well and it's been really bugging me, but it seems like it's picking up a bit again. I had the same issue with fantasy books, I seem to read a lot of contemporary romance lately and can't seem to find any fantasy that sounds really good. The last fantasy book I read ended up being a DNF. I hope you have a great week :)

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    1. Yes, I finally got some reading done this week and it felt good! LOL reading slumps are a drag. I don't know what it is with the fantasy stuff, I'm just not seeing much...

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  10. That scene in GoT got a lot of discussion on the podcasts I listen to this week. Not being a book reader (and not being attached to Jaime), I don't have a problem with the scene, but I do have a problem with the director's comments about it.

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    1. I'll bet that was a hot topic! I didn't see the director's comments, so not sure what to think there, but I'll bet we'll see more and more deviations as they get closer to where he's left off. Hopefully they handle these things with class...

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    2. I don't want to post the comments because I don't want to spoil anyone, but here's a link: http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/review-game-of-thrones-breaker-of-chains-uncle-deadly

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    3. OK, I've read the comments now and all I can say is... shocked. "One of his favorite scenes"? Ugh. Talk about in poor taste.

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  11. Gotta love when the logjam clears. :D Some interesting books you got coming up. Happy reading!

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    1. Thanks for stopping, it is nice to push ahead on the reading list a bit!

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  12. Since I haven't (YET!) read the A Song of Ice and Fire books, when I saw the rape scene, I didn't find it any more disturbing than any of the other disturbing scenes on the show. I can see why readers were surprised the scene was so different from the books, though. If I'd read the books, I might have thought that the producers were trying to highlight the fact that Jaime is a man who can never be fully redeemed. After all, this was a guy who attempted to murder a child, among other unpleasant things.

    But I couldn't believe when I read that the producers said, "It started out as rape, but then it became consensual. HUH??? They really need to educate themselves on rape. I can't believe that of all of the people who were involved in that scene, not one spoke up to say that they were badly missing the mark.

    Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

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    1. I totally agree. Cannot see anything remotely consensual about that. It's just shocking to me. I think as a reader that's one of the worst things I've seen, and there have been plenty of bad ones, but just because it differs from the book. So markedly- Jaime is a lot of things in the books, but not a rapist. Makes you wonder why they felt the need to do that.

      We really are getting a different character at this point. They can do that if they want, but it's a shame because Jaime and his journey of redemption is an absolute highlight of A Storm of Swords (notwithstanding the Bran thing- not sure how he ever gets past that).

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  13. Thanks Greg for stopping by my blog. Just looked at the video of the bag handlers. Hmm, yes carry on anything breakable if possible. I saw a video on facebook this week of someone unzipping a bag with a pen and then just zipping it up with zip afterwards. Don't know if it is true or not, haven't tested it out yet!
    Enjoy your reading week.

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    1. I know, couldn't believe those luggage handlers! Makes you wonder what all goes on...

      Thank you for visiting!

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  14. Glad you have cleared the logjam, just watch out for any approaching rapids!

    Have a great reading week
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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    1. Yeah I'll probably go from one extreme to the other- is there such a thing as too much reading? Probably not. :) Have a great week too!

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  15. Glad you've got your reading mojo back. I thought that scene with poor Jaime was one of the most out of character things I've seen. Different if he was an all round asshole but he does have some standards (Bran aside) ... made me so angry he was portrayed that way. Have a great week and happy reading :)

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    1. I was bothered by that too- just so out of character. Can't believe they though it was OK to make a change like that.

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  16. Thanks for stopping by yesterday. Hope you have a great week and happy reading.

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    1. Thanks Jenea, happy reading to you too!

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  17. I kind of struggled with my reading this week and switched back and forth between books before I found one that clicked with me. I hate when that happens and hopefully this week I will be more motivated.

    I am curious to see if there will be any other big announcements this week with the Star Wars movie. I am kind of expecting them to reveal something in honor of Star Wars Day (May 4th). I guess it is a good decision to create something that will be a surprise to fans instead of using the "expanded universe" material.

    It will be interesting to see what happens with Game of Thrones and how much season 4 will deviate from the books. Of course I won't know because I have only read the first book though I have read about the other books in the series. A lot of my library colleagues are die hard fans so I learn a lot that way :)

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    1. I'm curious about the Star Wars movie too, and I think you're right- we may hear something soon. I have not read a lot of the Expanded universe stuff so I don't really know how good it is- but I can imagine a lot of fans really enjoy it and will be bummed out to hear that. Hopefully they will come up with a sotry that is really good!

      That must be interesting, hearing about the books from co- workers. That's kinda nice to have people at work to talk about this stuff with. It sounds like they're going to pull from the later books a bit this season, so that should be interesting as we go forward!

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  18. It is hard to get much reading done when the books aren't engaging. I have hit a bunch of good books in a row which is encouraging. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. I know it, I was just treading water until I switched things up a bit. Now I feel like I'm moving again, nice to finish some books! Have a great week KAthy!

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  19. Hooray for getting your reading mojo back! I hope you love your reads this week. :)

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    1. Thank you, I hope I do as good this week as I did last week!

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  20. I love Jurassic Park!! I will be looking forward to your post. :)

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    1. Cool! It should be up this week... maybe Thursday. Thanks for stopping by!

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  21. lots of interesting newsbits here, Greg - thanks for sharing!
    I'm all about the books read and upcoming due to some FuN author wins - now it's just the time it takes for the post to arrive =)

    HapPy reading !

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    1. Awesome, hope your new reads are good and arrive soon! Thanks for coming by.

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  22. Haha Hail Hydrant, love it.

    And Ugh to the GOT rape scene. Jaime has become one of my favourite characters in the books and he was getting close to be in the show aswell. That act was so out of character for him and now I am worried where the writers are heading with his character.

    Looks like you have some good reading ahead of you, I hope they help to keep your reading mojo up.

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  23. Hi! This is my first time here. I love DragonAge! That's the first time I've seen that promo and we can't wait for the game to come out. I've gone to the San Diego Comic Con and my local Sacramento Comic Con, so I hope you have fun! I'll definitely stop by to see your post.

    Kathy
    http://mynookbooksnmore.com/

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    1. Welcome, and thank you for visiting. I've heard a lot about Dragon Age but never played it. Love games like that! SAn Diego sounds so cool, not sure if I'll ever make it to that con but would love to. They are a lot of fun definetly. Looking forward to hopefully getting some good pics and stuff at Motor City.

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  24. Glad your reading has picked up. My son called me after the episode to ask me if that was what happened in the book. He has not read the books and did not like what happened.

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  25. I like your titles. They make me want to add to my TBR.
    Enjoyed your blogoshpere notes too. I think you might like the Monster Hunter series. Fun entertainment - lots of action without the bad language.
    Hope this is a good week for you.

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    1. Thanks Martha! I like adding to my TBR, and do it frequently with this meme. Too many books to pass up! And that series does sound good.

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  26. Sorry I'm so late commenting back this week Greg, work has been kind of hectic. I love the title for the Joe Schieber book! I'm so confused about the Star Wars Canon...like did they just chalk all of the past books, comics, and shows up to being "legends". I'm more than a little grumpy by all of it. I know some of the older books could have been better, but why erase years and years canon? I hope you have a good week Greg and I hope you find something that catches your attention!

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    1. The Joe schreiber book is fun. Review should be up soon. AS for Star Wars- I'm totally with ya. While I have not read a lot of the star WArs EU, I know people have followed that faithfully over the years and have a lot invested in it. for it all to be non- canon now suddenly must be tough...

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  27. Congratz on finishing 2 books! Can't wait to hear what you've thought of Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick! :)

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    1. I liked it, it was quirky and fun. Review should be up Saturday... :) There's a sequel too, which I didn't know about- I think I'll have to get that!

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  28. Heya Greg. Whoa. I'm blown away by the article you linked about the Jaime/Cersei scene in GoT. As someone who hadn't read the books yet, I thought that scene was a bit off, in terms of the person I had thought Jaime was becoming. Comparing and contrasting the book texts with the episodes offers a lot of insight of the changes in the dynamics within these relationships. I was shocked at the difference in the book, regarding the Jaime/Cersei scene! She's actually eager. Oh, and she's on her period. Do you do show recaps? That'd be awesome.

    I understand the feels with the fantasy. Sometimes I take breaks from certain genres whenever I'm too burnt out with the formulas. Then I go back. I find that I tend to do this with fantasy a lot. Enjoy whatever strikes you as awesome. Emelie and the Sky World looks interesting. The cover has this sort of antiquated feel that attracts me and fills me with a sense of old-school wonder for what's out there.

    Take good care!
    Ellen @ Glamorous Book Lounge

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