Saturday, May 3, 2014

Sunday Post #43/ 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 pretty good, I got a couple reviews up and got some reading done.  It's been cold and rainy all week but today the sun is out and looks like a good day.   
  
So how was your week? 

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG: 

Review: Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick - a fun and fast read, and the sequel is already out!
Review: Jurassic Park
Teaser Tuesday #20 

THIS WEEK ON THE BLOG: 

Teaser Tuesday #21 




COMING SOON: 

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

Legacy of the Clockwork Key by Kristin Bailey 
Emilie and the Sky World by Martha Wells


NEW ARRIVALS: 

Perry's Killer Playlist (Perry & Gobi, #2)

Perry's Killer Playlist by Joe Schreiber 


AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE: 

The cast of Star Wars Episode VII has been announced. Speaking of which, Sunday is Star Wars Day and in celebration of that, check out these SW posters. I want that first one... 
Star Wars Poster - Timothy Anderson- She's Fast Enough for you old man

Anybody want a drink? Winter is Coming has a Cocktails of Westeros series. How about a Bloody Melisandre? I want a (guy) version of that shirt, too...


Game of Thrones Themed Cocktails Recipes... by winteriscoming  


There's a cool new game coming called 20,000 Leagues Above The Clouds. They describe it as Baldur's Gate meets Pirates!, with steampunk. I want to play this!





Robert Downey Jr. tweeted this image of the cast of Avengers 2 having dinner. 

There's been so much discussion over the last few weeks about the Game of Thrones show and the changes they are making to the story. Also the last episode contained what is very possibly a spoiler for books that have not even been released yet. So here is a roundup... 

Vikings creator calls GoT "soft porn" at the Mary Sue. Worth a read. The comments especially... 

Many of us love GoT but do ever kind of think it's a little @#$%^'ed up? This post makes a pretty good point about how it's a bit much at times, especially regarding the kids' ages (they've all been aged up in the show).  It's pretty critical but I have a hard time disagreeing with a lot of it. 

I saw a comment somewhere where they basically said up til now it's always been a question of how they would interpret the books. Now we're at a point where potentially any episode could spoil FUTURE books- so heads up! 

Agents of SHIELD is so much more interesting with Agent Hill in it.  


 

 So how was your week? 


63 comments:

  1. I am excited about Avengers, and the new star wars. Glad you had such a good week Greg. May the force be with you :)

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    1. And you too, Kimba! LOL- good one! :)

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  2. GoT drinks - brilliant. Thank you for sharing. To be completely honest, I am not the biggest fan of the series. I read first book and watched first season of the show, but the second one is mehhh.... It's not much better than True Blood ond similar shows. Only difference is that it has more male audience.

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    1. I thought that was cool, too. I understand about the series- I do like the books, but the show not as much. Certain things are bad enough on the page, but when translated to a visual medium it's almost worse. My take, anyway. Thank you for visiting.

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  3. The books are all new to me I confess but I hope you'll like them all. I don't see the shows either, I'm soooo late with mine. Happy reading!

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    1. Yeah I'm kinda behind too, just not a lot of TV time lately for whatever reason. I have a hard time keeping up with it all! :)

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  4. May the Fourth be with you, Greg. Great round up of links. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on Stoker's Manuscript. I love Dracula re-imaginings.

    Terri M.
    Second Run Reviews

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  5. I am one episode behind on GoT but I have heard a lot of people say it may have spoiled the book coming out. I need to catch up and of course I wont be able to watch tonights either but I plan to catch up this week. I have to say I am loving this season so far.

    Enjoy all your new reads and fingers crossed next week no rain, I just want the sun already it rained all week here. :)
    Have a great week Greg

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    1. You too Michelle. I hope you enjoy the GoT catch- up. :) That spoiler is a little surprising but maybe it shouldn't be too much, since we knew SOMETHING was going on there. Still kinda came out of left field. I'm hard on the show sometimes, but it is cool there is a show at all! Tonight's episode should be fun...

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  6. Love the Star Wars posters! I'll skip the GoT stuff for now; I'm not watching and haven't read the books yet. I may try them sometime, but at this point, I think I'll wait until the series is complete.

    The title of Stoker's Manuscript is intriguing. I assume it's about Bram Stoker and his novel about Dracula? I look forward to reading your review!

    Thanks for stopping by, and May the Fourth be with you!

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  7. I''m curious about Stoker's Manuscript...as for Game of Thrones, I'm too far behind. May have to catch it on Netflix.

    Enjoy your week...and here's MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES

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  8. Stoker's Manuscript sounds interesting, I hope you enjoy it! I still haven't watched GoT or Agents of Shield - I just can't keep up! I'm kind of thinking I'll wait for GoT until I've read the books so I won't have spoilers like that. But I want to start Shields soon! I guess I have some TV watching to catch up on! Thanks for sharing all the links Greg and have a great week!!

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    1. Sure thing, hope you enjoy your week. GoT is better in the books so good choice ha ha! And Agents of Shield I got away from after watching the first one- but it's better now or so I hear!

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  9. What I can't understand is if it's Star Wars day today, why isn't it showing on tv somewhere?!?!?!?! Usually it's all over Spike TV!!! I blame it on Disney buying the franchise. At least I found the Lego special that's on tonight :) We never miss those and they used to be carried by Cartoon Network. Hysterical stuff!!!

    Here's to getting our gardens in soon!! Have a great reading week!

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    1. Hey you too! I'm totally with ya on Star Wars, there ought to be a marathon on some channel. Yes Spike is usually all over that LOL! LEGO special? Didn't know about that, may have to tune that in tonight... cool!

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  10. Stoker's Manuscript sounds really interesting. Hope you enjoy it and have a great week!

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  11. I've never heard of Stoker's Manuscript but now I must have it! Sounds really interesting and then there's the cover art! I haven't watched Agents of SHIELD but it's on my list of shows to start watching. I've heard great things about it. Have a great week!

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  12. Isn't is scary in a way that summer is just around the corner now… it was just Christmas arrgh. But I do love summer and the outdoors as well. Do tell us about the festivals and conventions you are planning to go, I'm curious now!
    Thanks for stopping by :)

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    1. Yes I can hardly believe summer is almost here... even though I've been complaining about winter so much! Looking forward to all the festivals and summer nights out though... hoping to have some posts on them as we go along!

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  13. Just added Stoker's Manuscript to my tbr list-love the sound of this one.

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  14. Are those graphci novels you have there? They look pretty good! Oh! Avengers! *bounces in seat* Can't wait! May the 4th Be With You!

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    1. Yes they are- I like to do some comic reviews but it's been a while. They're really good, I've read them before but didn't own them, so I ordered them for another go.

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  15. All your books look good. I enjoyed Night Owls though it started off slow. Where up north will you go?

    Today's weather has been good but now my allergies are acting up. Ah well, it's still better than cold temps, snow, and ice. Have a good week!

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  16. It's unfortunate that the show has probably spoiled a future book, but unless GRRM suddenly releases all the rest of the books, like tomorrow, this probably won't be the only time, just the first. Either that or the show is off in a completely different direction than the books will eventually take.

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    1. You're right- I better get used to it ha ha! It won't be the same now with the show overtaking the books.

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  17. I had no idea there was another Star Wars in the making, my kids will be thrilled. May the force be with you Greg. Have a great week.
    Sharon :-)
    Sharon's Book Nook - Sunday Post #29

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    1. You too Sharon! Thank you for visiting!

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  18. Stringing a few days together with warm weather including sunshine makes us believe winter is over. Hope you make it the Coast Guard Festival in August! Not planning a trip to Mackinaw Island, first time in years, due to my grandson's arrival in June and a trip to Alaska in August. Have a great week.

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    1. Congrats on the grandson coming soon and your trip too! Sounds great. We will most likely be around for Coast Guard, haven't been there the last few years and would like to this year. Always fun. Looking forward to some warm summer days on the beach and boardwalk!

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  19. Here's to hoping winter is finally behind us! It is supposed to be rainy and colder tomorrow but today was really nice.

    I am curious about Legacy of the Clockwork Key. It sounds like something I'd like.

    May the Fourth Be With You! I am glad they finally announced the cast for the new Star Wars movie. I hope it will be better than the prequels!

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    1. Me too! Glad to see Star Wars day so popular. Clockwork Key does look good, that's going to be my next read after my current one. Been meaning to get to it for a while now! :)

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  20. Great book week, Greg. Hope next week is even better! Happy reading and thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. Thank you Catherine, hope your week is good as well.

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  21. recognizing the anne perry - usually a good read tho' some are pretty dark
    knowing her background changed my interest in reading her books.. yep, surprised myself..
    having a great time with Kimba's cleansweepARC challenge - getting me on track!
    hapPy reading...;)

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  22. Looks like you have the same weather we have... I love the cover of Stoker's Manuscript. I hope you're enjoying it. My hubby will be happy to hear about the new Star Wars film. Enjoy your new books!

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    1. So far I'm liking it a lot. I'm excited about Star WArs too... but a littler skeptical. We'll see if they can pull it off... :)

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  23. I am so glad spring is here finally too. We had SNOW last week. Tomorrow is supposed to be 83. I washed the cars in the driveway today to just be outside. That GoT spoiler was a little eh for me... a name really (that was the spoiler on the HBO website)??? Now the show did spoil though future books that's for sure. I am about to check out the videos you post because they look amazing!

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    1. I liked those videos, thought they were fun. :) I think that new game looks amazing!

      Yeah the spoiler is probably not a big deal, although it does potentially show something we didn't know so it was a surprise. Going forward we'll see them jump around between books and maybe a few more peeks at upcoming stuff- should be interesting!

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  24. GOT cocktails ... HA thanks for sharing, loved it. We've just had a cold snap here, very surprising for Autumn in Brisbane. Yay you finally get to have some Spring/Summer fun! Have a great week and happy reading :)

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    1. I loved it too, and will be following that to see what else they come up with LOL. I am ready for some warm weather and some beach time!

      Thanks for coming by and bottoms up! :)

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  25. We are going up north this summer as well! My husband has never been to the Upper Peninsula so we are taking a trip there. :) I am glad that spring is here but my allergies are killing me!! :)

    Stoker's Manuscript looks great!!

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  26. Now is when it is finally feeling like Spring for you? Summer is like a month away! It already feels very warm over here. I just hope it doesn't get too hot too fast like it usually does. The Star Wars posters that look like ads are awesome. I haven't read the books but if the Night King theory is true in GoT that would be awesome... That post on how messed up GoT is very true. I don't like all the rape and abuse in GoT and that's not why I watch it. I like the characters and the plot. I had no doubt George R.R. Martin's books were graphic but comments and what's happening in each book have made me realize how creepy he is. I didn't know Dany was so young or Robb or Jon. I assumed they were older. I knew Sansa and Arya were very young though. I don't know why they weren't older or grew older by at least a year from each of those long books. I wish it wasn't so graphic or I would enjoy it much more. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I know, our spring is very late arriving this year! We always get hot fast too, I'd be happy with 70's for a while. I'm actually really surprised by that spoiler, although I understand they are laying the groundwork for finishing the show since they have limited time- and the books are nowhere near finished. I just didn't think we'd get hints like that of the North quite so soon.

      I'm with you, I am a huge fan of the series but the books are raw and the HBO series has gone way overboard in my opinion. It's just in your face. I like the characters and plot too, and could do without the graphicness. They always read as oldr to me, but if you think about how young some of them are, especially Dany... it is a little weird. And HBO needs to chill... at least that's my view.

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  27. It sounds like you had a good week, and that you have some interesting new book arrivals. Good to hear that you enjoyed Jurassic Park, I did too - especially the ending, which I thought was (scarily) realistic. I hope you have a great week.

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    1. I was surprised by the ending, and liked it- it was realistic. and a little chilling, when you realized they weren't leaving Costa Rica anytime soon. Yikes! Glad I read it.

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  28. Spring keeps coming and going here in Oregon but at least it is green and warmer. I hope you are enjoying Night Owls. I thought it was a good series opener though it did have some flaws. I have an ARC of Stoker's Manuscript as well to read so I will be checking out your review.

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  29. I've been curious about Legacy of the Clockwork Key, I've picked it up a few times and then put it back. I really enjoyed Night Owls. It looks like you got some good books and have a great week planned!

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    1. I'm going to read Legacy next, I've been eyeing it for a while and need to get to it. I'm curious about it...

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  30. Stoker's Manuscript has a stunning cover! I'm definitely adding that to my tbr pile, it sounds fantastic (just looked it up). I hope you're enjoying it and your other reads.
    Here's my It's Monday! Post
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  31. I loved that Star Wars pic. I hope we get more. I also hope they'll be able to keep a lid on spoilers.

    It would be fun to be in the room with the GoT writers when they discuss whether and how to diverge from the books. From what I understand, they've stuck to the books pretty closely up until two episodes, so I'm sure it was pretty jarring to the readers. Contrast that with The Walking Dead, which made big changes right off the bat. Of course, there is probably a different level of fanaticism between the two, but I found it amusing that the readers were so shocked.

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    1. I know, I need that! Just so I can look out of the Millennium Falcon cockpit from time to time. :)

      I think you're right, they've been pretty faithful for a series this massive... and yes, to be in the writer meetings- THAT would be interesting! I do feel like sometimes they go for shock value when they could achieve the same effect with inference or be a little more subtle- a lot of things implied in the books are thrown out there on the show rather gracelessly at.times. I also have to wrap my head around the idea that I'm going to see new plot points on the show before the books, now in all likelihood. At least we'll get the end one way or the other! :)

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  32. Your books look very interesting!
    That game looks great, might have to introduce it to the mister. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Ciska! I like the looks of that game too I don't know when it's coming out, but I want to play it. :)

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  33. That game in the clouds looks like fun. It's so nice to finally sit outside sometimes when the weather is nice (we're getting quite a bit of rain which is great for the growing things so no complaints!) In the 80's later this week...just hope the humidity isn't too bad. And that allergies settle down.

    Have a great week...I'm going to check out your reviews now.

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    1. Thank you Jan- I agree, it is nice to finally get to spend some time outdoors! After a rainy week last week we're finally getting some sunshine now- feels great!

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  34. I've tried to get back into gaming the past year and just haven't been able to manage it. I think books and blogging totally engulfed all my free time and what other time I have I spend with my kid/hubs and maybe a little arts and crafts here and there.

    I hope you seriously enjoy the books and that the game ends up being awesome. I can live vicariously thru you.

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    1. I know what you mean, blogging just takes a lot of time- and oh yeah reading too :) I don't game nearly as much as I used to...and I don't really miss it that much, sometimes I do especially if a game looks really good. This game just looks so cool visually I want to play it- but who knows when it will come out? :)

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  35. I definitely agree that Game of Thrones, the show ,goes too far with the constant female nudity, as well as sexualised violence. The other post you linked, I read a little bit from the beginning, and I had to stop because I disagreed with the way it handled ASoIaF book's description of women. In my opinion, we are never made to believe that Sansa deserves what she gets in King's Landing - some readers might take it that way, but I don't think it's the author's meaning at all. He often makes the reader dislike a character, then gives him/her hardships that are so out of proportion to their crimes/misdeeds, that people don't think they deserve them after all. Also, Catelyn is one of my favourite characters - so I couldn't read anymore. Everyone can have their opinions, but it would have just made me mad to keep reading. :D

    Anyway, didn't mean to hijack your post with ASoIaF talk! Stoker's Manuscript sounds interesting, I'd be interested to know if there are actual vampires in the book or whether it's more of a mystery novel. And we have some quite old Thunderbolts comics in the closet, perhaps I should go ahead and read them.

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    1. I love GoT talk, too, but sometimes I feel like I go way overboard! I'm glad you didn't think so.

      Stoker's Manuscript actually having vampires only makes it more interesting to me - I like books with fantastic/supernatural elements more than just "plain" mysteries etc. I think I'll have to put it on my reading list along with The Historian, after I finally get around to rereading Dracula.

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    2. I definetly think you'll like it then. I'm the same way, I read an occasional regular mystery, but to me it's more fun if there's a fantastical element to it! :)

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  36. Legacy of the Clockwork Key sounds interesting.
    Thanks for stopping by My It’s Monday!

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  37. I'm so far behind in GOT that I'm sort of afraid to click any of those links, but I've heard a lot of people were miffed at this past episode. I don't really understand why they are adding in future plot considering the books are like 600 pages long there is plenty of things you can use to take up time. Unless it's a matter of continuity. I'm pretty interested in Stoker's Manuscirpt, it sounds like something I would have loved reading back in high school. I might have to grab a copy.

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    1. Hope you like it if you get it! The only thing I can think on GoT is they are trying to lay the groundwork for finishing thre show, since I keep hearing theyr talking 7 episodes. So they're accelerating stuff I guess,,,but it IS realy irritating! :)

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