Saturday, January 16, 2016

Sunday Post #125



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

It's been snowing and it feels wintery. There's a hush and a stillness after a new blanket of snow, the tinkling of icicles and the snowy branches stark against a winter blue sky. I'm enjoying that aspect of it, even as I get anxious for March and the nicer weather.  As I said last week, the new year is a time for new plans. What will the year bring? 

I finished Black Sails S2 this week. Is anyone else watching this? If so I'd love to know your thoughts. I like it, for the most part- and I really don't know who to root for. Everyone is flawed. You'd be hard pressed to find any "good guys" on this show, and that may be what I like about it. After all, this is pirates. Between this and stuff like Game of Thrones it's a great time if you like shades of grey characters (not that shades of grey). 

This week I'll have another Star Wars discussion post- this one will examine the story elements of The Force Awakens and explore what might be coming, along with what they could have done. Have ideas for where it could go, or where they could have done things differently? Stop by and let me know! I'll also be reviewing Need (finally)  

Need

Last week I discussed my favorite movies/ TV shows of 2015 and also took a look at cult classic Escape from New York.   



LAST WEEK:

Cover Characteristics
Top Ten Tuesday 
A Dance with Dragons  

Bookcover Spotlight

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A Dance with Dragons 
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BOOKISH NEWS:


Books of Amber, Lady Knight Reads and The Overstuffed Bookcase are hosting a rewatch of The 100. The event is already underway and runs until Jan. 21- which is when S3 premieres. They're watching about 3 episodes a week plus a livewatch on Twitter. The 100 is available on Netflix and you can go here for all the info.    

BLOGOSPHERE:

Little Red Reviewer discusses Star Wars The Force Awakens and makes some good points.  

Chapter Break reviews Menagerie

Lynn's Book Blog is posting a vintage cover a day for Vintage SciFi Month. This is awesome. 

Since I'm always raving about Continuum I thought I'd share a sneak peek from an episode in S3. Most of the show takes place in our time but they show vignettes of what life was like in 2077 before she was sent back  in time. I love this show. 

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  1. I love the stillness of winter too, though I don't care for it when it gets SUPER cold, but it's a good excuse to stay snuggled in with a good book and a warm cup of tea :) I seriously need to start watching The 100 - I have the book too and it isn't too think so I might start with that one and then get to the series. I've heard too many great things to miss out much longer ;) Have a great weekend Greg!

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    1. I like it don't like it at the same time. :) And I agree- it's nice to be indoors when the really nasty stuff hits! I think you'll like The 100- although I haven't read the books. I got hooked after a few episodes, but S2 is where I really became a fan.

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  2. We've been having quite a bit of rain this week, which meant that I holed up indoors, for the most part...no bookstores, no movies, except at home....but it felt cozy.

    Enjoy your shows...I found one I'm watching on Netflix called Wentworth...sort of an Australian Orange is the New Black.

    Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  3. My husband watches Black Sails and enjoys it but I don't think he knows who to root for either! That tends to appeal to him where I like my good guys and bad guys very cut and dried. Have a great week!

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    1. Every time I think I know who the "good guy" is on that show, they do something to correct me. :) So... yeah. I don't think there are any! It's fun though... after a shaky start I thought S2 was good.

      Have a nice week!

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  4. That was such a great intro and it sums up what is outside my window too! But yeah am looking forward to warmer weather! I have still not seen Star Wars which pains me but hope to soon.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you, I hope you get to see Star Wars soon! It is fun to see in the theater...

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  5. Such a lovely winter setting you've described, Greg. It has been quite pleasant where I live. The rain seems to have subsided for now, but I am sure it will be back soon enough. We started watching Dark Matter this week, and are enjoying it. I couldn't help but draw parallels between it and Firefly at first though.

    I hope you have a great week!

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    1. You know, I've never seen Firefly but I know they both involve ships and crews, so I can see them being similar. I hope you enjoy it, I liked DM a lot.

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  6. Don't think I saw your 'fave TV shows' post so am off to check that out.

    Did you watch / enjoy S4 of The Continuum last year? It was the final season, wasn't it? It isn't out here on DVD yet so I haven't seen it. I think I'll have to binge-watch the other seasons first though as I've forgotten bits and pieces.

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    1. I love Continuum and hope to get the seasons on Blu- ray soon...

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  7. Glad you are enjoying winter!
    I have a love-hate relationship with winter :)
    I love how clean and crisp everything smell but I always get a little blue. Surprisingly "Blue" is good for my writing because my project is an dark, gothic urban fantasy and winter inspires me a lot.
    Thanks for sharing Continuum! I think I've overdone fantasy a little lately and I'm seeking refuge in everything sci-fi now :)

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    1. I kinda do too actually- the love/ hate relationship. I like a new snowfall (long as I don't have to drive ) but after having some bad weather this weekend and traveling, I'm over it. :) And yes a little melancholy can sometimes inform our writing even if it's not good in other ways! :)

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  8. We are so lucky that there has been no snow yet. It was actually pretty warm the past couple of days. Kind of weird and unsettling though. Have a great week!!

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    1. Glad it's warm- we've fallen into single digits so it kinda sucks now. :)

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  9. We haven't had any snow yet, not sure how I feel about that. I guess it makes it easy to get to work ;-)

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  10. I love winter as well, but this one is getting a little crazy temperature-wise. One day it's almost 50 degrees and then the next it's nearly 10 degrees.

    Continuum looks interesting and I just noticed it's on Netflix! Woot.

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    1. We've had a mild winter until this past week. It's in single digits now and windy, and snowy, so I'm not really enjoying it- any more.

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  11. Winter can be beautiful but I'd appreciate it more if I didn't have to worry about driving! I can't wait till spring. Spring and summer are my favorite seasons.

    I haven't watched Black Sails though it looks kind of interesting. I don't have cable. I do plan to subscribe to HBO Now to watch Game of Thrones. I think it will be an exciting season since no one knows what will happen.

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    1. I really enjoy spring more now too- I used to like summer best but spring is beautiful and the temps are still noce not too hot or cold. So yeah spring works.

      Black Sails can be a bit raw but it's good- maybe a little uneven at times. I probably will get HBO Go for the same reason.

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  12. You set such a gorgeous scene with your description of the fresh blanket of snow. Meanwhile, the wind was so ridiculous this morning it actually partially opened my window -_-

    I was gonna say, I feel like I've seen Need on your blog every week, haha. I'll be looking forward to your review!

    Have a great week :-)

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    1. Thank you- it's been windy here too. Blowing and drifting snow all over the frickin place. :) And yes- finally I get to review Need. I was starting to wonder if I would ever get to it... :)

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  13. My favorite when it snows is going out at night when it's all fresh and new. The kids and I play around in the snow and it's just so pretty and quite.

    I have wanted to watch Black Sails but it's not on netflix and I started it when it first came out because PIRATES but I wasn't feeling it like I had hoped. I did want to try again it was hard to watch with the kids lurking about.

    Have a great week, Greg! Happy Reading!

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    1. I love a fresh quiet snowfall. As long as I don't have to shovel or drive, it's magical! Black Sails is definitely pirates, and yeah- not for the kiddos. Good grief! :) It's hard to see too, because you almost have to buy it on Prime, they don't make it easy to watch. I'm glad I watched it though, it has its moments!

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  14. we don't really get winter here in Southern California. It's currently 66 degrees and I'm so cold I'm in a robe and slippers with a cup of coffee. I couldn't handle snow, that's for sure!

    I'm super excited for The 100 to premiere! I feel like we've been waiting for ages!

    Here is my Sunday Post!

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    1. Oh I'm jealous- that sounds so nice. It's in single digits here with negative wind chills, so definitely winter here! I can't wait for The 100 either, it's been forever and I can't wait to see what happens next.

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  15. OMG, what happened?!?! One minute it's raining, then it's snowing, then it's icing, now it's just freezing out! I am sick of this Michigan weather already - calm, my butt! :P How about steady temps for a week, yeah? Actually, I think we get those this week so I'll shut up now. Freakin' Michigan weather... I need to kick my butt back to Ohio... or Maine... or *shudders* back with the crazies in California... :D

    Look out for my UF recommendations in your email ;) I'm done harassing ya for now...

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    1. I know! Crazy... hate this weather, so sick of it. I could use some warm too.

      "crazies in CA"... LOL.

      Yay, UF recs! I need to find some I like. Off to check em out... :)

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  16. Winter has finally arrived. I am glad the sun is supposed to show up later this week. But man is it cold outside today! I've got Need on the stacks and hope to get to it soon. I recorded the new show Colony and look forward to seeing if it is one I will continue with.

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    1. It is cold. Just got back and it's frozen out... good grief. Can't wait for a warm up...

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  17. Continuum looks great. I don't watch television shows at all anymore. I think I might have to do the binge watching thing a lot of people have been doing, and set aside Sunday afternoons for it maybe. I will be coming back to check out your TTT and both cover posts. Have a wonderful week, Greg. :)

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    1. Hope you like them- and I love Continuum. that show could have gone on forever and I would be happy. :)

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  18. It's feeling way to much like winter here even without snow. I will take my winter without snow if I can...lol. It did spit a bit of snow in the afternoon but that was it. Tonight will be 9 degrees!!!! :(

    I am curious to see what you think about Need.

    Happy reading!
    Stormi

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    1. I liked Need, and finally my review will be up LOL. It's been a while... it's cold here too, single digits and negative wind chills. Brrr...

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  19. I rewatched The 100 too. Good second season and looking forward the the next one. Haven't watched Black Sails yet but my son told me to check it out along with Vikings.

    My Sunday Post - http://fuonlyknew.com/2016/01/17/whats-new-on-my-bookshelf-143-and-the-sunday-post/

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    1. I think S3 of The 100 will be good... looking forward to it. Black Sails is good, a little uneven ... and Vikings I've had trouble getting into.

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  20. Ooh loved your description of winter ... I feel cooler already haha. Took me a while to get hooked on Black Sails but season 2 did it for me. I'm not really a fan of Eleanor but Long John Silver makes me laugh and I do like bad boy Charles Vane. Have a great week and happy reading :)

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    1. Yay! You know, Black Sails is a bit uneven for me too. I wasn't super impressed at first, then it hooked me, then I wasn't sure where they were going and now at the end of S2 I'm like what happens next??? :) I'm not crazy about Eleanor either, I do like silver... not sure about Flint, and I didn't think I liked Vane either but he's grown on me. And when he was like let's go get Flint out of Charles Town I was like yeah!! LOL...

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  21. I'm looking forward to The 100. I haven't watched Black Sails. I'm not sure if that's my kind of thing or not.

    We just had some very light snow for the first time this year. It didn't stick to the roads, but the cars are covered in snow. If that's all we get this year, I'll be happy :)

    Have a great week!

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    1. Black Sails is a bit raw, lots of nudity and kinda violent- pretty good story though. I really excited about The 100... :)

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  22. I live in Upper Lower part of MI and it has been so cold and we have so much snow. I can only hope that March is nice. We don't normally get nice weather until around May. We have short summers up here.

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    1. Yeah spend a lot of time in the Traverse area... I'm down in lower Michigan. Summers are short up there... I have relatives in Traverse and they've gotten quite a bit of snow I guess.

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  23. Love how you describe the snow. Makes me want to live somewhere where that happens! At moment it has just started to rain here and thunder and lightning after very hot muggy day. Enjoy your reading and... viewing this week!

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    1. A little snow goes a long way...I enjoy it briefly and it's beautiful when it's freshly fallen, but it gets old quick! LOL.

      I miss a good summer storm... :)

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  24. I'll have to give Black Sails another try. I watched the premiere episode and didn't get into it. But it does sound good. Lately I haven't been watching any TV. Legends of Tomorrow starts this week so I plan to watch that. Have a great week and stay warm =)

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    1. You know, the first episode of Black Sails didn't do much for me either... I had to give it a few episodes. It is good though. Legends of Tomorrow I have high hopes for too...

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  25. I hadn't even heard of the 100, but I'll have to check it out! I haven't seen Star Wars yet either, but I'm really excited to!

    Ally @ The Scribbling Sprite

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    1. Oh The 100 is fun... although I had to get through a few episodes to get into it. I hope you like Star Wars!

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  26. Ah your description of the winter snow was just beautiful. That is one of my favourite parts about this season. I hope we get some more soon.

    Hope you have a wonderful week, stay warm.

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    1. Thank you, I hope you get snow too if you want it. :) We got some and while it's beautiful the roads are bad now so I'm kinda over it. You have a great week as well!

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  27. I couldn't live where it snows. Visit, yes. lol. Black Sails is a series I plan to watch once I'm caught up on or finished with other shows I'm making my way through. I'm looking forward to it though.

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    1. Yeah it gets old quick! The roads are a mess here so yeah I'm over it already. LOL. Black Sails is good, not for the kids but good if you like pirate stuff. :)

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  28. It's the first I'm hearing of Black Sails so I will definitely check it out. My husband and I have been watching Narcos - the Netflix series - so far, it's been really enjoyable and interesting.

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  29. The silence of snow is great. We only had 3 flakes so not very impressive but hoping for more later this week. Have a great week!

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  30. Terrific sentence on the effect of a fresh snowfall. That's some good writing there. Our crew saw The Force Awakens on December 29th. My husband was so excited to see it; he wore his BB8 t-shirt we got him for Christmas. I was happy to see but didn't expect what it turned out to be. I was actually enthralled and on the edge of my seat! I loved it! I liked the homage to the classic three Star Wars episodes and boy is Rey a badass. I love how there is a strong female who my girls got to view even though they were more interested in the previews of the kids movies beforehand.

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  31. Nice word imagery for the snow! WE are hoping to get through the 29 weather tonight.
    I always enjoy your Cover posts. Thanks for taking time to share such good images.
    Happy reading and cover hunting!

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  32. Ooh, I hadn't heard of Black Sails. That sounds like something I need to check out.

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    1. Black Sails is a bit uneven but I just watched the finale to S2 and it was intense! Very good show when it's on its game.

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  33. I agree, very poetic snow imagery! I love snow. There is something about it that makes you feel alive. Or it could be just the cold. Lol.

    I am hoping to read Menagerie soon! It looks awesome.

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    1. Thank you! I love snow too, especially when it's freshly fallen. Then it can go away! :) Winter does have its own beauty though, and I do enjoy it in its own way.

      Menagerie does sound good! That one wasn't really on my radar until I saw that review, and now I'm curious!

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  34. I hope your week is going well.

    I am just getting around to visiting.

    It is freezing here in Pittsburgh.

    Have a great rest of the week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

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  35. I love the silence of winter, underneath the snow, everything is hushed, and it's nice. It also brings a little light to the dark winter nights.
    I hope you're having a great week, Greg!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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