Saturday, January 30, 2016

Sunday Post #127



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

I'm glad January is almost over, this month has gone by fast and I'm happy about that. I'm looking forward to spring even if the winter has been mild for the most part. We didn't get the blizzard that came through last weekend but it has been cold here- I'm ready for warm breezes. And it did snow midweek. I did get some reading in and watched a few shows- I haven't done very good with catching premieres but I've been binging Orphan Black. 

I wasn't sure I'd like Orphan Black at first but after a few episodes I love it. It's pretty funny too- some good writing. Hard to believe the same actress plays all the different clones.  

In stray cat news- he (or she) is still around, but I still haven't gotten close. I put out a box with a blanket to sleep in, but I don't know if he's using it. Whenever I peek out there late at night or in the morning he's not in it, but the food still disappears. :) So... 

LAST WEEK:

Cover Characteristics
Top Ten Tuesday 
A Dance with Dragons  
Beyond the Books Something Won
Bookcover Spotlight

NEXT WEEK:

MON- Cover Characteristics 
TUE - Top Ten Tuesday  
A Dance with Dragons 
THUR-  
FRI - Bookcover Spotlight   

NEW ARRIVALS/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:

Sanctuary BayThe Immortals (Olympus Bound #1)

BLOGOSPHERE: 

Paper Fury asks Is It Possible To Read Too Much? 

Book Minx reviews Ladyhawke for Film Fridays. 

Cornerfolds reviews The Kiss of Deception

It Starts At Midnight has an awesome recap/ discussion post on The 100 premiere. 

Like the Game of Thrones theme? Here Jenny O'Connor (of Circa Paleo) and her sister Kelly do the theme song. Pretty good. Circa Paleo are often on the Renaissance faire circuit. 



Is this a cool pic or what? You can see the expanded version here- courtesy of agnidevi at Deviant Art. The Fellowship traveling through the Misty Mountains...

Far over the Misty Mountains by agnidevi


70 comments:

  1. Ooooh that LotR picture is gorgeous ♥!! I love it, thank you so much for sharing :) I've been meaning to get into Orphan Black for a while now - hoping to finally do so soon so I'm excited to see that you're enjoying it! Oh I hope that stray cat lets you befriend it soon hehe! Have a great weekend Greg!

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    1. I love it too. And Orphan Black is awesome- but I had to get through an episode or two before I liked it. I wasn't sure at first, so stick with it maybe if you're not impressed right off the bat.

      I think the cat might be warming up a bit- today he saw me through the window and kinda watched me while he ate. But then he took again. Very skittish!

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  2. I really enjoyed the first season of Orphan Black but for some reason never went back to the series. Sanctuary Bay has been following lately. I've seen it everywhere which I think is a sign I should buy it! Have a great week!

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    1. I just started S2 of Orphan Black and the first twp episdoes were good. I hate buying the episodes so I may slow down a bit- -I wish Netflix would stream it! And Sancutary Bay is new to me too- I think I just saw it last week for the first time, and liked the sound of it. It does seem to be making the rounds. :)

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  3. I was on Netflix quite a bit this week, and noticed Orphan Black...I should try it. I am in between series, waiting for the fourth season of House of Cards.

    Sanctuary Bay looks like a tempting book. Enjoy your week! Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. I hope you try Orphan Black if you try it. It's definitely intriguing- and surprisingly funny at times.

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  4. "In stray cat news..." is such a great way to start a paragraph lol. Well, I'm sure he/she appreciates the food even if the bed is going unused. I'm ready for winter to be over too though. I'm just not good with cold, so bring on the heat already!

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    1. LOL I hadn't thought of that but it is a rather unusual update isn't it? :P It's been kinda fun watching his comings and goings this week, I have to say...

      I'm hating the cold and so over winter... I'm ready for the heat too!

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  5. Sanctuary Bay and The Immortals look appealing to me. Glad you aren't getting as much snow, though too bad about the cold weather for the stray kitty. Maybe you can contact a feral cat organization and they can put out a humane trap to bring it to a shelter...
    Loved the musical clip. I don't watch Game of Thrones but I enjoyed that music. We love anything Renaissance Faire!

    Oh... and I wish I could actually go to the Misty Mountains! It was filmed in New Zealand (as I know you know) and I knew a person online whose grandparents "lived in the Misty Mountains" where they filmed it, and posted pics online of the real place. Just wow!

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    1. I think those both sound good too. Looking forward to both. And yeah I've been trying to figure out where he goes, I thought he was someone's cat in the area but just not sure.

      I love Renaissance faire time and look forward to the seasons starting up again soon!

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  6. Winter has been pretty mild for us too. We were lucky enough to miss the snow storm that came through.

    Love the Star Wars characters meeting their equivalents from the new movie. :)

    Thanks for sharing a link to my Ladyhawke review.

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    1. Glad it passed you by! That didn't look very fun. :) I liked that Star Wars thing too- cracked me up a bit.

      You are welcome- it was nice to see an older movie like that spotlighted.

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  7. Deviant Art is the best, the LOTR pic is beautiful.

    Glad the weather wasn't so bad for you, we had snow here today which has been heavy all day but will be gone tomorrow as it warms up. The weather is freaky!

    Have a good week!

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    1. I know, is Deviant Art the bomb or what? So much cool stuff there...

      Snow sucks basically, yeah I know I was all on about it a week or so ago, but I'm over it. LOL. Ready to move on, nothing to see here... hope your weather improves, we had some sun today.

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  8. I didn't mind S1 of Orphan Black but it went downhill after that. I'm up to date, but not sure I'll tune in when it returns...

    And... at least the poor cat is getting fed, so that's probably all you can do!

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    1. Did it? Yikes that's good to know. I just watched the first two of S2 and liked 'em, but I'm not that far along yet... yeah the cat comes to eat but doesn't stick around, he looks healthy... could be someone's outdoor cat for all I know.

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  9. Ha - I like watching that conductor. Glad you're enjoying Orphan Black. Yeah, I like the humor in it too. It's crazy how she plays all those characters.

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    1. Is he crazy or what? Orphan Black is awesome- I'm hooked. Alison is a trip. I think you were the one who recommended it to me- if so thanks! Glad I tried it...

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  10. I love that LOTR art, gorgeous. I'm making my way through season three of Orphan Black now, it's a great show. Good luck with the cat! I hope he starts warming to you a bit more!

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  11. I've heard many people say January was fast for them! I guess somehow for me too because it has been indeed a mild winter. I started some seeds for spring already! :) The Immortals looks good! looking forward to your reviews. I'm pretty sick right now and my eyes are shutting down so off now to check all your wonderful videos before I go to sleep. GoT!!!!! yeahhh! Just want to say hello before I crashed!:)

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    1. Hey Daniela! Glad you stopped- I've done that, been blogging late at night and I'm like "I should probably sleep at some point" LOL. Hope you're having a good weekend and feel good soon!

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  12. We've had some snow in January, though it was very little. And afterwards the temperatures rose up high again so it didn't feel like Winter here some moments.

    I've heard of Orphan Black, but I have yet to check it out. Good to hear it is worth it though.

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  13. Orphan Black is one of the few shows I actually watch these days Greg (still catching up on Season 3), and I love how there are so many different things going on, plus, clones!
    Are you sure it's a cat who comes to eat your food? Maybe it's a fox? :p Anyway, I hope the cat stays warm, even if s/he doesn't stay long enough to be seen.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  14. I know what you mean by January having gone fast!! It's crazy! But you look to have got some good books this week! Have a good one and happy reading!

    Laura @ http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. You too Laura! Hope you have a great week.

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  15. I tried Orphan Black once but never got past the first couple episodes then just never went back, I will have to try again some time. I just finished Sanctuary Bay and the review is coming up next month, I liked it. Happy reading!

    Stormi
    Week in Review

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    1. You know the first two episodes didn't wow me and I almost gave up on the show. By mid season I was into it. I didn't like the actress at first but now I have a lot of respect for how she can play those roles.

      Glad to hear Sanctuary is good, looking forward to that!

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  16. See you need a restart to the year too. Happy New Year Greg! Lol
    I am wanted to see Orphan Black but haven't gotten a chance yet. I heard mixed things but I would like to try it myself.

    Maybe the cat has a family and comes by you to eat too. I know a lot of "strays" do that but I wouldn't give up the box yet just in case it does get super cold he/she will have some place to go.

    Have a great week, Greg! Happy Reading!

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    1. I know it! :) I hope you try Orphan Black if you get a chance- it's a trip. I wasn't sure of the first few episodes, so if you do try it stick with it- it gets good (and kinda hilarious) as it goes.

      I was thinking the same thing about the cat. He (or she) doesn't seem too stray- ish if you know what I mean, looks pretty clean and I've seen him in the neighbors' too- he seems to visit the same few places. :) So yeah- I'm keeping the box out just in case.

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  17. Thank you on behalf of the cat!

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    1. Hi Mystica- you are welcome ha ha! He keeps coming by so I think the food agrees with him!

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  18. I've seen The Immortals around. How are you liking it or did you like it ?

    Here is my Sunday Post!

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    1. I haven't started The Immortals yet actually, I'm hoping to maybe read that one next! It's totally a book I was interested in based on the cover, but the blurb sounds good too.

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  19. I'm glad you missed the blizzard and hope it warms up soon. Here it has been in the 50s for the past two days and I think it will stay warmer for a little while. I am pretty happy about that though I know it won't last.

    I haven't watched Orphan Black. Maybe someday. I have too many shows at the moment! Did you watch Legends of Tomorrow?

    Thanks for sharing the violin video. That is a really cool cover of the Game of Thrones theme song.

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    1. It's warm here today too, and robins are out. Does that mean spring? Maybe not, but I hope so. :)

      I have not seen Legends yet, and was kinda bummed I missed it. the only premiere I've seen was The 100, and it was just okay.

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  20. I am ready for spring too!!! Glad you loved Orphan Black. So good. I think she is amazing at playing all of those characters and making it so believable. Have a great week!

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    1. I love that show! So fun... I am really enjoying it. :)

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  21. I'm itching to get things planted so I'm ready for Spring even though we've had nearly zip for winter. It's sunny and 66º right now! Crazy weather. Anyway glad to get January out of the way. It's probably my least favorite month. lol Love that LOTR pic!

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  22. I can't wait for spring too. It's been cold here and raining but we have been lucky to have some clear sunny days. That is a funny Star Wars comparison. I noticed it too but I still enjoyed the movie. We'll have to see what they come up next. Have a great week!

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    1. It rained here too all day- pretty dreary. But in good news it warmed up- now if it can just be spring! I laughed at that too- I'm just glad Star Wars is back.

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  23. It's nice of you to feed the stray cat, Greg. My daughter watches Orphan Black and keeps encouraging me to watch and when I get some time I'd like to try it. Have a great week.

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    1. You too Jan! I like Orphan Black, wasn't sure what to expect but I like it now.

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  24. That LOTR picture is gorgeous! I've only just started exploring the amazingness that is DeviantArt, and I'm blown away by how talented the artists are. There are so many gorgeous picture on then. Talking about gorgeous pictures, how pretty is that cover for Sanctuary Bay? I know nothing about the book, but a cover like that is enough to make me want to pick it up and read it at once.

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    1. I've seen a lot of neat artwork there- some very inspiring and amazing art. This pic in particular I loved- with the Fellowship spread out over the snow and the structure in the background. Had to share it! :)

      I love the cover of Sanctuary Bay too! That and the blurb definitely got my attention.

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  25. If the new Star Wars is similar to the first, I didn't mind. Enjoyed it tremendously and am waiting for a sequel.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, it is nice to have Star Wars back! :)

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  26. I love Orphan Black! It's such a cool and unique show.

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  27. It's been chilly here, but generally mild for winter. That's nice you leave food and a bed for the cat. I like the cover for The Immortals, it's pretty with the city and the forest next to it. I hope you'll have a great week!

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    1. I think so too- I love that cover! And I think the cat is starting to get used to me- he kinda looks in the window like "feed me", but if I open the door he runs. Then he comes back to eat when I go in. :)

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  28. I haven't watched Orphan Black but do you know I think you've talked me into thinking I should try it out! Enjoy the cold while you have it!!

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    1. I hope you like it if you try it- the first few episodes I really wasn't sure about, but I stuck with it and I like it a lot now. there's some good humor if you can get past the first few.

      Have a great week Kathryn!

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  29. I read Sanctuary Bay and thought it was very good. I hope you enjoy it.

    Theresa (The Truth About Books)
    See What I'm reading here

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  30. You always share interesting videos and art. I enjoy it. Plus I often follow your blogger links to comment on other items of interest. Thanks!
    Hope the cat makes it through the cold... and you too.
    Happy Reading!

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  31. I’m also so ready for summer. I can’t wait to not be cold every single day! And it’s not even really that cold outside here..
    I love that cover of ‘The Immortals’.
    Have a great week! ;)

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  32. Both Sanctuary Bay and The Immortals look good! This has been such a weird winter... on the mild side at home (we also missed the big blizzard), but unbelievably wet here in SW Florida. Everybody is blaming El Nino! Hope the cat finally comes around, but at least the food is being eaten. Patience...

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  33. Yeah. We survived January. I am always so glad when it is done. Hopefully spring is right around the corner, I am so tired of the rain here. I would take a snowstorm at this point to break it up. Anyway, you got some great reads, and I hope you enjoy them. Have a great week.

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  34. I watched the first season of Orphan Black and was hooked, but the second season didn't hold me as much - I'm yet to finish that. I'm currently continuing with House on Netflix after binging season 6 of The Good Wife in less than a week... Oops.

    Both your incoming books looks interesting. I also really enjoyed Cait @ Paper Fury's post about reading too much - she shares some really great discussion posts over there.

    Happy Reading!
    Reading With Jade

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    1. I just started S2 of Orphan Black, so that's good to know. I'll keep my expectations in check. :) Binging on Netflix is the best...

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  35. The Immortals looks promising, I'll have to keep my eye for that one :)

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    1. I hope you like it if you give it a try. I'm looking forward to it (haven't started it yet) and I have to admit the cover and blurb hooked me in- we'll see how it goes. :)

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  36. At least you're offering to help the poor cat out! I don't think I've even heard of Orphan Black. I'll have to check it out! We finally saw the new Star Wars a couple of weeks ago. It was pretty similar to the first one, but we thought it was just kind of a fun throwback. We were happy with it! Enjoy your week!

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    1. Glad you liked Star Wars, it was nice to have it back. And on the big screen- those movies are just fun. :)

      Orphan Black is pretty new to me too, and I love it! After a shaky start it's really taken off, and it's a BBC/ Canadian co-production so it's just different from American shows that I really like it.

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  37. I never heard of Orphan Black, but the name is intriguing enough! The covers for your new arrivals are amazing!! Looking forward to your reviews! ;) Hope you enjoy your books and have a great week!

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    1. You too, and Orphan Black is definitely a trip! Have a great week! :)

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  38. I like the look of Sanctuary Bay - very interesting. My husband and I are hooked on Orphan Black - Tatiana Maslany is simply awesome - prodigious talent, that woman.

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  39. Hi Greg! I am ready for some steady nice weather here. We keep teetering back and forth. *sigh* And it's to be winter here!

    Oh glad to see you are enjoying Orphan Black. I wasn't sure if I'd like it with the same actress as so many characters. But it really feels like they are all different actors. lol. It's great to watch and gets crazy with where the storyline goes! I can't wait for the next season to start. :)

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    1. I agree, that show is so good. If I didn't know she played Alison I would not have guessed it was the same actress! And the storyline is kinda crazy- love it! :)

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  40. Stray cat situations can be hard. A few years ago we had one. He was a beautiful black cat we called Phantom. Declawed, sweet. But there was no way to keep him so we took him to the humane society. I don't know what's better. Let them be homeless or take them in? The snow came shortly after that so I feel like we made a good choice.

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    1. Yeah it's hard to know what to do. For now I'm leaving him alone cause I suspect he might be someone's outdoor cat, and he seems to be doing fine- he's not all dirty or bedraggled or anything. He comes, he eats, he moves on... I think he's alright. :)

      It sounds like you did the right thing though. Declawed he would have had a hard time surviving i would think. I can't get close enough to this one to tell if he (or she) is declawed or not...

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  41. Always a great post on your blog.

    Happy Wednesday Reading!!

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

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