Saturday, March 19, 2016

Sunday Post #134



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

This has been a nice week weather wise with lots of sun early in the week but it got windy towards the end. It also got cool again so no 70's this week. I read a book and part of another and started Allegiant. With the movie coming out this weekend I figured it was time to read the third book and see what the deal is. St. Patrick's Day was also this week and I hope it was a great day for anyone who celebrated it. 

This week I discussed urban fantasy and got a lot of great recommendations. I'll be posting discussions on Tuesdays going forward as I take a break from Top Ten Tuesday- feel free to stop by and join in. I'll still do a Top Ten here and there, just depends on the topic.  I also reviewed The Passenger.  



 I also started watching 12 Monkeys this week and it's pretty good. S2 is coming in April so I thought I'd get up to speed. I'm also joining the Discussion Challenge hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts At Midnight. You can find all the details here 



This is amazing and one of the best items I saw all week. A Stormtrooper in Love.



I'm listening to... 



Last Weeks Stuff:

Cover Characteristics- Doorknobs
Discussion Post- Urban Fantasy
A Dance With Dragons- Jon X/ Daenerys VIII
The 100 3x08 
The Passenger  

This Week:

Cover Characteristic- Kissing
Favorite Moments in books #1
A Dance with Dragons- Theon/ Daenerys IX
Rebel Bully Geek Pariah- my thoughts 
Bookcover Spotlight #41

PULP COVER OF THE WEEK:

    

NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:

The Incident on the BridgeRebel Bully Geek PariahClouds in my Coffee (The Country Club Murders, #3)

BOOKISH LINKS

Fantasy of the Silver Dragon asks how many reviews do you post a week

Debbish.com reviews Missing, Presumed- a twisty thriller.  

Cornerfolds talks about impacts of author interactions

Rinn Reads has Part 2 of her Fellowship of the Ring readalong. 

Have questions about The Lord of the Rings? This FAQ is huge and covers a lot of ground. 

And here's more Star Wars goodness -stormtrooper target practice. Especially hilarious at the 4:32 mark



The new Orphan Black trailer is here.  



Here is a space ambient mix. 

73 comments:

  1. Our weather has been really odd over here too^^ after and uncharacteristic Winter of no snow, Spring seemed to have arrived early...but then it snowed all day Thursday and Friday o_O Aaaand now it's calling for another actual storm on Sunday and Monday LOL! Can't wait to see if we actually get it! I love that Storm Trooper video XD Have a great weekend Greg^^

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    1. Wasn't that fun? The winter has been the same here- pretty mild actually. Although I still complained. :) Sorry you got snow! I think we're over it, but you never know. The sun is out today- so fingers crossed. :)

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  2. Once I figured out that Balaskas picture I totally became in awe of it, it gets me wondering what is it?, where is it? These artists are incredible.

    Have a great week!

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    1. I know, right? It's amazing, I keep thinking it's a cathedral or some huge structure, who knows? Totally gets the imagination going. :)

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  3. Oh, lucky you! Clouds in My Coffee!

    I liked your review of The Passenger, a book I enjoyed. I also heard that Season 2 of Bloodline is coming soon...Yay!

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and enjoy your week.

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  4. I can't believe I never got Allegiant on time to read it before the movie :( [of course the waiting line is humongous!] but I'm glad you are reading it! :) can't wait for your review :)
    I used to have a DeviantArt obsession. Spent countless hours there. So much talent! Thanks for sharing that gorgeous piece :) Now off to read your urban fantasy discussion post :)

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    1. I really wanted to read Allegiant before the movie, so I figured it was time. :) I like reading the book first.

      there's so much neat stuff at DA, I love finding pieces that are imaginative.

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  5. Oh, thanks for including a link to my review of Missing, Presumed!

    I must check to see if 12 Monkeys is out on DVD here. (I also must stop relying on my local Blockbuster video library as I'm sure it's gonna close any day now. Not sure my internet speed is fast enough for Netflix though!)

    Off to read your review of THe Passenger to see what you thought!

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    1. You are welcome. I am liking the thrillers lately. 12 Monkeys is interesting, hope you get a chance to check it out.

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  6. I wanted to watch 12 Monkeys when it first started, but then decided to wait until the whole first season was out. Looks like it's that time! Oh man, Orphan Black is starting soon! Looks good! Have a great week, Greg.

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    1. 12 Monkeys is a trip, hope you get a chance to watch it. It's pretty good. And Orphan Black- love that show.

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  7. Our weather has been even more ridiculous than usual this past week,too! It snowed on Wednesday, and on Friday we could be outside in a T-shirt. I guess that's kind of a true sign of spring, tough.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading, Greg.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Same here- nice on day, not so much the next. :)

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  8. I read Allegiant and look forward to the movie. I have The Passenger on audio and hope to listen soon Our weather for the next two weeks looks crazy- hot, cold, freezing..ugh! Hope you have a wonderful week Greg :)

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    1. I'm looking forward to the movie too, I've liked them even though I know they deviate from the books. Hope you like The PAssenger!

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  9. Blegh, I hate wind. That would not be a nice weather week for me lol. But at least you had some sun!

    You always find the best artwork! Very cool pictures.

    I didn't celebrate St. Patty's Day, but, oddly enough, the book I started reading the day after just so happened to also start the story the day after St. Patty's Day lol. Enjoy Allegiant and have a great week :-)

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    1. Yeah the wind was ridiculous, like 50 mph gusts.

      Thanks, half the time I find the art by accident while looking for something else!

      That's fun, what are the odds of that? :P I was actually hoping to find something Irish or Celtic themed to read around St. Patty's but it didn't work out. Some Celtic themed UF would have been fun. Oh well...

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  10. We've been getting more sun as well. Hopefully with the arrival of Spring we'll get even more sun. Hope your next week will be great.

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    1. I hope so- for you as well as here! I'm ready for some warm rays...

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  11. It's meant to be autumn here, but it's unseasonably warm at the moment, which I'm not a fan of. Orphan Black!! I'm excited for the new season. Have a great week :)

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    1. I'm excited for the new OB too- I'm almost through S3.

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  12. The weather where I live has either been sunny, rainy, or an undecided in between. Be warned, Allegiant has a plot twist that has caused thousands of teenage girls a lot of heartbreak. (Are you made of stronger stuff than that?)
    Shar @virtually read

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    1. Kinda the same here re: the weather. I wish it would just stay sunny... although today it is. :) And yes I've heard about a certain plot development :) Loved your comment, that cracked me up.

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  13. So you read the Divergent books, huh? I can't decide if I want to read the books or watch the movies... How close are they? Is book or movie better or just different? I've stayed away from the movies but they look so good!

    That Persian inspired Deviant piece is amazing!!!!

    I hope it gets warmer again next week - We were teased :)

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    1. Okay here's my thing about Divergent- I read the first two and liked them. But I put off book three. I saw the movies and liked them too- a lot of people say Insurgent sucked because they deviated so much, but I liked the movie version of Insurgent. So I'm actually with the movies a bit. I would say watch the movies and just take 'em as they are. And if you don't like 'em don't throw anything at me. Ha ha.

      I love that piece too, no idea what it's supposed to be but very imaginative. And yes I want warm!!!

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  14. Weather was nice here and then it rained and I about froze as it was like 40 and I had gotten use to 60's and 70's...lol. I haven't read the Divergent books though the first movie make me kind of curious...lol.

    Enjoy your reads!
    Stormi
    Week in Review

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    1. I liked the movies although a lot of people seem to hate Insurgent (the movie). I thought it was good. I read the first two and liked them- I'm looking forward to Allegiant and reading the book (it's okay so far).

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  15. Thanks for sharing so much great stuff!!!
    sherry @ fundinmental My Sunday Memes

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Sherry- have a nice week.

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  16. Great post as usual, Greg! I just went back and commented on the UF discussion... I follow you on BL, so I don't know how I missed that post.

    I love your pics from DeviantArt. That one looks mysterious and would be a good prompt for flash fiction, lol.

    I need to start the cozy series of Julie Mulhern. I have the first, The Deep End, and I want to read it but I just read a cozy, A Muddied Murder, and wasn't feeling more "cozy love" this week.

    Looking forward to your discussions this week.

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    1. Thank you Rita! And thanks for commenting on UF- I've enjoyed that post. I agree about flash fiction- it actually occurred to me that it would be a good prompt. :) I'd like to do some fiction here- we'll see if I ever do. :)

      I hope you do read The Deep end, I'd love to see what you think!

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  17. I'm curious to hear your thoughts on Allegiant. I read the book and I can't wait to see the movie. Our weather has been warm here but we did get a lot of rain too. The Stormtrooper target practice was funny and it amazes me how creative some fans are lol. I hope you have a great week!

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    1. Isn't that video awesome? Totally cracked me up! I'm curious to see how I feel about Allegiant too after hearing so much. And I want to see the movie, I've liked the first so far.

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  18. I was really enjoying the warmer weather so it was disappointing to have to get my sweaters and winter coat back out for the end of the week. I think it is supposed to get warmer later this week. I hope so anyway!

    I still haven't read Allegiant and don't think I will. I loved Divergent and liked Insurgent but the ending of Allegiant was spoiled for me and I didn't feel like reading it at the time. One of my coworkers was just talking about that Lisa Lutz book yesterday. I'll have to check out your review.

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    1. Well it's finally spring (officially). Let's hope the weather takes heed and cooperates! As for Allegiant, I wasn't super hyped to read the third one and let it go- I'm only reading it now because of the movie and wanting to read it first.

      The Lisa Lutz book was interesting, not a bad read but I saw several glowing reviews which is what made me pick it up, and I didn't love it. Glad I read it but didn't think it was awesome.

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  19. Did you get a review copy of Clouds in My Coffee? I keep checking over at NetGalley, but haven't seen it there yet. Great review of The Passenger, BTW.

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    1. No I wish! I put it there as I like to spotlight upcoming reviews as well as new arrivals, but I've realized that might look like I have a review copy so I should probably be more specific. :) I don't normally do ARC's but for that one I sure would! Can't wait!!

      Thank you- the PAssenger was worth a read I just didn't love it.

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  20. The weather has been really weird. It was beautiful all week and today it suppose to snow. SNOW really?!?! I just want spring already. My Sinuses can't deal with the changes anymore :)

    Have a great week, Greg! Happy Reading!!!

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    1. Snow? Way too late for that- it's spring now (officially I guess). It crack me up how a few months ago I was like where's the snow? and now I'm like noooo not snow. Never satisfied. :)

      Let's hope the weather gets nice this week!

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  21. Oh, man, that target practice video xD So good.

    Here is my Sunday Post
    Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

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    1. Isn't that great? I loved that one. Those stormtroopers were so snarky it cracked me up!

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  22. You always include so many great things and unique stuff in your Sunday Posts. I love the art pictures. I am headed over to read your review of The Passenger.

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    1. Thank you, I try. :) Thanks for coming by- hope your week is fabulous. :)

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  23. We also had some nice weather over here. Makes me greedy for even better weather to be honest. I can’t wait for those warm summer days.

    I’m really curious to find out your thoughts about ‘Allegiant’. The movie looks great.. but I thought it was the lesser book of the three.

    Happy reading ;)

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  24. I was so surprised by the end of Allegient but haven't seen any of the movies. I heard they weren't that close to the books and it put me off. Hope you enjoy.

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  25. We got some strong winds earlier in the week. We're fortunate there is almost always a nice breeze even on the hottest of days where we live. I am not sure if it comes with living at the top of a hill or just luck of where we live as compared to the rest of the city. What did you think of Allegient. I haven't seen the movie yet. Not sure if I want to in the theater, but we'll see. It's hard to find the time to go since no one else in my family is interested. I hope you have a great week, Greg!

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  26. We lost our springlike weather. It got down to 12° last night, but we were supposed to get an ice storm and it looks like we dodged a bullet, so I am not going to complain. Thanks for the link to the Lord of LOtR FAQ because at some point in the future I want to do a complete read including ones I own that I have not read beyond The Hobbit and The Ring books. I love doorknobs! In fact at one point in my life I collected them. I got tired of dragging them around when I moved, so I sold them to buy a guitar. XD I haven't done a Top Five Friday in a while because the TTT prompots have been a little boring lately. I will make sure I drop in on your discussion posts. Have a wonderful week. :)

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  27. Our weather was lovely until the storm hit Thursday. Today it cooled down. Looks like one more blast before I can start swimming in the pool. I love the Pulp covers you share!

    My Sunday Post

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  28. Weather here is still a bit unpredictable. We were suppose to be caught with 3 - 8 inches of snow and 60 degrees in a few days, but now it looks like a few inches of snow period. New England weather!

    I enjoyed your review on The Passenger. It's gotten so much coverage and lots of love from the crowd, but I like your take on it. It's in my eReader, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but now I will be forwarned about some of the repetitiveness.

    Thanks for sharing the trailer for Orphan Black!!!! I can't wait!!!!

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  29. I have read the first two books, but still haven't read Allegiant yet I hope you'll enjoy it. We had some nice days, but also some cloudy and colder ones.
    I really like urban fantasy as a genre, but haven't read as many books in the genre lately. I hope you'll have a great week!

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  30. Ooh, what do you think of Allegiant so far?! I REALLY loved the book! I know it's controversial, but I still believe it ended perfectly. :') I'm a little dubious about the movies though. :P And tbh, I haven't seen that much promos for them, unlike when the first one came out?! I guess the dystopian phase really is getting quiet.
    Happy reading and watching! :D

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    1. I'm not too far into Allegiant (this little thing called Netflix ruins my reading time lol) but so far it's okay. I like Tris and Four a lot and I'm glad to see their story continuing- and we're finally outside the wall (they just left) I've been WAITING for them to finally venture out and really anxious to see what's out there.

      the movies I think are pretty good, I know they deviate from the books (especially Insurgent) but I still like them. And yes dystopian seems to be slowing down a bit... which is a shame maybe because I still like it. :)

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  31. The Passenger looks so good!! And I just LOVE DeviantArt. It's so easy to waste way too much time there! I'm excited to see what you think about Allegiant! People seem to either love or hate it. Have an awesome week :D

    Here's my Weekly Recap!

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  32. The Storm Trooper Target Practice video was hilarious and Orphan Black looks amazing! I'm so excited about Clouds in My Coffee. I'm on the Blog Tour for it in May and can't wait to see where the series goes. Have a great week!

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    1. Isn't that great? I cracked up throughout that video! And Orphan Black is a good show- I'm really liking it although I stalled out a bit in S3. But S4 looks good so I'm going to finish and get ready!

      Ditto about Clouds in my Coffee. I love that series, how cool that you're on the blog tour. Can't wait to get that one. :)

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  33. You had quite a fandom-filled week!

    I'm interested to see how you like Rebel Bully Geek Pariah; I read it for Netgalley review a while back and was disappointed in it overall, myself. Fingers crossed you find it more to your liking!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my own Sunday Post. Happy book-ing, and have a great rest of your night!

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  34. As always you have a full post of fun and interesting things. I'll come back to watch the videos when my DH isn't blaring the TV. I'll check your Tuesday discussions too -- always is interesting. I hope things warm up for you. Have a great week!

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  35. I am interested to see how closely the movie follows the book (Allegiant). I have so many series on my want to watch list, hopefully it won't get anywhere near as long as my TBR list! How's the visiting cat? Have a great week. Hopefully it will warm up.

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  36. Wow, I had no idea they made 12 Monkeys into a TV Show (assuming it's the same premise as the film) :P

    Ceri

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  37. We've had good sunshine too! Feels good.

    I keep seeing The Passenger everywhere. I'm off to read your review.

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  38. I'm the same way with Top 10 Tuesday. If the topic doesn't interest me then I skip that week. Sometimes the topics are more geared to genres I don't read.
    Hope you have a great week ahead.

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  39. I planned to go to Allegiant this weekend, but it didn't go through. Hopefully next week!

    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

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  40. The deviantart pick is gorgeous! I'm going to have to watch these videos when I get the chance.

    I wish it would warm up a little more here! It's back down in the 30s/40s :(

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  41. I am trying to finish Allegiant to before it comes out this weekend! That weather that you are having sounds great, we had some warmer weather, but we are back down to cold!

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  42. I'm also excited for Orphan Black and 12 Moneys. Especially now that a lot of shows are wrapping up for the season. I didn't like Allegiant, so I'm not really hankering to see the film. Probably will though. I think I'll read some reviews first.

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  43. Stormtrooper target practice - bwahahahaha

    Clouds in my Coffee looks good; I really need to give that author a try as you and several other bloggers enjoy her.

    Happy spring and have a great week!

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    1. Was that great or what? I cracked up. :)

      I'm a big fan of Mulhern now, those books are great.

      You too Bea, have an awesome week!

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  44. We've also started watching 12 Monkeys - but stopped when my daughter started having a series of tests in school - we will have to get back to it soonest, I think. We enjoyed the first few episodes we managed to see.

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  45. I don't know if I'm ever going to get around to reading Allegiant... Maybe I will if you end up enjoying it!
    Discussions on Tuesdays sounds really fun :)
    I always love your art picks of the week! Such a nice addition to the posts, Greg!

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    1. I kinda felt the same way- I was putting off and the only reason I'm reading it now is the movie coming out! And discussions seemed like a nice change- I've been needing a break from TTT and they've been fun to put up.

      And thank you!

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  46. LOVED The Passenger. Going to take a look at your review.

    Awesome photos as always.

    Have a wonderful reading week.

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

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  47. The Incident on the Bridge? Oooooo.

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