Saturday, November 12, 2016

Sunday Post #168



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


So November is in full swing and it was a nice week with relatively warm temps and sun. Again no complaints. Just hard to believe it's pushing mid- November already. Thanksgiving will be here soon which is blowing my mind... not a lot happening other than SciFi Month, which got off to a great start. Lots of participants this year and some great posts, I hope you get a chance to check some of them out even if you're not taking part. #RRSciFiMonth 

So this week was momentous. Everyone knows about Trump and to say I'm shocked would be an understatement. What's particularly disappointing is that  after eight years of Obama someone is going to come in and just sweep a lot of things away- it almost makes you wonder what's the point? Anything your candidate does will just be undone. So feeling pretty cynical about politics for that reason. And if ever there was a time for the escapism of books, it would be now. 

So yeah SciFi Month has been humming right along. The HoHoHo Readathon is also happening this week and is always a great event as well. I signed up for it but didn't do a very good job lining up winter or holiday themed reads, so I'm kinda scrambling. Hopefully everyone else is having a smoother readathon than I am. :)

This week I asked Are You A Seasonal Reader and also did a special Top Ten Tuesday for SciFi Month- My Favorite SF Tropes. That was a fun post. I'm currently reading Love and Gelato and while it's not perfect, it does make me kinda want to be in Florence. :) 

I also picked up this. 



Love & Gelato

Song of the week- this week I'm listening to a mix of Balligomingo. I love this band with their sometimes sultry lyrics, themes of loss, and their celebrations of life.  


Last Weeks Stuff:

Fandom Mashup    
Tuesday Tagline 
         
Top Ten Movie Freebie     
Are  You A Seasonal Reader?      
Bookcover Spotlight    

Next Week: 


Cover Characteristics 
Tuesday Tagline   
Top Ten Freebie
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Bookcover Spotlight 

PULP COVER OF THE WEEK: 


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NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:

Dead Girls SocietyWeregirlLove & Gelato

BOOKISH LINKS

Rock Paper Books publishes classics with new covers and they have an impressive array of artists. Here is a sample of some of their stuff.  

Bookmark Pack

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes:

Robinson CrusoePride and PRejudice
Image result for rock paper books the wind in the willows

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  1. Thanks for the cool art work, as always. I love that first Empire Christmas! What's fun is that with this type of art you can look at it for a long time and keep noticing different things.

    I like the modern reworking of the classic book covers, too. Though I feel readers should have a choice, so traditional covers side by side with modern ones is nice.

    After this week of political "shock and awe" I can only say this-- let's all sing, "Oh we need a little Christmas, right this very minute..."

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    1. I'm not a huge classics reader but I love those covers. I agree the newer ones along with the older ones are a good choice.

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  2. I have been so depressed since Tuesday. I like the Rock Paper Scissors covers a lot. The Mark Mahle artwork is superb. I love that style. I have always wanted to have a martini room with artwork like that. Here's to a better week. It has been like living in Upside-Down.

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    1. Yeah it's hard not to be, I think. Glad you like the art. I've been liking his stuff.

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  3. I think the world is shocked Greg and now we shall have to wait and see if it is as bad as we think, or whether he will be tempered by others.
    Pity Love & Gelato is not as good as it could be but still sounds light and happy and a bookish visit to Florence!

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    1. Love and Gelato turned out well, i thought. Other than a slow start I ended up really liking it. And yes- lets hope for the best. :)

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  4. I like the Rock Paper Book covers, all of them. I'm in a wait and see but not holding out any hope for anything good coming from this week.

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    1. Yeah I'm skeptical but we'll see, I guess. I love those covers too.

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  5. Wonderful post - and I look forward to your forthcoming reviews.
    Lynn :D

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  6. I'd missed the SciFi month thing! Mind you - I'm more of a fan of it on TV than in reading, so... I've been following a ComiCon being held in my state's capital. I'm a Nathan Fillion fan and he's there. I probably would have gone if I was still living in Brisbane. I gather he's been quite entertaining.

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    1. I remember you saying you liked it more on TV. And that con sounds fun... I haven't been to one in a while but I do enjoy going to them.

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  7. I was extremely shocked by the election results. I just stayed in bed, staring at the ceiling for a while when I found out. Thanks for the artwork, and have a fabulous week! :)

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    1. I was too. Shocked isn't even the word. It didn't feel real. At one point I was watching the trend lines and I was like, okay this is going to reverse right?

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  8. I was shocked too because I genuinely did not think he'd actually win. But I can't believe its mid-November either! Sorry you haven't been finding any good holiday reads though. The only problem about being a reviewer is that when we do find holiday reads, we have to read them in November so they're posted on time for other people to read them too lol.

    Those are gorgeous book covers! I especially love the Peter Pan one. I'm planning to re-read that soon, though I already have my review pretty much written from the first time. I just wanna make sure I still feel the same lol.

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    1. Me neither. Talk about all the models being wrong. :) And yeah I've done the hohoHo readathon in the past and always found something, but this year... nada. And you're right- good point the schedule is a little accelerated there.

      I love those covers! I've already picked out several I want to get (they have some sweet ones I didn't even use) plus the bookmarks ha ha. I'd love to see a Peter Pan review, I don't read a lot of classics and review even less, but it'd be nice to see another SF/F fans take.

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    2. My Peter Pan review is a little... different than other people's opinions, I think lol.

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  9. SIGH. I am trying to get back into commenting, and blogging and such, but mostly I just want to formulate a time machine and go back and change this bullshit. It's sci-fi month around here, can we maybe organize that? Great.

    In seriousness... yeah, it's a mess. It's like, normalcy isn't even a thing anymore, because THIS is our new normal and I don't know what to do with that. I think though, we can have our bookish world, and yet never stop fighting, you know?

    To that end, I LOVE the covers of those classics! Like, so much. I want to own them, and I don't even LIKE classics. Hoping that next week will be... marginally less awful than this one ;)

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    1. Well hang in. I this election was a dumpster fire (I saw another blogger use that phrase and it's apt). The thing that gets me is yeah the normalcy- like this shit is okay now? And this fact free world- where someone can lie, and then say I didn't say that, and everyone's all like oh okay he didn't say that. ????

      But yeah I won't get into all that. Anywway... a time machine would be great at this point. :) And maybe we won't need dystopian books because we'll have real life? For the first time this week I actually thought that.

      I love those covers too. And I'm not a huge fan of classics either... but those I'll make an exception. :)

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  10. The election result has sent shockwaves around the world. When I heard the result, I genuinely thought my husband was joking.
    And yes I turned to books, as I always do when things to wrong.

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    1. Books are a good way to cope. :) And it's been a shock here too.

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  11. Last week was definitely an odd one, well the second half of it, and it basically stopped me reading anything but news reports trying to find a silver lining. I didn't. Loving the book covers here, especially the Pride and Prejudice. Have a good week.

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    1. Yeah I keep hoping he'll moderate now that he has the post. Probably not realistic. :) Thanks for visiting. I love those book covers!

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  12. Mid November already? When did that happen? I'm sure I was just saying Happy Halloween to everyone yesterday?

    I hear what you are saying about the politics, but at least if there is a complete disaster with policies etc the next person can come in and fix those, right?

    I saw the HoHoHo readathon but honestly? I'm just so backed up with reads right now I can't afford to participate! Maybe next year I'll be better organised. :)

    Some of those book covers are pretty awesome - I love that style!

    And I'm ready for Rogue One, although I'm also a little scared of it too. I'm just hoping Disney keeps up the amazing quality of these movies and doesn't just pump out hour after hour of content just to keep it going and to make the $.

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    1. I know? Thanksgiving is here almost! And I almost wished I wouldn't have signed up for the HoHoHo readathon because I'm not really doing very well anyway lol. I like those book covers too.

      Rogue One looks really good, but you're right you can never really tell from the trailer. I ended up disappointed with Force awakens, hopefully that won't happen here.

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  13. I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Time is flying this year. Glad SciFi month is going well and good luck with the readathon. Can't wait to see what you think of Love & Gelato. Have a great week!

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    1. I know, me too. I really liked Love and Gelato (finished it last night). Other than a bit of a sloe start, I thought it was a great YA contemporary.

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  14. I swear, I could wallpaper a room with pulp covers. I can't believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner either. I am usually done with Christmas shopping by now, and this year I haven't done a single thing. I better get going or panic will overtake me soon.

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    1. I love the pulp covers. And I don't start shopping for a while yet- I always admire people that get done so early. :)

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  15. I can't believe that the year is moving so fast. Good luck with your readathons. Love the artwork as always. Those modern covers are very neat. Thanks for sharing have a great week!

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    1. I like those covers too. You have a great week also !!

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  16. Yeah, the elections were crazy. I hope things get better in the long run.

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays!

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  17. I'm feeling pretty cynical myself and was happy forthe #HoHoHoRAT this week lol. Love Funco POP, I got myself a Lizzy and Jane figurine from the P&P and Zombies movie. Hope you have a great week.~Aleen

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    1. I want to get more Funko's, I really like them. Another thing for me to spend money on lol. And the readathon is a great way to take our mind off the election- I wish I was doing better with the reads!

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  18. I feel the same way about politics and elections too. Glad to put the week behind us. Hopefully politics will not come up at the Thanksgiving table today as my parents voted one way and the rest of us did not.

    I decided on a whim to join the readathon and only have a couple of holiday themed books to read. Unfortunately my current read is going slowly even though it's a contemporary romance and I've enjoyed other books by the author. Good luck with the readathon!

    Will you be seeing Fantastic Beasts this week? I'm hoping to go on Friday afternoon since it is my day off.

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    1. That's tough when you vote different from your parents, it can be awkward. My mom voted different too and I don't think either one of us understands the other! So I avoid the subject. :) My readathon is going terrible but that's okay- I've accepted that I didn't prepare for it. Maybe next time!

      I'd like to see that movie as I love mythical creatures. I'd love to see it this weekend.

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  19. I stayed up till 5 am, unable to believe what I was seeing as the results started rolling in and kept waiting for the tide to turn:(. It felt like Brexit all over again - and we're still waiting for THAT shoe to drop... In the meantime, glad you're having some good weather and enjoying Sci Fi month - I'm ashamed that I haven't lined up more great sci fi reads, given it's my favourite genre... Thank you for the wonderful art and I hope next week is a LOT better! Take care...

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    1. I know, I was watching online results and the trends were for Hillary at first, matching predictions so I wasn't too worried. Then around 8pm or so the trend lines started changing, and I was like seriously?? I think that's why it was so shocking.

      And yes there was all this debate about it being our Brexit (Trump said it would, God bless him) and the pollsters said no, polling error is factored in. Um, not so much.

      I hope you have a wonderful week too!

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  20. I can't believe it is mid November myself, this year has flown by and I am not ready...lol. I do like the weather we are having cause it's kind of cool in the mornings but the afternoons are still pretty nice and for this time of the month that is great. Means we don't have to spend so much money on wood for the fireplace cause we haven't had to start it up yet. :)

    I love the new artwork on those books!

    Happy reading!
    Stormi
    Week in Review

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  21. Another great post. You always share such cool things. Do you ever watch Elementary? I love that show. Hope you have a great week.
    sherry @ fundinmental My Sunday Memes

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    1. Thanks! I've never seen Elementary. I wonder if Netflix has it- I'll have to take a look!

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  22. That Peter Pan bookmark...gosh it's lovely! And yeah...I think half the nation is in a slump now...not quite sure were we go from here...

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    1. I'm totally gonna buy that bookmark... lol. He sells like a bookmark pack for $10 I think- there's a ton of em.

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  23. As always, I enjoy scrolling up and down your post, taking in all the great illustrations and enjoying the music. It's been unusually warm here. Wouldn't know winter was approaching if not for the Pecan trees dumping their leaves and the low angle of the sun in the sky. Crossing fingers for another mild winter here. Loving that pulp cover!

    My Sunday Post

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    1. Thank you. I have fun putting the post together so I like it if someone finds something to laugh about, or discovers a cool video or something. :) And that's one of the better recent pulp covers, I think!

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  24. Can I just say I loved your Are You A Seasonal Reader post! I never realized that I am and so excited to embrace that next year. lol
    The weather has been very cold here the last week. I will be in the low 60's and maybe a 71 one day but I think we are officially in the cold weather season.
    Mid November! You are freaking me out. I have so much to do!

    Have a great week, Greg! Happy Reading!

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad. I'm doing more discussion posts, and really liking them. I really like being a seasonal type reader too, something I never really did before blogging. Hope you enjoy the holiday season. :)

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  25. I loved your seasonal reader post, the events and opportunities book blogging provides have really changed the way I read -- particularly during the change of seasons. I couldn't agree more with your thoughts on the election. We will have to see what the next four years have in store for us.

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    1. Thank you. I agree since blogging I read so differently now, and I read different books- thanks to blogger recommendations. And yes the next four years look awfully long!

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  26. The covers from Rock Paper Books are gorgeous. Thanks for bring my attention to them! I also like the sound of 'Weregirl'. I'm a sucker for a werewolf story :)

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    1. I love those covers! And Weregirl- I'm hoping that one's good.

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  27. I have been in a zombie-like state since Tuesday, especially because I was truly shocked...and then, fear took over for a while. Not only might he overturn Obama's hard-won accomplishments, but he might set us all back into the dark ages! Grim, right...and I hope I'm wrong about that.

    His "victory speech" made him seem like a sane man...almost. lol.

    Reading and connecting on blogs has been my salvation this week....

    I've added The Crown to my Netflix queue, and Canada is looking really good right now....

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. Yeah I remember when Bush came in and changed some of Clinton's stuff. Then we got Obama and now they're going to backtrack again- it just seems like a seesaw.

      Thank goodness for the blogosphere, I agree. It's tough too to see bloggers we know afraid... as a white guy I don't like Trump but he hasn't talked about deporting me lol. For the people more in the crosshairs I think it's just ridiculous.

      Canada does look good lol. They seem to have a moderate form of politics! And The crown is supposed to be quite good.

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  28. I am seriously loving on the Sci-fi right now, too!! I actually just watched Edge of Tomorrow for the first time last night. Sadly, we own it on DVD and I haven't watched it until it showed up on TV last night. It is awesome and hysterical and if you haven't seen it, watch it!!!

    Awesome pictures - I like the flat graphics! Have a great week!

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    1. I haven't seen that one! I'll have to check it out. There have been so may SF movies I haven't seen. Hysterical is good- I like a little comedy with my SF!

      Glad you liked the pics! They are fun.

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  29. So my family is a bit obsessed with the Funko Pops. Ok...fine. Maybe it's just me, since I'm the one who seems to be buy them. I just love them. And you know what? I don't even have one! I've bought some for my husband over the past couple of years, i'm getting him a Deadpool one this year for Christmas and then my daughters have some. I want one!! Not fair!

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    1. Ha ha I think they might be addicting. I just got my first one, and I don't know, it's kinda cool. :) And you're buying for everyone else= you definitely deserve one! Maybe you'll get one or more for Chriatmas?? :)

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  30. My first reaction to 11/9 was to wrap myself in a cocoon of fiction but I haven't been able to focus on anything I've tried to read all week. I still haven't gotten a Sunday Post up because I've been avoiding the internet as much as possible, excluding bookstagram because looking at books is probably the only thing that has gotten me through this. :(
    I love the Funko and the Rock Paper Books artworks!

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    1. I didn't do much reading either, it was hard to concentrate with all the political craziness. I hope this week is better. And I love the Funko- Jyn Erso! lol- and those rock Paper books I'm going to order a few.

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  31. Shocked is one word to describe it. So many feelings and such rage at the moment, it's only been a few days and people are already fighting each other, definitely not a good start - though how would he have a good start, at all? I hope books are working for you, cause they are not working for me. Have a great week!

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    1. Yeah I haven't liked all the reports that are coming of bullying and harassment- why can't people understand that just because he ran his mouth and has no impulse control, that doesn't mean they can act like cavepeople? It's just frickin ridiculous.

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  32. It's been a pretty depressing week for me...it does make you wonder what the point is sometimes. Definitely a good time to read and enjoy the things you love!

    -Lauren

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    1. Same here. I keep trying to find a silver lining... and then when I saw who he was considering for his Cabinet I got even more depressed. A bunch of unqualified hacks, if you ask me.

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  33. I can't wait to see what you think of Weregirl. Also, that cover of Wind in the Willows rocks!

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    1. I love those covers! And I can't wait to get to Weregirl!

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  34. This week has definitely a shocking one and I'm feeling the same way you do about it. Unbelievable.

    I'm just happy I have TV and books to escape to :)

    Have a great week!

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    1. Yes, thankfully we have escapism. Ha ha we're gonna need it!

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  35. I like the classic covers! I am in denial that Thanksgiving is next week already because that means Christmas is a month later. Have a good week.

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    1. Hard to believe isn't it? I can't believe we're making Thanksgiving plans already, and then yes Christmas. Yikes!

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  36. I'm also shocked that Trump won. I'm afraid of what will happen during his term. It's crazy!! I love your new Funko and I can't wait for the movie. I'm going to try to read Catalyst before watching Rogue One. I hope you have a great week!

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  37. I'm so frustrated with this election...the whole thing just absolutely sucked, but the end result blew my mind. I sat up until 4 am that night (mostly due anxiety attack that hit) hoping for that "I was just joking!" that I've been waiting for since the beginning of this election. Escapism is definitely the name of the game.

    Those book covers are gorgeous!!! I'm honestly loathing the idea of holidays right now, lol. I want the food, but I think I just want absolutely quiet so I can recharge for 2017. :P

    I hope you ave a lovely week this week Greg!

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  38. I've really been feeling the need for an escape as well - I've been pulling out all my favourite fantasy titles, picking which world to escape into for a little bit, just until I can gather all my thoughts and figure out just what on Earth is going on...

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  39. What you said about Obama and Trump following him? So on point. All the progress made... now we're going to be set back like 100 years. I am NOT happy (and I know many aren't)!

    Anyway. I hope you have a better week, Greg!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  40. Even though I'm Canadian, I took your election results very hard too. Like you said: especially after Obama for things to shift so upsettingly....I'm still not over it. I agree that escapism is needed now more than ever!! I hope you have a wonderful week my friend and lots of fun with Sci-Fi Month :D

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  41. I'm sorry about the elections, Greg. I understand the cynicism and need for escapism. Lovely art!

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  42. I really like how you're 110% in science fiction and promote and discuss it. There are some really cool covers in this post. It's amazing how artists are inspired and create them. Do you think they read the books at all or just go by a summary? I wonder if the author can pick who designs his cover? Have a good week, Greg.

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  43. Yay for Funko, I picked up Rey at the weekend to add to my collection!!

    I have tried to keep out of American politics this week (we have enough crap with Brexit)as people are getting extremely angry and upset, I don't really know what the world is coming too, it is worrying.

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  44. I always forget about thanksgiving until it's almost here as we don't celebrate it here in the Netherlands. Politics can definitely make you cynical sometimes, although I am not 100% sure how American politics work as here in the Netherlands politics work a bit differently.

    Those new covers for the classics look really nice! I hope you had a good week.

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