Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sunday Post #140



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

This has been a nice week for the most part. I didn't do a ton of reading. Black Sails is now available on Amazon and I've been binging it all week. So... yeah that's a chunk of time. It started off a bit iffy but it's nice to be back in that world- there isn't really another show like it. I did see some news about returning shows also this week and I included some of that below. 

Last week I talked about genre and whether blogging changes how you read. This week I'll be talking about book spoilers on Tuesday and reviewing Silicon Dawn on Thursday. And hopefully reading! 



Bloodline S2 returns on May 27th. Looking forward to this one big time. 



Also looks like Netflix has announced the new Mako Mermaids episodes for the same date- May 27. 

Humans S2 is now filming and will be back in 2017. And Carrie-Anne Moss is joining.

Humans Carrie-Anne Moss

I saw this and thought it was kinda cool. Jadah McCoy and her first book signing. She also does the Tipsy Reader Reviews which are quite fun. 



And I'm listening to...



Last Weeks Stuff:

Cover Characteristics Circuses   
Let's Talk About Genre  
The 100
World of Water 
Bookcover Spotlight # 46

PULP COVER OF THE WEEK: 




NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:



BOOKISH LINKS

Listful Booking reviews Gone Girl

This article says that bodyhackers and cyborgs are here- and they're called women

With the new Captain America movie soon to be released- here is some music from the last one. 




Arya Stark has some fun with customers. 




And space music.  




Friday, April 29, 2016

Bookcover Spotlight #46

 

This is just a very elemental scene, I think Frazetta was a master at drawing a savage prehistoric world. He also liked to draw his characters in buff.  





Thursday, April 28, 2016

World of Water

World of Water (Dev Harmer Mission, #2)

World of Water is a science fiction tale set on water planet Triton. Dev Harmer is an operative of ISS a security firm that sends its agents into trouble spots to scout and defuse tensions (if possible). Triton is right on the border with Polis space, a rival empire, and something is going on in the depths of Triton- the indigenous population are striking out at the Earth colonists and killing people. Dev's job is to find out what's going on. In order to facilitate this his consciousness has been downloaded into an aquatic form- he's basically half human/ half Tritonian, so he can operate under the water.

Dev Harmer is an interesting guy. He no longer has a physical body and he's now an indentured servant of ISS basically. They send him to trouble spots, downloading him into a body each time, and eventually he will earn the chance to have his original body rebuilt. Once on Triton he begins to investigate, and after securing a military escort (a complement of female Marines)he heads for the tropical areas where the trouble seems to be centered.

Along the way he makes the acquiantance of a native Tritonian who's pretty tough herself- and their relationship is interesting. They start off kind of rough but after she saves his life they slowly form a bond. The other great thing about this is the Marine crew- they're a tough bunch as well. They slowly earn each others' respect as the shit goes down. This is a fast paced story and is definitely plot driven but even though the characterization is not the focus I still got to know the characters. There is of course more going on than is readily apparent, and some nice twists and turns keep things hopping.

 The descriptions and feel of the planet are top notch- from the great storms to the undersea life, the twin moons and the floating colony towns, the great rolling waves- I loved the setting.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

12 Monkeys S2x02



Episode two starts off in 2044 with Cassie getting ready to go on a raid with Deacon- she's in full tactical gear. I have to say this is an interesting route they're taking with her character. We get a quick montage of her taking out a scavenger (her first kill?) and then working with Deacon and Jones to get the time travel machine working. She comes back to the present and shoots three guys belonging to the 12- the implication here is that she's harder now, willing to kill- just like Cole was when he first came back. Quite the role reversal!

And so we're back to the standoff from last time. It's Chinese New Year and Cassie and Cole are pointing guns at each other- Cassie feels like she needs to kill Jennifer to prevent the virus, and Cole is telling her no. Cole asks Jennifer not to drop the vial, but Jennifer says "But I'm supposed to. It's my purpose." We have a tense moment but then she slowly hands the vial over to Cole. "I'm going to be in so much trouble now," she says with a smile. She is so fun on this show, you never really know when she's crazy and when she isn't.



So everyone plays catch up, what they've been doing since the S1 finale. Cassie says they have to kill anyone associated with the virus, and Ramse detects Deacon's attitude in her words. Cassie tells them about the people that the 12 sent back, and no one knows where or when they are. They go to Jennifer's plane and get the rest of the virus, and burn it- and stuff starts to happen, they can feel time changing. But Cole says something is wrong. Cassie says they can't leave Ramse alive and she injects Ramse with Cole's tether and he gets pulled back to 2044. Then she goes back too.

She is killing it in this one! She tells Jones that they destroyed the virus but nothing happened. Jones tells her that something did happen. "You changed history." Cole and Jennifer are left in 2016, and Cassie and Jones discuss the changes in 2044. History was changed but  Cassie tells Jones that Cole has abandoned the mission, he's emotionally compromised. Wow, that's harsh.

Jennifer hears voices talking in her head leading her to the Emerson hotel. It's a dump and they get a room-210- but Jennifer says that's wrong, they need a prime number. Cole say's don't worry about it and they contact Jones, he tells her to write a note in her journal instructing her to send Cassie back to get him. I love how mind twisting this is. Meanwhile Jennifer is hearing the Striking Woman in her head telling her she has a purpose. And she flips out, breaking a mirror and attacking Cole. Deacon meanwhile is working Ramse over, and they have a discussion about fathers. Turns out Ramse went by Deac's house in the past and saw his father about to kill his mother, and he called the cops. Deac kind of freaks out and Cassie stops him from drowning Ramse.

There's an interesting dynamic going on with Cassie and Deacon. They seem to be on friendly terms and I can't tell if they're trying to make Deac a more appealing guy or if it's just that the characters are nuanced (I think the latter). Jones meanwhile summarizes some of the changes for the staff and we see that Dr. Lasky is alive (before the change he was killed when they attacked Spearhead). And... Dr. Eckland she doesn't know at all, which he says is odd since they have apparently been sleeping together! And poor Jennifer is at a loss- she doesn't know what her purpose is anymore, she took direction from her role as the progenitor of the virus. "Better living through mass extinction" as she puts it.

Apparently Striking Woman told her she was "primary"- that she could see the changes in time. Jennifer tells Cole that he wants Cassie to love him, but she doesn't. But being single isn't so bad, him and Cassie together would be though. Jennifer kisses him and he doesn't respond, then the manager shows them to the "correct" room- the suite has been reserved in perpetuity since 1944- by a James Cole. Jennifer sees a pic of him and Cassie from back then and despairs (apparently she has a thing for him) and slashes her wrist, but they bandage her up and Cole tells her to go, to leave all this behind, and find her purpose.

Then  Jones is brought before the Daughters (the group in the future who follow Jennifer) and they ask where James Cole is and why hasn't he been returned? Jones answers because he is no longer part of the project. See I'm just not buying that Jones and Cassie would throw him under the bus like that- way too abrupt. Anyway the Emissary of the Daughters tells Jones to bring Cole back, that he showed mercy long ago and for that a debt was owed and paid. She gives Jones a note, and Cassie goes back to get Cole. She hands him the note, and it's on Emerson hotel stationery and says "I found my purpose." Written by Jennifer.

So Cole is back in 2044 and a prisoner... just like Ramse. Cassie had Ramse's son brought there too as leverage against Ramse... man what is her deal now? Cole and Jones talk and she says that by changing the past they saved lives, and there is hope now. They don't know where the Messengers went in time, but she needs to know if he is still with her. He says he is, and then tells her he thinks 1944 is where the Messengers are. Then Cole talks to Cassie, and she says the mission will only work if he does what needs to be done. To which he replies-

"I was sent back in time to kill a man. That was supposed to fix everything. It didn't. So I killed more people. Nothing changed. And then I saved someone. Someone who should've died. And that- that- is what changed things. It's the only thing that's ever made any difference."

Then he tells her he's ready when she is, and hands her the picture of the two of them from 1944.

The 100 3x12



So... I love Harper. We start off with her and Miller and Bryan hanging out at the cave and they hear a noise. First Bryan then Miller investigate, but don't come back. Harper's like WTF? So she's ready to shoot whatever but gets blindsided from - a Grounder? Looks like it- but maybe not, hard to say.



Hey Emori's back! Cooking rats... nice. She and Murph look so much better together than him and Ontari. She assumes he's scoping Ontari for some thievery but he tells her he'll get away as soon as he can. We find out more about ALIE and apparently she (or rather Becca) intended ALIE 2 to atone for her mistakes- by having her merge with a human she wouldn't attack them. Or something. It's nice by the way seeing the gang all together in the Rover on the way back to Arkadia.

So they get to Arkadia and it's empty. Hmmm... where is everyone? Feels like they're walking into the dragons lair. They're looking for stuff and Jasper gets bonked. Octavia like an idiot goes to help him even though he warns her it's Grounders- and of course she's taken instead of putting up a fight. Dumb. Meanwhile Murph and Emori meet up and they go to the Flamekeepers place and start getting it on- come on Murph really? You know this isn't going to go well. Bellamy tries to keep everyone moving but Raven and the rest start looking at how to activate ALIe2, since Raven thinks she knows how.



They manage to activate it but it almost gets Raven and they realize they need to find a host who can interface with it- someone who has the right blood. Then Clarke and Monty are taken by surprise by- Emerson- that jerk. Haven't missed him. Murph and Emori finish, um, what they were doing and he tries to warn her away, but then he's summoned to Ontari. Okay I'm sorry but this is ridiculous- Murph as the Flamekeeper, I'm just not getting that. Anyway Emerson is wreaking havoc and Sinclair gets... killed. Ouch. He wants Clarke of course, so she offers herself for her friends, but Bellamy says no way are you doing this alone. I am so enjoying seeing them work together.

So we have the obligatory showdown between Emerson and Clarke, and all looks bleak, but then at the last minute Clarke finds a way to chip Emerson. Yup, the ALIE 2 chip goes in his neck, and since he doesn't have the right blood, he's toast. Yay! Suffer Emerson! And he does, with blood all over and all that. Sayonara to that guy. Oh, to see Jaha go that way! So that's one loose end tied off. It's nice to see the eight of them together at the end- but it's not to be. Raven decides to stay at the Ark, to work on accessing ALIE through the mainframe or whatever- and Monty is staying with her, with Miller and Bryan and Harper to guard. So it's just Clarke, Bell, O and Jasper heading off to... wherever they're going.



A good episode I guess, even with that Emerson $%^& in it. I haven't even touched on the Polis storyline any further as it's ridiculous at this point. Not even going there.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Let's Talk About Genres

Do you have a favorite genre? I think most of us do, every reader has their preferences, but what interests me is when reading tastes change. I've been thinking about this. I was always a fantasy/ SF fan and sure I read a contemporary here and there but not very often. However after I started blogging I found myself reading those a lot more- and I read and review a fair amount of YA as well.

One of the nice things about blogging is it's hard NOT to be exposed to new books/ genres. I didn't read urban fantasy until recently, it took me a while to find the style I like, and I've always liked futuristic/ post apocalyptic stuff but dystopians as an actual label I didn't really know pre- blogging. I certainly wasn't reading a lot of the YA dystopians. And that kind of leads to subgenres too- cyberpunk, steampunk, urban - there are a ton of subgenres in fantasy/ SF. Contemporaries run the gamut from romance to magical realism. There's so much there.

Mysteries are another one. I've read historical mysteries, cozy mysteries, thrillers, even mysteries in a SF setting. You can have a mystery anywhere I guess, and they're good for adding tension (murders and secrets tend to do that) but there's such a wide array there as well.

Here are a few titles that I probably would not otherwise have tried. Looking over this list there are a few that I wouldn't even have known about let alone read. So I've come to the conclusion that I'm a much more eclectic reader now than I ever was.

Big Little LiesThe Blue: A NovelEight Hundred GrapesThe Immortals (Olympus Bound, #1)NeedThe PassengerPanicTidesA School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House, #1)Sanctuary BayVitro (Corpus, #2)

So... what do you think? What are your favorite genres, and more importantly has book blogging inspired you to try other ones?

Monday, April 25, 2016

Game of Thrones Thoughts



Well Game of Thrones is back and I thought I'd share some thoughts on the first episode. I thought this was a very powerful opener, especially the beginning. Jon Snow is dead, no question about it, and I find it interesting that Davos is the one to find him. Davos and a few loyalists take his body in and are smart enough to get the direwolf too. I liked how his howling by the way kinda set a tone. In the book there are a ton of wildlings and even a giant at Castle Black when Jon is stabbed, so from a book standpoint all chaos may break loose right after the attack on Jon. You could have Wun Wun the giant lashing out, wildlings vs Nights Watch, plus Stannis has people there too- which side will they take? It may depend on what Melisandre chooses, and she'll choose Jon.

So... in the show however we're down to a standoff between Davos and Alliser. Although Dolorous Edd went off to get help- maybe he's going to get wildlings? I thought this was all well done, and I was just waiting for fighting to break out when they try to get at Davos- but now I think Edd's going to get help before that happens.

Okay let's talk about the reveal. Yeah it happened at the end but I'm bumping that up. Melisandre... is really really old. That was well done and quite the shocker, although there have been hints. I assumed Mel would rush to Jon's aid, but she goes to bed after showing her true form. Is she having a crisis of faith? Hard to tell... this is easily the most interesting storyline at the moment.  What did you think?



Sansa and Theon on the run. Also well done. When they're running through the woods it just how I always imagined the wolfswood would look. Very nice locations. I was surprised they were cornered so quick- but then Brienne shows up. I like her more in the books than on the show (I think it's the actress) but nevertheless Sansa has now sorta been rescued. Where will they go?



Cersei- I almost felt sorry for her. Losing Myrcella... that's tough, but then again Maggy the Frog predicted all this. And the Jaime of the show is SO different from the Jaime of the books -we are really diverging here. Margaery is still in cell, and the shocker of the night comes from Dorne. This is the sound of the producers chopping story fat away ruthlessly- in the books Doran is revealed to be a very patient man who takes the long view and has a plan in place- but the show has excised most of that, so I guess Doran wasn't needed. Killing him and Trystane off - yeah I think Dorne is just being used to highlight the Sand Snakes until Dany comes back.

What's Tyrion doing? Walking around Meereen with Varys (and no guards???) and doing nothing- we see that ships are being burned. Oops- but then they'll have all the ships they need, because Euron is coming. It was around this time I started to realize we're not going to see Jon much- they were jumping from storyline to storyline, giving us a peek at each, and the episode was winding down. Everyone on this show is just too scattered. We get Arya being tormented by the Waif, a development that was different in the books as the Kindly Man did the hitting with the staff.



So back to Melisandre. What do you think of the big reveal? Everyone is assuming she will resurrect Jon Snow, and maybe she will- but I wouldn't be surprised if his coming back happens a different way. Not sure what that is- and I think Mel will play a role- but I think there may be another surprise on the way.

Cover Characteristics Circuses



Cover Characteristics is a meme by Sugar and Snark- every week a characteristic is selected and we post 5 books with that week's theme.  

This week's pick- Carnivals  

This week we're talking carnivals. Places of excitement, of wonder and sin.  The lure of the unknown, the draw of the unexpected- what surprises might be waiting in the tents or shadows of circuses or carnivals? This setting would seem tailor made for urban fantasy, or weird fantasy- after all, if paranormals existed, where better to hide, or to find others of their kind? And at least one book below has that very premise- Menagerie seems to be a haven for strange creatures of myth. So... let's peek under the big top, or prowl the dusty lanes after hours when the mundanes are all gone, and see what wonders or terrors await. 

The Wanderers (The Wanderers, #1)Water for ElephantsCarniepunk



The Wanderers (The Wanderers, #1)

I've been wanting to read this one (since last fall) and have just never gotten around to it. It's got shifters in a circus- what's not to like?

Water for Elephants

We need more gritty stories set in circuses.



I like this one- the girl suspended on the wire with the light behind her. Nice.



This one is a FLYING circus I know, maybe I'm cheating but I just liked it.



This one's nice with the exotic looking cityscape, the stars and the moon.

Carniepunk

Carniepunk! This one looks sinister and is that blood I see all over the cover?

 

This one is nice- I like the red and the black. 







This might be my favorite- I like the sense of excitement it gives off with the circus and the lights, the moon and the stars in the background. It looks like she's either coming home, or plans on staying a bit. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sunday Post #139



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


Another nice sunny week (for the most part) and a good reading week. I feel like I'm caught up now with most of the shows I've been watching, and I did some writing this week as well so it was a busy week. I also put up Part 2 of Trust Issues - you can find that here.  

This week I'll be talking about genre in my Tuesday discussion post and I'll be reviewing World of Water also. I talked about androids this past week and had a few show recaps as well. This week was all about science fiction as you can see below. 

World of Water (Dev Harmer Mission, #2)

I'm still having withdrawal with Black Sails- the season is over and Amazon will have the episodes at some point- but who knows when. You'd think Starz would want people to see their show- but I guess it's about subscribers. 



And I'm listening to... 





PULP COVER OF THE WEEK:



NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:



BOOKISH LINKS

It Starts At Midnight has a Bookish Movie Reviews Allegiant

Readers in wonderland talks The Pros and Cons of Mood Reading

Here is the trailer for The Girl On The Train. 



And this came out this week also. 




Some space ambient music.