Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sunday Post #208


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

I had a good week, it was mostly a quiet one. I read a few books and I'm kind of in a lull period where I don't have a top contender for my next read? I feel like I haven't read a fantasy in ages, any suggestions? YA or adult is fine. There's stuff coming in September that I want so I just have to get through a few weeks I guess.    

Sarah Maas and Leigh Bardugo are both coming to the area in September- thanks to Kristin at Addicted to HEA for the heads-up! - and I'm thinking of going. I'll try to get pics. 

Last week I did reviews for The Good Neighbor and The Collapsing Empire. I also read Emma in the Night and Friend Request and those reviews are upcoming - I liked both a lot. Emma was a great thriller and Request was a little slow- moving but very readable, and the premise is a trip.    

The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1)The Good NeighborEmma in the NightFriend Request

Song of the week



PULP COVER OF THE WEEK: 

Image result for the big kill pulp cover

NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:

Intrigue in Capri (Kindle Single) (An Amory Ames Mystery)Death around the Bend (Lady Hardcastle Mysteries #3)

BOOKISH LINKS

This is a fun little short film about a rookie stormtrooper who's more than she seems! 



This is so flippin fun.I love the facial expressions at 3:25. 



Black Widow stunt double vs. Elektra stunt double   








89 comments:

  1. You've got some great pics this week. (I would never stand on a balcony like that!) but I loved the city in the rain photo; very inspiring. Actually 'City in the Rain' would be a good book title. And the storm-trooper film made me smile :-)
    Have a good weekend.

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    1. Thanks! And I wouldn't stand on a blacony like that either. :) And I agree- I like that as a book title! I think the city is shanghai...

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  2. I might have seen it too, I can not wait for things!

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  3. Greetings from the UK. I haven't read a novel for a while!

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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    1. Well hello! :) I'm kind of in a reading slump, so I can relate. Thanks for stopping!

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  4. I really love all the pictures you shared this week. Hope you have a great week!

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  5. It's more dystopian than fantasy but have you read Elizabeth Briggs 'Future Shock'? It has time travel, conspiracy and a bit of murder. Classed as YA but perfect for adults.

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    1. Thank you! I need recs... and I remember that one, I think I was interested and forgot about it. I will check it out.

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  6. Looks like I need to rematch Moonraker soon! I don't remember that scene at all!

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  7. Old school covers are so neat to look at, and I'm a serious fan of all things James Bond. Hope your weekend is a good one, Greg! Hugs...

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    1. I'm a fan of Bond too, going way back. :) And I love some of those old covers!

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  8. The Good Neighbor sounds like a good read and I really enjoyed your review. I also like your Pulp Cover of the week, it has me curious as to what the book contains. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Whitney. The Good Neighbor was pretty good. And some of those pulp covers make me curious also!

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  9. Emma in the Night sounds great, I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for that one. And an event with Sarah Maas and Leigh Bardugo sounds fab, if I were you, I'd jump at the chance :)

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    1. I think I will. The fact that both are coming with in 2 weeks of each other is kinda cool! And Emma in the Night was quite good!

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  10. I look forward to your review for Emma into the Night and Friend Request. The premise is pretty freaky. I haven't read any of Sarah Maas or Leigh Bardugo books, but my husband loved The Shadow and Bone series. Hope you have fun at the signings!

    I loved The Others (Written in Red, etc,.) series by Anne Bishop if you're looking for fantasy. So very good! One of my all-time favorite!

    It's been a million years since I watched Moonraker but that villain was pretty funny. Didn't he pair up with some tiny Swedish girl in the end and turn out half-way good? I vaguely remember, lol. Great post, Greg! :)

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    1. Emma in the Night was very good. Friend Request was too, but I liked Emma a bit more. And I haven't read any of their books either, but I know they're very popular and I have some on my shelf. Good to know about Shadow and Bone!

      I've heard good thing about the Others series.

      That Moonraker clip cracked me up! I was watching clips on Youtube and saw that one- I haven't even rewatched the movie, but you're right! There was the Swedish girl and he did turn good! I don't know if I want to actually rewatch the movie but I love that scene! :)

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  11. some new interesting books and many great pictures there!

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  12. I am looking forward to your Friend Request review. I am wondering if I would like that or not.
    My week was rather crazy, I am looking forward to a quiet week when the kids go back to school, the routine is what I miss most.

    I hope you have the bestest week ever, Greg! Happy Reading! :)

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    1. Sometimes a quiet routine is nice to get back to. :)

      You have awesome week too!!

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  13. I feel you with not knowing what to read next- unless I have review books, that is pretty much my norm hah. Okay, fantasy. I have been striking out with fantasy this year, tbh. ::Looks at favorites shelf to see if there's any fantasy:: There is! Okay, I loved the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova, The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson... ummm. OH- Idk if you have read it (and if not you MUST because I think you'd like it!) but The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness is SO good. It's kind of sci-fi, kind of dystopian, kind of fantasy? All mixed together? But even if you don't read it now.. read it some day.

    I adore the space pictures- in part because they remind me so much of the UK Wayfarers covers, which I love. (In fact, I had to do a double take to make sure they weren't actually from those covers hah.) I also adore the one of the girl on the balcony!

    Looking forward to your reviews of Emma and Friend Request too. Both sound quite intriguing! Also SUPER jealous of the book events! Especially Leigh, I met her for a nanosecond once and then some girl jumped in front of me before I could talk to her and then she had to leave. SAD. I think a few other bloggers I know might be going to that one, too. Now I am extra jealous. Hopefully it's fun, though! And definitely take pictures! I shall live vicariously :D

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    1. Thanks for the recs! I sure need em... I'm drawing a blank on fantasy right now. And those Wayfarers covers- I so agree, I had to order them just so I could have them.

      Emma and Friend Request were both good, although Emma would be my favorite. Good stuff. And what a wench lol to jump in front of you! I'm looking forwerd to going, not sure if I'll go to both events or have to pick one... but should be good!

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  14. I was away last week so I missed a lot of reviews from the blogs I follow. That's why I'm so glad you do these Sunday Posts. I saw that you had reviewed The Collapsing Empire and went back to read your thoughts. I'm so glad you had a blast! Scalzi's one of my must read authors because I can always trust him to deliver a fun adventure.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  15. I hope that you have fun at the events (if you end up going). I'm a fan of the majority of Maas's work, but I've never really been that into Bardugo. Have a good week! :)

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  16. Great images!

    I enjoyed Emma in the Night and The Good Neighbor...Friend Request does look tempting.

    I'm looking forward to the next book in the Country Club Murders series...coming in October.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. I liked both of those, and Friend Request was pretty good. And yes I can't wait for the Country Club book- in fact I still have to read book 5 .

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  17. Some of your books are on my reading list. And I sure enjoyed the trailers and pics this week. Feeling spacey are we. LOL

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    1. Feelin spaced out mannn... lol. Hope the books are good. :)

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  18. Awesome pictures and it's awesome that Sarah J. Maas is coming to your area! Hope you have fun!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

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

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  19. Love the art finds as always. For a fantasy series - I recommend The Books of Pellinor by Alison Croggon. She's an Aussie author and the series is about a young girl who finds out she's the chosen one. It's well-written and the plots are great - and I love that the author doesn't even try to subvert the Chosen One plot. Easy reading, too. Have a great week :)

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    1. I've enjoyed the Aussie authors I've tried. Thanks for the rec! You have a good week too!

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  20. Is friend request a movie or am I getting that mixed up with something else? I love all the photos you show. Just a heads up I don't think your link is working right on the Sunday Post link up it could just be me. Have a great week.

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    1. Friend Request is a book although I understand there was a movie with a similar theme- someone mentioned it. I don't think they're related though. And thank you for letting me know, I will go check it out.

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  21. Good quiet weeks are not a bad thing and you got some reading done which is a positive. I never know what to read and it's always that weird feeling of finishing a book and normally you have a vague idea of what you want to pick up next so when you don't it's strange. I'm trying to think of some fantasy reads I've read lately and I'm drawing a blank. I've not read too much fantasy of late which is strange as it's one of my favourite genres. I'll have to make that my next read.

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    1. I agree, I like a good quiet week! And yes I usually do have an idea of what to read next, but this week... it's just not happening. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres too, nothing seems to be doing the trick. :(

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  22. If you're looking for fantasy, definitely check out Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. Relationship developments can be improved, but the series definitely has a strong a excellent written story line and world buildings.

    Anne @ The Reading Life

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    1. That's good to know, thanks Anne!

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  23. I don't know enough about fantasy to recommend any I'm afraid ๐Ÿ™ƒ

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    1. Thanks anyway, and hope you enjoyd your weekend. :)

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  24. Oh, gotta check out the Scalzi review :)

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    1. My first scalzi, and I liked it. :)

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  25. I won a Goodreads copy of Emma in the Night and really want to read it soon because of all the positive feedback on it! As for a fantasy, I feel like all I've read this year is MG and YA but if I was to recommend anything it would be A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab. It was really good with little to no romance. It's a trilogy, though.
    Love the artwork this week! Have a great week! :)

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    1. Ooh cool! I thought Emma in the Night was qiote good!

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  26. Nice pic of the woman with the umbrella-- so atmospheric!
    Have you read Cinder or Uprooted? I read the first, not the second, but heard it's really good. They're not really fantasy but maybe something you'd be in the mood for.

    Enjoy!

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    1. I have not read either one, thank you! I've heard good things about both, although I don't Uprooted is my thing from what I've read. The other one tho...

      And I loved that pic too!

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  27. You're going to meet SJM and Leigh Bardugo ?! That's so cool !
    I'm looking forward to your reviews, I already added every book you mentioned in your TTT so your reviews will help me chose which one I'll start first ~

    Hum... A fantasy rec.... Have you read Finnikin of the Rock ?

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    1. I think so, I might go to both events or just one or the other. And thank you- I'm glad you found some books you want to try. :)

      I have not read that one, thanks for the recommendation!

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  28. I was considering going to see SJM when she was in PA, but I hate going to that stuff alone. My two co-bloggers may go to the event when it lands in Raleigh though, so maybe WLABB will represent.

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    1. Yay! I've never seen either one, looking forward to meeting them.

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  29. I always think abo it hitting up author events and then i never do. I have an arc for Emma, but haven't read it yet. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Happy reading!

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    1. I haven't been to an author event in ages, so it's time. :)

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  30. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed Emma in the Night and look forward to your review. Wow, you might get to see Leigh Bardugo? I'm jealous but very excited for you, lol. Have a great week!

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  31. You always find the best videos! That storm trooper one is great. Good luck finding a book-I have been feeling the same way lately...nothing is screaming "read me!".
    Have a great week!
    Samantha @The Book Disciple

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  32. I'm glad you had a quiet week - in my book quiet is GOOD. As ever, many thanks for the awesome pics and video clips - I loved the stormtrooper one and the James Bond clip brought back many happy memories - you're right, the look on his face as he's just about to go over the falls is priceless. I hope this coming week is peaceful and happy, Greg:). My Sunday Post - https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/08/20/sunday-post-20th-august-2017/

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  33. I haven't been to an author event in months! I met Sarah and Leigh a while back and they are super nice. I hope you get to meet them. I was so nervous meeting Sarah. She was so pretty!

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  34. Yay for a quiet week!! I highly recommend the And I Darken series if you haven't started it! I'll also be seeing Leigh Bardugo in September and I can't wait! Gorgeous art, as always. That last one really gives you a lot to think about! Have a great week :D

    Here's my Weekly Recap!

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  35. Have you started the Red Rising Trilogy Greg? It is brilliant. Hope the quiet continues :)

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  36. I don’t read much fantasy, so I can’t help with recommendations, but those space pictures are awesome. I want to be there. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  37. I really want to read Emma in the Night. Can't wait to read your review! Happy reading this week :)

    Crystal Book Snob

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  38. I am glad to hear you Emma in the Night, I loved it! I hope you have a great week and enjoy the new books you got too.

    Happy readin',
    Jenea's Book Obsession

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  39. I tried reading this weekend but it was 4 awful books in a row. I did force myself to DNF a couple so *pats self on back* lol

    For What It's Worth

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  40. I would love to see Sarah J Maas and Leigh Bardugo. I like both of theirs books and I'm currently reading SJM's A Court of Thorns & Roses series. The second book was slow but the series is good so far. I'm on the 3rd book now because the ending was so good I need to know what happens next lol. I hope you have a great week!!

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  41. Hope you enjoy the author event---can't wait to see your pics! I'm reading Wonder Woman:Warbringer right now and enjoying it more than I was expecting to. I've never been a comic book fan, but since this is written by Bardugo, it just reads like a fantasy. I'm also reading Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows, and that one is great too!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  42. So cool that SJM and Leigh Bardugo are coming nearby! Leigh Bardugo is coming to the D.C. area, and I'm hoping to go. It'll be a trip, but I think it might happen. I'm excited!

    Happy reading! Have a fabulous week, Greg. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  43. I have lots of recommendations for fantasy from many awesome bloggers. I've never read that genre myself but I'm planning to soon. Enjoy your books, Greg. Have a wonderful week. Love all your pictures as always. :)

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  44. I think I prefer the facial at 3:27 a little more! :D

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  45. Hope someone has come up with a fantasy that tickles your reading taste buds. Nice to have a couple of authors coming to your area.

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  46. I'm in the same boat -- Not sure what to read. I am reading a very emotional book but listening to an urban fantasy. Or starting to at least. I need one to recover from the other lol

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  47. I love the cover for The Big Kill. I really dig some of the older covers I've been seeing lately. Sounds like you had an awesome reading week. I have Friend Request so I'm interested to see your thoughts.

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  48. Fantasy: Michael J. Sullivan??? (yes, I've been pushing him all year). I know that feeling of being in limbo; I usually read the first couple paragraphs of the books in my stack until one grabs me.

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  49. Sarah J. Maas is such a sweetheart, I love her personality even more than her books (which have become more romance-heavy the deeper in we get). Hope to see a recap of those events! Have a good reading week, Greg. :)

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    1. I've heard good things about both her and Bardugo. I'll try to get a recap of whichever I go to (hopefully both)!

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  50. I've been getting really curious about Emma in the Night but I have so many books on my stack right now that I don't want to add anything that will just languish on my Kindle. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. Emma in the Night was pretty good!

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  51. Truthwitch? It's been on my list for months, so can't say if it's good or not, but... someone should read it lol! I also really enjoyed the Lunar Chronicles. Have a great week!

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    1. Ooh Truthwitch! Good one. I wanted to read it but forgot about it... that may be the one. :)

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  52. Ah, Moonraker!! Kind of a silly period in James Bond's career, but so much fun. :-D

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  53. Death Around the Bend looks like a good read, hope you enjoy it!

    Have a great week! ~Aleen

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    1. Thanks, should be fun. :)

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    2. I hope you get to meet Sarah Maas and Leigh Bardugo. That would be cool! The more I hear about Friend Request and Emma in the Night, the more I want to read them. I sometimes have trouble deciding what to read next. The problem of having so many choices... At least in my case. I had my husband help me this last time. Occasionally I enlist my six year old's help. :-)

      Death Around the Bend looks like it will be good!

      I hope you have a great week, Greg!

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  54. If you're into modern fantasy a la American Gods, then I highly recommend A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin-- I adored it!

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  55. Are both those authors going to be at the same event? That is something you can't miss! I hope you had a fab week. I am playing catch up with my comments yet again this week! :)

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