Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I Am Addicted To All The Internet Things



Let's talk about the Internet. Specifically, my dependence on it. My Internet service went down on March 18th and was down for three days roughly. That's not too bad, right? When I called it in they told me a tech would need to come out and the soonest was March 22nd. That 's a wee bit longer- about five days. Luckily I didn't have to wait five days. That's like an eternity in blogging. Even that little bit of time being down though clarified for me how dependent I am on the Internet.

First of all it happened on a weekend. I had just posted my Sunday Post (it was scheduled) and so I was completely unable to participate in that until I stopped by the library to link up and visit a few blogs. I had not scheduled my Monday post so that was missed, although I had my Tuesday and Wednesday posts teed up. But I was looking at being almost completely AWOL for five days, and without the library there would be no visiting. And that was driving me nuts. How could I not connect for- gulp- five days?? How did my life become so centered on the Internet? Should I be concerned? I mean I talk to some bloggers now more than I do most of my real life friends! Granted that's partly because we all live so far away, but still...

Not only that, but I use online streaming for most of my TV watching. Before I started blogging I never watched TV- like, literally never. Maybe an occasional game or something. But now I watch a ton of shows and often review them as well. Because of course. But no Internet = no Netflix, no Amazon streaming, no HBO Now. In other words, I missed Big Little Lies on Sunday, no Walking Dead, no Humans (I don't have cable so it all comes over the Internet). To make matters worse, no Twitter so I have no idea what's happening lol- no Goodreads (just when I was starting to use it more). So what do you think I did?

I read. A lot. Yes I did real life things- I went places, talked to family and friends, but all the stuff I do for fun - blogging, visiting blogs, watching- was gone. And it felt weird. And that makes me wonder- what did I do before blogging? Do I need to visit so many blogs on the Sunday Post? Do I have my priorities straight? Am I too dependent on the Internet? Yeah I probably am. And the sad part is- I don't really mind. I like blogging, I like talking books, I like talking to bookish friends. Now that I'm back on (I wrote this the day it came up) I'll probably fall back into my old ways. Have I learned anything? I think I have- I've learned that the Internet better not go down again lol.

Seriously though I did self- reflect and I know that three days wasn't really that bad. But in the meanwhile- it's good to be back.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Top Ten Authors I've Met/ Would Like To meet

 

 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new Top Ten list will be posted. Everyone is welcome to join. Link back to The Broke and the Bookish so everyone can check out other bloggers' lists. It's a fun way to get to know fellow bloggers.

This week is a fun topic- authors we've met or would like to meet. I think I've only met three authors in an actual face-to-face, book signing type setting, but I've run into others in a more informal way at like conventions or whatever. So I'll start with the ones I have met or brushed elbows with, and then finish with authors I'd LIKE to meet.  


A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)

I met George at his signing in Ann Arbor. 

The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #1)

I met Terry Brooks at a signing in college and he was a super nice guy. 

Letters from Skye

Jessica Brockmole did a signing just as I was starting blogging and I kept seeing good reviews for this, so I went. A good book and my first author interview.  

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R.A. Salvatore has been at GenCon many times and I used to go every year, so I've seen him there.  

These are the writers I'd like to meet

Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarty just because I love this book so much. 

Replica (Replica, #1)
Lauren Oliver just because I like how everything she writes is so different. 

Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2)
Claudia Gray (who I only know through her two Star Wars novels- and I never read Star Wars books). 

The Girls in the Garden

Just based on the strength of this one. 

Fangirl

Rainbow Rowell seems so down to earth and I love her writing.  

The Hobbit

Of course JRR Tolkien if he were with us. 

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City of the Lost (Casey Duncan, #1)

Monday, March 27, 2017

The 100 Gimme Shelter

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This episode had a killer twist and took a darkly comedic turn even as it explored the usual themes- you know, how do you live with decisions where some must die that others may live? That's a familiar beat here on The 100, and we're faced with it again- twice. First Abby (and by extension Clarke) need to decide if testing their new cure on someone- a test which may kill the test subject- is worth it if it will save everyone else.  And Bellamy- who can't catch a break- has to make a similar decision, risking his life to save some stranded Ark'ers.

We start with Octavia going off on her own after last week, and Ilian is following her. She's not too happy about that but when the black rain comes she gives him a ride. Go Helios! They find a nice cave to shelter in but black rain burns so they lickety split undress so they can splash themselves down- because every cave on The 100 has a nice pool in it. So Octavia and Ilian are largely undressed and alone in a cave. We'll return to this curious turn of events.

Meanwhile the black rain is also at Arkadia just as Bellamy returns, and everyone has to rush inside. Except wait! Someone stumbles and is trampled after clutching at Harper (yes Harper is back!) and starts to burn after being left behind- because no one bothered to help the guy- and Bell and Kane have to go get him. He's fucked though. And Harper is feeling bad she didn't go back for him. By the way did anyone else laugh when the whole Ark population seemed to be undressing en masse and splashing water all over themselves? I'm sure it was unintentional but it was actually hilariously bad...and we of course get a gratuitous shot of Harper stripping down to her civvies. Although I have to say... nice abs Chels.

Let's just talk black rain for a minute. Okay weeks ago we saw some kind of radiation wave sweeping through. We keep getting estimates of how long they have until the radiation hits Arkadia. But in the meantime "black rain" is here- and it burns. So do we just have periodic "black rain" storms now- you know, until the really bad radiation gets here? I mean they're playing so fast and loose with this stuff. Where were we? Oh yeah so even as chaos reigns (!) at Arkadia, Clarke has arrived at the lab and is reunited with Abby. They're discussing how Abby has a possible solution- inject Luna's bone marrow into people to make them Nightbloods and therefore immune to the radiation- you know the usual pseudoscience bullshit- but the test procedure is likely to be fatal, since the test subject has to be exposed to radiation. Emori (where's she been?) overhears this and immediately assumes she's expendable.

Later Emori and Clarke go to the big house where Murphy is jammin to this...


and he can cook! Who knew. See he could be a sandwich artist! Anyway Clarke is just settling down for a nice nap after a shower when someone breaks in- someone Emori apparently knows from not-so-better days? Some dude named Baylis who did her wrong once upon a time. She is not happy with him and wants to kill him, which Clarke tries to talk her out of. After all (since Emori's gonna snuff him anyway)- what if his death could serve a larger purpose? Remember that radiation test earlier? Yeah. 

Bellamy meanwhile tries to save some Ark'ers who are stranded out in the storm, and one of the guys is in rough shape- not going to make it without immediate help. Unfortunately Bellamy gets stuck en route and can do nothing. Bellamy's been through so much and to not be able to help is wrenching. I thought that whole exchange was so well done. Bellamy- like Clarke- just can't seem to get a break. 

Remember Octavia and Ilian? Half naked in a cave- you can kind of see this coming. Octavia is just so lost, at one point she tries to walk out into the rain, and Ilian stops her, but she's so desperate to feel something. I can imagine the howling that went up at this turn of events- after all it hasn't been that long since Lincoln- but under the circumstances maybe she needed this, and it doesn't mean she didn't love Linc. Now as to whether Octilian is going to be a thing- she does decide to give him a ride on Helios the wonder horse at the end-remains to be seen, but this will definitely be a topic in the weeks ahead. 

Random Thoughts

When the black rain hit and Kane's yelling "everyone inside" I was like oh for reals this time??? 

Jaha and Monty are in Sector 5 with 200 people. Is that like Sector 5 of Arkadia or are they somewhere else? It appears they were elsewhere but it's a little unclear. 

"Yeah he's a real catch" Clarke replies after Murphy makes some smartass comment about all the good guys being taken. The look on her face when she said it was priceless. I mean yeah we all love Murph but everyone- especially Clarke- knows he's an asshole. 

"Why don't you light a fire? You're good at that," Octavia tells Ilian when they first get to the cave. 

There's a little throw away line about how the lab has 5 levels. Will that play a role?  

"Why don't you stay out of it and let her have this Clarke?" says Murphy as Emori is beating the shit out of Baylis. Or, you know, whoever he is. Between Murphy being quite okay with that, and his admiration for her when it's revealed the guy was... some rando...those two make a scary ass couple. 

The Wanderers

The Wanderers (The Wanderers, #1)

The Wanderers is a book that's been on my TBR for a long time. I finally got to reading it and it turned out to be quite good. It's the story of a girl named Flo who can shift into a horse, and she's part of a circus comprised entirely of shifters. They go from location to location, barely scraping by, always on the lookout for hunters- covert agents who are aware of them and will kill or capture them on sight. I liked the idea of a circus of shifters, and this is the first book I've read with so many different animals- there are elephants, bears, cheetahs- and no paranormal creatures like werewolves. That was kind of a refreshing change, and so is the idea that shifters are so widespread- there are rogue packs out there that are often found and neutralized, and members come and go from the circus. There are also three elders that run the circus- all three of them lions- and they have secrets as well. 

Flo is mostly likable and I thought her depiction was pretty realistic. She's only sixteen so it's realistic that she would be afraid, or uncertain, and every time I thought geez Flo get it together, I had to remember she's so young. And she's going up against experienced hunters who know what they're doing and are well- armed, including with special items that are anathema to shifters. Not only that but most of the other performers are young as well, so you have kids going up against adults. 

I didn't think this had a lot of action, but it didn't feel slow. In fact the short punchy chapters kept the story flowing and I wanted to learn more about this world. Other reviews have said the action doesn't get going until the second half, and that's somewhat true, but it kept me turning the pages. I thought it needed more action in the front end but it wasn't a dealbreaker for me. And whenever I thought Flo a little whiny or indecisive, I had to remember- she's sixteen. And it made it feel more real that she's not a killing machine even though I wanted her to kick a little more ass. 

In fact the whole group- we're talking bears, big cats, elephants for crying out loud- could have been a little more fearsome, more effective, but again these are teens going through a traumatic experience. They're not natural killers. And they've been trained to suppress their animal selves, so when the time comes that their animal instincts would be useful, they're not accustomed to doing that. I like that that conflict was explored a bit. 

The other thing I really liked was the idea of the packs. This particular one hid in plain sight as a circus, but it's mentioned that that there are other packs, hiding away or occasionally even preying on humans. A lot of it has to do with how they address their animal selves. I look forward to learning more about this in the next one, and also seeing where the shifters go next. So again, this is a nice shifter read, it could have used more action and I wish the shifters had been more formidable, but I had a lot of fun and if the premise appeals to you I would definitely give it a shot. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sunday Post #187

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

Well the big news this week was... my internet went down. For three days. I tried some things, plugged and unplugged, talked to Tech support... no dice. Then on Monday it came back up after my second call in and we did some more rebooting. Who knows? It got me thinking though- just how dependent on the internet am I? Apparently quite a bit.  

Otherwise a pretty good week. It feels like March now with (slightly) warmer temps, but the big thing was- sun. Hey sun- missed you for the last few months! I read a ton while I was down so that at least was something. And I'm still watching Big Little Lies and Riverdale. Oh and Iron Fist. Speaking of- here's the GIF of the week. When Ward Meachum discovers he's being surveilled- in his own office. 


So The Wanderers was pretty good, Starfall wasn't bad and The Winter Over was chilling (!) I reviewed that one last week and this week is Distress Signals. The reviews for Wanderers, Starfall and Queens of Geek are on the way.   
  
Starfall (Starflight, #2)The Winter OverDistress SignalsThe Wanderers (The Wanderers, #1)

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PULP COVER OF THE WEEK: 



NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:

Queens of GeekRefuge for Masterminds (Stranje House, #3)Child of a Hidden Sea (Hidden Sea Tales, #1)

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Some fun with last weeks Big Little Lies. 

 

Humans is rocking it this year. 



This is nice- as usual the large version (click on the link) is awesome.  



Some of the latest Campion artwork 

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3.5 seconds.. feels like a lifetime. #pascalcampion #Alaska Jumping off rocks.. a theme I like drawing a lot! Pascal Campion:

Summer Night on the Beach 



Sleepless Nights

Sleepless Nights. #pascalcampion by PascalCampion