Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Walking Dead Recap, Episode 3: Four Walls and a Roof

Sorry this is so late this week. Crazy week. 
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Episode 2: Four Walls and a Roof


We open right after last week's episode cut off. Bob is still a captive of the Termites in what we find out is a school. Gareth is still talking (of course he is) and eating Bob. Among other things he comments that he thinks women and pretty people taste better. (Really, Gareth? You weren't enough of a douche already? You had to throw that in, did ya?) Then gets a very satisfying, victorious moment (more than likely his last) when he reveals that while they were at the food bank, he was bitten by a walker on the shoulder. He shouts that they are eating tainted meat, while the Termites spit him out and gag. Gareth seems mostly unworried, because they cooked him. This is an interesting question because we really don't know the answer. We've never seen anyone actually eat a walker or infected person--why would they?--so we don't know what affect this will have on the Termites.

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Outside the church, Sasha searches for Bob, but finds only walkers. Rick and Tyrese turn up to say that Daryl and Carol are missing too. Sasha goes inside to interrogate Father Gabriel. Rick keeps her from hurting the priest, but he demands to know what Gabriel has done. Gabriel reveals that, when everything first went bad, he locked the doors, leaving his congregation to be ripped apart by the undead. He's obviously really messed up about it, but it also just feeds back into fear and his refusal to act. 

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Next, Bob is returned. The Termites leave him on the lawn in front of the church, where Rick and co. pick him up and take him inside. This was kind of bizarre to me. Obviously the Termites don't want to eat any more of Bob, but why return him? Why bring him back rather than just kill him? It makes more sense later, though. In short order, Bob reveals to everyone else that he's been bitten, and that Gareth told him Daryl and Carol drove off together.

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Abraham demands that they leave for D.C. immediately. There's too much of a threat to Eugene and he wants to "extract [Eugene's] ass" before it's too late. He wants to go and take the bus, but Rick won't hear of it, and the two of them nearly come to blows. Rick says Daryl and Carol will come back, and they aren't leaving without all their people. Glen gets in between the two alpha-males, and manages to keep them from coming to blows. Tara says she has a plan, but she wants Abraham to stay and help. She says if he does, she'll go with him to D.C., no matter what. Abraham demands that Glen and Maggie come too, and when Rick refuses, another fight nearly breaks out. Finally, Glen says if Abraham stays, he and Maggie will go with him the next day. Abraham agrees.

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"The plan" isn't laid out for us right away, except to say that it's daring. Sasha wants to go to avenge Bob (understandable) but Tyrese wants her to stay behind and take advantage of the little time Bob has left. He says he knows how she feels, and mentions forgiveness. Sasha thinks he's nuts, but this is actually a very poignant moment. No one would understand better than Tyrese what it's like to suddenly lose your significant other. He tries to impart his wisdom--what his journey since the prison has taught him. Though Sasha is nowhere ready to hear it, it's still a touching moment.

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Rick, Michonne, Glen, Maggie, Sasha and Abraham all head out into the night, seemingly looking for the Termites. Carl, Rosita, Eugene, Father, Gabriel, Tyrese, and baby Judith all stay behind in the church. As soon as the superheroes of the team disappear into the darkness, Gareth and his entourage emerge from across the way, where they've obviously been watching and waiting. They enter the church, and Gareth immediately starts talking. Seriously, I'm getting so annoyed with having to listen to this guy's flippant, holier-than-thou voice. If you're going to do something terrible, just do it. Don't sit there and talk about it like you're so magnanimous for explaining your evil deeds before and after you do them. Seriously Dude, just shut up!

Just as the Termites are about to enter the room the weaker half of the apocalypse team is holed up behind, two of them get their brains blown out. Rick's voice comes from the darkness, demanding they put their guns down. (Nice.) It's unclear whether this was the plan all along or if Rick just got the feeling at some point that they should go back, but I got the vibe that Rick planned it this way. He--or Tara--must have known the Termites would be watching, waiting for an opportune moment. (This may be why they returned Bob--to get Rick and co to come after them, leaving the weaker group members behind.) Well played, Mr. Grimes. Well played.

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Thereafter follows a very gory massacre. The Termites get on their knees. Gareth even tries to beg, swearing the paths of the two groups will never cross again. Given everything the Termites have already done, it's really too little too late. As Rick points out, they'll just go eat someone else, even if they do keep their word. Besides, Rick made Gareth a vow that he'd kill him with the red-handled machete. Yeah, Rick really kept his word. He, Sasha, and Abraham really went to town on these guys. It was di-sgust-ing! 

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Glen and Maggie sort of stood back from the gore, and Tyrese retreated into the room, not wanting to take part, either. I wonder if, in a way, we're seeing something of a schism in the team, here, between those who are fighting to keep their humanity, and those who have--at least to a greater extent--given up on it. Father Gabriel emerges, looks at the gorefest around him and says, "But this is God's house." To which Maggie replies, giving us the episode's title, "No. It's just four walls and a roof."

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As the night wears on, everyone says their goodbyes to Bob. He thanks Rick because Rick took him in, because he's the kind of guy that took people in, and before the prison Bob didn't think there were any good people left. It's a really sweet moment. He tells Rick to look at Judith and tell him the world won't change. At this point, Judith seems to have fallen asleep on Rick's shoulder. It's definitely an awww moment.

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The next morning, Bob finally succumbs. Sasha is with him, and they have a sad few last moments. Sasha starts crying when Bob's eyes close, and Tyrese comes in, takes the knife from her, and kills Walker-Bob before he can actually materialize. 

The next day, Abraham, Rosita, Eugene, Maggie, Glen, and Tara all board the short bus for D.C. Abraham gives Rick a map showing the route they'll take. I love the note he leaves on it! (See pic.) 

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Rick helps Tyrese bury the Termites' bodies, and he asks about Tyrese's journey between the prison and the church. (Remember that neither Tyrese nor Carol have told anyone about the Lizzie/Meeka situation.) Tyrese only says, "It killed me," to which Rick replies, "No it didn't." An interesting exchange, and hopefully it will be fleshed out a little more in future episodes.

Day turns into night, and Michonne is keeping watch on the front porch of the church! Oh! I forgot to mention one of the best parts of this episode! Michonne gets her sword back! The Termites had it. Thank goodness they're reunited! Michonne isn't Michonne without her sword! Anyway, so she's bonding with her sword on the porch and Father Gabriel comes out. Not sure why he's picked Michonne to confide in, but she is probably the best one to understand having hurt people you should have cared about. He says he can hear all the horror of what he did again. She tells him that won't go away, but it will get better.



Now comes the weirdest part of the whole episode. They hear something in the bushes, so Gabriel goes back inside while Michonne goes to investigate. The bushes rustle, and Michonne gets ready with her sword. And out comes...Daryl! Okay, this was the LAST thing I expected. I mean, it's only been 24 hours since he and Carol drove off to chase the Beth-napper. I thought it would be days or longer before we saw them again. How on earth did they get there, hatch a plan, find Beth, and bring her out in just a day? Well, maybe they didn't. We don't really know yet. I was just truly shocked to see...him!

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Daryl turns and says, "Come on out." But of course they can't show us who's with him! Stupid TWD writers! Making us all crazy! Anyway, that was the end of the episode. After discussing it at length with family and several work friends who watch the show, we've decided there's really only three possibilities here. 

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1) It's both Beth and Carol, and they just didn't want us to know until after next episode that he managed to rescue Beth.

2) It's ONLY Beth, which might mean that something bad happened to Carol. I've said this before: while I love Carol and really don't want her to die, if she were to sacrifice herself for other members of the team, it would go a long way toward atonement for murdering Karen and David. It would be tremendously sad, but fitting. And, for the record, Daryl did look pretty haunted. Something bad must have happened. The question is, what?

3) It's neither Carol nor Beth. It might be someone completely off the wall; a twist we would never have guessed. TWD is awesome at that, after all. Some people have suggested Morgan, but I kind of doubt that. Daryl and Morgan have never met. What are the chances that, amidst the rescue of Beth, they had time to meet, get chummy, have a heart to heart, realize they both know Rick, and then decide to head back to the church together. Again, there's just no time! There are rumors that Moralis, from season 1, might re-enter the story this season. That seems more likely to me, as Daryl knew Moralis at the Quarry and would remember him.

For the record, I doubt it's JUST Carol that will come out of the bushes. That wouldn't be shocking. They left together, after all.

I also notice that episode 5 (not the next one about Beth, but the one after that) is called "The Choice." So I wonder if Daryl doesn't find Beth--maybe someone carts her off somewhere before he can get to her or something--and he comes back to tell his story, and then they'll have to choose whether to go after Beth or just head north to Washington. Of course, now that I say that, it sounds trite. Chances are "the choice" will be way more brutal than that. 

Some funnier interpretations:

Daryl's really hiding Anthony the Turtle.




And then there's this from the trailer. Just sayin'.

Ew.


Has nothing to do with anything, but loved this fan art. Had to share it!

How did everyone else like this episode? What are your theories for the next couple of episodes? Who do you think will come out of the bushes?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

St. George Book Festival!

Over the weekend I was down in St. George (southern Utah) at the St. George Book Festival. There was a day of workshops, of which I taught one on Writing in Multiple Genres, and then the expo was the next day where myself and about sixty other authors sold their books. 


          
All the JFP Authors who attended. From left to right: Lehua Parker, Teri Harman,
 Johnny Worthen, Yours Truly, and Berk Washburn (of The Brothers' Washburn)
It was great! The workshops were enlightening. My own presentation went well--I got a few compliments on it--even if it did run about ten minutes too short. 

My awesome dad, who came to keep me company,
do the heavy lifting, the driving, and learn some
stuff himself. We had a blast! Love you, Dad! :D

Dean Hughes was the keynote speaker. I thought he was great. Very entertaining and also insightful. I haven't read his books myself but he's one of my brother's favorite authors. My brother is always telling me I should read Children of the Promise.

Dean Hughes, Keynote Speaker
The expo itself on Saturday, was a bit more disappointing. Everyone promised it would be well-attended, but we were tucked away on the third floor of the children's museum and I don't think people knew where to find us. Most of us only sold a handful of books. 

But, that's okay. I got to network with other authors a lot and I handed out almost one hundred bookmarks. I'd call that a day well spent! :D


The beautiful St. George temple, set against the earthy
tones of southern Utah.
How was everyone else's weekend?

The Gathering Storm Read-Along, Week 4


Welcome to week 4 of our The Gathering Storm Read-Along! This week we read Chapters 22-28. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk. I'm hosting this week. 


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1. We finally learn Rand's logic for swapping Bashere and Ilturalde. Do you agree with his logic? Will it work?

When Rand lays everything out for us, his logic is actually very...logical. At the very least, Rand has good reason for what he's doing. It's good to see that, despite the emotional and mental struggles he's been having, he still has a head for strategy and he's thinking and planning ahead. Swapping the two generals is actually something of a preemptive strike. :D

2. Rand balefires Semirhage, then banishes Cadsuane. He says he has become "cuendillar" but Cadsuane sees darkness around him. What do you think it is? Is this a good thing? Will it help or hinder him in the Last Battle?
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We've already seen that his becoming 'harder' rather than 'stronger' is a bad thing. This is the very thing Cadsuane and Sorilea are trying to remedy. And that darkness Cadsuane could only see when she didn't look directly at him was downright creepy. Yeah, I'm gonna go with this being a bad thing. Hopefully Cadsuane and Sorilea can come up with something brilliant. :D

3. Gawyn reaches Gareth Bryne where he IDs an Aes Sedai in hiding, and is told the truth about his mother, Elayne, and Egwene's situation. Even after he sees Egwene, do you think he'll go to be at Elayne's side, or stay to be Egwene's warder? Do you think he'll ever accept that Rand wasn't responsible for what happened to Morgase? What will the discovery of Shemerin do for the rebels?

Yeah this is one that can only be spoilery if I answer it. Gawyn is obviously stubborn, though, and maybe a bit slow on the uptake, which doesn't bode well for major change. I think Shemerin's situation can only galvanize the rebels. Just another example of Elaida being an idiot and making things infinitely worse for herself.

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4. Yup. It's official. Sheriam is a Darkfriend. Were you surprised? Does it bring any clarity for you of her past actions? Do you think she'll be successful at stealing the dream ter'angreal?

I remember being really shocked about this reading it the first time. Not totally blind-sided or anything--I mean we've seen her being punished, so obviously something was going on--but we've known Sheriam for so long, all our super-girls were novices and Accepted under her, and she always seemed so good, that I was sure there was another explanation. She was being blackmailed, or had ulterior motives. It looked worse than it was. And maybe she wasn't the most upstanding person, but I didn't think she was actually a darkfriend. Maybe just naivete on my part, but yeah, my mouth hung open for...many minutes.

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5. Aviendha gets her honor back and we finally learned what all the punishments were about. What did you think of the Wise One's tactics? What will Aviendha see in Rhuidean, and what's next for her?

I think it's kind of funny that the Wise Ones spend so many years making their apprentices subservient, only to demand that they be dominant. It makes sense that they want them to stick up for themselves and not let anyone trample over them, but I also noted that it had less to do with self-esteem and more to do with the pride they feel the position of Wise One ought to engender. No one--especially a male, it seems--should be able tell a Wise One what to do. Their reasoning made me laugh. But it's good that Aviendha finally figured it out and is now a Wise One, heading for Rhuidean. I won't say what happens there. :D

6. The cockroach incident was pretty gross. It was definitely a dark omen. What do you think this incident is foreshadowing?

Not sure exactly what Jordan/Sanderson were going for with this, but maybe just to show that the Dark One is still influencing the world, the Last Battle is looming, etc., etc. And I did find it particularly interesting that Shara was mentioned. (These bugs are only seen there.) Not saying any more, though. :D

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7. Hinderstap. (Oh good heavens!) What do you think that was all about? And what does it mean for Mat?

Yeah, this was all kinds of crazy, wasn't it? Even reading it the second time I was thoroughly disturbed. I actually felt really sorry for the townsfolk. (Leave it to a fantasy authors to make their readers feel sorry for people who nightly turn into homicidal psychopaths.) I think this--and the cockroach thing as well--may be just to show that the Dark One's grip on the world is increasing. Things have gone from worrisome (book 1) to chaotic (book 6) to batsh*t crazy here in book 12. 

Rand doesn't have much time left.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Follow Friday: Resurrecting Dead Characters

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!


Characters, sometimes our favorites, die during books. If you'd get to choose, who would you bring back? - Suggested by Howling for Books


*If you haven't read these books, these are inherent spoilers! You've been warned!*




1. Stormy Llewellyn from Odd Thomas -- I read this quite recently and was SO bummed when I read the end! I didn't want it to end that way!




2. Ingtar from The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time) -- He was kind of a Darth Vader story, but when he turned back to the good side, I really wanted him to have a second chance at life.



3. Ned Stark from A Game of Thrones. I didn't think they'd really kill him. Things would be so much better in Westeros if he were still around.




What fictional, deceased character would you bring back?

Thoughts for Thursday: Legend of the Werewolves

Thoughts for Thursday is a new feature hosted by Musings on Fantasia and LKHill.  In this meme, we share thoughts or quotes that we know or have recently come across. Each week there is a specific subject or theme. These can be quotes from books, quotes by famous people, (quotes by YOU, perhaps ;D). Anything from anywhere is game, though we do ask that you keep your quote to a few sentences at most. Don't quote, for example, entire passages of a book or essay. These can be funny quips, cool sayings, hair-raising antidotes, movie lines, any kind of quote you can think of!

Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!

Fall is upon us! The leaves are changing and Halloween is coming at us fast. (No creepiness intended.) In honor of the looming holiday, today's theme is Werewolves. Check out my other blog for quotes about Vampires.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Walking Dead Recap: Episode 2 -- Strangers

For some reason, in Utah they're showing The Walking Dead super late, rather than at 7 MST as has been the case in the past. Because I work early morning on Mondays, I can't stay up and watch it. I probably will watch it on Tuesdays most days, which means these recaps won't go up until Wednesday. Just letting everyone know. 
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Episode 2: Strangers

We start out with Rick and the group in the woods. On the preview, there was a whole lot of slow motion walking. This was the episode it came from. Tons of slow-mo walkage here. 


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: New Series I Want to Start

Before we get to TTT, I need to post answers for my quiz yesterday. I did "Famous Faces Before They Were Famous" and no one got all of them. (Click here to see the post.) Thanks to everyone who participated! The answers are as follows:
a. Patrick Stewart b. Dr. Seuss c. John Wayne d. Condoleeza Rice e. Sean Connery f. Oprah Winfrey 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top 10 New Series I Want to Start