Sunday, April 20, 2014

Winter's Heart Read-Along, Week 3



***Again, so sorry everyone for being so late with the questions this week. I just moved into a new place--been doing that all week--and I didn't get my internet up until 9 pm last night. And I've been so crazy busy that it slipped my mind that it was my week for questions. So sorry about that. I hope everyone did okay with what I sent!***

Welcome to week 3 of our Winter's Heart read-along. This week we read chapters 8-11. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that came before is fair game for spoilers so read at your own risk!

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1. The Aes Sedai with Elayne and Nynaeve are trying to convince the Seanchan sul'dam that they can channel themselves and then send them back to Seanchan. Do you think this tactic will work to help bring down the Seanchan empire?

I actually think this is a really smart plan. It's the kind of thing that might take years to come to fruition, and I doubt they have that kind of time until Tarmon Gai'don, but so far trying to defeat the Seanchan through force of arms hasn't worked. This is the kind of thing that will shake the foundations of their belief system. It might be the the one thing that will work in the long run.

2. It seems the Borderlanders are on the borders of Andor. We last saw the leaders making a pact in the Borderlands. What do you think they're up to and what does it have to do with Andor?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Follow Friday: Spring Break Fantasy Vaca!

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Spring Break. Where would be your favorite destination spot if you could join the Spring Break festivities?

Hmmm. This is so boring and NOT spring breakish, but I think I'd go to visit the homes of my favorite authors of yore. I know in England you can tour Stratford-upon-Avon and see Shakespeare's home. Or Dicken's. Or maybe Edgar Allen Poe's grave.

Something like that would be beyond awesome! 

Where would you go for spring break?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Words of Radiance Read-Along, Week 3



***Sorry this is up so late this week! Grrrrh for how much moving disrupts blogging life!***

Welcome to week 3 of our Words of Radiance Read-Along! This week, we read chapters 16-28. Remember that everything in this section as well as all that came before is fair game for spoilers so read at your own risk!

1) We have a new character on the scene: Zahel, a swordmaster. What do you think of his interest in Kaladin? 

I think it's promising. I kind of like that he's not your typical suave sword master. He obviously recognizes Kaladin's skin, even from afar, and that makes me like him. :D I'm excited to see where this story line goes. Plus, he obviously knows what he's doing. The image of Renarin landing on his head and other things over and over again in the background while Zahel and Kaladin chatted was hysterical.
2) We learned a bit more about Shallan's past. What do you think her brother Heralan was doing all those years ago, coming and going as he did, and where did his Shardblade come from? 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Wants

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 Bookish Things (Other than Books) That I'd Like to Own 

10. A library. Who doesn't want an entire room in their house dedicated to books, complete with over-stuffed chairs and a fireplace.
9. A kindle. I read on the kindle app on my ipad all the time, but it's kind of big and heavy. An actual kindle would be more convenient. Plus, then I could borrow from the lending library.
8. An unlimited Amazon gift card. Just because.
7. Paraphernalia from my favorite books. Wheel of Time t-shirts or medallions, for example, would be welcome.
6. The ability to force any film maker who decides to make my favorite books into movies, to do it perfectly.

That's all I can think of. What bookish things would you like to own?

Game of Thrones Recap

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So once again Game of Thrones is on. (Yea!) As with last season, I'm going to be doing recaps of the episodes and discussing them. I've been super busy, so I didn't get the post up last week. This one will contain recaps of both episodes 1 and 2.

Remember that this will contain blatant spoilers for the series. So, if you haven't watched yet or otherwise don't want to know what's happening, stop reading now!

Season 4, Episode 1: Two Swords

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Winter's Heart Read-Along, Week 2



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1) What did everyone make of the Shaido's treatment of Faile, Maighdin, Alliandre, Bain, Chiad, Lacile, and Arrela during the march through the snow? Harsh? As expected? 

Both. Yes, kind of harsh, but not out of keeping with what we know of the Aiel and the Wise Ones. It's a bit different because there's snow on the ground, but it also must be kept in mind that the Aiel don't know anything about snow. Though they're obviously tough enough to run miles in snow as easily as on dry ground, they'll probably be truly shocked when some of them end up with mild frostbite. They'll be so confused!
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Lol. No idea what's up with this pic, but
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Faile and crew meet the Shaido Wise Ones (Therava & Someryn) and also the Aes Sedai Galina. What do you think of the Wise Ones speaking so openly of Sevanna's orders? Will Galina be of any help to Faile?

I don't know that I'd be very trusting of Galina. She openly admitted that she'd help them only if they helped her. She'd throw them all under the bus as soon as it served her purpose. I totally think Faile she use Galina where she can, but just not totally trust her. 

As for them speaking openly of Sevanna's orders, I think Sevanna's too cocky to do anything about that, even if she heard them talking. Of course, just because Sevanna's an idiot doesn't mean she's not dangerous. I worry Faile will end up getting caught between the crazy Aiel woman and the desperate Aes Sedai. And we know Sevanna's messing with the Forsaken as well. Faile needs to be more careful than she knows.
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It seems that Berelain is taking advantage of Faile's absence and Perrin's fatigue. Where do you think her flirtations will take her? Given the chance, what would you do with her at this point? 

So far, she hasn't been successful at seducing Perrin. He's very devoted to Faile and I doubt she'll find anymore success now, even with Faile temporarily (we hope) out of the picture. I thought it was downright ridiculous that she was offended when Perrin wouldn't confide in her after all that's happened. As in, really?

Hm. What would I do with her? Cruel though it might be, I'd really love to stuff her in a trunk, like what happened to Rand, just so we don't have to see or hear her for a few days. What a relief the silence and lack of cleavage would be!
4) They are on the hunt! Talanvor left on his own to pursue the Shaido hours ahead of Perrin and crew. Perrin had to chastise the Cha Faile for their spying activities. The Asha'men want to lead the charge. Add to that, Masema offering to assist. Will Perrin's anger explode? How can this hunt possibly be derailed?

Lol. Poor Perrin! We knew this was all coming to a head. I don't envy him in the least trying to juggle all these factions and keep them from coming to blows. Wouldn't surprise me if he's a little less sane when this is all over. I know where this is going, so I won't make predictions, but even if Perrin is only a man who can only be pushed so far, he is also ta'veren, and that should help, even if it also makes his uneasiness grow. :D
Not sure I'm a fan of this pic of Elayne.
It's a little too...Berelain for my taste.
What do you guys think? (Source)
5) The men escorting Naean and Elenia were ambushed and killed outside Caemlyn. What do you think this portends? Will Elayne be able to unite the houses behind her or is this move the first of several by houses against her? Should the ladies be more concerned about defenses instead of clothing? 

I think it just shows that the road to the throne, as we've said before, is going to be long and dangerous. She's going to have a lot to deal with along the way. 

Of course the ladies should be concerned with more than clothing, but I kind of like that they talk about this. Let's face it: frivolous or not, lots of girls care about clothes, and it's probably a nice respite from all the other worries Elayne has. It just makes them human.

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What did everyone else think of this section?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Follow Friday: Disappointing Reads

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Tell us about a book that you didn't like and why we shouldn't read it. 

I'm going to have to go with the Millenium trilogy here. I've talked about this before, so I'm sorry to not come up with anything original, but I was just SO disappointed in this story. It was one of those that started out super-great, then stalled a bit in the middle. That would have been okay with me had the ending been epic and wonderful. Unfortunately, the author set up the readers with very specific expectations. It then became obvious that the he suddenly changed his mind about fifty pages before the end of the third book. 

I don't mind being shocked or thrown through a loop by a particularly great twist in a story, but this was not that. I wanted to throw the book against the wall. And not in a good way. While the characters were intriguing, and the first installment had a particularly well-written whodunit mystery, this trilogy is not worth reading beyond that first book. 

What book did you not like and why?