Thursday, July 31, 2014

Follow Friday: Cities and Landmarks

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!


What is the biggest city you live near (or interesting landmark)? Show us a postcard picture.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Most-Owned Authors

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 Authors I Own the Most Books From

As most of you know, I tend to read epic fantasy series, and when there are lots of books, they add up pretty fast. In no particular order (#s of books are the number I own, not necessarily how many are in series):

It's Monday: Fan Videos and TV Obsessions

My blogs may be a bit sparse this week. I had a super-crazy (if totally fun) few days, so I only got a few blogs done for the week.

Today's post has little to do with writing/reading/etc., but I thought I'd post it anyway. Lately I've been talking a lot about my favorite TV obsession, The Walking Dead. Not only is it a great show with awesome characters and plot twists, but it's also a fantastic example of the dystopian genre at it's finest.

Well, I finally finished up my first and (so far) only fan video and uploaded it to youtube. It's a totally sappy romance video for the couple I ship, but I had a blast putting it together. (It's harder than you might imagine to get the nuances right, though.) If anyone feels so inclined, click on it below and like it for me. I'd really appreciate it.

Warning: If you haven't watched all the way through season 4, spoilers abound! You've been warned!




Also below is the new trailer for season 5, which was just released on Friday via Comic Con in San Diego, and is already the most popular video on youtube. 




Have a great week, Everyone! Hope it's both fun and productive! :D

Anyone else into The Walking Dead? What do you think of the season 5 trailer?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Knife of Dreams Read-Along, Week 2



Welcome to week 2 of our Knife of Dreams Read-Along! This week we read chapters 2-7. 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. Our host this week is Susan Voss over at Dab of Darkness!


1) Beonin, Ashmanaille, & Phaedrine chat about theories on who the channeling male murderer is. Did you enjoy Beonin's logic? Do you think other Aes Sedai are drawing the same conclusions? Will such assumptions and conclusions hinder Rand's plans in preparing for the Last Battle?

It almost seems like the natural, in-style thing to do, to blame Rand for everything. I guess it's only natural that sisters would fear the Ashamen. And then I tend to wonder why it doesn't occur to them that it might be the Forsaken, but I guess most people don't automatically reason along those lines. We, as readers, as well as our main characters, have been subjected to the evil plans of the Forsaken over and over again, but these sisters probably haven't, as most people haven't. So, yes, other Aes Sedai are also probably drawing the wrong conclusion. 

I kind of doubt it will hinder Rand in the Last Battle, though. No matter who's blaming who for what, everyone's still going to have to fight, which means they'll probably have to find some way to work together. And Rand is ta'veren, which means his worst plans trump everyone else's best intentions.

2)
Mattin Stepaneos (Source)
Elaida had thought to show the world her power by snatching a monarch in the night and she plans to show even greater power by putting that monarch back on his royal seat. Do you think Mattin Stepaneos, king of Illian, will be cooperative? What other setbacks to Elaida's plan can you predict?

Hard to say, as we don't know a whole heck of a lot about Mattin Stepaneos, but I think it's safe to say--as always--that Elaida's plans probably won't turn out the way she wants them to. Even if Stepaneos is willing to lie down and do her bidding, I doubt Rand, Egwene, or any number of our other superheroes will.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Follow Friday: Favorite TV Series

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!


What is your favorite TV series that you can watch over and over again on Netflix?

Thoughts for Thursday: Mystery

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!

For anyone who follows my LKHill blog, it's no surprise that I love mystery. I often post crime tidbits about very old cold cases. It combines my passions for history and mystery. Why are we all so intrigued by mystery in general? (Incidentally, Captain Picard once gave something of a speech about this.) On that note, this week's theme is Mystery

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Movie Review: Robocop

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My sister and I watched Robocop this past weekend. I vaguely remember watching the '80s version of this with my dad as a kid. (When it was on TV, of course, as I was never allowed to watch high-rated films.) I was kind of excited when I saw they were doing an updated version, though it didn't get as much hype or attention as I would have thought. And since watching the first season of The Killing, I've been a Joel Kinnaman fan, so his being in it was a happy bonus. 

Plot: Murphy is is a hardened cop with a wife and son, who doesn't mind taking risks to get the bad guys. When he angers the wrong people, a car explosion leaves him--for all intents and purposes--dead. Until he's chosen to become Robocop, of course. He's haunted by memories of his past, especially his own murder, and memories of his happy life with his wife and son. Inevitably, he has trouble differentiating himself from the machine.

Now, I don't by any means remember the ins and outs of the 80's Robocop films, but it seems to me that they didn't do anything groundbreaking with the plot. Most of the same conflicts that existed in the earlier films existed here, without much that was new. I think his wife (Abby Cornish) and son played a larger role than in the original, but that was about it. Not that the plot here was bad by any means, but I really wasn't wowed by it. Which is perhaps why the film didn't get as much attention as I would have predicted.

*One thing of interest is that in the original, Detroit was in a futuristic dystopian state. This Robocop is still futuristic (2029) but there's not much mention of dystopia. Could it be that Detroit today has degraded enough to become a dystopia, so that's not a point that needs to be pretended for a film?*