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.

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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?*

Monday, July 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Deserted Island Buddies

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 Characters I Would Want with Me on a Deserted Island





10. Daryl Dixon -- Okay, he's from a TV show, not a book, but you never know when zombies might show up on this deserted island, so you'd need a great zombie killer. And then there's the hotness factor.





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9. Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander -- I think he's hilarious, so I'd love to watch him go throughout his day. Plus, I'd love to learn more about his magic system. It's endlessly fascinating.






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8. Arya Stark -- She'd keep it interesting. On a deserted island, I think I'd have a tendency to plant myself in a nice spot and stay there most days. Arya would keep things adventurous. She always finds adventures.




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Three Core Beliefs Dystopian Stories Demonstrate in the Human Race

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I've done posts before about why the dystopian genre is so prevalent today. This was brought up for me again recently when I watched (or re-watched, rather) The Walking Dead series with my mom. After a particularly dark, disturbing episode, she commented about how many movies/TV shows/books deal with the end of the world, and why that is. I told her I thought that we, as a society, were trying to prepare ourselves. She agreed, but wondered why. 

Will our society eventually degrade into a post-apocalyptic dystopia? I think it's a definite possibility, if we keep doing the way we currently are, but why is that? Well, let's use a couple of lines from a Schwarzenegger film.


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"We're not gonna make it, are we? People, I mean." 
"It's in your nature to destroy yourselves." 
"Yeah, major drag."

(Anyone know that film?)

Anyway, my point is that, even if our society doesn't ever hit the point of The Hunger GamesCormac McCarthy's The Road, or The Walking Dead, (we'd need zombies for that) I still think we are trying to warn and prepare ourselves for the worst. We know it's in our nature. And we see the degradation of our society all around us. Even if it's just on an unconscious level (and I'd argue it's not so unconscious) we are trying to tell ourselves something: That the making of a dystopia is all around us.

The problem is that most of us don't know what to do about it. Our world is fast becoming a global society, which isn't bad in and of itself. But the second it starts to go off the rails, it's just too big and daunting an animal to tame. No one knows where to start. 


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The dystopian stories we tell serve to show three very important core beliefs:

1) That things aren't as bad yet as they could become
2) That we have to hit rock bottom before we can rebound (most dystopian stories start at rock bottom, after all)
3) That once we get to the bottom, we'll have no place to go but up

This shows that, at our core, most human beings are logical, level-headed, determined, and retain their hope that we will always be able to rebound from anything we get ourselves into. 

And that gives me hope in our future. No matter how dark the dystopian story-telling gets. :D

Why do you think we're telling so many dystopian stories these days?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Knife of Dreams Read-Along, Week 1



Welcome to week 1 of our Knife of Dreams Read-Along! We've made it to book 11! 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 Eivind Fonn, who will be posting over at Dab of Darkness!


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1. Eamon Valda finally buys it, and Galad is now (at least de jure) Lord Captain Commander. Do you think he will be able to muster the children and fight back in any meaningful way? Or is this effectively the end of the order?

I was actually super excited about this. Galad has never been my favorite character, but once again we see that our "main" characters are being maneuvered into positions of power. I don't know how well Galad will do getting them to fight, but there is a lot of power behind his name and position. Not that Rand and Galad are friends in particular (quite the opposite) but I think Galad--because he knows Nynaeve, Elayne and Egwene in particular--is more likely to help Rand in the Last Battle than Valda ever was. Or most other Whitecloaks for that matter. 
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2. The Seanchan suffer some shocking defeats at the hands of Ituralde. Suroth is furious and sends away almost all the air scouts. Will this help Mat out? What do you think is in the future for Ituralde?


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Follow Friday: Youtube Funnies

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!


Post a funny Youtube video (doesn't have to be book related).


I'm sure lots of you have seen this one, but it's one of my favorites. Never gets old. :D

What's your funny Youtube video about?

Thoughts for Thursday: Ayn Rand

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!

This week's theme is Ayn Rand! Seriously under-read these days, this woman was WAY ahead of her time and really knows her stuff. Today's T4T is dedicated to her quotes!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: TV and Film

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.

Let's talk about other types of stories! Top 10 Movies/TV Shows (All covers courtesy of goodreads.com unless otherwise linked.)

Somehow I doubt this will be a shock, but my favorite things to watch mirror my favorite genres in reading and writing. Keep in mind I have entirely too many to just pick 10, so these are just a few of my favorites.

Why Literacy Equals Success

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Some months ago, my sister, who lives with me, told me a really cool story. I wanted to share it on the blog, and asked her about the reference. Yeah, she has no idea. I thought it was a true story, but she tells me she thought she read it in a fiction book. Ayn Rand, perhaps. Though after extensive googling, we couldn't find any references to it. So, maybe if anyone recognizes it, you can help me out in that regard?

The story is about a very successful man, who talks about his childhood on the "wrong side of the tracks." This is quite literal for him because, in his neighborhood, a large train yard separated the poor houses from the wealthy ones. As a child, he would creep through the train yard and squat on the edge of it, looking at the rich houses and marveling at their lifestyle. He often wondered what it was that made those houses so nice and those people so rich, while people in his neighborhood remained poor and unsuccessful.

Eventually, this gutsy kid started going door to door, asking the wealthy questions, and sometimes even if he could see the inside of their houses. Many of them humored him, being just a kid and all.

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In the end, he could only find one difference between the houses in the rich part of town, and those in his home neighborhood: 

BOOKS!

The rich had libraries full of books, most of which they had read, while those in his neighborhood only read, as a general rule, when they absolutely had to.

So, there you have it. Reading books = success in life. It can't get much simpler than that.

Thoughts? Feelings? Insights? Anybody know the reference for this story?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Crossroads of Twilight, Week 8 (Final)


Welcome to week 8 of our Crossroads of Twilight read-along. This week we read chapters 27-the end. 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! 

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1. After letting himself go with the Shaido prisoners, Perrin abandons his axe in the forest, as predicted by Elyas. What do you think of his way of breaking the Aiel? Is this a defining moment for him, and in what ways?

I'll admit that when I first read this, I was not very happy that he left his ax behind. His ax has defined him since book 1, and him being without it feels like his character is suddenly incomplete. That said, I do understand his rationale for throwing it away, based on what Elyas told him long ago. It was interesting, though, that Elyas didn't agree with his assessment. He kind of wanted Perrin to keep the ax.

Also, I will say that what happens with Perrin here on out, as concerns his weapons, is pretty cool. So don't cry too many tears over the loss of his ax, even if, like me, you really want to. 

I thought how he broke the Aiel was smart. This particular group is too smart and too tough to trifle with. If he had to break them, this was probably the only effective way. Perrin's doing what he feels he has to. Brutal or not, I personally can't and don't fault him for it.

2. Tallanvor suggests to team up with Seanchan to defeat the Shaido. Should Perrin agree? Will he just end up having to rescue people from the Seanchan instead?


Monday, July 7, 2014

Creative Challenge: Character Sketch

It's Monday, and time to get our creative juices flowing! Tell me about this picture. What do you think? Good guy? Bad guy? What's he doing? What powers/talents does he have. Is he a sympathetic character? Flat/dynamic? Tell me his story!


What did you come up with?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Crossroads of Twilight, Week 7


Welcome to week 5 of our Crossroads of Twilight read-along. This week we read chapters 13-16. 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! 

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1. I am sure that we are all so sorry for Alviarin, now that she is about to be outed as Black Ajah by Elaida and has seen Mesaana reduced to a terrified wreak by Shaidar Haran . . . or perhaps not! Do you think that Elaida actually has any evidence to use against Alviarin, or is it all bluff and self-delusion from the Amyrlin we love to hate? Has Alviarin got any hope of uncovering the Black Hunters, even with her newly minted ‘Mark’?

This is one of those things that I feel both ways about. It was nice to see Alviarin get a taste of her own medicine; be on the receiving end of the cat and mouse game. And yet, it sort of irritated me to see Elaida so smug. Elaida certainly thinks she has something over Alviarin. I don't thing she's cool enough or smart enough for a bluff of this magnitude if she doesn't. If she'd had the backbone to this earlier, she could have been rid of Alviarin long ago. It was convincing enough to make Alviarin run to Mesaana. 

While it's kind of interesting that Alviarin now works for Shaidar Haran--and it's always nice to see that the Forsaken are oh-so-very-human--at the same time, it kind of falls under the heading of, "I don't care."

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Follow Friday: Favorite Picture Books

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 are some of your favorite picture books?


So many it's hard to keep my list short, but I'll try! These are a few of my childhood favorites!




And so many more!


What are your favorite picture books?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Movie Review: Winter's Tale

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For some reason, I've been seeing commercials for Winter's Tale for a long time. I'm not sure why. Either there are a lot of them on demand or on my Roku, or something. Anyway, I finally watched the movie. It looked like a sweet love story and, let's face it, I am a sucker for those from time to time. 

I read somewhere that Scorsese was once attached to the project, but backed out because the story was "unfilmable." After seeing it, I think I know what he was referring to, but obviously "unfilmable" it wasn't.

Plot: Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) is a thief with no parentage to speak of. When he tries to rob a rich mansion, which he believes to be empty, he finds the family's daughter, Beverly, at home. They strike up a conversation, and their love story begins. Beverly Penn is dying from a strange form of consumption that leaves her body constantly giving off more heat than is healthy. She sleeps in a tent on the roof of her home, even in winter, to keep her body heat down. Too much strenuous activity--such as dancing--could easily kill her. 

Meanwhile, a demon named Pearly Soames (played by Russel Crowe) is chasing Peter around town. The premise is that every human being is allowed one miracle. Soames' entire mission is to stop these miracles from occurring. He seems to have a personal vendetta toward Peter and wants to keep him from getting his miracle, which he assumes is to save Beverly.

As per usual, things don't work out for anyone as planned, and Peter finds himself in present day, though he has no idea why. It seems perhaps the miracle he is destined for is not the one he always assumed it would be.