Sunday, August 31, 2014

Knife of Dreams Read-Along, Week 7



Welcome to week 7 of our Knife of Dreams Read-Along! This week we read chapters 27-31. 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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Semirhage (Source)
) Why do you think Semirhage's disguise of the Power failed? Did you see the Rand-losing-his-hand thing coming?

It's hard to say for sure, but it may just be another example of things in the world that are failing as Tarmon Gai'don draws near. Even the Forsaken aren't immune as the Dark One extends his touch throughout Randland. 

Rand's hand was foreshadowed in prophecies and dreams, but it wasn't super obvious. Most people probably wouldn't have concluded it the first time around. Or at least I didn't. :D

2) Do you think Mat's plan against the Seanchan is a good one? Will it turn the tide?

As always, Mat's battle plans are super-smart. If anyone can turn things around, battle-wise, with the Seanchan, it's Mat.

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3) Tam showed up! (Yea!) What did you think of his reaction to confirmation that Rand is the Dragon Reborn?

I thought it was kind of sad, but also kind of sweet. Tam, true to what we know of his character, didn't freak out or melt down or anything. It was fitting, I think. And I think it's awesome that Perrin immediately put him in a high military position. 

4) Masema shows up at an inconvenient time to (somewhat) ruin Perrin's plans. What do you think he's doing? What's his endgame?

Well, as Perrin often observes, Masema is totally loony. And yet, one would expect him to be a total idiot where Perrin's plans are concerned. The fact that he showed up that way, and wasn't where Perrin thought he would be, says maybe he's not as much of an idiot as he seems. He may be mad, but he's not stupid. Perrin needs to watch his back. Especially given what Aram said, it's obvious that Masema is trying to have Perrin assassinated.

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5) All kinds of crazy stuff in this chapter! Aram tries to kill Perrin and dies himself. Tylee captures Sevanna. And Galina ends up in Therava's clutches, headed for the Waste. What did you think  of all these twists? Did you wish for other outcomes? How do you think they'll affect the story going forward?

Aram's story line really came to a head here. He's gotten more and more twisted as the story went along, and his ending is really quite tragic, because he allowed himself to be so thoroughly duped by Masema, and actually turned on Perrin. His death was anything but valiant or honorable. 

Oh, and Perrin killed Rolan. (Forgot to include that in the question. :/ ) I remember reading this through the first time and wondering how it would all turn out. I just couldn't figure out what would be fitting or what I would want best. Then, as soon as Perrin killed him, I realized that was the only way it could have ended. It was the only fitting way to tie up this entire story line in a way that wouldn't compromise Perrin and Faile's relationship. Well played, Robert Jordan. Well played. :D

I was SO happy that Sevanna across Tylee's saddle. Tylee's enough of a hard case that she can give Sevanna what's been coming to her for a long time!

Galina's fate was fitting as well. She's a Darkfriend, she double-crossed Faile. Yeah, maybe the Waste will be a good character-builder for her.

Overall, so much great stuff going down in this section. I couldn't have asked for better outcomes.

Elayne Trakand (Source)
6) Elayne encounters some black Sisters and, in her haste, ends up in hot water. We had a cliffhanger on this. What do you think will happen next? Were you surprised that it was actually Careanne that was Black Ajah, contrary to Elayne's suspicions?

This was something of a twist, wasn't it? I won't say anything about what happens next, but with Brigitte right outside, it's not as though Elayne is on her own, right? Of course the Black Sister would be the one Elayne didn't expect. (It always is, isn't it?) But this could be a major turning point. After all, our super girls have been after some of these particular Black sisters since book 2. Yikes!

What other bloggers thought:     Dab of Darkness     Coffee, Cookies, and Chili Peppers

What did everyone else think of this section?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Follow Friday: Trading Places

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!


Tell us about a book character you’d trade places with 

Oh there are so many! Is there a way to pick just one?

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1. Nynaeve al'Meara of Wheel of Time -- just so I can channel the One Power and marry Lan. :D


2. Arya Stark of A Song of Ice and Fire -- I totally want all Arya's adventures. I wish I was as brave and adventurous as she is. I totally want to be here. Uh, but you know, to know all the things the reader knows that she doesn't. :D


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3. Harry Potter (or maybe Hermione since I'm a girl) so I can attend Hogwarts. 

Those are the first three that came to mind, but this list could go on for awhile...




What character would you change places with?

Thoughts for Thursday: Endurance

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 Endurance!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Book Review: Outpost

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I finally finished Outpost, book 2 of Ann Aguirre's Razorland series. (It's taking me forever to finish books these days. *sigh*) As you probably remember that was very underwhelmed with book 1, Enclave. (My full review HERE.) I will admit to liking book 2 more than book 1. While I'm still not in love with the writing style, this story and these characters are growing on me.

Plot: The plot picks up where book 1 left off, with our characters in Salvation, trying to figure out themselves, each other, and where they fit in this new community. This is definitely a YA novel. There's a lot about Deuce trying to fit in with other girls her age and how different she is than them. There's also a lot of her trying to figure out what the dynamic will be, both between her and Fade and her and Stalker. It wasn't bad, by any means, but it felt very teenager/high school, which most of you know isn't my favorite thing.

I will say that the plot was more engaging in this book than in the previous one. The muties/freaks seem to be gaining intelligence, which is downright terrifying at times. The Salvation community, it seems, may be living on borrowed time, but Deuce and a handful of others are the only ones who realize it and actually want to do something about it. I did get very engrossed in the plot as this book went along.

Characters: As I said above, there was a lot of teenager drama, but there was other good stuff too. Deuce has a home and family for the first time, and it was nice to see her settle into what for the first time in her life is normal, filial connection. The stuff with Fade is quite romantic as well, despite Stalker as an added point on the love triangle, and I really like how their romance is progressing.

Writing: Okay, I still have a problem staying in the story. It's not that the writing is clunky or bad. I just get bored. I think I figured out why, in this second book. Deuce, by definition, is very much in her own head. She thinks much more than she talks, which isn't a bad trait by any means. But on top of that, this is a first person narrative. 

Often in my own writing group, the other members tell me that something ought not to be told in the narrative, but shown some other way. They tell me to have someone say it in conversation or something that will make it stronger, rather than just telling it. Now, sometimes I get frustrated with them because, while they're usually right and telling in the narrative shouldn't be overused, I believe it can be used to great advantage at times. But, in Deuce's case, I'd say ninety percent of the story is told in Deuce's thoughts. If more of it were shown in dialogue and action, it would be easier to stay in the story. As I said, the writing isn't bad in the least, but for me, it's just kind of boring. Which is weird, because the story really isn't. Anyway, it's probably just me being weird, but that's still how I feel.

Ending: No spoilers, as usual, but the ending was left completely open for book 3. While I'm still not crazy about the writing, I'll admit that the ending left me wanting to know what happens next. There was enough tragedy and angst to keep me hooked and make me disappointed when I reached the final page.

Overall: I have so much to do and read that I probably won't run out and buy book 3 (I don't currently own it) but should a copy fall into my hands in the future, I might accidentally...read the entire thing. Just sayin'. :D

Has anyone else read Outpost? Or Horde for that matter? What did you think of them? Would you recommend book 3?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: Knife of Dreams

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today's teasers come from Knife of Dreams, Book 11 of Wheel of Time. I've been participating in a read-along of this epic series for some time now, and we're six weeks into book 6. It's awesome! Enjoy the teasers! :D


"This is a new kind of war," he told her harshly. Light, it was silent on the road but he could still hear the screaming. "They'll have to wait for their own to give them aid."
Tuon murmured something half under her breath. He thought it was, "A lion can have no mercy," but that was ridiculous. (pg. 603)


What are YOU reading this week?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Creative Challenge: Fantasy Image

So today, I'm doing a creative challenge. Check out this evocative image below (courtesy of Pinterest) and tell me what you think is happening in it. What is this story about, who are the characters, and/or what is going on in the scene? Just thought it might be a good way to get the creative juices flowing on a Monday morning. :D Answer in the comments.


Also, make sure to hop on over to my LKHill blog for a roundup of great writing posts!

What does this image make YOU think of?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Knife of Dreams, Week 6



Welcome to week 6 of our Knife of Dreams Read-Along! This week we read chapters 24-26. 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. Susan Voss over at Dab of Darkness is our host this week. Make sure to check out her answers too! 

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Egwene al'Vere (Source)
Egwene is holding strong in the Tower. Have you had a similar experience to her revelation about embracing the pain? 


I don't know that I have much actual experience in embracing pain, but I think there's something to what she's saying. Being conscious of pain and being okay with feeling it gives you more power over it than screaming and being afraid. Think about a kid getting a shot. Most adults getting shots don't scream and cry and flail about (some still do) but that's because they're okay with feeling the pain and have learned that it will pass. This is a good illustration of what Egwene means. Just on a much smaller scale. :D

2) Egwene seems to be hoping for a mutiny from within the Tower. Do you think this will happen? If so, is it more likely to start with the initiates or with the Aes Sedai closest to Elaida? 

Hard to say. I think different kinds of revolts might come from all sides. Egwene is gaining the support of the novices and Accepted, and they're kind of the soldiers of the Tower, so that's important. They're the ones who will probably declare for her and fight by her side if it comes to that. Elaida's initiates are quite disillusioned with Elaida's reign, but I'm not sure they're willing to declare for Egwene yet. They just know something must be done about Elaida, so their (potential) rebellion will be a bit different. More than likely they'll have to be persuaded to follow Egwene, even after Elaida is pulled down.

3) Egwene hears that Aes Sedai have been bonded to Asha'men and that some Aes Sedai have sworn oaths to Rand. What did you make of her reaction that it is inappropriate (at the least) for Aes Sedai to swear oaths to any man? 

It's one of those things that's understandable because of thousands of years of custom and superstition. But, it's also the product of an earlier time that has become obsolete since Rand cleansed the Source. There's no more reason for a man not to bond a woman than a woman not to bond a man. (Wait, what?) Anyway, it's the kind of thing that Aes Sedai who lived before the Source was cleansed will probably always be suspicious of, but over time the suspicion will fade.

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We spent a little time in Tuon's head this reading. What surprised you the most? Did you find Tuon's reaction to her first kiss amusing?

Yeah, that part was interesting. I was kind of annoyed that she referred to Mat in her head as Toy. That made her seem teenaged and petulant. But her reaction to being kissed--by Mat, no less--was pretty amusing. I also really liked seeing him through her eyes. Mat has never been my favorite male character to crush on, but seeing him through Tuon's eyes made him seem pretty hot. :D


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Grady and the other Asha'men with Perrin are looking pretty haggard, worn out from making gateways to move troops around. Will they hold up for the Shaido fight? And young Aram is also looking pretty haggard, but from some different reason. Is he the weakest link in the forthcoming fight? 

Yeah, I actually feel kind of bad for the Asha'men. They've got it rough right now, but the never give up. Just keep giving their all. Gotta admire them for that. I won't say anything about Aram except that pretty soon things will get...interesting.

6) Play a kissing game with Rolan or meet with Galina in the burned out half of Malden to pass off the Oath Rod....Which would you choose? 

Lol. Talk about a twisted choice. Obviously one would be more fun than the other--and Rolan's got to be more pleasant to look at than Galina--but out of loyalty to Perrin (don't even think about it, Faile, or I'll start calling you bad names!) I'm gonna go with meeting Galina. And I gotta know, which one would the male readers choose?

Extras:

I love seeing Egwene fighting and winning her battles in the White Tower. Such great stuff! 

What other bloggers thought:     Dab of Darkness     Coffee, Cookies and Chili Peppers

What did everyone else think of this section?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Follow Friday: TV vs. Film

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 book/series do you think would make a better TV show than a movie?


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The main problem with making things into movies is that so much gets cut, right? And that's just par and parcel of sending a detailed book to the big screen. So, pretty much any epic fantasy would make a much better TV show than film. I mean, Peter Jackson did a wonderful job with Lord of the Rings, but that was only a trilogy. And with three, three-hour films, there was still tons of material that got cut. Can you imagine trying to fit an entire 1000-page Wheel of Time book into a 120-minute film. It would be a catastrophe!

So, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, along with most other epic fantasy series, would make a much better TV show than it would a film. :D

What book/series do YOU think would make a better TV show than film?

Thoughts for Thursday: Learning From Mistakes

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!

It's back to school time again, which means new experiences for students across the country. In their honor, this week's theme is Learning, especially from Mistakes!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Must Reads

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 Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read

This is a difficult one for me because I'm usually the one in my family/circle of friends recommending books, not the other way around. I had to think of things I see great reviews on most often.


5. Eleanor and Park/Fangirl -- I always see good reviews of these, but have yet to pick up a Rainbow Rowell book. Kind of worried they might not be for me, but I'll have to try them out eventually to find out for sure.


4. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor-- Loved the first two books and have read tons of great reviews on the final one in the trilogy. Really need to get my hands on this!


3. 1984 by George Orwell-- Another of my sister's faves, and since I'm big on dystopian, I really have no excuse for not reading it. I'll get around to it eventually. :D


2. 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James -- Just with all the general hype and now the film coming out, lots of people have been telling me to read it. Yeah, I won't be though. :/


1. Infernal Devices series -- My sister really loves these, even more than the Mortal Instruments. And since I really love TMI, she really wants me to read the other Cassie Clare series. I plan to. Just haven't gotten around to it yet.

That's it for me! How about you?

The 10 Kinds of Villains and How They Can Deepen Your Story


It's been a while since I did a post on villains, but the above picture is one of my faves from Pinterest and it makes me laugh every time I see it. I hope you've all seen enough of the featured villains to appreciate the humor. It got me thinking about different kinds of villains and the different roles they can play in a story. As an author, you don't want to do the same kind of villain all the time. Changing it up can add depth and variety to your plot, pulling your readers into it even more efficiently. Which is pretty much the whole point.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Knife of Dreams Read-Along, Week 5



Welcome to week 5 of our Knife of Dreams Read-Along! This week we read chapters 19-23. 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. Eivind Fonn is our host this week and will probably post over at dabdabofdarkness.com! Make sure to check out his answers too! 


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1. Our favorite Ogier bachelor is finally married.  Any wise words for the newlyweds?  The Ogier are torn on whether to leave this world or help humanity out.  Do you think Loial will be able to sway them?

I've said this before, but I think Loial is greatly underestimating his new wife's loyalty to him. He's afraid she won't let him do what he wants and finish his book, but she's obviously protective of him, especially around his mother. So, if he can just play them off each other a bit, he can probably get everything he wants.

I think it's awesome that Loial is going to speak to Ent Moot--er, Great Stump. If anyone can sway them, he can. He's Loial, after all. And he's seen more of the world since meeting Rand in book 1 than most Ogier have seen in decades. He knows what's really going on. I totally loved his litany about previous wars throughout history and what role the Ogier played. Don't know if the Stump will be entranced, but I certainly was! :D

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Follow Friday: Suggest a Question!

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!


Suggest a question! We need questions of the week for future FFs. Any ideas?


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It seems to me that a while ago we had a music question. Like what song would make a great trailer for your favorite book or something. I think we should do more music questions. We can do music for trailers, music to go with favorite scenes, music that works well for certain genres, or even songs that you think describe a particular scene or character very well. We could even include youtube videos so people can listen. That might be fun. :D

What question would you suggest this week?


Monday, August 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: To Read or Not to Read

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 Books I'm Not Sure I Want to Read

Don't know if I can come up with ten, as this happens to me very rarely! (Sorry no book cover pics today. Didn't have the time.)

10. Moby Dick by Herman Melville -- Like #s 9 and 8, I want to get through it just to say that I have, but every time I almost pick it up, I suddenly remember a YA novel I need to read. :D

9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy -- I read Anna Karenina last year and the writing was really hard to wade through. In addition, my translation of this Russian literature is really clunky. I've tried several times and failed to get into it. I really want to read it, but I'd almost need to be doing NOTHING else to accomplish it. Yeah, like that's gonna happen anytime soon.

8. Ulysses by James Joyce -- I read a lot of JJ in college, and I really want to get through this tome, just to say that I have. Yet, anyone who knows anything about it knows it's pretty daunting.

7. Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver -- There are such mixed reviews about this trilogy. I have a close friend and fellow writer (thanks Jernae!) that gave me a run-down of why it's annoying, and it has everything to do with the love triangle. After hearing what she had to say, I came to the conclusion that, like her, I'd probably be really annoyed by it, so I probably won't be picking it up.

6. Four by Veronica Roth -- I really liked the Divergent trilogy, and wasn't terribly bothered by the end as some people were, but even so. I've never been a fan of re-reading the same stories from another character's perspective. I get the attraction if it's a story or characters you really are in love with, but for the most part, it's just not for me.

5. L.A. Noir by John Buntin -- I've been reading this for a while and am still only about a third of the way through. I'm interested in the subject matter (Mickey Cohen and the mobs in the L.A. of the '20s-'30s) but for some reason, the way it's written is just kind of...boring.

4. The Omen Machine/The First Confessor by Terry Goodkind -- I LOVE the Sword of Truth series, but I read The Law of Nines and was kind of disappointed. Because of that, I've been hesitant to buy these two most recent books.

3. Russia in the Age of Peter the Great by Lindsey Hughes -- Despite my love of Russian history and even this specific matter, the book is really clunky and a great segue into a nap.

2. Aztec by Gary Jennings -- I've had this since I was a teenager and haven't read it. I'd still like to try it again, but I think it was really out of my league when I first got it and tried to read it. And it's VERY long. So I may try to read it again sometime, but for now I'm like, meh.

1. 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James -- I've read plenty of excerpts of this and between the pornographic content and the really terrible editing, I will definitely be skipping it.

What Top Ten books are you not sure you want to read?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Knife of Dreams Read-Along, Week 4



Welcome to week 4 of our Knife of Dreams Read-Along! This week we read chapters 13-18. 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. Sue over at Coffee, Cookies, and Chili Peppers is hosting this week! Make sure to check out her answers too! 

Sorry I'm about twelve hours late this week, but here they are!


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1. Elayne seems to be having an ‘interesting’ time because of her pregnancy. Do you think that she is right to be so confident of her continued survival just because of Min’s viewing? Are you concerned that she and Birgitte are going to make a massive error of judgment because of either tiredness or pregnancy-induced irrationality?

I think assuming she'll be okay because of Min's viewing is only logical. Without her, the babies certainly couldn't survive so young, so she's got to at least live. I suppose maybe she could live in a coma or something, but that seems an unlikely scenario. If I was her, I'd be much more worried about making a political blunder, or having an accident with the One Power, than about actual survival. It was kind of freaky that the power keeps sliding away from her in weird ways. I'd be more worried about that than anything else. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Follow Friday: Social Networking!

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!


Social Share! What is your favorite social network and leave us a link so we can join you!

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My favorite by far is Pinterest. I waste SOOO much time on this network. I'm on it nearly every day, follow hundred of boards for dozens of different subjects, and have 70 boards of my own. Yup, you read that right. 70.

Every year in Salt Lake, they have a Pinterest conference. I haven't been able to go the past two years, but I'm hoping maybe next year. *Sigh* It would be guilty pleasure bliss. :D

Check out my boards here: http://www.pinterest.com/lkhillbooks/

What's your favorite social network?

Thoughts for Thursday: Taking a Stand

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 Taking a Stand

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Movie Review: Gravity

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I finally saw Gravity. When I first saw trailers for this film, and then heard a lot of buzz about it, I have to admit, I didn't see the appeal. I mean, ninety minutes of someone flailing around in space? The premise seemed intense, but I just couldn't see the execution being anything but kind of boring. Even when people I trusted saw it and said it was good, I still wasn't sure. Their endorsements made me want to see it more, but I wasn't convinced I'd like it.

I got it from Redbox over the weekend and guess what? I loved this movie. I couldn't believe how much I liked it, how touching it was. See, I was thinking about it all wrong. This is not a film about people flailing around in space. It's actually a story about an intensely spiritual experience, that just happens to be set against the backdrop of a tragedy that happens in space. 

It's all about the main character facing a set of mind-blowingly tragic circumstances, and how it changes her. In ninety minutes, everything she knows changes. She re-examines the darkest parts of her life, and how she has let her past stagnate her. She loses friends and colleagues, goes from determination to live to darkest despair when she believes she's about to die and there's nothing to be done, and then back to determination and acceptance of whatever comes. No wonder this story got so much attention. It was fantastic! Sandra Bullock did SUCH a good job. 

Most crazy tragic lines of the film:
"I know, we're all gonna die. Everybody knows that. But I'm going to die today. Funny that... you know, to know. But the thing is, is that I'm still scared. Really scared. Nobody will mourn for me, no one will pray for my soul. Will you mourn for me? Will you say a prayer for me? Or is it too late... ah, I mean I'd say one for myself but I've never prayed in my life. Nobody ever taught me how... nobody ever taught me how..."

Yeah, I was totally in tears during this scene.

Anyway, I was totally wrong about this film. If you haven't seen it, do! It's deep, intense, and totally inspiring. 

Has anyone else seen Gravity? What did you think of it?

Monday, August 4, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: First Timers

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 Books I'd Give to Readers Who've Never Read X

I didn't think I could come up with a full ten for any given genre, except perhaps fantasy, and I've totally done that post before. So, I've got lots of genres here with a few choices for each.

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Epic Fantasy: The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time), Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth), A Game of Thrones (A Song of Fire and Ice)

Contemporary YA: Anything by Katie McGarry. I'm actually not a fan of contemporary, but I'd read anything by McGarry.

Historical Fiction: The Heretic Queen, Citadels of Fire ('cuz, you know. :D)

YA Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter), The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia), 

YA Paranormal: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments), Twilight

What Top Ten Books in a particular genre would you recommend to a first-timer?