Monday, March 30, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent TBR Adds


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 You Recently Added to Your To-Be-Read List

I've actually been trying not to add books to my TBR, so I had to go look at my TBR shelf on Goodreads.com. The last time I added a slew of books was in January of this year. I think I took these from year-end lists. I can't remember why exactly I added each one, other than they seemed good to me at the time so I decided to add them.


The Walking Dead Recap Episode 16: Conquer



Episode 16: Conquer


These recaps are just a discussion tool and a chance for me to geek out about my favorite show and do some over-analyzing. Maybe throw out a few theories. Remember, spoilers run rampant below. Don't read if you haven't watched!

This episode started out with Morgan. (Yea! I totally freaked out when I saw him. I was like, "Finally!" And he did NOT disappoint.) We see him wake up in the back of a car, then start a fire to make himself some breakfast. A stranger approaches who has a W carved into his forehead and the two begin to talk. It becomes obvious that this dude is one of the "wolves" Daryl and Aaron are tracking. When the guy turns hostile, and another of his buddies tries to jump Morgan from behind, Morgan graves a quarter staff and goes all Jedi Knight on these guys. So great! I was practically jumping up and down.

Back in Alexandria, Rick wakes up after the fight with a start. Michonne is watching over him from a nearby chair. After a moment, he chuckles and when she asks why, he says he thought he was back in the train car at Terminus. There was a mirror theory which I'll talk about below. It didn't pan out the way I thought it would, but I guess you could argue that this episode mirrored episode one of the season in a way because Rick sort of woke up in captivity and had to make plans for what to do with his group. Michonne tells Rick that Pete has also been separated into another house and Deanna is holding a meeting with everyone in Alexandria that evening to try and decide what to do about Rick. 

Crime Tidbit: Jesse Pomeroy, The Boy Fiend and Why We Are Fascinated By Him

Did you know that the youngest serial killer in American history lived in Massachusetts and was already killing by the age of fifteen?

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It's true. Jesse Pomeroy, known as the Boy Fiend, was born to working class parents in November 1859. He was bullied a lot as a child because he was born with one all white eye.

His father was an alcoholic and an abusive drunk. He often beat Jesse for minor infractions. That lasted until one day when he took a belt to Jesse and his wife caught him. Jesse's mother chased him away and he never returned, but the damage, it seemed, was already done.

Pets and other small animals in and around the house began to suffer violence no one else actually witnessed. When Jesse was caught torturing the neighbor's cat, it was finally explained.

Soon animal cruelty wasn't enough for Jessie. He stripped, beat, and strung a four-year-old up by his wrists at an outhouse. Luckily, the child survived. A second, seven-year-old victim was also lured to a secluded spot, stripped, and beaten. This child's teeth were knocked out and his eye was blackened, as well as being whipped. 

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And all that before Jesse was thirteen.

He assaulted at least two more victims in 1872, both youngsters who described Jesse getting sexual release during the attacks.

In March of 1874, he committed his first murder, luring a ten-year-old girl into the downstairs room of his mother's shop. He tortured the girl and then murdered her when he grew bored. Her body was hidden--not well--in an ash heap.

A month later he took a young boy outside the city and stabbed him to death, extensively mutilating the body afterward.

Eventually Jesse was caught, tried, and sentenced to death by hanging. However, due to his age, the governor refused to sign the death warrant. He spent the rest of his life in prison and died in the Bridgewater Hospital for the Criminally Insane at the age of 71.

What is our culture's fascination with serial killers all about? Are we all just a little sinister at heart? Do we all secretly yearn for drama?

Perhaps, but I think it's a bit more noble than that. While we should always celebrate and remember the victims, rather than giving the killers fame, I do think it's important that we try to understand these kinds of people. I think our fascination with them is three fold.

1) Good vs. Evil - While Sauron and Voldemort are all well and good, they are, unfortunately for us avid readers, fictional baddies. Serial killers are the true, realistic embodiments of evil, which captures our interest and fear.

2) They behave in ways much different than the majority of the population. Their behavior defies normal human understanding, which presents a mystery. And as we all know, a mystery to us mortals often proves irresistible. We can't not investigate it.

3) We are interested in for the same reason we are interested in all fictional characters, good or bad, real or fantastical, historical or contemporary: by studying human behavior, especially against the backdrop of interesting circumstances (read: great stories), we can find greater understanding of ourselves. 

I often hear people remark that they don't like people's fascination with serial killers because it ignores the victims, who should be celebrated and remembered, while celebrating and giving fame to the perpetrator. 

While I agree with this sentiment whole-heartedly, I do think that understanding serial killers is important. It helps us understand ourselves and our society--hopefully so we can improve both--as well as showing us what is worth protecting. 


Check out Street Games, my foray into the mind of a serial killer walking the underbelly of the a dark, inner city landscape, while a young woman searches for her lost brother.



Why do you think we are so obsessed with serial killers?


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Follow Friday: BEA + Friday 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!



Have you ever been to BEA? If not, what's stopping you? If you have, what was your best experience there? - Suggested by The Paperback Princess. 


This one's a boring one for me. I've never been. I've been wanting to go badly for the past five years, but haven't managed it financially yet. It's the kind of thing I'd probably have to plan a year in advance. But do I ever think about it ahead of time? Nope!

How about you? Have you been to BEA? How was it?



Welcome to Friday Funnies! Because everyone needs a good laugh on Friday.

(All pictures courtesy of my LOL Pinterest Board)




(So many friends I could say this to!)
(Right?)
(I've totally done this before, LOL. It's really just a concentration thing, but still!)
Hope some of these gave you a laugh! Happy Friday!

Guest Blogger Maria Ramos: Best Robot Movies of All Time

Please welcome Maria Ramos back to Musings on Fantasia. Last month she did a delightful post for us about Paper Towns and John Green. Today she's back to talk about The Best Robot Films of all time!

The Best Robot Movies of All Time



Do you remember where you saw your first robot? Was it the kind and helpful droids, C3P0 and R2D2, searching for Obi Wan Kenobi, or was it the T-1000 Terminator chasing Sarah Connors? Robots have a long history in the annals of science-fiction films and literature, and they always seem to elicit some sort of primal reaction from viewers. Could it be that these films reflect the rising fear that humanity is no longer completely in control of its destiny, but is becoming subservient to a computer controlled over-mind? To help understand this trend we will be looking at some of the most influential robot themed films of the past.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood 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 From My Childhood that I'd Like to Re-Visit 




10. The Chronicles of Prydain (The Black Cauldron) by Lloyd Alexander - I was required to read The Black Cauldron for school and was bitter about it at first. (I wanted to be in the other reading group. :D) But then I was so glad I got to read this. I liked it so much I read the entire Prydain series. It's been decades since I did, though. I really want to revisit them.


9. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry - I actually haven't read The Giver. I know, I know. Sacrilege. But this was one of my favorites as a kid. Between school and my personal reading, I think I read this book 3 or 4 times. Just loved it.


8. Hatchet by Gary Paulson - Gary Paulson was big when I was in grade school. I read this in more than one grade, as well as several other of his books, but this was always the quintessential one. I think it gets read to kids a lot because it's about a kid who survives a plane crash and has to survive on his own in the wild, but I'd like to experience it now as an adult.

7. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz - Basically, these were creepy retellings of urban legends. They were popular in my school. There were three or four volumes and they were constantly checked out at the library, so it was hard to get a hold of them. For me, I always wanted to read them, but they always scared the crap out of me and I'd be up all night jumping at shadows. Then my mom would chew me out and make me take it back to the library. But then a few weeks later... Yeah, kids don't learn. :D


6. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis - To be fair, I read all of these in college, so it hasn't been long since I last revisited them. I do love them, though, and wouldn't ever be opposed to reading them once again. :D



5. Thunder Rolling in the Mountains/Sing Down the Moon/Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell - I read lots of Scott O'Dell in grade school and always loved his books. Thunder Rolling in the Mountains had an especially big emotional toll on me. I remember sobbing uncontrollably. Like Gary Paulson, I'd like to experience these books as an adult.



4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle - Such a classic. I don't think I need to explain why. But it's been years since I read it. I'd like to read it again. (And I'd like to read the whole series.)


3. King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry - I remember loving this book as a kid. Don't know if it was the story, or because it was about a horse. But I loved it. Read it more than once, I think. 



2. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor - This is another one I read several times in school, but I liked the story enough that I read a couple of others in the series. This is one of few on my list that I still remember most of the details about. I'd still like to re-read it, though.


1. The Secret of Nimh by Seymour Reit - I don't remember much about this one except that my dad used to read it out loud to me when I was a kid. Might have been my first chapter book experience. I'd like to re-read it and maybe read it to my niece. :D





What top ten books would you like to revisit from your childhood?

The Walking Dead Recap, Episode 5.15: Try



Episode 15: Try


These recaps are just a discussion tool and a chance for me to geek out about my favorite show and do some over-analyzing. Maybe throw out a few theories. Remember, spoilers run rampant below. Don't read if you haven't watched!

This episode begins with Deanna, her husband Reg, and their son, Spenser sitting together in the dark. She puts on a CD that has crazy music on it, quite contrary to the mood. We can only assume that this is music Aiden would have liked and that they're grieving for their son/brother together. Meanwhile, Carol bakes a casserole and Sam, who last week hinted that there was abuse going on at his house, appears at the window. Sasha is shooting walkers from her perch in the watch tower, but it's obvious she's still not doing well. Kind of freaking out and still dealing with PTSD. Carol leaves her casserole and a condolence note on Deanna's front step, but Deanna ignores the food and burns the note.


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Meanwhile, outside the walls, Daryl kills a walker. He and Aaron see a light up ahead--a small campfire or something like it--and head toward it. They're looking for others to bring into Alexandria and it looks like they're finally on the trail of something.

Next we see a recorded tape of Nicholas telling Deanna what happened on the run with Glenn, Noah, Eugene, and Tara. He lies, of course, blaming Glenn and saying that he would never have left anyone. Douchebag. Concurrently, we see Glenn explaining what happened to Rick. Rick says that the Alexandrians don't understand what it is to live in this world, especially on the outside. He says that their rules don't apply to Team Family and that Team Family can't afford to answer to any of the them.

A to Z Challenge: Theme Reveal


So it's been two years (since 2013) since the last time I did the A to Z Challenge. In 2013 I participated, and loved it! I just haven't been in a position the last two years that I could dedicate the time to it that I needed to. But, this year is once again my year!

My theme last time was "Writing and Other Bookish Things."

I'll admit that I'm going to be boring and do a similar theme again. I know. How very unoriginal of me, but try to understand my logic, here.

1) I'm a writer. 'Nuf said.
2) Posts I do about writing and editing are the most-read posts on my blog.
3) For a while now, I've been wanting to put together a book for writers about how to better edit their own writing. It would include the entire spectrum from mechanical editing (diction, syntax, etc) to story editing (plot, character, continuity, etc.). 

So, my theme is going to be Editing. As boring as I'm sure that sounds, I promise I'll make it fun and informative. I'm hoping that by the time April is over, I will have at least a decent outline for this editing book, if not have it mostly written.
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Interested in joining the A to Z Challenge? For more info or to sign up, click HERE.

How about you? Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge? What's your theme?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Follow Friday + Friday 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!



Have you ever been inspired by a book character to do something? Who was the character and what was it? - Suggested by Eternity Through Pages.

Great question! I couldn't think of a time when a character actually inspired me to do something, as in a particular action, but it's definitely true that many characters have inspired me to be a particular way. For example, Arya Stark is one of my favorite characters, and probably my favorite in the series. She constantly inspires to just be more adventurous. (Not that we live in a world where I can carry a sword and take off across the ocean whenever I want, but still!) :D

How about you? What character has inspired you?




Welcome to Friday Funnies! Because everyone needs a good laugh on Friday.

(All pictures courtesy of my LOL Pinterest Board)









Hope some of these gave you a laugh! Happy Friday!

Pixie Dust & Building Blocks with Jenniffer Wardell

 Good Morning, Everyone! Please welcome my fellow JFP Author, Jenniffer Wardell to my blog! Her new book, Beast Charming, is out, and I can't wait to read it. Her debut, Fairy Godmothers, Inc. was probably the most charming book I read in 2013!


Pixie Dust & Building blocks: Rebuilding Fairy Tales from the Ground Up

by Jenniffer Wardell

Fairy tales aren't very good at explaining things. They're focused on spinning the most fantastical tale they can, with ogres, dragons and terrifying curses, but they're always careful not to go into the nitty gritty details of how it all works. In fairy tales, things just happen, and the characters always just seem to accept that this is the sort of thing that happens to people in these kinds of stories.

I've always loved fairy tales, but I've never been very good at accepting things. Even when
I was younger I always wanted to hear the rest of the story, digging behind the pixie dust to find out how all the gears worked when no one was looking. No matter how attractive the story was, I was always more interested in the bits they didn't show me.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Book Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters

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Despite the fact that I'm not big on angel/demon stories, the Daughter of Smoke and Bone books may have just been my favorite read in 2013. I read the first two books but like everyone else had to wait for book 3, Dreams of Gods and Monsters, to come out. Once it did, I couldn't get to it right away. So when I finally did, I was thrilled!

Story: The story picks up right about the place it left off at the end of book 2. As we move along, we get more of the same from the first two books, but in a good way. I thought the plot was great and fitting for the final book in a trilogy. We wanted to see an epic battle and have a major confrontation, and GaM didn't disappoint. 

I will say there was an extra little problem near the end that I thought was unnecessary. It was just a way to up the drama at the end, and it wasn't terrible or anything, but I thought the book could have done without. (I can't give details or it will spoil. Just know overall I was really pleased with the plot.)

Characters: I liked where the characters went in this book, even if there wasn't much that was unpredictable about them. In a lot of ways, the third book isn't the place to be unpredictable with the characters. With the plot, yes, but the characters should be pretty well established by now.

They did add a new character to tell this final installment of the story named Eliza. At first I wasn't thrilled to see a new character, but I ended up really liking her. Her story was so well-told, and her nemesis was especially fun, that I was glad she was included. She actually enhanced the story a lot.

Writing: As with the previous installments of the trilogy, Taylor's writing was beautiful and flawless. I think part of the reason this trilogy is so popular (the other part being the awesome characters and story) is the poetry in her writing. She has a way of making everything seem epic and drama filled in a way that makes you want to keep turning pages.

Ending: Again, I won't spoil, but overall I found the ending to be very satisfactory. I always include how I liked the ending, but without actually happened, because I want people to know that it was a good ending, not one that's likely to disappoint or cause major drama among the readership. It fit well with the story and did pretty much everything we, as readers, wanted it to do.

Overall: If you liked the first two books, like angel/demon books, or just a great story all around, I would highly recommend this trilogy. Like I said, I don't even like angel/demon books, but I loved it!

Has anyone else read this trilogy? What did you think of it?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

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 on My Spring TBR List

These are just the next books in my favorite series or next book out by a favorite author I can't wait to get to:

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10. The Fall by Bethany Griffin


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9. Ruins by Dan Wells

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8. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandre Clare




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These are books that have been on my Kindle for a while that I really want to get to sooner rather than later:

7. Beautiful Darkness/Beautiful Chaos/Beautiful Redemption by  Kami Garcia


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6. Dare You To by Katie McGarry




These are books I got for Christmas and I swore I would read them soon rather than waiting a year:

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5. Glow by Kathleen Ryan

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4. AntiGoddess by Kendare Blake


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3. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner


Two Non-Fiction Books to Help With My Writing Career:

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2. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
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1. Business for Authors by Johanna Penn


What top ten books are on your spring TBR list?

The Walking Dead Recap: Episode 5.14: Spend



Episode 14: Spend


These recaps are just a discussion tool and a chance for me to geek out about my favorite show and do some over-analyzing. Maybe throw out a few theories. Remember, spoilers run rampant below. Don't read if you haven't watched!

I totally loved all the developments in this episode!


As the episode starts, Gabriel (who's been noticeably absent the past two episodes) walks into what looks like a garage that has been set up like a church: pulpit, chairs, desk, bible, etc. On the table is a bowl of fresh strawberries and a welcome note from someone named Rosemary. Gabriel opens the bible, but after a moment, begins tearing out pages, eventually ripping the bible to shreds. This was pretty disturbing. Gabriel is obviously losing it on some level. How would you feel if you walked in on your priest/pastor/bishop/etc desecrating the bible? Also, let's talk about the strawberries. Apparently they can represent righteousness and spiritual merit in Christian art, but the first thing I thought of was that the last time we saw them in TWD was back at Grady Memorial Hospital, when Beth used them as bribes to get wards of the hospital to help her steal medicine. Not sure if they're being used the same way here, but my first thought was that they were a bribe on the Alexandrians' part to make Father Gabriel like them or something. Thoughts?

Everyone seems to be preparing to do something. Daryl and (I assume) Aaron head out to recruit. Daryl has already rebuilt his motorcycle (that was fast! :D) and this is all we see of him in this episode.


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Noah has apparently set up an early morning meeting with Reg, Deanna's husband, who is the architect that built Alexandria's wall. Noah asks Reg to teach him architecture so he can help maintain the walls, build houses and new buildings, etc. He wants to be around protecting Alexandria for the long haul. Reg gives him a notebook, saying there will be much to remember, and agrees to teach Noah. But seriously, why aren't they doing this anyway? The world ended, and there are very few people in a community that everyone knows is vulnerable in a lot of ways, and you don't even think to pass on your knowledge. With so few people living within the walls right now, they should make sure everyone knows how to do everything, just in case they lose anyone. But it's like that hasn't even occurred to them. *slaps forehead with palm* I totally understand Rick's sentiment that these are the luckiest people on the planet!

Abraham wakes up beside Rosita, but when he washes his face and looks at himself in the mirror, he appears disturbed by something. We don't know what.

Meanwhile, Glenn, Tara, Noah, Nicholas, Aiden, and Eugene are preparing to go on a run. Normally Eugene wouldn't go, but they want to take him because he's the only one who knows the "right stuff" to get. He's not keen on going, but they insist so they don't get the wrong stuff and waste their time. Apparently Eugene needs equipment to get some kind of solar panel up and running. Everyone seems to be getting along, and they're a little too happy. While watching it, I told my family this definitely didn't bode well. Everyone's in such a good mood, things are bound to go terribly wrong. Glen says goodbye to Maggie and the van drives off, blasting music on the speakers. Yet more evidence of how little the Alexandrians understand the outside world. Granted, if they drive fast enough any walkers the music attracts will be too slow to be a threat, but still. The music is not something Team Family would ever do.


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Rick, doing rounds of Alexandria, finds Jessie in her garage, cleaning up a mess. The same statue thing Rick knocked over two episodes ago, an owl Jessie is making with her boys, is in pieces on the ground. She says she doesn't know who did it, but it must have been done maliciously. Rick says he'll investigate (mostly because he's bored). She says he doesn't have to, but he gives her the Broken Window Theory: if you keep the windows in tact, you keep society in tact. I wondered if Rick really did it as an excuse to come see Jessie again. My brother wondered the opposite: if she did it to reel Rick in. After that kiss at the party, she's obviously kind of intrigued by him.


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At the warehouse, Glen's group is getting ready to enter. Aiden and Nicholas don't have much of an escape plan for if things go wrong. (Really, guys? And you wonder why you've lost so many people?) Glen tells them they should know all the exits before going in. (Dur!) They all walk the perimeter.

Eugene goes with Tara, insisting that he'll be useless if the situation turns to combat with walkers. She tells him he has to pull his weight. He tells her he's pulled his weight by getting them to D.C. (and Alexandria) and they argue about it. He re-asserts that he is a coward. Glen and Noah talk while they walk separately. They've obviously bonded somewhat and are friends. They notice a huge pack of walkers out in front of the warehouse. A fence protects them from the pack, but going out the front won't be an option if things go bad.

They finally enter the warehouse, pounding on the door to draw out any walkers inside, as is standard practice, but none come. They enter stealthily, weapons drawn, and eventually they hear walker noises. Glen says the walkers must be stuck behind something. Eventually they find a chain-link fence that acts as a room divider with a gate (a common setup in warehouses like this) and there are walkers on the other side of it. Luckily, the area Glen and co are in is walker free and relatively safe from the ones on the other side of the fence.

They case the warehouse, looking for the supplies they've come for. Eventually Eugene finds the right box, labeled Micro Inverters. Of course nothing can ever be that simple. A single walker, covered in body armor shows up. Aiden shoots it in the leg, and Glen realizes there are explosives (a grenade, I think) on the walker. He shouts at Aiden to stop shooting, but it's too late, and the explosives blow.

When the group comes to, Aiden has been knocked backward and impaled on metal stakes. Nicholas pronounces him dead. Tara has also been hurt and is bleeding from the head. And, (Of course!) the cage holding the other walkers back has been blown wide open. Eugene fights with a walker, though Glen and Noah save him. They take the unconscious Tara to an office of the warehouse that has a door.

Back at Alexandria, Carol comes downstairs to investigate a strange noise. Sam, the same boy that saw her steal the guns and she creepily threatened, is hiding in the closet. He says there's no power at his house and his owl statue is broken. He wants more cookies. Carol angrily says she doesn't care for his problems and pushes him out the front door. He says maybe if she shows him how to make the cookies, he can do it himself. She says he'll have to steal the chocolate, including extra for her, and if he tells anyone or gets caught, he won't like what happens. Then she slams the door in his face.

Carol is being extra nasty to this kid, and I think it's two different things. Number one is just her own suspicion. It did occur to that this kid could be a spy. People have speculated that, despite Carol's brilliant act of sweet grandma lady, people at Alexandria may not buy it. They may know better but are just letting her continue with the ruse. I'm not sure if that's true or not, but it occurs to me that most kids would be terrified of Carol after what she said to him before, and this kid isn't. He showed up the next day hiding in her closet. What if his parents or Deanna have sent him to befriend Carol and find out what she's up to? Again, not sure if I even think that's what's happening, especially given what Sam tells her later in the episode, but it crossed my mind.

The other thing is that I don't think Carol wants to get close to another kid. The last time she cooked with children (Lizzie and Meeka in that house with Tyrese and Judith) it led to disaster. In fact, other than Carol, only Judith of that group is still alive. I think Carol wants to firmly discourage this kid from getting attached to her because she wouldn't be able to stand getting close to another kids and possibly having the worst happen again. 

But I gotta say, I can already see this happening to her again. I think we're already seeing the beginning part of this pattern with Carol again. Rick and Jessie may hook up, but I don't get the sense it will be a long term relationship. In fact, I think Jessie will die pretty quick. If not this season then early next season. And by the end of the episode, not only is Carol really caring about what happens to Sam, but she and Rick are openly talking about killing Pete. (More on that below.) So, they're very likely to end up with orphans on their hands yet again. Just sayin'. Poor Carol and the children she ends up loving!

At the warehouse, Glen and co have gotten Tara into the office, but a desperate voice makes them realize Aiden is actually still alive. (Apparently Nicholas--and the Alexandrians at large--can't even be trusted to tell if someone is dead or not.) They briefly debate whether to help Aiden. He's hurt badly enough that his survival is by no means assured, and Tara desperately needs a doctor. Eugene tells them to go save Aiden. Tara would want them to. Once they have Aiden they can focus on getting her back to Alexandria.

Meanwhile, Abraham has joined the construction crew. Outside the walls, they gather materials from the nearby shopping mall that Deanna mentioned to Rick when he first arrived. It was being built before the apocalypse and now the Alexandrians obviously pillage from the site to expand the wall. While there, a pack of walkers show up. A woman, Francine, who was standing watch is knocked from her perch in the fight and right into the midst of the walkers. The man in charge of the construction crew (it's Tobin, who we saw offer to teach Carol about guns) tells everyone to fall back. Abraham says what about Francine, but Tobin says she's lost. Abraham runs into the midst of the walkers by himself to save her. He gets her into the cab of a nearby backhoe and turns to fight the walkers. Long story short: he and Francine prevail, but not due to any help from her fellow Alexandrians. Go Abraham! Loving him more and more.


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Back inside the walls, Pete, Jessie's husband, visits Rick and offers him a beer. An awkward conversation ensues in which Pete really wants Rick to drink and says something along the lines of "I saw you at Deanna's party." He is presumably talking about Rick's drinking, but perhaps not.  He asks quite insensitively about Rick losing his wife. He says the Alexandrians have lost things too, and now there are other things they're fighting to hold on to. There's a tension in this conversation that makes it unclear what Pete is actually talking about. Rick drinking, or Rick ogling Jessie? What things are they fighting to hold on to? Is he talking about his wife and marriage? Or perhaps something more sinister we have no idea of yet? Then he tells Rick to bring Carl and Judith in for a check up. He steps up a little too close to Rick and says "Let's be friends." It's all pretty creepy and very awkward. Also, I'm going to play the alcoholic card one more time. We've never seen Pete without a drink in his hand, and it's pretty clear that Alexandria's only doctor is pretty wasted mid morning. Very professional, dude. Pete leaves Rick staring after him and twisting his wedding ring.

Back in the warehouse, Eugene tells the unconscious Tara that he takes no responsibility for her condition. That he told her up front what he was (a coward). Then, despite that, he throws her over his shoulder and takes her out of the office, shooting walkers along the way. Can't help but think Abraham would be proud.

Glen and Nicholas make it to Aiden, who is conscious. They tell him to try and stay quiet while they take him off the stakes. Nicholas says they can't help him, to which Aiden begs his friend not to leave him. Every time they try to lift Aiden off the stakes, he screams (understandable) bringing more walkers. Nicholas says to Aiden, "You left them. We both did. That's who we are." Then he runs away. So this twice in the same episode that we've seen the people of Alexandria leave their comrades behind. How have they survived this long with no loyalty to one another? Glen won't leave Aiden, and Noah is keeping the walkers at bay, but they're coming in waves.  Aiden tells Glen it was the Alexandrians' fault the others on the supply run crew before didn't make it. Noah pulls Glen away as Aiden is swarmed by walkers, who commence chowing down on him. Yeah, seriously gross death. The dude was a tool bag, but I still felt sorry for him with this kind of pain.

After Francine and Abraham get rid of the walkers at the construction site, the rest of the crew want to call it a day after the trauma that's transpired, but Abraham won't let them. He takes charge, assigning lookouts and saying they have hours of daylight left. They have a wall to build and they aren't stopping early. This is a good job for Abraham, I think. You can already see his I-have-a-very-important-mission mentality coming out, which means he'll be relentless and unstoppable until the job is done.

Tobin goes to Deanna (Maggie and Reg are also present) and says that Abraham should be running the construction crew. He says Abraham saved Francine's life and can lead better than Tobin ever could. Deanna is obviously reluctant, but agrees to make it official. Tobin says she won't regret it. Not sure what to think about this. He seems sincere, which just means that the Alexandrians do have some inkling of how weak they are and that they need stronger people to be in charge. But if that's true, why is Deanna so worried? Wouldn't she be happy that Tobin is recommending a leader he trusts and believes in? Maybe it's just too much suspicion on my part, but I couldn't help but wonder if this whole scenario was worked out by Deanna and Tobin in advance to put Abraham in charge, the same as she did with Rick and Michonne. Of course, that would beg the question, why? To what end? Don't know, but it seemed strange to me. Tobin and Reg leave, and Deanna expresses doubts about putting more of Rick's people in charge. Maggie assures her it's the right thing to do. She says her people know what they're doing, which is why Deanna brought them into Alexandria in the first place. 

Back at the warehouse, Glen, Noah, and Nicholas try to find a way out. They're at the front entrance (which is covered in walkers). They end up one hundred and eighty degrees apart on opposite sides of a revolving door. Nicholas is in one compartment with Noah and Glen across from him and walkers on both sides. If the door swings either way, one of the two compartments will be exposed to their deaths. Good job, guys. Good job.

Sam shows up at Carol's place again with two bars of stolen chocolate. She helps him make the cookies but warns it's the last time she will, still being nasty to him. He asks if she was always a good cook, but she says they aren't talking. She doesn't want to be friends. He keeps asking her questions, saying they don't have to be friends, but they can still talk. She says that before the apocalypse, she was good at cooking, and it helped her when she was sad, but not that she necessarily liked it. Sam responds that when he's sad, he breaks stuff. She asks what kind of stuff and whether it was him that broke the owl statue. He nods but when she asks why and why he keeps coming to her, he deflects, asking why she stole the guns. Then he asks if he can have a gun. When she asks why, he says it's not for him, but won't tell her who it's for, instead running from the kitchen. Suddenly Carol's much more interested in him. His asking questions made me again wonder if he was spying. Especially when he deflected her question with one of his own. Most kids don't have that kind of foresight when conversing with an adult. Especially one who recently threaten to tie him to a tree and leave him as walker chow. If he's not a spy, my next thought was that this kid is dang smart. (I'm still a bit suspicious of his motives, but I also kind of like him.) But then, maybe I'm over thinking it. He wants a gun, and Carol obviously suspects abuse. This is why she now is so concerned about Sam's welfare, where only minutes before she was pushing him away as hard as she could.

At the warehouse, Glen and Nicholas shout at one another through the glass. Nicholas doesn't have a gun, but Glen and Noah's are out of ammo. Suddenly Eugene shows up in the van outside the revolving door, playing music and honking the horn, leading the outside walkers away. The inside ones are, of course, still a problem. Glen tells Nicholas to hold the door steady so they can break the glass and all escape outward. That way no one dies. The glass is hard to break, though, and Nicholas panics, pushing the door out so he can escape himself. This opens Glen and Noah's side to walkers. They grab Noah's leg and drag him outward. Noah grabs Glen's arm saying, "Don't let go," but Glen can't hold on. He's forced to watch Noah be torn apart from inches away on the other side of the glass. On The Talking Dead, Tyler James Williams said he thought Noah's "don't let go" was less about him wanting Glen to physically hold on to him, and more about him telling Glen not to lose his ideals or humanity. Of course, in the adrenaline of the moment, Glen probably isn't thinking in this vein at all. He only sees that Noah pleaded, "don't let go" and then Glen did, though through no fault of his own. Poor Glen. This was seriously traumatic for him.


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Noah's death might have been the most gruesome they've ever had on the show. Of course there was the normal blood spurting, etc., but he was still screaming as the walkers kind of ripped his jaw apart. I generally don't look away from the gore on this show, but I did a little at this part. It just kept going and was super-gross. 


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Now, I've said before that I wasn't sure how I felt about Noah's character. This is the episode where I would probably have started to like him more. He was making plans for the long term protection of Alexandria, which I respect. He was chummy with Glen, and I tend to like people when my favorite characters do, and not like them when those characters don't. So, I probably would have started to feel really favorable toward Noah after this episode. Annnnddd...he's gone. Aw man!

Scumba--uh, I mean Nicholas runs to Eugene's van, saying that they're leaving. Eugene turns off the van and gets out, asking where the others are. They scuffle and Nicholas knocks Eugene down. He jumps in the van to leave, but then Glen shows up. He yanks Nicholas from the van and knocks him out. When Eugene asks where Noah is, Glen just cries. On the way back, Glen drives while Eugene points his gun at the unconscious Nicholas and looks worriedly at the still-unconscious Tara. The notebook Noah got from Reg lies on the seat with a single line written in it: This is the beginning. Tragic irony at its best.

At Alexandria, Carol knocks on Jessie and Pete's door, asking if Sam is okay. Pete answers the door, acting weird. He says, "Why wouldn't [Sam] be (okay)?" He won't let her talk to Sam or Jessie, and slams the door in her face. Carol goes to see Rick, telling him she believes Pete is abusing Jessie, and perhaps Sam. He asks if Sam told her and she replies that Sam didn't have to. She says he's probably going to have to kill Pete. This worries me. I feel like it's a David and Bathsheba situation. Rick likes Jessie and may be gleefully looking for a way to get rid of her husband. I don't know if Carol knows how Rick feels about Jessie. No one in the group seems to have taken notice of that dynamic, but the way Carol says, "Pete is hitting Jessie", with Sam as more of an afterthought made me think maybe she knows how Rick feels. 

Also, I'm not convinced abuse is what is happening here. Maybe, but it's the obvious conclusion. Specifically because Carol thinks that's what's going on, I think it's not. It's something else that just comes across that way. Besides, Jessie doesn't strike me as the victim type. She's not quiet and introverted as Carol was in season 1. Her relationship with her husband is definitely rocky in some way, but she's outgoing and confident, not at all the way most abuse domestic violence victims are. Also, when Carol went to their house, Pete wouldn't let her in saying it "wasn't a good time." It almost seemed to me that Sam had run home to talk to his parents and maybe they were in there discussing something as a family. But if abuse were the problem, Sam wouldn't have run home to tell his dad what he'd told Carol. I don't know. I just think there's more to this than what Carol and now Rick think. Of course that begs the question, what is this kid so scared of that he would want a gun. What's he afraid of that's worse than Carol? And what do his parents know about it?

Finally, Father Gabriel goes to see Deanna. He says Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. He says Alexandria is a paradise and he (Gabriel) is happy to be there, but that she shouldn't have let Rick's group in. (What the freak, Gabriel!?!) He says they aren't good people and that they've done unspeakable things. Deanna says that to make it as long as they have, she's sure they had to do things to survive, but Gabriel says she's wrong. They're dangerous and can't be trusted. He says the day will come when Rick's group will destroy Alexandria. When Deanna asks why he's only now coming to her, he says he wishes he would have come earlier, but that Rick's group (who he names the apostles of Satan) don't deserve this paradise. She says she'll think on his words. This was seriously a messed up thing to do. Not only has Team Family saved Gabriels' life, kept him alive, and gotten him to Alexandria, but who was it who left his entire flock to die while he cowered indoors? Even upon learning that Team Family didn't kick him out, call him a minion of Satan or judge him too harshly. Okay, maybe they judged him a coward and weak, but they still took care of him and weren't cruel to him about it. I don't know what Gabriel's motivations for this are, whta he hopes to accomplish, but where before I just apathetic about his character, I'm now starting to truly hate him.

Meanwhile, Maggie eavesdrops from the stairs, hearing the entire exchange. (Rick's gonna be pissed!)


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Then, randomly, we hear a voice from outside call for help. We don't see in this episode who it is, but I'm assuming it's Glen and Eugene returning. No way to be sure because we don't see it either way.

Okay, so.

Glen and co are on their way back (or maybe back already) and they're going to have to break the news to Deanna and Reg that their son is dead, and to the rest of the group that Noah is gone too. I'm envisioning drama on the horizon. 

Also, in the trailer for next week we see Rick and Deanna glaring at one another over three fresh graves. I really hope this doesn't mean Tara dies too. I thought maybe it was just a graveyard with other graves in it, but they look pretty fresh. Of course neither Noah or Aiden's bodies were brought back, so I suppose it could mean anything. It just worried me a little bit. 

And of course I'm worried that Rick and Carol are going to kill Pete, then find out there was no such thing as abuse. Whatever they think they know probably isn't real, unfortunately. Again, major drama to come, I think. Also, it looks like Daryl is out roaming and may find some people. (He sees what looks like a fire in the distance.) Maybe he'll run into Morgan or--dare I type it?--Beth?

Overall, I really liked this episode and all it's developments. I love it when they leave us anticipating drama! :D 

How did everyone else like this episode?