Waiting on Wednesday: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen & Owen King

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As we get over the mid-week hump, it’s time for Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine).  This meme asks us which book on the horizon we’re looking forward to reading.

This week, it’s a collaboration between one of my favorite authors and his son. Continue reading

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In Honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day…

September 19th is Talking Like a Pirate Day.  In honor of that, let me present the classic Ray Stevens song, “The Pirate Song.”

In bad news for my taste buds but good news for my waistline, Krispy Kream has done away with the free donut for talking like a pirate.

I say they make the scurvy knave who came up with that idea walk the plank!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fall Reading

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As the days get shorter, the nights get cooler and the leaves start to change, it’s time to consider what I’m going to read this fall.  As with many bibliophiles, I’ve got a long list of books that I’d like to read.  And that just happens to be the theme of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish).

Here are ten books I’m looking forward to reading this season (between watching football games and celebrating fall with my wife and Shortcake).

  1. sleepingbeauties Bless Her Heart by Sally Kilpatrick.
  2. Artemis by Andy Weir.
  3. Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
  4. The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter
  5. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
  6. Strange Weather by Joe Hill
  7. A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne
  8. The Midnight Line by Lee Child
  9. Working Fire by Emily Bleeker
  10. Slade House by David Mitchell
  11. Doctor Who: Survival by Rona Munroe (Audiobook re-visiting)

I’m sure I’ll find more books as we get through the fall.

And if anyone has any recommendations for fall reading, please let me know!

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TV: Doctor Who: Revenge of the Cybermen

Revenge_of_the_Cybermen_1984_VHS_UKThere are a lot of things about “Revenge of the Cybermen” that don’t make sense.

But the biggest thing comes not from anything that takes place on-screen but the serial’s place in Doctor Who history.

Back in the 80’s as VCRs became more and more common in homes, the BBC decided to test the waters with a commercially released classic Doctor Who serial.  And for this honor, they decided to pick something from what many fans considered the pinnacle of Doctor Who – the Tom Baker starring, Robert Holmes script-editing, Phillip Hinchcliffe producing years.

Somehow classics like “The Ark in Space,” “The Pyramids of Mars” or “The Robots of Death” were passed by and instead the world got “Revenge of the Cybermen.”

Who-lore from the era tells us that the BBC polled fans at a convention and a mix-up between “Revenge of the Cybermen” and the then missing “Tomb of the Cybermen” occurred.  Seems fans wanted “Tomb.”  Instead we got “Revenge.” Continue reading

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Review: Eleanor Olyphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely FineEleanor Oliphant may think she’s completely fine. But spend a few pages with her and you’ll find out that she’s not quite as fine as she thinks she is.

Eleanor wants for nothing physically. Her regular job provides a steady income that allows her to provide for the basic human necessities as well as a few extras. For example, enough vodka to pass the hours of her weekend until it’s time to go back to work again. She has her weekly conversations with her Mummy and she looks forward to certain documentary programs on the radio or television.

Yes, Eleanor is doing just fine, thank you.

Except she’s not really. Emotionally distant from herself and those around her (at one point, Eleanor points out that her foster child upbringing taught her to stop “wanting” things that weren’t vital to her survival), Eleanor has finally found the man of her dreams. He’s the singer for an up and coming band and while the two haven’t met, Eleanor just knows that once they meet, it will be love at first sight and things will start being more than just “fine.” Continue reading

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TV Round-Up: The Orville, “Old Wounds”

xzsw7urvcxqpskxv40ggBased on the promotional material and my expectations of what constitutes a Seth MacFarlane show, I expected The Orville to be a bit more Galaxy Quest than Star Trek.

Turns out FOX took all the “funny” and “zingy” one-liner parts of the premiere and edited those into a (much repeated) commercial for the show.

It’s almost as if Fox doesn’t quite know what kind of show Seth MacFarlane is giving them.

Which could be because The Orville doesn’t seem to know what kind of show it wants to be either. That’s my big takeaway from the first episode, “Old Wounds.” Continue reading

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Waiting on Wednesday: Bless Her Heart by Sally Kilpatrick

waitingonwednesdayMy local library branch was closed for three weeks for renovation.   So, I not only experience withdrawals but I also had a huge stack of stuff I’d put on reserve come in, leading to a truly epic check-out.  That’s why I wasn’t able to participate in the Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine) last week.

But now as I whittle down the pile, deciding what to return and put on reserve again for future reading, I’m looking into the future for more books to add to my TBR pile.

This week it’s the latest novel by one of my favorite authors and a good friend, Sally Kilpatrick.   Her new novel, Bless Her Heart, hits physical and digital shelves on Halloween.

blessherheartLaugh-out-loud funny and unabashedly uplifting, with just the right amount of Southern sass, Sally Kilpatrick’s wonderful novel centers on one woman’s journey from unhappy marriage to a surprising second chance . . .

On the day Posy Love discovers that her born-again husband has been ministering to some of his flock a little too eagerly, she also learns that he’s left her broke and homeless. Posy married Chad five years ago in hopes of finding the stability her hippie mother couldn’t provide. Instead she got all the trappings of security–house, car, seemingly respectable husband–at the price of her freedom.

Posy’s mother, Lark, accepts her daughter’s return home with grace, though her sister can’t resist pointing out that being a sweet Southern wife hasn’t worked out as planned. And so, with the Seven Deadly Sins as a guide, Posy decides to let loose for once. Envy is easy to check off the list–Posy only has to look at her best friend’s adorable baby for that.

One very drunken night at The Fountain bar takes care of gluttony. As for lust–her long-time friend, John, is suddenly becoming much more than a pal. One by one, Posy is bulldozing through her old beliefs about love, family–and what it really means to be good. And she’s finding that breaking a few rules might be the perfect way to heal a heart…

I’ve read all of Sally’s books and enjoyed them.  I’m really looking forward to her new novel and hoping I may get an early peek if it arrives on the Galley of Nets in the near future.

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