Review: Never Alone by Romily Bernard

Never ApartHe steps back, steps back again. He can’t believe what I’m saying. Once, I might not have believed it, either. But the lie is the closest to the truth we’re going to get. We’re never going home. We Fall again and again, and every time it’s a little different, but it’s never right.

Grace is trapped in a loop that resets itself every five days. Despite her best efforts, she can’t find a way to escape the seemingly inevitable death of her boyfriend Ander at the hands of Finn.

Heaven knows she’s tried forty plus times now.

But landing in the latest loop, things feel different. Her twin brother Jem has returned, Ander has no memory of their previous Falls (he did in the first forty or so) and her family seems to be more functional. As Grace contemplates embracing the current Fall and staying in this set of events, she can’t shake off the feeling that there’s something she’s overlooking in trying to break the never-ending cycle of tragedy and death. Continue reading

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TV Round-Up: The Orville: Command Performance

While “Old Wounds” introduced us to the universe of The Orville and its characters, the episode really didn’t tell us much about the characters beyond a basic character tic or bio line.

And while “Command Performance” still suffers from many of the issues that played the pilot episode in terms of establishing a tone for the series, it at least tried to give us a bit more insight into a few of the characters.  Continue reading

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Bookish (and Not-So-Bookish) Thoughts

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

Saw this and thought I’d give it a try. Get ready for some totally random thoughts!

  1. Sstar-trek-discovery-gets-september-premiere-date-first-season-to-be-split-2.jpgtar Trek: Discovery finally debut this weekend and as a huge Star Trek fan, I am pretty excited.   It’s been intriguing to see the backlash by critics who aren’t getting screener copies of the two-part premiere.  Many are assuming it’s going to not be good and that CBS is hiding it from us.  I just can’t help but wonder if Trek learned from the debut of Next Gen thirty years ago when “Encounter at Farpoint” got bashed by critics.
  2. Trying to decide where is the best spot to publish my thoughts on Discovery — here, my original series re-watch blog or both?
  3. Finally got to watch the second episode of The Orville.  And I’m still on the fence.  Feels like the MacFarlane type of jokes really take me out of the show.  I wish the show would find a tone and stay with it.  A much longer rambling on the second episode should see the light of day later today.
  4. Shortcake is figuring out this whole walking thing.  And she loves it.  I’m delighted for her but it’s bittersweet because my little girl is growing up too fast!
  5. Reading wise, I feel like I’m a bit of a slump.  Lots of stuff I want to read but nothing that’s really grabbing me.  New Stephen King book comes out next week, so that should help.
  6. My lovely wife and I celebrate six years of marriage this Sunday.  Can’t believe she’s put up with me for as long as she has. I’m truly blessed.
  7. Spent some time this week out looking for rocks.  The newest fad is creating, leaving and finding Kindness Rocks.  What at first seemed like a low-tech take on Pokemon Go! instead, has a much kinder significance to it.  I ramble on a bit about it on my Confessions of a First-Time Dad blog.
  8. Still sad my Vols lost to Florida last week.  So very sad.  Butch Jones is a nice guy, but I’m afraid he’s going to get fired.

So, that’s about it for this week.  This was fun and I may have to add this to my regular rotation!

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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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