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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Share With Shortcake

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As avid readers, my wife and I want to make sure we share that love of reading with Shortcake.  Our local library has a program called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The goal is to read 1,000  books to your child before he or she starts kindergarten.  The good news is that when your young reader finds that one book that he or she likes to read over and over again, each time you read it counts as one book. So, you don’t necessarily have to read 1,000 different books to your young reader. Continue reading

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Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts: Sci-Fi Month Reflections

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.).

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  1.  One of my entry points to sci-fi fandom was (like many) Star Wars.  I remember the first action figure my parents got for me was an R2-D2.  R2 used to have a ton of adventures on our swing set and took a lot of abuse going down the slide. I know Star Wars action figures are worth a nice sum of cash today, but none of mine were in any kind of collectible condition after all the years of playing with them.
  2. Another factor in the lack of collectibility value of my Star Wars figures was we lived in Hawaii for a while growing up.  And the Air Force engineers dug a ditch in our yard. If you don’t know, Hawaii has red dirt that stains EVERYTHING.  And this ditch made a GREAT alien world for my action figures.  So, they were pretty stained up by the time I was done with them.
  3. I also kept all my action figures in an old Star Wars lunchbox. Ahhh, the days when we had metal lunchboxes.
  4. As much as I enjoy Star Wars, I still haven’t had time to watch Rogue One. It’s not lack of interest so much as lack of time. Or the feeling that I want/need to commit two plus hours to it. And with Shortcake, that isn’t always possible. And, so far, she has shown next to no interest in Star Wars.
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    A good friend sent Shortcake this onesie so we could have matching outfits! I’m totally saving this photo for the montage at her wedding!

    On the other hand, she enjoys Star Trek and will look at the screen when the theme for Original Series or Next Generation comes on. Her Daddy couldn’t be more proud.

  6. When she was smaller, we used to “swoosh” across the living room when the Enterprise swooshed by in the opening credits. And she loved that too.  She’s not too big to do that still.  I think I may have to try it again with her before she gets too big.
  7. Speaking of Star Trek, I can’t believe this week is the mid-season finale for Discovery.  Man, the first nine weeks have just zoomed by!
  8. I’ve got the first tie-in novel for Discovery sitting on my TBR pile, just mocking me. I think I may have to read it during the hiatus.
  9. Starting to catch up on The Flash this season and I’m loving season four. Only up to episode three, so if it all goes to heck in a handbasket, don’t tell me.  It feels like the whole show has found its balance again and I’m loving it.
  10. So, it’s Sci-Fi Month and I’m trying to read/watch stuff in the sci-fi world.  Any recommendations from anyone?

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Midnight Front by David Mack

waitingonwednesdayTime for some mid-week fun with Waiting on Wednesday.  This meme, hosted by  Breaking the Spine, looks ahead at the books we’re looking forward to adding to our to-be-read pile.

Listening to the first couple of installments of Tor Studio’s Steal the Stars (if you haven’t listened yet, give it a try!), there was an ad for David Mack‘s The Midnight Front.  It sounds like an intriguing blend of lots of different things I like.  And I’ve read a lot of Mack’s Star Trek tie-in novels and enjoyed them.

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Here’s what Goodreads has to say about The Midnight Front.

midnightfront.jpgThe epic first novel in the Dark Arts series.

On the eve of World War Two, Nazi sorcerers come gunning for Cade but kill his family instead. His one path of vengeance is to become an apprentice of The Midnight Front–the Allies’ top-secret magickal warfare program–and become a sorcerer himself.

Unsure who will kill him first–his allies, his enemies, or the demons he has to use to wield magick–Cade fights his way through occupied Europe and enemy lines. But he learns too late the true price of revenge will be more terrible than just the loss of his soul–and there’s no task harder than doing good with a power born of ultimate evil

The Midnight Front hits shelves and e-readers in January 2018.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Artemis by Andy Weir

waitingonwednesdayBeen a couple of weeks since I participated in Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine).  It’s not because I don’t have books I’m eager to start reading. It’s because I’ve had a harvest of great books come in on reserve at the local library as well as having a few wishes granted by the good people at NetGalley.

However, there is one book coming out soon that I’m looking forward to reading.  Andy Weir’s Artemis.  Like many, I read and enjoyed The Martian and have been curious to read Weir’s next novel. Will he be a one-hit-wonder?  Can his next book possibly live up to the hype and expectations?  I’m not sure, but I’m intrigued to find out.

Here are all the details from GoodReads:

artemisJazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

Artemis hits shelves, e-readers and audiobook on November 14.

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Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts: YA Edition

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.).

  1.  Finished John Green’s new novel, Turtles All the Way Down, last night and I’m having mixed reactions to it.  On the one hand, the way Green puts us inside the head of his OCD character makes it a compelling, fascinating read.  On the other, it feels like a  YA novel where the teens are far too precocious and witty for their own good.
  2. oneofusFinally closing in on the end of the audiobook of One of Us Is Lying.  It’s entertaining enough, but I’ve got some issues with parts of it.  If you’re not familiar with it, the premise is that five kids walk into detention and only four walk out.  One kid dies from an allergic reaction to peanut oil and the other four are left looking like suspects.  Told from shifting first-person perspectives of the four surviving students (each one out of a John Hughes movie), I can’t help but get a bit frustrated at the adults in the novel, especially the police.  They’re fairly ineffective and seem to not be investigating anything beyond our four suspects for long stretches of the story.  Meanwhile, our suspects band together and start to Scooby Doo what’s really happened and happening.  I wonder if the audiobook with its ten-hour runtime is contributing to this.
  3. I see that One of Us Is Lying has been optioned as a tv-show.  I think it would work as a single-season mystery.
  4. Finally starting to get over the cold that Shortcake brought home from daycare.  It’s not been fun.  I hate taking prednisone because I feel like I’m about to bust out my skin and then I have insomnia.  I sometimes wonder if the cure is worse than the disease.
  5. The Vols need a new head football coach.  I like Butch Jones, but after Saturday’s debacle, I can’t see how he stays.  Nice guy who is going to get fired. That said, I do NOT want Lane Kiffin to come back like a subset of Vols’ fans want.  He’s a violation waiting to happen and he dumped us in the middle of the night to jet for USC.  I can forgive, but I won’t forget.
  6. After a week off from exercise due to illness, I got out and ran for the first time yesterday.  And it was glorious. Great weather for it.  Alas, my phone reset in the middle of my run, meaning that RunKeeper didn’t track the whole activity, thus bringing up the age-old dilemma of “If I ran but RunKeeper didn’t track it, did I really run?”
  7. So many shows I want to catch up on, so little time.  Seriously, I need to make a list and just starting being intentional about what I watch and catch up on.  First up may be finishing Stranger Things season so I can watch season two when it drops next week.  I’ve also got to find time for Bosch, The Man in the High Castle, most of the Netflix Marvel shows that aren’t centered on Daredevil and 13 Reasons Why.  And this list doesn’t include Game of Thrones (I stopped in season four)!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fall Themed Book Covers

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While our weather hasn’t turned much cooler yet, fall is finally here!  To celebrate the return of my favorite season, Top Ten Tuesday this week (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) is all about book covers that reflect the season.

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Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts, The George Constanza Edition

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.).

  1. Saw a cool hash-tag challenge on Facebook, #TheDaughtersChallenge.  While I’ve only been a father for a year and a half now, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.  Shortcake has changed my life and I love watching her grow up and explore her world.  I sense there will be a gratuitous montage of Shortcake photos with this post.

  2. If I ever doubt how much E loves me, I will always remember that we celebrated our anniversary Sunday watching the Titans game and the debut of Star Trek: Discovery. 
  3. Star Trek: Discovery has debuted and I’m annoyed at my fellow Trek fans.  It’s been over a decade since we had new Trek on our television screens and too many of them are complaining about the distribution model.  Here’s the thing. Thirty years ago TNG debuted in first-run syndication.  At the time, that wasn’t a guarantee of success for the show.  But it worked and we had new Trek on our screens for close to two decades.  Now, Discovery is experimenting with the distribution model and fans are up in arms because they don’t want to pay for CBS All-Access to get it.   It’s why we can’t have nice things.
  4. Can’t decide if I want to read the new Discovery tie-in novel or not. My Trek tie-in novel reading has declined a lot in the last decade.  Maybe this is time to jump back in and enjoy the novel.
  5. Reading Sally Kilpatrick’s new novel, Bless Her Heart and really, really liking it.  I swear she’s putting in Easter eggs for those of us who have had the privilege of knowing her in real life.  (We matriuculated through the University of Tennessee together)   society.png
  6. I swear I’m becoming more like George Costanza/Larry David with every passing year.  One thing that bugs me about a lot of my fellow inhabitants of this planet is how we’re all convinced the rules apply to everyone else but you.  I see it a lot, from people parking in the no-parking zone (or as I call it the “no one but me parking zone”) to motorcycle riders who zoom up between rows of traffic on the congested interstate.
  7. Impractical Jokers is the funniest show on TV, hands down.  I laugh every time I watch it.
  8. My local library has started up a group to discuss graphic novels.  I’m intrigued by this and may have to participate.  Alas, I forgot that the meeting was tonight.  Maybe next month.
  9. Saw an article the other day that suggested that the BBC remake the lost episodes of Doctor Who since there David Bradley is doing such a great job of emulating William Hartnell’s work as the first Doctor.  And while part of me would LOVE to see these episodes sitting happily on my DVD shelf, I’m still wary.  I’m only for it if they don’t re-edit them (as they did with the animated “Power of the Daleks” where part one had a cold open and then rolled into the credits), the episodes were filmed in 4×3 as they were originally shot and the photos from that era were used to get as close as possible to the original look and feel of the show.  I wouldn’t be shocked to see the BBC try to recreate episode four of “The Tenth Planet” so it could be shown and re-released on DVD.
  10. Cooler weather is forecast for this weekend!  I am so excited about this.  I love summer but I’m ready to pull out the long-sleeved portion of my wardrobe.

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