It’s Monday What Are You Reading #76

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #65

It’s Monday What Are You Reading? is a weekly reading roundup is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

This is technically a weekly meme but I don’t read fast enough to make that worthwhile so I post it every two or three weeks.

Finished in Print

The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

This is the second in Archer’s Clifton Chronicles. The Hubster recently finished the series and enjoyed it. It’s been a while since I finished the first book so it’s nice to get back to this series.

 

Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham

Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham

This graphic novel is part of Willingham’s Fables series. I love the series and Bigby is one of my favorite characters but I didn’t enjoy this graphic novel.

 

Started in Print

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

This post apocalyptic suspense story is just delightfully creepy.

 

Descender Vol. 2: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire

Descender Vol. 2: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire

I love all things Lemire. I reread the first volume of this amazing comic series to refresh my memory before diving headfirst into this volume

 

Finished on Audio

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

This was our road trip audiobook this weekend

 

Continued on Audio

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley narrated by Jayne Entwistle

I had heard good things about the audio editions of this series so I decided to give it a try, Flavia de Luce is a great character and Jayne Entwistle does a fabulous job as her voice.

 

Reviews since my last update:

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham

The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

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Weekend Update – The Ten Things I Liked This Week March 2017 Edition

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in Fun, Ten Things, Weekend Update | 6 comments

Ten Things I Liked This Week March 2017

Ten Things I Liked This Week March 2017

I started doing Ten Things I Liked This Week in June of 2015 and it’s definitely become my favorite monthly post. I love adding to my list throughout the week.

Here are ten things I liked this week:

1. Fiona the baby hippo
She was born six weeks premature and I have been following the Cincinnati Zoo’s twitter feed for updates. I am totally #TeamFiona
Fiona gets a ramp

Fiona gets weighed and a bigger bottle

 

2.The Hollow Crown
This has been around but we just discovered it. The BBC has done fabulous adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays. We got the DVDs of the first season from the library but might end up the full set.
The Hollow Crown
Season 1 is Richard II, Henry IV – Part 1, Henry IV – Part 2, and Henry V (Tom Hiddleston and Prince Hal/Henry V in the last three)

Season 2 is Henry VI – Part 1, Henry VI, Part 2, and Richard III (Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III)

We’ve only watched the first two plays of Season 1. The productions are gorgeous and the cast is spectacular.

 

3. This pigeon
He marches to the beat of his own carousel.

 

4. This
Friends with benefits

 

5. Thinking before decorating
We might have to consider this
Scratching Post Furniture

 

6. “And then the murders began.”

This has been cracking me up all week. It’s way too much fun to try this with various books.
And then the murders began

Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four, Privet Drive. And then the murders began.

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. And then the murders began.

“Where’s Papa going with that ax?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast. And then the murders began.

One day when Pooh Bear had nothing else to do, he thought he would do something, so he went round to Piglet’s house to see what Piglet was doing. And then the murders began.

 

7. This monastery adopted a shnauzer
And it’s adorable

 

8. Choosing your battles
Choosing your battles

9. Steve ‘n’ Seagulls
I got totally lost in the rabbit hole of their videos. I now understand all the words of a few songs for the first time.

Steve ‘n’ Seagulls is a Finnish country band, playing bluegrass versions of well-known hard rock and metal songs.

 

10. This commentary on the weather
I can’t say I liked the weather this week but this commentary cracked me up.
All seasons in one day

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in 2017, 4 stars, Book Review, Jeffrey Archer | 2 comments

The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer
The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Ebook and Hardcover
Series: The Clifton Chronicles #2
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 339
Source: Purchased (ebook) and Library (hardcover)

The Book:
From the publisher:

It is only days before Britain declares war on Germany. Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of a family scandal, and realizing he can never marry Emma Barrington, has joined the Merchant Navy. When a German U-boat sinks his ship, Harry and a handful of sailors are rescued by the SS Kansas Star, among them an American named Tom Bradshaw. That night, when Bradshaw dies, Harry seizes a chance to bury his past—by assuming the man’s identity.

My Thoughts:
I love big family sagas. This one is 7 books covering nearly a century. The Hubster has finished the whole series but I’m taking my time with them. I don’t like to binge series like he does. I need variety in my reading menu. When I want something relatively light, entertaining and fairly quick to read Jeffrey Archers books work well.

They aren’t great literature and there’s not a lot of character development but they’re fun.

This volume of the series covers the period of World War II. Chapters alternate between the primary characters and the time frames of the sections tend to overlap so sometimes the rest of the story is a couple of chapters later.

I’m glad I’m reading this after the final book in the series was published (in November). The Hubster warned me that every book ends with a cliffhanger. While I may wait a bit to read the next in the series I don’t have to wait a year for the next one to be released.

I enjoyed this one quite a bit and look forward to continuing with the series.

4 stars Rating 4/5

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Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in 2.5 stars, 2017, Bill Willingham, Book Review | 2 comments

Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham
Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham with art by Craig Hamilton and Jim Fern

Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Series: Original Graphic Novel related to the Fables series
Publisher: Vertigo
Publication Date: 212
Pages: 179
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

Bigby Wolf takes center stage in what might be the most action-packed FABLES story to date. Bigby embarks on a quest through the American Heartland to find a new location for Fabletown. In his wanderings, Bigby stumbles across a small town named Story City, that, amazingly enough, seems to be populated by werewolves. Who are they and where did they come from? They aren’t Fables, but they sure aren’t normal mundys. They seem to already know and revere Bigby, but at the same time they’ve captured and caged him – but why? Unravelling the many mysteries of Story City may cost Bigby more than his life.

My Thoughts:
I expected to love this. Bigby Wolf is one of my favorite characters in the Fables world and a graphic novel featuring him should have been right up my alley. Unfortunately, it missed a bit.

It’s an original graphic novel that was published after Volume 17 Inherit the Wind. It’s not strictly after that book and it’s not crucial to the overall Fables story. It’s a side trip (literally) featuring Bigby. He ends up in a town founded by someone Bigby met when they worked together during World War II. The town is populated by werewolves so it’s not a hard leap of logic that Bigby’s old friend is a werewolf too.

The story just never fully grabbed me. I enjoyed the flashback to Bigby’s time in World War II the most. The present-day story was just not the usual Fables fare for me. Bigby as a wolf works. Bigby’s blood spawning a race of werewolves (who all look like Bigby’s old friend and his former Nazi scientist wife) didn’t make a lot of sense to me.

The artwork was also a disappointment. It was mostly pale colors and pastels. It just didn’t fully work to draw me in to the story. I’m used to bold and vivid colors in the Fables books and their spinoffs.

It’s a spinoff. It’s not crucial to the ongoing Fables story. There were parts I liked but there were enough parts I didn’t like to make this just average.

Rating 2.5/5

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