Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday's Beginnings (165)

Well, it's Monday.  What else can I say?  Monday says it all.

I'm behind in blog visiting as the kids sports has kept me on the go.  But I think I got to all the comments here last week.  I'll have to get to visiting this week.  And in two weeks I'll not be around much, NaNoWriMo will be starting.  I'm excited and nervous.  Once I get going I'll be alright, but getting started is the hard part for me, finding that groove.

Oh well, not much else to chat about.  Kinda boring for me.

So, on to the bookish stuff from last week now...

Current Read:
Gunmetal Magic & Magic Gift by Ilona Andrews

Finished Last Week:
Kiss of Death by Seleste deLaney

Reviews to Come:
Harmonics: Rise of the Magician by Collin Earl & Chris Snelgrove
House of Grey Vol. 2 by Collin Earl
Endgame by Ann Aguirre
Fathom by Merrie Destefano
The Weird Girls by Cecy Robson
Of Course I Try by Seleste deLaney
The Ghost of Vampire Present by Seleste deLaney
Curran POV Vol 1 by Gordon Andrews
Curran POV Vol 2 by Gordon Andrews
A Little Short for An Alien by Frances Pauli
Kiss of Death by Seleste deLaney

Book Reviews Posted:
House of Grey Vol 1 by Collin Earl
The High Priestess by Katee Robert

Podcast Reviews Posted:
Avalon Revisited by O.M. Grey ~ Chapters 17 - 20

Movie Review Posted:
No movie review, sorry, been running out of time.

Books and Covers Shared:
Oblivion by Skyla Dawn Cameron
Teeth of Gods by Adrienne Jones

Special Posts:
UF Book Chat Stop 1 on Gunmetal Magic
Freebies and Deals, on Nook too (29)

I did not do a Flash Fiction Friday.  It seems I've gotten away from these lately.  From the way things are looking, I won't be doing any for a while now too.

My WANT List...Well, I must really be slacking.  I only added 2 books last week.  But that's okay as I've got 490 books on the Want List!  LOL!

Received Last Week:
Won:
I won this from author Merrie Destefano in her YA ARC giveaway.  I think the kid and I are going to enjoy these.
Goodreads Synopsis:
When the tail of the comet Bhaktul flicks through the Earth’s atmosphere, deadly particles are left in its wake. Suddenly, mankind is confronted with a virus that devastates the adult population. Only those under the age of eighteen seem to be immune. Desperate to save humanity, a renowned scientist proposes a bold plan: to create a ship that will carry a crew of 251 teenagers to a home in a distant solar system. Two years later, the Galahad and its crew—none over the age of sixteen—is launched.

Two years of training have prepared the crew for the challenges of space travel. But soon after departing Earth, they discover that a saboteur is hiding on the Galahad! Faced with escalating acts of vandalism and terrorized by threatening messages, sixteen-year-old Triana Martell and her council soon realize that the stowaway will do anything to ensure that the Galahad never reaches its destination. The teens must find a way to neutralize their enemy. For if their mission fails, it will mean the end of the human race….

Goodreads Synopsis:
From the author of New York Times bestselling Rock Paper Tiger comes the most electrifying thriller of the Summer. 

Michelle Mason tells herself she’s on vacation. A brief stay in the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta. It’s a chance to figure out her next move after the unexpected death of her banker husband, who’s left behind a scandal and a pile of debt. The trip was already paid for, and it beats crashing in her sister’s spare room. When a good-looking man named Daniel approaches her on the beach, the margaritas have kicked in and she decides: why not?

But the date doesn’t go as either of them planned. An assault on Daniel in her hotel room, switched cell phones and an encounter with a “friend” of Daniel’s named Gary gets Michelle enmeshed in a covert operation involving drug runners, goons, and venture capitalists. Michelle already knows she’s caught in a dangerous trap. But she quickly finds that running is not an option. If she’s not careful, she’ll end up buried in the town dump, with the rest of the trash. Now she needs to fight smart if she wants to survive her vacation.

Goodreads Synopsis:
When news reports start appearing of a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B's racist father thinks it's a joke-- but even if it isn't, he figures, it's ok to lose a few Irish.
B doesn't fully buy into Dad's racism, but figures it's easier to go along with it than to risk the fights and abuse that will surely follow sticking up for Muslims, blacks, or immigrants. And when dodging his fists doesn't work, B doesn't hesitate to take the piss out of kids at school with a few slaps or cruel remarks. 
That is, until zombies attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers. 

Goodreads Synopsis:
A feast for the brain, this gory and genuinely hilarious take on zombie culture simultaneously skewers, pays tribute to, and elevates the horror genre.

Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. As in any classic monster flick worth its salted popcorn, plentiful carnage sends survivors rabbiting into the woods while the mindless horde of “infects” shambles, moans, and drools behind. Of course, these kids have seen zombie movies. They generate “Zombie Rules” almost as quickly as cheeky remarks, but attitude alone can’t keep the biters back.

Serving up a cast of irreverent, slightly twisted characters, an unexpected villain, and an ending you won’t see coming, here is a savvy tale that that’s a delight to read—whether you’re a rabid zombie fan or freshly bitten—and an incisive commentary on the evil that lurks within each of us.

Free:
This was free for three days this week.  So had to pick this short story up as I do enjoy Michael's work.
Goodreads Synopsis:
HE WANTED TO ESCAPE HIS PROBLEMS. HE WANTED TO SEE THE FUTURE. HE NEVER CONSIDERED WHAT THE FUTURE WANTED.

Confronted with suffering a painful death from cancer, Dan Sturges, a retired Ford’s engineer, foregoes treatments to try an idea of his own. After reading a theoretical article in Scientific American on time displacement, Dan builds a time machine in his garage. With nothing to lose but a few months of pain, Dan pins his hopes on a future where cancer might have been cured, or at least a quicker death by electrocution. How could he have known that what happens after he presses the button is more shocking than the eighteen car batteries he connected himself to?

Greener Grass is a science fiction short story of 5,600 words by Michael J. Sullivan, author of the fantasy series The Riyria Revelations

How did your week go?  Hope it was a good one.  How does the new week look?  Hopefully relaxing for you!

Here's wishing you all the best in words and pages.

4 comments:

  1. Monday = Mundane.
    Coincidence? I think not!

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  2. At least your pom poms are getting a workout! Hope you and your son are having some fun!

    Lots of reviews and books! I don't think Mon looks too bad for you.

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    1. ha ha, Yes the pompoms are getting dusted off. ;D Thank you Melissa (B&T). I'm hoping we get a chance to enjoy these books together. :) And thank you for stopping.

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