WWW Wednesday 5/15/19

Happy Wednesday everyone,

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

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A Les-Mis retelling set in space, of course I will want to read it, and I am enjoying it so far. It was some great world building and the characters are amazing.

Saga Vol. 6 

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Earlier this year I started reading graphic novels, and I started reading Saga again and I am loving it. The story just keeps taking a lot of twists and turns, and I am just along for the ride.

What did you recently finish?

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Ashley Poston has done it again. She made a fairy tale retelling set in a Sci Fi convention and made it awesome. I love who she expanded the world of Geekerella.

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Another great Asian inspired fantasy. While the beginning of the book, starts off slow, it really picks up and I couldn’t put it down. So much suspense I just had to keep reading.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I loved Want, and Cindy Pon, is starting to become one of my favorite authors. I felt the wait was very long in-between books and I want to know how this ends.

That is my WWW Wednesday. What books are you currently reading? What have you recently finished and what will you be reading next? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Other SFF Media Part 2

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:

August 15: Freebie
–In celebration of my birthday week (and because there are 5 Wednesdays this month), this is my gift to you. Pick any topic you want this week! We have years worth of archived topics you can look through if you are having trouble deciding.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

For the Freebie I wanted to do another Top 5 SFF Medias which are non book related. As a SFF I had a bunch and I would love to talk more about them.

Click here for my other Top 5 Wednesday.

Bioshock series

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This is a game series that takes us from the deep seas of Rapture to the city up above in Columbia. Its a first person shooter that has such an engaging world and rich storytelling. The first Bioshock had such an awesome twist and with Bioshock Infinite, Booker and Elizabeth are some of my favorite characters in gaming.

Saga

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Calling it a Romeo and Juliet set in space is pretty much an understatement. It deals with the marriage and relationship of two different species who are on opposite ends of a war being on the run, while caring for a newborn child. Also there is a bounty hunter who is after them who I believe is such a fantastic character.

The X Files

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I got into this series kinda of late but I have been watching it on Hulu. I would consider this a sort of precursor to shows like Supernatural and Buffy. Dealing with a monster of the week, while also dealing with long story arc. It deals with Mulder and Scully and they are tasked with dealing with sort of the strange cases that may deal with aliens. Even though I started late I do really love the show.

The Fallout series

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An open world game set within a post apocalyptic wasteland. This game series is amazing. Even with this vast wasteland it is filled with engaging quests, developed characters and a great use of setting. I also love the morality system that was presented in Fallout 3 with a decision to save a town or blow it up.

Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic

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Even though this is based on an existing property such as Star Wars, I would call it the definitive RPG experience within the Star Wars universe. It is also the game that put Bioware, the makers of Dragon Age and Mass Effect on the map. It has such engaging characters that you follow including a homicidal droid. Part of me really wishes that we could get another Star Wars RPG experience but I don’t think that will happen.

Those are some other SFF medias that I like. Do you have any favorite SFF media? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

Hype or Like Friday: Books I’m Thankful someone recommended me.

Happy Friday everyone,

The theme for November’s Hype or Like Friday is about what we’re thankful for and the book of the month is Three Dark Crowns

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

Friday, November 11th-I’m Thankful Someone Recommended Me… (You can list as many book as you want that you are thankful that someone recommended to you.)

Red Rising series by Pierce Brown

I was recommended this series by the lovely Jillian @RantandRaveBooks. I kept hearing about this book a lot and it really wasn’t until Jillian gave her rave review about is when I finally decided to pick it up and I loved it. I only read Red Rising, but I will be definitely be reading Golden Son and Morning Star. Thank you Jillian!

Six of Crows

While I wasn’t a huge fan of the Grisha trilogy. This was recommended by a friend of mine who said even though I didn’t love the Grisha you will definitely love this book and, of course I loved it. I love the characters and the fact that it was a heist book, and it had me at heist.

Cinder by Marie Lu

A few years ago a women I was seeing recommended this book to me because she saw that I love Disney movies and I also love retelling. She let me borrow this book and I liked it, but than she recommended me the sequel Scarlett and that is where I loved the series.

Saga by: Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staple

The same women I was seeing, also recommended me Saga. She said it was basically Star Wars for adult and I think that was an understatement. It is amazing from start to finish. Volume One starts with a women giving birth and than being on the run. That should easily grab your attention.

Those are the books I am thankful that someone recommended me. Which books are you thankful that someone recommended you? Let me know in the comments below!

Hype or Like Friday: Favorite Science Fiction Books

Hello all,

Septembers Hype of Like Friday the is Back to School and the Book of Month is Carry on by Rainbow Rowell

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

September 9th- I Love Science: My Favorite Science Fiction Books- This can be anything you want. Science fiction can be anything from time travel to DNA mutations like X-Men. You can go with comic books or novels. Whatever you feel like writing about.

My Favorite Science Fiction books are:

Ready Player One by: Ernest Cline

One of my favorite books. It has great references to 80s pop culture. It is Willy Wonka meets the Matrix. If you like anything from the 80s from video games, TV and movies of that era this is the book for you. Here is my review of the book.

Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples

One of my favorite graphic novels, this is a series about a galactic war with two parents from warring factions caught in the middle along with their newborn daughter. It is very adult with a lot of violence and adult situations, but I still highly recommend it if you are a fan of graphic novels. Here is my review of Vol. 1.

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti.

A YA version of Heroes, and one of my favorite books I read this summer and it surprised me on how much I loved the characters. While it wasn’t as plot heavy, but I did like that the fact that the story was mostly character driven. Here is my review of the book.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

 

I know the author is an asshole, but I didn’t know that before I read the book. I really loved it. I love Ender as a character and I love the world it takes place in.

The Thrawn Trilogy by: Timothy Zahn

I was kinda disappointed that Disney/Star Wars took out the cannon for the expanded universe. Even though it’s not in cannon anymore, I still fully recommend giving it a read because Thrawn is one of my favorite Star Wars villains.

That’s my list of favorite science fiction books. What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Mothers/Maternal Figures

Happy Wednesday everyone, for this weeks Top 5 Wednesday it is Top 5 Mothers/Maternal figures. This was a little hard for me because most mothers are usually dead, or evil. But I managed to find five who are the best mothers.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter series

I know, too obvious. But she is the definitive mother in most of the books I read. A mother of seven, who also accept Harry and Hermione as her own. Also is one of the members of the new Order of Phoenix. Also how can you not feel good during her fight of Bellatrix “NOT MY DAUGHTER YOU BITCH”.

Catelynn Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire

She, like Molly Weasley also cares very much about her family, and is also willing to do anything to protect them. She even made some tough choices in order to do so either for better or worse.

Alana from Saga

She is the definition of badass. She gives birth and than has to fight her way across the galaxy with a baby. I don’t think I know any women in literature who can do that.

Frannie Lancaster from The Fault in our Stars

While she is a minor character in the book, so I am judging mostly on the movie. She is a very caring mother dealing with the fact that her daughter as cancer. She is also very supportive of her daughter in her relationship with Gus.

Esme Cullen from the Twilight series

Like Molly Weasley she really does care for her family and accepts Bella as her own. Even in the later books she protects her family from either the werewolves or other vampires out to kill  Bella.

There’s my Top 5 Mothers/Maternal figures. Let me know your favorites in the comments below!

Saga Vol. 1 by: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staple

Summary (via Goodreads): When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

My Thoughts: Wow! That was my feeling about reading this graphic novel. It is something that I have never read before and it was amazing. This tells the story of two people Marko and Alana who fall in love but are from opposite sides of a galactic war. Basically Romeo and Juliet in space. But the romance was so well done. Even though they are already married by the start of the novel, the romance really develops over time in regards to protecting their daughter, Hazel.

Also in Vol. 1, there is a lot of world building which is usual for any sci fi graphic novel. But it also sets up the plot and the other characters such as, the Will; the bounty hunter hired to capture them and IV a royal member, and develop their characters and arcs as well.

Also, the world looks amazing and Fiona Staple, the lead illustrator gives us a feel of how the world looks and feels, and designs of the many creatures and characters are very distinct and unique and is something that I have never seen before in any graphic novel.

The graphic novel is also very graphic, in terms of violence and sexual imagery, which isn’t to distracting. So if its not for you it is understandable.

Vol. 1 was an amazing book, that could easily set up to something epic.

Grade: 5/5