October Book Haul Pt. 1

I needed to complete some collections if I plan to meet my 2017 reading goal, but also I just really like having a full collection. Mostly rounding out series collections I’d already started, starting with the Divergent Trilogy and The Immortals. The Mortal Instruments, a series I started but was never able to finish were all ordered via Thrift Books and it saved me tons!

When the delivery came I assumed the complete order had arrived but some of my books may be coming from farther away. I now own the full Divergent Trilogy plus the Four Novella, and was also able to fill in the gaps of The Immortals and start working on The Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices.  I can’t decide which series to start next!

 

 

 

 

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What We’re Reading: Artemis Fowl (The Eternity Code) 

Book Three in my #2017BookReviewChallenge is the third Artemis Fowl book. My first thought was…. wow.

Someone actually got the jump on Artemis Fowl. A life interacting with faeries has made Artemis soft, complacent and good- natured .

Still dabbling in the underworld, a business deal goes south, and Artemis is forced to beg for Butler’s life while also bargaining his memories to help protect both the fairy world snd the real world from the villainous John Spiro.

The unscrupulous Spiro, has stolen the  C cube a tech holy grail designed by Artemis from stolen fairy technology. Butler was mortally wounded and the fairies were severely comprimised.

Artemis and the gang come together to take down Spiro and retrieve the cube but when it’s all over Artemis won’t remember a thing.

The third installment of the Artemis Fowl series had me on the edge of my seat. We see glimpses of Artemis changing into a better person as a result of his friends while forcing him to outthink a formidable opponent.

I truly hated the villains and cheered for our heroes. The final moments of the book lay on the emotion as our group disbands for the safety of the fairy kingdom.

As always the book was well written, if you loved the  first two you’re in for a real treat with this one!

#BluMoonFiction #WhatWereReading #ArtemisFowl #ArtemisFowlSeries #Faeries #YoungAdult #Bibliophile #BookHaul #BookishLilMe #TheEternityCode #EoinColfer 

What We’re Reading: Artemis Fowl  (The Arctic Incident)

Trudging along through my own personal book challenge I’m adding book 2 of the Artemis Fowl series to my read pile. 

An amazing follow-up to the original, The Arctic Incident manages to bring everyone back for a fast paced action packed story.
That’s not to be clichè short of the preliminary therapy session in the beginning everything following is one laser blast after another. 
In what can only be Colfer’s ironic sense of humor, Artemis Fowl is being extorted. Having bested the faeries last year after kidnapping and later releasing captain Holly Short he’s terrorizing staff at a prestigious boarding school. With his mother well and on her feet Artemis has been mounting a search for his father….and he finds him.
Actually the Russian Mafiya find him and hold him for ransom. He’s ready to go kick some Russian butt when he’s accosted by Holly Short, something sinister below ground cause the two worlds to collide.
I especially enjoyed the semi-closing of one story arc while they also teased the very likely pairing of Munch Diggums and Artemis Fowl.
Eoin Fowler is quickly becoming one of my favorites. 
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What We’re Reading: Artemis Fowl

​The very first notch in my reading challenge quest is book 1 of the Artemis Fowl series. The aptly named Artemis Fowl. 

I originally discovered the Artemis Fowl series around age 13. It’s glimmering cover called to me from a table at the scholastic book fair.

The series archives criminal mastermind and twelve year old child prodigy Artemis II and his gargantuan bodyguard Butler, on a interspecies criminal caper for leprechaun gold.

However, LEP recon officer Holly Short is not who you’d want to meet at the end of a rainbow. The book itself is a battle of wits between the affable if not criminally insane Artemis Fowl and the everyday good cop/ gung ho female determined to prove herself Holly Short.

Adolescent me couldn’t appreciate the mental back and forth. The string of events start off simple enough. Artemis Fowl II is presently in control of what’s left of his families prestigious criminal empire.  Through some bad luck his father, blasted from sea, has been missing and his mother has had a psychotic break.

The ambitious young Fowl sees only one recourse, steal fairy gold and reestablish his families wealth.

Captain Holly Short, is the first female recruit in the LEPrecon unit and she hasn’t been making a good name for herself. Running out of magic and attempting a sacred ritual to restore it, she is caught in the crosshairs.

In an exciting magical hostage negotiation that spans the next 147 pages. Adult me had a better appreciation for the fast paced storyline and the second time around I was able to complete the book within 24 hours.

I’m currently working on the second book in the series and I’m charging through. I love this series!

Have you read the Artemis Fowl series? Which is your favorite?

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#ShowsWeLove: Dark Matter

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Space… the final frontier

Gotta level with you here, I absolutely love fantasy but sci-fi and me are not good friends. Star Trek to  Star Wars I just couldn’t get into the great beyond like I could the magical world. Maybe it’s because space is real and there are clear rules and guidelines, maybe it’s because I prefer the unpredictability of magic to science I can’t say for certain.

I will say this, SyFy  seems to have a knack for writing shows I’ll watch. They created a space series I not only binge watched, but was truly disappointed a third season hadn’t made it to the streaming site.

It started with a brief period of withdrawal. I like to completely immerse myself in a show, internet stalk the cast and crew, find our what other projects they’re doing. This usually happens AFTER I’ve watched a series with 4 or more seasons.

There is a period of mourning when I realise it’s too soon to rewatch the show but i have yet to decide on a new series. Lost Girl was just that show. Dark Matter. My antidote.

Both shows are Canadian  (yay Canada!) Both appear on SyFy. Dark Matter, is based on the comic book of the same name. Though I have not read the comic series the show bumps it up on my to-do list. 

Dark  Matter. Opens with a group of six people waking up on a ship called the Raza.  No one has any memory of how they got there or what they were doing before they woke up. They name themselves One through Six and work on reclaiming their identities. 

I did hear word the shows third season premiered June 9, 2017. I have yet to catch an episode but I’ll keep looking. The first 2 seasons which are pretty action packed and full of angst are of course of Netflix. The fight scenes were my favorite.

Have you seen Dark Matter? Who was your favorite character? Let us know in the comments below!

#ShowsWeLove: The Strain

At a child’s birthday party all the adults I know usually clamor to one room, forfeiting the house to the dominant species…The Children.

Little Miss Jada’s 9th birthday barbeque was no different. My friend and comic book sensei also happens to be a professional grade chef. Our domain…the kitchen.

As always after several platters of food have been devoured by our offspring. Plastic cups refilled again, the nerdlings within steer our conversation to the latest movie trailer releases.

A few remakes later and we’re talking about Hulu. The streaming service offers a variety of cable programs currently on air. The Strain happens to be one of those shows.

I grew up reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Anne Rice (pick a book I’ve read it). So Guilermo Del Toro’s The Strain brings back a traditional sense of what a vampire was for me.

Set to the theme of a viral outbreak backed by an ancient evil, it’s a great show if you’re into zombie apocalypse shows. Just replace the zombies by semi cognizant vampires and you have a show that has spanned three seasons.

We follow Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, head of the CDC’s New York-based Canary Project, on the case of an airplane that lands with everybody on board dead. His team discovers a viral outbreak, very similar to that of vampirism.  As the virus ravages the city Goodweather, his team and a group of the city’s residents wage a war that could hold humanity’s fate in its hand.

Original a book trilogy, The Strain officially aired on July 13, 2014 with the fourth and final series airing Sunday, July 16th, 2017.

The show’s executive producers include Oscar-nominated writer Guillermo del Toro and Emmy-winning producer Carlton Cuse.

Have you seen The Strain? What did you think?

Thursday Writing Prompt


My grandfather’s warning echoed in my ears. The world had gone to shit, friend became foe and a stranger was at the door begging to be let in.

It’s taken our camp 2 weeks to completely bandit proof our refuge. When reports of the dead coming back to life started emerging we all thought it was a joke.

My grandfather had seen many outbreaks working as a scientist for the World Health Organization Should be given him insight.

Rowan Mercier, my grandfather, was a genius at deciphering causes for the spread of moat known diseaseases. Advising a dead person could be reanimated given the right conditions was a concept no one wanted to accept. 

He’d bartered his services for the safe keeping of myself and his children my mother and Uncle.  Sadly, my mother ended up being his first patient.

The stranger banged louder, there were no other sounds to be heard around him except for the chirping of insects.

An extra set of eyes had been trained on the new comer. He’d been covered in mud, clothes torn presumably by the trees that surrounded our safe haven.

We’d let him inside.

The door opened slowly leaving just enough room for the stranger to slip through. A fresh pool of blood dripped from a spot he’d been holding at his side. 

“Thank you, I was ambush…”

A loud pop rang out through the holding area. Someone had shot him. 

Commander Rheikford had pulled the trigger. 

“He’d been wounded out there, no need to bring that in HERE.” He’d walked away in silence.

Rheikford hadn’t even given us a chance to even look at him for signs. It was the beginning of the end for us all.