Sunday Post: July 20

rp_sundaypostmeme13.jpgThe Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

 

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Chihuly Glasshouse Sculpture 27 x 100 x23′

Last Week

 

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Seattle has been so much fun. We went to a movie, ate lots of seafood, had wonderful whole wheat cinnamon rolls for breakfast several days and saw Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. Seattle has a Gilbert and Sullivan Society which is 60 years old this year! They produce a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta every July. My husband and I really enjoy G&S so we try to come to Seattle to visit in July when we can!

Chihuly ball reflecting Seattle Space Needle
Chihuly glass ball reflecting Seattle Space Needle

We also went to the Space Needle in Seattle (built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair). We hadn’t visited for several years and planned to go up to its revolving restaurant. A lot of other people had that plan and there were no seats available so instead we ate at a restaurant at the base. Very good food and we had fun. Next door to the restaurant is the Chihuly Garden and Glass which we went to after lunch. It features the glasswork of Dale Chihuly. There are glass sculptures both inside and outside (mixed in with a garden). It is all fantastic!

Mille Fiori by Dale Chihuly  (reminds me of glass garden in Stolen Songbird) 10 x 58 x12'
Mille Fiori by Dale Chihuly (reminds me of glass garden in Stolen Songbird) 10 x 58 x 12′

Some of the glass pieces even reminded me of the glass garden in the book Stolen Songbird!

I managed quite a few posts this week which was great. I’m whittling away on my review backlog. Also I got another Saturday Shorts posted!

 Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

Break In by Dick Francis (audiobook)

Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron

Unhinged by A. G. Howard (audiobook)

What I read this week

Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa James

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

E-books & Audiobooks bought (or free)

Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron

The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan

Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis

And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake by Elizabeth Boyle

Audiobooks

The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Around the internet

  • Sync downloads

Sync is a site for young adult audiobooks. In the summer (beginning May 15 to August 20) they offer two free audiobooks each week.

July 17 – July 23

THE CASE OF THE CRYPTIC CRINOLINE by Nancy Springer, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Recorded Books)
THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES II by Arthur Conan Doyle, Narrated by David Timson (Naxos AudioBooks)

July 24 – July 30
HEADSTRONG by Patrick Link, Performed by Deidrie Henry, Ernie Hudson, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine and Scott Wolf (L.A. Theatre Works)
THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE by Robert Louis Stevenson, Narrated by Scott Brick (Tantor Audio)

Check out the entire Sync schedule.

  • Amazon’s new Kindle program–Kindleunlimited

Jane @Dear Author wrote about this new program this week and gives a good synopsis. I’m very tempted! What do you think?

I wish it was going to be part of Amazon Prime since that has increased in price. It will cost $9.99 a month. It doesn’t have any of the big publishers’ books so I’m going to have to get an idea how many books I would be interested in.

Next Week

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We’re on our way home on Monday. We had a great time in Seattle. I have another trip coming up at the end of the month so lots to do when I get home. I don’t usually travel this much. Some of the trips were last minute and some planned several months ago.

Posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Review: The Golden City by Danielle L. Jensen
  • Review: Splintered by A. G. Howard
  • Sunday Post

What books did you collect last week? What are you planning next week?

Saturday Shorts: Seattle & Snowpiercer

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My husband and I are in Seattle visiting his sister and her family. The weather is beautiful. We’ve seen Mt. Rainier everyday and we explore Seattle while everyone else has to work! We had lunch in a little neighborhood with about three blocks of shops, cafes and an old movie theater.

My husband noticed a movie was showing he’d read about–Snowpiercer. I hadn’t read or heard anything about it, but it sounded interesting when he talked about it…a train which has traveled around the world for 18 years with what is left of humanity. The poor people are at the back of the train trying to survive and the rich are at the front of the train living in luxury.

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Synopsis from IMDb:

Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.

Director: Joon-ho Bong

Starring: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Kang-ho Song

Chris Evans (The Avengers, Captain America) plays Curtis who leads the rebellion; Tilda Swinton is very good as a “minister” in charge of keeping order on the train, i.e., “everyone in their place.”

We don’t see movies in the theater very often so this was a treat. It was a weekday afternoon and we were two of the five people in the theater!

The movie is a post-apocalyptic class war on board a train! It has a bit of violence, but that didn’t bother me too much. I guess I didn’t feel too invested in the characters. I felt removed from them…as the first class passengers at the front of the train obviously felt. I enjoyed the movie. It ends rather ambiguously as a lot of science fiction does, but thought-provoking and entertaining.

In the movie we see the inside of only about 20 train cars, but the graphic novel has many more.

Adapted from a French graphic novel that took 30 years to translate into English.

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The first volume Snowpiercer, Vol 1: The Escape was published in January 2014 by Titan Comics.

I love the retro look of these images.