Showing posts with label Sunday Post. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sunday Post. Show all posts

Sunday, June 2, 2024

{Sunday Post} — Mountain of Mirrors, Pliable Truths, and Stargate

My Current Reads 

Once again, I'm in between books, though I did read the prologue to Friday the 13th: Mother's Day over a week ago. I placed bookmarks in multiple books, but I was on the fence about what to read next. I should probably read The Chaos Agent, but part of me wants to read Pliable Truths (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by Dayton Ward, which I just received in the mail yesterday afternoon. No, it's not an ARC; I ordered it from Amazon. I was supposed to receive an ARC, but my gallery contact has been MIA for several months. Sometime, I need to read ARCs of Extinction, Acts of Defiance, and Lost Birds. Also, I've added Freida McFadden's The Housemaid and The Housemaid's Secret to my current reading list. There's a third book coming out soon, so I'm wanting to read these two first.

Monday, May 27, 2024

{Sunday Post} — Act of Defiance, Micro Adventures, and You Like It Darker

Happy Memorial Day! 

Yep, I'm posting a late Sunday Post on a Monday. I was going to skip this week's post, but I have extra free time today; I'm writing it now. 

Song of the Week 

My Current Reads 

I'm nearly finished with Star Wars: The Living Ghost and should finish it tonight. Then I'm moving on to Argylle; I plan on reading it fast. These two loans are due June 6th. At the same time, I'm reading an old YA book, Friday the 13th: Mother's Day.

Stephen King is Back!

It should be no surprise to anyone that I picked up Stephen King's newest book, You Like It Darker. It's a short story collection; one of the stories, Rattlesnakes, is a sequel to King's 1981 novel Cujo. I'm a bit behind on King's recent releases; I might start reading You Like It Darker today and just read a story or two here and there. 

What's in the Mailbox?

I received a copy of the newest Jack Ryan novel, Tom Clancy's Act of Defiance, written by Andrews & Wilson (Brian Andrews and Jeffery Wilson). I believe "Act of the Defiance" is the first Jack Ryan story written by these authors. There's a submarine on the cover, and I love subs, so I can't wait to tread on this one.

What's New on the Bookshelf?

I'm skipping my weekly thrift store stop today because the store is closed for Memorial Day, and I probably won't go there again until next week, though you never know with me. However, I did buy quite a few books last week, all for a dollar. Yep, there was a $1 bag sale again. So I got everything for $1

Up first is a Doubleday jacket-less hardcover of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. It has a copyright of 1938, but no edition is listed. Rebecca is one of my favorite books; I now have four or five copies. 

I got a paperback of Preston & Child's Cemetery Dance. I thought I already owned the book; apparently, I didn't. I must've read it from the library. Also, I got a paperback of The Killing Game by Iris Johansen.

While I'm not the biggest fan of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, I got a July 1983 paperback edition—only because I liked the artwork on the cover. I got a 1980 tie-in edition paperback of Florence Engel Randall's The Watcher in the Woods. I've heard of it but never read it or seen either movie adaptation. Also, I grabbed an Archway paperback, The Greatest Monster in the World, by Daniel Cohen.

I found three Choose Your Own Adventure Paperbacks: The Mystery of the Chimney Rock (Special Book Fair Edition) by Edward Packard, The Abominable Snowman (Special Book Fair Edition) by R.A. Montgomery, and Mystery of the Sacred Stones by Louise Munro Foley.

From 1984 to 1985, Scholastic published a YA book series, Micro Adventures, created by Ruth Glick and Eileen Buckholtz, that combined adventure stories with computer programs. Each books have several short Basic type-in programs that can run on the IBM PC, PcJr., Apple II +, IIe, COMMODORE 64, VIC-20, ATARI 400/800, RADIO SHACK TRS-80 (Level 2 or greater), and RADIO SHACK COLOR COMPUTER. There were ten books published and four Magic Micro books. 

Guess what? I found nine books in the Micro Adventure series. The titles are Jungle Quest by Megan and H. William Stine, Million Dollar Gamble by Chassie L. West, and Time Trap by Jean Favors, Mindbenders by Ruth Glick and Eileen Buckholtz, Robot Race by David Anthony Kratt, Doom Stalker by Ruth Glick and Eileen Buckholtz, The Big Freeze by Jean M. Favors, Dead Ringer by Chassie L. West, and Spellbound by Megan Stine and H. William Stine.

I got five Goosebumps reprints with new covers released to tie in with the first Goosebumps movie. There's only one that I don't already own, Attack of the Graveyard Ghouls, first published in 1998 as part of the Goosebumps 2000 series. Unfortunately, the book had a few pages torn, and others were missing, which I realized later. I fixed the r pages with tape and will keep the book as a "placement" in my collection until I can find a better copy

The other books are One Day at Horrorland, The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena, Please Don't Feed the Vampire (Give Yourself Goosebumps), and Say Cheese and Die!

My favorite finds from this thrift trip are R.L. Stine's Fear Street: The Secret Bedroom and the novelization of Gremlins by George Gipe. Despite the cover damage, I was on a high when I came across the Secret Bedroom because I knew, for a fact, that I didn't have it in my Fear Street collection.
It's rare to find an 80s novelization in the wild, and Gremlins makes the fifth of my recent finds. Remember, I found The Terminator and three Knight Rider books a few weeks ago; I imagine Gremlins was part of the same donation. Oddly, I found Gremlins mixed in with the kid's books. The 1984 film is a horror film, not a kid's movie. Nevertheless, there were (and still are) plenty of Gizmo plushes marketed for kids. I still have the one from my childhood, though it's seen better days. 

Here's a fact: George Gipe also wrote the novelizations for Back to the Future and Explorers. Sadly, he died on September 6th, 1986, from a bee sting. Weirdly, my birthday is September 7th (five years earlier), and I'm also allergic to bees. 

I stopped by a different thrift store and got Max Brand's Smiling Charlie for fifty cents. At Dollar Tree, I bought Exile by James Swallow (this guy also writes Star Trek books) and The Mother Code by Carole Stivers.

New titles on my Kindle include Phasers on Stun! How Making (and Remaking) of Star Trek Changed the World by Ryan Britt, Nightmare Hall: The Silent Scream by Diane Hoh, Forever and a Day: A James Bond Novel by Anthony Horowitz, Supernatural: Bone Key by Keith R.A. DeCandido, Fire by Caroline B. Cooney, Brainchild by Andrew Neiderman, Immortals by Andrew Neiderman, Blood Spell by Janice Harrell, and The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories, Volume 4.

Other new titles on my Kindle are The Perfume by Caroline B. Cooney, The Vampire Promise: Evil Returns by Caroline B. Cooney, The Vampire Promise: Fatal Bargain by Caroline B. Cooney, Night School by Caroline B. Cooney, The Yearbook by Peter Lerangis, Driver's Dead by Peter Lerangis, The Dark Chronicles: The Calling by Barbara Steiner, Blindfolded by Diane by Hoh, The Photographer by Barbara Steiner, and The Photographer II: The Dark Room by Barbara Steiner.

Sunday, May 19, 2024

{Sunday Post} — Extinction, This Side of Hell, and The Shadow: Gray Fist

My Current Reads 

What am I reading? That's a great question. I finished reading V.C. Andrews's Chasing Endless Summer on Wednesday, and on Thursday night, I read Creepers: Mirror, Mirror by Edgar J. Hyde. (That's has to be a pen name!) I placed a bookmark inside Douglas Preston's Extinction (an ARC) and another inside a library loan, Star Wars: The Living Force by John Jackson Miller, so either one will probably be my next read. I have one other library loan, Argylle by Elly Conway (a penname for Terry Hayes and Tammy Cohen), and two other review reads, Mark Greaney's The Chaos Agent and Anne Hillerman's Lost Birds, that I need to get to soon. 

Sunday, April 21, 2024

{Sunday Post} — A Calamity of Souls, No Filter, and The Scottish Prisoners

4/20/24 - I had planned on having this post written, edited, and scheduled by this morning, but it seems Google was having some sort of issue with the Blogger platform and wasn't allowing me to work on drafts. The good news is that whatever the problem was seems to be fixed. 

I believe I jumped the gun a bit a few weeks ago when I said the KC Royals were playing just as badly as last year. This isn't true at all. After losing their first two games, the Royals pitching and hitting have improved a lot. They're currently in second place in the American League Central Division, just two games behind Cleveland with a record of 13-8. 

Sunday, April 7, 2024

{Sunday Post} — Creepers, Fear Street, and Are You Afraid of the Dark?

4/5/24 - Hello, bookworms! I have some exciting news to share. I have decided to revamp my 'Sunday Post' outings and created a brand-new banner, which you can see above. If you're wondering how I made it, I used an AI image creator instead of spending tireless hours creating it myself. I'd love to hear your feedback on the new banner, so please leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

{Sunday Post} — Alien: Enemy of My Enemy, Rogue Warrior, and Star Trek: Phaser Fight

The Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Kimberly hosts a weekly meme called "The Sunday Post"! 

* Weekly Tidbits *

  • Happy Easter! 

  • The Kansas City Royals have begun the 2024 season with two losses, continuing their losing streak from last year. Perhaps a new stadium will help them turn things around. LOL! 

Sunday, March 24, 2024

{Sunday Post} — End of Story, Final Option, and Goblin Monday

The Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Kimberly hosts a weekly meme called "The Sunday Post"! 

* Weekly Tidbits *

  • I'm back after taking a few Sundays off from blogging.

Sunday, March 3, 2024

{Sunday Post} — The Aquitaine Progression, Heroes and Monsters, and Three-Inch Teeth

The Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Kimberly hosts a weekly meme called "The Sunday Post"! 

* Weekly Tidbits *

  • The Royals won 13-12 against the Cleveland Guardians yesterday; it was a spring training game, but they still won. I believe their record is 7-3 so far. The season opener is on March 28th.

  • A big tree in the front yard got cut down. Yes, it was costly.

  • The temp was in the 70s on Tuesday until late afternoon; I believe the wind chill dropped to below zero during the early morning hours on Wednesday and snowed a little bit-melted by that afternoon. It's supposed to hit 80 sometime this afternoon.

  • Hopefully, the winter weather is over because I've already seeded the lawn.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

{Sunday Post} — Heinlein Paperbacks and Star Trek eBook Overload

The Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Kimberly hosts a weekly meme called "The Sunday Post"! 

* Weekly Tidbits *

  • Sorry for being late with this week's post; I've been under the weather the last few days and slept this morning.

  • I hope The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live lives up to expectations and isn't a complete bust tonight.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

{Sunday Post} — Did I Say You Could Go, I Am Spock, and The Teacher

The Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Kimberly hosts a weekly meme called "The Sunday Post"! 

* Weekly Tidbits *

  • Hooray! The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl last Sunday. Not so ecstatic following the players' excessive drinking during Wednesday's Chiefs parade and rally. Seriously, there were kids there; the players should be role models. Even worse, following the terrifying shooting at Union Station, Mahomes, Kelce, and a few other players threw a party that night. They could have at least held off for a few days, showing some consideration for the victims. (Full disclosure: I did not attend the event; I saw it on television, securely at home.)

Sunday, February 11, 2024

{Sunday Post} — The Girl from Widow Hills, Midnight on Beacon Street, and Somebody I Used to Know

The Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Kimberly hosts a weekly meme called "The Sunday Post"! 

* Weekly Tidbits *

  • Sorry, no tidbits this week.

Sunday, February 4, 2024

{Sunday Post} — Beneath Dark Waters, The Hunting Party, and Weaveworld

The Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Kimberly hosts a weekly meme called "The Sunday Post"! 

* Weekly Tidbits * 

  • This week, I managed to post three reviews, which is an improvement. This week, there will be more reviews.

  • Yippee! Next Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs will play in Super Bowl LVIII.

  • Believe it or not, until Friday night, I had never seen Taxi Driver.

  • I've been listening to Ozzy Osbourne all week.

Sunday, January 28, 2024

{Sunday Post} — Deep Strike, Heat 2, and The Lost Tomb

The Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Kimberly hosts a weekly meme called "The Sunday Post"! 

* Weekly Tidbits * 

  • I've started doing my laundry on Saturday mornings at the laundry mat. No, the plumbing isn't acting up again; I'm just not using the washing machine at home until the driveway or yard pipe gets replaced, which might take some time.

  • The KC Chiefs will attempt to win the AFC championship this afternoon; let's hope Mahomes doesn't screw things up.

Sunday, January 21, 2024

{Sunday Post} — A Kim Jong-Il Production, Blind Fall, and The Scarlatti Inheritance

The Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Kimberly hosts a weekly meme called "The Sunday Post"! 

* Weekly Tidbits * 

  • I didn't have a functional toilet or shower until Friday morning. That is how long it took to reach a plumber. Either they didn't return calls or texts or were booked. The plumber that did show up was the one I had hired last month. The problem is around fifty to sixty feet into the yard; I don't know if it's a movement in the ground, a tree root, or the cold. The plumber will return after he has his camera back from the shop, which is currently in the shop. Concrete is expensive; I hope the issue is in the yard rather than the driveway.

  • Do you not find it annoying when a doctor tells you that you will receive test results in 24 to 48 hours, but in reality, it takes 4 to 5 days? Anyway, the good news is that my father does not have a blood clot; he has cellulitis caused by some form of trauma. What trauma? Perhaps a vehicle accident on Thanksgiving Eve left him hobbling, but he declined to see an EMT. Stubborn? Yep! Meanwhile, he's taking a second antibiotic, which appears to be helping.

Sunday, January 14, 2024

{Sunday Post} — Lock Every Door, Lost Empire, and The Thinner

The Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Kimberly hosts a weekly meme called "The Sunday Post"! 

* Weekly Tidbits * 

  • Sewer problems, ice, snow, illness, and family crises characterized this past week.

  • My father is ill; he has an infection in his leg, which might be a blood clot. He's at home on antibiotics and needs to go to the hospital tomorrow for a test.
  • The worst of my cough, cold, or whatever ailment you want to name hit me on Wednesday night. The home test indicates that I do not have COVID. To exacerbate matters, I've been having issues with my wisdom teeth.
  • It snowed a lot—a lot more than what the so-called weather forecasters were predicting. Several big tree branches fell, but luckily, they didn't damage anything. 

  • On Tuesday, there was a power outage for a few hours. 

  • Tuesday was also the day when the toilets began to misbehave. Not for sure if it's a "city" problem, a frozen vent or pipes, or a partial blockage in the mainline. 

Sunday, January 7, 2024

{Sunday Post} — The Bad Weather Friend, The Law of Nines, and One Last Breath

The Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Kimberly hosts a weekly meme called "The Sunday Post"! 

* Weekly Tidbits * 

  • I've had a nasty cough and been sick for much of the week. It is only a cough; I don't believe it's COVID. 

  • Reading-wise, I'm not feeling it. 
  • Reviews will get posted as soon as I feel like it. Writer's block? To some extent, yes. 
  • I've been binge-watching Babylon 5

Sunday, December 31, 2023

{Sunday Post} — The Devil's Rope, Mission Critical, and Utopia

The Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Kimberly hosts a weekly meme called "The Sunday Post"! 

* Happy New Year! * 

What Am I Currently Reading?

I had a lot of things going on last week, so reading wasn't a high priority. When I did have time to read, instead of reading the books that needed to be read, I started Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child, which I'm currently on page 369 and should finish today.

Sunday, December 24, 2023

{Sunday Post} — The Extinction Agenda, Heart-Shaped Box, and The 6:20 Man

The Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Kimberly hosts a weekly meme called "The Sunday Post"! 

* Merry Christmas * 

  • So Christmastime is finally here, and I couldn't be less excited. I'm not exactly "bah humbug. "I just don't have the holiday spirit this year—I cannot explain it. 

  • I'll be having "Christmas" on Sunday, so whatever bookish gifts, if any, will be listed next week. 

  • I watched the Barbie movie on MAX. It sucked—the worst movie I've ever seen. 

  • The KC Chiefs play on Christmas Day. Let's hope they don't screw up.

What Am I Currently Reading?

Friday - Due to my holiday blues, running errands, and dealing with a sewer issue, I haven't had time to read all week. I did place a bookmark inside Losing Spring by V.C. Andrews (ghostwritten by Andrew Neiderman), but I haven't read a single word in it yet. Part of me wants to read Lee Child's Bad Luck and Trouble, a Jack Reacher thriller and the basis for the second season of Reacher, which just began on Amazon Prime; I might search for it on a bookshelf. Other books on my reading agenda are Tom Clancy's Command and Control by Marc Cameron and Making It So by Sir Patrick Stewart.

Sunday, December 17, 2023

{Sunday Post} — Babylon 5, Killing the Rising Sun, and Princess of Dune

The Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Kimberly hosts a weekly meme called "The Sunday Post"! 

* Weekly Tidbits * 

  • The week flew by far too quickly.

  • Given how bad they've been playing this month, let's hope the KC Chiefs win today.

What Am I Currently Reading?

My next two reads, probably my final reads of 2023, are Losing Spring by V.C. Andrews (ghostwritten by Andrew Neiderman) and Making It So by Patrick Stewart. 

Sunday, December 10, 2023

{Sunday Post} — The A-Team 5, Millennium Falcon, and Shotgun Johnny

The Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Kimberly hosts a weekly meme called "The Sunday Post"! 

* Weekly Tidbits * 

  • I caught a cold from a relative on Thanksgiving and have been under the weather. 

  • I had an unbearable toothache for several days. It turns out I was allergic to the toothpaste I was using. 

What Am I Currently Reading?

I'm reading Bladestay by Jackie Johnson, which I plan on finishing tomorrow because my review is due on the 13th for a blog tour. Then I'll move on to Ricochet, Losing Spring, and Making It So