Friday, August 17, 2018

Weekly Reads (08/17/18)/Stacking the Shelves/Sunday Post - All in One Edition!


So it's kind of been  along week this week at The Farm. I had training Thursday which involved 3 hours on the road and thus, an 11 hour day basically.  Therefore since I'm tired, and since I don't have a huge haul this week, I decided to combine everything.

I did manage to get my refund back for the subscription box fiasco but it's bittersweet because the owner is basically picking and choosing and some good blogging friends have not been so lucky. I am still pressing on with my Better Business Bureau complaint in the hopes that it helps others and let's people know what a shady company it is.

We finished watching Season 1 of "Slasher" on Netflix and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.  Also, anyone else watching "Castle Rock?"  If so, have you been able to figure out what the heck is going on yet?  There's only 4 episodes left this season and I feel as clueless as I did after watching the first one.  We also streamed a new movie called "Patient Zero."  It's a zombie movie and stars Natalie Dormer (whom I love) and John Bradley so it felt like a Game of Thrones reunion of sort. 


I'm in progress of reading "Your Robot Dog Will Die" and "The Mouth of the Dark" and I'll be honest, the Tim Waggoner book is all kinds of weird - creepy weird and WTF weird.  I would love to finish one if not both this weekend.


And I really only added 2 books to my shelves this week.  Both are review books - "Strange 66" and "Snowhook."


So do you have any awesome plans this week and what did you add to your shelves.  Also, I have a new instagram account.  Right now it's pretty much dog photos because of #DogDaysOfSummer" but there will be books eventually to.  If you want, check us out there.


Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves or TBR piles, may it be physical or virtual.  This means you cans you cam include books you buy in a physical store, online, books you borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and of course, ebooks! The original meme was started over at Tynga's Reviews. And it now has a new co-host where individuals can link up as well - Marlene from Reading Reality.  Clicking on the book (or title) should take you to the Goodreads page.  I'm also now linking up with the Sunday Post which is hosted by Kimberly@Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Peanuts - Where Beagles Dare!

TITLE: Peanuts - Where Beagles Dare!
AUTHOR: Charles Schultz, James Cooper, Vicki Scott
PUBLISHER:  Boom-Kaboom!
PUBLISHING DATE: September 23, 2015

FROM GOODREADS: What's to Love: Remember those seasonal Peanuts animated specials that'd air during the holidays? If you're like us, you enjoyed those long-form stories, and you know what? We get the same satisfaction from our Peanuts original graphic novels, which also feature full-length stories. We've got a brand-new one in Peanuts: Where Beagles Dare!, and it comes out just in time for The Peanuts Movie! What It Is: Snoopy, the World War I Flying Ace, is on holiday in France but his leave is cut short when he's recruited for a top-secret mission. Snoopy must dodge his way through no-man's land, go deep behind enemy territory, and battle the Red Baron in the blackened skies above. Will Snoopy ever return home to quaff a few Root Beers with Woodstock and have dinner with Charlie Brown? Find out in this original graphic novel featuring Charles M. Schulz's beloved Peanuts characters and starring Snoopy!

MY THOUGHTS:  So this is another title I grabbed for my #DogDaysOfSummer challenge because even though I'm reading some longer length novels, I think it's also the perfect time for some fun.  And what says fun more than Snoopy?  In "Where Beagles Dare,"  Charlie has ordered Snoopy out of the house for the whole day because he is busy with something. So Snoopy is forced to rely on his imagination and take on the role of Flying Ace out searching for the Red Baron.  This is a fun graphic novel and not only do we get to see Snoopy in Action, but we also get to visit with some of his relatives - Spike, Olaf, Andy, Marbles and Belle.

This book is a must have for any Snoopy fans or collectors and I'm pretty sure anyone who loves Peanuts enough to pick it up will love this one too!

MY RATING: 4 PAWS

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The I, Dogbot Tag


This tag was created by La La @ La La in the Library for the Dog Days of Summer Challenge hosted by her and Jo @ Jo's Book Blog.

1.  HAVE YOU EVER WATCHED A MOVIE, TELEVISION SHOW, OR READ A BOOK WITH A ROBOT DOG CHARACTER? 

First there was C.H.O.M.P.S.

And then Dynomutt

And I just started "Your Robot Dog Will Die" which will have quite a few.

2.  IF YOU COULD ONLY AFFORD ONE CANINE ROBOT WOULD YOU CHOSE A SMALL AND SMART COMPANION, OR A LARGE LOYAL MACHINE THAT COULD HELP WITH HEAVY WORK AND GUARD YOUR HOME? WHY?

So I would chose a large loyal machine instead of a small one.  For starters, I have always loved big dogs and would want to continue that tradition (although I'd rather have one of each).  Secondly, I live in the third largest city in my state and feel a bigger one would be necessary for protection. Although I feel that a larger one would come with larger maintenance bills.  Hmmmm....

3.  IF YOU WERE GOING TO ORDER A COMPANION DOGGO-DROID WHAT ARE THREE THINGS YOU WOULD WANT TO MAKE SURE IT WAS PROGRAMMED TO DO?

Talking because come on, haven't we all wanted a talking dog?  Taking out the trash because I HATE taking out the trash and fetching because all work and no play and yadda yadda yadda.


4.  WOULD YOU PREFER YOUR K9 BOT LOOK LIKE A MACHINE, OR BE PADDED AND COVERED IN FAKE FUR TO LOOK LIKE THE REAL THING?

If I had a robot dog, I'd want it to look like a robot.  Otherwise, I think it could look really creepy.  I actually had a robot dog toy once and still do, but I'm not sure he still works.


5. WOULD YOU ORDER YOU DOGBOT TO LOOK LIKE ANY SPECIFIC BREED?

I know, many expect me to say boxer, but I have real dogs for that.  I would have to say Great Dane.  I've always wanted one and this way, I wouldn't have to feed it or clean up after the messes it leaves in the backyard - points Mr. Barb makes whenever I say I want one.


6.  WHAT WOULD YOU NAME YOUR DROID FRIEND?  WHY?

Bowie, because I've always wanted a dog named that but Mr. Barb isn't too keen about it.
My robot dog, mine choice :)

7.  IF YOU WROTE A SCIENCE FICTION STORY WITH A DOGGO DROID MAIN CHARACTER WHAT WOULD THE PREMISE BE AND WHAT TITLE WOULD YOU HAVE II MIND?

So the title would be "Robo Doggo" and it would be set in a post-apocalyptic world where a robot dog ventures out and rescues the remaining real canines and brings them back to a central location for care and repopulation.  Also, it would allow only good-hearted animal lovers to live and would terminate all others with lasers which shoot from its eyes upon first contact.

8. IF YOU, IN REALITY, COULD OWN A CANINE ROBOT, WOULD YOU?  WHY?

As much fun as it would seem, I'd probably say no.  I love so much about real dogs - their personalities, their quirks, their moods and their furry cuddles and kisses.  I would  miss all of with a robot dog.

If you want to do the Robot Dog Tag, feel free to do so and leave me a link so I can visit.  Also be sure to credit La La and link back to her blog.

Don't Go Into the Woods Buttons!

TITLE: Creature
AUTHOR: Hunter Shea
PUBLISHER: Flame Tree Press
PUBLISHING DATE: September 6, 2018

FROM GOODREADS: The monsters live inside of Kate Woodson. Chronic pain and a host of autoimmune diseases have robbed her of a normal, happy life. Her husband Andrew’s surprise of their dream Maine lake cottage for the summer is the gift of a lifetime. It’s beautiful, remote, idyllic, a place to heal. But they are not alone. Something is in the woods, screeching in the darkness, banging on the house, leaving animals for dead. Just like her body, Kate’s cottage becomes her prison. She and Andrew must fight to survive the creature that lurks in the dead of night. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

MY THOUGHTS:  I can probably say that I've reviewed more Hunter Shea books on my blog than any other author and for good reason.  One, the man's writing is prolific.  I seriously don't know how he finds the time to write so much.  Two, he writes such action-packed creature features which are always fun.  However, I had a feeling when I picked up "Creature" that I was in store for something outside of the norm.  And I can honestly say that what I read solidified Shea as one of my favorite three horror writers.

"Creature" starts out introducing us to Kate, her husband Andrew and their beagle Buttons.  I have to mention Buttons because that little dog was the cause of much anxiety for me throughout the whole book.  Anyone who reads a lot of horror knows pets don't stand a fighting chance.  Kate is seriously ill and has been for years, suffering from an autoimmune disease and everything else it triggers.  Andrew works hard to provide for the family and care for Kate.  Wanting to something special, he takes a three month leave of absence and rents a cabin in the Maine woods as a surprise for Kate.  Little do they know when they arrive, something else is waiting for them.

I found "Creature" to be a very character-driven book.  I loved Andrew and how hard he worked to take care of Kate.  I also loved that he certainly wasn't perfect.  I also loved the relationship between Kate and Andrew.  It clearly was forged from love and adversity.  We also get to meet Kate's brother and his wife and they are a fun addition to the horror in the woods.  I must also say that Shea did a good job of making the woods/cabin a character in and of itself.  Especially since it takes some time for the reader to put all the pieces together.

"Creature" does provide plenty of action in the end and once again, Shea is not afraid of blood and gore.  However, this book carries so much more.  If you are going into it expecting Shea's creature-feature type books, then you might be disappointed at first.  However, give it a chance because you might find a horror that is much more scarier - real life. 

RATING: 5 PAWS



BOOKER T's THOUGHTS:  Dear Andrew and Kate,  please keep that darn beagle Buttons on a leash.  He caused my Mommy much anxiety and I simply do not appreciate it.  Dear Buttons, you are a fine dog and can hang out with me and Cass anytime, but we are never visiting your cabin.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (170) - The Dog Days of Summer Edition


Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.



FROM GOODREADS: The hilarious and heartwarming memoir of Miranda and her life changing dog, the inimitable and most lovable Peggy. Hello dear book browser and welcome to Peggy and Me. The story of my life since getting a beautiful Shih-Tzu Bichon Frise cross puppy (I call the breed a Shitty Frise - fun) in the form of Peggy. Some of you may be thinking: "a book about a dog, how totally brilliant, I need hear no more, I'm sold." In which case we should be best friends and go out to tea together, every day. Others of you may be thinking: "a book about a dog, how totally mad, she must have officially lost it." In which case I completely understand. For I once viewed dog owners with much suspicion. The way they obsessively talk about their dogs often using voices for them to reply; the way they have a light covering of dog hair all over their clothes and sofas; and worse, an alarming comfort and ease around excrement. But I now get why people become so mad about their hounds. It wasn't instant love I have to admit. Getting a puppy when I was at a low ebb in my life wasn't easy - there was a lot of challenging, what I call, dog administration (dog-min), and the humiliating first trip to the vet still haunts me. It's been a bumpy old road, but Peggy has been lovingly by my side through some life changing moments and I wouldn't have coped without her. Most surprisingly she has taught me a huge amount - not how to get an old pie packet out of a bin and lick it (I could already do that), but real lessons about life and love and trust and friendship. Put aside any doggy reservations and come walkies with Peggy and me...

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  First of all this book sounds hilarious.  Secondly, I love books about dogs rescuing people.

WHAT BOOK CAN'T YOU WAIT FOR THIS WEEK???

Action Lab Vol. 1 - Dogs Days of Summer Review

TITLE: Action Lab Vol. 1
AUTHORS: Vito Delsante, Scott Fogg, Rosy Higgins & Ted Brandt
PUBLISHER: Action Lab
PUBLISHING DATE: September 7, 2016

FROM GOODREADS:  For five years, readers have looked at the Action Lab Entertainment logo and wondered, -Who IS that dog with the jet pack?- Wonder no more! The story you never thought would be told is now an ongoing monthly title as ACTION LAB, DOG OF WONDER, comes to comic book shelves everywhere! With art by the PRINCELESS: RAVEN, THE PIRATE PRINCESS team of Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt and a story by STRAY co-creator Vito Delsante and newcomer Scott Fogg, this is the title for young and old alike!

MY THOUGHTS:  I was looking for some cute quick dog reads on Hoopla and discovered this graphic novel.  I couldn't resist and before you knew it, I had devoured Volume 1 of Action Lab.  This book contains the first three issues of the comic which introduces us to our characters as well as explains why Action Lab is one of the best heroes out there.  

This story is set in Canaan City and Action Lab runs a dog rescue helping fellow canines scheduled for euthanasia at the local pound.  Along the way, he send positive messages about dog adoption, caring for pets and pet overpopulation.  He even talks about certain breeds which are misunderstood.  Each issue within the graphic novel features a question and answer section about dogs which would be a perfect way for parents to introduce young ones on the many facets of dog responsibility.

I don't know if I'm going to be able to locate any future issues of Action Lab but if I do, you can bet I'll be reading them.




MY RATING: 5 Paws (for cuteness as well as the message it delivers!)



Make sure you check out all of La La's and Jo's Dog Days of Summer posts and activities!


Monday, August 13, 2018

TTT - Favorite Bookish Websites or Bloggers (not)

The top 10 weekly meme used to be hosted by The Broke and the Bookish they  handed over the reins to ThatArtsyReaderGirl who can be found HERE.  Each week she will focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading. 


This week's topic is favorite bookish website or bloggers.  I've done at least 3 posts on blogs I love and to be honest, I'm grateful for each and every person that visits me and love discovering their blog so I'm not going to do that.  Instead, I'm going to share with you my top 5 favorite reasons for blogging!


 I love meeting new people! I think it's great that through the internet I've been able to meet so many wonderful people from so many places.  Blogging has helped me make some wonderful connections all over the world.

It's a great way to discover new books! Who am I kidding, it's also a great way to discover old books and sometimes even discover books I own and have forgotten all about.

The blogging community is full of wonderful people!  It's so nice to put up a post and then a day or so later see how many people have commented.  Seriously, people worry when the pups or Mr. Barb is ill, they comment on all my family drama, and I think for the most part, they enjoy my reviews and thoughts on books.  Thank heavens my blog has been drama free (and I hope it stays that way), which is so refreshing when life gets messy!

I'm always learning new things! So I've learned how to make some graphics (although I still need help), link youtube videos, interact on Twitter and heck, I even just started an instagram account (although I'm still HIGHLY challenged on that end).  

I've gotten to interact with some really cool authors!  I never guessed when I first started blogging that I would end up interacting with so many great authors.  I've had some wonderful guest posts on The Farm and have had several authors respond on Twitter and Goodreads.  Heck, some even reach out and think to email me copies of their new books prior to their release.  

And finally YOU!!!