Top Ten Tuesday – November 28: Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

1) Iron Gold by Pierce Brown, expected publication: January 16th 2018. This is my most anticipated book. I am going to reread the trilogy beforehand and go to the book signing in NYC!


2) Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. I think I will read the hardcover and listen to the audiobook.


3) The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst. Picked this one up at Book Con 2017. It’s one of many on that Book Con pile.

4) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I plan to listen to the audiobook. I already have it downloaded. 52 hours though…

I have been on a roll with the books I got from NYCC 2016. Almost done with that pile. I want to keep the momentum going with these 2017’s NYCC books:
5) Age of Myth The Legends of the First Empire No.1 by Michael J. Sullivan
6) Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
7) Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn
8) Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins
9) Year Zero by Rob Reid
10) After On by Rob Reid


Good luck to me!

Complete List of Books from New York Comic Con 2015

Hounded, by Kevin Hearne – free giveaway
Star Wars Tarkin, James Luceno – free giveaway
Bones Never Lie, Kathy Reichs – free giveaway – gave to  a friend
The Shadow Revolution: Crown & Key, Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith – free giveaway
City of Stairs, Robert Jackson Bennett – free giveaway
City of Blades, Robert Jackson Bennett – free giveaway – Uncorrected Proof, on sale January 2016
Admiral, Sean Danker – free giveaway – Uncorrected Proof, on sale May 3, 2016
Playing With Fire, Tess Gerritsen – free giveaway – Advanced Read Copy, on sale October 27, 2015
The Last Days of Magic, Mark Tompkins – free giveaway – Uncorrected Proof, on sale March 1, 2016
Star Wars Character Encyclopedia – trivia prize
Neverminds 1-4, Rich Bernatovech, Jamie Fay – $20 – SIGNED
Sentinels Anthology Volume 2, Rich Bernatovech, Luciano Vecchio, Jamie Fay – $15 -SIGNED
The Untamed, Sebastian A. Jones, Peter Bergting, Darrell May – $32, SIGNED
The Mirror King: An Orphan Queen Novel, Jodi Meadows – spin and win prize, Uncorrected Proof, on sale April 2016
In the House of the Wicked: A Remy Chandler Novel, Thomas E. Sniegoski – free giveaway


New York Comic Con – Sunday, October 11

This will be a brief recap. I didn’t take any notes, only some photos. And two of my panels conflicted with each other.

First thing when sister and I arrived was get our Main Stage room bracelets for Sleepy Hollow. That way we can enjoy the con but have a bracelet for the panel at 4PM.

In the Empire Stage room starting at 1PM was the WB Television slot, featuring Gotham, Legends of Tomorrow, Blindspot, Supergirl, and Person of Interest. We got there before the WB panel and saw Minority Report. They showed an entire unfinished episode (no CGI) then there was a q&a. That was cool.

Of course for the WB panel they didn’t present the shows as it is written in the description. They saved Gotham for last, which we had to choose between Gotham and Sleepy Hollow. We left to see Sleepy Hollow because I heard Tom Mison would be there.

One show at a time though.

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New York Comic Con- Saturday, October 10

Continuing my NYCC recap more than a month later. I have been so busy and this will be a very short version of what I was going to write. I misplaced some notes and the ones that I do have are pretty messy. I was writing in the dark on scrap paper. I’ll try to make some sense of them.

First panel of the morning was for Into the Badlands. My sister told me about the show. She is a big fan of Sarah Bolger (The TudorsOnce Upon a Time) and she is playing Jade on Into the Badlands, Sarah was not at NYCC for the panel, but we wanted to check it out to learn more about the show.

A mighty warrior and a young boy search for enlightenment in a ruthless territory controlled by feudal barons.

Opening introduction: (narrated by Aramis Knight/M.K.):

“The wars were so long ago nobody even remembers. Darkness and fear ruled until the time of the barons, seven men and women who forged order out of chaos. People flocked to them for protection. That protection became servitude. They banished guns and trained armies of lethal fighters they called Clippers. This world is built on blood. Nobody is innocent here. Welcome to the Badlands.

Left to Right: Emily Beecham (The Widow), Aramis Knight (M.K.), Orla Brady (Lydia), Marton Csokas (Quinn), Daniel Wu (Sunny and executive producer), Stephen Fung (executive producer)

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New York Comic Con 2014 – Sunday, October 12

Got a bit of a late start. After packing everything up and leaving the luggage with the concierge we got to Javits around 11am. First thing we did was get wristbands for Sleepy Hollow. Just as I thought, there was no reason to be there at the crack of dawn; there were plenty of wristbands left and we didn’t have to wait on line. It took two minutes to get them.

So until the afternoon we roamed the exhibit hall and artist’s alley.

My luggage and carryon was already so full and heavy with books that I had to stay away from the publishing booths, but I picked up only one book. It’s an ARC of Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton.

I stared reading it that afternoon when I was waiting on the Sleepy Hollow queue. Here is a description and my review:

For readers of A Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games comes an epic new series.

The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor. As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world. And she’ll be with the boy she loves–who’s also her best friend.

But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes. Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.

And now it’s too late to walk away.

It was an enjoyable read. The world building was well done. It is very much secluded to their world though. I often wondered if the consequences of the Seekers’ actions in the world would come back and have a bigger impact on the whole of the story. It was briefly mentioned in passing, but this is the first book of a series and so it is possible that we’ll see the repercussions of that night on global scale.

The start to developing the characters was good. They have a mix of strength, determination and flaws. You certainly understand their motivations. I liked that it was told from different point of views. I must say though that that love triangle was weak, especially on Quin’s part. Some of her feelings came on too suddenly.
Maud was my favorite character. I found her and her history to be the most interesting of all.

It is described as “For readers of A Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games comes an epic new series.” It is a very tame GoT (the PG-13 version).

The action was good, however, some parts lacked suspense. I put the book down for a week around the beginning of part three. Also, and maybe it’s not fair to judge too harshly since it is an ARC, but it did get repetitive about the time jump. It got to a point where I would think to myself how many times in a chapter will we be reminded that some time has past? I lost count.

Although I lost some motivation to continue reading, I did finish and it has interested me enough to see what the next book brings to the story.

3 out 5 athames

In artist’s alley I bought this print of Padmé Amidala from Jason Palmer:

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My sister and I looked through his portfolio and he has many great drawings from different fandoms. Here are several examples:


Next time I’ll get the one of Arrow.

Victoria asked if he does any commissions and he said he does not at the moment because he is so busy.

Sleepy Hollow
Sunday, October 12| 3:00 PM-4:00PM| Main stage 1-D

The guest speakers were: actors Orlando Jones, Lyndie Greenwood, Sakina Jaffrey; and producers and writers Len Wiseman and Alex Kurtzman. 

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New York Comic Con 2014 – Saturday, October 11

Started out the day by first going to Stephen Amell’s autographing table. He’s really nice and as gorgeous in person as on TV. I really didn’t say anything awe inspiring. In fact I made a joke that I was repeating what the woman ahead of me already said (as well as hundreds of other people) that I loved the Season 2 finale fight between Arrow and Slade. The choreography and the editing was edge-of-your-seat thrilling. Stephen said it’s a fan favorite and that he wishes they put a “making of” feature on the DVD. I hinted that they can do so for a special edition box set.

As I was talking to Stephen, the volunteers or security pointed out to my sister that the man with the baseball cap standing behind Stephen was Colin Donnell (Tommy Merlyn). More about him later.

Today I wore most comfortable cosplay ever – a Hogwarts student uniform. I wore my Hufflepuff tie and pullover sweater with a black skirt, stockings and shoes. I brought Hermione’s wand with me. I have another that I bought at Universal Orlando, but Hermione’s is the prettiest.
My sister and I also participated in NY Harry Potter Meet Up group’s photoshoot. It was a lot of fun. We posed in different group shots: as a whole, different houses, humor battle scenes, etc.

After the Harry Potter photoshoot we got some snacks and went to the queue for the Empire Stage. My friend, Nikki, was already inside and had been most of the day. She worked her way up to the front row. My sister and I got into the room during the panel right before Stephen’s. It was for a show called Powers and honestly the only thing about that got my attention was that Eddie Izzard was there.

Stephen Amell Spotlight
Saturday, October 11|4:30-5:30|Empire Stage

All thanks to Nikki, we got front row seats. 😀 I got some awesome photos and at some points made eye contact with Stephen.

So this was the weekend right after the season 3 premiere aired. Stephen said the first thing he asked the producers after he read the script was, “Are you sure?” Sara was a well developed character and Caity Lotz will be missed. 😦

Coming up there will be crossover episodes with The Flash. 1×08 of The Flash is called “Flash vs Arrow”. Stephen joked it should be reversed, purely for alphabetical reasons. 3×08 of Arrow is called “Brave and the Bold”.

Most of the panel consisted of questions from the audience.

When asked about what pranks John Barrowman has done on set Stephen said that when filming “Sacrifice” he was all chained up and wet. On the first take John gave him a purple nurple. *cringes* Ouch.

Stephen is dedicated and enthusiastic about Arrow. For Oliver and Felicity’s first date when he mentions she was chewing her pen, Stephen re-watched 1×03 for accuracy.

He also recalls other details and made suggestions. In the pilot Oliver easily breaks out of zip tie cuffs. When he is tied up by Slade during Moira’s murder, Stephen said they better really do it like Christian Grey bondage. LOL. Well, it wasn’t quite like that but he was bound up enough not to escape.

For the fall finale coming up Oilver fights two people while shirtless. There is something to look forward to. 🙂

On a less shallow note, Stephen did say that filming Moira’s death was the most difficult – emotionally.

This was such a funny question. Someone asked in the context of the show where do they get their superhero costumes? Is there a store? Do they know how to sew?
Stephen was silent for a moment, which ensued laughter from us, then said it’s “better left unexamined.” This then started a reoccurring question of where is Diggle’s costume?

Speaking of Diggle, he’s not a character from the DC comics. He’s an homage to Andy Diggle who wrote for the Green Arrow comic books.

When asked about other DC characters coming on, like Nightwing and Harley Quinn, they are restricted with Gotham being on TV. Instead of bringing in the big guns from DC, they’ll bring the niche characters. 

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New York Comic Con 2014 – Friday, October 10

Friday, October 10, 2014

Like at Book Con, the Main stage was cleared after each panel. To get in they gave out bracelets each morning, starting at 10, for each panel. I liked this system so much. It prevents people from staying in a room all day for one panel in the late afternoon. I wish they had done this last year. Then I could have seen the panel for Reign.

Victoria and I got our bracelets for the Elementary panel, then roamed the exhibit hall. My sister didn’t have a ticket for Thursday so I took her to see all the things I saw the previous day. The life size E.T. doll at NECA. The Hobbit figures at WETA. The Hallmark booth. We also went to The Colorful Geek booth. I bought a couple of more t-shirts.

I also have another shirt from The Colorful Geek that I bought several years ago that says “Mischief Managed”, and I have the Marauder’s Map. Vic and I should get red wigs and go as Fred and George one year. LOL


Elementary Panel and Exclusive Screening
Friday, October 10| 12:45 PM-1:45PM| Main stage 1-D

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