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Top Ten Tuesday – Binge Worthy Shows

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Binge Worthy Shows

I am not so interested in writing my own list this week, as I am in seeing everyone elses lists. I don’t think I have done a list like this before with everyone else, so I am really interested in seeing if the people I know have similar book tastes have similar TV show taste as well! This list is in no particular order, and I am going to try and limit it to things that have just come out or are coming out soon.

1. Disenchantment on Netflix. I have completed all of this already and I enjoyed it. I don’t think it has reached its full potential yet, but I can see great things to come. If you like a darker Simpsons/Futurama then you will like this.

2. The Good Place on Netflix. About a girl who was supposed to go to hell or the bad place but ends up in the good place and chaos ensues. I wont say more, but this is just an awesome show. I can’t wait for the next season.

3. The 100. The show can be really messed but, and the latest season wasn’t the best, but god I love it. Its not one you want to do one episode at a time.

4. Game of Thrones. Yes, I know this didn’t come out this year and I don’t get more till next year, but I feel robbed by this skipped year and I hate it! I can’t wait to see how they end the series.

 

 

 

 

5. Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia. This is my households ‘family’ show. Myself, my partner, and our two housemates all get together on its release days and watch it. Safe to say we really enjoy it.

6. Shameless (US). Not to be mistaken with the UK one, which I cannot stand. I may be a season behind on this show (maybe) but when I watch it I fly through it.

7. Criminal Minds. Again I may be behind, but once I have a good amount of the show to watch I just sit and watch it until there is no more. I have watched the whole series more than once.

 

 

 

 

8. Modern Family. A nice more light-hearted show to watch between all the serious. Its one of my favourite break moments when it comes out.

9. South Park. For those who like that kind of thing, it can have some really funny moments.

10. Iron Fist on Netflix. I don’t know if I would binge watch this, but its the only other thing coming out that I like to sit back and watch.

 

 

 

 

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Till Next Time. . .

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Movies/TV Shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

My Top Ten Favourite Movies/TV Shows

What? No books? Okay then… It will be nice to see some other stuff I suppose. This make it so much harder though! Too many options! Since I will be here all day if I have to think about EVERY SINGLE OPTION, I am breaking my list in half and listing my top 5 of Anime and Documentary movies/shows.

Anime

1. Princess Mononoke – It was a random find in a video store, and it has held its place as one of my favourite movies ever since then.

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2. Vampire Knight – Random youtube find. You should all know how I feel.

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3. Elfen Lied – Some asked me to sit and watch this with them without telling me anything about it. I was hooked from the first scene.

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4. Ouran High School Host Club – Adorable and so so funny. Very girly.

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5. Nana – Very sad and tragic real life kind of story. So amazing.

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Documentary

1. The Zoo: Melissa Doyle – I have season 1 and 2 and just discovered 3 and 4 while looking for a picture so guess what I am about to buy! LOVED this series.

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2. Nature’s Miracle Babies: Martin Hughes-Games – If you want cute animals go watch this.

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3. The Life of Mammals: David Attenborough – Or pretty much anything by him. His voice narrates my thoughts when I think about animals.

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4. Animal Cops – Not really a doco, more reality but I will chuck it in anyway. The very first version (I dont remember which one it was now) wasmy favourite but I still like them all.

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5. Arctic Tale – Follows the story of two different animal families in the Arctic.

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There you have it. Sorry for the late post I thought I had scheduled this but apparently not!

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Book Review – The Returned

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Title: The Returned

Author: Jason Mott

Genre: Fantasy,Paranormal

Length: 338

Rating: 4 Star

Prequels Review

TV Series Review

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Description/Synopsis:

Jacob was time out of sync, time more perfect than it had been. He was life the way it was supposed to be all those years ago. That’s what all the Returned were.

Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they’ve settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time … Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.

All over the world people’s loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening, whether it’s a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he’s their son. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.

With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

Trailer for the TV series based on the novel can be found here.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I saw the trailer for the series late last year/early this year and instantly looked up the book because the story was so interesting! Since the first episodes started being aired I thought I best get on a read it. And just so you all know, this review may be a bit spoliery and I am not going to comment on that fact later on in this review. I will try to leave out as much as possible, but this is one of those things where it gets hard to talk about things without giving away anything.

Other than what I saw in the trailer for the series I had no idea what I was in for when I entered the book. I didn’t read the description or anything. What I got was a story about being brought solace or closure.

This story is about our world but with one giant difference. The dead are returning from the grave and are popping up all over the world in the thousands. This is what happened to our main characters Harold and Lucille’s son Jacob who drowned in a river at his birthday party 1966, only to show up on their doorstep decades later when Lucille and Harold are now old but Jacob remains the same as they last saw him. This also happened to another family of the same town, who were all murdered one night and the murderer was never found.

As you would imagine the world doesn’t really react well to people everyone thought was dead popping up with no explanation, especially in our small town Arcadia where the murdered family that was the darkest point in their towns history come back and the issue was never solved. Government agents form a faction to help return what they are calling The Returned to their homes and try and keep the order and find answers, but that order soon falls apart. In Arcadia and then in other parts of the world the government forms detention centres and starts capturing The Returned and some True Living people who wouldn’t let them be taken without them are sent in the thousands. All the while, some people are holding riots and killing The Returned because they are scared out of their minds about them being back. People on all sides die.

I view reading this story much like holding my breath. The longer you old it the more pressure you feel but when you finally let your breathe out you are relieved that the pressure is gone but the whole process was kind of anticlimactic. The story starts off slow, and continues to be slow. At the end when riots happen is picks up its pace a little but it doesn’t really give you the rush you would expect from so much build up. Even at the end when most of the ‘destruction’ happens, there wasn’t really anywhere else the story could have gone so its still not a ‘big ending.’

But this story isn’t about the drama or action. Its about the struggle that people went through after their loved ones lives ended, and the continuous and sometimes more difficult struggle they go through then they come back into their lives. For our murdered family to me they came back to make sense as to why what happened to them happened. For Harold and Lucille its about loving and letting go, and it is their end in this book that had my eyes welling up threatening to spill over.

I don’t know how this child, this second Jacob, came to be. But honestly, I don’t care. He’s given us something we never thought we could have again: a chance to remember what love is. A chance to forgive ourselves…

…Love him. Then let him go.

It was a really touching ending that I hadn’t seen coming. From the looks of the trailer for the series they are taking it in a bit of a different direction so I will go just as blindly into that and see how they take things and get back to you all with a review. I have no idea how I will review a tv series, but I suppose we will see? Perhaps the entire season at once.

I don’t think this is a book many people will enjoy, the lack of much happening will be a turn off. But if you want just a nice story with a different twist on coming to terms with things then I think this would be something for you.

Till Next Time…