Give Me a “B”, Give Me an “O”…

(’cause tags stink)

 

MY BLOG’S NAME IN BOOKS

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How convenient. All accreditation is right on the pix. 

 

 

RULES:

1) Spell out your blog’s name.(this is where you wish your blog’s name was shorter LOL)

2) Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter. (Note you cannot ADD to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your Goodread’s TBR)

 

BOOKSTOOGE PROCLAIMETH:

Goodreads is Evil. There is no getting around that. So, as an Avatar of Justice and Righteousness, with the cleansing flames of destruction roundabout me, I will choose books from my Calibre library that have the TBR tag.

And besides, Piotrek and Olag started the rule breaking FIRST! * points finger * Those cheating scoundrels!

 

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The Bear and the Serpent

Echoes of the Fall #2

Adrian Tchaikovksy

 

 

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Odysseus Awakening

Odyssey One #6

Evan Currie

 

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Old Tin Sorrows

Garret, P.I. #4

Glen Cook

 

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King of the Dead

Ravenloft #15

Gene DeWeese

 

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Shadow of what was Lost

Licanius Trilogy #1

James Islington

 

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The Terminators

Matt Helm #16

Donald Hamilton

 

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On the Steel Breeze

Poseidon’s Children #2

Alastair Reynolds

 

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cOunt to Infinity

Count to the Eschaton #6

John Wright

 

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The Great Hunt

Wheel of Time #2

Robert Jordan

 

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Escape from Olympus

Falken Chronicles #2

Piers Platt

 

 

Wow, with all those O’s, I feel like I’m a bowl of Cheerios or something!

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As it was, I didn’t have enough actual “O” books so I had to cheat! I hang my head in shame. Piotrek, Olag, can I join you in the “Cheater’s Corner”?

All of these books will be started within the next year or so. And it is wicked good I didn’t have to include my little byline: “Without a Good Book, Life’s Road is Hell”. My goodness, with that,  this post alone would probably push me over the WordPress storage limit with adding pictures for so many words.

Also, I think this might be a new record for me. Two (Tag) posts within 2 weeks? CRAAAAAAZY!

 

 

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JUSTICE LEAGUE TAG

Thanks to The Orangutan Librarian for putting this across my radar.

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE TAG

THE RULES:

I’m Bookstooge, I don’t follow the rules * spoken in gravely Christian Bale voice *

 

BATMAN: YOUR FAVORITE ANTIHERO

Elric of Melnibone. Because nothing says anti-hero like a drug addicted, broody sorcerer who killed his own love interest due to the machinations of his usurper cousin. 

 

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AQUAMAN: A BOOK OR CHARACTER THAT TURNED OUT TO BE BETTER THAN YOU EXPECTED (BECAUSE LET’S BE REAL, WE DID NOT EXPECT KHAL DROGO TO MAKE AQUAMAN COOL)

Edward Cullen.  I thought Twilight was going to be all girly and sappy but my goodness,  sparkly? I did not see that coming!

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WONDER WOMAN: MOST BADASS FEMALE CHARACTER (NOT NECESSARILY IN A PHYSICAL SENSE)

Anne Elliot from Jane Austen’s Persuasion.  When Anne went totally Rambo and geared up with the shotguns, you could have knocked me over with a feather!

(Most googled pictures of a female Rambo were not deemed appropriate for this blog)

 

CYBORG: FAVORITE SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL

Doom. Because the video game from 1993 will NEVER be surpassed.

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THE FLASH: A BOOK YOU SPED THROUGH

War and Peace. That baby only took me 6 months to get through. If that isn’t fast, I don’t know what is!

 

SUPERMAN: SADDEST CHARACTER DEATH (ALTHOUGH WE ALL KNOW THERE’S NO WAY SUPERMAN IS GOING TO STAY DEAD)

Moiraine from the Wheel of Time.  I cried because I knew she was never, ever, ever, EVER coming back. * very sad face *

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THAT WAS A LOT OF FUN- I TAG:

 

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A Random Tag

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A big thanks to Mr & Mrs NavigatingWorlds for tagging me last month. I kind of changed the name of the tag and whatnot, but I DID use their questions, so it’s all good.

 

1 ) You need a team of 3 people to help you overthrow an emperor. Which fictional characters would you recruit and why?

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Sorry guys, maybe next time

 

Superman. Pretty self-explanatory

Tisamon from Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Shadow of the Apt series. Awesome swordsman and willing to kill, where Superman isn’t.

Any character from a Terry Brooks’ Shannara book. They’d be the sacrifice so it didn’t seem as easy as it was.

 

2 ) What is the most surprising twist you have come across in a novel?

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The Mt. Dew for Losers

I can’t remember, honestly. I know there have been several times that a point of view was revealed to be a 180 from what the reader was led to expect, but no specific title springs to mind.

 

3 )You are hunting for a house to buy with your family. The only places available are Northern Westeros (north of the wall), Mordor, and Arrakis. At which location will you purchase a home?

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Another good read to own a condo instead

Arrakis. I’d be a rich water merchant and live in comfort in Arrakeen * wink *

 

4 ) If you had to attend a fictional school of magic, which one would you select?

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♪Oh, oh, it’s Magic♪  (the Gathering, that is!)

I’d take the one on one lessons from Kulgan in Raymond Feist’s Magician series.

 

5 ) You are the likable, but slightly useless, best friend to the main character. What one skill keeps you out of trouble?

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Not being afraid to piss in the woods. Nothing is scarier to Alpha Predators than the ferocious scent of a Bookstooge, especially a slightly useless one.

 

6 ) If you had to read every single book by one author, which author would you pick?

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Dickens, it’s whats for Dinner!

No contest. Dickens. There is a reason the man’s writings are “Classic”.

 

7 ) Which is the best country in the world?

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I didn’t choose the Yurt Life, the Yurt Life chose me

Kyrgyzstan Forever!!! Any country with a “K” and a “Y” AND a “Z” has got to be awesome.  And by the way, I see you, my secret Kyrgyztanian friend, lurking around.

 

8 ) You are on an epic quest to save the world. You can take either a phoenix, a dragon, or an old bearded man. Which do you choose?

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The Quest for the Bearded Kyrgyztanian

Dragon. I can BE the old bearded man.

 

9 ) Wine or beer?

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6 Mt. Dew cans worth of caffeine

Teetotaler here, so I’m going with “Energy Drink”, preferably VPX Bang.

 

10 ) You have struck it lucky and book blogging is your full-time pursuit but you need a co-author for your blog. Who do you choose and why?

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When you are as awesome as me, you’ll understand

 

Nobody. I explain why here:

A SuperSoldier, errr, Reviewer of One

 

 

Now I’m supposed to come up with my own questions and threaten you all with bad luck or something unless you do the tag in 10 days. 257197828688888277_ubpyo0cl_c1

 

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The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Feeling VERY contrary this evening. Hence my answers.

 

 

 

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT YOU DIDN’T LIKE:

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Oh yeah? Watch me!

 

 

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE:

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This is TOTALLY popular. Putin tried to have it banned but I read it anyway. I’m a real American Hero!

 

AN OTP THAT YOU DON’T LIKE:

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My feelings in general about such crap like “OTP”. I live in the real world…

 

 

A POPULAR BOOK GENRE THAT YOU HARDLY REACH FOR.:

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Besides “MHI”, Urban Fantasy doesn’t do it for me.

 

 

A POPULAR/BELOVED CHARACTER THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE:

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And I would too, in a heart beat!

 

A POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO:

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No, the Darkness that Comes Before is the shadow of the steamroller I’m driving right before I run this miserable sod over!

 

A POPULAR BOOK TROPE THAT YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING:

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Do NOT google “Bronies”. Trust me on this one!

 

 

A POPULAR SERIES THAT YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING:

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Because the Hunger Games was nothing but a bloody ripoff of the vastly superior Battle Royale.

 

THE SAYING GOES “THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE”, BUT WHAT MOVIE OR TV SHOW ADAPTATION DO YOU PREFER MORE THAN THE BOOK:

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Jurassic Toilet!

 

 

THE END

 

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SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD – Grumpy Cat Edition

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Orangutan Librarian tagged me.  So to show my happiness, I promised her I’d subvert the tag.  THAT’LL TEACH HER!!!!!!

 

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Let the subversion BEGIN!!!

 

 

WHO IS THE ONE PERSON THAT IS THE SUNSHINE CLOUD IN YOUR LIFE?

My brother. He plays Magic: The Gathering with me when nobody else will. What a jerk!

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DO YOU PREFER ALL HAPPY  SAD MOVIES, OR OCCASIONAL SAD ANNOYING MOVIES?

Movies are all evil. They take away from my reading time.

 

WHAT IS THE ONE FOOD THAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU HAPPY CRY?

Scrambled eggs with wheatgerm. My dad made this one weekend for us kids when Mom was away. I think we all cried. And I still remember the incident.

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WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE  RAINCLOUD ON YOUR BLOG?

All those commentors who leave words on my posts like deer poop! Ewwwwww.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE  WACKY “FUN SAD” DAY?

Being forced to have my picture taken with some group of people. People, grrrrrr….

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WHAT IS ONE THING YOU LOVE HATE ABOUT YOURSELF?

My hugely muscular body. Breaking through doorways because I don’t fit? Doesn’t endear me to many businesses.

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WHAT IS ONE THING YOU LOVE ABHOR ABOUT THE BLOGGING COMMUNITY?

All those followers who don’t like or comment. How am I supposed to tell them how wrong they are if they never comment?

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WHAT IS THE ONE BOOK THAT MADE YOU SMILE FROWN THE MOST?

The Grumpy Cat Book

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WHERE IS YOUR CORNER RECTANGLE OF SUNSHINE MISERY IN YOUR HOME?

On my Kindle Oasis.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOST LOATHED COLOR?

Puce. Nothing like blood and squashed fleas on your linens!

 

WHAT IS THE ONE MOVIE (OR DRAMA) THAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU HAPPY LAUGH MANIACALLY?

Diehard! Ol’ Hans falling off the building? Priceless!

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Consider yourself not tagged. You’re probably not Hard Core Enough to do this anyway.

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Brotherhood of the World Tag

Saw this tag over at ReactionaryTales. (Neither endorsement nor condemnation is implied by the link)

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I have NO idea why this tag is called this. It is rather pretentious and completely off point.  I think it would be better named the “Getting to Know You” tag or something.  I like ReactionaryTales’ questions though, so figured I’d stick in my 4 cents worth.

 

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You get a tin foil hat and you get a tin foil hat. EVERYBODY gets a tin foil hat!

 

 

1) Briefly explain your blogging style (where your favorite blogging spot/tools – as in, on the couch using your smartphone or something)

I like to call my blogging style the Way of Bookstooge’s Path of Total Enlightenment. Basically, I plop my butt on the couch, throw my lap couch onto my lap,

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and either select the latest book I have finished and start typing up the review, or I have had an idea from earlier in the day that I want to blab about and start typing that up. Either way, there is almost no forethought. It is setting free the artist within, the hidden zenmaster, the subconscious creator.  There are NO BOUNDARIES on my creative genius. “Look on my works, ye plebs and DESPAIR!”

My idea of planning ahead is typing up a post and scheduling it 24hrs in advance. No more than that.

 

2) How do you manage your blogging time including blog reading time?

When I get up at 6am on a work day, I grab a cold Bang

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300mg of caffeine. Now THAT gets your motor running!

and sit on the couch and take an hour to sip it, hence allowing for a continual intake of caffeine until I am motivated enough to get ready for work.

This allows me 60minutes to peruse ya’lls blogs. At least, those of ya’ll that aren’t too lazy to post overnight. Mondays and Wednesdays I have mens meeting and prayer meeting at Church, so I don’t get home til 7 or 8pm. Then I’ll spend another 60minutes catching up on the rest of you. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays I get home around 5pm, so it might stretch to 2-3hrs. I also use those times to write posts and read.  Saturdays I’ll catch up on posts in the afternoon, write if I feel like it or read. Sunday is pretty much open all day unless I’m playing Magic: The Gathering at the library in the afternoon. That still gives me all Morning and all Evening on Sundays. But I tend to catch up on any posts for that day before I write any of my own.

I follow about 60 people, as I found that more than that I can’t keep people straight. I also don’t follow people who don’t post regularly or SJW’s, as those people tend to raise my blood pressure and this is supposed to be fun.

 

3) Who is your most read author?

Be a good follower and please see my post, Bookstooge’s Most Read AuthorsEnlightenment is only a click away!

 

4) How did you come up with your blog name?

I had just come out of the Great Censorship Debacle at Goodreads in 2013. I had been physically threatened by indie authors and their fans, had my reviews hidden by GR because it didn’t conform to their vaguely worded and totally author and sales oriented terms of service and had gotten on the List of the StoptheGoodReadsBullies assholes. So I was not in the mood to use my real name or make my picture widely public.

I used Bookstooge because I had an old email address that used that term. I was just moving to Booklikes and their blogging platform allowed for more than just books but I wanted to concentrate on books, so Bookstooge it was. Once I created that identity, including my nifty Avatar,

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my alter-ego was born! I’ve spent the last 4 years solidifying Bookstooge as my online personna and now consider him me, or me him,  or us we (argggggh!!!)  when online. But don’t worry, my Psyche Isn’t Fractured, honest!

 

5) What keeps you blogging?

Several things actually.

Foremost is the knowledge that I read enough that I simply can’t remember all the plots and all the feelings and all the thoughts I’ve had for the over 3000 books I’ve read since 2000. So my blogging is a place where I can store my memories for retrieval at a later date.

Second, I like words. In fact, I have an amount of words that I have to write out on a daily or weekly basis. Its like having a fountain inside. Back before I got into blogging in ’04 or ’05, I used to write in a journal every night. So blogging is just an outlet for me.

Third, it is a great way for an introvert who literally can’t stand more than 6 people at once for more than an hour to interact with a large group on a regular basis. In fact, I feel like a Super Popstar every time a post gets more than 10 Likes or Comments.

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Bookstooge ON TOUR,  RAHHHHH!!!! 

 

I would like to thank Lashaan for perfecting the art of subliminal messaging within a post to create your own personal army.  Go forth and subjugate, my minions!

Feel free to answer these in the comments or do your own post if you like the questions.

 

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The “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire” Mystery Blogger Award

Yesterday Kelly tagged me in a post of hers for one of those Award posts. I politely thanked her and told her I had NO intention of doing it, because I’m me, and that means I’m contrary, at times, just because.

So here I am, 24hrs later, showing what a Liar I am. *insert very loud fire engine noises*

With that spirited intro, here we go!

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The Rules:

There are NO Rules! That’s why this is a Mystery. Who knows what the rules are?

 

Three Things About Me:

I am 7ft tall.

I’m totally a vegan.

I would rather poke out my eyes than sit on a couch all day, reading a book and listening to Enya. Ugh!

 

Questions From Kelly:

 

1) What is a book that you can read over and over again?

Space VampiresIt’s just SO smexylicious!!

2) What is your least favorite book you’ve read?

Probably Way-Farer by Dennis Schmidt. I hate that book so much I’ve read it at least 5 times, just to torture myself.

3) Where is your favorite place to relax and de-stress?

Work. Nothing relaxes me like a couple of feet of snow and sub-freezing temperatures!

4) What is your favorite thing to buy other than books?

Rockstar. I drink it by the gallon until my heart explodes from all the caffeine!

5) Coffee or tea?

I prefer the Blood of My Enemies. Zesty tangy drink with that great iron after-taste!

 

My Questions for Nominees: 

How many banks have you robbed?

Would you rather die by eating Mcdonalds fast food or drowning in someone else’s sweat?

Do you know our lord and destroyer, Saint Cthulhu?

Which torturous death would you give your dear old mum from the movie The Abominable Dr. Phibes?

 

My Best Posts: (I’m being Fo’Real, schizzle mcdizzle, on dis one!)

A Milestone

Night of Knives  (what?!  I have NO idea why to be honest)

I Will Make Them Cry

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I Nominate:

Nobody.

And if I see this post going around, I’ll hunt the perpetrators down like rabid kittens!

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Teeny little postscript:

Thanks Kelly. This was a lot of fun to twist around and I never would have done it if you hadn’t given me the initial push!

 

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