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review 2019-03-21 20:35
And Spike wrote this...
[ Spike: Into the Light Marsters, James ( Author ) ] { Hardcover } 2014 - James Marsters

James Marsters penned this, but it doesn't really make sense to me to have this set in season seven, although maybe I'm misremembering the series.   I didn't like season seven much so I haven't seen it in a while. 


Anyway, I was disappointed in how short this was, in the lack of character development and the storyline.   The art was fun, and Spike was pretty Spike, so it's not like I hated this.  I'd just hoped for more, especially because I was so pleased with Marsters' writing in the Spike and Dry one-shots.

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review 2019-03-21 20:10
Hexwood by Diana Wynne Jones
Hexwood - Diana Wynne Jones

It was such a pleasure to find a Diana Wynne Jones book I hadn't read yet, and better yet have it be a great one.


'Hexwood' must be one of Jones' most complicated plots. The non-sequential narrative and the grand re-interpretation of English myth reminded me of 'Time of the Ghost' and 'Fire and Hemlock'. As intricate and challenging as those novels were, Jones outdoes herself with this one.


Hexwood Farm is an English housing estate. Anne, recovering from a long illness, notices several people going through the gates of the old farm that gives the development its name but no one coming out. She takes a walk in the small wood bordering the farm and discovers deeper mysteries going on. A skeletal man coming out of a box convinces her to shed blood and create a child in the forest to defeat his enemies, A mechanical man is found in the woods near the impossibly ruined remnants of the farm she knows perfectly well still stands. Anne continues to make it home in time for meals, time in the wood behaves strangely. The boy sometimes older, sometimes younger. He remembers conversations that she hasn't had with him yet.


The source of this peculiar behavior is a device called the Bannus. An ancient machine brought to life by a bored maintenance worker, it was in storage for the distant, galaxy-ruling Reigners, who have control over powerful magic and resources. They are cruel and will stop at nothing to reverse what the Bannus has put into motion. Anne and her friends are at the center of this conflict and the field cast by the Bannus seems to grow wider and wider.


The motives of the Bannus and how it all works out is one of the more ingenious elements of this plot. Without giving anything away, the plot reveals that every character in this book is more than what they seem and nothing in it happens without a reason. This book needs closer study than what people would expect from teen sf. Jones was one of the few people who could and did write for a sophisticated younger audience.


While many elements in the book seem chaotic, there is a hard-wired logic to the world that Jones created here. It is a struggle of powers, of mythology, of morality, and a considerable amount of blood and violence. Jones did not shy away from the darker elements of fantasy, but this may be her darkest work.


Forgive me if I'm rambling, the last few days have been spent in bed with a fever, headaches, and this book, and 'The Darkest Road' were my respite from that monotony. As of writing this on Monday night I'm not out of the woods myself. But trust me that this books greatness was no fever dream. There are twists and turns and King Arthur and galactic rebellion.

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review 2019-03-21 20:05
Not crazy about the storyline, but not a deal breaker
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (2015-) #40 - Brandon Montclare,Natacha Bustos

Not even worth knocking off half a star, because this is still fun.   I'm just more confused as to what's happening with Nightmare and the whole bad dream thing, which is just slightly frustrating.  The characters are nailed, the art is wonderful and seeing Doctor Strange, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur all together is wonderful.

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review 2019-03-21 19:38
Avengers: No Road Home (2019) #3 (of 10) - Yasmine Putri,Jim Zub,Al Ewing,Mark Waid

So to be fair, I've read four and skimmed through five at a store by now.  I just don't feel the need to go on: there's not enough Rocket and Vision, aka the reasons I bought this in the first place. I may eventually go back and read it, but right now I don't have the patience for this.   Not a bad storyline, but...

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text 2019-03-21 13:49
Reading progress update: I've read 264 out of 912 pages.
The Fires of Heaven - Robert Jordan


I should be finishing up Five Red Herrings.  I'm so close to being done.  But to do that I would have to go get it out of my work bag and The Fires of Heaven is sitting right by my reading chair.  Once I've picked it up, there's no changing books!  I'm sucked right in.

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