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review 2016-11-14 23:18
Wonder Woman (1986-) #9 - George Pérez,Len Wein,George Pérez

This Wonder Woman series is just absolutely amazing.   I'm loving how innocent Diana is, and how she doesn't allow the world to bring her down.   She retains her optimism: when light shines on greed and corruption, she uses her own inner light to banish it all. 


How timely a message!


In this issue, The Cheetah is introduced - or perhaps reintroduced - as a nemesis.   She's strong, sleek, powerful and purely a predator.   She's hunting Diana, both as the Cheetah and in her civilian identity, but in different ways.   The human uses lies to lure in Diana, and when she becomes the Cheetah she literally, physically hunts Wonder Woman down. 


She's a chilling enemy, and yet one that Diana overcomes, as well.   Her time in Boston has come to an end, and although the woman she's been staying with - and her daughter - beg Diana to stay, she must go home to her mother.   As much as she wants to stay, she reminds them all that she has a family of her own. 


It's her time to go, and she does, with souvenirs of her time in man's world.   I"m eager to see where this goes next.  Love, love, love. 

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text 2016-08-10 01:11
Stand by the King, Stand by Your Brother
The Shawshank Redemption - Stephen King
The Body - Robin A.H. Waterfield,Stephen King
The Shining - Stephen King

When I received the incredible opportunity to meet Stephen King, I pondered for days beforehand about what to tell him, what I wanted to share with this man who had shared so much with me through his words.

And then I knew.

But If I were to get the words out in the moment, it had to be a just-us.


My husband went first. Then I stepped forward and King's eyes smiled into mine and held them. I leaned forward, the distance balanced between no one can overhear/this is special and I'm a crazy stalker who is going to bite off your nose. His eyes told me he understood. And then I told him.


I told him that "The Body", the novella that became Stand by Me, helped me, with every reread, with my delayed and complicated grief from my little brother's death. In the obvious ways at first, but, finally, as I aged--


through Chris, as he cried about wanting to go somewhere where no one knew him and start over (unable to shoulder my identity as the Older Bereaved Sister, wanting to drop it)


and as Chris, in the quoted scene below, tells Gordie that he is stuck in his grief, stuck thinking the wrong brother died, stuck in his anger, and that he has some writing to do.

King had looked down while I was explaining, to carefully sign my first edition of The Shining. When I got to that last specific bit, he finished, dropped the pen, and met my eyes again. His eyes were damp.


"I am so very glad," he said, "and so, so very grateful you were able to tell me."


We looked silently at each other for another moment. He slid me my book, and said, "What was his name?"




He nodded as a man does when he mentally puts something in his pocket. "Eric."




The movie came out when I was in high school, still in the middle of it, still trying to figure out the answer to the question about how many siblings I had. The truth--one but he died? Way to bum everyone out, Morticia. None? Betrayal. Just being tasked with that (tasking myself with it) ramped up the grief-anger. Perfect timing. This movie owns a piece of my heart, and I don't want it back.


Gordie: Fuck writing, I don't want to be a writer. It's stupid. It's a stupid waste of time.
Chris: That's your dad talking.
Gordie: Bullshit.
Chris: Bull true. I know how your dad feels about you. He doesn't give a shit about you. Denny was the one he cared about and don't try to tell me different. You're just a kid, Gordie.
Gordie: Oh, gee! Thanks, Dad.
Chris: Wish the hell I was your dad. You wouldn't be goin' around talkin' about takin' these stupid shop courses if I was. It's like God gave you something, man, all those stories you can make up. And He said, "This is what we got for ya, kid. Try not to lose it." Kids lose everything unless there's someone there to look out for them. And if your parents are too fucked up to do it, then maybe I should.




Thank you, sweet, loving Naomi King, for sharing so much of your father with the rest of us weird motley fools and discontents. Please accept this story as a token of gratitude from one Constant Reader, who is a better and healthier person for it.


Impetus: http://wilwheaton.net/2011/03/though-i-hadnt-seen-him-in-over-twenty-years-i-knew-id-miss-him-forever/

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review 2016-03-23 00:29
Fantastic issue between storylines!
Wonder Woman (1986-) #8 - George Pérez,Len Wein,George Pérez

This is between storylines and it's fantastic.   It's letters and diary entries about Diana, told from multiple points of view.   It's nice to see how other people think of her; they all think highly of her, and from everything they say, Diana has given them every reason to think so of her.   


She is amazing, beautiful and kind hearted, and I love her more with each issue.   Getting to see her through the eyes of her friends and the people who have spent the most time with her was amazing.   Even though there wasn't much action - one of my big complaints in some recent issues that were sort of filler issues - this had so much heart, so much character development, that it felt like there was much more going on than there was at the surface level.   


He slowly builds up who Diana is, and who she is to each of the women in her life, and it's a beautiful unfolding.   It shows how her physical beauty pales in comparison to her innocence, her wonder at the world, and how much she wants to share that wonder with the rest of humanity. 


I'm in awe.   I'm also thinking that I might not bother reading past Perez.   He's done more with her in eight issues that I can imagine most writers doing with her in eight hundred.   


I would highly suggest starting Wonder Woman here - and possibly reading more after this.   But for now, I'm going to finish his run and at least take a break.   Anything I read immediately after?   I will be incredibly harsh on it because I imagine it will not live up to this. 

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review 2016-01-29 13:48
The Pilgrims of Plimoth by Sewall, Marcia (1986) Hardcover - Marcia Sewall

The pilgrims of Plimoth by Sewall_ Marcia
Story of the crossing and landing at Plimoth, MA and how they were able to survive with help from the Indians.
Hard land and they were able to cut trees and build houses. Section tells of what chores the men have. also one from women's perspective and one from children and their work.
Glossary of words used.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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text 2015-10-12 17:37
One of these days, I'll put these ridiculous books to good use. ((or)) Have two wheels, will travel
Suzuki VS700-800 Intruder, 1986-97: Clym... Suzuki VS700-800 Intruder, 1986-97: Clymer Workshop Manual - Randy Stephens

Probably the weirdest thing I collect (now that I've gotten rid of my four hundred Gideon's bibles that I accumulated over ten years of travel.  funny story, that.) is old motorcycle maintenance and repair manuals.


I don't even own a motorcycle.


I don't even have a driver's license.


But I have dozens of these.

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