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review 2016-03-05 23:24
Rue Britannia - Kieron Gillen,Jamie McKelvie

Phonogram is the type of graphic novel that you feel really cool reading. At first it's a little confusing- it does that thing that a lot of fantasy books do where it just sort of throws you into the characters' world without much explanation. Pretty much all you need to know is that it takes place in England in the early 2000's, and the explosive Britpop scene of the 90's has faded into memory for most. Phonomancers are music-obsessed, and their spells and magic always relate to the energy that they feel when they listen to their favorite band, or are a part of a great live show. David Kohl is the Phonomancer that we follow through this volume: snarky, opinionated, and a bit of an ass, he's nevertheless easy to relate to in his struggle to let go of the scene he lived and breathed a few years ago. Even though at first glance he's moved on, his personality is still "rooted there"- and someone is messing with his memories. In order to save his own personality and remain a Phonomancer, he'll have to look into his past and face his future. 


Even though I had never heard of most of the bands David and his friends talk about, I can definitely relate to their obsession with music, as I was obsessed with Nirvana and grunge/indie in early high school and part of a fairly active metal scene in the last couple years of high school. Of course, it was nothing compared to the scale of what the characters in Phonogram experienced, but no matter how small the crowd, that energy was always there. And I remember the in-depth discussions of albums, songs, line-ups, live shows we had gone to and long-ago concerts we'd never experience... but our scene faded pretty quickly, and we all sort of faded into our own worlds with it. 

If you've ever felt that skip in your heart upon hearing your favorite song, if you've ever danced or moshed until your whole body felt like jelly and you knew you'd be a pile of useless mush in the morning, if you've ever argued with your whole heart about how music can change your entire being... this graphic novel is for you. 


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review 2015-10-15 03:02
City of Bones - Cassandra Clare

Clary Fray may be in over her head. She went out to go clubbing -- but instead, starts seeing monsters and finds out a whole other shadow world is real. And then her mother disappears. With her whole world turned upside down, Clary is facing down trying to get her mother back and keep her friends safe, all without the training, allies or even memories she needs.

What the hell? This doesn’t really read like it was written by the same author as the Infernal Devices trilogy. I’m sort of confused. MUCH more childishly written, the langauge is nowhere near as smooth, the story not as intricate. I feel cheated. Going on to read the second because I am both insane and kind of curious to see if it improves significantly since Clockwork Angel was so good.

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text 2015-10-15 02:57
Relic - Douglas Preston,Lincoln Child

Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. I’ve been meaning to read this for forever, and now that I have… I dunno. I hit the halfway point and literally quit reading it, decided to give up forever and marked the book DNF and done. And then decided I could at least follow the major exhibit’s opening, and ended up finishing the book, and was kind of pleased that I had. While it felt like X-Files, the investigations felt incredibly forced and like an awful lot of running around with very little to show for it, and I found that a huge boring drag. The action’s good when it happens, at least. Not really all that scary for me -- very little atmosphere, very little build-up. And I wish we had seen more of Pendergast, who is nominally the lead for the series, and less of Margo.

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text 2015-10-15 02:55
The City and the City - China Miéville

How much does perception shape reality? Inspector Tyador Borlu of the Extreme Crime Squad finds a deadly conspiracy beneath a routine murder, and joins Detective Qussim Dhatt of his sister city Ul Quoma in trying to untangle the sordid web of nationalism and unificationism in twin cities that just happen to occupy the same space.

This was an incredibly China Mieville novel, if that makes sense -- and its concept, while interesting, was incredibly confusing for a good long while. It was both fascinating and overwhelming, and it absolutely overshadowed the story in a lot of ways.

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text 2015-08-11 00:05
The Singles Club - Kieron Gillen,Jamie McKelvie

[One of my very favorite graphic novels EVER. 
I haven't even read the first one and I fell in love with this one immediately.
I was going to do a review, but I'm not really sure how I'd go about it... annnnd I wrote a thing but I hated it... soooo...
here's the playlist that goes with the story:]

Blondie -- 'Atomic'
Ike & Tina Turner -- 'River Deep Mountain High' 
Nelly Furtado -- 'Maneater'
Crystal Castles -- 'Air War' (<3)
New Young Pony Club -- 'Ice Cream'
Salt-N-Pepa -- 'Push It'
Johnny Boy -- 'You are the Generation that bought more shoes and you get what you Deserve'
Cansei De Ser Sexy -- 'Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above'
Girls Aloud -- 'Graffiti My Soul'
Sleater-Kinney -- 'I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone'
Kenickie -- 'Can I Take U 2 The Cinema'
The Supremes -- 'You Keep Me Hangin' On'
The Pipettes -- 'Pull Shapes'
Robyn -- 'Who's That Girl?'
The Knife -- 'We Share Our Mothers' Health
Elastica -- 'Line Up', 'Who's That Girl?'

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