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review 2018-06-19 01:39
Cybertron comes back to Earth
Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2011-2016) Vol. 7 - John Barber,Sarah Stone,Livio Ramondelli,Andrew Griffith,Casey Coller

At least, Optimus Prime and a small group of Autobots do.  I wasn't a big fan at first read, but I'm coming to appreciate just how brilliant a move this was: the focus stays on the Cybertronians, not the humans, and even then?   Thundercracker adopting a dog and becoming the worst screenwriter ever is just hilarious. 

 

Somehow, even when he's mangling screenplays and writing in general, Thundercracker just wins me over.   Like completely over.   

 

Loved this, and read it early on in the month, right before the Hugo packet hit.   

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review 2018-04-16 20:10
Die Känguru Trilogie
Die Känguru-Chroniken: Ansichten eines vorlauten Beuteltiers von Kling. Marc-Uwe (2009) Taschenbuch - Marc-Uwe Kling
Das Känguru-Manifest von Kling. Marc-Uwe (2011) Taschenbuch - Marc-Uwe Kling
Die Känguru-Offenbarung - Marc-Uwe Kling

Was fuer eine brilliante und spassige Reihe. Es hat zwar etwas gedauert bis ich mich mit dem Känguru angefreundet hatte, aber schon am Ende des ersten Buches (Die Känguru-Chroniken) wollte ich wieder ein Teil der WG von Marc-Uwe und dem Känguru sein. 

 

Teile 2 und 3 habe ich kurz vor und waehrend eines Aufenthaltes in Berlin angehoert, was das ganze ja noch etwas witziger gemacht hat, auch wenn meine stille Hoffnung, dem K. beim Flanieren zu begegnen, ja leider unerfuellt blieben. 

 

Ich werde das K. vermissen.

 

Tip: Unbedingt als Hoerbuch "lesen". Kling liest die Buecher selbst und es wirkt in gesprochener Form einfach viel besser als im Buch.

 

***

 

I don't believe this series has been translated into English, and to be honest, I doubt it would work as a lot of the humour and satire is based on puns and German media and politics. 

 

However, I loved this series about a communist kangaroo who used to be a member of the Viet Cong and who moves in with the author out of the blue - well, after it is wanted by the police and has to go into hiding. Not much hiding, tho. Marc-Uwe and the K. get up to all sorts of tricks to protest against the system and add a little bit of anarchy to city life in Berlin - like correcting graffiti, getting into trouble with youths, setting up various schemes to avoid gainful employment, setting up a youth club, and finally facing their arch-nemesis: the penguin from across the hall. 

 

This all sounds very cute, but underlying these stories is a biting satire of city life in Germany, which touches on issues such as immigration, the value of productivity, right-wing politics, the question of identity, history and much more. All is rolled up in a hodge-podge of references to and reworkings of various classic quotes, books, and films. 

 

I loved it. 

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text 2018-04-09 21:42
Blog Post #1
I Survived #8: I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 - Lauren Tarshis

Hey, I'm Ty Laughlin from Riverview Jr./Sr. High School. I am really into fantasy and realistic fiction. I really tend to gravitate to WWII books. Those are my favorites. Although it is nonfiction, one of my favorite books from the WWII topic is Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Unbroken is about a former Olympian who is drafted into WWII. He then crashes in the Pacific Ocean and is taken by Japanese soldiers to multiple concentration camps. Louis (the main character) just tells his tough story of the struggle through WWII.

 

The novel that I am currently reading is I Survived: The Japanese Tsunami. I know, it seems a little bit below my grade level, but it is a good book. I have kind of just started the book, so I cannot really say that, but it is better than I already though it would be. The main character, Ben, is visiting his Japanese Uncle's house in Japan. There is obviously a tsunami coming, but I do not know if Ben will survive. I can still probably predict that Ben will survive because this series does not really seem like the type of novel that would have the main character die. Right now, the author's style has not really been reveals as I am only 17 pages into the book. I can say that the transition from the first chapter into the second stood out to me greatly. In the first chapter, they revealed the climax of the book by talking about the tsunami, and how it "made Ben feel as if he was getting wrestled by the water, and beaten badly." (Tarshis 3). This really stood out to me because I thought that ruined a little bit of the book for me. It took the thrill of the climax away. I hope it does not ruin the whole book though. So far, I think that this book will be okay, except for that little part that I mentioned at the end. I can't wait to finish it!

 

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review 2018-03-29 18:05
Game of the Mind: "Martin Johnson - The Autobiography" by Martin Johnson
The Autobiography - Martin Johnson

Rugby as I see it is a game of the mind: for all the strength, all the bashing all the dark dark places you go to (in the scrum for one) you need to have a clear mind to make the move that takes you beyond the try line. As a player Martin Johnson was great. As a coach not so much. View the 1997 Lions DVDs, going back 14 years and see that Martin Johnson's pep talks are very elementary. He's a brute of a man who could play second row and lead from the trenches. What is required now is a far more cerebral approach with good man management skills. As a Captain both for the Lions and England he was surrounded by good lieutenants and captains. Easy to be a leader then. He did not make the transition to General where he could see the whole landscape and arena of the upcoming battle. Any venture of this nature and it is so, requires the ability to connect up the dots from the microcosm to the macro. This demands, at the most basic level, to know your own strengths and weaknesses, employ staff who compliment you and to hold actions accountable to a clear vision. Johnson failed on all levels. Maybe he would be a good forward's coach, but that's about it. At least he finally stepped down which showed his self esteem wasn't at rock bottom, unlike Andrews.

 

But the book is great...

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review 2018-03-23 23:18
Nope
Brilliant Issue 1 (Marvel - Icon ) July 2011 - Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley

Characters were better than in Takio, but not much.   Not enjoying Bendis' solo work as much as his work on Marvel properties. 

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