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review 2017-03-25 15:37
The Wizard of Oz #4
All-Action Classics No. 4: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Ben Caldwell,L. Frank Baum

What a unique adaption of the Wizard of Oz and I have to say, that this graphic novel moves quickly. I thought that the frames were easy to follow and I liked the bright and bold colors that were used in the illustrations. I was disappointed that some of the classic features of the novel were left out but the author added some his own adaptions that I think younger children will enjoy. I found a few illustrations hard to decipher, the chaos inside them overlapping and the features hard to distinguish from one another, I decided that bedlam was taking place and I moved on to the next frame. Some of the characters had some interesting characteristics to make them stand out while other characters I wasn’t too fond of. This mix of characters created a fun and entertaining read.

 

The graphic novel opened up just like the classic novel that we all love with Dorothy and her beloved dog touching down in the Land of Oz. Finding out that she has just killed the Wicked Witch of the East, the munchkins inform her just how wicked the witch was including how the witch had cut the library funding. Dorothy doesn’t immediately find herself in the ruby slippers in this adaption, the munchkins tell Dorothy that she can remove the magical slippers from the witch and she then become the new Witch from the East. Dorothy is not sure if she wants to be a witch but the shoes are rather tempting and after explaining to them that she wants to go back home to Kansas, she puts on the sparkling shoes. The munchkins explain to Dorothy her best option to get back to Kansas and send her and her dog on her way with the golden bricks under her feet, the picnic basket swinging from her arm and her dog running beside her. With new adaptions to this classic, I found that this novel would be entertaining to younger children.

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review 2017-03-22 01:57
Chasing after the killer who took a child
The Slaughter Man - Tony Parsons

It is hard to believe that Tony Parsons who brought us Man And Boy could write such detective story.

 

I started with this one because it was on sale. But then detective Max Wolfe is a character that seems complex enough to be real. He has a daughter and now chasing after a killer who murdered a family and took a young boy.

 

The going to the "Black Museum" is a bit strange as homicide detective could not just clock out to visit the library. A plot device to link this murder to a old murder because of the unique murder weapon.

 

Like the story because it has tension. Not enough to be an action movie. More like a dark British style drama that has some kind of reveal in the end.

 

The build up is okay. 65% done and already got some confrontation that landed the detectives in the hospital.

 

The other dimension of the story is this very detective Wolfe has a young daughter and a dog. An ex-wife who had a new family, and has pushed the daughter towards him. So, in a sense, this is Man and Girl, with a detective and a daughter who made him promise to be there for her.

 

Good story telling.  I would probably read the first one after this. 

 

 

Also, I like the additional stuff that built around the series. 

 

Like having a map to the story. And the photos of the offices. 

 

I just googled Max Wolfe and this come up. 

 

http://dcmaxwolfe.com/

 

Image result for Max Wolfe

 

Pretty cool. 

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review 2017-03-18 18:21
The Themis Files --Part 2
Waking Gods: Book 2 of The Themis Files - Sylvain Neuvel

Book Title:  Waking Gods

Author:  Sylvain Neuvel

Series:  The Themis Files #2

Genre:  Science Fiction, Fantasy

Publisher:  Del Ray

SourceI received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

 

 

 

⇝Add to Goodreads⇜

 

 

 

 

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

It Has Begun by Starset  --If a book or series has anything to do with outer space, aliens, or just persevering…than Starset wrote the soundtrack for it.  This lyric video is awesome…like Themis herself is stomping around.♫

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  5+/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5+

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5+/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  …you could say that.

 

Will I continue this series?  Umm…YEAH!  This is a must read series for anyone, at least I think so.

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

I wished for this on Netgalley, right after I did that; I thought I really would rather listen to this on Audio.  Since I listened to the first book in the series, Sleeping Giants, on Audio and it was one of the best audiobooks ever.  I figured I wouldn't actually win the chance to read this one, and I was okay with that…guess what…I won.  I never win anything.

I missed the full cast of characters giving each person their own voice, but I still was freaking totally engaged in this story.  It Rocks!  I'm fairly certain I will still have to listen to this on Audio, maybe, right before the 3rd book comes out.  Overall, I'm not disappointed I won this and had the opportunity to read this before it releases in April 2017.

There is some buzz out there about Sony Pictures adapting this series to film.  I really hope it happens, because it will rock as a movie series.  I also fervently hope they make it everything that it can be…

 

 

 

If you click the pic above it will link to the source of the movie info.

 

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review 2017-03-18 13:45
Superman: Action Comics Vol. 1: Path Of ... Superman: Action Comics Vol. 1: Path Of Doom (Rebirth) - Dan Jurgens,Tyler Kirkham,Patrick Zircher

Definitely in the top tier of Rebirth books that I've read. A very entertaining cape book. Recommended.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-16 01:18
Soviet's agent take the red pill
Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith

Leo's awakening.

 

In the beginning of the book, Leo is a strong, effective state agent. 

 

Then things happened that begin to shake his faith of the state, or the state methodology. He was an agent of the state that caught citizens who were accused of subversion. Yet, these people who are caught are not bad people, they are just normal people who would confess to anything if they were being tortured. 

 

Then he found out that he has been living in a lie. 

 

Not only he fantasied about his job, he has romanticised about courtship with his wife.

 

It is all a lie. And Leo begin to see the truth. The truth that put his life in danger.

 

It started with a denial of a child found killed near the railroad track. Leo delivered the state position that it was an accident.

 

Leo was also smart and he found out more information that it was no accident. That is against the state position, and all the excuse needed to get him into trouble.

 

He was also lied to by his wife.

 

A lot of lies.

 

Leo was happy when he didn't know the truth.

 

This is a Russia, Soviet era Matrix story. Would he rather take the red pill or the blue pill.

 

He take  the red pill and now the illusion is off and the harsher reality review itself. 

 

Almost to the end of the book. Good story telling. The movie didn't do it justice as a lot of subplot, the more internal revealing of the truth is not shown. 

 

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