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review 2017-07-19 19:37
Daredevil: Back in Black vols. 2 & 3: Supersonic & Dark Art
Daredevil: Back in Black Vol. 2: Supersonic - Charles Soule,Ron Garney
Daredevil: Back in Black Vol. 3: Dark Art - Charles Soule,Ron Garney

I'm really liking the new run on Daredevil--liking, but not loving, not yet. It's all been very surface level so far on Matt's character, and I want to see more, especially with all of the changes he's gone through.

 

Supersonic shows that the stories are too short, and pass too quickly; this very slim volume contains no less than four separate stories. The first is Elektra's, and of course I loved that, because it's Elektra, but neither character is really explored. Matt finds out that he might have a daughter, but the idea is mulled over once and dismissed, and then, as I knew from the beginning, proved false. And it passes in two issues. Hints abound on how/who made Matt's identity disappear, and... I'm fairly spoiled for the upcoming storyline, so... there's that.

 

The same goes with the team-up with Spider-Man: two and done. Not to say it isn't enjoyable, and Peter struggling with how and why he might trust Daredevil would have been interesting in more depth. As it is, I think it's the only person so far that Matt's confessed that he made his secret identity go away to, and that in of itself shows his friendship with Peter. But I want more.

 

The annual with Echo: Pure win. I loved it, loved the art, am so happy to see Maya make her return. There were small details that made me happy, like Matt always remembering to face her when he's speaking.

 

The one-shot about Gladiator: Oh, Melvin, what have they done to you? LOL! Meh, weakest thing in the collection.

 

Dark Art provides a more complete story, and so I liked it better. The Medusa cameo and the inclusion of the Inhumans, I really liked, and the villain was suitably awful. I can't help but feel like Blindspot takes the comic over and I know more about him than I do Matt's state of mind at this point, and that bums me out.

 

But I really like it. I like Soule's writing, as always. Would really like to see him really get his teeth into Matt.

 

Next volume's on hold at the library; I think it releases in August!

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review 2017-07-17 02:12
Perspective in Action
Perspective in Action: Creative Exercises for Depicting Spatial Representation from the Renaissance to the Digital Age - David Chelsea

As someone who dabbles in sketching and drawing, I'm always interested in improving my knowledge, especially in areas where I'm particularly weak such as figure drawing and perspective. I was therefore thrilled to have the opportunity to read David Chelsea's Perspective in Action. The most interesting aspect of the book, in my opinion, is the style. Almost the entire book is actually written in comic book style, with each frame helping to demonstrate various techniques and rules. Unfortunately, I think the book was a bit too advanced for me.

The author notes that this is the third in a series, and it does start with the assumption that the reader has mastered--or at least is cognizant of-- the techniques in the first two books. It begins with a review of one-point, two-point, and three-point perspective that were a bit too fast for me to follow, and it only gets more advanced from there. The book discusses advanced techniques and applications such as the camera obscura, anamorphosis, cabinets of wonder, and six-point and stereo perspectives. As a non comic book reader, I didn't have the easiest time following frame by frame, but I definitely enjoyed the read, and even got rather sidelined into watching videos of the Ames Illusion on youtube. If you're already knowledgeable about the basics of perspective and are looking for more advanced techniques, then this book is definitely worth a look.


~~I received an advanced reader copy of this ebook through Netgalley from the publisher, Ten Speed Press/Watson-Guptill, in exchange for my honest review.~~

Cross-posted on Goodreads.

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photo 2017-07-17 02:00

Women in the Garden (1875) by Hugo Salmson [x]

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review 2017-07-14 15:10
Mistress of the Art of Death
Mistress of the Art of Death - Ariana Franklin

As it turns out I couldn´t endure this book any longer (I´ve read 355 pages and after that I started skim reading).

 

It´s Cambridge in the year 1171, a child has been murdered, other children have been abducted and the local Jews are being accused of the crimes. Since the Jews are important for the Kings purse, he recruits an Italian investigator and a female doctor, who is skilled in studying corpses, to find out who the killer is.

 

This mystery started out perfectly okay. I liked the historical backdrop, there were a lot of interesting and suspicious characters and I was even suprised that the book had a gritty feel to it. 

 

But at the 300 page mark the author decided to turn this novel into a sappy romance story. Don´t get me wrong, I don´t have anything against romance (if it is handled well), but I don´t want it to be the most important thing in the latter half of a mystery novel. Somehow the author lost her focus, writing one of the most anticlimatic mystery thrillers I have read in a very long time. In the end I was neither shocked who the killer was, nor did I care. 

 

And may I just say that I really disliked the main character Adelia towards the end. She is depicted as a headstrong, independent woman and she has made a personal vow to herself that she never is going to marry or get into a relationsship with a man in the name of science. And then, snap, a dream hunk of a man appears and Adelia suffers from severe dementia when it comes to her own convictions. 

 

She even has extramarital sex with him, eventhough he insists on marrying her before anything is going to happen.

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Seriously, I hated the whole romance storyline. 

 

Another series I can cross of my list. What a disappointment.

 

I´ve read this for Booklikes-opoly square Adventureland 26 and this book is tagged as "thriller" on goodreads.

 

Page Count: 502 pages (but I´m going to count the 355 pages I have actually read)

Money earned: $6.00

 

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text 2017-07-14 07:48
Reading progress update: I've read 355 out of 512 pages.
Mistress of the Art of Death - Ariana Franklin

On page 284 I still enjoyed this book and I was interested in the whole murder mystery. And then it took the author only 70 pages to turn this book into a Nora Roberts novel.

 

I wish I could DNF this novel, but I didn´t spend the last week reading it without cashing the $10.00 for the Booklikes-opoly. So here is my plan: I will be reading 401 pages in an orderly fashion and then I will skimread the last couple of pages. At least I want to know who the killer is (and hopefully it will get interesting again along the way).

 

I´m peeved.

 

 

 

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