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review 2018-05-20 19:18
Better Call Batman!: With Audio Recordin... Better Call Batman!: With Audio Recording - Patrick Spaziante
For more reviews, check out by blog: Craft-Cycle

This book is based on two films, Animal Instincts and Monster Mayhem. What that means is that, by packing two films into one short Level Two reader, chaos is created, leaving the reader with a mess of a book with not much plot. Fast-paced with tons of villains, this just reads like a fighting free for all. It's cool to see some of the lesser known villains from Gotham City, but man, this is a mess. 

The first half is clearly from Animal Instincts, then there is a halfhearted transition to Monster Mayhem. Simple sentence structure, but the story is very disjointed. 

This book was doomed to fail. It's just too ambitious for a Level Two book. Not a fan. 
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review 2018-05-06 19:27
Bedtime for Batman (DC Super Heroes) - Michael Dahl,Ethen Beavers
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

An adorable picture big equating a superhero protecting the city with a child getting ready for bed. Very entertaining and engaging. I loved the fun comparison illustrations and vague statements that connected the boy with Batman ("For there are those who depend on him." = child feeding goldfish and Batman returning a stolen purse). Very clever and fun.

The book even includes a short "Bedtime Checklist!", which includes tasks such as "bath", "pajamas", "teeth", and "story time". A fun way to get ready for bed with your favorite superhero. 

A very nice, simple book for superhero fans.
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text 2018-05-04 04:07
aka Gotham Season 9, just didn't work for me. DNF'd.
Batman: Nightwalker - Marie Lu,Will Damon

Let me get the Audiobook portion out of the way quickly -- Damron does a capable job. He didn't particularly wow me, but I had no complaints about his work. I could see myself really getting into a book he narrated.


This is essentially Gotham, season 9. Bruce is on the eve of graduation, turning 18 (yet his guardian, Alfred, is still treated as if he has any standing in his life), and finds himself on the wrong end of the law and serving probation by doing community service at Arkham Asylum. While there, he becomes fascinated by an accused murderer -- she's part of a criminal/political (technically a terrorist group, but the label was never used) group targeting Gotham's one percenters.


The line between the Bruce Wayne of this book and the Dark Knight we all know is pretty weak. You've got Alfred, Lucius Fox, Bruce's dead parents, Gotham City -- sure -- but there's nothing that distinctively Batman about them (as used here). Even when you throw in Harvey Dent as a troubled youth with a strong trust in the legal system as one of Bruce's best friend and numerous references to bats, and you're supposed to thing that you've got yourself the building blocks of the Caped Crusader. But it'd have been incredibly easy for this to be any other rich youth with a knack for electronics. This doesn't have to be a Batman story, it could be almost any generic YA hero.


If you want to read an inexperienced, fallible, Batman (as seems to be the case here), read Miller's Batman: Year One or Barr's Batman: Year Two -- they treat the character the way he should be treated. This book just wasn't. I got about halfway through (maybe a little over halfway) before I just couldn't take it anymore and decided to move on.


I liked the Wonder Woman installment in this series just fine -- why didn't this one work for me? Well, while Diana wasn't the hero we all know -- she was still clear in her purpose, driven to do right and capable. Bruce is none of those things -- which is odd, because he's typically been depicted as driven and single-minded since childhood. That's the Bruce we all know, and should've seen here.


I can see why some people will enjoy this, but I just can't bother to finish.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/05/03/batman-nightwalker-audiobook-by-marie-lu-will-damron-aka-gotham-season-9-just-didnt-work-for-me-dnfd
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review 2018-03-11 19:22
Batman Nightwalker Book Review
Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons Series) - Marie Lu

I read this in under two hours and it wasn't bad or anything just not very memorable. I don't think I'll remember the plot in a year or even a few months. 


Marie Lu is a good wrriter, I enjoyed her series but couldn't even finish Warcross-- it bored me. With Batman its just another YA about a teen who lost his parents meets a girl and falls in love with her. Just add Batman to the mix and its a DC series. 


So fun, and a quick read but nothing special. 

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text 2018-03-10 00:40
When you want to finish this
Batman & the Justice League, Tome 1 : - Rodolphe Gicquel,Shiori Teshirogi

And can't find it.  I remember where I had it last, and can't find it there.   Grrr.   I'll continue looking a little tonight, then forget it until I have less homework coming up.

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