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review 2018-04-12 01:05
The Oracle Year : A Novel - Charles Soule

Most fiction about the gift/curse of prophecy focus on how/why the individual can do this, what the prophecies are, and whether or not it's possible to change the future if you know it in advance. While those themes are in "The Oracle Year", most of it doesn't matter. What pulled me into this novel and kept me interested was how different individuals and groups of people reacted to the existence of the Oracle. Greed, desperation, joy, power, love, hatred, fear, curiosity, faith, trust, mistrust, and other emotions and motivations abound as everybody perceives the possibilities differently.


At the end a lot of questions are still unanswered for both the characters and the reader, just like in real life. And I didn't need those answers. Because what matters in this book is what people do, not what they know.


P.S. I read this because I've liked Soule's storytelling in comic books, so was certainly willing to give his first novel a try. I'm now looking forward to reading his second and beyond.

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review 2018-03-01 15:51
Curse Words (Issue #1) - Charles Soule

When a wizord comes to Earth from another world, or dimension, to take it over for his master, he realizes he likes Earth, and no, he won't do that at all.  Meanwhile, he's using his magic powers to save people, charging them to turn them into literal platinum because it'll be good for their music careers, and just having a ball. 


So when his master sends someone to come ro him and find out what's going on with Earth, well, he may have to become more of Earth's protector than he bargained for.  I'll find out eventually because i have this first volume from Humble Bundle. 


Unsurprising that I loved this given it's Soule's work, and I've loved about everything he's done.

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review 2018-02-10 19:46
The Hole World pursue Wizord as does the USA government.
Curse Words Volume 2: Explosiontown - Ch... Curse Words Volume 2: Explosiontown - Charles Soule The powers of the Hole World and the US government all try to destroy Wizord while Ruby has to find other ways to live on Earth. There are dramatic battles and an ending which will bring in Volume 3. This comic collection is quite original, reasonably well-illustrated (still too much colour for my liking) and interesting enough. There is obviously more to come. Worth a look but read Volume 1 first.
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review 2017-12-16 13:58
What? Wait, what?
Daredevil (2015-) #596 - Charles Soule,Stefano Landini,Pat Mora

Daredevil and Kingpin up their games: that chase throughout the city?   Just amazing!   And that offer at the end.   I can't wait to see how things are going to turn out, especially since Daredevil seems to be unable to come out and play again for the time being. 



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review 2017-12-16 13:44
New artist
Daredevil (2015-) #595 - Charles Soule,Stefano Landini,Bill Sienkiewicz

Same author - yes! - but new artist.   Landini isn't bad, by far, but I'd really been jamming on Garney's art, so I was a bit bummed that there was an artist switch.   Still, the coloring is the same, which helps this feels more like the previous art, and I can see myself easily getting swept away by Landini's art.   This is my cycle: I grouch about change a lot when it happens, then quickly get accustomed to it, then decide how I really feel.  I may love this artist more than Garney, the same, or a little less.   I'll probably know next month. 


Fisk is mayor and what Daredevil is asking is 'how?'   With a side of 'why?'   He wants to try and find that Fisk has cheated, and Matt's boss hands down orders: look into Daredevil and make a case against him.   Because that won't get messy...


This is going to be a great cat and mouse game, I can tell it already.  Onto the next issue. 

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