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text 2017-07-11 22:55
And for my next book...
Blood Lite III: Aftertaste - Kevin J. Anderson,Brad C. Hodson,Chris Abbey,Heather Graham

I love anthologies. I REALLY love anthologies. It's such a great way to get introduced to new authors without having to commit to a full novel. This one has 99% good stories. The Man Who Could Not Be Bothered to Die was lackadaisically meh, and BRIANS! just didn't gel for me. I understood the premise and aim of both stories, they just missed their mark. So many of these are written tongue-in-cheek or in Douglas Adams reality style, I really find the rest of the book quite engaging.

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text 2016-08-24 17:34
Marvel suggestions
Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal - G. Willow Wilson,Adrian Alphona
Deadpool, Vol. 1: Dead Presidents - Brian Posehn,Gerry Duggan,Tony Moore
Spider-Gwen Vol. 1: Most Wanted? - Marvel Comics
Wolverine: Weapon X - Barry Windsor-Smith
Scarlet Witch Vol. 1: Witches' Road - Vanesa R Del Rey,James Robinson
X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga - Chris Claremont,John Byrne
X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills - Chris Claremont,Brent Eric Anderson
Vision Vol. 1 - Gabriel Hernandez Walta,Tom King
Angela: Asgard's Assassin Vol. 1: Priceless (Angela: Asgard's Assasin) - Kieron Gillen
All-New Wolverine Vol. 1: The Four Sisters - Tom Taylor,David López

Oh, I know the comic bingo is pretty far off, butI want to give tons of suggestions.  Ten a week for at least Marvel and general and DC if I have enough to keep going with DC. 


I'll tell you which spots I'd use the graphic novel for, as well. 


1. Ms. Marvel: No Normal.   Fantastic rebrand of Ms. Marvel using Kamala Khan, a Muslim American teen who writes fanfiction and loves the Avengers.   I'd use this for Hero's Name Passed On, although Experimentation - or possibly Radiation - would work but no one really understands those in this first volume.   Alien Empire would work as well, but again, not something people get with this volume. 


2. Deadpool: Dead Presidents.   Starts one of my favorite runs of Deadpool, although it really kick starts a good way into this series.  I'd suggest reading them in order, however.   Free Space, of course, as well as Mass Murderer, and Break the Fourth Wall.


3. Spider-Gwen: Most Wanted.   Great take on the Spider-Verse, only Gwen Stacy is bitten instead of Peter Parker.   I'd go for Not-616, which is explained by all the multiverses being numbered.   616 is the main universe; this is not.


4. Weapon X.   Loved this read about how Logan was turned into Weapon X.   Brutal stuff, though.   Experimentation, Mass Murderer, Amnesia or X-Title would fit the bill for this.  


5. Scarlet Witch: Witches Road.   Beautiful, touching series and her first solo.   She's trying to fix magic and atone for mistakes she's made, with mostly solo stories and new artists for each issue.   Nice way to try out artists, as well.   Avenger Assemble and Villain Redeemed are the two obvious ones, although there could be a solid argument for either Mythology or Power Corrupts.


6. X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga.   Classic power corrupts storyline, and one of the most touted of the old X-Men titles.   And if I remember correctly, one of Jean Grey's first deaths.   X-Title, of course, but also Power Corrupts, Alien Empire, Animal-Based Hero, and Hive Mind or Merge are applicable to this title.   


7. X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills.   X-Men face bigotry, which kinda feels like almost every single X-Men story ever, right?   Bigots and X-Title are the ones I'd use for this heart wrenching story about human nature. 


8. Vision: Little Worse Than a Man.   Hands down, one of my favorite titles running right now.   Brilliant look at how Vision tries to fit into human society and what happens when things go very, very wrong.   Avenger Assemble, Marriage, Bigots, Friendly AI, and AI Rampage are all appropriate squares.   An argument could be made for Baby as well. 


9.  Angela: Asgard's Assassin: Priceless.   Angela is Thor's older sister.   Surprise family!   Arguments could be made for Baby, but I think the Mythology and LGBTQ+ categories are better fits to be honest. 


10. All-New Wolverine.   I believe I haven't quite finished this volume as I'm waiting for it to come onto MU, but I'm loving the beginning of this series!  Fun take on a post-Wolverine world and his clone, Laura, takes on the mantle of Wolverine.   Hero's Name Passed On, X-Title, and Experimentation are all appropriate.  I could see a less tenuous argument being made for Science Mishap. 


That's the start of this weeks suggestions.   I love all these titles, and I would heartily suggest them all.   If you have any questions, feel free to ask me.  I see this happening November 2nd and going on for as long as it takes for people to bingo, blackout, or get bored.  If I have prizes, it'll go on for two months and end on a Wednesday as well.   

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review 2014-12-05 13:36
A Very Special Episode of X-Men
X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills - Brent Anderson,Chris Claremont

For years comic book writers have been using the X-Men as a metaphor for a persecuted minority group, but in God Loves, Man Kills the idea gets its most ham-fisted treatment. I don't expect subtlety from a superhero comic, but in this story we get images of Charles Xavier crucified and tormented by demonic versions of his students.


I understand that mutants are persecuted in the Marvel universe, but it has never made any sense to me. The X-men are feared and hated because they were born with super powers, but the Avengers and Fantastic Four are loved by the public and the only difference is that they got their powers from accidents. It would make sense if everyone with powers was feared, but to single out a few based on origin stories is so arbitrary. Weren't the Fantastic Four "mutated" by radiation? Why not fear aliens with powers like the Guardians of the Galaxy or fear robots with powers like the Vision?


I must admit that God Loves, Man Kills is a story that probably would not get printed today. A Christian minister is depicted as a genocidal psychopath who quotes scripture to justify murder. Kitty Pryde at one point drops the "n-word" without euphemism as a response to someone using anti-mutant slurs. Maybe the book has just been so over praised that my expectations were too high.

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review 2014-02-16 00:00
The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong
The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong - David Sally,Chris Anderson My boyfriend bought this book for him to read, but I decided that I would read it as well. I recently got into soccer (less than a year) and I am still learning so much about it. I dabble in sabermetrics in baseball so wanted to see what a numbers type of book would be like for soccer. Some of this book was very confusing for me because I'm still getting started with soccer, but I did learn a lot. I'm glad I read the book all the way through because I learned that not only was it a good sit down and read book, but it's one that I can go back to when I want to look up a certain stat or graph that I saw in the book. I am excited to pick up more soccer books and learn more about the game.
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text 2013-06-06 13:38
Makers: The New Industrial Revolution - Chris Anderson

Great book about forthcoming industrial revolution. Chris Anderson described historical aspects of it and added much more about current Makers movement including adventures with his family. If you would like to know more about fast changing China (very small batches of products can be delivered to almost any adress even private persons) and creating successful internet startup you should definitely read it! The lack of 5th star is caused only because I thought it would contain more links to websites concerning personal fabrication (3d printing).

If you want to know more about it check following websites:

In my humble opinion four the most interesting videos concerning 3d printing:

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