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review 2018-01-23 02:25
Black Panther Soul of a Machine Series 1-8
Black Panther: Soul Of A Machine (2017) #3 - Ariel Olivetti,J.A. Giles,Chuck Brown

This is an 8 short issue series via Kindle, where it is free.  Each issue is about 8-10 pages, so the whole series is about 80 pages.  It is still free for kindle.  The artist depends on the issue, but overall the art is good; no issue has bad artwork.


                The central plot is an attempt by Machineswift to take over the world via a tech conference and Wakanda.  While Black Panther plays a crucial role in a few of the early issues as well as the concluding issues, the focus is on what is basically an international geek squad – which includes Wakandans, but also various others so it is a true global incentive.


                The emphasis is on battling with intelligence – it isn’t Hulk Smash, but coming up with a solution to a problem.  This doesn’t mean that there isn’t a bit of a battle, there is, but the geeks are the true heroes.


                Furthermore, the series makes excellent use of Shuri, who, quite I find to be the more interesting of the siblings.  There are plenty of women as well as men, both genders shown to be fighters and scientists.

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review 2018-01-21 20:19
Out in April
Wolf Sanctuary: The Wolves of Speedwell ... Wolf Sanctuary: The Wolves of Speedwell Forge - Chuck Rineer

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley

                If you live in Pennsylvania, you might have heard of Wolf Sanctuary founded and run by the Darlingtons.  The Santuacry is a rescue sight for wolves that also educates visitors, though it is wolves first and visitors second.  In other words, you need to make a reserveration.


                Rineer’s book is a photographer’s look at the various packs that reside on the property.  It is not a history of the foundation or of the various packs and wolves (though a brief overview is given).  What is celebrated in this volume is the beauty of wolves in wonderful, striking photographs.  The book includes brief descriptions of the relationships between the wolves as well as some facts. 


                Truthfully, the book’s selling points are the pictures of wolves during wolf things.  Like standing and sleeping the snow, playing, sleeping, being pups.


                So beautiful.

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text 2017-12-21 18:40
sound quality is atrocious
Chuck D Presents This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History - Shepard Fairey,Chuck D

I'm not sure what's up with the copy of the audio book i have, but the sound quality is tinny and echoing on the main book (mind you, the forward was perfectly fine).  can't listen to this copy.

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review 2017-10-23 02:48
Star Wars Aftermath: Empire's End
Empire's End: Aftermath (Star Wars) (Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy) - Chuck Wendig

This is going to be short because I cannot bring myself to care anymore. The stakes were high. I didn’t care. People died. I didn’t care. People lived. I didn’t care. One of the reasons I freaking hate Wendig’s third person present tense writing style is that it makes me feel distanced from the characters and the action, like I’m reading stage direction for a play I've never seen. I still think he’s a decent storyteller, but he’s just not my cuppa. And I’m glad my favorite characters made it out. But even more than that, I’m glad it’s over with.


Please, Powers That Be, don’t let this man write more Star Wars novels. My lifelong Star Wars obsession will compel me to buy them and read them, and that will most definitely propel me further down the path of the Dark Side.


Nobody really wants that.

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text 2017-10-20 12:24
Reading progress update: I've read 346 out of 448 pages.
Empire's End: Aftermath (Star Wars) (Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy) - Chuck Wendig

I've already stated (twice? three times? more?) how much I freaking hate Wendig's writing style. I guess I should have taken a break between Life Debt and Empire's End because it is reeeeeeaaaaaaaally irritating me now. Especially when I come across sloppy crap like this:


She feels the ship drift downward, drifting as it goes.






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