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review 2017-05-02 18:45
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger -The Little Sisters of Eluria
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger - The Little Sisters of Eluria #5 (of 5) - Robin Furth,Peter David,Stephen King,Luke Ross,Richard Isanove

 

This was a disappointing foray into a side story of the Dark Tower.

 

What I liked about it was its connection to King/Straub's novel, The Talisman. (Which is one of my favorite books.) If you've read it, you know that young Jack is trying to save his mom, (who is a Queen in another world), and she is very sick. When we first meet her, she is in a huge tent, fighting for her life. That huge tent is the main setting for this story. (A nice explanation of this comes in the foreword.)

 

This tale comes before the last entry in the graphic novel series, so we've gone backwards a bit in the timeline. I was okay with that but I'm not really okay with the change in how Roland looks and the artwork. While I loved the pencil drawings in the back, Roland looks like an entirely different person than in all the previous comics. I am having a hard time dealing with that. I think that the graphics in the previous novels are superior than the ones in this volume.

 

Overall, I liked the story and the setting, just not as much as the previous entries in this series.

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review 2017-04-25 19:06
American Vampire Volume 4 by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque and Jordi Bernet
American Vampire, Vol. 4 - Scott Snyder,Rafael Albuquerque,Jordi Bernet

There were three stories in this volume and I enjoyed them all!

 

Pre-vampire Skinner Sweet and his childhood friend Jim Book, , 50's greaser vampire-hunter Travis Kidd and his badass hot rod, and lastly Calvin Poole living life as a black vampire in the 60's.

 

We were all over the place, time-wise, in this one, but that was cool because the times were interesting. Also, Skinner Sweet wasn't in this one all that much, which I thought was a good thing.

 

I do wish we got to see more of Pearl and Henry, but what we did see has me stoked for the next volume, which luckily is sitting there waiting for me on my reading table at home. Onward!

 

These may not be the best graphic novels ever, but I sure am enjoying the hell out of them just the same.

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review 2017-04-14 18:30
The Dark Tower: Battle of Jericho Hill by Robin Firth, Peter David, Richard Isanove
The Dark Tower, Volume 5: Battle of Jericho Hill - Peter David,Stephen King,Richard Ianove,Jae Lee,Robin Furth

This was another beautiful installment in the Dark Tower series. The artwork is stunning, even though I am missing Jae Lee.

 

 

Taking place 9 years after the fall of Gilead, we pick up the ka-tet attempting to stand against the forces of evil at Jericho Hill. This is where it all happens, (no spoilers), and I'll admit it brought a tear to this cold heart.

 

I can't wait for the next one! (Thanks to my local library, I don't have to!)

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review 2017-04-08 18:06
[Book Review] Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Down Among the Sticks and Bones - Seanan McGuire

Previously Reviewed
Every Heart a Doorway

 

In Every Heart a Doorway we meet Jack and Jill, two sisters bound together yet alienated.  Both exiled from their realm and their different masters, both seeking to return home.  But for all of their core participation in the events of that novella, it was not their story nor even a story of any specific realm.  Down Among the Sticks and Bones lets us peek at what shaped the Jack and Jill we meet in Every Heart a Doorway, and lays bare the motivations for their actions within.

The story starts with a couple having children for the wrong reasons.  Falling in love with the idea of having children, of parenting, but being unable to discern the difference between a dream and reality.

"It can be easy, in the end, to forget that children are people, and that people will do what people will do, the consequences be damned."

It's a story about love, hate, and the thin line between.

"At the top of the stairs there was a door that they weren’t supposed to go through, leading to a room that they weren’t supposed to remember. Gemma Lou had lived there when they were little, before they got to be too much trouble and she forgot how to love them. (That was what their mother said, anyway, and Jillian believed it, because Jillian knew that love was always conditional; that there was always, always a catch. Jacqueline, who was quieter and hence saw more that she wasn’t supposed to see, wasn’t so sure.) The door was always locked, but the key had been thrown into the kitchen junk drawer after Gemma Lou left, and Jacqueline had quietly stolen it on their seventh birthday, when she had finally felt strong enough to remember the grandmother who hadn’t loved them enough to stay."

And, perhaps, it's a story about the monsters we love and the monsters we can become.  But more than anything, it's a story about two young women and the trauma that shapes them.


I had to take some time away from this novella after finishing it.  I found it absolutely captivating to read and incredibly emotional.  There were tears, or at least very close to them.  I need to revisit Every Heart a Doorway to be sure, but right now I feel like Down Among the Sticks and Bones surpasses it.  You can read this novella as a standalone, but reading it first would destroy some of the mystery of Every Heart a Doorway.

Advanced Reader Copy copy courtesy of Macmillian-Tor/Forge via Netgalley; differences may exist between uncorrected galley text and the final edition.

Source: libromancersapprentice.blogspot.com/2017/04/book-review-down-among-sticks-and-bones.html
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review 2017-04-03 17:49
The Spider Apocalypse Is Here in Skitter by Ezekiel Boone @ezekiel_boone
Skitter: A Novel (The Hatching Series Book 2) - Ezekiel Boone

I love a good horror novel, and after reading The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone, I had to have Skitter, Book II in the series.

 

Just looking at the cover gives me the willies and shivers run up and down my spine. I can only imagine what reading the book is going to do to me.

 

Bring it on, Ezekiel!

 

 

 

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MY REVIEW

 

I HATE SPIDERS!

 

Skitter by Ezekiel Boone is the continuation of The Hatching and the spiders are winning. If you weren’t afraid of spiders before, you will be after reading about the spider apocalypse.

 

Millions of people around the world are dead and there is no end in sight.

 

Melanie never thought she would become the most important woman in the world…but, here she is and the pressure is intense as she struggles to save the world.

 

Would she succeed?

 

Agent Mike Rich had been at ground zero, finding the very first spider and he hasn’t stopped since.

 

People’s true colors come out when disaster occurs, and we have our share of heroes and villains. Do any of us know how we would act in a time of crisis? I would hope I would rise to the occasion. How about you?

 

Would the war games, flu epidemics and disaster protocols the government has practiced and had in place for years…decades…succeed? We are about to find out.

 

If you want something to keep you looking out the corner of your eye, jumping at the slightest perceived movement, slapping at the creepy crawlie feeling running up and down your arms, READ THIS!

 

I voluntarily reviewed Skitter by Ezekiel Boone.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 STARS

 

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