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review 2017-08-26 21:02
Mediocre annual
Daredevil (2015-) Annual #1 - Charles Soule,Roger McKenzie,Vanesa R. Del Rey,Guillermo Sanna

I forgot to pick this up in paper format and got it for a dollar in a Comixology sale.   And meh, am I glad this wasn't something I paid more for because it's not as good as I expected. I was originally all in for this because of Echo, a deaf superhero.   She can often do things that Daredevil can't, especially if it affects his hearing.   Her deafness being a source of strength as sound is used against people and Maya (Echo's given name) is immune.   

 

I felt the ending was anti-climatic and there's more to Maya than deafness.   What she endured, how strong she became, and her ability to mimic everything she sees weren't taken advantage of to their full potential or flat out misused.   (She saw the piano player who caused the sound-virus and wasn't able to mimic his finger movements.   Fail.    She can mimic anything immediately when she sees it, and for her not to get it the first try just to ratchet up the tension without an explanation was ridiculous.   Her commenting that something was partially blocking her view - like someone jumping in front of her - would have upheld the tension without overlooking that fact.)

 

I honestly can't even remember the backstory.  I just wasn't that into it.   Oh, right, it was a Melvin Potter/Gladiator story that didn't really do it for me.   The art was really nice, though, and it wasn't as disappointing as it could have been, just not as good as I'd been hoping.  Overall, I was happier than I was disappointed so three stars felt fair. 

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review 2017-05-05 18:18
Mockingbird (Del Rey Impact) - Walter Tevis  
Mockingbird (Del Rey Impact) - Walter Tevis

The sexism, it burns.

Not a great book. There's the intellectual smugness, a feeling that the vast majority of humanity is Just Not Worth It. Although the author is able to imagine technologic breakthroughs, he can't conceive of a single piece of art worth the name arising in two hundred years, and everything else is just crap. Mostly plastic crap. There are good drugs, and pot is ubiquitous as the smoke of choice, but there isn't a single new good thing for hundreds of years except the thought buses. Hell, he can't even go so far as to imagine women wearing pants. The smartest human surviving is a woman, but she doesn't get an active role, she's just the passive love interest.

Nonetheless, he did have some very nice things to say about reading, so not entirely worthless.

Library copy

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text 2017-04-17 18:05
How to insert book page links and cover thumbnail links to books on booklikes
Runaway Robot - Lester del Rey

The large bookcover at left (dashboard view) you get by choosing "post" on book pages, "update and publish" on currently reading display or by pressing the large "plus" sign when creating/editing posts. 

 

If in the text of your posts you want to link to book page (like Runaway Robot - Lester del Rey ) or with book cover thumbnails like:

 

.      Runaway Robot - Lester del Rey 

 

 then read on for screenshots and instructions.

 

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review 2017-03-01 23:27
The beginning of the end
Scarlet Witch (2015-2017) #15 - James Robinson,Vanesa R. Del Rey,David Aja

I knew this was being cancelled - but it's also winding down in the most perfect way.   Wanda saves a boy from a demon, the Catholic parents thankful after they explain that they had been hesitant to trust a witch - or even call upon one for help.   Still, they had no other recourse, and Wanda digs up some dish on why the demon wanted the boy.   It all has to do with the family's past, and in a way that bowls them over.  

 

When they ask what they can do to repay her?   She says to give witches the benefit of the doubt.   Look upon them a little more kindly unless they give you reason to mistrust them.   In other words, treat them like people.  

 

But it's the end scene with Vision that makes me think this is a windup.   She asks something from him, and it wasn't something I was expecting - but it makes sense.   Loving this series, I'll be sorry to see it go, but hopefully Wanda will show up in the Marvel universe much more. 

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review 2017-02-12 16:21
Gilded Cage by Vic James
Gilded Cage - Vic James

In Gilded Cage , Vic James has created a world where slavery still exists- 10 years of it for every single person. It doesn't matter if you serve your ten in a glass mansion or a dingy factory-slavery is still slavery.

 

I enjoyed the world-building and almost despite myself I became attached to the Hadley family. Even though their rather naive daughter, Abi got on my nerves a little bit,   I did care about her brother, Luke,  her sister and parents. I found the concept of the "Equals" a fascinating one, they being the people catered to by everyone else. Capable of chilling powers and yet the true depth of their power was not fully evident until near the end of the story.

 

Another thing I very much enjoyed was the complexity of the villains. At some points, it was difficult to distinguish who they even were and I liked trying to figure that out. Lastly, I relished the fact that not everything is all laid out and explained in great detail like at the end of a TV show. I still have a couple of questions-so even though I'm not even a fan of YA AND I've sworn that I'm not starting any more series', I do plan to read the next book.

 

The reason I'm giving 4 stars and not 5 is because I felt things got bogged down a bit, (a la the Song of Ice & Fire series), when introducing all the political machinations of the different families. I don't feel like there was too much, exactly, just perhaps too much all at once .

 

It's always nice to be surprised by a book on which you take a chance. I requested this one based on the appeal of the description alone-I really didn't think the book would live up to my expectations, but I'm happy that it did!

 

Recommended to fans of YA, magicians, (of a sort), and fantasy!

 

You can get your copy here:Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts)

 

*Thanks to NetGalley and Del Rey Books for the free ARC in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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