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review 2018-05-22 00:00
Seduced By The Sheikh Doctor - A Small Town Doctor Romance (Small Town Sheikhs Book 2)
Seduced By The Sheikh Doctor - A Small Town Doctor Romance (Small Town Sheikhs Book 2) - Holly Rayner It doesn't matter who you are once love captures your heart. Holly Rayner builds on the philosophy that a little positivity has yet to hurt anybody. That mantra shines through in her stories. Even at the worst of times, her characters find a way to look on the bright side. Paige and Kehlan are from different worlds and live by different traditions, but when the heart wants what it wants, nothing else matters. Seduced by the Sheikh Doctor is a sweet romance with a beautiful message.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-05-14 19:04
April 2018 — A Wrap Up

 

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Out for Blood by Kristen Painter

 

This series has many flaws but since I have read the first few books I am going to see it through. While it is true that I have been spacing them out, so I could have missed it but I kept searching for a bigger picture or an overarching plot in these books. However, I couldn't find one.

 

Another thing that bugs the heck out of me is the so-called protagonist. She is bitchy, whiny, and TSTL. She acts without thinking of the consequences. The guy in love with her keeps jumping in to rescue her and ends up facing those consequences. Also, I have NO idea why guys keep falling for her left and right even with all the bitchiness.

 

The ending was another letdown. It seemed as if the author wanted to ensure that the readers would read the next book. After all the torture that the hero suffered for the girl, he was mind raped by a supernatural being. The outcome was that he forgot he ever had feelings for her. I am guessing the next one is going to be about the girl trying to undo that. Fortunately, that book is the last in this series. So yaay!

 

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Jessica Jones, Vol. 1: Uncaged by Brian Michael Bendis

 

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The same sense of loneliness pervades the comics that you'd find on the show. We catch a glimpse of Kamala doing her thing.

 

Below, you can see a huge twist that had me shocked:

 

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Destroyer #5 and #6 by Victor LaValle

Two good issues. My fave scene was the kid who could physically snap his parents' necks -- the mother is an evil scientist out for revenge while the father isn't a lightweight either with his body fused to a suit of armour -- being told off by them for being mouthy:

 

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Oh and the poor Frankenstein's Monster finally gets some well-deserved rest:

 

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I liked how the kid is able to relate to the monster and even tries to connect with him. Who knows he might have succeeded if his bloodthirsty mom hadn't butted in.

 

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John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Vault #1 by James Ninness

 

Another one that failed to leave an impression. I don't think I will be continuing with this one.

 

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Xena: Warrior Princess Vol. 4 (1&2) by Meredith Finch

 

So far, so good. I will be reading the next one.

 

 

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Downward to the Earth Vol. 1 & 2 by Philippe Thirault

 

This is one freaky graphic novel. I dunno why it feels so visceral and just yucky yet I finished the whole thing. I was on the lookout for the White Man's Burden trope while reading it. But, I think the "white" people (Humans) are even more screwed up than the ones colonized (Aliens). Let's see, some of them are junkies, others are murderers, not to forget the ones who are cheating while in a relationship. The only thing that stank was the violent belief of the natives of the planet: In order to be reborn, they must get high and slaughter innocent animals. Take a look at the carnage:

 

I don't think this could be the end though. Do you?

 

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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Volume 7 - Death Beneath the Waves by George Mann & Vol 8: Time Trials: The Wolves of Winter

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The art resembles Peter Capaldi so closely...I mean look at those brows!!

 

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The alternate covers are amazing!

 

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The same creepy stories make you feel right at home i.e. in the TARDIS lol

 

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The Doctor is usual unrepentant and spoiler-throwing self:

 

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There were pop-culture references to enjoy when Bill Potts arrived on the scene:

 

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Sleepy Hollow, Vol. 1 by Marguerite Bennett

 

Almost as good and fun as the show used to be:

 

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Come Into Me #1 by Zac Thompson

 

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Just freaky and sad. I don't think I'll be following this one.

 

 

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White Hot by Ilona Andrews

 

One of the best things about an Ilona Andrews book is how family-centric they are. It is refreshing to see a character derive her strength from her family. The humor in these books is just my kind of humor too. I also like the time they dedicate to developing the relationship between the protags. This installment was fun to read!

 

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Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by J K Rowling

 

Now this one was a pleasant surprise! If nothing else, the humor was very HP-ish. Look for yourself:

 

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I found all the things that turned off other readers worked for me. For one, how can we expect the kid who grew up with a part of Voldemort inside him to be a functional adult? Why would he think he'd make a good parent? Then there is Ron who has spent his life being overshadowed by his siblings. He made a best friend who eclipsed even his brothers and married someone like Hermione. He wasn't a good student or ambitious while his wife worked her way up to the Minister for Magic's post. In what world would there not be a strained relationship between such individuals? Draco had been a Death Eater. In an ideal world, people would forgive him for erring but this play wasn't set in the perfect world that we are used to.

 

And these people just went ahead and had kids of their own. Try to think about how hard life must be for Draco's kid or even Harry's!

 

As I said, I liked it!

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So Long and Thanks for all the Fish by Douglas Adams

 

If I remember correctly, according to the readers, this is the book in the series where it all started going downhill. It is true that these books have always been completely random. When I pick up a THGTTG book, I don't expect anything from it but that it will be a fun read. This time though, the randomness was a bit much. There was no Marvin to keep things morbidly funny and the humor seemed forced. Moreover, after the previous books made such a big deal out of Earth's destruction, the planet suddenly bounced back into existence. Why?! The good thing is there is just one more book for me to suffer through.

 

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Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War! #1-6 by Louise Simonson

 

Fun and silly just like the cartoons themselves! Here are some scenes from the comics, including Dexter's really bad puns:

 

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This time though, the bad guys did come up with a great plan. They made evil clones of the good guys to fight them! Of course, they didn't count on the three Eds ruining their plans. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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review 2018-05-08 01:32
I wanted to love this more
Avengers: Absolute Vision Book 1 - John Romita,Jackson Guice,Bill Mantlo,Roger Stern,Ann Nocenti,Dan Green,Al Milgrom,John Byrne

I mean, Absolute Vision?   And I'd heard not to expect everything to be Vision.   But there were completely unrelated stories that meant Vision didn't show up until about a hundred pages in, then went away, then was all but gone for a while.   (He was on page, but not functioning.)   I understand why this is Absolute Vision Book 1; it's essential to setting up the second one.   I know this because I've read notes in other Avengers comics that let me know what happened, and a couple other books blatantly referenced this book and volume two. 

 

I know what's happening here.   I know what's going to happen.   But I still want to finish this badly.   (Both volumes, I mean. I'm a little into the second, and I'm loving it!)  I wanted more Vision.  I wanted much more Vision. I do love what they're setting up, although maybe I love it because I know what's coming up soon.   Reading old comics when you've read newer comics can be odd; you know what's happened, but not the details.  You know whether or not the characters are alive, or active, or dead and then resurrected.   You can see how this storyline affected them years, even decades, down the line. 

 

And this is a fun comic.   It's old-fashioned as far as both art and dialogue - and any of the writing go.  I've got to admit I am fond of the newer stuff; it's slicker looking and there's not so much exposition in general.   As the world gets more left-leaning in ways, I've found that comics are really trying hard to be more representative, and part of that is a left-leaning quality.   (I'm liberal, and progressive, but also a Zionist, so I step off the beaten path on that.  I'm also struggling with this as I feel abandoned by both the left and the right, and it's influencing a lot of how I view comics, especially those that are political.)  But the point is that I'm a fan of a lot of the politics in newer comics, especially as comics have had a problem with racism and sexism in the past.   They were products of their times, but I don't see this as a reason not to criticism them.  I think that a discussion about why the times were this way is appropriate, and even condemnation of that time thinking these things were okay, is appropriate.   'A product of its time' is normally a pass, much like 'boys will be boys', but a product of it's time doesn't have to be.   It can be used as 'yes it, is, but let's look at why, why it was wrong, and try to make it better.'   

 

Anyway, older comics can get weird for me for a whole host of reasons.   This didn't as much as many: they didn't deal with Jan's history with Hank Pym that much, but I felt both held their own.   Even though Jan apologized first, she was leading the project, and Hank didn't hold it against her, but instead admitted to his own faults and complimented her.   (And look, it's an old-timey comic.   Jan apologizing first had me cringing a little, wondering if she'd be passively-aggressively held to account for all the weirdness.   She was not.)   Jan was just as flirty as Star-Fox, and neither were held to account.   In fact, there was snark about them being equally flirty but in a way that seemed to be equally snarky at them both.   Neither one was shamed for it in any real way.   When people goggled at She-Hulk, she cheerfully said she was taking it as a reason to goggle right back at them.   (It was her skin color - green, of course - and not her boobs that had them doing double takes.)   Scarlet Witch and Vision's relationship was just done beautifully: they both care a great deal for each other, and while she spends a lot of time at his bedside, it's because he's unwell for a while.   (And while I believe it's to an unhealthy degree, as in she doesn't even eat, I understand why after her hellish, worried life.   She clings to him.   It's not a scenario where she gives up everything and he just takes and takes either.   It's later, in West Coast Avengers, that you find that he doesn't need to sleep, but stays beside her all night because it brings her peace when she hasn't had much in her life.  In other words: I think it would be problematic for a character to give up everything in this unhealthy way, particularly if their parter weren't giving back.   They give up, and in a way that feels fairly equal, so it didn't feel super creepy to me.)

 

In other words: I just didn't see any of the cringe-worthy sexism.   Yes, Jan strips down to a bikini on a boat to work on her tan.   But to be fair, when she mentions it's for the tan, Star-Fox starts stripping down, too.   And she's not posed in a stick out her boobs way, but rather more naturally. 

 

Anyway, one star knocked off for the obsession with the weird mouths and poses that have you looking up people's noses.   Two stars knocked off, because why did Absolute Vision Book 1 have so little Vision?   Seriously, a lot could have been taken out without messing up the setup.   Still, it's a good read and I'll probably reread at least the Vision parts. 

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text 2018-05-08 00:33
More Damnation
Doctor Strange (2015-) #389 - Donny Cates,Niko Henrichon,Mike Del Mundo

Fuck the Damnation storyline, fuck Nick Spencer's storytelling, fuck stories that spin out of Spencer's events.

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review 2018-05-08 00:14
Damnation tie-in
Doctor Strange (2015-) #388 - Donny Cates,Niko Henrichon,Mike Del Mundo

And since this is Nick Spencer's co-author on Damnation, that means this is towing Spencer's line.  Sorry, no, you have the ability to say no to that bullshit, but Nick Spencer was the one responsible for Marvel gas lighting us in a way: it was his storyline that cornered them into that.   

 

You have to understand, Marvel seems to think that saying Hydra had nothing to do with nazis ever is okay when it's blatantly untrue; they were nazi stand-ins at the beginning .  They could have evolved into something else, but that's what they were created as.   

 

And it's this gas lighting that makes me one hundred percent okay with one-starring authors who are willing to co-write mini-series and events with Spencer.   Although, ugh, I'm really disappointed in Coates right now.  I will not be picking up the new Strange because I think it's going to be tied into Damnation, and I'm not convinced Waid will write Strange well.   Also, not picking up anything by Coates or Spencer in the future. 

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