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review 2018-01-27 21:02
The Daybreak Bond by Megan Frazer Blakemore
The Daybreak Bond - Megan Frazer Blakemo... The Daybreak Bond - Megan Frazer Blakemore

Since I won this from Goodreads and it is a sequel, I first read book one, “The Firefly Code.” I didn’t know much about the story going in, and this was also the first book I’ve read by this author. I was surprised at the rather heavy subject matter and at how skillfully it was handled, especially for a middle-grade book; the duology is definitely as applicable to adults as to older kids and teens, and it is particularly germane to contemporary social issues and concerns despite being set a few generations in the future.

Picking up where “The Firefly Code” left off, Megan Frazer Blakemore’s “The Daybreak Bond” details the journey of the Firefly Five on their mission to save their friend Ilana from being scuttled. The two books coalesce together seamlessly, as if they were one long novel, although there are some subtle reminders peppered throughout the narrative to keep readers up to speed in case it has been a while since they read book one. “The Daybreak Bond” is even more intense than its predecessor, taking on the moral and ethical considerations that come with genetic engineering and being natural or designed. The Firefly Five, and particularly the main character Mori—from whose point of view the story unfolds—begin to understand the implications of their utopic existence in Old Harmonie and that the control of Krita stretches farther than they realized and impacts many beyond their own city. The repercussions of privilege and the failure to take responsibility when things go wrong become more evident when they interact with a trio of kids from “outside”, underscoring the ripple effect that results from power and supremacy. Ultimately, the story focuses on challenging the status quo and on remaining true to oneself in a society that emphasizes conformity, despite the consequences.

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review 2017-12-23 00:35
Black Bolt makes his way to Earth
Black Bolt (2017-) #7 - Saladin Ahmed,Frazer Irving,Christian Ward

After getting out of that terror where he was imprisoned, Black Bolt returns a child to his own and takes another one to his home as she has nowhere else to go.   He deals with the horrors, although they still haunt him, and even more so Blinky, the child he's promised to protect.   


And he brings her more trauma when she unintentionally helps him kill those trying to kill them for accidentally flying into their space.   As a former king, Black Bolt understands authority and the need for rules to be followed else madmen try to take advantage of loopholes, from personal experience with his brother, Maximus the Mad.   He understands authority - but he won't allow them to kill him or abandon them by taking their ship because of authority.   As much as he regrets killing those who have the authority to detain him, he can't allow them to do so and protect Blinky.   And he regrets putting her through that, feeling their deaths as she does, even more. 


Still, it all seems worth it when they see Earth.   Although I've seen the next issue's cover, so I know things might get hairy again before it gets good for those two.

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text 2017-04-24 04:10
Ran across this series
The Novice's Tale - Margaret Frazer

When I was browsing Brother Cadfael & I'm wondering if any of my BL friends are familiar with it?


It's the Sister Frevisse series, set in 1431. Anyone?

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review 2017-03-23 23:04
Fabulous ending!
Uncanny Inhumans (2015-) #20 - Charles Soule,Ario Anindito,Frazer Irving,Scott Wilson,Lee Garbett

I can see how and why this might tie into Royals and Black Bolt, even.   This has been a fabulous series, and this wrap up was as funny as I could have hoped, while tying up all the lose ends, some more seriously than others. 


And somehow, this feels appropriate to end with Maximus the Mad.   From the Inhumans to All-New Inhumans to Uncanny Inhumans: it started with and ends with Maximus. 


Gorgeous, gorgeous run.   This will mean nothing if you haven't read at least this series, and it will mean more if you read Inhumans and then All-New Inhumans and then Uncanny Inhumans in my opinion.   They all add up to one much longer story arc - and I hope the people who pick up the reigns with royals, Black Bolt and Secret Warriors keep telling a much larger story that is just as well drawn as this one was.   

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review 2017-03-01 23:34
Still loving this
Doctor Strange (2015-) #17 - Jason Aaron,Frazer Irving,Kevin Nowlan

Wong has been taken by Mr. Misery, and Doctor Strange goes on a desperate search for his closest friend.   Because as much as it would seem that Wong is a servant, the truth is that he knows all the secrets of The Sanctum Santorum, he would do anything for Strange - and it isn't a one-sided relationship.   Not completely.   As much as Wong is a servant, he has also evolved into a confidante, and a dear, dear friend.  


Strange is lost without Wong - and it's not that he can't get his shit together.   Oh, no, he can function fine without Wong.   He's still lost.   He has a protege of sorts in Zelma, although at this point, she's a new Wong if anything.   (Actually, I'm worried for Wong now that I've thought of it that way!)   But the history, the many times Strange and Wong have put their lives on the line for each other?   That can't be replaced so quickly. 


I hope Wong's okay, for his sake, and for Strange's sake.  I've come to enjoy Wong in this title quite a bit, so I hope he makes it through this storyline!



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