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text 2017-10-09 09:50









And the book selections read for each square.



 The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett,William DufrisSherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection - Arthur Conan Doyle,Stephen FryThe Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Audio) - Agatha Christie,Hugh FraserThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow [Classic Tales Edition] - Washington Irving,B. J. Harrison,B. J. HarrisonIn a Dark Wood - Josh Lanyon



The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett (9/17) - 3 Stars 

The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle (10/1) - 4 Stars

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (9/29) - 4.5 Stars

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (10/2) - 4.5 Stars

In a Dark Wood by Josh Lanyon (9/8) - 3 Stars










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review 2017-05-02 00:58
Goofy fun
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters - Erik Burnham,Dan Schoening,Tom Waltz

I thought this would be goofy, and just okay.   The art was highly stylized, to be goofy in a fun, animated type style, so that probably helped that assumption right along.   This was true to both franchises, but played with a situation where teleportation led to travel through dimensions.   


It's a fun concept, and not an original one.   One of my favorite Star Trek episodes is Mirror, Mirror which deals with this issue.  One of my favorite Transformers issues is my Timeline: Shattered Glass issue, partly because I bought two before I realized how rare they were and feel lucky to have gotten one much less two.   And partly because I love how extreme the world is, how brutal the Autobots are, and how good the Decepticons are.   


This was clearly just a mishap to have these two groups meet, and the author is well aware that it's just a plot device.   He wisely ignores too much about this, and while the science geeks geek out over how the turtles crossed over into another dimension, how to get back, and then focus on that, the others don't.   It's all in character, and the others simply fret about the evil god, Chi-You, that the Turtles have brought with them - and how to stop it using Ghostbuster methods, and means.    (Casey, their friend, has been possessed by Chi-You, which means that they're even less likely to stay.)


The non-science geek turtles don't ant to stay around, even though they know they have to leave - even though they know the way back is degrading.   The science geeks will take care of it - or they won't - and what use is them staying around when people are in danger?   It's their responsibility, and even if it hadn't been, they can't sit around when someone might get hurt.   


Mostly these two groups just riff on each other - and it is goofy.   And adorable.   And harmless fun.   And Janine and April O'Neill?   Get along more than I'd expect them to, and that?   That is also adorable.  Just what I needed yesterday night and this morning.  I actually need something like this again to cheer me up some more.

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text 2017-05-01 00:47
Reading progress update: I've read 78 out of 104 pages.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters - Erik Burnham,Dan Schoening,Tom Waltz

The Ghostbusters think the Turtles are kung fu martians when they first meet XD   


So much cuter than I expected. 

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text 2016-07-24 02:46

I saw the new Ghostbusters movie with a friend and was surprised that I mostly enjoyed it. I've seen at least one of the original movies and don't recall loving it, so I was iffy about going to see this one.


Then I went and did some liquidation sale shopping. I got a lot, even though I'm sure the biggest sales are still to come. So, successful (maybe too successful - now I have to find space for it all), but also one of the saddest book shopping trips I've ever done. I may write up a post about some of it later.

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review 2015-07-16 22:24
Who you gonna call? Heroes in a halfshell!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters - Erik Burnham,Dan Schoening,Tom Waltz

I admit to being a sucker for nostalgia. It's bad enough that I spent a couple hundred dollars to go to a convention just to meet the voice actors and one of the original writers of the comics, Kevin Eastman. And since Ghostbusters and TMNT were huge parts of my childhood, this comic was basically like someone at IDW said "How can we get Liss to give us money? This? Would this do it?"


It absolutely would, and to be perfectly honest, this book was well worth the money to me. It would have been worth buying in a hardcover to me. I don't know if folks coming at this without the nostalgia will have the same attachment that I do, however.


Let's start with the plot - the Turtles are messing around with a new device Donatello and co have created that's meant to teleport them from one place to another in an instant (Mirage comics readers, yeah, it's what you think it is). Except when the turtles, along with April and Casey, give it a try, something goes wrong, because otherwise where would the story come from?


This is the excuse for getting the two together - the Turtles appear in the same place as a major ghost and when the Ghostbusters get there, they naturally think the guys are something supernatural. (I mean honestly, it makes perfect sense, right?)


So now we have our crossover set up, and I want to give it a piece of praise right up front - everyone is absolutely in character. All the turtles, all the Ghostbusters, all the supporting cast. Some get more of an opportunity to show off than others, but everyone is clearly recognizable, and I swear there are times you could cover up the pictures, jsut read the dialogue, and still have a pretty solid idea who's taking to who.


Additionally, it gives pretty much everyone something to do. Some have more, some less, but everyone does something to affect the plot. It can be a little hard sometimes with crossovers with huge casts to make sure everyone gets at least a corner of the spotlight. They made the effort here, and I think it really paid off.


In the end, there is a lot of standing around and talking in this book, and if I wasn't obsessed with the characters and the backgrounds of the franchises, there might be times when I found this to drag a little. But because I loved the way even the slow moments painted the characters, I couldn't hate on it.


This is going to have a place in my rotation of often-reread stories, along with such titles as the original Young Avengers run and Booster Gold. SO enjoyable and so very well presented.

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