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review 2016-09-29 00:00
Golem in My Glovebox (A Monster Haven Story)
Golem in My Glovebox (A Monster Haven Story) - R.L. Naquin Road Trip. Ok so this road trip is not all fun and games actually it is no fun but lots of games. Head games. Someone is killing all of the Aegis. Its up to Zoey Donovan to stop the killer and save her mother. oh yea and not end up dead herself.

The road trip comes in ans her and Riley are headed to the Hidden's Headquarters. once they arrive there they are sent to investigate a murder of an Aegis, from there they end up pretty much touring the country investigating other Aegis murders all while trying to track down her mother before she ends up on the list of murdered. Will it be a funeral or a happy ending?

I love this series and cannot wait to get started on the next book in this series. Zoey can really get herself into a lot of messes but between her Friends who are also her family she always seems to come out on top.
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review 2016-09-26 19:00
Golem - Ceccotti Lorenzo,Ceccotti Lorenzo

[I got a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]


Some pretty good artwork in places, although I expected something more original, especially considering the length of this volume.


The basic idea in itself is, I'd say, typical enough of dystopian stories: country (here, Italy) in the not-too-far future, dominated by an apparent benevolent ruler (president Oudeis) who's actually a tyrant, with "the masses" living day to day in blissful ignorance, smothered with all the latest technological toys and gizmos they could desire. Also a "terrorist"/"freedom fighters" group, because dystopian stories need that. All in all, terra cognita here, not bad, and not exceptional either.


The world depicted in this comics is interesting, and chilling, too, however it gave a strong Japanese vibe, and this felt a little strange. Lots of Japanese-sounding names (the Yoko brand, the Shorai "terrorist group"), aesthetics that clearly reminded me of quite a few cyberpunk/futuristic manga... Again, not bad per se, yet I couldn't reconcile this vision with Italy. Not to say I expected stupid clichés here (nope, I didn't want to see pasta everywhere, that's just as bad as the French baguette as far as clichés go!), just... something that would've felt more European-centric?


The art was pretty good in some parts, though average in others, and most often dynamic: the fights looked and felt like fights, bodies in movement giving an impression of speed. As a work of art, as in painting/drawing, it was definitely interesting to look at.


The characters in general were sympathetic. Not unexpectedly at all, the rebels all have their quirks and cool tech and moves (cooking, hooked on computers, a sort of probabilities-projecting technology allowing them to predict their enemies' moves by a couple of seconds...). However, I never got a real feeling for them, especially the two kids at the centre of it all.



Conclusion: In general, my impression was that of a story with good foundations, but not told as it would've deserved—both too long and too crammed considering its conspiracy aspect. The bland characters didn't help.

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review 2016-08-25 00:00
The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel
The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker This is amazing writing. I have never read a story quite like it. It brings so much in to question, beliefs, faiths, religions, etc. It takes place during a time when people had to go between Europe and America by ship and women didn't go around unchaperoned. It mostly has a realistic feel with a few big exceptions. The two main characters aren't human. There are also magicians and such. It's pretty low on the low fantasy scale, but at the same time those fantastical elements are what the whole plot is about.
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review 2016-07-13 08:00
Golem - Ceccotti Lorenzo,Ceccotti Lorenzo

I really liked the artwork. However, at times I was wondering what I was reading because there didn't seem to be much of a plot.


Set in a very Dystopian (one might say over-the-top Dystopian) future Italy it had a very strange Japanese feeling over it. Partly this might have to do with the manga-like art style, but everything else also felt more Japanese than Italian (clothes and the like). It was distracting for me as I kept wondering why future Italy looked so much like Japan.


Like I said, the plot was somewhat lacking and really fell quite flat amidst all the Dystopian tragedy happening around the main character. While the artwork saved some of the story, I can not say that I loved it.


Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2016-06-14 00:00
The Golem's Eye
The Golem's Eye - Jonathan Stroud A worthy successor to the first in the series. Capably juggles three possible heroes, all with significant anti-hero qualities: sarcastic Bartimaeus, ruthlessly ambitious Nathaniel and terrorist/freedom-fighter Kitty. Good action, some pretty scary bits with skeletons that I'd keep away from the kids, and beautifully lined up for the final entry in the trilogy. Curious to see if Bartimaeus, and more dramatically, Nathaniel, are redeemed in the end, or if the true winner in all this turns out to be Kitty (who barely made it into the first book!) Highly impressed with how successfully Jonathan Stroud breaks narrative and storytelling conventions for an engaging read. Highly appreciative of his biting commentary and sarcastic wit as well.
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