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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-01 11:04
February 2017-- A Wrap Up
The Hobbit (Graphic Novel) - Chuck Dixon
X-Men: Magneto Testament - Carmine Di Giandomenico,Greg Pak
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu
Outtakes from the Grave (Night Huntress Book 8) - Jeaniene Frost
Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction - John Byrne,Mike Mignola
Asimov's Science Fiction: Hugo & Nebula Award Winning Stories - Sheila Williams
Night - Marion Wiesel,Elie Wiesel



Old Faves in New Flavors


The Hobbit Graphic Novel

The novel stayed true to the book. However, I wasn't too impressed with the artwork. It could have been more attractive. Given that I've just finished reading Monstress, it is no surprise that everything else looks almost dull in comparison!




Words that have always made me sad and touched my heart:



Outtakes from the Grave


This book is solely for the readers who have loved the Night Huntress series. It contains deleted scenes and different versions that were scrapped for various reasons. It was a good way to revisit the duo that we'd all miss now that the series has ended. Since I have added books from the two spinoff series to my TBR recently, I'm guessing I'll come across Cat & Bones there too.




Holocaust Horrors


X-Men: Magneto Testament


Since I read this first, I didn't realize how heavily inspired it was by the book, Night by Elie Wiesel. Even so, I loved it, both for the content and the art. A scene that stayed with me was about the girl Magneto is trying to save. She is found among dead bodies and is found to have survived because she remembered what he had said to her & had hidden herself in the pile.





What I liked about this book was that the author wasn't interested in getting people to feel sorry for them. Instead, their objective was to prevent such a catastrophe from happening again. That is one of the reasons why the book felt much more authentic to me than The Book Thief ever did. Of course, the fact that the author lived through the events has a lot to do with that, as well.


I think this quote from the book says it all:





Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction


Find my mini-review here.



Monstress, Vol 1: Awakening




Everybody has been talking about this, so I'll just say that you might wanna check it out for yourself.


Asimov's Science Fiction


Detailed review here.


February was a good month. I read more graphic novels than I usually read and it is always good to try new things.


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review 2017-02-15 07:15
Quick Reading Updates, Book Bingo, & Musings on Writing
Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction - John Byrne,Mike Mignola


I finished Hellboy Vol. 1 Seed of Destruction & loved every bit of it. I would have loved it even more, if there was more Liz to go around. The artwork is so beautiful but what do I know because I haven’t read more than ten graphic novels/comics in my life.

However, that is all about to change!


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Another graphic novel that I am loving because look how pretty!


Almost done with Asimov’s Science Fiction: Hugo & Nebula Award Winning Stories, which is the book that got me thinking. At the moment, I am engrossed in one of the stories featured in it, Barnacle Bill the Spacer, by Lucius Shepard. It is so unabashedly geeky and based on barnacles that I had to stop and think. It includes chunks about Barnacle biology & yet I am loving it. It reminds me of my 5k-word long short story, The Better to See You With. Not being able to publish it so far, I have been thinking if its the science that is preventing its acceptance. Shepard’s story has given me hope. Now all I have to worry about is that it might not get published because it is a sucky story. Phew!

Book Bingo continues with my girls from work. We already finished one round of reading & rolled the dice a second time. Check out the categories that we included in that super-bad picture below:




My teammate & I have complete our book for O i.e. New to You Author & are now looking for a book that will fit the requirements for N i.e. Non-Human Character. So far, I am looking at these three:






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review 2016-10-11 12:04
Nice collection of stories
Hellboy: Oddest Jobs - Christopher Golden,Mike Mignola

*Book source ~ Library


Anthology of 14 stories with the common theme of Hellboy and an introduction by Christopher Golden.


Ok, so every one of these stories is weird, some way more than others. Way, waaaay more. I’ve never seen a Hellboy movie (though we have them) or read the comics. This anthology is the first time I’ve read any Hellboy stories. I gotta say, Hellboy is fairly entertaining. I need to watch the movies and dig up more stories to read.


Jiving with Shadows and Dragons and Long, Black Trains by Joe R. Lansdale ~ Gross and yet enthralling. Probably my favorite.


Straight, No Chaser by Mark Chadbourn ~ Meh.


Second Honeymoon by John Skipp & Cody Goodfellow ~ Oooh, mythology. Nice touch.


Danny Boy by Ken Bruen ~ This author has an aversion to periods. The punctuation kind. I have no idea about the other kind.


Strange Fishing in the Western Highlands by Garth Nix ~ Really enjoyed this one.


Salamander Blues by Brian Keene ~ This reminds me of a Monster of the Week episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


The Thursday Men by Tad Williams ~ I like the sci-fi aspect. Another good one.


Produce by Amber Benson ~ This one just didn’t seem right. Too adult for the narrator. Meh.


Repossession by Barbara Hambly ~ Weird.


In Cupboards and Bookshelves by Gary A. Braunbeck ~ I didn’t really understand this one.


Feet of Sciron by Rhys Hughes ~ Weirder than weird.


Monster Boy by Stephen Volk ~ Sorta reminds me of Ralphie in A Christmas Story.


Evolution and Hellhole Canyon by Don Winslow ~ Hellboy’s work is never glamorous.


A Room of One’s Own by China Miéville ~ Totally bizarre. And I didn’t really get it.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/10/hellboy-oddest-jobs.html
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review 2015-05-08 16:34
Heavy Comics
Hellboy: Weird Tales - Mike Mignola

Weird Tales is a huge collection of one shot comics centering around Hellboy and the B.P.R.D folks and done by a plethora of various illustrators and writers.  From vibrant and sometimes psychedelic spreads to black and white pencil drawings there is an art style sure to impress everyone.


The stories too vary from punchy satires of various hardboiled comic strips, newspaper funnies  and backstage peeks to harrowing stories of psychological terror, historical horrors and creepy prophecy.


Fans of the Hellboy series will definitely want to pick this collection up, although there is nothing here that will affect one's enjoyment of the ongoing series, there is a lot of background info and character development going on here that's not to miss.


For those unfamiliar with Hellboy, this might be a good taste.  The series is mainly a horror genre, but does regularly insert humor into it's pages, not to mention the characters really are ones you want to root for, with rich backgrounds devoid of the often soap opera-y flavor of super hero comics.  (Well mostly).


One word of warning.  It is a really thick and text heavy comic and some comics do deal with serious topics, so it's light neither in physicality nor in substance.

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review 2014-09-01 21:10
Hellboy Volume 6: Strange Places by Mike Mignola
Hellboy, Vol. 6: Strange Places - Mike Mignola

Hellboy left the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense and has traveled to Africa, but his time there didn't last long. He ends up at the bottom of the sea for two years. 

Creatures try to force Hellboy to accept his role as the one who brings the apocalypse. But he's not having it.

This volume has two stories in it, both showing a bit of Hellboy's origin and what he was supposed to do. But as you know Hellboy, he's not willing to accept his role, or to accept being killed.

It was a good volume and I can't wait to see where the story goes next.

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