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review 2017-03-29 18:09
Not Quite as Good as Volume 1
The Sandman, Vol. 3: Dream Country - Neil Gaiman,Malcolm Jones III,Kelley Jones,Colleen Doran

I did like this, but thought that it was a bit all over the place. I only really liked one issue and that was the one dealing with Death and the woman who was not a woman, Rainie. There seemed to be no connection between these issues and I thought that the issue ending on scripts of whatever for this volume was boring. I just skipped all over that. 

 

"Calliope" was a great story and we find out more about this Muse and her relationship with Dream. I liked the idea of Dream having a son though what was being done to Calliope all in the name of writing was terrible. I think that the authors in that one got off way too easily. This story starts before Dream is imprisoned and then escapes. 

 

"A Dream of a Thousand Cats" I think my cat would enjoy this story. I did like how we get to see Dream as a cat though. Still creeped me out with the all knowing look in his eyes. 

 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" Well this turned sinister as hell in a quick shake. We have seen the relationship between Dream and Shakespeare in volume 1 so I am going to assume he keeps showing up. It was an interesting idea that I will admit to being slightly bored a bit.

 

"Facade" so I had to look up the character of Rainie since I had no idea who the heck she was and what her deal was either. She's interesting, but what was really interesting to me is that she is thousands of years old and she really wants to die. She's sick of merely existing and having no true face anymore. I did laugh though when she goes to lunch with an old friend and her fake face mask falls into a plate of spaghetti. Rainie ends up meeting Death who talks to her about the end of all things which was actually moving. Great ending to this issue. 

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review 2017-03-29 15:46
Little Dead Red by Mercedes Yardley (audio)
Little Dead Red - Mercedes M. Yardley
This is a not happy tale. Terrible things happen to innocent people.

Little Red Dead is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood which was never a sweet tale anyway, but author Mercedes Yardley takes the bones of that fable and gives it a very gritty, very modern treatment and turns it into a horrifying read.

Some women have all the luck. Marie is not one of them. I don’t want to spoil too much of the story and am honestly unsure how to even tackle this review. I’ll just say that Marie suffers from two huge losses that leave her devastated, emotionally drained and at her wits end. After a kind man and his wife intervene, instead of succumbing to depression she decides to plot revenge.

This is a well plotted, well executed, bleak and painfully emotional short story – all the things I look for in a story such as this but it is not an feel good read. You have been warned.

Narration Notes: As this story is told from Marie’s POV, I’m not going to lie, I do wish it had been narrated by a woman but that’s my own personal preference. That said, narrator Joe Hempel does a fine job with the darkness of the story and doesn’t ruin the female voices with painful falsetto. I cannot tell you how many times a guy has ruined a female character for me with a cringy performance and vice-versa. I found it hard to tear myself away from the audio and do things like go to work and listen to people who needed to ask me oh so important questions that could not wait (yeah, that’s sarcasm you hear there) because the storytelling was so involving.

I received a copy of this audiobook courtesy of Audiobook Boom.
 
 

 

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review 2017-03-29 15:39
Really Enjoyed This Prelude
The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1) - Neil Gaiman,Malcolm Jones III,Sam Kieth,Mike Dringenberg

There really is not much to say besides how much I loved this graphic novel from beginning to end. I am glad that I just went and bought the first three novels. My library didn't have this copy, but also the one I read (volume 2) was much older and with these new editions I bought, I can see a lot easier while reading. 

 

In "Preludes and Nocturnes" I get to see how Dream got locked away and how that impacted the world. I wish now that I had read this volume before volume 2 since now certain things seem really cruel (i.e. the whole thing with Nada).

 

Through a spell a group of people manage to imprison Dream (ie The Sandman) and eventually he is able to escape, but damage has been done. The world has dealt with a sleep sickness and Dream being locked away has actually affected more things than even he knows.


Volume 1 really just showcases Dream going forth and trying to find his sandbag, helmet, and a ruby.

 

We get to follow Dream as he meets with characters like John Constantine, Etrigan the Demon, Morningstar (Lucifer), his sister Death, and even characters from Batman via Arkham Asylum. 

 

The writing was great though some parts of the book were gross (speaking of when John lays eyes on his ex-lover and he finds out what has became of her). We get to see that Dream can be cruel and also compassionate at times. 

 

I really loved the colors and graphics in this one a lot. The story flowed perfectly from issue to issue to the end. I think my favorite part honestly was when Dream and Death went on a little tour. 

 

I can see why this is such a favorite with so many people. 

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review 2017-03-29 03:40
Welcome to the Land of Nod
Nod - Adrian Barnes

This book has been on my radar for a little bit. A Buzzfeed quiz told me it should be my next scifi read and I decided to take it up on that. For once, Buzzfeed did not disappoint. 

 

Nod takes place in a world where the majority of people on the planet are unable to sleep. Not like, "Oh, gonna toss around for a bit" or "I slept for five hours but it feels like even less". No, it's point blank no sleep. And if you didn't know, going without sleep for too long will make you go crazy and eventually die. A small population of humanity, though, are able to sleep and all share the same dream. Paul, our narrator, is one of those few and he tells the tale of how the world and his partner, Tanya, descend into sleep-deprived madness. 

 

This book was amazing. I really enjoyed it. The concept itself is just incredible. I get really sick when I don't sleep well enough for one night. I can't imagine the Hell the characters go through in the 24 days this book takes place during. The book also is just as much an exploration of linguistics and the nature of reality as it is what happens when you sleep deprive people for too long. Seriously, the language and exploration of language in this book is seriously beautiful. 

 

The plot of Nod is seriously sound and well constructed. There were twists and turns but nothing that felt thrown in there for the sake of drama. It all served a purpose and fell into place. The characters themselves were seriously well constructed. Charles was an incredible villain and I can't decide if I liked him or was frightened by him. Paul himself wasn't necessarily the best character but he was an amazing narrator. All the characters were interesting and awesome. The scares were incredible, the laughs were great, it all was just great. 

 

I'm sure you're wondering why, if I liked this book so much, why only 4 1/2 stars? Why not the full 5? Well, it could drag a little. Paul's writerly style, while awesome and poetic, could get a bit monotonous at times and I'd find myself skimming. It picks up fairly soon, but the first couple of chapters, while not bad by any means, did take away from the book as a whole. 

 

Final rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars. Really good, definitely recommend and will probably buy since payday is Friday. 

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text 2017-03-28 22:28
I've read 16% of Lucky Supreme and...
Lucky Supreme: A Novel of Many Crimes - Jeff Johnson

I'm loving it so far!

 

Jeff Johnson is such an interesting man, and his writing appeals to me. It always has a noir feel to it, it's filled with a dry, black sense of humor, there's always good food cooking, and his writing style is vivid and clear. 

 

My question is why he isn't more well known?

 

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