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url 2017-09-27 19:33
Haikasoru Humble Bundle

THIS IS A GOOD ONE. EVEN JUST FOR YUKIKAZE ALONE.

 

Okay, the less fangirly take: Out of the books in this bundle, I've only actually read Yukikaze (which was great - military sci-fi with emerging AI sentience and an edge of bleakness). I attempted to read Self-Reference Engine a while back but didn't get very far, and I read enough of Good Luck, Yukikaze to be sad that it didn't work nearly as well for me as the first book.

 

Although I already own several of the books in the bundle, I'm definitely picking this one up.

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review 2017-08-27 00:17
Fun, but I like my IDW with giant robots
G.I. Joe (2013-) Vol. 1: Homefront - Fred Van Lente,Steve Kurth

I just didn't find this entertaining enough to be a five, or even four star, book.   It seemed like a typical GI Joe story, although they're now working in the open so they have to keep public opinion of them from dropping too low. 

 

Mostly, I hated how much they got into Cover Girl, and her backstory as a model.   See, all the Joes are only known by their code name to the public.   They're all supposedly dead, and yet Courtney/Cover Girl used to be a super model who was on a Top Model type show.  

 

So, um, how does no one recognize her when she's in the field?

 

I spent a great deal of time mulling this over, and it's never dealt with directly so I was really unhappy with that gaping plot hole.

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review 2017-07-13 01:55
Humble Bundle win
Lost Souls - Kelley Armstrong,Xavière Daumarie

This was amazing.   No illustrations, but it was a Humble Bundle book, and I loved the storyline, the characters, and the way they worked with and against each other.   Not quite charming, but hopeful, especially for a book about the fae.   

 

I'm out of the loop.   I've read nothing else in this series, but I really, really want to now.   Armstrong has a good sense of humor, and writes in an easy to read style.   

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review 2017-07-06 12:54
Really hitting its stride
Fairy Tail Vol. 9 - Hiro Mashima

I hope this keeps up.  Loke's backstory was the most fascinating in that it had the most depth, and made him confront a moral problem that had more shades of gray than any before.   I wanted to know more about him, about where he came from, and about why he acted in the way he did.   (I can't get less vague without spoiling this entire storyline.)

 

It also touched me the most.  I felt more for the characters.   The art, in addition, continues to get better and better in my opinion.   It's not quite as noticeable between volumes: there was one large improvement, then slower improvements over that.   Still, I really appreciate this fact. 

 

Onto volume ten.

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review 2017-07-03 22:15
The fight between the guilds continues
Fairy Tail, Vol. 8 - Hiro Mashima

And it gets ugly.   There are losses on both sides, and a building that walks, and turns into a magically powered mecha.   There's nothing that makes me think this is going to get more nuanced than this is, but it's fun.   It has been, and it continues to be, and I'm still liking the art more. 

 

For now, I'm not compelled to write long reviews, just ones that note that I've finished a volume and where this ranges on the status quo.   I'm enjoying it, but I wouldn't push it on anyone who didn't, or even try to convince them to read.   Given the rather odd art, and the fact that this is far from the most brilliant thing I've read, well...   

 

Still, it's something that's nice and easy for me, and it's relaxing.   So onto volume nine.

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