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url 2017-11-01 19:52
Humble Book Bundle: Multi-Genre Fiction

I'm debating getting this one. The things that immediately jump out at me as "wants" are Jodi Taylor's Just One Damn Thing After Another, Martha Wells' The Edge of Worlds, and Nick Mamatas' I am Providence. And maybe Galactic Empires, although that's an anthology and I don't have a good track record when it comes to actually reading those.

 

A huge chunk of this bundle is short story anthologies. They always sound nice to me in theory, and then they sit on my shelves (or on my e-reader) as I feel not a twinge of desire to read them.

 

Eh, I'll think it over for a while longer.

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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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