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review 2020-03-27 20:23
Alice Grove by Jeph Jacques
Alice Grove - Jeph Jacques

A side project from the creator of 'Questionable Content', 'Alice Grove' is a complete science fiction story set in the future thousands of years after a technological "blink" leaves the Earth without A.i. or any other advanced technology. Alice is a person with a certain skill set and her capabilities are revealed to the reader slowly after two young members of a human space colony are stranded on Earth and become her problem.

 

This was great and can be read in a single sitting. I'd invest in a physical copy if one were available, but instead I'll indulge in some of the physical volumes of his other comic he has available.

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review 2020-03-26 21:48
Magatokyo, Omnibus #1 by Fred Gallagher
Megatokyo Omnibus - Fred Gallagher

I've been heavily indulging in nostalgia lately, well...maybe for a few years. It's a way for me to balance the demands of the first-run arcs I read for work and the constant perusal of catalogs featuring thousands of new titles every season. Will that change in our new time of uncertainty? No idea, really, but it will be difficult ride for many small imprints and publishers for the next few years, even if everybody gets better tomorrow (and they won't).

 

Anyway, 'Megatokyo' was staple reading for me and my friends at the computer lab between classes. I was never fully immersed in gamer or anime culture as some in my circle, but the lols were real nonetheless. Piro and Largo end up kicked out of a gamers convention and, on a whim, take a flight to Japan. In Tokyo they promptly spend all of their money and are stuck in the country until they can save enough money to fly home.

 

Meanwhile, Kimiko is auditioning for a major voice-acting role for a new game with the encouragement of her tough friend Erika who works at a manga shop. Throw in Ping, the sentient PS2 accessory, high-tech hijinks, 133+ sp34k (I know I got that wrong), Sega hitmen, battling consciences, and the occasional unsanctioned Godzilla-attack and you have are story.

 

I forgot Miho, a "darkly cute" personification of evil, or a misunderstood school girl.

 

The comic is still going, but I've completely lost track of where the story is these days. Once I've finished the second omnibus, I'll dig into the website.

 

What I like about this comic after all of these years is the commitment to true character development and the long-game story arcs. There are some really dated jokes and uninteresting interludes that were fun filler at the time, but could probably have been entirely excluded.

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review 2020-03-25 21:20
The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 7: 1963-1964
The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 7: 1963-1964 - Charles M. Schulz,Bill Melendez

Another enjoyable couple years for the Peanuts gang. Charlie Brown gets "Eraserphagia" and "Little Leaguers Elbow", Lucy discovers Rachel Carson, Linus gets stage fright at the Christmas pageant, and Snoopy has bird problems. Many plot points for the soon-to-be-produced "Charlie Brown Christmas" special were pulled from these years as well.

 

The only really odd, unique thing about this volume was the introduction of '5' and his sisters '3' and '4'. They were renamed by their father because of the country's new mania for zip codes. 5's full name is 555 95472. It makes sense that the gang are Californians.

 

The rest of the strips are engaging and funny, of course, Schultz didn't need to reinvent the wheel to get laughs. My favorite strips were when Lucy and Frieda are commenting on the baseball game and how they might even win, and they ask each other if they even like baseball, and then Charlie Brown's finally one-upping Violet by pointing out that his father doesn't have to be the best bowler, because his dad loves him and that's enough. D'awww.

 

These are still a great investment, beautifully packaged and the end-papers keep getting better.

 

And, because Linus is on the cover - here's my Hungerford Vinyl Linus doll from ~1961, he's missing his blanket, but he's great and I'll keep my eyes out for the rest of the set: there's a Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, baby Schroeder (with detached piano) and Sally and Pigpen.

 

 

The Complete Peanuts

 

Next: 'Volume Eight: 1965-1966'

 

Previous: 'Volume Six: 1961-1962'

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review 2020-03-20 19:02
Review: Alexander X: Battle for Forever
Alexander X: Battle for Forever - Edward Savio

So, Wil Wheaton as the narrator was the biggest selling point for me.  He's just excellent, and I feel like he only picks good projects.  Not to say that the description wasn't enticing, because, obviously it was the other selling point.  

 

This was a fun adventure that kept me interested throughout.  I made it through the audibook in one sitting, not counting interruptions from the hubby and kids.  It puts a fun spin on history which actually hits a little too close to home because the people making the history are never the ones writing it, as they're too busy in the midst of it.  The people who do write it, never quite get it right, do they?

 

I love the idea of the immortals, the genetic defect that gives some humans ridiculously long lives and the idea that the longer you live, the more power you gain (knowledge and experience is power).  And there are always going to be those that use those powers for evil.

 

Alexander, a 1500-year-old teenager, his best friend and his crush are now charged with stopping one immortal's quest to basically end the world as we know it.  As I said, this was a fun read (listen) and I cannot wait to get to the next book!

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review 2020-03-16 03:56
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Yours In Scandal - Lauren Layne

Robert is just ending his term of being the Mayor of New York City.  There must be a party to celebrate his good work.  Doesn't hurt that he is thinking of running for Governor too.  The people seem to like him and he is good at this job.

 

Adeline, trying to make the party for Robert, is fighting the feelings she is starting to feel for him.  It is a madhouse to go back into the slippery slope that is politics.  When he finds out who her father is this whole scenario will be worse.  Since he is the first man to make her feel in years should she take a chance?

 

I absolutely loved the story.  Fast paced, with corners of darkness shadowing the light, I loved the characters and their weaknesses that were showing.  There was banter, and sexual innuendo and frustration at first.  All the more titillating and the sparks were humming as we read the first half.  The second half, however, is where the real scandal lies.  I give this great read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publishers. 

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