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review 2019-08-15 03:20
Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Hot in the City (The New 52) - Amanda Conner,Jimmy Palmiotti
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This is a tricky one for me to rate. While I love the idea of Harley Quinn and all of her craziness, I'm also not huge on gore and violence.

A while back, I passed up buying this book because I read reviews critiquing how it's basically just a collection of sexy pictures of Harley. I saw this book at the library last week and picked it up to see what it was actually about. While there are plenty of sexy poses and outfits, which I have come to expect in the majority of superhero/villain comics, I was actually pleasantly surprised to see there was a general plot. 

The beginning of the book, which flows through a bunch of art styles and artists, started out interesting, but got pretty old real quick. However, after that, I did get sucked into the general story. Plus, there's some roller derby, which is always a win in my book. 

The artwork wasn't my favorite, because there's a limit to how much unrealistic female body representation and overly gruesome violence I can take. If you're into those kind of things, this is probably a better fit for you. 

I did pick up the second book at the library, because I figured why not, so we'll see how that goes. I am intrigued by the series, but not sure if it's a good enough fit to stick out in the long run.
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review 2019-08-06 03:55
Hitchcock-style caper has an emotional core and moves at a break-neck speed; pick up this high-stakes YA thriller from Derek Milman for an exciting summer read
Swipe Right For Murder - Derek Milman

RELEASES TUESDAY AUGUST 6, 2019!

 

This is the sophomore novel from the immensely talented and wildly unique Derek Milman, who previously gave us the quirky and brilliant YA novel, ‘Scream All Night.’

Milman steps it up a notch in this one, bringing readers something close to the anxiety-fueled capers of Hitchcock, but with an emotionally-fueled story  at its core, something he seriously does best.

 

‘Swipe Right’ is a high-stakes genre-bending murder mystery, with classic elements like a case of mistaken identity, running from the good guys (the FBI) and being targeted by the bad guys (a crazy, murderous cult). There are dead bodies, accusations of cyber-terrorism, and it all starts with a deadly DirtyPaws hookup in a hotel room.

What makes this incredibly fresh and compelling for readers of YA, is the fantastically honest character portrayal of a young gay man, the main character Aidan Jamison. He is flawed, and arrogant, funny, charming, and he is struggling with his independence from his family, while receiving warnings from friends who seriously are worried about his recklessness. Amid all the action, and dark comedy that’s packed into this book (one of my favorite things about Derek’s writing), Aidan is forced to face his disturbing past and relationships.

 

‘Swipe Right’ moves at a break-neck speed as Aidan races to solve the crime that he’s implicated in, without getting killed or arrested, and finds out a lot about himself while he’s ‘on the lam.’ His character arc is natural and necessary and kept you rooting for him. Derek just knows how to write compelling, flawed characters and knows how to really get you to feel.

 

It’s exciting, funny, relatable, and it’s hard not to get wrapped up in Aidan’s story of emotional highs and lows as well as Milman’s writing really quickly. I swooped in quickly on Derek’s first book and became a fast fan of his, and now I’m already wondering what he will be doing next. This must be your summer thriller read for 2019!

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/39678946-swipe-right-for-murder
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review 2019-01-01 21:51
Touchfeather
Touchfeather - Jimmy Sangster

Set in the 60's with a young Katy Touchfeather as the main character, is a spy novel written by well known screenwriter Jimmy Sangster. Katy is an operative for a deep-state organization that she doesn't even know the name of, but is sent on missions, and her latest is to find who killed her husband. It is fun, if you can get beyond the 60's morals of free love, with the intrigue spanning the globe. She falls in love easily, and into beds even more easily, but that in is reminiscent of 007. Perhaps that was the goal of Mr. Sangster-- to make a young female version of James Bond. I wasn't totally disappointed in the book, and due to the genre and the era it was written in, I sort of expected the permissive attitude towards intimacy. Of course it was dated as well, written in the time well before cell phones or internet, so all of Ms. Touchfeather's spying must be done without the aid of any of that. All in all, an entertaining read

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review 2018-06-12 01:16
The Red Cat Cookbook
The Red Cat Cookbook: 125 Recipes from New York City's Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant - Jimmy Bradley,Andrew Friedman

I loved the title and had fun with some of the recipes. My children are groaning at some of the ingredients. I am pretty sure I won't make many of them, but I did have fun with this. 

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text 2018-05-10 22:01
Reading progress update: I've read 98 out of 360 pages.
Avengers: Absolute Vision - Book Two (Avengers (1963-1996)) - Brian Garvey,Jimmy Akin,Roger Stern,Steve Ditko,Carmine Infantino,Al Milgrom,Prentice Hall

I'm out of the house so I can't keep cleaning, etc.   But I'm also too pumped up - nervous and excited - about the move to really settle in and read right now.   So I gave this a valiant shot, I guess?   I'll come back to this later.

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