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review 2018-01-15 17:28
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee

It is impossible to explain how you can love someone so much that it’s difficult to be around him. And with Percy sitting there, half in shadow, his hair loose and his long legs and those eyes I could have lived and died in, it feels like there’s a space inside me that is so bright it burns.

 

This book is absolutely beautiful.  And for this to be on mainstream shelves makes me very happy.  I fell in love with all of these characters, and Monty's inner voice was heartbreaking and frustrating at the same time.  A character who for the most part grows into a man over the course of this adventure, despite the demons this boy carries. The writing is simply magnificient.

 

Perhaps he can’t understand it, the way that house will always be haunted for me, even if my father were gone from it. I can’t imagine living in it for the rest of my life, throwing parties in its parlors and filling the cabinets with my papers, all the while ignoring the dark spot on the dining room floor that’s never washed away, where I tore my chin open when my father knocked me to the ground with a single well-swung fist; or the hearth that chipped my tooth when I was thrown into it. There are bodies buried beneath the flagstones of my parents’ estate, and some graves never green.

 

 

I do wish we had also gotten sweet Percy's POV or a final scene between Monty and his father. I can only hope that we will get a third book to this series and perhaps a continuation of these boys as they grow further in their love for one another and continue to grow into the men they have become, standing on their own in a world so unaccepting of their love.

 

 

Felicity's story it seems is next. I am quite excited to see her continued adventures, perhaps with the "pirates" as she also looks to stand as a woman of purpose in a time where socially her worth has been predetermined.

 

 

 

Such amazingly developed fan art to accompany this beautiful journey.

 

Highly recommended.

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text 2018-01-07 03:09
Reading progress update: I've read 9 out of 30 pages.
Steed and Mrs. Peel: We're Needed #1 - Marco Cosentino,Ian Edginton

 

Perfect time for this to turn into a Transformers crossover.   

 

Their car could be the best spy partner they could ever hope for...

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text 2018-01-03 10:08
Looking back on 2017
The letters of Herman Melville - Herman Melville,Merrell R. Davis,William H. Gilman
A True Novel - Juliet Winters Carpenter,Minae Mizumura
Wir - Евгений Замятин
Der Glöckner von Notre-Dame - Else von Schorn,Victor Hugo
What the Hell Did I Just Read - David Wong
Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
Сердешна Оксана - Григорій Квітка-Основ'яненко
The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo - Oscar Zeta Acosta,Manuel Acosta Sero,Hunter S. Thompson
The Revolt of the Cockroach People - Oscar Zeta Acosta,Marco Acosta,Hunter S. Thompson
Ein so langer Brief - Mariama Bâ,Irmgard Rathke,Rolf Italiaander

Hey there! I hope everyone had a fantastic start into 2018!

 

I always like to take the first days of January to look back and recap what I read in the past year – which books did I love, which ones did I like ok and which ones did upset or disappoint me. So here we go – quick and dirty!

 

Books I loved

There were a lot of books which I really liked in 2017, so I wrecked my brain to distil the three absolute best of the best for you:
My favourite book must have been The Letters of Herman Melville – interesting, well written and as an highlight I recommend reading the letters he addressed to Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Another one of my favourites was A True Novel by Minae Mizumura which I binge read in 11 days despite the sheer amount of nearly 900 pages. And last, but definitely not least was the mother of all dystopian novels We by Evgenij Zamjatin.

 

Books I was disappointed in

Luckily, in this category there were not that many books to choose from. The biggest letdown and as I can remember also the most exhausting one to read must have been The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, which is sad, because I expected so much more from this classic. What the Hell did I just read was no favourite of mine neither, although this did not come as a surprise, because David Wong’s books are gradually declining in quality. And since I mentioned We as one of the best books, I have to admit that 1984 wasn’t really a good one, despite its status as the dystopian novel par excellence.

 

And some honourable mentions

Сердешна Оксана as the first (and so far only) book I read in Ukrainian, So long a letter as a fascinating account of the life of African women and both books written by Oscar Zeta Acosta (The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo and The Revolt of the Cockrach People), because Acosta proves that even lawyers can be amazing writers and fight for what is right.

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text 2017-12-30 21:31
Reading progress update: I've read 8%.
Arrows Through Archer - Nash Summers

It was too much.

It was too much, too soon, and it would always be too soon. I would never get over this. This was what would continue to consume me and eat away at my sanity and my hope and my joy for the rest of my life. There was no light at the end of the tunnel because there was no fucking tunnel. There was a pit and in that pit was nothing but darkness. In the center, stood I.

 

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review 2017-11-23 18:13
Read in English
Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur Vol. 2: Seccature Spaziali (Italian Edition) - Brandon Montclare,Amy Reeder,Marco Failla,Natacha Bustos,Tamra Bonvillain,Elena Cecchini
I found this one a little less enchanting than volume one. Now, don't get me wrong, I think part of that is how I feel about Marvel, and has less to due with Moon Girl.

I think it is great that Marvel is showcasing characters like Moon Girl and Ms Marvel. Not only are they minority characters but they are non-trophe female characters. To me this was always the charm of Firestar (and to a lesser degree Scarlet Witch), and yet, I had to watch Marvel writers constantly screw over Firestar and finally paint her simply as the girlfriend and that pissed me off. (Seriously, her home life is too normal Mr Marvel Writer Fabien? She had a father figure die in her arms, and almost lost her real father the same way. Hey, and what about her mother? Shit poor writing, dude. You just like the male characters better. You never could write women and you screwed your female characters over). Marvel still wastes her. So I guess, I am a little jealous on her behalf.

So there is that. Which is why I was a little resentful of Ms Marvel here because that is the way the women in New Warriors should have been. Really, should have been.

But I love this series because of Lunella who has two loving parents and value her own intelligence, who doesn't care when a guy says he loves her because she is fourth grade. That is so important today. So important. So give Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur to all the women and girls in your life. Because this series is actually right.
 
 

 

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