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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-01 11:04
February 2017-- A Wrap Up
The Hobbit (Graphic Novel) - Chuck Dixon
X-Men: Magneto Testament - Carmine Di Giandomenico,Greg Pak
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu
Outtakes from the Grave (Night Huntress Book 8) - Jeaniene Frost
Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction - John Byrne,Mike Mignola
Asimov's Science Fiction: Hugo & Nebula Award Winning Stories - Sheila Williams
Night - Marion Wiesel,Elie Wiesel



Old Faves in New Flavors


The Hobbit Graphic Novel

The novel stayed true to the book. However, I wasn't too impressed with the artwork. It could have been more attractive. Given that I've just finished reading Monstress, it is no surprise that everything else looks almost dull in comparison!




Words that have always made me sad and touched my heart:



Outtakes from the Grave


This book is solely for the readers who have loved the Night Huntress series. It contains deleted scenes and different versions that were scrapped for various reasons. It was a good way to revisit the duo that we'd all miss now that the series has ended. Since I have added books from the two spinoff series to my TBR recently, I'm guessing I'll come across Cat & Bones there too.




Holocaust Horrors


X-Men: Magneto Testament


Since I read this first, I didn't realize how heavily inspired it was by the book, Night by Elie Wiesel. Even so, I loved it, both for the content and the art. A scene that stayed with me was about the girl Magneto is trying to save. She is found among dead bodies and is found to have survived because she remembered what he had said to her & had hidden herself in the pile.





What I liked about this book was that the author wasn't interested in getting people to feel sorry for them. Instead, their objective was to prevent such a catastrophe from happening again. That is one of the reasons why the book felt much more authentic to me than The Book Thief ever did. Of course, the fact that the author lived through the events has a lot to do with that, as well.


I think this quote from the book says it all:





Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction


Find my mini-review here.



Monstress, Vol 1: Awakening




Everybody has been talking about this, so I'll just say that you might wanna check it out for yourself.


Asimov's Science Fiction


Detailed review here.


February was a good month. I read more graphic novels than I usually read and it is always good to try new things.


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review 2017-02-15 07:15
Quick Reading Updates, Book Bingo, & Musings on Writing
Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction - John Byrne,Mike Mignola


I finished Hellboy Vol. 1 Seed of Destruction & loved every bit of it. I would have loved it even more, if there was more Liz to go around. The artwork is so beautiful but what do I know because I haven’t read more than ten graphic novels/comics in my life.

However, that is all about to change!


Currently Eyeing.jpg




Another graphic novel that I am loving because look how pretty!


Almost done with Asimov’s Science Fiction: Hugo & Nebula Award Winning Stories, which is the book that got me thinking. At the moment, I am engrossed in one of the stories featured in it, Barnacle Bill the Spacer, by Lucius Shepard. It is so unabashedly geeky and based on barnacles that I had to stop and think. It includes chunks about Barnacle biology & yet I am loving it. It reminds me of my 5k-word long short story, The Better to See You With. Not being able to publish it so far, I have been thinking if its the science that is preventing its acceptance. Shepard’s story has given me hope. Now all I have to worry about is that it might not get published because it is a sucky story. Phew!

Book Bingo continues with my girls from work. We already finished one round of reading & rolled the dice a second time. Check out the categories that we included in that super-bad picture below:




My teammate & I have complete our book for O i.e. New to You Author & are now looking for a book that will fit the requirements for N i.e. Non-Human Character. So far, I am looking at these three:






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text 2016-12-12 20:45
Monstress #1 - Sana Takeda,Marjorie M. Liu

The art is so good! Lush and complicated and shadowy without being like furiously grim. The story is pretty grim, though–or at least more violent than my usual comics. I like the choice of having a cast that’s 95% women, which lets Liu do some interesting things with the characters & gives them a chance to be morally complicated in a way that wouldn’t work with mostly men and just one or two women.

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review 2016-12-05 18:05
Monstress #8
Monstress #8 - Sana Takeda,Marjorie M. Liu

If you've been keeping with this story thus far, I'm sure you've noticed the amazing artistry and world building that has already gone into it. We left off setting sail from the beautiful seaside city of Thyria.

For reviews on prior issues: 1- 2, 3, 4-6, 7.

The hunt for answers takes Maika and her friends out to sea...

This issue doesn't really delve into Maika's progression toward her goal as much, though they are at sea and moving toward it still. This one focuses predominantly on some character growth for Maika. She's still got the attitude that I really love so much about her, but she's also still struggling with the monster inside her.

I'm intrigued by the captain, she's the first black woman in the story and has a respected position of power. She's a great character who commands respect in the small dealings we see with her. I love Kippa and the way her character grounds Maika. She's a reminder for Maika to fight for her own humanity. The siren was an interesting touch and I'm sure we'll get more about  the significance of her presence in another issue. The world of this story continues to expand and I just can't get enough of it.

Then there's the mysterious island they are all heading toward and that Maika is supposed to be kept from. We'll see how all of that goes. It wasn't looking too good for her but she's not a character that is easy to be rid of either. I can't wait to see what happens next!

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review 2016-11-17 02:42
Monstress: Awakening Volume 1 (Part 2) by Marjorie Liu
Monstress #2 - Marjorie M. Liu,Sana Takeda

Genre: Adventure / Steampunk / Fantasy / Drama

Year Published: 2016

Year Read:  9/13/2016

Publisher: Image Comics

Series: Monstress Issue #2



I would like to thank NetGalley and Image Comics for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


After reading the first issue of Marjorie Liu’s breakthrough comic book, “Monstress,” I was clambering for more of this series and I finally got the chance to read the second issue of this series and man was I really blown away by this second issue!

What is this story about?

In this issue, Maika had just escaped from the witches’ stronghold and even though she wanted to go there to find out more about herself and her mother, she leaves the stronghold with even more questions on her mind about her mother and about the nature of her powers. Meanwhile, the Warlord starts making her move and she has her eyes set on capturing Maika for murdering one of the head witches at the stronghold!

What I loved about this story:

Marjorie Liu’s writing: Marjorie Liu’s writing is as beautiful as ever as we actually get to see the repercussions that Maika faces after her stint at the witches’ stronghold. It was interesting seeing Maika feel so much remorse for her actions in transforming into a monster when she attacked Sophia and the other witches and you also get to see how Maika is still struggling with trying to figure out what kind of person she really is due to the nature of her powers. Even though this issue was not as action packed as the first issue, I still really enjoyed the character interactions between the characters, especially between Maika and the cat and the building tension of the Warlord trying to capture Maika. I also enjoyed seeing the two tailed cat and Kippa the fox human child make an appearance in this issue as I wanted to see more development from them and it was great seeing their reactions to Maika becoming a monster in the last issue, especially with Kippa now being afraid of Maika because of the events of the last issue. Maika’s interactions with the two tailed cat was pretty entertaining as well as she is often snarky towards the cat and it reminded me of the relationship between Coraline and the cat in Neil Gaiman’s book “Coraline.”

Sana Takeda’s artwork: Sana Takeda’s artwork is as usual gorgeous to look at, especially of all the exotic clothing worn by each character, especially the Warlord’s clothing being a black dress with jewelry hanging over it that makes her look truly menacing and yet unique in appearance. I also loved the images of the two tailed cat that looks so adorable and creative, especially with its two small tails.

What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:

For anyone who does not like gory violence, there are some scenes of people getting their heads chopped off with blood spraying everywhere and some readers might be a bit unnerved by these images if they do not like seeing gory violence in graphic novels.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, “Monstress Volume One: Awakening Part Two” is another great issue from Marjorie Liu’s intriguing series “Monstress” and I cannot wait to see what happens to Maika and her crew next!

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog


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