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review 2017-11-23 23:59
Waxing Moon (Calling the Moon #2) by Sarah E Stevens
Waxing Moon - Sarah E. Stevens Waxing Moon - Sarah E. Stevens

Julie is getting used to raising her powerful werewolf baby - and is still determined to do so alone, in her own home in her own town despite pressure to move to join the rest of the Pack



But when her house is burned down by a supernatural force she never knew about which may be in direct opposition to the powerful werewolf Carson is becoming. Can she assert her independence as a mere human in this world of dangerous supernatural beings fighting over her child?


In my review of the last book, I questioned how this series would continue after the events of the first book. I did suspect there would be some really convoluted way that Julie would end up being bitten and become a werewolf and then have many exciting adventures.


Oh how very different this turned out to be.


The conflict of this book is how much Julie gets to live her own life and how much control she has over raising her own son. It exposes a lot of the glaring problems with werewolf culture that have been briefly touched on but not explored in the last book


None of this is done clumsily. I mean, I would have frowned at this if all the nice people from the first book suddenly turned into hateful monsters. Instead we see it in their general attitudes, who is valued. Who is respected. Looking back among all the action of the previous book we see a lot of subtle or not overly flagged actions now from a very different light. Even how everyone is utterly fawning and excited over her son Carson; lots of little moments


And given how powerful Carson is, to Julie this is just all the more important why she needs to separate him from the damaging prejudices of a society that could have him absorb so


Again, it’s done really subtly, with the battle they’re fighting serving as a perfect background for people to make harsh decisions in the name of “safety”. It’s balanced to be very realistic - perhaps even something we could easily understand and go along with if it weren’t for Julie’s excellent insight.


This also brings excellent further exploration of Julie’s insistence of living her own life in her own town - but I think the best part of this was also looking at Julie’s extremely good friend Eliza. Loyal, supportive, passionate, determined, a good woman AND WRONG. Because you can be a good person and still be part of a deeply flawed, prejudiced system; you can be a good person and perpetuate inexcusable things within that system and being a good person doesn’t make it ok. That’s a nuance that is far superior to the simplistic narratives we see elsewhere

 

 

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Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/11/waxing-mooning-calling-moon-2-by-sarah.html
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review 2017-11-23 18:13
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Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur Vol. 2: Secca... 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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review 2017-11-17 19:58
BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON Review
By the Light of the Moon - Dean Koontz

Jilly and Dylan are strangers who are both knocked unconscious and injected with a strange substance by a scientist they refer to as Doctor Frankenstein. This chance encounter brings the two together, and they (with Dylan’s autistic brother Shep in tow) are off for a high-stakes adventure as they discover the depths of the supernatural powers they have been granted, and just why this happened to them of all people.

 

Look, this book is cheesy as hell. It’s Dean Koontz in full-on goofy mode. The prose is as purple as a corpse in rigor; Jilly and Dylan are pious pissholes who spend most of the book bemoaning the fact that they are so pure, so moralistic, in a world gone to hell. And Jilly is a take-no-crap comedian: the reader is reminded of this on every other page.

 

So why the four stars? Well . . . I had fun. I had a lot of fun. The mystery at the core of this story is one of Koontz’s most intriguing — who is the strange man with the needle, what is it he created, and why does it alter its victims so drastically? The narrative takes place over twenty-four hours, and the pace never lets up. Koontz doesn’t ramble too much here, but when it does it isn’t as much of a chore to read as it is in some of his latter day releases. I didn’t want to put this book down once I’d begun it, if that says anything.

 

This is a Koontz novel. You know what you’re getting. If you’re looking for a bit of brainless, cheesy fun with lots of gun action and wonky science, you could do much worse.

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review 2017-11-14 19:35
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill
What a delightful fairy tale! This was such a joy to read. I loved the mix of characters. There is a perfectly tiny dragon who truly believes he is simply enormous, a good witch with a heart of gold who rescues babies left in the woods to die, a poetry loving swamp monster, and so many other characters both unique and interesting.
 
As a child I know I would have adored this book and read it over and over. I would recommend this book to young, old and everyone in between who enjoys a captivating fairy tale filled to the brim with stardust, whimsy, moonbeams, and all things enchanting.
 
 
-SW
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text 2017-11-12 07:10
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