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review 2017-08-02 17:06
King Rat - China Miéville

This urban grunge fantasy is Mieville's debut novel and the first of his works I've read. This is a riff on the Pied Piper of Hamlin and is imaginative and fast-paced. The language is delightful as is the imagery. The plot, however, is entirely predictable and there is one clear flaw in the plot, having to do with the protagonist's ability to resist the Rat Catcher's tune when no one else can. Still, it's a fun and fast read, and shows Mieville's developing talent. I'll read more of his work. 

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review 2017-05-27 21:17
What do I say about this?
Rat Queens Webcomics - Kurtis Wiebe,Max Dunbar,Will Kirkby,Ben Rankel,Sedona Parnham,Stjepan Sejic,Isaac Goodhart,Kyle Charles,Mike Norton,Justin Osterling,Sweeney Boo

The webcomics were undoubtedly written for the fans, and while I've heard good things about this series, I am not yet a fan.  I need to read it before I make up my mind, to be honest.   And I'm on the fence about reading this given the fact that the artist abused his wife, then they got a female artist, and she was dumped to bring back the original artist.   While she says she expected it might happen, it was the way she was treated in order to bring him back that sticks in my craw.  And to be honest, I'm always suspicious of strong female characters written by men who casually shrug off this kind of behavior.   Just how much can they get into a woman's mind if they are willing to forgive a friend or co-worker who is abusive?

 

This series felt okay for a couple reasons: it was free, and it was written by different people.  It might give me a sense of the world without having the icky feelings that reading something illustrated by this artist, or written by the man who absolved him by accepting him without blinking an eye, would bring. 

 

But unfortunately this was incredibly short, as were the stories.  They were nonsensical because I needed to know the world, I suspect, to fully appreciate them.   And while I still adore the word 'fuckbuckets' - which, yes, was uttered - and the way in which the women ogled a sports team, turning the hyper sexualization and objectification of women in comics on its head, I always felt a little left out of the joke.  

 

Fun, but I wouldn't suggest reading unless you were a fan already.   But if you are, I suspect you'll enjoy this - although it's hard for me to say for the obvious reasons.   My suspicions are made based on the fact that this seems to be very much like the series based on what I've heard about it, though.

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text 2017-05-14 02:12
Reading progress: 5%.
Blackveil - Kristen Britain

*snicker*

 

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text 2017-05-14 00:27
Reading progress update: I've read 3%.
Blackveil - Kristen Britain

*grumble* glad to finally remember to get around to reading this one.  I love this series but with 3-4 years between books ... *ack*

 

I'm lucky to remember heroine's name.  I made myself wait until either more were published or author announced the series was finished.  Then kind of forgot about it until fictfact.com's next in series list reminded me I meant to read it.

 

Not really on topic for anything but his cover in thumbnail always looks like the old covers of Little Fuzzy and Fuzzy Sapiens to me.  I think it's the tree roots and "blonde" bipeds.

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text 2017-05-13 03:31
Reading progress:100%.
Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas

Whew!  That was a ride.  Wow, did Aelin ever maneuver and surprise and ... 

 

There's no way I can review this without spoilers or without being either speechless or over-detailed long-winded-ness.

 

*sigh* the next book in series -- and while not exactly a cliffhanger definitely another book is needed -- isn't out until September.

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