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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-11-23 21:42
Reading Anniversaries & First-in-a-Series — August Edition
Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on November 23, 2018.





Go here for the books I read in August this year!






A Plague of Angels by Sheri S. Tepper


My review





Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker


My review







The Unadulterated Cat by Terry Pratchett


My review






Samurai Jack, Vol. 1 by Jim Zub


As fun as the cartoon had been!







The Gate to Women's Country by Sheri S. Tepper


I'm beginning to appreciate Tepper's writing I think. This book started the way most books based on a dichotomous society would start. The women were good for breeding and whoring. The men enlisted in the military and lorded over the women. But the twist at the end took me by surprise! Read my appreciation of her other book here.






Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


While political strife forms the backdrop in this book, our focus is on one family trying to get through all the chaos in one piece. I loved every bit of this book! This was my first book by Adichie and I can't wait to try the others.







Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore


Irreverent as heck but laugh out loud funny is how I'd describe Moore's humor. In this book, a conman meets The Conman i.e. Coyote, the trickster god. Hilarity ensues!

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text 2017-02-12 12:13
A List of Top Ten Samurai Jack Episodes from our Re-Watch of Seasons 1 & 2
Samurai Jack #7 - Jim Zub,Brittney Williams,Andy Suriano



I haven’t stopped squeeing ever since they announced that we will be getting ten more brand new episodes of SJ! I completely lost it when they posted the trailer because the show looks edgier and beautifully darker.

Recently, io9 listed the 10 SJ must-watch episodes that everybody should be enjoying during the free online streaming of ALL SJ episodes.

Since The Bear & I have recently started an SJ re-watch and have covered the first two seasons, I decided I’d list ten favorite episodes of ours. Shall we?


In no particular order but in all awesomeness, here are the episodes that you need to see:


Jack and the Three Blind Archers (Season 1)


Blind Archers.jpg

Do you see the bodies littering the snow-covered landscape? That is who Jack’s competing against. I love the parts where Jack trains himself in an uber-quick course of using his hearing as the primary sense, in order to defeat them!


Jack and the Scotsman Parts I (Season 1) and II (Season 2)


The Scotsman is a lot of trouble and fun. When they first meet, the SM and SJ do not hit it off right away. Instead, they spent more than half of the episode fighting.



The second time goes better and they work together to rescue SM’s wife. However, my favorite episode happens to be from the SJ comics where the duo are turned into girls by thieving Leprechauns. Don’t believe me? Take a look at that:


Samurai Jacqueline & the Curse of the Scotswoman

















Anyway, I think it is okay to say that SJ +SM = One Entertaining Episode!



Jack in Space (Season 1)


This episode is the first time we see Jack in black and he is in space battling giant insectoid robots. Need I say more? Watch it here!

Jack’s Sandals (Season 2)


We find out how big of an impact Jack’s sandals — and culture — have on who he is and there is a new career in foot modelling waiting for him, if he ever gets tired of trying to “get back”!




Jack and the Spartans (Season 2)


Here’s what you need to know about this episode:


Jack Learns to Jump Good (Season 2)


Samurai Jack: Aku!
Aku: Samurai fool! Your efforts are in vain again. This gateway to the past is once more beyond your…
[Jack jumps]
Aku: …reach? You can fly?
Samurai Jack: No, jump good!

If you want to watch what helped SJ get so good at jumping, click here!


Jack and the Hunters (Season 2)


Aku contacts the Hunters and tries to hire them to kill SJ. They refuse the money and say they’d do it for the fun of the hunt. The leader of the Hunters, Lionor, had one of the sexiest voices and it all made sense when I found out that the same actor had also lent his voice for:
Panthro (Thundercats)!


Jack Is Naked (Season 2)


SJ is dropped into a Lewis Caroll-esque world in this episode but more importantly, this happens:




Jack Under the Sea (Season 2)


Jack visits an underwater race and has a run in with Aku when they betray him. The beautiful art and the comedy regarding SJ’s love for shrimp made this episode a huge favorite.


Under the Dea.jpg 


Well, these are our favorite episodes. Chime in and let us know if our list agrees with yours!


Episode 1.jpg
A chance to watch the first few minutes of new SJ content here!


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review 2014-07-04 00:52
"Gotta get back, back to the past, Samurai Jack!"
Samurai Jack Classics, Volume 1 - Genndy Tartakovsky

Fast-paced action, adventure, and imaginative art work--these are the things that first drew me to Samurai Jack, and I don't think fans will be disappointed.

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review 2014-04-24 00:00
Samurai Jack Volume 1
Samurai Jack Volume 1 - Jim Zub,Andy Suriano (review by Sam, 10)

Good fun, and keeps the tone of the tv series. Would have liked more speech and unfortunately, th watermark on each page ruined some of the art's impact.

Review copy supplied by NetGalley
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review 2014-04-19 15:51
Samurai Jack Volume 1
Samurai Jack Volume 1 - Jim Zub,Andy Suriano
ARC provided by IDW Comics through Netgalley
Of course I, like most people of my generation, was addicted to Cartoon Network, so I followed Samurai Jack's adventures, and even subscribed to the theory that Samurai Jack was set in the dystopian future of Powerpuff Girls' Townsville. 


above: things that ruin your childhood, part the trillionth
For those unfamiliar with the story, Samurai Jack is stranded in a post-apocalyptic future ruled by the demon wizard Aku. His quest is to go back to his own time, defeat the demon wizard Aku, and thus prevent the terrible future he has witnessed.
In this volume, which comprises 5 issues, Jack starts searching for the Threads of Time, which are the shreds of the Ropes of Eons, used by the gods to mark the passage of time when the universe was formed, and torn by the demon wizard Aku once he mastered the sorcery of time travel. 
If Jack can find a single strand of the Threads of Time, it'll lead him to the others and then send him back to his own time.
Will Jack finally be able to defeat the demon wizard Aku? 

I really enjoyed the premise, it's original and the writing captures the tone of the show, right down to its most humorous aspects. 

The artwork was pretty good, faithful to the show's distinctive style, especially when it came to action scenes.

As always, my only complaint is to do with IDW Publishing's poor quality of the ARC, but since the lettering and artwork in this volume were quite bold, it wasn't as difficult to read as previous ARCs from that publisher. 

A must read for all fans of Samurai Jack who, like me, were left hanging when the show was cancelled!
Jim Zub (author)'s official site
Andy Suriano (illustrator)'s blog

Buy Samurai Jack Volume 1
@ The Book Depository (with free worldwide delivery!)



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