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review 2017-04-28 01:33
Beautiful Prose (of course) but all in all not as yummy as I expected from the ever amazing Mrs. Laini Taylor
Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor


"Some things, thought Sarai, were too lovely to devour, while others were too lovely not to."

 

It pains me...yes physically hurts me to give one of my all time favorite, beautifully minded, creatively unique and the current undisputed queen of poetic prose anything less than 4 stars...I feel like Vizzinni...it's simply inconceivable!!
Now it is true, for anyone who might not have read any of Mrs. Taylor's earlier works (though I doubt there are many of you out there especially those on my Friends list), her writting is usually very deep/evocative and many say "flowery". I personally LOVE how she sees and relates to the world and her imagination and skill are incomparable. Having said that, Strange the Dreamer was slow to start and once it began to pick up pace I found the direction of the plot as well as the major plot twists easily foretold. Also, that ending...that ending...how I LOATHE, how I DETEST that ending!! No spoilers here but be prepared to be disappointed. Laini (if I may be so bold as to call you that), I love you... I truly do...BUT this is nowhere near the callibre, grandeur, the resplendence of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Yes, both the character and world building were excellent! Yes, your imagination and vivid imagery are unparalled BUT the plot was slow to simmer and even harder to savour. The love story was lukewarm, the "Evil" was tame and the ending...I can't even bring myself to dignify that unsatisfying end with another mention...I promise, that's it.

 

 

"You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.” “Beautiful and full of monsters?” “All the best stories are.”


Read it if you want something Strange in your life but don't expect emotional resolution...see, I didn't mention the ending again. Go ahead and read it, you know you want to. After all, at the end of the day it still is a glimpse into the magical brain of Mrs Laini Taylor (so amazing my spell check names her after just 3 letters).

 

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review 2017-04-28 00:04
Dr. Strange versus Wong
Doctor Strange (2015-) #19 - Jason Aaron,Chris Bachalo,Kevin Nowlan

Well, Misery has taken over Wong and is fighting Dr. Strange.   Still, it's hard when Wong knows all of Dr. Strange's secrets.   Also, the way that Strange beats Misery is heartbreaking, and his attempt to make things up to Wong are sweet, even if he doesn't get all the details right!

 

Love, love, love this series.   I'm crushed that Jason Aaron is leaving after next issue, and I may or may not get the post-Aaron run.   So many people get him wrong, and while I like what the new writer has done - I'm not 100% sure he'll nail Doctor Strange!

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review 2017-04-27 00:25
Oh, yes, please!
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (2015-) #18 - Amy Reeder,Brandon Montclare,Amy Reeder,Natacha Bustos

I'm still loving Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.   Lunella Lafayette, aka Moon Girl, is stumped when it comes to fighting off an invasion of Doombots, especially since she's used to fighting on her own - and more recently depending only on Devil Dinosaur.   Devil might be unintelligent enough to be a pain in the ass, but at the same time, Lunella knows he's well meaning and loyal enough to be considered a tried and true friend.   She might yell at him, or even tell him he's a big dum-dum, but underneath it all, they have a friendship that's based on mutual respect.   (Lunella yells at him and calls him a dum-dum for a couple reasons, ranging from the fact that he often times can get in the way to the fact that she's the smartest person on the planet and until very recently, no one would acknowledge this, or would help her find a way out of the boring hell hole of her school life.   She'd get frustrated, and take it out on him, but... she also praises him, and very obviously cares a great deal about him and his well being.  Honestly, her yelling at him bothers me, even though I realize that it's frustration from her home life, and that Devil doesn't seem to mind, or really even be aware of how wrong what she's saying is.)

 

Still, despite this minor complaint, I love both how Moon Girl figured out how to defeat the Doombots and the epiphany she had about what it said about her and how she interacts with the world around her.   It also makes me think that with this knowledge, and with her friends supporting her, she may stop treating Devil Dinosaur the way she does.   Maybe not, because learned habits can be hard to kick - but one can hope, especially since superheroes are supposed to be the best of us.   Which means, in this case, that I'm hoping she does better sooner rather than later.

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review 2017-04-11 22:24
The Late Breakfasters by Robert Aickman, narrated by Matt Godfrey
The Late Breakfasters and Other Strange Stories (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Philip Challinor,Robert Aickman,Matt Godfrey

It pains me to say it, but I did not like this book. At all.

 

I knew going in that it might not work for me. I've read one of Aickman's collections so far, and many of the stories left me unsatisfied. But, it was just one collection; maybe I read it wrong? It happens. But after listening to this wonderfully narrated story, I think it will be a long time before I attempt to read the other Aickman collection that I own.

 

The man writes beautifully, there's no doubt about it. He is also capable of sly social commentary and has a keen eye for the reasons behind certain behaviors; I appreciate that. But, and forgive me for asking, where is the damn story? This seemed more like a rambling tale about repressed sexual feelings, that sometimes features a nice enough lady named Grizelda. There are a few, I stress FEW, weird moments...and that's about it.

 

The narration here is fantastic and to be honest, if it weren't for Matt Godfrey's soothing voice, I would have ditched this book without finishing. It seems like with such promise in the voices, the story just HAD to get better, or at least show up. But sadly, it never did.

 

As I mentioned, the prose itself was excellent as was the narration, hence my 3 star rating. If I were rating on narration and quality of prose ONLY, it would be 5 stars. But for me, there has to be a story, and here I could not find one. This is obviously how I and I alone feel about The Late Breakfasters. Your mileage may vary.

 

*I received this audiobook free from the narrator in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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quote 2017-04-08 05:04
"I smash her. I weep. I bring the shovel down on her twitching body again and again. I want to erase her. I want to erase the love, the hurt, the agony. Silence the storm in me. It does not diminish one single bit...
My name is Brian Sully, and I died in that bed of roses."

* 'I Died In A Bed Of Roses' by Kevin Strange / http://www.kevinthestrange.com/

I Died in a Bed of Roses by Kevin Strange

Source: www.kevinthestrange.com
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