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review 2018-11-27 13:57
One of the best of the Missing Adventures series
The Shadow of Weng-Chiang - David A. McIntee

After retrieving the third piece of the Key of Time, the Doctor, Romana and K-9 follow a telltale trace of chronon radiation to 1937 Shanghai. Instead of finding the next segment, however, they stumble into a dangerous conflict involving the Black Scorpion, a ruthless gang the Doctor last faced in Victorian London during their service to the time-traveling war criminal Magnus Greel. Now leading the gang is Hsien-Ko, the daughter of Greel's former lieutenant Li Hsien-Chang, who has been transformed after being irradiated by chronon energy and is embarking on her own dangerous experiments. With Hsien-Ko on the brink of realizing her goal, the three time travelers search for allies in the treacherous world of wartime Shanghai as they work to stop her before she fractures time itself in her quest for revenge.

 

In writing an adventure involving the most popular Doctor of the classic era that is a sequel to one of the best-received serials of his tenure and is set in one of the most tightly-plotted seasons of the original series David McIntee sets himself a number of challenges. It's a mark of his ability as a writer and his understanding of the Whoniverse that he pulls it off so successfully. His insertion of his story into the Key of Time quest is virtually seamless in its justification, giving both the Doctor and Romana (whose first incarnation is extremely under-utilized because of the nature of the season) a reason to address the problem while in the midst of a much greater mission. The underused setting of China (one to which he would subsequently return in future Doctor Who novels) also allows McIntee to expand the Doctor's scope and introduce story elements new to the long-established franchise. Yet none of this would work without McIntee's success in his characterization of both the well-established TARDIS crew and the people he introduces into the tale. It makes for one of the best of the Virgin Missing Adventures series, one that is well worth the time for fans of the franchise to seek out.

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text 2018-11-24 20:28
Reading progress update: I've read 295 out of 295 pages.
The Shadow of Weng-Chiang - David A. McIntee

This contained everything that I have come to expect in a David McIntee novel. I also realized as I was reading it that this and two of his contributions to the Past Doctor Adventures series are all set in China, which is rather unusual and makes for a refreshing change of pace from the British-centric nature of most of the Doctor's adventures on Earth.

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review 2018-07-21 15:25
Paper Girls Volume 1 - Cliff Chiang,Brian K. Vaughan
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I loved this graphic novel. I was hooked from the very start. The characters are awesome, the story is confusing as heck but very intriguing, and the whole idea of the thing is just amazing. It is a science-fiction adventure set in the 1980s. This is basically Stranger Things with more time travel and a diverse cast of paper girls. Another win from Brian K. Vaughan. 

One of the things I think this book did extremely well was show some of the homophobic views of the time, but also address them. Mac's character is very outspoken and says some not-so-nice things such as calling someone an "AIDS patient" or expressing disgust about a boy with a boyfriend. But each time, the other characters call her out for it ("You shouldn't call anyone the other f-word."). This was a good way of showing the views of the characters during the time period without accepting them or leaving them unaddressed. Very well-done.

The characters themselves were phenomenal. I instantly wanted to learn more about them.

Also, the artwork is very cool. It really draws you in. 

Fantastic read. I really enjoyed it. I will definitely be checking out the second book. 
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review 2018-07-04 22:08
Literally a comic about paper girls
Paper Girls Volume 1 - Cliff Chiang,Brian K. Vaughan

And I was like I dunno?   I read it partly because the dude who wrote this also wrote Saga, so I was like, well, it has to be more interesting than it sounds to me!

 

And it was.   When they discover an iPod - or iPhone? - and then who's behind it being there, well, things get interesting.   

 

Not completely sold on following this one, but I got this in a Humble Bundle and read volume three for the Hugo awards. 

 

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text 2018-06-23 16:59
Reading progress update: I've read 97 out of 144 pages.
Paper Girls Volume 1 - Cliff Chiang,Brian K. Vaughan

I have no idea what's going on :/

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