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review 2017-06-23 14:52
The Life and Death of Martha Washington
The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the Twenty-first Century (Second Edition) - Dave Gibbons,Angus McKie,Frank Miller

The first time I read Give Me Liberty, it was in the late 1990s. I was working as a sales assistant in a comic specialty shop and the owner had actual copies of single issues of a very hard to find mini-series. It blew me away after I read it and I never thought how beautiful Martha Washington was, that strong female leads do make a difference then. It was then, I did not follow up any of its sequels... until the release of The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the Twenty-First Century was released, a complete chronicles of her life since birth until death.

 

Re-reading Give Me Liberty was so refreshing. If there is any thing about Martha Washington that she was born in 1995 in a ghetto so poor, that the US government housed these poor people into what was meant to be a social welfare but turns out to be a prison. From there, we get to know how smart she is with computers. Right up to the 21st century, the world that we know of is different. Its a different Earth and its a mess-up one. But do not get me wrong, I love how the creation of this universe is and with Martha Washington in it, you will understand what Give Me Liberty really means.

 

After the first series, the sequels came in (Martha Washington Goes To War, Happy Birthday Martha Washington, Martha Washington Stranded in Space, Martha Washington Saves The World & Martha Washington Dies) and what was a brilliant created universe from Frank Miller and beautifully drawn by Dave Gibbons, the same award-winning creators of DC's The Watchmen, every thing just felt spiraling down hill. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy some bits and pieces of it. I can see the evolution of change in the art from the earlier days of when Give Me Liberty was published in 1990. It was much later that I felt the consistency and the beauty of the art was gone. Same goes for the sequels that felt more like fillers. Until towards the end, was it a fitting ending? Well, to me it already felt what was kept as a universe that is messed-up truly stays true and that is more than enough to enjoy reading it.

 

Martha Washington is a strong female character that truly is a rarity at that time for female leads in the comic industry then. She was the Ellen Ripley of the Alien universe - strong, brave and justifiable. Besides Wonder Woman, Martha Washington was the only female comic book character that do stands out because of her beliefs and what was written the experience and journey she went through. As the rest of the characters, not many of them stayed long. I always wonder what happen to Raggyann and it was not explained. Still, I am glad I found a copy of this and able to read her whole journey. Thank you Frank Miller & Dave Gibbons for creating such a wonderful series. Without you guys, change will never happen and Martha Washington shows us that change and righting wrong is what hope is.

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review 2017-05-04 12:16
Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > The Cutaway
The Cutaway: A Novel - Christina Kovac
Knightly is a producer for a news network. She also has a troubled history with her family and basically a photographic memory. Those traits cause her to focus more on aspects that others might overlook. She sees a piece on a missing woman and can't let it go. Most everyone in her life seems to be trying to hinder her digging deeper into the woman's story. Murder, mystery, politics, detectives, witnesses and more come into play. She isn't a cop, but she is an investigative journalist out to connect the answers and expose the coverups. She's a likable lead, and the storyline is great at keeping the reader hooked and guessing. Anyone could be guilty. The Cutaway was a win for me, and I'm definitely going to be following this author's future works.
 
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review 2017-04-13 04:18
Working within the limits
Warships After Washington: The Development of the Five Major Fleets, 1922-1930 - John Jordan

The Washington Treaty signed in 1922 represented the major effort by the victorious powers from the First World War to halt a budding and prospectively expensive naval arms race between them. Ratios and displacement limits were set for all major types of warships, which shaped construction for the rest of the decade. John Jordan's book is an account of how the navies of the five signatories -- the United States, Britain, Japan, France, and Italy -- developed and built warships within the confines of these limitations. This requires Jordan to define not just what those limitations were, but the often differing missions each navy set for themselves and how they attempted to develop vessels that would fulfill them, which he does in chapters that examine them by the type of ship, which makes for an effective means of comparing both the missions and the respective design choices. Supplemented by photos and sketches of the warships described, it makes for a useful study of a key period of warship development, one with important ramifications for the Second World War that shortly followed.

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review 2017-04-03 23:37
Trickery (Curse of the MarySues)
Trickery (Curse of the Gods) (Volume 1) - Jane Washington,Jaymin Eve

*sigh* Where to begin with this disaster...

 

World building:
Dear authors, if your world uses the same damn measurements of time as we do, then for the love of all that is literary, use the same labels. Seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years. I still don't know if clicks refers to seconds, minutes, or moments (or maybe all of the above, because that was how the term was used). Sun-cycle is clunky and unnecessary, especially if you use the term "day" at least once in the story. A life-cycle is not used to refer to a generation, but rather somehow a year. And I still don't know what a moon-cycle is, other than how others have referred to the menstruation cycle... could be a month. There's apparently no term for weeks, just mentions of "several dozen sun-cycles" rather than a couple or a few weeks.


So, yeah, made up terms for something already familiar to the reader is (again) clunky and unnecessary. Making up words does not make up for the minimal attempt that was made in world building. They had a good idea, with the rings, but it was never fully explained.


Coming back to add that I found the glossary, but it's before the first page, so Kindle doesn't (at least for me) show it when you start reading. Clicks are seconds, rotations (I think this was used once) are hours, and there is no term for week.


There are only two races: dwellers (the slaves, apparently) and the sols. Nothing to separate the two, other than the sols are apparently shiny, whereas the dwellers are dull. No backstory to that dynamic - it just simply is.

 

Characters:
Ugh, these two must have made it their goal to write the mostly stupidly offensive (or offensively stupid) "heroine" possible. The main character, Willa, is the epitome of 'Too Stupid to Live'. And apparently, she is really clumsy and has bad luck - how do I know? Because the authors made sure to mention it on nearly every single page (I wish this were an exaggeration - it is not). That's apparently the 'curse' in "Curse of the Gods".


She's nothing more than a Mary Sue, right down to the eyes that change color depending on the eye color of the person looking at her (seriously?!), who openly admits to being stupid and having a "minuscule little mind".

 

Emmy, her best friend. Doesn't really appear that much in the story, so she's just kinda tacked on to make sure Willa doesn't kill herself or anyone else with her stupidity in the beginning.

 

The Abcurses: 5 meatheads, sorry, brothers, without distinct personalities. Seriously, more time was spent describing the various shades of green that their eyes were, throughout the entire book. They supposedly each had a distinct power, but they all just seemed to make Willa horny and even more stupid.

 

Plot:
It pretty much boils down to watching Willa make an idiot of herself. I don't want to give away anything (there's so little of it to begin with), but she gets mixed up in something that doesn't involve her, and she manages to get herself nearly killed a few times, and then somehow bound to the meatheads... sorry, the brothers.

 

The only true trickery here was using decent cover art to lure people into a terrible book. I will most definitely not be reading the rest of the series. Never before have I shaken a book or Kindle in such frustration.

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