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review 2017-09-09 20:33
Sleepy Hollow
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving,Tom Mison

 

 

Welp, now I've read a classic.  And I was underwhelmed.  Soo much florid description, and not nearly as much suspense as I expected.

 

I listened to the version by Robert Dean that is available through my library and Hoopla rather than the audio edition listed here.

 

 

 

 

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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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