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review 2017-09-23 02:41
Everyone's favorite Amazon gets a YA treatment
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) - Leigh Bardugo

(audiobook review and I'm too tired atm to bother adding it as an option)

 

So this YA Wonder Woman novel starts off on Themyscira, where 17-ish year-old Diana is struggling to find her identity in the shadow of her mother. In this novel, Themyscira is populated by more than just ancient Amazons, they've been augmented by women throughout history who, while dying in battle, call upon a female god. They are then transplanted to Themyscira as a sort of feminist Valhalla.

 

Diana rescues a young woman from a boat explosion she witnesses, bringing her to the island (but not letting anyone know about her). This starts to destroy the island and the women who live there -- and Diana receives quite the prophetic word about this girl. She's a descendant of Helen of Troy, and like her ancestor, her mere existence promises to bring war throughout the Earth. Unless Diana can bring her to a certain place in the next few days. So Diana grabs a certain lasso, a couple of bracelets and takes off.

 

Basically, what ensues is a Rick Riordan-esque journey to get Alia to the goal. Sure, they start with a heck of a detour to New York City -- which is pretty fun detour for the reader. While in NYC, they pick up a little entourage to accompany them. There are people who are trying to kill the Warbringer (not realizing there's a way to cure her) before World War III erupts and a few minor figures from Greek mythology show up to make things more difficult.

 

There's some really good interaction between Diana, Alia and Alia's BFF (name escapes me). The action scenes are pretty good. The big twisty reveal wasn't. There seemed to be some inconsistency about how familiar Diana was with things in the modern world, but on the whole, the book worked well enough I could ignore that. What worked in this book, worked really well. The things that didn't work, also didn't ruin anything.

 

As far as the audiobook part goes -- Marno does a fine job. Initially, I thought she sounded too much like Hillary Huber, but the more I listened the more I decided I was silly for thinking that. I do think that she could put a little more excitement in her voice during the combat or chase scenes (see the aforementioned Huber for an example), it really didn't seem matter what was going on in the scene, her reading was the same. But aside from that, I had no complaints.

 

I'm not saying that i loved it, but I'd absolutely read/listen to the sequel that's hinted at in the last chapter. Good story, interesting characters, and a pretty good narrator. All the elements for an entertaining 12 hours are there -- a good way to spend some time, and a promising beginning to this new series. Although, the next is Batman, and so you have to guess that the third will be everyone's favorite Kryptonian Boy Scout -- hopefully they move beyond DC's Trinity soon, I'd quite enjoy something like this about The Flash, Green Lantern, etc.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/09/22/wonder-woman-warbringer-audiobook-by-leigh-bardugo-mozhan-marno
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review 2017-09-17 00:38
More of a Snoozebringer than anything else.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) - Leigh Bardugo

I haven't seen the 'Wonder Woman' film yet and thought this would would be a good way to get me in the mood. My knowledge of WW is very limited to the 'Justice League' cartoons. Haven't read the comics, never watched the Linda Carter TV show and only knew the very basics of her character's life prior to reading. 

 

Apparently this book kicks off a set of YA books where a different author takes up a DC hero (so there will be a book for Batman, Superman, etc.) and tells the story. Here in WW, she gets caught up in saving a mortal....who is a harbinger of doom. Alia, descendant of Helen of Troy, only wanted to escape her brother. Instead, she ended up in a mess that could bring about destruction and death and darkness, etc. As these stories go.

 

I wasn't particularly excited by the premise but the idea that Alia was descended from Helen of Troy (hence another mythological tie) seemed interesting. Unfortunately...it's not. I am not familiar with author Bardugo's other work, so this isn't a comparison. But I can say that this book just sort of dragged and dragged. It was highly disappointing to see WW in nothing more in what's really just a YA book that doesn't stand out (or will only stand out because of the main character and the author). 

 

It was all just kind of boring. I know it can be hard to translate characters like these (from a visual medium like graphic novels plus a well-received movie) to the printed page. But it just seemed so...blah. None of the characters seemed interesting (perhaps my perceptions will change with the movie but I was never drawn to WW in the JL cartoons either). The writing was pedestrian.The story was not compelling.

 

Maybe it's me. But I had such high hopes after seeing how well-rated the book is. Yet another case where I don't understand the love but maybe others will. Got this at my local library and I'd say it's best as a borrow unless you know someone who REALLY loves WW, otherwise it'd make a good gift (I like the cover design).

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text 2017-09-01 06:25
Definitely a junior novel.
Wonder Woman: The Junior Novel - Steve Korte

I will say this first so there is no confusion. Wonder Woman is my top superhero, well beyond any other. One of my daughters keeps telling me I have enough Wonder Woman related items. I keep telling her there's no such thing.

 

With this in mind, of course I went to see the movie on opening day. Paid a pretty penny, sprung for the deluxe recliner seatings in the 3D theater. Treats, candy, soda and much money later, all four of us were psyched by the film. While it wasn't fully accurate to the current comics depiction of Wonder Woman (no flying) it was faithful to the core image of her. 

 

In comparison, this is a novelization of the movie, done for "juniors". I think they mean tweens. More than little kids, less than full YA. As such, it is a fairly good interpretation. Lighter on the details than the movie, left a few things out that tween aren't supposed to be reading about apparently (Diana discovers intimacy), and ends earlier in the story than the movie. There isn't any actual mention of specific people dying although grenades are thrown, arrows shot, cannons boom and swords stab. Kinda a cozy mystery level of adventure. No actual blood and guts. It also leaves off the final scenes of the movie, where Diana confronts Ares. For those who haven't seen it, that's all I'll give for spoilers. Really, you need to watch it.

 

All in all, a good conversion and faithful to the movie it's pulled from. 

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-28 18:09
Wonder Woman: Warbringer- Book Flog, Chapter 12

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Chapter 12:

 

Diana and Alia bond over some geeky moments; Di confesses that on the island they’ve been keeping up with the outside world. *funny it’s never explained how, though*

 

Nim- Poornima Chaudhary- arrives.  Plump and wearing open toed laced up boots, a sparkly smock dress, one side of her head shaved and whatever remained falling over one of her eyes, one ear full of studs.  She’s FIERCE!!!  *and a caricature straight from Central Casting* Nim starts going on about Alia’s big adventure… until she catches sight of Diana.

 

Everything’s Ok- Nim’s here to save the day!  Alia said she needed clothes- Nim whips out a measuring tape and they start shopping online, still chatting a mile a minute about anything and everything- including how Alia’s such a jinx and she doesn’t get along with most of Alia’s other friends and they do better on their own.  Diana wonders if Nim gets along with Jason, causing her to wonder if Di’s got a thing for him.  FYI- Nim does; used to steal his dirty t-shirts.

 

Jason comes by with some last minute instructions and to let them know that Theo, their godfather Michael Santos’ son (whom Alia happens to have a thing for), will also be there.

 

The clothes arrive- time to drop in metaphors about armor, etc.  Nim moans about how Alia always chooses the least attractive thing she can get away with, usually in black.  Another bonding moment when Nim shares a story about in prep school for Macbeth both of them and the only other non-white girl were chosen as the three witches.

Alia steps out, all glittery in gold scales, like a warrior wearing armor.  159 pages.

 

*** I’ll take a moment to point out here that while both Jason and Alia are descended from Helen’s line, it’s all been about Alia.  Nothing’s been said about what Jason might be- and no one’s asked. This. Is. Stoopid.***

 

 

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-28 07:34
Wonder Woman: Warbringer- Book Flog, Chapters 9-11

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Chapter 9:

 

Uh… I don’t know where to start.  Try the beginning, jerk!  Di interjects with the short version; to Alia’s surprise, Jason doesn’t look so cynical.  How’d you say you know all this again?  It’s a legend among my people.  Who’s your people?  Nevermind that.

Mom & Dad had references to this Warbringer stuff, including haptandrai- from almost every country.  Yeah, so?- they were scientists, after all.  Di asks Alia how she’s so doubtful after all that’s happened.  There’s gotta be an explanation, even if science hasn’t found it yet.  Jason explains that’s what they were looking at- the science of it all.  They traced the Keralis line all the way back to Ancient Greece, every offshoot of Helen’s bloodline, tracking the Warbringers, thinking they could make a difference when Alia’s time came. 

 

What?!?- you believe this?  Look around: soldiers everywhere in the city, bombings, civil wars, stuff’s going on all over the world right now.  **Tell me this don’t sound just like the frakkin’ movie!**

 

You’re saying this is all my fault, I did this?!?   No, but… But it’s because of me?  Yeah, you’re procatalysia= she who comes before the world dissolves.  Alia’s stunned, suddenly remembering all the shocking outbreaks of violence that happened in her life.  Warbringer.  Haptandra.  Precatalysia.  Monster.  Me.

 

Jason, you believe this about me?  Yeah, I do; Mom & Dad were working on this a long time, thinking some good could come out of it.  But you knew people would come to kill me for this.  Yeah, but it’ll be ok; wars come and go, but humanity survives- so will you.  And I’ll be here to protect you, sis.  Diana objects, wanting to get her to the Greek spring.  Never heard anything about some magical spring in Greece- no way.  Wait- you believe I’m causing wars around the world but not in a magical spring that can stop it?  Too risky.  It’s my risk to take.  Nope- I FORBID…  Don’t even go there, bro; we only got one shot at fixing this and we’re gonna take it!  No way- I promised Mom & Dad… Di squares up, daring Jason to stop them.  Alia, you’re a minor; you can’t make these decisions!  Sez the guy who got drunk on eggnog and danced to Turn the Beat Around in our aunt’s wig!

 

We agreed never to mention that again…

 

We have to try!  Mom & Dad would want me to try!  Yeah, they would- ok, then.  We’ll take the company jet.  Hey- you guys got an airplane?  Wow, you really want to get on an airplane, don’t you?  My guys will protect Alia.  No way- I got this!  No way- appreciate the help, but she’s my sister.  I say Diana comes along; she saved my life and kicked your butt.  Fine.

 

Hey, Di… if we don’t make it to the spring in time- promise me you’ll kill me?  129 pages.

 

Chapter 10:

Driver picks them up out back and Diana’s all into that new car smell.  Mmmm… Corinthian leather.  Jason notices this; Alia explains they don’t drive where Diana’s from- practically Amish.  Amish with combat training, more like it.

 

They have to make an appearance at a company gala first- WHAT?!?  It’s for the company: even with their godfather Michael Santos running things, profits have slowed and now that Jason’s of age he needs to do more.  So it’s a show of strength for the board members.  Besides, anyone after Alia thinks she’s dead or at least not in NYC, so by the time word gets out they’ll be long gone, leaving the bad guys looking for them in the city. 

 

Diana objects, and Alia agrees.  Her I understand, you just don’t want to wear a fancy dress.  Plus if it wasn’t safe, I wouldn’t even suggest it.  True dat- he’s real uptight.  No- I’m cautious.  Yeah, he seems high strung.  Only because I get jumped by WNBA players in hotels.  Back and forth- more zexy tension between Diana & Jason.

Diana’s first real elevator ride to their penthouse gets her a little claustrophobic.  It’s a penthouse. 

 

Jason only wants an hour for the party, then they fly right out to Greece.  Alia wants to bring her BFF Nim.  While she calls her, Jason steps to Diana, wanting to know who she really is and what she wants.  All I want is to do what’s right- maybe you should stop bullying Alia!  I don’t… All you ever do is tell what to do; maybe try listening for a change.   She’s not ready for the world!  Who’s fault is that?  Stay outta my way or else.  Or else what?  I’ll end you!   Diana laughs in his face; he has no idea what she’s already dealt with just to get here.   **This really reminded me of a scene from the original Thrawn trilogy when Sera threatened Han Solo and he almost laughed in her face as she clearly had no idea what he’d already been through!**

 

What’s so funny?  You- you’re pretty enough, but don’t get carried away.  Pretty enough?  139 pages.

 

Teh zexual tenzion- iz stoopid.

 

Chapter 11:

Nim’s on her way, just don’t mention anything about Warbringers around her.  In their parent’s study, Jason breaks out the Warbringer files for Alia.  **For some dumb reason there’s a clumsy sexual reference about the meaning of Haptandra inserted into the conversation that I won’t even mention.**

 

There’s charts, references and files on every know Warbringer and how long major conflicts lasted in their lives… and that the conflicts ended when their lives did.  But wars still went on without them, right?  But how much worse would they have been if they’d lived?  Nobody should have to bear this burden, Alia. 

 

146 pages.

 

 

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