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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-05-14 19:04
April 2018 — A Wrap Up

 

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Out for Blood by Kristen Painter

 

This series has many flaws but since I have read the first few books I am going to see it through. While it is true that I have been spacing them out, so I could have missed it but I kept searching for a bigger picture or an overarching plot in these books. However, I couldn't find one.

 

Another thing that bugs the heck out of me is the so-called protagonist. She is bitchy, whiny, and TSTL. She acts without thinking of the consequences. The guy in love with her keeps jumping in to rescue her and ends up facing those consequences. Also, I have NO idea why guys keep falling for her left and right even with all the bitchiness.

 

The ending was another letdown. It seemed as if the author wanted to ensure that the readers would read the next book. After all the torture that the hero suffered for the girl, he was mind raped by a supernatural being. The outcome was that he forgot he ever had feelings for her. I am guessing the next one is going to be about the girl trying to undo that. Fortunately, that book is the last in this series. So yaay!

 

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Jessica Jones, Vol. 1: Uncaged by Brian Michael Bendis

 

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The same sense of loneliness pervades the comics that you'd find on the show. We catch a glimpse of Kamala doing her thing.

 

Below, you can see a huge twist that had me shocked:

 

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Destroyer #5 and #6 by Victor LaValle

Two good issues. My fave scene was the kid who could physically snap his parents' necks -- the mother is an evil scientist out for revenge while the father isn't a lightweight either with his body fused to a suit of armour -- being told off by them for being mouthy:

 

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Oh and the poor Frankenstein's Monster finally gets some well-deserved rest:

 

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I liked how the kid is able to relate to the monster and even tries to connect with him. Who knows he might have succeeded if his bloodthirsty mom hadn't butted in.

 

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John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Vault #1 by James Ninness

 

Another one that failed to leave an impression. I don't think I will be continuing with this one.

 

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Xena: Warrior Princess Vol. 4 (1&2) by Meredith Finch

 

So far, so good. I will be reading the next one.

 

 

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Downward to the Earth Vol. 1 & 2 by Philippe Thirault

 

This is one freaky graphic novel. I dunno why it feels so visceral and just yucky yet I finished the whole thing. I was on the lookout for the White Man's Burden trope while reading it. But, I think the "white" people (Humans) are even more screwed up than the ones colonized (Aliens). Let's see, some of them are junkies, others are murderers, not to forget the ones who are cheating while in a relationship. The only thing that stank was the violent belief of the natives of the planet: In order to be reborn, they must get high and slaughter innocent animals. Take a look at the carnage:

 

I don't think this could be the end though. Do you?

 

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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Volume 7 - Death Beneath the Waves by George Mann & Vol 8: Time Trials: The Wolves of Winter

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The art resembles Peter Capaldi so closely...I mean look at those brows!!

 

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The alternate covers are amazing!

 

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The same creepy stories make you feel right at home i.e. in the TARDIS lol

 

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The Doctor is usual unrepentant and spoiler-throwing self:

 

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There were pop-culture references to enjoy when Bill Potts arrived on the scene:

 

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Sleepy Hollow, Vol. 1 by Marguerite Bennett

 

Almost as good and fun as the show used to be:

 

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Come Into Me #1 by Zac Thompson

 

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Just freaky and sad. I don't think I'll be following this one.

 

 

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White Hot by Ilona Andrews

 

One of the best things about an Ilona Andrews book is how family-centric they are. It is refreshing to see a character derive her strength from her family. The humor in these books is just my kind of humor too. I also like the time they dedicate to developing the relationship between the protags. This installment was fun to read!

 

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Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by J K Rowling

 

Now this one was a pleasant surprise! If nothing else, the humor was very HP-ish. Look for yourself:

 

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I found all the things that turned off other readers worked for me. For one, how can we expect the kid who grew up with a part of Voldemort inside him to be a functional adult? Why would he think he'd make a good parent? Then there is Ron who has spent his life being overshadowed by his siblings. He made a best friend who eclipsed even his brothers and married someone like Hermione. He wasn't a good student or ambitious while his wife worked her way up to the Minister for Magic's post. In what world would there not be a strained relationship between such individuals? Draco had been a Death Eater. In an ideal world, people would forgive him for erring but this play wasn't set in the perfect world that we are used to.

 

And these people just went ahead and had kids of their own. Try to think about how hard life must be for Draco's kid or even Harry's!

 

As I said, I liked it!

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So Long and Thanks for all the Fish by Douglas Adams

 

If I remember correctly, according to the readers, this is the book in the series where it all started going downhill. It is true that these books have always been completely random. When I pick up a THGTTG book, I don't expect anything from it but that it will be a fun read. This time though, the randomness was a bit much. There was no Marvin to keep things morbidly funny and the humor seemed forced. Moreover, after the previous books made such a big deal out of Earth's destruction, the planet suddenly bounced back into existence. Why?! The good thing is there is just one more book for me to suffer through.

 

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Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War! #1-6 by Louise Simonson

 

Fun and silly just like the cartoons themselves! Here are some scenes from the comics, including Dexter's really bad puns:

 

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This time though, the bad guys did come up with a great plan. They made evil clones of the good guys to fight them! Of course, they didn't count on the three Eds ruining their plans. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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video 2018-05-05 22:31
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
Traitor to the Throne - Alwyn Hamilton
The Road to Oz Bind-Up - L. Frank Baum
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text 2018-05-02 04:17
Jan - Apr 2018 Stats

This isn't exactly a wrap-up, but I felt like posting some of the pretty graphs and charts I made that are better appreciated with more data. Plus it's late and I should be going to bed so I decided to write this post. Naturally.

 

So here's what my reading's been looking like from January to April, or the first third of the year.

 

Total books read: 46

Total pages read: 11 226

Total hours listened: 136.9

Average rating: 3.3

 

Fiction (35) versus non-fiction (11) is on the outer ring.

 

Inner ring is women (24) versus men (22).

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text 2018-05-02 01:02
April 2018 Wrap Up

April went much better for me from a books perspective, since I managed 17! Admittedly that does include some novellas and a book that was mostly pictures, but still. I did better with the sheer number of pages too.

 

Books Read: 17

Audiobooks: 2

Pages Read: 3998

Average Rating: 3.1

 

4.5 & 5 stars:

The Tea Master and the Detective - Aliette de Bodard The Truth - Terry Pratchett Planetfall - Emma Newman 

 

3.5 & 4 stars:

How To Be a Victorian - Ruth Goodman Tabula Rasa - Ruth Downie Ninefox Gambit - Yoon Ha Lee The Terracotta Bride - Zen Cho  

 

3 stars:

Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman  Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach - Kelly Robson  Death Comes As the End - Agatha Christie     Three Parts Dead - Max Gladstone  

 

2.5 stars:

Cats Are Weird - Jeffrey Brown Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?: A Story About Women and Economics - Katrine Marcal,Saskia Vogel Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir

 

2 stars:

Sharpe's Trafalgar - Bernard Cornwell 

 

1 star:

Judas Unchained - Peter F. Hamilton,John Lee The Corpse with the Silver Tongue - Cathy Ace 

 

DNF:

The Alchemy of Stone - Ekaterina Sedia 

 

Now, some graphs!

 

 

 

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text 2018-05-01 18:45
April 2018-That's A Wrap!
Stirring the Sheets - Chad Lutzke
Zombie Bigfoot (Creature Quest Series Book 1) - Nick Sullivan
Unbury Carol: A Novel - Josh Malerman
Hammurabi Road: A Tale of Northern Ontario Vengeance - Steve Vernon
It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World - Curtis M. Lawson
Winterbay Abbey: A Ghost Story - John Bladek,Davonna Juroe,Matt Godfrey
All Systems Red - Martha Wells
Sick House - Jeff Strand
SHOCK Anthology - Joe Pruitt
Figures Unseen: Selected Stories - Steve Rasnic Tem,Matt Godfrey

I've read 13 books this month!

 

Graphic Novels

SAGA, Volume 6 by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples 4*

SHOCK Anthology edited by Joe Pruett 4*

 

Total: 2

 

 

Novellas

Stirring the Sheets by Chad Lutzke 5*

All Systems Red by Martha Wells 3.5*

RAGE by Richard Bachman 3*

Manchester Vice by Jack Strange 4*

 

Total: 4

 

Audiobooks

Zombie Bigfoot written and narrated by Nick Sullivan 4*

Hammurabi Road by Steve Vernon 4*

Winterbay Abbey: A Ghost Story by John Bladek and Davonna Juroe, narrated by Matt Godfrey 4.5*

Figures Unseen: Selected Stories by Steve Rasnic Tem, narrated by Matt Godfrey 5*

 

Total: 4

 

 

ARCS/Reads for Review

Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman 3.5*

It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson 4*

 

Total: 2

 

Random Reads

Sick House by Jeff Strand 3.5*

 

 

 

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR

1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene

2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon

3. October by Michael Rowe

4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson

Status: 4/40

 2018 Running Total: 61

 

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