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text 2019-01-13 15:57
AVR Weekly News ~ 276th Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 276th Edition

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/01/avr-weekly-news-276th-edition.html
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text 2019-01-06 15:37
AVR Weekly News ~ 275th Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 275th Edition

The one where we get a new furbaby.

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/01/avr-weekly-news-275th-edition.html
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text 2019-01-01 15:28
January 2019 TBR
Three Fearful Days: San Francisco Memoirs of the 1906 Earthquake & Fire - Malcolm E. Barker
The Turning of Anne Merrick - Christine Blevins
Cheer Up Love: Adventures in depression with the Crab of Hate - Susan Calman
Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic - Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
North to You - Tif Marcelo
Sweet Disorder - Rose Lerner
Ellis Island - Kate Kerrigan
A Dance with Danger (Rebels and Lovers) - Jeannie Lin
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History - Elizabeth Kolbert
The Last of the President's Men - Bob Woodward

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Happy 2019!

 

From my physical non-fiction shelf - Three Fearful Days: San Francisco Memoirs of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire by Malcolm E. Barker

 

From my physical fiction shelf - The Turning of Anne Merrick by Christine Blevins. 

 

From my Winter COYER/BoB cycle 24 reading list - Cheer Up, Love by Susan Calman; Mary & Lou and Ted & Rhoda by Jennifer Armstrong; North to You by Tif Marcelo; Sweet Disorder by Rose Lerner; Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan.

 

From 24 Festive Task game: A Dance with Danger by Jeannie Lin, my pick for first book of 2019.

 

From my Science reading list - The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert.

 

From my Nixon reading list - The Last of the President's Men by Bob Woodward.

 

 

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review 2019-01-01 08:34
Monstress: Awakening Vol 1
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu

I read this for one of my summer classes. We had to read and annotate 10 comics/graphic novels. Here's the annotation I wrote for that class:

 

Maika Halfwolf is on a quest to discover information about her shadowy past. Along the way she must battle an ancient entity who shares her mind and body and makes her the target of every faction in her war-torn world.

 

Monstress: Awakening is the most beautifully illustrated comic book I have ever seen. Every panel is like a painting and so full of detail I could spend minutes taking in each one, yet the art never overwhelms the page or the story. Even the body horror and gore manage to look beautiful. In addition to beautiful art, Monstress contains creative character design and diverse characters. It is refreshing to see a fantasy world populated with resilient, chromatic, female characters whose existence is normalized. These women are the rule not the exception. 

           

Monstress also includes incredible world building. Immediately in the book there is the sense that this is a fully realized world, and there is little awkward exposition to explain it. It is left to readers to put the story together for themselves. Some of the more complex aspects of the world are explained at the ends of chapters in short lectures. The conceit works at conveying information that clarifies the story, but if this information is really that important, it deserves space in the actual comic rather than being relegated to a clever info dump.

           

Monstress is a fresh take on fantasy worlds. It deserves a spot in the graphic novel canon for its artwork alone.

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review 2019-01-01 08:28
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol 1
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol.1 - Brian Michael Bendis,Sara Pichelli

I read this for one of my summer classes. We had to read and annotate 10 comics/graphic novels. Here's the annotation I wrote for that class:

 

Miles Morales is just a normal, New York kid worried about getting into a charter school and trying to navigate his family drama. That is until he gets bitten by a genetically modified spider and suddenly gains superpowers. Though he is reluctant at first, Miles eventually embraces his superpowers and becomes the new Spider-Man.

 

Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man strikes a great balance. It contains many nods, references, and parallels to Spider-Man lore that are likely to satisfy long time readers, and its self-contained arc of Miles gaining and embracing his powers also makes it an ideal starting place for readers new to Marvel comics. This is a book that can be both fantastic—here’s a kid who gains superpowers from a spider bite—and realistic—that same kid has no idea what to do with his powers and knocks himself out on his third outing. 

 

Throughout the story, groundwork is being laid for future issues. The most obvious threads are Miles’s family’s criminal history, balancing school and superhero duties, and Miles’s invitation to work with SHIELD and the Ultimates. Hopefully future issues also delve into Miles’s race and ethnicity. Nothing much is made of them in this first volume, but there is plenty to be explored there.

 

Spider-Man is a classic hero. There should be room in any good graphic novel collection for all iterations of the character, but if there were room for only one, Miles Morales would be a great choice.   

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