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review 2018-12-09 19:29
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book One
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 - Ta-Nehisi Coates,Brian Stelfreeze

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:


Queen Shuri has vanished, and T’Challa returns home to a people on the edge of revolt and the threat of war from the neighboring country Niganda.


Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet is not the easiest entry point to T’Challa’s story. Knowledge from the film assuaged some confusion, but there were still moments where I felt I was missing out because of my lack of knowledge. Since this is the first book in an ongoing series, there's a lot of set up but very little resolution.


The most striking aspect of the book is that, with the exception of one character, every single character in the book is Black. And the best aspect of the book is those characters. Black Panther is populated with complex characters, including several strong, active, remarkable women. In the book, there are clear protagonists and antagonists but there is a much less clear divide between the “good guys” and “bad guys.” T’Challa is the hero of the story, a story which opens with him assailing his own people. Aneka is removed from the Dora Milaje and punished for breaking a law even though her actions were morally right. These moral ambiguities create tension that drive the story forward.


Black Panther is not a book to pick up and read on a whim. It demands readers’ attention and concentration, and rewards it well. When I finished I wished I had Book Two in hand because I need to know what will happen next.

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text 2018-12-09 19:28
Stranded! Book Swap 2018

So nearly a week later, I've found a minute to post my box.  Mallory, thank you so much, I love it!


Where to start?  Okay, how cleaver were you to send me a message in a bottle?!  I never thought to do that and was tickled by it.  I adore the wrapping paper and the fact that I got to open a box AND unwrap gifts!  As you can see the hat and gloves are loved and look great on me (orange is so my color.)  Pocky and Ferrero Rocher are total faves!  The lint brush, first aid kit, and hand sanitizer were also very cleaver and will definitely be put to use.  I'm a stationery freak so all of those supplies are in good hands.  I have not crocheted for years, but I've been itching to get back into it as well as learn how to knit, and this just added fuel to the fire, so thank you!  I love tea and peppermint so I cannot wait to try the tea.  I LOVE my sailor scouts (my oldest daughter was so jealous.)  I adore Melissa Joan Hart--especially Clarissa Explains It All--and who didn't love Bob Saget growing up?!  I also enjoy a good (auto)biography, so great choices.  And I got an awesome backpack to carry all of my survival gear in. 


Thank you so much, this box was absolutely: 


I feel like my box pales in comparison; however I always feel like that, so that's just a me thing.  I cannot wait to see the rest of the boxes; so far they are all looking wonderful (as per usual.)  This group is awesome and I'm so glad I joined.

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review 2018-12-09 19:24
March: Book One
March (Book One) - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Robert Lewis

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:


Alternating between Barack Obama’s inauguration day and defining moments in John Lewis’s past, March: Book One tells the story of Lewis’s childhood and his involvement with the American Civil Rights movement concentrating on the nonviolent sit-in protests in Nashville. The book occasionally draws in moments from the larger Civil Rights movement to give context to Lewis’s story and actions.


The artwork is very striking. The black and white images stand out starkly on the page with intermittent black gutters adding a particularly dramatic flair to the book. One of the images on page 24 is particularly noteworthy. In it Lewis says it’s bad luck to put an even numbered egg under a setting hen. The egg in his hand in the panel is number 13. This seems like a cue to pay attention. Things are not necessarily as they appear. A chicken’s egg labeled 13 does not bring bad luck. An approach of passive resistance can incite huge change.  


The interweaving of the two storylines draws the civil rights movement into the present. It is easy to feel removed from the time of segregation when in reality we are less than a generation removed from those times. March: Book One is as relevant, and hopefully as inspiring, today as Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story was to Lewis in the 1960s. It would make a great addition to any graphic novel collection.

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text 2018-12-09 13:08
AVR Weekly News ~ 271st Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 271st Edition

Hey! We got some snow in NC. Pretty cool!



Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2018/12/avr-weekly-news-271st-edition.html
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photo 2018-12-09 11:00
How We Sell Our Souls (In the Darkness #1) by Emilie Lucadamo

TBR for Netgalley

How We Sell Our Souls (In the Darkness #1) by Emilie Lucadamo



When George Soto turns twenty-six, his life is less than perfect. Stuck in a dead-end job, watching his friends pass him by, it’s quickly starting to feel like he’s going nowhere. When he finds a strange ritual meant to contract a demon, he doesn’t imagine it could possibly work.

Until there’s a demon standing in his living room.

George doesn’t know what a contract with a demon entails, but it seems like a great opportunity to get revenge on his awful boss. Gradually, he and the demon—an abrasive entity who calls himself Jack—form an alliance.

But as things heat up between them, George almost doesn’t notice the increasing darkness in his life. The nights are longer, the shadows grow heavier, and the world around him seems to be distorting.



Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/42749057-how-we-sell-our-souls
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