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review 2017-07-13 01:43
Still one of the most beautiful comics being produced
Black Bolt (2017-) #3 - Saladin Ahmed,Christian Ward

And I'm not just talking about the lush art that is full of color and movement.   No, no, no.   The writing is just as lush, just as full.   It makes Black Bolt relatable, and although I thought this would make him less intriguing - there's something about him being impenetrable, so much higher than everyone else, so removed in so many ways that drew me to him as a character - it does the opposite.   It makes his tragedies - his awesome power that keeps him removed from everyone in so many ways, and his responsibilities that do the same - more tragic.   

 

It makes the decisions he has to make harder, and it makes me like him more.   

 

The plans are finally revealed, even as it's revealed why this group of prisoners need Black Bolt.   He also finally truly sees the consequences of his hard decisions, from the point of view of someone who's living those consequences.   It's poetic in a way that stripping him of his crown and his title and his wife, and family, wasn't, and gives him pause in a way those didn't.   Then?  He was still confident that what he'd done was right, and stood tall even if he wasn't exactly proud of his actions. 

 

Now, though?   This is showing him what willful blindness really brings, and it's horrifying on a level that makes even him squirm.   I thought that seeing Black Bolt second guess the terrible decisions he had to make - or that he felt he had to make - to try and save as many of his people as he could, to try and protect them the best he could would make me like him less.   In a less talented author's hands, this storyline would make me like him less.   Instead, Ahmed is doing everything I didn't ever want to see in a Black Bolt series, and his talent is forcing me to admit I was wrong.  I wanted it.  I just was afraid the writer Marvel picked wouldn't be up to the task. 

 

This author is, and he's not only got the skill, but he's reveling in this storyline.  He's gleefully dissecting Black Bolt, what makes - or made - him, and I'm loving every single second as Black Bolt becomes more aware of what the true cost of his responsibilities were, and are.   Even when these revelations are painfully obvious - Black Bolt says as much to the readers - there's so much more going on, writing wise, art wise, that it's impossible that I won't glean more on my second reading. 

 

I'll reread when I have the time, although given my soon-to-be hectic schedule, that may not be for a while.   Certainly not as soon as I'd hope for! 

 

 

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text 2017-07-06 07:36
Broken Lyric by RB Hilliard
Broken Lyric (Meltdown) (Volume 2) - RB Hilliard,Christian Brose
 
 
Title: Broken Lyric
Series: Meltdown Series #2
Author: RB Hilliard
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Rock
Release Date: June 28, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nash Bostwick is the sexy, playboy lead guitarist of the world renowned band, Meltdown. He doesn’t do love, because love only leads to pain.
Then he meets Rowan… Rowan Burns is running. Her secrets are deep and her past is deadly. She doesn’t have time for love, nor does she want it. Then she meets Nash… When Nash and Rowan finally take a chance on love, a family tragedy threatens to derail Nash’s career. In his search for answers he pushes Rowan away. By the time Nash realizes what he’s done, it might just be too late…
 
 
 
 
 
 
"RB Hilliard has expertly woven a tale of mystery and suspense with an ending you'll never see coming. Broken Lyric is a profound love story that will leave you breathless. This is a must summer read." - USA Today and NYT bestselling author, L. Wilder
 
"RB paints a world I've always found easy to get lost in, but these characters kept me with them after I put the book down." - AC Bextor, best selling author of KEPT: A Second Chance Fairy Tale and Lights of Peril
 
"RB Hilliard's Meltdown series continues to deliver with fast paced, well written plots and endings that surprise every time." - Pet's $0.02 Love N Books
 
"RB Hilliard has taken this rocker romance and turned it into a thrilling suspense ride that will keep you guessing until the very end. 5 star must read!!" - Book Club Gone Wrong
 
 
 
 
 
RB Hilliard lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and two children. Her love of the written word led her to pursue a degree in English and later a career as an academic language therapist. In 2012 she took a break from teaching and began writing her first novel, His End Game. Hilliard has published five books in her MMG Series, as well as Utterly Forgettable, a romantic comedy and Fractured Beat, the first in her Meltdown Series.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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review 2017-07-02 21:18
A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers
A Voice in the Wind: 1 (Mark of the Lion) - Francine Rivers

One of the most beautiful stories I have ever read! This is a must read, and although it is Christian fiction, I think anyone could come away from it learning some truthful life lessons. Being a Christian myself, I found it to be one of the finest examples of God's love and mercy.

 

Highest recommendation!

A re-read for me, and one I should re-read more often.

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review 2017-07-01 00:09
Wings Of Grace
Wings of Grace - Vanessa Davis Griggs

 

Title:  Winds Of Grace

Author;  Vanessa Davis Griggs

Publisher:  Free To Soar

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

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Wings Of Grace by Vanessa Davis Griggs

 

My Thoughts...

 

All I can say is Author Vanessa Griggs is a wonderful story telling.  She definitely gives her readers something good to read all the time.  "Wings Of Grace" was absolutely a wonderful story fulled with a good story along with Biblical scriptures that went along with each chapter that showed 'love, unity, greed, romance, mystery, loyalty of family and true friends.'  This is definitely a inspirational and intriguing  christian fiction novel that will touch ones heart. This story really goes with the saying 'What is done in the dark will come to the light. 

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text 2017-06-27 16:07
Currently on loan from the public library!
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life - Ed Yong
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story - Douglas Preston
Often I Am Happy - Jens Christian Grøndahl
Down Among the Sticks and Bones - Seanan McGuire
The Essex Serpent - Sarah Perry
The Great Hunt - Robert Jordan
How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease - Michael Greger,Gene Stone

Somehow, I have ended up with a stack of very large books, plus I'm reading to a deadline.  All of them have holds on them. 

 

This may become like fishing--catch & release.  I'll see how much I can read over the Canada Day long weekend.

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