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review 2018-04-07 01:22
Coming of Age Angst and Agony
Queen of Corona - Péter Esterházy
Queen of Corona is a book aimed at teen/ young adult and is about a girl coming of age. Roza is from inner city New York, from a one-parent home and growing up with all the challenges that come from both. She is trying to figure out who she is, what she wants out of life and what she believes. One thing that angers her is the shoddy education children in her income strata and location are offered, which only helps to keep generation after generation in the repeating cycle of poverty. Wanting to make a difference and to make her voice heard, she gets involved with an activist group who has a protest planned for their high school graduation ceremony and things go awry. The cops horribly overreact and innocent life is lost, and Roza is sent to her mother's native Poland to avoid being punished for the unfortunate event. 

The tale takes a painful look at issues many youth are struggling with: drugs, sex, insecurity, social ills, friends in difficult situations and the growing pains associated with adolescence. There is alot of street language/ slang so if one is not aware of some of the meanings-- reading could be a challenge at times to understand exactly what is meant. My thanks to the author for the copy of the book.


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review 2016-04-20 18:38
My Review of Midnight Outbreak
Midnight Outbreak - Brandy Jeffus Corona

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. For starters, the characters in this book were well fleshed out. I felt as if I really got to know each character. I did feel that the book was far too rushed, and I would have liked more of the story. There were a few grammatical errors, but not enough to interfere with the flow of the story.

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text 2016-04-06 03:02
Sets too fast a pace...
Corona - Greg Bear

Corona is not, alas, an illusion to alcohol, but the name of the sentient being that controls the hapless Vulcan scientists that Kirk and crew have come to save. A fast-paced novel with an intriguing sci-fi basis, this episode rushed along too quickly for me to really get into the story. This is really too bad, as there are several elements to the story which could have been drawn out and delved into. At 192 pages, it's not the shortest Star Trek book I've read, but it felt like it.

The characters come off pretty well, with Bear's Kirk being more thoughtful and less gut-instinct than Shatner's. While entertaining and fun, Corona will not rock your world and adds nothing to the Star Trek universe. Rating: Meh


Kirk and Spock - B
McCoy and Uhura - B+
Checkov - B-
Everyone else: too little seen to judge

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review 2016-03-04 17:34
Fun intro to Civil War - and also not an adequate intro
Marvel's Captain America: Civil War Prelude Infinite Comic #1 - Will Corona Pilgrim

The thing is this ties into Bucky Barnes, but Civil War is - or should be - about more than one man.   See, the original Civl War - comic book, not real thing - was about how far we go to protect people and how much heroes have a right to a private life.   


Not that I liked the Civil War crossover all that much.   I tried rereading some recently and still did not like it all that much.   That being said, it was trying to be big and show how contentious ideas and fracturing of the heroes due to different ideals could end up.   It was big and serious.   It was big.   As much as I love so many Marvel characters, it was bigger than everyone one of them.   It was bigger than my love for each separate character put together.    And I applauded it for being about that, for trying even if it didn't really interest me. 


Which is why a comic like this that focuses solely on Bucky and Cap's search for his old friend worries me.   It's why, as awesome as the previews look, the cinematic Civil War worries me.  I get what they're trying to do it, and how they're trying to personalize it, and make the struggle more relatable.  I just think it might be a big mistake.   (They couldn't do this, at least not with Bucky, in the comic book version, but Bucky has more history.   And I think it's smart that if they have to do it, they do it for Cap and Bucky.)


That being said, this was an enjoyable story if I could manage to forget why this is a bad idea.  I was reminded just enough, and then again at the end where they say this is going to be continued in the movie, that I couldn't quite enjoy it as much as I'd wanted to when I purchased this.  (I bought some Infinite comics because I remembered how much I liked them.)


It was a valiant try, Marvel, I will give you that.   If it weren't leading up to Civil War, I suspect this would have been a four or four and a half star read.   I salute the effort, but you've still got me worried about this movie, maybe more so than before.   (Especially since the original event was all about spectacle and all the heroes choosing a side.  Your sadly small cast in comparison?   Does not bode well for the movie either.   I do hope I love your movie, but I've yet to see anything to convince me that I will.)


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text 2015-08-11 22:21
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
From Russia With Claws - Jacey Conrad,Gia Corona

Super entertaining read, and I was surprised by the broad scope of the story considering it's PNR. I also liked how real the sex scenes were with realistic terminology, emotion and heat instead of the usual G-rated version that's more common to this genre. I definitely want more! Full review to follow. ~ 4.5 Stars

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