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text 2018-05-04 04:07
aka Gotham Season 9, just didn't work for me. DNF'd.
Batman: Nightwalker - Marie Lu,Will Damon

Let me get the Audiobook portion out of the way quickly -- Damron does a capable job. He didn't particularly wow me, but I had no complaints about his work. I could see myself really getting into a book he narrated.

 

This is essentially Gotham, season 9. Bruce is on the eve of graduation, turning 18 (yet his guardian, Alfred, is still treated as if he has any standing in his life), and finds himself on the wrong end of the law and serving probation by doing community service at Arkham Asylum. While there, he becomes fascinated by an accused murderer -- she's part of a criminal/political (technically a terrorist group, but the label was never used) group targeting Gotham's one percenters.

 

The line between the Bruce Wayne of this book and the Dark Knight we all know is pretty weak. You've got Alfred, Lucius Fox, Bruce's dead parents, Gotham City -- sure -- but there's nothing that distinctively Batman about them (as used here). Even when you throw in Harvey Dent as a troubled youth with a strong trust in the legal system as one of Bruce's best friend and numerous references to bats, and you're supposed to thing that you've got yourself the building blocks of the Caped Crusader. But it'd have been incredibly easy for this to be any other rich youth with a knack for electronics. This doesn't have to be a Batman story, it could be almost any generic YA hero.

 

If you want to read an inexperienced, fallible, Batman (as seems to be the case here), read Miller's Batman: Year One or Barr's Batman: Year Two -- they treat the character the way he should be treated. This book just wasn't. I got about halfway through (maybe a little over halfway) before I just couldn't take it anymore and decided to move on.

 

I liked the Wonder Woman installment in this series just fine -- why didn't this one work for me? Well, while Diana wasn't the hero we all know -- she was still clear in her purpose, driven to do right and capable. Bruce is none of those things -- which is odd, because he's typically been depicted as driven and single-minded since childhood. That's the Bruce we all know, and should've seen here.

 

I can see why some people will enjoy this, but I just can't bother to finish.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/05/03/batman-nightwalker-audiobook-by-marie-lu-will-damron-aka-gotham-season-9-just-didnt-work-for-me-dnfd
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review 2018-01-13 03:15
Damon Snow and the Nocturnal Lessons
Damon Snow and the Nocturnal Lessons - Olivia Helling

I am not sure what to say about this book. Let me think here for a second...



So. Hmmm... OK. Ugh....

Paranormal aspect. 
I have no idea why it is even mentioned, to tell you the truth, unless it's relevant somewhere down the line in book 5. I just don't see it playing a significant role in incubus-turned-dirt-poor-rentboy setup in the near future. There are no superpowers. There is not a sniff of something dark or magical in the air. Any talented and eager rentboy with years of experience on top of it should know how to satisfy and manipulate clients. 

Language.
I do like and read historicals/classics. But still I managed to get tangled in pinks, flats, culls and what have you.

Time Setting.
There are no references to the historical period, except for the opening sentence. There is no (paranormal) world building. MC's world is tight. So tight, in fact, I feel claustrophobic. This whole affair could be happening on Alpha Centauri 1649 years from now it's so bland where the environment is concerned.

Positive.
The story turned around close to the middle and allowed for interesting developing which I did not anticipate at all. A star for that. 

However, I don't believe I will be continuing this series. Unless I am in dire need of a super quick read.

2 stars for the first 40-50%, 4 for the rest of it.

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text 2018-01-09 14:41
Sag Zucker Adieu mit „Goodbye Zucker“

Sitzen ist das neue Rauchen? Von wegen! Jeder, der die neuesten Diättrends verfolgt, weiß, dass Zucker heutzutage der Feind Nummer eins für unsere Gesundheit ist. Während die Verteufelung von Eiern und Butter in den 80er und 90er Jahren inzwischen von der Wissenschaft weniger begründet zu sein scheint, gibt es echte Beweise dafür, dass Zucker uns nicht nur krank macht, sondern auch unglücklich.

 

Der Erfolg des Dokumentarfilms "Voll verzuckert: That Sugar Film" zeigt, dass die Botschaft ankommt. Damon Gameaus Reise vom gesundheitsbewußten Vollwertkonsumenten hin zum Zuckerjunkie und die Auswirkungen von dem süßen Stoff auf sein Gewicht, seine Energie und seine Stimmung waren schockierend, zumal Zucker ein fester Bestandteil der modernen Ernährung ist. Wie Gameau bewiesen hat, ist Zucker in fast jedem Lebensmittel enthalten, das wir kaufen, und viele von uns sind, im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes, süchtig. Aber was tun?

 

Die Australierin Sarah Wilson zeigt in ihrem Buch "Goodbye Zucker" den Weg zu einem gesünderen Lebensstil. Das Buch bietet eine Anleitung durch den Zuckerentzug, tolle Rezeptideen und neue Leckereien als Ergänzung für zuckerhaltige Snacks.

 

Bis zum 11. Januar bietet Legimi "Goodbye Zucker" als E-Book für nur 4,99 € an!

 

 

 

Titelbild von Thomas Rosenau (eigenes Werk) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

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text 2017-12-08 20:50
GC
Aliens: Rogue - Ian Edginton,Will Simpso... Aliens: Rogue - Ian Edginton,Will Simpson
Aliens: Labyrinth - Jim Woodring
Aliens: Nightmare Asylum - Steve Perry
Aliens: Genocide - Karl Story,Damon Willis,John Arcudi
Avengers: Vision and the Scarlet Witch: A Year in the Life - Steve Englehart,Al Milgrom,Richard Howell
A Once Crowded Sky - Tom King

This is what I got.   

 

I also took part in a yankee swap and got this:  

 

 

It's lootcrate, er, loot that someone didn't want - but I kinda looove it.   The shirt might be a tad small for me, but I still looove it.   

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review 2017-11-28 17:48
Hot Head (Head #1) by Damon Suede 4 Star Review!
Hot Head (Head #1) - Damon Suede

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire...

Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies’ man, and the FDNY isn’t exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish.

Griff’s caution and Dante’s cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there’s nothing Griff wouldn’t do… until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution: HotHead.com, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty. And Dante wants them to appear there—together. Griff may have to guard his heart and live out his darkest fantasies on camera. Can he rescue the man he loves without wrecking their careers, their families, or their friendship?

 

Review

 

It is easy to see why this is such a popular romance novel. It has everything. Friends to Lovers, firefighters, ginger hero, hot sexy times, great dialogue, wonderful setting, connection to important history...

 

It is a bit over the top but it is a also grand and passionate and loving. There are several plot turns and some how it remains believable because of the loving connection between our heroes.

 

There are things I wanted more of because we were only in Griff's head and Dante didn't even really talk about his feelings until the end. I love the end of this book and hope some of the secondary characters get a story.

 

Good hot stuff!

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