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review 2018-11-13 16:34
Love, love, love!
Transformers: Lost Light #21 - Jack Lawrence,James Lamar Roberts

Also, my finger is clearly not broken; I can bend it all the way with a minimal twinge, so longer reviews from now on - yay!

 

This is leading up to some pretty astounding revelations, and a huge, final fight.   Basically the Unicron mini-series, which still breaks my heart, especially since I can't find any announcement of new Transformers series. 

 

That being said, I love, love, love this series, all the way.  I know there were one or two issues that I wasn't as crazy about because of the lack of humor; I feel like normally it's so well balanced, that I felt the lack of it earlier on.   But overall?   This, along with MTMtE has to be two of my all-time favorite series. 

 

I highly suggest giving this a try if you haven't.  

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text 2018-11-09 22:53
As outstanding as the rest
Transformers: Lost Light #18 - Jack Lawrence,James Lamar Roberts

I just wish I had the patience to write a longer review around my broken finger; this is amazing and deserves so many praises!

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text 2018-11-09 15:15
Whirl!
Transformers: Lost Light #18 - Jack Lawrence,James Lamar Roberts

Taking a day or two off to catch up on comics because I need it right now.

 

"And yes, I'll be the first to admit I don't know much about contentment, or happiness, or the notion of mental or spiritual peace - - and religion-wise I don't so much lack faith as actively hate god--"

 

I love Whirl...

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review 2018-10-22 22:12
Lacklustre SF: "Red Sister" by Mark Lawrence
Red Sister - Mark Lawrence


Just got this book and I’m starting to think I'm reading a different book than all the reviewers. Seems like Z writing at best to me. Nona is an interesting character at times and a terrible anime like character in others. There is a horrible amount of repetition in the book in terms of X shows up, X happens, few chapters later X shows up (different character) X happens (pretty much exact same outcome). There are large chunks of chapters that seem like wasted space where he describes a mundane task just for a girl to say "I don't like her" or something.

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-10-22 17:05
Review: The 100 Best African American Poems- Edited by Nikki Giovanni

 

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'The 100 Best African-American Poems' compiled by Nikki Giovanni is a very fine work, a kaleidoscope of images, emotions and observations of the Black Experience in America. It's an anthology of some of the works by various poets including titans like Amiri Baraka, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Sonia Sanchez, Langston Hughes and Giovanni herself.

 

Ego Tripping (there may be a Reason)

 

I was born in the congo
I walked to the fertile crescent and built
the sphinx
I designed a pyramid so tough that a star
that only glows every one hundred years falls
into the center giving divine perfect light
I am bad

 

I sat on the throne
drinking nectar with allah
I got hot and sent an ice age to europe
to cool my thirst
My oldest daughter is nefertiti
the tears from my birth pains
created the nile
I am a beautiful woman

 

I gazed on the forest and burned
out the sahara desert
with a packet of goat's meat
and a change of clothes
I crossed it in two hours
I am a gazelle so swift
so swift you can't catch me

 

For a birthday present when he was three
I gave my son hannibal an elephant
He gave me rome for mother's day
My strength flows ever on

 

My son noah built new/ark and
I stood proudly at the helm
as we sailed on a soft summer day
I turned myself into myself and was
jesus
men intone my loving name
All praises All praises
I am the one who would save

 

I sowed diamonds in my back yard
My bowels deliver uranium
the filings from my fingernails are
semi-precious jewels
On a trip north
I caught a cold and blew
My nose giving oil to the arab world
I am so hip even my errors are correct
I sailed west to reach east and had to round off
the earth as I went
The hair from my head thinned and gold was laid
across three continents

 

I am so perfect so divine so ethereal so surreal
I cannot be comprehended except by my permission

 

I mean...I...can fly
like a bird in the sky...

 

Such collections are always subjective- you'll always wonder why something was left out, and I noticed a couple of absences myself- but that's part of the fun, and I discovered a few gems I'd never seen before such as Old Lem, Mercy Killing, Freedom Candy and those Winter Sundays, as well as the immortal standards Harlem, Nikki-Rosa, Lift Every Voice and Sing and of course Giovanni's own magnum opus: Ego Tripping- There May Be A Reason Why, which I will always consider to be one of the finest examples of not only African-American but American culture ever created (see above). The cd is a treat- readings of about a third of the selections done by the authors themselves and notables like Ruby Dee and of course, Giovanni.

 

It's an excellent collection of poetry and very much a time travel device, taking you for a look back to those days when... though sometimes they don't seem all that distant. This would be a wonderful gift for anyone of any age or race but especially to African-Americans. Like singing in the cotton fields it's a chorus of bright, strong voices from our past to lighten the load a little and help guide the way as you ease on down the road.

 
5/5 Stars
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