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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-02 08:17
July 2017 — A Wrap-Up




As much fun as only Douglas Adams books can be. Although, it might also be due to my technique that I apply when reading books by DA. I space them out, which keeps the jokes and randomness from being repetitive and not-random!




I won this in a giveaway. Read my review here.




Okay, so this was different and seemed a bit incomplete at the end but I still liked it. Something that stuck with me was the concept that while the people were free as a nation, it meant compromising their individual freedom. What does that even mean?




Here is a scene that stayed with me:






This was cute and fun. I will continue with the series to see if it is more than just cute and fun though. Two examples to give you an idea of what the art looks like:









Trying this one out for size. Still not impressed though. Just wanted to leave this here; it shows a new level of racism, doesn’t it?






This was for a buddy read over at Booklikes. I won’t say the book wasn’t a fun read, however, it was quite light on science. The humor the depth of observations were the usual Scalzi standard.


I just realized this was the beginning of a whole new series with quite a few books in it. While I liked the book, I didn’t love it. Lets see if I feel like reading the next one.

The funny thing is that this book will be the first entry in my Twinsies — Books that Go Together series of blog posts!


Two words that I loved:







This was okayish. I thought that the author was trying to make up for all the complaints that the readers make about Dresden being sexist. It didn’t work for me though. The story was weak but I did like the art. No idea why I like the code of “honor” that Macone plays by but I do!




I have no idea why I read this. Maybe I only read it because I had it. Whatever the reason, I didn’t like it just as I didn’t like the movie. This was a sequel in comic form but it had nothing new to hold my attention. Two supernatural species fighting each other with humans caught in the middle. Sound familiar? It did to me too! The art was okay-ish while there was no story.




Find my review here.




This one was also a Bingo read for the extremely slow round of Book Bingo that we are playing at work! About the book, it isn’t that I didn’t know what went on in Afghanistan. It was nice to be able to know the exact stats for what went down there.




You can find my review here.




I tried Lumberjanes and didn’t like it but when I saw this was going to be a crossover with Gotham Academy (which I mostly like), I decided to give it another try. I am glad I did because it was a whole lotta fun! I love how the characters seem more human and less comic-y because of the way they are drawn. They don’t all look as if they have stepped off magazine covers. Now I just have to give Lumberjanes another chance to wow me!



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review 2017-04-24 04:04
Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy
Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy - Chynna Clugston-Flores,Rosemary Valero-O'Connell,Maddi Gonzalez,Whitney Cogar

As a fan of both Lumberjanes and Gotham Academy, this was a crossover I was looking forward to. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a letdown. It was still an enjoyable read, just not quite as much as I'd hoped.


The cover of the book is beautiful. I was hoping it would be representative of the art inside, but it definitely is not. The story's art isn't bad, but it's much simpler. That style suits the Lumberjane girls, but not the Gotham Academy kids. A good chunk of the story takes place in a cabin where a group of people are being kept. When all the kids went there to rescue them, I had a hard time telling the Gotham Academy kids apart from the people they were rescuing. Except Olive. She was very easy because no one else had white hair. But there were several times when someone was talking and it took me a bit to figure out if it was a character from Gotham Academy or a new character. Pom and Maps gave me the most problems with this after everyone was forced into new outfits. I didn't have any problems recognizing any of the Lumberjanes though.


Since this was a crossover between two series featuring groups, the book had a lot of characters to juggle. While they made sure everyone contributed in some way, there really wasn't enough space for everyone to get some focus, leaving a number of the main cast feeling like secondary characters. It was just too many characters for so short of a book once you throw in all the new characters in the cabin.


The story felt more like a Lumberjanes story than a Gotham Academy one with it being set in the woods and featuring mystical creatures, but that's not a bad thing for me since I love their adventures. It was a fun story, and the cast was pretty adorable together. It just wasn't everything I hoped for.

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review 2016-10-24 19:10
Gotham Academy Vol 2: Calamity
Gotham Academy Vol. 2: Calamity - Brenden Fletcher,Karl Kerschl,Becky Cloonan

I found this volume quite a bit more interesting than the first one but not quite as much fun. It's much more serious, what with Olive's family history  starting to come into play more. The mystery of Olive's family seems central to the plot but her group of curious friends keep the tone a little light-hearted. 

I really enjoy supportive all the friends are. Especially Maps. She has got be my favorite. Her song at the beginning of the first issue in this volume was adorable! They definitely keep a little mystery surrounding some other characters and I hope that their backgrounds get explored further in the following volumes, but for now I'm happy to be digging deeper into what Calamity is all about.

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review 2016-10-06 11:29
Gotham Academy Volume 1
Gotham Academy Vol. 1 - Brendan Fletcher,Karl Kerschel,Becky Cloonan

I was pleased to find that this series is not about a young version of all our favorite Gotham city heroes and villains. Those stories are fun but it's even better to branch out now that we have so many of them. This story is about Olive and Maps and the crew they assemble.

Loves: nothing is what it seems, Olive's perspectives allows some old characters to be enriched, Olive and her crew, the way they come together, that no one tries to usurp her leadership over the situation, everything that is Maps but especially the nerd girl side, the way they all look a little different, that being hung up on a love interest neither interferes with nor drives the story forward.

Okay, everything. I loved everything about it. Everything that makes me love Lumberjanes, makes me love this. I suppose that's why they did a crossover series! It is now on my TBR.

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review 2016-09-27 17:24
Gotham Academy: Second Semester (2016-) #1 - MSASSYK,Brenden Fletcher,Adam Archer,Karl Kerschl,Karl Kerschl,Sandra Hope,Serge LaPointe,Becky Cloonan

I wasn't crazy about the first volume, but since I've fallen in love with Fletcher's Batgirl and Black Canary, and I'd heard such good things about all of Rebirth, I'd figure I'd give this a try.   I wasn't that taken by this issue: nothing seemed to happen and while there was some hijinks - sneaking into museums - and some character development, I simply didn't care enough about the characters to really give a single fuck. 




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