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review 2017-11-26 20:21
Review: Maus I and II by Art Spiegelman
Maus I and II (boxed set) - Art Spiegelman

I have been meaning to get around to reading Maus but could never find the time or the space to do so. Luckily my library has both books and the book recommendation book by the librarian I had read earlier this month named Maus as a book that all librarians should read/recommend to patrons, and the time and place for reading was now and for the Pop Sugar challenge (each book filled one prompt).

 

I really liked the stark artwork and how the story was told via mice (Jews), cats (Germans), pigs (Poles), and frogs (French). There are two stories within Maus: the story of Spiegelman's father and mother going through the Holocaust and the story of Spiegelman and his father learning about each other and how to deal with conflict in their relationship. I didn't see any reason for Spiegelman's wife to be in the story in the second book - she didn't have any insight and was used as mainly a back up for when Spiegelman had a fight with his dad. By the end of the story, I think Spiegelman grew close with his dad after knowing what his parents' went through but was not quite at the complete understanding of what that kind of trauma formed the father he knew and the lingering issues that crept up in his life later.

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review 2017-11-08 09:18
Review: March Volume 3 by Rep John Lewis et al
March: Book Three - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Lewis Gaddis

The final book in the March trilogy takes on the Selma march as the main plotline, but also shows how the differing CRM groups had conflicting agendas and intra-fighting led Lewis away from SNCC and towards working with all the groups. He also takes on the bombing of the church that killed four young girls, the assassinations of JFK, RFK, and Malcolm X along with a trip to Africa to speak with activists working for their respective countries' independence from colonial rule. There is a lot of history, both personal and country, packed in this book.

 

I think LBJ gets a little too much credit for the signing of the Civil Rights legislation, and the story from Rep John Lewis about how that legislation came about shows the shrewd back room manipulations that are very familiar to modern readers.

 

I don't know how to explain it, but this series made history come alive in a way I just couldn't get from history textbooks or documentaries - those resources look at the Civil Rights Movement era in such clinical terms and dates/places. Rep John Lewis' story focused on the people and their work, setbacks and victories that make them relatable to modern readers and activists.

 

Highly recommend.

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text 2017-10-31 08:00
October Reading Wrap Up
The Undoing (Call Of Crows) - Shelly Laurenston
London Calling - Sara Sheridan
DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 1 - Marguerite Bennett
DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 2: Allies - Marguerite Bennett,Marguerite Sauvage
March: Book Three - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Lewis Gaddis

 Dewey and setting more concrete goals in regards to Halloween Bingo helped me boost my reading back to my normal levels. The quality of my reading also improved from last month's crappy reads. My DNF trigger was pulled a lot this month and everything else about my reading improved greatly.

 

As Halloween Bingo ended yesterday, a big THANK YOU SO MUCH to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for putting on another great game. I am ready for whatever MbD and TA have in store for the next game. I will spend the rest of the year finishing up prompts from the Pop Sugar challenge.

 

Challenges:

BL/GR: 149/150

Pop Sugar: 1; 43/52 prompts filled

Halloween Bingo: 9 squares read; 19/25 overall

Library Love: 2; 48/36 for the year

 

1. Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Aliens square) - 5 stars

 

2. The Undoing (Call of Crows #2) by Shelly Laurenston (Dark Woods square) - 5 stars

 

3. London Calling (Mirabelle Bevan Mystery #2) by Sara Sheridan (Dark London square) - 4.5 stars

 

4. Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (A Magical Cats Mystery #1) by Sofie Kelly (Magical Realism square) - 3 stars

 

5. Sleight of Paw (A Magical Cats Mystery #2) by Sofie Kelly (Amateur Sleuth square) - 3 stars

 

6. Final Crisis by Grant Morrison et al (Monsters square) - 1.5 stars

 

7. DC Bombshells, Volume 1: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett et al (Dead Will Walk square) - 5 stars

 

8. DC Bombshells, Volume 2: Allies by Marguerite Bennet et al (Supernatural square) - 5 stars

 

9. Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel #2 by Richelle Mead, Leigh Dragoon, and Emma Vieceli (Chilling Children square) - 3.5 stars

 

10. Shadow Kiss: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel #3 by Richelle Mead, Leigh Dragoon, and Emma Vieceli (Vampires square) - 3.5 stars

 

11. March, Volume 3 by Rep John Lewis et al (Pop Sugar prompt - "month/day in title") - 5 stars

 

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review 2017-10-25 17:36
Review: Final Crisis by Grant Morrison et al
Final Crisis - Grant Morrison,J.G. Jones,Doug Mahnke

What a convoluted mess of a storyline. Morrison must have been tripping on some magic mushrooms to come up with this event. Not impressed at all, and the "intermission" of the crisis to go into two Superman tie-ins to the Final Crisis was worse than the major plotline.

 

I need science fiction to make sense if I am willing to suspend my disbelief; the science fiction in this book (issues #1-7, plus Final Crisis: Submit issue 1) is just random buzz words from tech bros combined with philosophical bullshit. It was headache inducing.

 

This wasn't just about saving humans/Earth, but all peoples and all planets in the 52 universes that make up DC. So a lot of minor characters show up without context or the need to have them there. Major characters are given the short stick in terms of page counts and panels. There are also so many plotlines; the JLA are all separate and just doing their own thing and yet the reader has to read about all their separate outings. It was a constant channel surf without a focus. Wonder Woman, Batwoman, and Catwoman go evil and become Darkseid's Furies yet we only get a glimpse of how WW went evil. Batman gets put in a jail cell early in the story and then disappears for 200 pages, just to show up again to die. There are three The Flash (Adam, Barry, and Wally), four Green Lanterns (Hal, Jon, Guy, and Alpha), and Too. Damn. Many. Alternate. Supermans (all from parallel universes). I don't think I even knew the real enemy - Monitor? Dark Seid? That stupid otherworldly vampire whose name I already forgot?

 

The Superman tie-ins were all about Superman and his parallel selves fighting Monitors to get an antidote to save Lois Lane. Not a fan of LL, so I didn't care about these issues at all. 

 

The artwork was okay, but so many fights and explosions was draining on my eyes. The minor characters' costumes seemed to blur into a sea of blue and yellow after a while.

 

A confusing, headache is what this event was. I can't recommend. At least I got another square filled.

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review 2017-10-22 15:45
Review: DC Bombshells, Volume 2: Allies by Marguerite Bennett, Laura Braga, and Mirka Andolfo
DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 2: Allies - Marguerite Bennett,Marguerite Sauvage

 

One of the supernatural beings the Nazis are using in this alternate universe take on WWII is the tenebrae (from Greek and Roman mythology for "spirits of death"). Not zombies in the usual lore, many are made from the dead Nazi soldiers and not easily killed, but not immortal either. The women of DC are all working in small teams or on their own in different locations but gather for one big battle over London (like an all women Justice League). And so ends year one of the DC bombshells.

 

I've put all other volumes on my Christmas wishlist. Seriously humor, bad ass heroines, great artwork (they fixed Wonder Woman), and an engaging storyline.

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