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review 2018-07-11 05:21
Ship It by Britta Lundin
Ship It - Britta Lundin

OK, so I'm pretty split about this book. On one hand I found a lot of the humor refreshing, the immersion into a new-to-me nerdsphere entertaining, and on the other hand there are some valid complaints about our protagonist's fucked up view of the world and appropriate treatment of her fellow human beings.

Claire is 16 and feels isolated in her remote Texas town. She's fairly new there, but she doesn't have much in common with anyone there. Her true obsession is 'Demon Heart', a 'supernatural' (harhar) tv show involving a sexy demon hunter and the one demon he just can't quit. Or so it seems to her. Claire has written extensive erotic fanfic about the show and seems pretty modest, at first, about the following she has. 'Ship It''s plot really begins when Claire asks the obvious question - when are Mr. Demon Hunter and Demon gonna make out already? - and gets shut down pretty hard. The actor playing Smokey (Demon Hunter) in particular laughs off her concern. The internet happens, and producers are so afraid of the fallout - especially because of Claire's supreme internet levels - that they stage a contest and Claire wins a VIP access for the rest of Demon Heart's convention tour.

The problems of the book have nothing to do with Claire's fanfic, which is funny and sweet until it isn't - I won't go into that later, I'll just say it was fanfic being used for EVIL, but with her being some sort of asocial MarySue who is awesome and right all the time. This includes her own bullying tactics and internet revenge and callous treatment of those who are clearly her only friends. I'll sheepishly admit I glossed over a lot of that at first, focusing only on the shiny of it and the humor. I gave this four stars at first, and highly reccomended the book to others. On reflection, and turning over details of the story there's a lot that's unacceptable. I can't deny my initial positive response, however. So I'll let some stars stand.

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review 2018-07-08 02:12
Excellent start to this series
Death Of The Inhumans (2018) #1 (of 5) - Donny Cates,Kaare Andrews,Ariel Olivetti

The variant cover I have is very misleading, as it has a grave of a certain character on it and I suspected they wouldn't die - yet.   There is death in this issue, as promised, and I"m a bit devastated over it, but I'm willing to see where this goes. 


I am unhappy that they're killing off the Inhumans, but I'm hoping they'll get a good death of story arc.   I also know that as soon as it becomes convenient, Marvel will bring all these characters back.   


The Kree come back to Earth with a message for Black Bolt: join or die.   And they will burn everything he loves, and everything he feels responsible for, until he begs to join them.   


And to do this, they create something new, something less human than the Inhumans, to deliver their message. 


I'm more than happy to continue with this series. 

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review 2018-07-08 01:32
Inhumans: Judgment Day (2018) #1 - Mike Del Mundo,Al Ewing,Daniel Acuña

I saw a lot of this in Black Bolt, and the whole 'see it from someone else's point of view' only plays if you show something new.   This felt word-for-word the same; since the dialogue has to be...


It didn't add enough from Medusa or Black Bolt's point of view for me to appreciate this retelling. 


The emotional content felt flat, but this is after reading the Jenkins/Lee run, Soule's amazing run on a bunch of Inhuman series, and Black Bolt.   Ewing's one-shot just doesn't hold up or do them justice.   I'll be honest: Ewing gets a lot of play and love from the fans, and I'm usually left wondering why this is the case.   


Glad I read it to get the full story, because I'm a completist like that, but this isn't even a favorite Inhumans title. 

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review 2018-07-06 13:42
Three fun else world tales
Batman Chronicles # 11 (Ref-1553565505) - DC Comics

Berlin Batman: Wayne is a Jew in nazi Germany.   His parents were murdered for being Jewish.   The Batman versus nazis?   Um, yes, please!   So much yes.   It's an alternate look at how Batman may have come about in a different time.   Not all that much changes, to be honest, but... Batman versus nazis.   I mean, he could have decided to become Batman just to punch nazis, no backstory included, and I would have been like YES.


Bride of Leatherwing: Leatherwing is Batman + pirate.   So I'm not sure I buy this: stealing, looting, etc?   He basically gives a death sentence at the end, couching it in terms of 'eh, we'll let the sea decide' and I didn't buy that, either.   


On the other hand, it's told in pirate chanty verse on page, and I love the whole Felina being his bride and him having a Robin.   On a pirate ship.   Not without its faults, but fun enough for me to forgive said faults. 


Curse of the Cat-Woman: failed policeman Bruce Wayne becomes a PI.   When he's charged with keeping a wealthy man safe, he must choose between his new lady, Selina Kyle, and said man.  


Pretty much what the title sounds like: Kyle is a were-cat.   I didn't see that ending coming.   Tragic and hopeful at the same time, I was fascinated even more by what tales could be told - and were not.  I know it's unlikely, but I sincerely hope DC revisits this tale at some point.


All in all, three drastically different, but enjoyable, alternate universe looks at Batman.

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review 2018-07-03 02:00
Amazing look at Jedao before the Black Cradle
Extracurricular Activities: A Tor.com Original - Yoon Ha Lee

It was nice to see him before he'd been imprisoned in the Black Cradle, and inside someone else's head: he was much freer in so many ways, and it almost felt like a guilty pleasure, especially knowing what would happen to him later. 


I will devour anything this author writes in this universe, pretty much.

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