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review 2018-06-28 22:16
Review of Endurance by Alfred Lansing
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage - Alfred Lansing

I can't believe I had not read this book before now.  What a gem of a story!  Most people have a general idea about Shackelton and his incredible tale of survival, but I had no idea how utterly miserable and hopeless most of their experience was in the Antarctic.  What these men overcame and endured is almost short of believable.  This book was incredibly well written and tells the story with great detail, suspense, and excitement.  Highly recommended!

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review 2017-09-23 00:00
Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir
Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir - Peter David,Stan Lee,Colleen Doran Brilliantly written with excellent illustrations and a full scope of Stan Lee's life in comics.
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review 2017-07-30 20:18
The Comic Book Story of Video Games
The Comic Book Story of Video Games: The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution - Jonathan Hennessey,Jack Mcgowan

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

Fairly interesting, although to be honest, in spite of the early chapters being educative in their own ways, I would’ve preferred to see the focus more on the actual video games (and industry) themselves, rather than also on the electricity/industrial revolution parts. The art style, too, was not always consistent, and sometimes too stiff.

On the other hand, I appreciated the inclusion of actual video games characters in panels, as watchers or part of the ‘narrative’; just trying to remember or find out who they were, was in itself another, different dive into history. (Well, maybe it wouldn’t work that well on someone who knows less about such games, but for me, it worked.)

I also liked how the book included some of the backstage workings behind the whole video games industry; they were plenty of things I didn’t know, for instance Sony and its Playstation, I had no idea there had been a deal in the plans with Nintendo for CD games, and that it completely fell through. (I’m not feeling younger, though. Being reminded that this PSX I got in 1998—and I made it a point to get a US model, too, since the European one didn’t run the games I wanted—was even a few years older than that... well...)

Conclusion: An informative and colourful read. I do wish it had spent just a little less time on the really early years, where ‘games’ per se weren’t so much concerned (to be fair, I already know a lot about computer history in general).

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review 2017-07-02 16:19
Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker - Megan McDonald,Peter H. Reynolds

A cute, quick read.

Just like the first book in this series, it was a good read, but I didn't like it as much as the Judy Moody books. The events in the Stink books feel more superficial than those in the Judy Moody series. I did like that Judy appeared a little nicer in this book in comparison to the first one (and less animal cruelty).

This was a nice read.

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review 2017-06-29 02:13
Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid - M. McDonald,Megan McDonald,Peter H. Reynolds

A cute branch off of the Judy Moody series.

I didn't like this as much as the Judy Moody books I have read. The whole thing didn't go as in depth as the previous series in my opinion. The writing was more simplistic, making it easier for younger readers to read. I did really like the comics.

The narration also follows Stink's point of view, which was interesting, although it did paint Judy as a pretty intolerable sister.

Not a bad book altogether (although I could have done without the newt bit). A good read, but a hard sell for those of us who are #TeamJudy.

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