Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on October 3, 2018.
Oh, this was such a pretty book! It stayed true to the story from the novels, making me laugh and fall in love with the series all over again. The art is just so manga-ey that you can’t help but like it. My initial thoughts on reading it can be found here.
Another novel converted to graphic novel format. While Ms. Carriger’s humor shines through in both novel formats, I didn’t find the same to be true for Butcher. Even so, if I can stick to this series with its problematic treatment of female characters, I can stomach the graphic novels too. Did that sound like somebody was forcing me to read them? Lol
Betsy came into my life when I needed a reprieve from the real world. She might be shallow and it might take her like 9 books to realize that, but she still makes me laugh. Her magnetic ability to attract trouble no matter where she goes reminds me of Mercy of the Mercedes Thompson fame. Her tenacity has shades of Kate Daniels from another favorite series of mine. But most of all, I love her for the way she sticks up for those she considers family!
This is one book that I wish I had found when I was a kid — or had been written back then. I think I’d have appreciated it more? Anyway, it has the charm of the Dahl books but there is a dark undercurrent to them that makes them scary. But in a good way. Fine job I’m doing of explaining why I like this series, right? But I do!
Gaiman’s books either wow me or they don’t i.e. there is no middle ground. But I never not like them. Does that make sense? For instance, I wasn’t a fan of American Gods but I loved Coraline and this one. TOATEOTL had this surreal feel to it that never let up. Despite being a short story, I felt like I connected with the characters in it too.
This book has an old-timey sci-fi-ish feel to it that instantly resonated with me. I am also a fan of anthologies and short story compilations. To me, they present a varied meal where I sample different dishes and decide which ones i loved. Like most books of its genre and time, it isn’t overly long. Another plus in my case! I also reviewed the second book in this series.
** spoiler alert ** This was such a refreshing book! Another YA novel that I’d recommend to those of us who aren’t too into them. The book had everything: a teenager who acted her age was smart and kicked butt-not dumb enough to dismiss the strange ongoings in her school like most YA protagonists would have done.characters that kept me interested throughout — Nick’s zombieness made him all the more fun and Lydia was cute. It had the right beginning and a balanced ending — the book wasn’t too long either.there were some spelling mistakes, yes.the humor was done just right. It was fun, witty and a quick read — I just couldn’t put the book down till I was done reading.
** spoiler alert ** I got this book from Making Connections for free, in exchange of an honest review.The action started from the get-go and it never stopped.
It has been so long since I enjoyed a YA novel this much and didn’t end up wanting to hit every character over the head-well, maybe Shiv, at times!
My favorite character was Grizz for obvious reasons. TogYip were cute too.
The transformation that each teenager goes through by the end of their journey (as Harvin was kind to observe for us) made the story even better.
The romance or sprinklings of it was just the right amount.
There were a few spelling mistakes which I noticed though.
The descriptions of the city of Bigfeet were sufficient without being boring.I loved every bit of it!
Sadly, I don’t remember much about this one, just that I loved it. It was a simple, touching story about a family. That much I do remember!
I loved it, not LOVED IT but loved it. Penny Reid is one of my favorite authors, her quirky humor and sense of romance fit my twisted heart just right. Why didn't I love it ? The Female MC, Simone. I didn't like her, she was too distant, lied and was too cold for my Roscoe. Yup, my Roscoe ! Roscoe is a hunk with manners, treats women with respect and is a veterinarian. There is a scene with him rolling around on the floor with puppies ! That is my porn ! Excuse me I need to fan myself at the memory. Wooowee it's hot in here.
I'm not going to tell you about the story, you need to read this series and know these boys stories to get the quirky things. These bearded boys are hotter than Houston in August. Have a nice cold drink handy when you pick these up
TITLE: SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
AUTHOR: Mary Beard
DATE PUBLISEHD: 2016
Mary Beard has writen an accessible history of the rise of Rome, it's people and it's senate. The book deals with events that are dated to 753BC, and ends in 212 BCE with Caracalla's decree extending citizenship to all free men living within the Empire. The book deals with those in power as well as the little people, how Rome expanded its power and maintained it. Beard deals with archaeological and well as written sources for her information. While the book was informative, the subject matter tended to be a bit superficial and the writing style too chatty. This might make a good introductory text if the reader is not interested in biographies of important Roman citizens.
The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy
by Adrienne Mayor
Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization
by Richard Miles
Mary Beard does a wonderful job of giving historical context to current cultural attitudes. The first essay is essentially the history of men telling women to shut up. She examines how the simple act of speaking is, in point of fact, gendered. I found it revelatory that in many cases it isn't what is being said that is offensive to some, it is simply the fact that a woman is the one saying it. The second essay ties together with the first and examines how women occupy spaces in power, and how power is also gendered. How women in traditionally powerful roles become masculinized, and how much of the power held by women is not recognized as important or innately powerful. There is a lot to chew on in here, and I highly recommend it. If nothing else it's fascinating to see where certain behaviors, such as harping on the sound of a woman's voice, go back thousands of years. In studying the roots we are better prepared to pull out the weeds.