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review 2017-11-11 15:17
No idea what's going on
Monstress Volume 2: The Blood - Marjorie M. Liu

I have no idea what's going on here, I adore the art-work and several of the characters are very interesting but I want to care more and I can't find it in me, I care about a lot of the peripheral characters but the main characters aren't as compelling.  I'm following more of the art than the story and finding myself lost in the pretty.

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review 2017-10-25 20:23
Horror That Tackles The Mind
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu
A teenage girl searching for answers on her mother’s death and the horror that is transforming her mind and body.


Once you get into this graphic novel, which might take a little bit, the characters are likeable and some horrible.  They make you feel the way you should which terror, fear and a little hope for our main character.


The art is good reminds me of anime and manga. Only thing it is the type anime manga art I dislike.  I am not a fan of the gory, and bloody art. Maybe that is because in high school art class we watched the anime Akira over and over.  It was really gross and that is how I found some of the art. It’s really great art just not a fan of the theme.  


I read this because I heard good things about it and Neil Gaiman had a good quote about it.  I will probably read volume two to find out what happens.  Once I got through the beginning which is a little vague in storytelling wise but starts to come together at the end.  Still worth a read.


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review 2017-09-03 21:07
Review: Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu


This is the story of Maika Halfwolf, a seventeen year old orphan that sets out to either save the continent or at least her people. There are a lot of politics involved among the four species, and they are all either vying for power and genocide of the "other" or trying to survive during and after a war. The setting is early 1900s Asia (no specific country) and is populated by diverse groups. The artwork is beautiful and intricate Art Deco - I loved the artwork. I also liked how steampunk and horror were mixed into the story.


My main problem with the story is in how it is told. It is very non-linear - and I hate that type of story telling. It is so disjointed and there are too many plotlines and characters to follow. Flashbacks are used a lot, which just adds to the confusion and doesn't answer any questions. Then there are the "lectures" given by one of the species (the cats) at the end of four issues (this trade contains issues 1-6) that are major info dumps done in info-graph form, although there isn't a whole lot in these lectures to give the reader more information than the story is already providing. There wasn't any humor, even a snarky throw away line, to lighten the mood.


I am not going to bother reading further into the series.

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text 2017-09-01 00:00
Friday Reads - September 1, 2017
The Unleashing (Call Of Crows Book 1) - Shelly Laurenston
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu
Brighton Belle - Sara Sheridan

With a Transformers (well, Bumblebee anyway) backpack and a HTTYD water bottle and lunch box, my little guy went into first grade on Monday. It was a happy day for both of us. Plus he just started martial arts class (ju-jitsu), so I look forward to another 45 minutes of uninterrupted reading time while he burns off some energy and learns new skills every Monday.


Halloween Bingo begins! I am starting with my book choice for the free space square, The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1) by Shelly Laurenston. As MR mentioned in the discussion forum, the free space square won't be called, so as soon as you read for that square you can mark it. The story includes the Clan of Crows and Clan of Ravens, so I think this is a pretty fitting book considering the icon used for the square. I started this book as my read ahead of time and am about 30% done. 


Went to the library yesterday and picked up Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu for the diverse voices square. To round out my holiday weekend reading, I will probably start Brighton Belle (Mirabelle Mystery #1) by Sara Sheridan, a cozy mystery set in 1950s England.


Happy Labor Day weekend to all my fellow Americans.

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text 2017-08-08 11:06
8th August 2017
The Yearling - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

I do not understand how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to. 


Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings


American writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (born August 8, 1896) initially set out to become a romance writer, but she instead found unexpected success with a story about a young boy and his pet deer. In addition to topping best seller lists for twenty-three weeks the year it was released, The Yearling went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. 

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