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review 2018-07-06 14:13
Read this because I saw Black Panther recently
Marvel's Black Panther Prelude (2017) #1 (of 2) - Will Pilgrim,Annapaola Martello

This was up for free on Comixology - I believe it still is - and I wanted to see what this book was like.   Call it morbid curiosity: Black Panther was okay, but I didn't think it was one of the stronger Marvel offerings.   I know that it got a lot of hype and that many, many people think this is the best Marvel movie ever.   What I mean is I may be in the minority.   I did appreciate how strong a role women - and women of color I should specify - took in the movie.   I appreciated seeing a Marvel movie that was all people of color, to be honest.

 

That being said, I think it dragged, I was already bummed about Vision's obvious role in Infinity War and I  knew he wasn't in this.  I also read Black Panther, but it's never been one of my go-to characters or books.   I didn't have the nostalgia factor or the emotional investment in this.   I also think that Civil War was a better movie that engaged me more, especially the parts with Black Panther in them.   

 

On a geek level, which I feel is less important than seeing strong black women in the movies, I enjoyed how Black Panther included so many of the characters from the comics while trying to minimize some of the racism in said comics.   (By having different tribes, the animal masks that represented different tribes and not using them much, they could have M'Baku - Man-Ape in the comics - without us thinking of him as an ape.  Or I didn't.   I saw him as a very human character with very human motivations, whereas in the comic booth his costume, the constant use of the 'Man-Ape' title and simplistic power-hungry motivations make him far less relatable and quite frankly make it easier to dehumanize him.)  

 

So I'm going over the movie because I saw it before reading the prelude.  I went in carefully: I was expecting to like but not love this.   The is the story of how T'Challa starts off as the Black Panther.   I found the storyline more engaging, but the lack of strong female characters was mind-boggling given how many strong women the movie is filled with.    In fact, I found the lack annoying in this comic. 

 

Good look at how he starts superheroing and what shapes and motivates Black Panther, but not sure I'll read the second.   Yes, it was good, but not great, and I am way, way behind on my comics right now.

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review 2018-07-05 22:28
5 Out Of 5 "simply wild" STARS
The Simple Wild - K.A. Tucker

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

The Simple Wild

KA Tucker

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City girl Calla Fletcher attempts to reconnect with her estranged father, and unwittingly finds herself torn between her desire to return to the bustle of Toronto and a budding relationship with a rugged Alaskan pilot in this masterful new romance from acclaimed author K.A. Tucker.

 

Calla Fletcher was two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when her father reaches out to inform her that his days are numbered, Calla knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

 

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this new subarctic environment, Jonah—the quiet, brooding, and proud Alaskan pilot who keeps her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

 

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. As time passes, she unexpectedly finds herself forming a bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago.

 

It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

 

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Once Calla arrives in Alaska, I was hooked on this story.  The sexual tension, the scenery, the desolation of Alaska, the lies, the misunderstandings, and the tears, just all of it.  I really came to love these characters and their stories.  All of them, especially, Simon, who is only a secondary character, but he is the best Step-Dad ever…if you have to have a step-dad than Simon can't be beaten.  Even Calla says "everyone needs a Simon in their lives". 

 

Nobody does angst quite as well as this Author, and this story has its fair share of it.  Even with the sad-as-hell cancer storyline, this felt refreshing and current.  It's also not weighed down with unnecessary drama.  The Simple Wild is exactly that…simply wild and now it's one of my favorite KA Tucker books.  I highly recommend to everyone.

 

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~MY RATING~

5STARS - GRADE=A+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 5+/5

Secondary Characters~ 5+/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.7/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4.5/5

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Book Cover~ Not the best part about the book, by far, but It's okay.

Setting~ Bangor, Alaska & Toronto

Source~ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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text 2018-07-03 11:55
Go One Step Ahead In Your Digital Marketing

Everyone is into digital marketing nowadays. This is the best way to publicize your product in the most economical manner. Many digital marketing tools are available and are being used widely. Smaller and medium companies who cannot afford to have a brick and mortar shop are the ones who are most benefitted by digital marketing. Even without a physical address, they are able to sell their products. Having a website is the first step towards digital marketing. With this, customers are able to see your products and purchase them online. But, when everyone has a website how do you reach your customers who don’t go to the website. How do you make them go to your website and purchase your product? There are many tools for this, but social media marketing scores above all.

 

Social media has become so big that every company is trying to be visible on that platform. There are so many people who are in social media and many of them visit their accounts multiple times in a day. This makes it the perfect place to do your marketing. You are sure to be seen when they visit their accounts. Here you can target the groups whom you want your products to be seen by. This will help you in targeting your advertisements in a more focused way. In Myanmar, too many companies, especially start-ups have benefited greatly by advertising in social media platforms. BThrust is the best social media marketing agency in Myanmar. We say we are the best because of our vast experience in digital and social media marketing.

 

Social media offers a lot of opportunities, but it needs a focused operation to get your products noticed by the target audience. You have to post your company events and advertisements on a daily basis. Social media also offers the opportunity to interact with your customers directly. This needs to be done promptly. All these are daily jobs and you need someone to dedicate their time and effort for this. As the best advertising agency Facebook has seen, BThrust can do all these works for you perfectly. BThrust ensures that you get a fixed number of clicks, likes, and visitors on a daily basis depending on what package you buy from us.   

Source: www.edocr.com/v/jdr9p721/myanmarbthrust/get-hold-of-the-best-e-commerce-development-agency
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photo 2018-06-13 13:38

The Guardian is one of my go-to sources for international news; refreshingly, they've so far refrained from putting up a paywall.  I'd like their content to be able to continue being freely available on the web, but more importantly, I think these days it's more important than ever to support journalists and media organizations that are committed to reliable, in-depth reporting and aren't afraid to call out abuse and corruption.

 

And in (sort of) the same spirit ...

 

This T-shirt is a treasured gift from a Canadian penfriend, on the occasion of my first visit to Canada 30+ years ago.  In light of recent events, I decided it was time to bring it out again ... (miraculously, I can even wear it still, which has a lot to do with my friend's wise decision to opt for "too large" rather than "too small").

 

We now return you to your regularly scheduled reading.

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url 2018-06-12 04:27
Transferring Photos from iPhone to Windows
  1. By using iCloud  
    1. Importing photos using Autoplay
      1. Transferring it using Windows Photo App
      2. If you are stuck while performing these above-mentioned steps then you don’t need to make any hassle just reach us at apple Technical Support Toll Free Number, which can be contacted at any time of the day i.e. 24x7.

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