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review 2020-02-22 23:01
Firebug (graphic novel) story and art by Johnnie Christmas, colors by Tamra Bonvillain
Firebug - Johnnie Christmas

Okay, I'm going to start off by saying that I got a little lost at times and wasn't always sure about what was going on. I'll try to describe the story as best I can, but I could be wrong about a few things.

Azar is a city located at the foot of a volcano. The people of Azar used to perform rituals to appease the goddess of the volcano, but that didn't stop the volcano from occasionally erupting and destroying everything. Eventually the Cult of the Goddess left Azar and established a new home for themselves, the Golden Capitol. It's now many, many years later, and there's a rebel group called the Third Wave that's convinced that the Cult of the Goddess is keeping the goddess captive, and they want to free her.

Keegan is the goddess's daughter. She tries to help the rebels, but something goes wrong, her mother ends up dead, and Keegan becomes the new goddess. At that point, she becomes determined to go back to Azar, the home of her ancestors. However, the Cult of the Goddess isn't her only enemy. An emissary from the water goddess is after her, and there's a prophecy that Keegan's return to Azar will mean its destruction.

This was an ARC my mom picked up for me at a conference. As far as I can tell, this volume collects the entire series. It doesn't appear to be a spinoff of anything, although it kind of felt like it was, and I can't find anything about any sort of continuation, even though the ending leaves room for more story.

I didn't like the artwork at all, but Tamra Bonvillain's coloring helped paper over some of its shortcomings and almost make it pretty, at times. There was some really nice use of cool vs. warm colors.

The story was intriguing enough, but confusing and a bit choppy. I had thought the Cult of the Goddess would be important in some way, but after the confined goddess was dealt with, they might as well have been written out of the story. It felt like they had been, after Adria rescued Griffin. Who, by the way, was not worth any amount of Keegan and Adria's time and energy. I don't know what either of them saw in him. He was a quick way for the author to establish a basis for Adria and Keegan's more human rivalry before their goddess rivalry added fuel to the fire.

I don't know that this was necessarily bad, but it definitely could have been better. The story and characters just left me cold.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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text 2020-02-22 09:47
Fantasy Football – Real Madrid Football Club History

Spanish club Real Madrid has been the best club for the fantasy football users of 11wickets App for some time now. The team enjoys popularity throughout the length and breadth of the world and has been the leader of the clubs.

Real Madrid fantasy league have been leading the pack, leaving behind arch rivals Manchester United and Barcelona in the process as well. The club has boasted of David Beckham, Ronaldo, Figo, Kaka and the likes who played. Fondly called as Los Blancos, they have always maintained the Galactico standard. It comprised of world-class players being recruited from the top clubs across Europe.

They boast of having one of the richest boards in the entire football games club circuit. The Madrid side is one of the richest clubs in the world as well. It earns revenues from shirt sales and merchandise goods and tickets. The club has always been one of the top clubs to draw the greatest number of sponsors. It is hot favorite with the sponsorship companies who intend to strike a deal with them.

Unearthing Club History

The history of Real Madrid dates back to 1912 when a group of boys introduced football to Spain. The group of boys used to practice on local fields until 1920. King Alonso of Spain granted the side title of ‘Real’ which means ‘Royal’ in Spain. Since then, the name was officially bestowed on the club. The team began to be known by the name of Real Madrid in the country. And later throughout the world. The club started playing games across the country with different teams. And since then, there has been no looking back for them. The team looked to build on to their reputation being the best team of the country. It went from strength to strength.

The club suffered a major setback back in 1937 when all the activities of the club was suspended. And games were not being played as the country got engaged into a Civil War. Club elected its first president back in the year of 1945 when the Civil war was finally over. The elected president made sure that the club was rebuilt. The club got a proper board and a panel of experts was hired by the president as well.

Rise to Fame

Real Madrid has experienced a meteoric rise in their growth and popularity since they resumed playing following end of the civil war. Apart from success in the domestic field, the club gained a lot of respect from the international circuit as well as they were on their way to becoming one of the biggest clubs in Europe. They have won the European competition for the greatest number of times till date and no other club has come closer to their achievement till date. The club has won the Champions League for a record number of eleven times so far and is still going strong in the current seasons.

The club still goes on to dominate in both the domestic and international circuit and maintain its stature of being the best club in the world.

Thanks for reading! Play fantasy sports and enjoy!

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review 2020-02-21 20:22
By Night, Vol. 3 by Sarah Stern and John Allison
By Night Vol. 3 - John Allison,Sarah Stern,Christine Larsen

Shucks. This was ultimately disappointing. It felt like a definitive ending, but it was a rushed ending with loose ends and unsatisfying conclusions to several character arcs. Not feeling saying anything else.

 

By Night

 

Previous: 'Vol. 2'

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text 2020-02-21 19:51
Friday Featured Spotlight ~ TWR Blog Tour ~ The Rise of Gaia

Friday Featured Spotlgiht ~ TWR Blog Tour ~ The Rise of Gaia

 

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2020/02/friday-featured-spotlight-twr-tour-of_21.html
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text 2020-02-21 12:29
Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans fantasy cricket match Prediction

The Lahore Qalandars have a win percentage of 30.55 in the PSL with a mere 10 victories in fantasy cricket from 36 matches. Every other time the team has managed to end at the bottom of the points table. This year the side will be captained by Sohail Akhtar and would be hoping to put up a better show. Their opening match is against the Multan Sultans in the second of Friday’s doubleheader in Karachi.

The Sultans started their PSL journey in 2018 and have floundered thus far with a win percentage of 36.84. In fact, they have also lost twice at the hands of the Qalandars, once each in 2018 and 2019. Like the Qalandars, even the Sultans, led by Shan Masood, would be looking to perform better. A win for either side at the National Stadium will come as a massive confidence booster at the start.

Pitch and Conditions

The pitch in Karachi is known to be a fairly decent one for batting. A lot of demons aren’t expected in the night game. There may be a bit of dew and hence, batting second should be the way forward for the fantasy games teams. There are no rain predictions with the conditions being hazy. The temperature will be around the 24 degrees Celsius mark. The humidity won’t be high with the numbers in the mid-20s.

Team Conditions

Lahore Qalandars

The Qalandars’ top-order isn’t short of firepower. Chris Lynn and Fakhar Zaman can take advantage of the fielding restrictions without much fuss. Skipper Sohail Akhtar is also no less efficient with his power-hitting skills. The experienced Mohammad Hafeez brings in calmness in the batting lineup.

Dane Vilas and Ben Dunk are also seasoned campaigners. Samit Patel and David Wiese are coming off campaigns in the BBL and BPL respectively. The team has an efficient bowling attack, especially in the fantasy leagues pace department. The pace trio of Shinwari, Afridi and Rauf can rip any batting lineup apart.

Probable XI

Sohail Akhtar (C), Chris Lynn, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk (wk)/Dane Vilas, Samit Patel, David Wiese, Haris Rauf, Usman Shinwari, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Dilbar Hussain

Multan Sultans

Shan Masood and Rilee Rossouw are expected to open the batting for the Sultans. Rossouw can turn out to be a crucial member if the Sultans are to turn their fortunes around. Moeen Ali is also available and he may get a chance. Ravi Bopara’s role with both bat and ball will be of importance.

It’s also a chance for the young Rohail Nazir to show his class. Khushdil Shah would want to perform and stake his claim back into the Pakistan lineup. Shahid Afridi is at the fag end of his career, but he hasn’t run out of gas. A lot will depend on Tahir’s spell along with the trio of Junaid, Irfan and Tanvir.

Probable XI

Shan Masood (C), Rilee Rossouw, Moeen Ali, Khushdil Shah, Ravi Bopara, Rohail Nazir (wk), Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Imran Tahir, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan

Probable Top Performers

Fakhar Zaman – Lahore Qalandars | Rilee Rossouw – Multan Sultans

Broadcast Details

TV: D Sport

Live Streaming – Cricket GateWay

Match Timings – 20:30 IST; 20:00 local; 15:00 GMT

Source: www.11wickets.com
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