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review 2018-07-14 23:58
X-Files: Night Lights, Book # 4 by John Rozum
Night Lights - John Rozum

Of the two X-Files comic collections I picked up, this was the stronger. I feel like these three stories pushed the boundaries of what the X-Files could do. Network television, especially in the 90s, was limited in what it could and could not do. Rozum seems to have caught on that, while he couldn't make canonical changes to the series, he could definitely do some weird shit.

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review 2018-07-13 03:23
X-Files: Haunted, Book #3 by Stefan Petrucha
The X-Files: The Haunting - Stefan Petrucha

We've been rewatching the X-Files for the last few months, and have been really enjoying it. It has its ups and downs, but for every clunker there's an absolute gem that obscenely never seemed to make it to syndication. I saw this and "Night Lights" at one of the flea markets this spring and couldn't pass them up.

Tie-ins are always dicey, because they have to fit into the canon of the show, but being sidelines, they can't make any permanent change to the status quo. You can't have Scully showing off a new tattoo without explanation. 20th century TV was bad enough at continuity most of the time, no one wants to worry about what happened in the comic book.

'The Haunting' was pretty good. In my memory they're already taking shape as actual episodes. Mercifully eliminating some of the rushed art. The stories themselves were solid. Hicks and aliens, classic combo.

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review 2018-07-12 03:45
The Mysterious Case of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys by Carole Kismaric
The Mysterious Case of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys - Carole Kismaric,Marvin Heiferman

I picked this up because of my recent re-attachment to the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew novels. I've been curious about what the original books would have been like ever since I discovered they were re-written starting in the late 1950s. I recently had re-read the revised first volume of each series and was under-whelmed enough to do a combo review, and then I began finding early editions. They are sooo much better you guys! Problematic, but not dull!

I haven't reviewed them yet, because I've got stuff going on all the time like no one else on the planet. When I do, you can check my totes-sleuthy shelf....If I don't change that shelf's name. Jeepers. Anyway this book:

This was a fan-letter about Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys with good layouts and illustrations. The content was often repetitive and a trifle biased towards boy detectives. There were musings on other product lines inspired by the series, successful and not-so adaptations for film and TV (this is 1998 so that aughts film didn't get consideration...which is a good thing). The book does provide a nice pocket history of the development of the juvenile series market though the Strathmeyer Syndicate, and how they invented the ghostwriter as we know it today. There are better and much more comprehensive books on the subject: for Nancy Drew there is "Girl Sleuth" by Melanie Rehak, and for the Hardy Boys try "The Secret of the Hardy Boys" by Marilyn S. Greenwald, which focuses on the first ghostwriter for the series.

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review 2018-07-11 05:21
Ship It by Britta Lundin
Ship It - Britta Lundin

OK, so I'm pretty split about this book. On one hand I found a lot of the humor refreshing, the immersion into a new-to-me nerdsphere entertaining, and on the other hand there are some valid complaints about our protagonist's fucked up view of the world and appropriate treatment of her fellow human beings.

Claire is 16 and feels isolated in her remote Texas town. She's fairly new there, but she doesn't have much in common with anyone there. Her true obsession is 'Demon Heart', a 'supernatural' (harhar) tv show involving a sexy demon hunter and the one demon he just can't quit. Or so it seems to her. Claire has written extensive erotic fanfic about the show and seems pretty modest, at first, about the following she has. 'Ship It''s plot really begins when Claire asks the obvious question - when are Mr. Demon Hunter and Demon gonna make out already? - and gets shut down pretty hard. The actor playing Smokey (Demon Hunter) in particular laughs off her concern. The internet happens, and producers are so afraid of the fallout - especially because of Claire's supreme internet levels - that they stage a contest and Claire wins a VIP access for the rest of Demon Heart's convention tour.

The problems of the book have nothing to do with Claire's fanfic, which is funny and sweet until it isn't - I won't go into that later, I'll just say it was fanfic being used for EVIL, but with her being some sort of asocial MarySue who is awesome and right all the time. This includes her own bullying tactics and internet revenge and callous treatment of those who are clearly her only friends. I'll sheepishly admit I glossed over a lot of that at first, focusing only on the shiny of it and the humor. I gave this four stars at first, and highly reccomended the book to others. On reflection, and turning over details of the story there's a lot that's unacceptable. I can't deny my initial positive response, however. So I'll let some stars stand.

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review 2018-06-29 23:34
Damage Control by Jae - My Thoughts
Damage Control - Jae

What a disappointment.  This is an f/f romance novel. It is 350 pages long.  I was 70% in before one of the main characters kissed the other main character.... on the cheek.  *eyeroll*   There's slow burn and there's almost stopped,

Y'know, the majority of the f/f romances I've read spend an awful lot of time with their characters indulging in the same internal monologues over and over and over again.  Is this a feature of the f/f romance?  If so.. me no likey.  None of them seem truly happy at all. 

Now, Jae can write, but if I'm honest, we don't need to have every movement of the characters detailed.  Step by step construction of sandwiches for instance.  There was just a lot of faffing about while one character discovers and finally admits that she's a lesbian and the other character discovers that maybe the job isn't everything.  Sort of.  There was no real plot to my mind.  Just a series of incidents along the way to the couple getting together, coming out and maybe an HAE?  I'm sure the author intended an HAE but I wasn't convinced. 

I will say that the one sex scene was extremely well written, steamy and hot.  It just seemed to take FOREVER for the couple to get to any place intimate!  Even when they were supposed to be baring their inner thoughts and souls earlier in the book, it didn't feel that way. 

And one of the weirdest things.  One of the MCs, Lauren, the PR person, had this thing where she would cough a little when she was tired.  I'm sure it was meant to be a cute little quirk, but all I could think of every time it was mentioned all I could think of was Love Story and kept expecting her to be diagnosed with cancer. It really was unsettling.

Anyway, despite seeming to have all kinds of tropes I like, this was a big disappointment for me. It felt more like Grace's sexual discovery and coming out story rather than Grace and Lauren's love story. 

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