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review 2018-08-19 01:01
1066 Graphic Novel
1066: Guillaume Le Conquérant - Patrick Weber,Emanuele Tenderini

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley

 

                In terms of history, this is spot on.  It would help if you are familiar with the general events surrounding the 1066 invasion as well as the politics leading up to it. 

                I mean, Weber remembers the women.  So, you have Harold, Edward, and William.  But you have Edith and Mathilda among others. 

                The one problem is that too many of the men are drawn too much alike, so I had to flip back and forth a couple times.  Still, this is a good, solid comic history of the events.  In particular, while it does have nudity and blood (quite a bit of blood), it would be a fitting read for a younger student of history. 

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text 2018-06-21 05:47

The weirdest thing happened to me today. I was on my book twitter and I tweeted that I finished a debut novel by one author and then was gonna read a debut novel by another author. Decided to tag both authors. Lo and behold not just a few seconds later, I was blocked on Twitter by the author whose book I was going to read next. I had been scrolling through her profile right before I tweeted (to double check if I spelled her book's title correctly) and was not blocked. Less than ten seconds (my tweet had a "9s" timestamp on it on my feed) I was blocked.

 

What the flying fuck? It's your debut novel and you're blocking someone who wants to give you money and read your book. 

 

I thought maybe she was one of the authors who hates fan tagging but she has retweeted other people saying they were reading/had read her book. So nope.

 

I thought maybe there was something she didn't like about my account. Nothing offensive, my last tweets were about cancelling Kindle Unlimited, my profile info just said I was into books and true crime podcasts. So... I don't think so?

 

My last thought is that she had a beef with the other author I tagged (who did not respond and did not block me).

 

But still. What the ever loving fuck. I'm definitely not buying her book now. Screw that noise.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-12-18 16:30
The Genius Plague
The Genius Plague - David Walton

I was not impressed with the protagonist at first. Actually, I didn't like him at all throughout the story. I am biased against first person POV to begin with and it doesn't help that the protagonist is even called out by secondary characters for being a bit of a jerk, yet this adds to his charm overall, just like oh yeah, I speak a foreign a language and I grew up BFFs with politically strategic figures in this suddenly plot relevant country but, uh, I didn't think that was important enough to mention conversations happen at just the right moment.

 

Sometimes I read a book and know that it would make a great summer movie starring a famous white actor. And I would totally go see it because it would be thrilling and action-packed.

 

But in written form - it hurt to read sometimes. Not that the science bits weren't interesting, and I did appreciate that the author remembered his characters have to eat at some point to stay alive, but it still felt like a cliche fest. A well-written cliche fest, to be fair.

 

YMMV.

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text 2017-12-05 21:55
Opression: 0 Freedom:+1
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

I was truly saddened and disappointed when I read that the book THE HATE U GIVE was banned from a school in Katy, TX. But after reading all the pouring love and support the author received by her followers and then finding out this morning that she won the 2017 Goodreads award for Debut Author and the book won the award for Best YA Fiction, I feel hopeful and much happier already ;) <3 

 

... and yes, a little bit gleeful too =D 

 

 

Here is more about the ban: https://bookriot.com/2017/12/01/the-hate-u-give-banned/

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text 2017-05-28 02:46
Romance

If you read my posts, specially several of the last month, you might wonder why I read romance at all when I'm liable to turn into a harpy commenter and reviewer on them.

The thing is, I love romantic novels. Even the most of ghastly harlequins have a chance with me when the mood strikes. It's like craving candy, or chocolate. It's yummy, addictive and comforting.

Thing is, also, that there is not much romance that is good. Any good.

Many shallow romances turn the silly mush fest (what I usually want) into some very misogynistic tripe, glorify abuse, rape, coercion (which is very disturbing trend and deserves a separate post).

Some have the characters make down-right stupid choices, or act in an all-around insane behavior. We are all fools in love, but there are limits people: they are a called sanity, self-preservation, laws, morals. You may go beyond all those given the right (let's say hellishly wrong) circumstances, but you'd have powerful reasons (reason is the issue, really).

Romances that tend to be a bit more thoughtful tend to the serious, sad or just plain tragic (which is not to say all those wangsty romances have any more insight than the rest, it's not a commutative equation). But love is fun and warm, and exiting, and awkward. There are a lot of negative things (insecurity, misery, loneliness, miscommunication, on-sided feelings, incompatible aims) that come with it too, and sometimes I'm up to read about those, but really? There is so much of that in life and most times I seek escapism.

It is difficult to find a lighthearted romance that doesn't became a stupidity contest. Much related to the second point.

I want to call attention to the fact that I'm not even touching quality of writing here, and barely on plot. Mostly characterization. Which is almost unbelievable when you realize romance ought, by it's very genre definition, be character driven.

Thoughts? Recommendations?

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