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review 2017-04-28 01:48
Yes, please, thank you DC!
Suicide Squad (2016-) #16 - Rob Williams,Tomeu Morey,Tony Daniel,Sandu Florea

Thank you for not turning Superman into a Nazi.   (Although Red Son, although that was very clearly an AU.   Thank you for not turning him into a Nazi in the regular verse, then telling us all how amazing this is, and trying to get real people to dress up as nazis.)   Thank you for offering a non-politicized option since apparently the only other options seem to be leaning far to the left or far to the right. 

 

Thank you for focusing on characters and exciting stories and well drawn comics.   (And as much as I love Jim Lee and his details, I find myself far more drawn to Daniel's work as a penciler: a little smoother and less busy and I love the way he portrays Harley Quinn.)   More than that, I love the writing: the reason that Waller is going to Lex Luthor, for one.   I was surprised not only at what she wanted from him, but also why she wanted it.   It should have seemed obvious, but the storyline was dropped for a while and I thought even Waller wouldn't do this, even though they were setting it up from last issue.  I thought someone would talk her out of it, a certain superhero would discourage her, something, but not this...

 

Things are going to get so, so interesting for the Squad.   And I plan to be there when they do.   This issue also seems to be the first one that isn't broken up into two parts - and while it worked when they were doing background, at least for me, a lot of fans complained.   I don't know if that's what stopped them because they continued breaking it up, which I found a distraction when it seemed like they were really trying to tell one story in two parts once they'd dropped the backstories.   The real problem was that the two halves didn't necessarily line up as neatly as the writer tried to make them, at least not for me.   But with one, clean story, Williams has upped his game, and I'm finding myself most excited for this series for now.   

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text 2017-04-28 01:22
WTF? New Shelves
Winter's Tale - Mark Helprin

I've decided to add some new shelf tags to my blog. 

 

Firstly, inspired by "Lincoln in the Bardo," (which I have not yet read) I'm going to add a shelf called "What the Heck," or, "WTF?" This shelf will be dedicated to books whose premise, or plot, or characters are weird enough for me to say, "What the heck did I just read?" And that's usually a good thing.

 

Top of the list: Mark Helprin's "Winter's Tale." Also on the list (or soon to be): Nabokov's "Pale Fire" - perhaps the ultimate WTF novel. Probably some stuff by my beloveds Chabon and McEwan. You get where I'm going here.

 

"Winter's Tale" also reminds me of another tag that's important to my literary life and needs to be added: "New York Stories." I've only visited the city once (what a trip), but it's held a huge place in my reader's imagination throughout my life. I need to remember to tag my New York Stories as I read them. 

 

-cg

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review 2017-04-28 00:29
Deadpool, and marriage
Deadpool (2015-) #29 - Gerry Duggan,Salvador Espin,Reilly Brown

I kinda knew it would implode.   If anything, I'm shocked that it lasted this long and that his wife didn't storm off, or try to kill him and then storm off, or storm off vowing to kill him.   I also think the whole Shiklah/Dracula idea was bullshit in the beginning, so I didn't like bringing him back.   

 

Overall, it was just funny, though, and I particularly enjoyed the banter between Deadpool and Spider-Man.  I wanted to write a longer review, but I very suddenly don't feel like writing that much about Marvel. 

 

Can I lose myself in Vision, in the days that weren't Secret Empire.

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review 2017-04-28 00:17
How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back - Diana Rowland

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Impossible is Nothing by Iggy Azalea  --not necessarily my type of music, but the chorus is got a good vibe…although, it definitely has the right feel for Angel.  She's really stepping up and kicking her life into high gear.  She's not letting anyone stand in her way.

♫Keep on living, keep on breathing

Even when you don't believe it

Keep on climbing, keep on reaching

Even when this world can't see it

No Impossible is nothing…♫

 

Book Title:  How The White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back

Author:  Diana Rowland

Narration:  Allison McLemore

Series:  White Trash Zombie #4

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Source:  Audible Audiobook

 

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OVERALL RATING:  4/5 STARS

GRADE = B+

 

My Thoughts

 

If you've heard that this edition in the series is on the slow side, that would be true…although an easy fix to this is to listen on Audio.  Allison McLemore was excellent  as the voice of Angel.  It was totally a good call using my audible credit for this one.  Despite the slow-ish pacing, I really found myself liking Angel even more than I already did.  Once the action kicks up a notch; this was a quick, entertaining listen.  I highly recommend this series, especially if you prefer a zombie with a functioning brain.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  3/5  I complain about the covers for this series every time because they always show her smoking a cigarette.  To me, cigarettes are tacky, and icky.

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope, not really

 

Will I continue this series?  For sure…

 

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review 2017-04-28 00:04
Dr. Strange versus Wong
Doctor Strange (2015-) #19 - Jason Aaron,Chris Bachalo,Kevin Nowlan

Well, Misery has taken over Wong and is fighting Dr. Strange.   Still, it's hard when Wong knows all of Dr. Strange's secrets.   Also, the way that Strange beats Misery is heartbreaking, and his attempt to make things up to Wong are sweet, even if he doesn't get all the details right!

 

Love, love, love this series.   I'm crushed that Jason Aaron is leaving after next issue, and I may or may not get the post-Aaron run.   So many people get him wrong, and while I like what the new writer has done - I'm not 100% sure he'll nail Doctor Strange!

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