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review 2018-11-16 18:09
Okay
Man-Thing (2017) #1 (of 5) - Germán Peralta Carrasoni,Tyler Crook,Daniel Johnson,R.L. Stine

This and the previous SW comics were freebies.  It was okay, but Stine got a little too cheesy and the real interest was in Ted being a human trapped in Man-Thing's body and the horror that comes along with no one accepting him. 

 

Had Stine focused more on that in a more nuanced way, I would have enjoyed this more.  

 

The horror story in the back was okay, but a  little too obvious: I saw where this was going from near the beginning.

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review 2018-11-16 17:49
Just not feeling this
Star Wars: Blood Ties - Boba Fett is Dead (2012) #1 (of 4) - Barbara Taylor Bradford,Chris Scalf,David Palumbo-Liu

Usually like this author, and I used to be a much bigger Star Wars fan than I am now. 

 

Didn't really get into it, so, yeah, one star. 

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review 2018-11-16 01:15
After the Dark
After the Dark - Cynthia Eden

This was enjoyable. Great psychopath (and a copy cat). I liked that Samantha was smart and knew her strengths. She was also relate-able (I think most people have known someone that they thought they knew- and didn't really). She has a good backstory (I thought it was tragic, but unique & I think many would have done exactly what she did). I liked Blake, but there were moments where he was too protective; however, I thought Samantha was able override those moments. That being said, while I knew Samantha, didn't really learn about Blake and what makes him tick.

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review 2018-11-15 03:58
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (audiobook)
Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire,Cynthia Hopkins

Series: Wayward Children #1

 

I probably should have know better than to try another book by Seanan McGuire, but this was available at my library so I figured I'd give it a shot.

 

This wasn't the book for me. It started out with an interesting concept (kids travel to weird worlds and then back to the boring old real world), but the whole thing just fell flat for me. Part of it may have been the delivery of the audiobook, which may represent Nancy's style well but did not make for riveting listening. Overall I just found the concerns to be just too YA for me (high school aged kids acting like high school aged kids) and the dénouement to be a little too telegraphed. Oh and all the talk about high logic vs nonsense directions was tedious.

 

Lots of people loved it; it just wasn't for me. Maybe I should have abandoned it.

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review 2018-11-15 03:29
The Golem and the Jinni (Audiobook)
The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel - Helene Wecker,George Guidall

They say there are no new stories and only seven basic plots, and that is certainly true. Trying to find new ways to retell stories and spin those plots has been the tasks of authors and storytellers since the moment right after the very first story was ever told, and every once in a rare while an author comes along who can bring something truly fresh to the scene. This is such a book. 

 

It's been a long time since I've been this impressed by a book. Maybe it helps that I'm not especially familiar with golems or jinnis, though the mythology used here is on point with what I do know of them. The magic comes in putting these mystical creatures in turn-of-the century Big Apple and putting them both in positions that require them to examine and test their very natures. The supporting cast is equally as fascinating, from Ice Cream Selah, Maryam Faddoul, Arbeely, Rabbi Meyer and Michael Levy, to name a few. They're all trying to figure out life, figure out their place in it - even when they think they know what that place should be - and watching as the author weaves their various storylines together like the Fates at their loom. 

 

This was enrapturing, made even more so because I couldn't figure out where the story was going or how it would all be resolved. For every thread I managed to tie together, there were several others that I couldn't see how they connected. And I really didn't want to. I was happy to just sit back and allow the story to unfold in its own time, and it didn't disappoint.

 

The narrator, George Guidall, does a wonderful job capturing the many characters and bringing their cultures and neighborhoods to life. 

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