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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-27 05:19
Buffy: S8
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home - Joss Whedon,Georges Jeanty,Paul Lee,Andy Owens,Dave Stewart,Richard Starkings

This'll be for all of S8, since I'm too lazy to shelve each volume individually. I read these as they were released and while there were a lot of things I liked about it and it started off promising, there were more things I didn't like. The wit was there in spades, and the artwork was great. There were a lot of individual issues that were great, but many of the overall story arcs were not my favorite, and a couple of them thoroughly pissed me off even before that craptastic ending. If this is what lack of special effects budget means for the Buffy-verse, give me cheesy foam-suited monsters and inventive lighting any day.


I did get the first issue of S9 but could never bring myself to read it. I'll stick to the TV show (which I'm currently rewatching for the 10th time).

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review 2016-01-09 04:17
The Bourne Ultimatum (Jason Bourne #3)
The Bourne Ultimatum - Robert Ludlum

Bourne finally gets the bad guy and it's mostly ridiculous.

Marie's still alive.

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Anyway, I read these first three books in this series a few years back because I was curious how they compared to the movies. Also, I was bored. I was living at my parents' house at the time while construction lingered on my condo, and they didn't have internet at the time, which meant I was cut off from all my usual haunts and looking for anything to fill the time.


As I said in my review for the first book, they have virtually nothing in common with the movies aside from Bourne, and even he's a different character here. I don't care much for Ludlum's writing style, so I didn't continue with the rest of the books in this series. (Yes, I know someone else took over the series after Ludlum's passing, but that's technically fan fic.)


Think I'm gonna go watch the movies again.

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review 2016-01-09 04:08
The Bourne Supremacy (Jason Bourne #2)
The Bourne Supremacy - Robert Ludlum

Marie doesn't die. That's all I care about.

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I really don't remember anything about the plot of this book. I think he's still looking for the guy he was after in the first book. Writing is still simplistic and the characters are still wooden. 

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review 2016-01-09 04:00
The Bourne Identity (I forgot I read these...) (Jason Bourne #1)
The Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum

I read this sometime after watching the third Bourne movie. They really have nothing to do with each other, beyond the titular character. Marie's still there and has the same basic role, but she's a professional at a conference that gets interrupted, IIRC. A few characters have the same names as the ones from the movie but all their functions are different. This is about post-Vietnam shenanigans, which I actually found quite intriguing. Bourne's been undercover for way too long trying to find an assassin, something happens, he loses his memory, etc. The writing is simplistic and the characters come off kind of wooden. 


Edit: Because this really bugged me in the book. In the movie, Marie stays with Bourne because they're in it together. In the book, she decides to stay and help Bourne because

the bad guys abduct her at one point and are going to kill her, but before that, the head bad guy decides to rape her. Bourne shows up and kills him before he can. So Bourne's "rewarded" Marie for saving her. Also, I'm so done with authors using rape or attempted rape against women in their books. Time to put this trope to rest.

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review 2015-12-29 23:34
October Sky (Rocket Boys)
October Sky (The Coalwood Series #1) Publisher: Dell - Homer Hickam

The movie was great but condenses three years into one and took some cinematic license away from how events actually went down. The writing is concise and engaging, and you get to see the relationships between Homer and his family - especially his brother - in more detail.

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