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text 2016-04-10 21:59
Reading progress update: I've read 6 out of 192 pages.
New Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Pure Insanity (The New 52) - Tbd,Sean Ryan

I was on board with this concept back when John Ostrander and Karl Kesel started it back in 1987. I can't believe my favorite team is gonna be in a movie out in August! My favorite comic-book character, Deadshot, the heart of the Squad, is top-billed (okay, thanks in part to Will Smith--and sure, regular people see either Harley or the Joker as the star)!  But for me, it almost seems insane that this movie is landing this year. And my level of anticipation for this film is also INSANE! Please let Suicide Squad be a good movie. My babies are coming!!!!

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review 2016-03-01 00:00
Lady Bridget's Diary: Keeping Up With the Cavendishes
Lady Bridget's Diary: Keeping Up With th... Lady Bridget's Diary: Keeping Up With the Cavendishes - Maya Rodale,Tbd This is book One in the "Keeping Up with the Cavendishes" series.
Lady Bridget Cavendish is an American whose brother just became into the title of Duke. This made their family move from America to London. Bridget and her sister are being taught and brought out by the former Duchess who is their Aunt. Bridget on her first ball ends up falling down and Lord Darcy along with his brother comes forward to help her up. Bridget really likes Lord Darcy brother but finds Lord Darcy to be a stuck up British pain. But along the way they both start feeling attracted to each other and this leads them into finding out who they really want to be with.
This was such a enjoyable read that I could not put down. I can not wait for the second book and learn about Bridget's sister story!
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review 2015-11-01 00:00
What to Think About Machines That Think: Today's Leading Thinkers on the Age of Machine Intelligence
What to Think About Machines That Think:... What to Think About Machines That Think: Today's Leading Thinkers on the Age of Machine Intelligence - John Brockman,Tbd I loathed this book. The moment I saw the title I bought the book and made it my next read. I love books on or about thinking machines and intelligence. I've listened to three of the other series of essays edited by Brockman, and in general I found them satisfying much as I find a good Las Vegas buffet, while I'm doing it I think it's the greatest thing in the world, but after I'm done I'm not sure it was the right thing to do.

There's no way they should have compiled these random thoughts about thinking machines into a book form. I'm not against non-experts opining on topic matters outside of their field of expertise, but at least they should give a little bit of thought on the topic before they submit an essay. I was insulted by the simplistic nature and the lack of thoughts that were put into most of the essays (and I'm really not easily insulted!).

I would have been better served by taking the money I paid for this "book" and going to a bar and buying a picture of beer and talking about thinking machines with three random strangers than I was by these essays.

My only real guess about this travesty of a book is that it was written by a computer program to prove that machines can't think, because this book gave me nothing (with very few exceptions, Sean Carroll, Nick Bostrom, and a couple of others had things to say).

By the way, have I mentioned how I really didn't like this book and really, really, really would not recommend it? Buy at your own risk.
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review 2015-08-16 15:08
Awful!
New Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Pure Insanity (The New 52) - Tbd,Sean Ryan

The art was, at times, embarrassing.   Like mouths don't move that way embarrassing.   The storylines were okay, but that was about it.   The characters were, for the most part, uninteresting.   And seeing as this had DC's version of Deadpool and Lady Deadpool, how could it go wrong? 

 

In so many ways.   Harley bounced between being semi-sane and batshit crazy for no reason.   Pretty much, the writer took 'insane' to mean she didn't have to have a consistent character. 

 

Death stroke was just an uninteresting version of Deadpool. 

 

I didn't care for any of the others, although Joker's Daughter reminded me of Daken.   Who is an asshole for no good reason other than Marvel thought a psychopath who was Wolverine's son would sell. 

 

Um, yeah, no.   Did not like.   Oh, right, this also brought Victor Sage into the mix.  Except he was boring, brutish, and a government tool.   Nothing at all like what I was expecting or hoping for.   Blah, blah, blah.   

 

Will not be reading anymore Suicide Squad books at all in the near future, this is how much I've been soured on this.   Two stars because the art was inconsistent, meaning it was okay to good at times.   Also, for trying to make a bad idea work on the author's part.   Look, the purpose of the Suicide Squad is that they go into super dangerous situations and do what the government can't admit to doing.   They're psychopaths knowing for pulling these stunts, so  it looks like this is a team of villains doing what comes naturally. 

 

Except if you've got so much infighting that the missions don't get completed, well, what's the point.   The one single panel explaining that the government liked it, because it looked sloppy and more realistic was such a bad attempt - although an actual attempt - at explaining why this wasn't being shut down made me roll my eyes.   Because, yeah, that's exactly what politicians want: the job not getting done to make it look good.   What now?   

 

Look, everyone tried.   They just failed miserably in my opinion.   

 

 

Just because this lessens the blow a little. 

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review 2015-07-21 07:40
New Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Pure Insanity
New Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Pure Insanity (The New 52) - Tbd,Sean Ryan

Vic Sage is replacing Amanda Waller as the person in charge of Suicide Squad and he also adds some new faces to the team like Deathstroke and Joker's Daughter. Of course everything that can go wrong goes wrong with all these changes...


A lot of action in this graphic novel. My favorite part is Harley Quinn taking the news of the new addition of Joker's Daughter to the team.

 

 

But then again she deals with it in her own way...

 

 

This volume was OK, but nothing really memorable beside Harley dealing with Joker's Daughter. I should probably have written the review right after I read it when the story was fresh in my memory. But alas, I never did, so much else to do beside writing this review apparently...


I do like the idea of Suicide Squad, collecting a bunch of villains and making them do high-risk black ops in exchange for commuted prison sentences. In many ways this is actually more fun than having heroes in groups like the Avengers since villains just don't follow rules (as one can see in this volume).


I'm looking forward to seeing what the team (and especially Harley) will take on in the next volume!

 

I received this copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review!

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