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text 2018-08-17 15:52
Deep, serious, yet... funny.
The Thing Around Your Neck - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie never fails to impress. Her books are deep and very interesting. I am currently reading this book and I am already finding it VERY interesting. It is serious, yet funny.  

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review 2018-07-23 00:58
MY FAVORITE THINGS IS MONSTERS by Emil Ferris
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters - Emil Ferris
Loved it!  Had a hard time putting it down.  Karen is 12 and her upstairs neighbor has been murdered--suicide according to police but the evidence points to murder.  Karen wants to know who killed Anka, the neighbor.  To do that she must find out about Anka's past and how it connects with her family.  Karen also wants to be a monster and live forever.  That part's not working out so well.
 
I loved Karen and her older brother Deeze (DZ).  Tough times lie ahead for them.  They have an interesting bunch of neighbors and acquaintances.  As Karen eavesdrops to learn what is being kept from her, she is also on her own interesting adventures that scare her mother and Deeze when she goes off missing at times.  Learning about Anka's life is eye opening as are the lives of some of the neighbors.
 
This is a cliffhanger and I have to get the next book to find out who killed Anka and what the ending of this book means to Karen.
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text 2018-07-10 22:59
2018 Hugo Ballot: Best Graphic Novel
Black Bolt (2017-) #1 - Leonard Bacon;Joseph Parrish Thompson;Richard Salter Storrs;Henry Ward Beecher;Joshua Leavitt;Henry Chandler Bowen;Theodore Tilton;William Hayes Ward;Hamilton Holt;Harold de Wolf Fuller;Fabian Franklin;Christian Archibald Herter,Saladin Ahmed
Bitch Planet Volume 2: President Bitch - Kelly Sue DeConnick
Monstress Volume 2: The Blood - Marjorie M. Liu
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters - Emil Ferris
Paper Girls Volume 3 - Brian K. Vaughan
Saga, Volume 7 - Fiona Staples,Brian K. Vaughan

This is part of a series of posts reviewing categories in this year's Hugo ballot. I'll be discussing the entries, the voter packet, and my ballot. I've nominated and voted most years since 2011, when I figured out that all I had to do was join Worldcon to get to do so.

 

I'd only read 2 of these in advance of the finalist announcement. Two more are properties I'm familiar with from earlier volumes.

 

  • Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Marvel) - 3.5 stars, loved the art and liked the writing. Still laughing that his name is Blackagar Boltagon. 

 

  • Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Image Comics) 4.5 Stars, this one I adored to much to even put into words.

 

  • Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image Comics) -  4 Stars, a stronger book than the first one in terms of pacing, and with the same gorgeous art.

 

  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters, written and illustrated by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics) - Interesting concept, but very slow. I didn't actually finish this book.

 

  • Paper Girls, Volume 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image Comics) - 3.5 Stars, did not love.

 

  • Saga, Volume 7, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics) - 3 Stars, fine, but kind of a low point for the series so far.

 

So Bitch Planet is definitely at the top, followed by Monstress and Black Bolt. The other three could go in any order, but maybe I'll just leave them off because I don't really feel strongly about them at all. 

 

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text 2018-07-07 23:51
Reading progress update: I've read 313 out of 408 pages.
No Mortal Thing - Gerald Seymour

big surprises - this book is unpredictable!

 

even if I read more of it tonight, it’s unlikely I’ll finish the whole thing then...so, I foresee a morning finale.

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text 2018-07-07 19:48
Reading progress update: I've read 274 out of 408 pages.
No Mortal Thing - Gerald Seymour

not for everyone, no doubt — but I’m really impressed. it’s certainly bleak and disheartening, if it in any way resembles the true state of affairs in terms of crime families extending from Italy to Germany, but I haven’t read a book like this in a long time. unique.

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