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review 2020-03-15 16:30
Spidey - Spider-man early year
Spidey (2015-) #1 - Robbie Thompson,Nick Bradshaw

Spider-man Peter Parker early year when he is high school and have to ask Gwen out to Homecoming dance. 

 

He also teamed up with Iron man and Captain America. 

 

The illustration is good and it is more like a shy Peter who has three jobs. He has to study, work part-time as a freelance news photographer and Spider-man. 

 

Liking this as he is still innocence. The story does not have too much of a surprise with the bad guys quite easy to defeat. This is the not so good part. Still good enough to read in part. 

 

The one I got is thick and contain #1 to #12. 

 

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review 2020-03-14 14:32
Robbie
Robbie - Isaac Asimov

Good short story, somewhat weak on the character level though.

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review 2019-04-27 00:00
Shakara: The Destroyer
Shakara: The Destroyer - Robbie Morrison,Henry Flint Cosmic, man! But confusing, too, for the uninitiated so it’s worth going over the back story, which is revealed half-way through the first yarn here, ‘The Destroyer’. That makes this a bit of a spoiler. Sorry.

The Shakara, a spindly looking bunch of aliens, were a very warlike race, always killing each other. Then there came the greatest warrior of all, Cinnibar Brenneka, who united the tribes and introduced a new code of honour and justice. He imposed the law of the Shakara on twenty-seven galaxies and left to bring peace and justice to the rest of the universe. The Shakara, though, were attacked by the Great Terror, a conspiracy against them, and killed off by the Red Death, which was created by a geneticist called Lara Procopio.

The dying Shakara saved some of their genes and there arose an avenger, Shakara! A skinny machine in their image, he avenged them on all the races who had conspired to wipe them out. He also killed Lara Procopio. Then Eva Procopio, daughter of Lara, sought him out and tried to kill him but failed and is now his prisoner. He tells her the story of the Shakara and decides to forgive and take her home. Who should appear to ruin everything but that mean old Shakara warrior, Cinnibar Brenneka! He wants to kill the Shakara who is the ‘hero’ of the strip. To say why would give it all away.

The theme is revenge. The plot is endless battle with vast armadas all over the place and strange aliens galore. There’s not a human being anywhere. Eva Procopio looks sort of humanoid but with an overlarge chest and bottom, some sort of satire on modern female values perhaps. The art is brilliant insofar as conveying technology, warfare and strange aliens goes. There is nothing else to convey, so the art is brilliant. Whether or not Henry Flint can draw a normal human, a cat, a horse or an armchair is not something you can tell from this. I’m sure he can. Everything is alien, cosmic, gigantic and wonderfully strange. Everything is monochrome except for Shakara’s red eyes, Cinnibar’s blue eyes and their respective red and blue laser beams. The script by Robbie Morrison is very good.

After ‘Destroyer’ from 2000AD progs 1650-1661, the second episode is ‘Avenger’ from progs 1714-1726. I haven’t really spoiled the first one but describing the plot of the second would inevitably give away the conclusion of ‘Destroyer’ so I won’t. Suffice to say that it is in the same violent vein and the art and script are even better. The script, particularly, features some of that black humour that makes features from ‘2000AD’ such warped fun. The violence, I might add, is quite cartoon-like in its effects. Beings are sliced up and exploded, along with ships and other gadgets, but no real horror is evoked. It’s all too unrelated to real life.

The beauty and extravagance of the art and the sheer alien-ness of the whole enterprise make it perhaps the most escapist form of escapism you’re liable to find. I expect it will be made into a game, if it hasn’t already. Mad clean fun and well worth the cover price.

Eamonn Murphy
This review first appeared at https://www.sfcrowsnest.info/
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-05-07 02:49
I enjoyed it but it did not knock my socks off
Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride - Eli Easton

Being a fugitive in the old west shouldn’t be this much fun.

The year is 1860. Robby Riverton is a rising star on the New York stage. But he witnesses a murder by a famous crime boss and is forced to go on the run--all the way to Santa Fe. When he still hasn't ditched his pursuers, he disguises himself as a mail order bride he meets on the wagon train. Caught between gangsters that want to kill him, and the crazy, uncouth family of his "intended", Robby's only ally is a lazy sheriff who sees exactly who Robby is -- and can't resist him.

Trace Crabtree took the job as sheriff of Flat Bottom because there was never a thing going on. And then Robby Riverton showed up. Disguised as a woman. And betrothed to Trace’s brother. If that wasn’t complication enough, Trace had to find the man as appealing as blueberry pie. He urges Robby to stay undercover until the danger has passed. But a few weeks of having Robby-Rowena at the ranch, and the Crabtree family will never be the same again.

Damn, what a kerfuffle. If only Trace can get rid of the fugitive while hanging on to his own stupid heart.

 

Review:

 

Dear Eli Easton,

 

I was looking for a historical romance to read and somebody at my GR group recommended your book .  I have read a lot of your stories before and liked them more often than not and the blurb sounded like a hoot so I dived in.

 

First and foremost readers please beware - despite some suspense moments which made sense based on the blurb, the book was first and foremost a romantic comedy to me.  Which was perfectly fine and I was pleased that the humor worked for me, I just don't want anyone to form incorrect expectations if they decide to try this one.

 

The blurb describes the set up very well. Robby Riverton who worked his ass off to get where he was at his career accidentally witnesses a murder.  He also has a bad luck to be seen by the two gangsters who commit said murder.

 

Pretty soon Robby realizes that the gangsters are looking for him and he has a good sense to run and RUN.  He runs very far from New York as blurb tells you , unfortunately he was being followed almost as far as he runs . Weird events allow Robbie to transform himself in the mail order bride and Trace Crabtree who is the sheriff of the town Robbie comes to saves him from his pursuers while Robby was already presenting himself as Rowena.

 

Lucky for Robby he gets to stay alive and meet a handsome sheriff.  Unlucky for Robby sheriff saw a Wanted poster for Robby and pretty quickly (very early in the book) figures out that Robby is Rowena and confronts him with that revelation.

 

Trace manages to convince Robby to stay on his family's ranch as fake mail order bride for one of his brothers till the danger to Robby could be dealt with and Robby reluctantly agrees.

 

 

Note all that I just described covers the very beginning of the book, most of the book is the hilarity that ensues when Robby has to interact with the Crabtree family (Trace's father and his three brothers and the two wives - one brother is still not married) and some additional suspense at the end when mobsters come for Robby again.  Oh and of course there was some romance.

 

 

I thought that Robby was a *great* character. The guy who did all the menial jobs at the very beginning of his acting career and who had enough talent to actually advance on New York stage and who no doubt would have become a big star had the fate not intervened.

 

But what impressed me the most was how Robby manipulated the Crabtree guys in the best way possible and helped them to become better human beings.  I was so impressed because I usually really don't care for the manipulative characters, but Robby was just so charming and had the best intentions and he won me over.  Robby at the ranch is the major part of the book so I really don't want to discuss the details of his stay, since I consider this part to be spoilers, I will just say that I found the events that occurred before the last part of the book to be quite funny.  Of course humor is subjective and I cannot guarantee it will work for you, but for me it will.

 

Sadly I was underwhelmed by the romance between Robby and Trace.  As I said before, I really liked Robby and Trace was a sweet guy too even if he was not as impressive as Robby to me  ( As my friend said Robby dominated the book anyway), however for the longest part of the book I just did not see them being in love. Maybe it was the point that they were falling in love and at the end we could see that they both liked each other as people and not just were in lust. I don't know.

 

 

Oh and another thing I found underwhelming was Robby's "let's be stupid" final moment. Yes I get that the author tried to justify it, no it did not quite work for me.

 

Grade: B-

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review 2018-03-14 12:10
Blog Tour w/Review - Robbie

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Confessions: Robbie, an all new tantalizing contemporary MMM Romance by Ella Frank is available NOW!  

 

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Relationships are complex.

Love ever-changing.

And when it comes to rules of the heart,

they were made to be broken…

 

That’s what Robert Antonio Bianchi was telling himself, anyway.

Otherwise, he really had no excuse for what—or who—he’d done.

 

No excuse, except for his lonely heart, a pitcher of margaritas, four Bitter Bitches, and the apparent need to confess all his weaknesses to the two men he knew would bring him nothing but trouble.

 

But trouble was nothing new.

Just ask his crazy sisters or any of his friends, and they’d be the first to tell you:

If there was a bad decision to be made, Robbie always had a knack for making it.

 

And thus begins the story of the priest, the princess, and the prick.

 

 

 

 

Excerpt:

 

CHAPTER ONE

 

 

CONFESSION

 

If there’s a bad decision to make, I will make it.

 

DRUNK-DIALING IS never a smart move. But drunk-dialing a married man? That is a monumentally stupid move.

 

That was the thought rolling around Robbie’s muddled brain as he stood with his best friend Elliot at the bar of CRUSH and tossed back his fourth Bitter Bitch. The conversation he was having with himself wasn’t a new one—or a welcome one, he thought as he swayed on his feet and kind of stumbled into the stool beside him. But forgetting his lonely life with alcohol and men who were all wrong for him seemed like an increasingly good way to cope tonight.

 

The hum and throb of the bass beat was rattling through him, but instead of feeling the pull he usually did to head out to the dance floor and have fun, tonight it seemed to be having the opposite effect. It was making him think really stupid thoughts.

 

“You’re so wasted, Bianchi,” Elliot said as he grabbed Robbie’s arm and guided him to the barstool. “What’s that? Your third shot? And how many margaritas did you have at dinner?”

 

Robbie held up two, then three fingers, and shrugged. “Who cares? Everyone had their New Year’s on Sunday. Tonight’s mine, and I want to celebrate.” “If you celebrate any more, you aren’t gonna remember your first night out of the New Year.”

 

“Don’t care,” Robbie said, as he waved his hand through the air with flourish and leaned a little too much into the action. Luckily, Elliot was there to prop him up. “I wanna have fun tonight. Do something I shouldn’t.”

 

Elliot leaned his elbows back on the bar so he was facing the dance floor and said, “Why don’t you get out there and let someone do you instead? You look gorgeous tonight, darling.”

 

He’s right, I do look cute, Robbie thought.

 

In his skinny jeans and purple V-neck tee that was practically a second skin, Robbie had gone all out with smoky eyes and a new pink shade of gloss he’d bought a couple of days ago that tasted like—mmm, strawberries. He could totally hit the dance floor, find a willing man, and let him do all kinds of things. But that seemed so boring tonight, so normal, and so not what he wanted. He wanted wild. He wanted adventure. He wanted danger. And when the two men he knew were both those things entered his mind, Robbie quickly shook his head, trying to shake them free.

 

Stop thinking about them, he ordered himself, but that was easier said than done. One of them was one of the sexiest men he’d ever seen, and the other the most frustrating—and what was worse was that he couldn’t have either of them even if he wanted to. What was with everyone being fucking married all of a sudden? And to each other?

 

But oh the dreams he’d been having lately. The three of them, all sweaty and naked; they were enough to make him want to

 

No, no, no. That is the worst idea you could have, Robbie told himself. Drunk or sober.

 

Worst.

 

Idea.

 

Ever.

 

Plus, you don’t even like one of them. So stop obsessing over it.

 

“Earth to Robbie…” Elliot said, waving a hand, and Robbie shrugged.

 

“I don’t know. I’m just not in the mood.”

 

You’re not in the mood to grind all over a naked man? Okay, where the hell is my best friend and what did you do with him?” Elliot asked as he swept his black bangs out of his eyes.

 

“I don’t know.” Robbie slumped forward on the bar, dramatic as ever, and looked up at Elliot from under his lashes. “I think I’m in a state of mourning, El, and I don’t know how to get out of it.”

 

Elliot frowned. “Is this about Logan? I thought you were happy for him and Tate?” “I am, but— Ugh. They just got engaged, and now all of a sudden, he’s married. Married.”

 

“I know, babe. But you knew it was coming.”

 

“Doesn’t make it any easier. Knowing there are two more beautiful men off the market forever due to a ring and a piece of paper is just depressing.”

 

“Two more men?” Elliot said, regarding him with a suspicious eye. “Who else do you know who’s hitched?”

 

Julien, Robbie instantly thought, as an image of the famous chef came to mind. Julien “the Prick” Thornton. And this time, as Julien’s name ran through Robbie’s head, he made a point to roll the Jul over his tongue the way Julien had when he’d introduced himself that night at the bar. That’s right…Julien “I’m gay, gorgeous, and, oh yeah, married to your worst enemy” Thornton. He was hitched.

 

“No one,” Robbie said, and pouted. Then he swiveled on the stool to look out at the men gyrating all over one another. “You go and play for the both of us. I’m going to sit here and—”

 

“Ferment?”

 

“Okay that word is too big for my brain right now,” Robbie said, and winced. “Go and feel up the muscles and men for me. Someone should get some enjoyment out of them.”

 

Elliot pursed his lips. “I don’t know…”

 

“I’m just gonna sit here. Not going anywhere,” Robbie promised, crossing a finger over his chest.

 

“Your heart is on the other side, genius.”

 

Robbie switched sides and did it again. “I’m just gonna drown my sorrows so my body hurts tomorrow and will take my mind off my broken heart.”

 

“Aww, cheer up, Buttercup. Your Prince Charming will come to you one day soon.”

 

“Well, until then”—Robbie gestured for the bartender—“I’m going to drink myself into a deep slumber in the hopes that maybe he’ll come on me, or, you know, at least kiss me back to life.”

 

Elliot placed a hand on Robbie’s arm. “Do not go anywhere. I’ll be back for you.”

 

“I can’t feel my legs to move, so… I’ll stay. Like a good little boy.”

 

“Don’t know how good you are, but…” Elliot chuckled, then before he headed out to the dance floor, said, “Where’s your phone?”

 

 

Elliot opened the contacts and scrolled down to his name, and then set it on the bar in front of Robbie. “You need me, call. Do not leave this seat.”


Robbie touched his fingertips to his temple in a sloppy salute and then hiccupped. “Yes, sir.”

 

“Okay. Be back for you soon.” Elliot then turned to the bartender and said, “No more after this for him.”

 

When the bartender nodded, Robbie’s mouth fell open. “Hello, you’re not my mother.”

 

“Lucky for you. She’d be spanking your ass right now, not to mention your sisters, and I’m sure you’d much rather have that done by a man who would then pound it afterward. I’ll be back.”

 

Robbie dismissed Elliot with a wave of his hand, and then took great interest in scrolling up and down his list of contacts, searching for someone to occupy his time. It wasn’t until he saw Julien’s number that he realized how drunk he was, because that was the only excuse he could think of as to why he hit call.


Well that, and: If there’s a bad decision to make, I will make it.

 

 

 

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Confessions: Robbie (Confessions Series Book 1)Confessions: Robbie by Ella Frank
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Robbie has feelings for Julien. He is tying himself in knots over them. He hates Julien's husband, Joel AKA "Priest". Making sense of his feelings are causing him pain.

Julien and Joel have talked about Robbie. They have never found anyone who fills the needs they require. He is the only one to posses the qualities they have been looking for. If only they can show him they are serious, and he is very much wanted.

Every page was a revelation. There is something for everyone in this book. I loved that is had humor, heat, and hunks. Even has a cameo by a favorite character. If you enjoyed the Temptation series, you are going to love the Confessions series.



***This ARC copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.



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About Ella:

 

Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite contemporary romance, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!” Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Phillips.

 

 

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