After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!

I've discovered that I can link my Goodreads account to my blog and create blog posts that way, so I'll be doing that instead. They won't be as involved as my previous posts, but at least I'll still be adding something here!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Attack on Titan, Vol 1 by Hajime Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 01 Attack on Titan, Volume 01 by Hajime Isayama
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Not sure that this is for me. The story was just ok, the art was a little less that just ok - I guess I just don't get the hype? Maybe I need to watch the anime? The main character was obnoxious as hell, freaking out at the drop of a hat over every and anything, and everybody else seemed like just background noise (except mysterious Mikasa, the kickass girl who will inevitably save the day every time because ineffectual male protagonist will be too busy freaking out ad nauseam).

I'm going to give this one more volume before I make up my mind for sure, but so far, I just don't get how this is as popular as it is.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman, adapted and illustrated by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá

How to Talk to Girls at Parties How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Fábio Moon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've never read the short story that this graphic novel is based on, but I think I'm going to have to rectify that soon. This was a beautifully told coming of age story unlike any you may have read before, as two young lads stumble into the wrong party and find themselves discovering more than they bargained for from the girls there. Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá art is vibrant and stunning and really brings the story to life. Highly recommended for both fans of Neil Gaiman and anyone who loves the graphic novel form.

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Monday, July 4, 2016

The Art of Disney's Dragons

The Art of Disney's Dragons The Art of Disney's Dragons by Tom Bancroft
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A beautifully presented sketchbook of drawings and illustrations showing the creative process of creating various dragons from Disney's film history. A fantastic addition to any Disney art history collection.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Incal, Vol 1 by Alejandro Jodorowsky, illustrated by Mœbius

The Incal The Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

While Mœbius' art is beautiful as usual, it could not rescue this book for me from the disjointed story and lackluster dialogue. I won't be continuing to read this series.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Arena by Holly Jennings

Arena Arena by Holly Jennings
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

In this dystopian scifi thriller, video games have become a national pastime sport, with tournaments broadcast on television networks and the players in these virtual worlds are just as famous as athletes are in our world, larger-than-life superstars with high end sponsors and all the fame and notoriety that goes along with those roles. Kali Ling, a member of Team Defiance, the number one team in the virtual gaming world until an unexpected and overwhelming defeat in the semifinal rounds of the RAGE tournaments, becomes the first female captain of a RAGE team in its history. She is also of Asian descent, so she also has to deal with that aspect of her life in the gaming world as well.

This is all set up fairly early on, after the Team Defiance upset by an unknown team. The team is sent out to the clubs by their sponsors to make sure that everything still seems normal. After a night of partying, Kali's teammate and friend-with-benefits, Nathan, ODs on the drug HP and dies. She's clearly torn up about this until Nathan's replacement is introduced the next day. (Nathan who?) Burdened with everything the virtual world throws at her, she too turns to drugs and sex and wild living, until she realizes that she's slowly throwing her life away. (Hello, after school special).

Overall, there was a lot of potential here, but I felt it got bogged down in trying to redeem Kali. The gaming world seemed really intense, given that anything that happened in VR, the players felt IRL. However, the games themselves didn't seem all that exciting; I guess I was just expecting more from the VR gaming world here, other than what felt like glorified capture the flag, but with swords and virtual death. I also felt that Jennings was having a hard time deciding what type of book this was supposed to be: was she going for edgy YA? Moral lessons wrapped in adult ambiguity when it comes to sex, drugs, and clubbing? Spiritual coming of age? I also felt that Jennings was trying far too hard to make everybody happy, and checking off all the necessary ticks on a list: Female lead? Check. Character of Asian descent? Check. Lesbian couple? Check. Black character? Check. Making sure female lead is a total kick ass character? Check. 

To be honest, by the end of the book, I found myself skimming huge swaths of text, as I really just wanted to get to the end of the story, and I didn't really care all that much about what happened to anybody. Clearly, this book just wasn't for me.

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