ANNOUNCEMENT
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!
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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!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Love: The Lion by Frédéric Brrémaud, illustrated by Federico Bertolucci

Love: The Lion Love: The Lion by Frédéric Brrémaud
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The third volume in the Love series of graphic novels, The Lion (I have not yet read the first, The Fox, or second, The Tiger), follows what I understand to be the same format as previous volumes: what we are silently presented is a day in the life of a lion, one who has no pride of his own and who is trying to find his way in the jungle that day. Presented with no text whatsoever, Brrémaud's writing and Bertolucci's illustrations are both to-the-point and poignant, showing what could happen in the jungle at any point in a day, and that it is not always pretty in nature.

I'll be looking for the rest of the volumes in this series.


I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher thru NetGalley for a fair and honest review.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

The White Donkey: Terminal Lance by Maximilian Uriarte

The White Donkey: Terminal Lance The White Donkey: Terminal Lance by Maximilian Uriarte
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm not entirely sure that I understand everything that went on in Uriarte's The White Donkey: Terminal Lance (a lot of the military jargon was lost on me, and it wasn't always easy to distinguish between characters as many of them looked the same), but I think Uriarte manages to give the reader a normally unseen aspect of what it's like to be a Marine, and how that can affect you, regardless of how much action you see. The writing and art is good (even tho, as previously mentioned, it was sometimes hard to distinguish between some characters), but I probably won't read anything else by Uriarte based on his Terminal Lance online comic strip. Just isn't entirely my thing, but for military enthusiasts, I think this would be a great book.


I received a finished copy of this book from the publisher for a fair and honest review.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Care and Feeding of an Independent Bookstore: Three Instructive Essays by Ann Patchett

The Care and Feeding of an Independent Bookstore: Three Instructive Essays The Care and Feeding of an Independent Bookstore: Three Instructive Essays by Ann Patchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Three of Ann Patchett's previously published essays on how she became a bookstore owner and what she learned in the process of opening an independent bookstore.

The first of an annual series of $6 Stories Pamphlets to be published in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Books Read: April 2016

  1. Star Wars: Kanan, Vol 1: The Last Padawan by Greg Weisman, illustrated by Pepe Larraz & Mark Brooks
  2. Star Wars: Lando by Charles Soule, illustrated by Alex Maleev
  3. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  4. Descender, Vol 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Dustin Nguyen
  5. Ollie's Odyssey by William Joyce
  6. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
  7. Inferno: Warzones by Dennis Hopeless, illustrated by Javier Garrón
  8. This Year's Class Picture by Dan Simmons
  9. The Arrival by Shaun Tan
  10. I Hate Fairyland, Vol 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young
  11. Marvelman Classic, Vol 1 by Mick Anglo, illustrated by various

APRIL 2016
Number of books read: 11
Number of pages: 2,104

Number of books acquired: not sure
Number of those books read: not sure


YEAR TOTALS
Number of books read: 35
Number of pages: 6,554

Number of books acquired: not sure
Number of those books read: not sure

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Marvelman Classic, Vol 1 by Mick Anglo

Marvelman Classic, Vol. 1 Marvelman Classic, Vol. 1 by Mick Anglo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Holy macaroni! If you're looking for some fantastic 50's superhero action in all of its glorious and corny brilliance, this book is for you. The opening essay on the history of the creation of Marvelman is an added bonus for fans of the character.

I also appreciate Marvel printing this collection on a more newsprint-like paper, really giving it a nice vintage feeling .

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I Hate Fairyland, Vol 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a portal fantasy like you've never seen before. Gert has always dreamed of being whisked away to Fairyland, but when her dream finally comes true, it is nothing like what she expected. Gert is sent on a quest to find the magical key to get her home, and 27 years later, she's still looking for that key. And while Gert appears to still be a 10 year old girl, she's actually aged thru those 27 years, and those years have not been kind to her. And she hasn't been kind to Fairyland.

Skottie Young completely turns the portal fantasy on its head, creating a subversive fantasy that is unlike any other portal fantasy that I've read before. I Hate Fairyland is laugh-out-loud funny, beautifully violent, and filled to brimming with Young's absurdly stunning visuals. This is a series that I'll be sure to keep following.

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