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 be 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!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

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 GarrĂ³n
  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

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 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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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ollie's Odyssey by William Joyce

Ollie's Odyssey Ollie's Odyssey by William Joyce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A beautifully written and illustrated story about the love between a boy and his favorite toy, reminiscent of the Stuff of Legend series by Mike Raicht & Brian Smith from 3rd World Studios and Kate DiCamillo's The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. It's a tale of bravery, friendship, and loyalty and I think is perfect for both children and the young at heart.

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