Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016: a Recap

Total Books Read: 115
  • January - 10
  • February - 7
  • March - 7
  • April - 11
  • May - 19
  • June - 9
  • July - 8
  • August - 9
  • September - 15
  • October - 5
  • November - 6
  • December - 9

Stand Out Books
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (somehow had never read this before)
  • Ollie's Odyssey by William Joyce (a lovely little story about the love between a toy and his child)
  • Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray
  • Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray (I was thoroughly impressed by both of Claudia Gray's Star Wars books this year - I'm hoping she writes more of them in the future!)
  • The Wicked + the Divine series from Image Comics
  • In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett (listened to as an audiobook narrated by Burnett made this an especially great treat)
  • Love is Love (published in cooperation between IDW and DC Comics, all proceeds from this book went to the survivors and victim's families of the Orlando Pulse shooting - heart breaking)
 
Total Pages Read: 19723
  • January - 1425
  • February - 1557
  • March - 1468
  • April - 2104
  • May - 3273
  • June - 1424
  • July - 977
  • August - 1399
  • September - 2440
  • October - 1376
  • November - 1208
  • December - 1072

Ratings
  • 0 - 1
  • 1 - 1
  • 2 - 5
  • 3 - 31
  • 4 - 59
  • 5 -18

 Genres Read
  • Childrens - 4
  • Fantasy - 12
  • Fiction - 5
  • Graphic Novel - 66
  • Horror - 3
  • Humor - 1
  • Manga - 2
  • Memoir - 1
  • Middle Grade Fantasy - 6
  • Middle Grade Fiction - 1
  • Non-Fiction - 4
  • Science Fiction - 5
  • Urban Fantasy - 3
  • Young Adult Science Fiction - 2

Author Genders Read
  • Male - 93
  • Female - 22

Publication Years
  • 1922 - 1
  • 1960 - 1
  • 1981 - 2
  • 1984 - 1
  • 1995 - 1
  • 1996 - 1
  • 1997 - 1
  • 2007 - 1
  • 2009 - 2
  • 2010 - 3
  • 2011 - 3
  • 2012 - 3
  • 2013 - 4
  • 2014 - 10
  • 2015 - 20
  • 2016 - 59
  • 2017 - 2

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade by Frank Miller & Brian Azzarello, illustrated by John Romita, Jr

The Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade The Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade by Frank Miller
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

So, this was supposed to be how Robin was killed and Batman retired, all leading up to the events of The Dark Knight Returns. Except... we don't see any of that. What we're given is half a story, one that stops just short of delivering what it was supposed to - Robin may or may not be killed, and we see nothing of Batman's reaction to this. The only reason I'm giving it 2 stars is because JRJr's art saves the day for this pointless book.

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno

Catalyst - A Rogue One Novel Catalyst - A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Finished reading the last third of this in one sitting after listening to the audiobook version to start with, and while I think the book is well-written, I still believe that this "essential" prequel to the movie got lost in the minute details behind the design/construction of the Death Star weapon. As I saw Rogue One before finishing the book, I didn't really feel the need/felt the desire to finish the book, so I basically skimmed that last third. For diehard fans that need to read ALL THE THINGS, this is obviously a good book for them, but I think most people will have no problem going into the movie without losing anything for having not read this book.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Love, Vol 4: The Dinosaur by Frédéric Brrémaud, illustrated by Federico Bertolucci

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

Brrémaud and Bertolucci are back with the fourth installment in their Love series of graphic novels, this time tackling a day in the life of a group of dinosaurs as they navigate trying to survive in the prehistoric world. As with the other volumes in the series, the story is presented with no text accompanying Bertolucci's beautiful illustrations. I continue to be wildly impressed with this series of graphic novels and hope that they continue to develop further volumes in the future.

Love, Volume 4: The Dinosaur will be available February 7, 2017, from Magnetic Press.

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

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Creatures of the Night by Neil Gaiman, illustrated & adapted by Michael Zulli

Creatures of the Night Creatures of the Night by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another excellent graphic adaptation from Dark Horse Comics of a Neil Gaiman tale, this time adapting "The Price" and "The Daughter of Owls", both originally published in Smoke and Mirrors, with both stories illustrated and adapted by Michael Zulli.

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