Thursday, November 3, 2016

Review: Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Wild Card

Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Wild Card Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Wild Card by Jim Butcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a preview eARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley.

I really enjoy these Dresden Files comics. The story isn't as brilliant as the regular novels, but they serve nicely as short stories to cleanse the palate a little as we wait for the next book. I think the feel of the series is there primarily because Butcher himself contributes to the writing. And the artwork in this is wonderful! Mark Powers does a great job writing with Butcher and adapting the story to comics, and Carlos Gomez captures the images just perfectly.

And bonus points if you noticed that Dresden doesn't have a hat.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Review: Wynonna Earp Volume 1: Homecoming

Wynonna Earp Volume 1: Homecoming Wynonna Earp Volume 1: Homecoming by Beau Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a preview eARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley.

That was...interesting. I mean, besides a striking cover, the first thing I noticed was a modern-day descendant of Marshall Wyatt Earp kicking ass and taking names in the southwest.

Oh, yes! That's a game I can play.



Then I got to reading, and despite the awesome artwork and scenery, the story started to drag a bit. I was looking forward to finishing it and moving to something else.



But then, right there towards the end.....



I was hooked...



And then it ended, with me wanting to a) read more and b) watch the tv series.



to be continued...

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Review: Harley Quinn Vol. 5: The Joker's Last Laugh

Harley Quinn Vol. 5: The Joker's Last Laugh Harley Quinn Vol. 5: The Joker's Last Laugh by Amanda Conner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a preview eARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley.

Well, I have to say that Harley Quinn is still one of my favorite girls. But I'm not as enthusiastic after reading this entry in the series. I did enjoy her stories, but not as much as I had Volume 3: Kiss Kiss Bang Stab. Perhaps in part because I wasn't able to read Volume 4.

But that said, Harley didn't seem as coherent and focused as a character in this one. There seemed to be a bit more randomness with her, which might have been the point. Or perhaps I was also partially spoiled by Margot Robbie's brilliant portrayal in the Suicide Squad film.

I'm not giving up on the series or character though. I'll just wait until my mood is more receptive to Harley's ever shifting mindset.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Review: Age of Swords

Age of Swords Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My review and rating are based on the beta version of this book; the final published edition will likely be changed a bit.

But that said, it doesn't really need a lot of changes. I'm looking forward to reading and comparing the final version, but this is pretty awesome right now on its own. Fans of Age of Myth have a treat coming out next summer. This book delivers more of what made the first one great, and moves it up a notch.

Favorite characters are further explored and developed. New characters are very intriguing, and supporting characters from the first book are promoted to the main cast. These books have a great developing plot and plenty of good action (and magic!) but to me their strength is character development.

If you like a good fantasy story with great worldbuilding and an interesting magic system that adds flavor to a character driven plot, this is the series for you. There are also other surprises in store, but I won't spoil the fun of discovery :)


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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Review: The Monster Realm

The Monster Realm The Monster Realm by Nara Duffie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A delightful adventure into a hidden realm that's all magic and wonderous creatures.

I loved the Harryhausen references and the Shakespearean insults. Medusa was portrayed brilliantly - I could easily see the Clash of the Titans (original) version of her pulling back on that bow.. So ominous and bada$$!

It probably helped that I loved those Harryhausen movies so much as a kid. Really helped me visualize the creatures...

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Review: Brandon Sanderson's White Sand Vol. 1

Brandon Sanderson's White Sand Vol. 1 Brandon Sanderson's White Sand Vol. 1 by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given an ebook version of this graphic novel by the publisher through NetGalley.

Again here we are with Sanderson and of course the talk will go to worldbuilding. Yes, he does it again. This time it's his story and idea, but an adaptation by Rik Hoskin with art by Julius M. Gopez.

While not quite as epic or satisfying as Sanderson's novels, this story was very compelling. It was also just getting going when it was time to wrap up this first volume, but I can tell that over time this should be a really good graphic side to Sanderson's Cosmere universe.

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Review: Vicious Grace

Vicious Grace Vicious Grace by M.L.N. Hanover
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Still great narration, though I didn't connect with the actual story here as well as I did the first two books.

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