Friday, September 18, 2015

Review: Wonder Woman Vol. 7: War Torn

Wonder Woman Vol. 7: War Torn Wonder Woman Vol. 7: War Torn by Meredith Finch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

Lots of action, decent story line, fantastic artwork, and some great cameos made this an enjoyable read for me. This was my first taste of the New 52 Wonder Woman, and I was pretty impressed. Admittedly, I probably would have enjoyed the story even more if I had read the earlier volumes, but the writers here were good at summarizing things that had gone before and making it easy for new readers to join the ride.

As I said, the artwork was awesome. One thing I've seen on these New 52 titles so far is consistently impressive art. The colors come right off the page.

To be honest, I haven't been too familiar with the character of Wonder Woman since the days that this lady played her on television:

She's quite the impressive in-depth character today, and I'm very glad that I requested this title. I'm looking forward to further adventures.



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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Review: The Little Men

The Little Men The Little Men by Megan Abbott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

This was fun. Right from the start I could tell I had something worthwhile in my hands, as Abbott lays out the 1950s Hollywood neighborhood that is the setting for this novella. In a few short paragraphs, she conveyed the imagery so well that I wanted to visit there, or maybe stop and have a beer.

This story actually felt like an episode of The Twilight Zone. Perhaps the time period that the story was in added to that feel, but the while way it unfolded would have fit perfectly into one of their half hour segments. There's a mystery here, and several chills as Abbott weaves her chilling little tale.

Megan Abbott is certainly on my list of authors to watch.

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Review: The Names

The Names The Names by Peter Milligan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a free eBook copy of this title from the publisher through NetGalley.

This was a new title in the DC Vertigo line, and it seemed interesting enough by its description. Well, it's pretty good. Lots of big finance espionage and secret organizations and murdering psychopaths aplenty, and the key is figuring out which of these that the characters belong to.

It has humor, sex, violence, and lots of twists and turns. So it's certainly worth reading on a weekend afternoon, and the artwork is pretty decent too. All in all, a good read if you're in the mood for a graphic novel with a good storyline, but need a break from the superhero standard fare.



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Review: The Death of Dulgath

The Death of  Dulgath The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I was invited to be a part of a Beta read of this novel, and was provided an ebook copy of it with which to read and take part in chapter analysis and surveys.

Once more, I have to say that I really enjoyed an entry in the Riyria series of books by Michael J. Sullivan. These books are always a satisfying read, full of action, intrigue, suspense, and twists and turns.

One thing I enjoy most is reading character development. Regardless to what happens or goes on around them, I like to see characters reacting like real human beings. That is, they all have unique qualities that define them, and yet they also grow and adapt to their experiences and feelings. Within that scope, both Hadrian and Royce come into this true to the characters longtime readers are familiar with. And they also learn some things about the world around them, people in it, and about themselves. Both have come a long way in this story alone.

It's a great entry in the overall series, and one that I'll be sure to read again when it's released in its final polished versions.

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