Thursday, March 31, 2016

Review: Constantine: The Hellblazer Vol. 1: Going Down

Constantine: The Hellblazer Vol. 1: Going Down Constantine: The Hellblazer Vol. 1: Going Down by Ming Doyle
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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

2.5 Stars. There were some interesting ideas and concepts, but I just couldn't get into it. The art was decent, and while it wasn't written poorly, I found the jumps from past to present and back to be rather jarring.

All in all, I wasn't impressed and don't particularly feel the need to continue with this series. I can see where some would like it, I'm just not one of those.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Review: Black Canary, Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming

Black Canary, Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming Black Canary, Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming by Brenden Fletcher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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

I'll start this by stating that my only experience with Black Canary is the version of the character we get on CW's Arrow universe.



So going in there, this is definitely all new. But that's okay, as it's Volume 1, right? Pretty much.

I did feel lost at times, as the story jumped around abruptly quite often. However, it came together fairly well by the end (except the very end, mind you) and made for a pretty enjoyable story. I had to pretty much throw out that idea of Canary I had going in, but that's alright.

I was intrigued by "DD", as we're introduced to Dinah. Turns out Black Canary is the band. So if we think Blondie Black Canary is a character, we'll have to remember that it's a group with Deborah Harry Dinah Lance as the lead singer. I really enjoyed the other band members too, and would like to read more just to get to know them a bit better. Lord Byron, Paloma, and Ditto were interesting. So was the manager, Heathcliff. I'd read more about these folks.



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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Review: Martian Manhunter Vol. 1: The Epiphany

Martian Manhunter Vol. 1: The Epiphany Martian Manhunter Vol. 1: The Epiphany by Rob Williams
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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

3.5 stars. The artwork was pretty wow, as in WOW! phenomenal. I really liked the way the characters were drawn by Eddy Barrows and company. From the title character J’onn J’onzz, aka the Martian Manhunter, to the cameo appearances by other members of the Justice League.

The writing was pretty good too, especially with the character of Mr. Biscuits, who made me laugh out loud several times. The plot was a bit weird and jumped around some, but was well thought out and interesting nonetheless. I'm definitely interested in the story of J'onn and curious where he'll go from here. Of course, some of this is because the ending of this book left me kind of well...hanging off a cliff.

I really enjoyed seeing this quote by Arthur C. Clarke: “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Review: The Nightingale

The Nightingale The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free audio copy of this book from Audible and the publisher through Goodreads

...and I had an entire review written, only to have complete computer random shutdown. Ugh.

Basically I said that I took a long time to listen to this, but it was a personal reading funk and not any fault of the author, or the excellent narrator, Polly Stone.

I do like historical fiction, but I'm not a huge fan of the World War II era stories. Still, I did find myself pulled in by Hannah's writing, and the phenomenal story of two sisters, Isabelle and Vianne. We saw their journey through the war in occupied France, and it was intriguing and powerful at the same time.

There were even times....well...



...let's just say I was moved, and very impressed with Ms. Hannah's style.


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