Lady Killer Vol. 2 by Joelle Jones

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 in 2018, 4.5 stars, Book Review, Joelle Jones | 0 comments

Lady Killer Vol. 2 by Joelle Jones

Lady Killer Vol. 2 by Joelle Jones  with art by Joelle Jones

Genre: Action/Adventure
Format: Comics Collected Edition
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 127
Source: Library

The Book:
This volume 2 is a  compilation of issues 1-5 of the Lady Killer 2 comic series.
From the publisher:

The secret’s in the cleanup!

The killer housewife is back! The Schuller family has moved to Cocoa Beach, where life carries on as usual. Josie continues to juggle Tupperware parties, her kids, and a few heads–and things don’t get any easier for the entrepreneur hit lady when her past comes back to haunt her.

My Thoughts:
I loved the first volume of this series so I was not surprised at all that I loved this second volume too. Josie Schuller is a picture perfect housewife in early 1960’s Florida. She’s also a killer for hire. She’s a Tupperware lady with a plan for after the party.

Yes there’s plenty of graphic violence in this series but it also manages avoid being gross. There are also picture perfect early 1960’s fashion and decor. In addition, there is plenty of dark humor.

When I finished the first volume I had said I was interested in “finding out what is the story with her mother-in-law? That woman has a past, I tell you.” Oh boy was I right.

This one ends on a bit of a cliffhanger so I hope Joelle Jones is working on more.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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Weekend Update – Bookish Nostalgia January 2018

Posted by on Feb 11, 2018 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia February 2018

I totally stole this idea from Kay at Kay’s Reading Life. Every month she looks back in her reading records to see what she was reading this month in past years. I decided that would be fun even though my reading spreadsheet doesn’t go back as far as Kay’s records do.

Bookish Nostalgia

I’ve only been tracking my reading since October 2003 but it’s still fun to take a look back occasionally. Anything before mid-2006 hasn’t been on my blog and some of those old reviews are frankly a little embarrassing at this point. I’ll link to my full reviews when I think are worth reading.

Sometimes my reaction is “I can’t believe I read that” and other times it’s “Oh I remember where I was when I read that one”. and occasionally it’s “I really want to read that again.”

Some of these are pre-blog so the links take you to Powell’s for more information. Links for 2007 and later take you to my review.

2006:
Mrs.Polliifax and the Golden Triangle by Dorothy Gilman narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
This is just a delightful series and the audio editions are quite entertaining. Mrs. Pollifax is a retired widow who becomes a spy.

In the Bleak Midwinter by Juila Spencer Fleming
This mystery series features a female former Army helicopter pilot who is now an Episcopal priest. It’s been far to long since I read one from this series.

2008:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen narrated by Kate Reading
Apparently I don’t have the Jane Austen gene. I ended up listening to this because I couldn’t get through it in print. Meh.

2009:
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne narrated by Michael Maloney
I’m glad I listened to this one instead of reading it. The audio edition included an interview with the author.

2010:
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
This is a good little Gothic tale that’s more spooky than scary.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck
I’m so glad I finally read this. It’s excellent!

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 in 2018, 5 stars, Book Review, Jim Kay, JK Rowling | 0 comments

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated edition by J.K. Rowling with art by Jim Kay

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition by J.K Rowling with art by Jim Kay

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Format: Oversized Hardcover
Series: Harry Potter #3
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 336
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

The third book in the bestselling Harry Potter series, now illustrated in glorious full color by award-winning artist Jim Kay!

For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.

Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter’s defeat of You-Know-Who was Black’s downfall as well. And the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, “He’s at Hogwarts . . . he’s at Hogwarts.”

Harry Potter isn’t safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.

My Thoughts:
I’m not going to bother to talk about the story because we all know it. I’ve read it multiple times, listened to it once (the Jim Dale versions) and plan to listen to it again (the Stephen Fry versions) so obviously, I love it.

I adore these illustrated editions of the series. They have been released in October every year so far. I have made it an annual tradition to start reading them in January every year. The books are big and heavy so definitely not something I take with me to work. That means I read them a little bit every day so I can savor them all over again.

These editions are oversized (coffee table size) books printed on high quality paper with an attached ribbon bookmark. I’m still a little worried about what they’re going to do with Order of the Phoenix. I have to think it’ll be a two volume set or I won’t be able to lift it. We’ll see how much Goblet of Fire weighs in October.

Jim Kay has done a masterful job with the illustrations. They are beautiful. I am amazed that he has managed to create these images. They are wholly new, yet at the same time remain true to both the drawings in the original editions and the sets and actors from the movies.

I felt that Jim Kay managed to take the images in my head and make them even more beautiful than I hand imagined.

Fortunately this one didn’t have the spiders that Chamber of Secrets had. There weren’t any illustrations in this one that I had to skip.

5 stars Rating 5/5

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Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in 2018, 4 stars, Book Review, Nnedi Okorafor, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi OkoraforBinti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor

Genre: Science Fiction
Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Tor/Forge
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 101
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse.

Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her.

Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene—though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives–and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all.

My Thoughts:
This is the final book in a trilogy of novellas. The story is a fascinating blend of science fiction and coming of age story.

This one picks up right after the events of the second book. I can’t really say a whole lot without giving away too much so I won’t.

This was a satisfying and sometimes surprising ending to Binti’s story. Although I don’t read a lot of science fiction this trilogy was a hit for me. I think that it’s partly because this is totally different than anything I’ve read. Nnedi Okorafor has a fabulous imagination.

If you’re looking for short but interesting books for your next readathon you should pick up this series. Now that all three are available you can really read them straight through.

4 starsRating 4/5

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