It’s Monday What Are You Reading #74

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 8 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #65

It’s Monday What Are You Reading? is a weekly reading roundup is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

This is technically a weekly meme but I don’t read fast enough to make that worthwhile so I post it every two or three weeks.

Finished in Print

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

This 0ne languished on my shelf for way too long. I admired Ruth Bader Ginsburg before I read it and I admire her more after reading it.

Paper Girls Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

Paper Girls Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

This one is such fun. Time travel, 1980’s nostalgia, science fiction and just the right touch of humor.

The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker

The Fade Out, Act One by Ed Brubaker

1948 Hollywood. A noir mystery story that takes place around the making of a noir movie. So good and I can’t wait to continue with the trilogy.

Continued in Print

The Likeness by Tana French

The Likeness by Tana French

I loved her first book and have had this one on my shelf for way too long. I’ve been kind of hit and miss about reading it but I’m enjoying it and hoping to get some quality time with it this week.

 

Continued on Audio

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

This is absolutely not my normal reading/listening fare. I heard so many good things about the narration by the author of the audio edition that I decided to give it a try. I’m so glad I did. Her narration of her memoir is wonderful.

 

Reviews since my last update:

The Last Kingdom (DNF’d) by Bernard Cornwell

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

Paper Girls Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

The Fade Out Act One by Ed Brubaker

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Weekend Update – The February 12th 2017 Edition

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017 in Weekend Update | 10 comments

Weekend Update
I am so over winter. This year has been ridiculous. Yesterday was the first day in what seemed like ages that it didn’t rain or snow. It was so nice to see some blue sky.

Last weekend was our annual beach weekend with some friends. We do this every year on Super Bowl Weekend. It’s a great tradition.

This year the weather was this:

We still had a great time. We played lots of cards and the view was nice despite the rain. We did get one break that allowed us a nice walk on the beach. The trip home was through snow but by the time we got home it was just rain. Then it didn’t stop raining until the end of the week.

The rest of this week seemed busy. After being away from home for four days I felt like I spent the next four days catching up on things. My reading time suffered but I read a couple of great comic collections.

I got back to rowing this week. After a few months off for medical reasons, it was painful and I’m slow but it’s good to be getting back to a regular exercise routine.

Yesterday we had lunch at a German pub that was delicious. On the way home, we made a spur of the moment stop at the zoo. We have an annual membership so stopping in for a quick visit is easy.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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The Fade Out Act One by Ed Brubaker

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in 2017, 4.5 stars, Book Review, Comics, Ed Brubaker | 4 comments

The Fade Out Act One by Ed Brubaker
The Fade Out, Act One by Ed Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips

Genre: Mystery
Format: Trade Paperback Comics Collected Edition
Series: The Fade Out #1
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 120
Source: Library

The Book:
This volume collects issues 1-4 of the comic series.
From the publisher:

The Fade Out is an epic noir set in the world of noir itself, the backlots and bars of Hollywood at the end of its Golden Era. A movie stuck in endless reshoots, a writer damaged from the war and lost in the bottle, a dead movie star and the lookalike hired to replace her. Nothing is what it seems in the place where only lies are true.

My Thoughts:
I love old detective and mystery movies and this is like read in a noir book about the making of a noir movie so it was a hit for me. It’s set in 1948 Hollywood with WWII in recent memories, McCarthy Communist hunting in full force and the Hollywood studio system in flux after Paramount lost an antitrust suit.

It opens with screenwriter Charlie Parish waking up after a night of wild partying in the bathtub of a house that isn’t his. Then he discovers the lead actress of the movie he’s working on strangled in her living room. He leaves and doesn’t call the police. The plot thickens several times before this volume is over but I can’t say anything more without giving away things but there is an appearance by Clark Gable.

The art is wonderful. Sean Phillips has created an environment that looks just like the old movies and Elizabeth Breitweiser’s color work is fabulous. The panels are just as moody and atmospheric as you could want for a story like this but never too monochromatic or hard to figure out what was going on.

This is a three-volume story and I plan on getting the other two very soon.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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Paper Girls Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in 2017, 4.5 stars, Book Review, Brian K Vaughan, Comics | 4 comments

Paper Girls Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
Paper Girls Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan with art by Cliff Chiang

Genre: Science Fiction, Paranormal
Format: Trade Paperback Comics Collected Edition
Series: Paper Girls #2
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 125
Source: Library

The Book:
This volume collects issues 6-10 of the comic series.
From the publisher:

After surviving the strangest night of their lives in the Cleveland suburb of Stony Stream, intrepid young newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac, and Tiffany find themselves launched from 1988 to a distant and terrifying future… the year 2016. What would you do if you were confronted by your 12-year-old self? 40-year-old newspaper reporter Erin Tieng is about to find out in this action-packed story about identity, mortality, and growing older in the 21st century

My Thoughts:
I started the first volume of this series not really knowing what to expect but positive that almost anything by Brian K. Vaughan would be good. It was a little bit of science fiction, a little bit of paranormal, a little bit of nostalgia for the late 1980’s and just a whole lot of fun. Four paper delivery girls stumbled into the middle of strange events that weren’t totally explained in volume one but it was so good I’ve been waiting for Volume 2.

Apparently so were a lot of other people. I finally got to the top of the hold list at the library. I read this in one sitting and I’m already getting annoyed about having to wait for volume 3. I have a feeling that this a comic series I’ll subscribe to the digital editions of the individual issues.

Three of the original girls land in 2016 right in front of the present day adult version of one of them. It’s time travel with plenty of twists.

There’s a lot of action and adventure but there is also a lot of humor. Landing 3 twelve year old girls from 1988 in 2016 makes for some pretty funny moments.

1988 meets 2016

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The art is wonderful. It’s colorful and even though some of the creatures are kind of gross it’s not disgusting.

This is a comic series you should be reading either in the collected volumes or the individual issues.

Brian K. Vaughan does it again.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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