Descender Book Four: Orbital Mechanics by Jeff Lemire

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in 2017, 5 stars, Book Review, Comics, Jeff Lemire | 2 comments

Descender Book Four: Orbital Mechanics by Jeff Lemire with art by Dustin NguyenDescender Book Four: Orbital Mechanics by Jeff Lemire with art by Dustin Nguyen

Genre: Science Fiction
Series: Descender #4
Format: Comics Collected Edition
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 120
Source: Library

The Book:
This volume 4 is a compilation of issues 17-21 of the comic series.
From the publisher:

Tim-21, Telsa, and Quon finally escape the Machine Moon and head out on a quest to find the ancient robot who may hold the key to the Harvesters. Meanwhile Andy and his ragtag team close in on Tim, but their fragile alliance is shattered by Driller’s revelations.

My Thoughts:
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Jeff Lemire. This science fiction series he’s doing with Dustin Nguyen handling the artwork is wonderful.

This is volume 4 so the story is well in progress and the synopsis won’t make a lot of sense if you aren’t already reading the series.

My point here is to tell you to get your hands on this comics series and start reading it. You too will fall a little in love with a robot boy and have stronger than you expected feelings about a robot designed to drill mines.

The previous volume focused on the back stories of several of the main characters. This one jumps right back into the action and takes off.

The story is wonderful and the artwork is equally good. It’s done in watercolors which gives it a whole different feel than many comic series.

You need to read this series.

a9741-rating_5stars Rating 5/5

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My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in 2017, 4.5 stars, Book Review, Graphic Novel | 2 comments

My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil FerrisMy Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novel
Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 386
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge.

My Thoughts:
Thank you to everyone who recommended this. It was exactly what you told me it would be. A completely unique and fascinating graphic novel the likes of which I’ve never seen before. I was a little hesitant to read it because I’m not nearly as big a horror fan as the main character. I shouldn’t have worried. What she loves is the old classic horror movies and comics that I loved as a kid myself.

The layers to both the story and the artwork in this graphic novel are both complex and wonderful. This is a hefty volume but I didn’t want to put it down. I’m so glad I started it when I had plenty of time.

There is a second volume to this story coming and I’m stalking my library website in order to be on the waiting list early.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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How I Married a Marquess by Anna Harrington

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in 2017, 3 stars, Book Review | 0 comments

How I Married a Marquess by Anna HarringtonHow I Married a Marquess by Anna Harrington

Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Ebook
Series: #3 in the Secret Life of Scoundrels series
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 276
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

Josephine Carlisle, adopted daughter of a baron, is officially on the shelf. But the silly, marriage-minded misses in the ton can have their frilly dresses and their seasons in London, for all she cares. Josie has her freedom and her family . . . until an encounter with a dark, devilishly handsome stranger leaves her utterly breathless at a house party. His wicked charm intrigues her, but that’s where it ends. For Josie has a little secret . . .

Espionage was Thomas Matteson, Marquess of Chesney’s game-until a tragic accident cost him his career. Now to salvage his reputation and return to the life he loves, the marquess must find the criminal who’s been robbing London’s rich and powerful. He’s no fool-he knows Josie, with her wild chestnut hair and rapier-sharp wit, is hiding something and he won’t rest until he unravels her mysteries, one by one. But he never expected to be the one under arrest-body and soul . . .

My Thoughts:
It’s been ages since I read a good old historical romance. I saw a review of this one on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and it just sounded fun and fun was what I was in the mood for.

Although mostly predictable (see the title), this was nevertheless a fun romp. Although this is the third in a series is stands alone just fine.

There’s more adventure in this one than there is house parties and dances and that worked just fine for me. Josie and Thomas were both fun and a bit unconventional. There was plenty of quick witty banter to go along with the sex. I both liked and wanted to slap the them equally. Josie’s brothers were a great supporting cast and I’m glad to see Harrington has a series featuring them.

This was exactly the light fun entertainment I look for in this genre. I will probably pick up the other books in this series.

3 stars Rating 3/5

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The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in 2017, 4 stars, Book Review | 2 comments

The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen DionneThe Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

Genre: Fiction, Suspense
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 307
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

At last, Helena has the normal life she craved: a loving husband, two adorable daughters, a business that pays the bills. But when her father escapes from a nearby prison, she realizes she was a fool to think she could put her dark past behind her. Helena has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by Helena’s father and held captive in a cabin surrounded by swamp in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Helena was born two years later, and as she grew up she had no idea that anything was wrong. She loved her rugged childhood, and despite her father’s sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too–until she learned precisely how monstrous he could be. Now a young mother, Helena has hidden her past so thoroughly that even her husband has no idea of the truth. But after her father kills two prison guards and vanishes into the marshland he knows better than anyone, Helena knows the police don’t stand a chance of finding him. Only one person has the skills to catch the notorious child abductor and survivalist the world calls the Marsh King, because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter. Unless, that is, he finds her first.

My Thoughts:
As soon as I read the description for this book I got myself on the waiting list at the library. This is so my type of book.

The present-day story in this one takes place over the course of just a day or two. Interspersed is the back story of Helena’s childhood in which she didn’t know that she and her mother were captives of her father. As far as the child Helena knew her life was normal. Her transition afterwards was not an easy one.

This is part chase story and part psychological thriller. It’s told from Helena’s viewpoint so in the flashbacks it’s clear how much her younger self loved her father despite the emotional and physical abuse that was normal as far as she knew. Some of those sections are difficult to read as are some of the graphic hunting scenes.

Helena’s father taught her to hunt and track and now she’s hunting and tracking him in order to save her family.

This was my kind of suspense story and if the stuff I mentioned above isn’t troublesome for you, I recommend it.

4 starsRating 4/5

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The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in 2017, 4 stars, Book Review, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle | 1 comment

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, illustrated by Pam SmyThe Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, illustrated by Pam Smy

Genre: Mystery
Format: Hardcover and Ebook
Series: #5 in the traditional canon of Sherlock Holmes
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: originally 1902, this edition 200
Pages: 271
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!”
The body of Sir Charles Baskerville has been found on the grounds of his Devon estate, his face a frozen picture of horror and fear. The only clue is the footprint of a terrible beast. Locals blame the legendary monster that haunts the moor, fulfilling the diabolical curse of the Baskervilles. But Holmes is sure the answer lies within the natural world. Can he and Watson solve the case before Sir Charles’s heir meets the same terrifying fate?

This classic horror story, featuring Pam Smy’s eerie artwork, pits science against superstition and detective against dog, as Holmes hunts down a fiendish murderer.

My Thoughts:
I started reading the Sherlock Holmes books a few years ago and enjoy them. Suddenly, oops! It’s been three years since I read one. That’s why I put this on my list of Five Books I Want to Read Summer 2017. My library had this beautiful illustrated edition with wonderful artwork and lovely thick paper. It was one of those books that just feels good to have in your hands.

The story was interesting. I went into it not really knowing anything about it which kind of surprised me. In this book, Holmes is actually absent for quite a bit. Watson actually begins the investigation on his own, Of course Holmes comes along and winds things up in his usual style.

It’s a classic that holds up to time. Even though it’s a now historical setting the writing doesn’t feel old. The buildup of tension and the dark atmosphere worked well.

The edition I read was illustrated beautifully by Pam Smy. Her artwork only added to my enjoyment of this book.

Pam Smy Illustration in Hound of the Baskervilles

Pam Smy Illustration in Hound of the Baskervilles

4 stars Rating 4/5

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in 2017, 4 stars, Book Review | 2 comments

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'EngleA Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: This edition 2007, Originally 1963
Pages: 216
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

My Thoughts:
I have no idea how I missed reading this as a kid. It’s yet another one of those children’s classics that I somehow missed. When I heard and saw people familiar with the book getting excited about the trailer for the upcoming movie, I knew I had to get a copy.

This was so much fun I’m kicking myself for not reading it before now and now that I’ve seen the movie trailer I’m excited about that too.

This blend of science fiction, fantasy, and adventure is just the kind of thing I would have loved as a kid. It might have been a little too much if I’d read it too young however because the idea of IT being such a powerful evil thing.

Have you read any of the follow up books? Are they worth my time?

4 starsRating 4/5

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