Fables Vol. 16: Super Team by Bill Willingham

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in 2016, 4.5 stars, Bill Willingham, Book Review, Comics, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Fables Vol. 16: Super Team by Bill Willingham
Fables Vol. 16: Super Team by Bill Willingham with art by Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, et al.

Genre: Fantasy, Comics
Format: Trade Paperback Comics Collected Edition
Series: #16 in the Fables series
Publisher: Vertigo
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 160
Source: Library

The Book:
This volume 16 is a compilation of issues 101-107 of the comic series
From the back cover:

This Looks Like A Job For… The Super Fables!

Evil stalks the borders of Haven! Fed by fear and driven by darkness, Mister Dark has risen, more powerful than ever! Soon, the Fables’ defense will fall, and the day of doom will be upon them!

But lo, there shall come… the F-Men!

Assembled by the great and powerful Ozma and the wise and wheelchair-bound Pinoccho (don’t worry, his legs work fine — he just wants to look the part), these fabulous Fables will combine their powers to form a team-up to end all team-ups!

Every super-heroic personality will be represented: Big strong guys! Guys in cool armor! Miniature people who can bounce around inside the bad guy’s ear canal! That one girl who can fly! Even a roguish, hairy anti-hero with claws: Bigby Wolf himself! Together, they will overcome their fear and defeat Mister Dark once and for all!

Or maybe they’ll all die horribly within seconds. What do you think this is, a super-hero comic.

My Thoughts:
I’ll confess. I have been ready for the Mr. Dark story to be over for a couple of volumes. This time the Fables are making their last stand. Again.

The difference this time is that they’re approaching it a little differently. Avengers style before Marvel made the movie. Whether they’re successful or not I won’t say but it was an adventure. There were scary parts and there were funny parts and there were plenty of riffs on the superhero comic genre.

Bigby Wolf and his father The North Wind are forced to face their past and their fractured relationship. It was tense but again, I’m not spilling the outcome.

The first issue was unrelated to the main story but might be setting up some new places and characters for a future storyline. I always enjoy stories with Bufkin the formerly flying monkey.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in 2016, 4.5 stars, Book Review, Uncategorized | 2 comments

The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig

Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Harcourt
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 345
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

“Can’t cook but doesn’t bite.” So begins the newspaper ad offering the services of an “A-1 housekeeper, sound morals, exceptional disposition” that draws the attention of widower Oliver Milliron in the fall of 1909. That unforgettable season deposits the ever-whistling Rose Llewellyn and her font-of-knowledge brother, Morris Morgan, in Marias Coulee along with a stampede of homesteaders drawn by the promise of the Big Ditch—a gargantuan irrigation project intended to make the Montana prairie bloom. When the schoolmarm runs off with an itinerant preacher, Morris is pressed into service, setting the stage for the “several kinds of education”—none of them of the textbook variety—Morris and Rose will bring to Oliver, his three sons, and the rambunctious students in the region’s one-room schoolhouse. A paean to a way of life that has long since vanished.

My Thoughts:
This was my first book by Ivan Doig but it definitely won’t be my last. This is one of those gently told stories that drew me deep into a time and place.

1910 Montana where the farming is dry and the schoolhouses are one room. Told in flashback by Paul Milliorn it’s a wonderful story. It made me laugh, it choked me up a couple of times and it thoroughly entertained me with its many interesting characters.

It opens in the 1950’s when Paul is the State Superintendent of Schools he visits the home and school where he grew up. It jogs his memory back to when he was 13 years old. His widowed father of three boys hired a housekeeper based on an ad that started “Can’t cook but doesn’t bite.” When she arrives in with her brother the small Montana farming town, its schoolchildren and even their parents are about to be changed.

When Rose’s brother Morrie takes over the one room school his teaching methods are definitely not what folks are used to. The arrival of Halley’s comet is a backdrop to this coming of age story that is about Paul and his brothers but also about the entire town of Marias Coulee.

It’s not fast paced but it’s a story that will draw you in. it’s historical fiction with a bit of a mystery and a fabulous cast of characters.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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Bout of Books 17 Kickoff and Updates Post

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, Fun, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Bout of Books 17

Bout of Books 17

Bout of Books 17 kicked off at Midnight last night. I can always find a way to make Bout of Books work for me. I won’t be beginning my reading until my commute time this morning.

The Bout of Books Read-a-Thon was created by Amanda @ On a Book Bender on a complete whim in August 2011. It took on a life of its own and was such a hit that Amanda decided to do it again and turn it into a somewhat regular occurrence.

  • Bout of Books is a week long read-a-thon, usually from 12:01am on a Monday through 11:59pm on a Sunday in whatever time zone you are in.
  • It is low pressure, meaning participants are only asked to push themselves to read more than they normally would during any given week. There is no competition between readers.
  • How much time a reader wants, and can commit, to read, tweet, or network with fellow bloggers is left to individual preference. All challenges and giveaways are optional.
  • Networking with fellow bloggers is actively encouraged, though never required.
  • Use Twitter to post updates throughout the read-a-thon. Everyone will be tweeting with the #boutofbooks hashtag.

I have a big pile of books and an full ereader ready for this week. I won’t be tracking pages or books read but what I will track is the time I spend reading this week. I use an app on my phone called ATracker to record the time I spend reading or listening to audiobooks.

Here are my stats for the last Bout of Books in May. I’m hoping to beat those numbers this week.

Bout of Books

I will be using this post as my tracking post and adding daily updates each morning about what reading I have accomplished the day before. I’ll post updates here every morning Tuesday through Sunday. I’ll include my Sunday reading on my final wrap up post next Monday.

Monday Reading
Audiobook – 30 minutes (Right Ho, Jeeves)
Reading – 1 Hour, 45 minutes (In the Kingdom of Ice and Other People’s Baggage)

Tuesday Reading
Audiobook – 31 minutes (Right Ho, Jeeves)
Reading – 2 Hour, 33 minutes (In the Kingdom of Ice and Other People’s Baggage)
And I scheduled a vacation day for Friday to allow for a day of mostly reading.

Wednesday Reading
Audiobook – 57 minutes (Right Ho, Jeeves)
Reading – 2 Hour, 10 minutes (In the Kingdom of Ice and Other People’s Baggage)

Thursday Reading
Audiobook – 32 minutes (Right Ho, Jeeves)
Reading – 2 Hour, 4 minutes (In the Kingdom of Ice and Other People’s Baggage)

Friday Reading
Audiobook – 2 hours, 2 minutes (Right Ho, Jeeves, Masked Ball as Broxley Manor and The Green Mill Murder)
Reading – 1 Hour, 58 minutes (In the Kingdom of Ice and Other People’s Baggage)

Saturday Reading
As usual – my reading time drastically drops off on the weekend because we were out and about all day.
Reading – 1 hour, 52 minutes (In the Kingdom of Ice)

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