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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Weekend Update: January 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Posted by on Feb 4, 2017 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Weekend Update
January 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

January 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

As usual the holiday season and the associated general busyness interfered with reading time. Hoping January is much more conducive to spending quality time with my books

Here’s what I read in January
Novels
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling with art by Jim Kay

Graphic Novels
Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”: the authorized graphic adaptation by Miles Hyman

Fables Vol. 17: Inherit the Wind by Bill Willingham

Nonfiction
Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

Audiobooks
A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny narrated by Robert Bathurst

DNF
The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

 

Hope you had a great reading month in January. What was the best book you read last month?

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Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in 2017, 4.5 stars, Book Review | 0 comments

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Corman and Shana Knizhnik

Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Dey Street Books
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 227
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

Nearly a half-century into being a feminist and legal pioneer, something funny happened to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: the octogenarian won the internet. Across America, people who weren’t even born when Ginsburg made her name are tattooing themselves with her face, setting her famously searing dissents to music, and making viral videos in tribute. In a class of its own, and much to Ginsburg’s own amusement, is the Notorious RBG Tumblr, which juxtaposes the diminutive but fierce Jewish grandmother with the 350-pound rapper featuring original artwork submitted from around the world.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg offers a visually rich, intimate, unprecedented look at the Justice and how she changed the world. From Ginsburg’s refusal to let the slammed doors of sexism stop her to her innovative legal work, from her before-its-time feminist marriage to her perch on the nation’s highest court—with the fierce dissents to match—get to know RBG as never before. As the country struggles with the unfinished business of gender equality and civil rights, Ginsburg stands as a testament to how far we can come with a little chutzpah.

My Thoughts:
I have admired Ruth Bader Ginsburg for years. I enjoyed the Notorious RBG Tumblr from its early days. When this book was published I quickly bought a copy. Since then Justice Scalia passed away and the Supreme court became more of a battle between the major two political parties than ever before.

I was needing to read something positive and uplifting. The day after the Womens’ March seemed like the perfect time to pick this one up.

I loved it. I admire RBG even more than I did before. She has a brilliant legal mind and great sense of humor.

The book isn’t a traditional biography. It tells her story through a series of episodes from her life. It ends up being a very entertaining read. She was and is a pioneer in the legal battles for gender equality and civil rights. The accomplished many firsts for women. She also had a long, loving marriage that was truly a partnership.

There are plenty of photos throughout the book as well as some great annotated excerpts from some of her legal work and her Supreme Court opinions and dissents.

I highly recommend this.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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