The Fade Out Act Three by Ed Brubaker

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in 2017, 4.5 stars, Book Review, Comics, Ed Brubaker | 0 comments

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

Genre: Mystery
Format: Trade Paperback Comics Collected Edition
Series: The Fade Out #3
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 126
Source: Library

The Book:
This volume collects issues 9-12 of the comic series.
From the back cover:

Hollywood – 1948. A noir film stuck in endless reshoots. A writer plagued by nightmares from the war. An up-and-coming startlet’s suspicious death. And a mogul and his security chief who will do anything to keep the cameras rolling before the studio system comes crashing down.

My Thoughts:
I love old detective and mystery movies and this trilogy is like reading a noir book about the making of a noir movie so it’s right up my alley. 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.

As this is the final volume in a three book series I can’t really say much about the plot without giving away things that happened in the first two volumes. I will say that questions are answered and a lot of background information is filled in. I will recommend that you get your hands on all three volumes and read them back to back. It’s what I intend to do now that I’ve finished.

The setting in old Hollywood and the artwork combine for a very atmospheric look and feel. Occasional real people are inserted into the story and it doesn’t feel too contrived at all.

The art throughout the series is wonderful. Sean Phillips has created an environment that looks just like the old movies and Elizabeth Breitweiser’s color work is fabulous.

If you want an excellent story without getting involved in an extended series I highly recommend this trilogy.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #92

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 12 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #90

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

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

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

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

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

These are the final two volumes of a wonderful comic series. It’s a noir story set in the blacklist era of old Hollywood. If you want a wonderful old Hollywood style murder mystery set in old Hollywood without getting involved in a long series I highly recommend this trilogy of collected comics editions. It’s fabulous story and fabulous artwork. I already want to go back and reread it from the beginning.

Continued in Print

The Blackhouse by Peter May

The Blackhouse by Peter May

So many of my friends have recommended this trilogy. Now I know why.

Finished on Audio

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson narrated by the author

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson narrated by the Author

I really enjoyed this even though it took me longer than the stated length of 3 hours and 41 minutes because I keep backing up to hear parts again.

Started on Audio

Mudbound by Hilary Jordan narrated by multiple artists

Mudbound by Hilary Jordan narrated by multiple artists

I read the print edition of this when it was first released. Now that Netflix has a movie version I wanted to reread it before watching. I decided to reread the audio edition this time and I’m glad I did. It’s excellent.

Reviews since my last update:

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson – Audio Edition

The Fade Out Act Two by Ed Brubaker

What are you reading?

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Weekend Update – The Things I Liked This Week November 2017

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in The Things I Liked This Week, Weekend Update | 12 comments

The Things I Liked This Week September 2017

The Things I Liked This Week August 2017

I started doing The Things I Liked This Week in June of 2015 and it’s definitely become my favorite monthly post. I love adding to my list throughout the week.

Here are the things I liked this week:

1. Gin on a Sunday afternoon
I grew up playing all kinds of card games. The Hubster didn’t. We do like an occasional game of gin. I was champion of Sunday.

Gin on Sunday Afternoon

Gin on Sunday Afternoon

2. Hot Buttered Rum
When the weather is cold this drink is just yummy.The recipe I use is on this post.
Hot Buttered Rum

3. Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar
I had my first of the season this week. So yummy.
Cranberry Bliss Bar

4. Fiona Farts
My inner 8 year old got the giggles. The response below was my favorite.

5. Speaking of Fiona
My calendar for next year arrived this week.
Fiona Calendar

6. Mark Hamill surprising people on Star Tours

7. Hamilton for my birthday
The Hubster snagged us tickets for when the national tour is here next March.
Hamilton the Musical

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Weekend Update – November 12, 2017

Posted by on Nov 12, 2017 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Weekend Update

We had way too much dreary weather this week. That combined with the time change was kind of annoying. This lighter in the morning due to the time change stuff is lost on me. I get to work at 7am and it’s still dark.

I spent a lot of time this week getting my new laptop set up. It’s so much faster than my old one. I’m a big fan of solid state drives. As usual with a new laptop its been a matter of figuring out what worked on the old one that doesn’t work on the new one and finding alternatives.

It’s hard to believe that there’s only one more weekend before Thanksgiving. I’m looking forward to that week though. I have both Thursday and Friday as work holidays and I’m taking the Wednesday before Thanksgiving as a vacation day. Two day work weeks for the win! I’m hoping we can go see Thor Ragnarok on that Wednesday.

My reading has been hit and miss. I’s slowly making my way through The Blackhouse by Peter May. I’m loving it but I’m just getting enough time to read. I finished listening to Astrophysics for People in a Hurry which I thoroughly enjoyed. I also read the second volume of The Fade Out trilogy.

Hope you’re having a great weekend.

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The Fade Out Act Two by Ed Brubaker

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in 2017, 4.5 stars, Book Review, Comics, Ed Brubaker | 0 comments

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

Genre: Mystery
Format: Trade Paperback Comics Collected Edition
Series: The Fade Out #2
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 120
Source: Library

The Book:
This volume collects issues 5-8 of the comic series.
From the back cover:

Hollywood – 1948. A noir film stuck in endless reshoots. A writer plagued by nightmares from the war. An up-and-coming startlet’s suspicious death. And a mogul and his security chief who will do anything to keep the cameras rolling before the studio system comes crashing down.

My Thoughts:
I love old detective and mystery movies and this trilogy is like reading a noir book about the making of a noir movie so it’s right up my alley. 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.

The first volume set the stage and you don’t want to pick up this second one until you’ve read the first. As in a typical act two the focus is more on character development than advancing the solution of the murder. Occasional real people are inserted into the story and it doesn’t feel too contrived at all.

The setting in old Hollywood and the artwork combine for a very atmospheric look and feel. 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.

I already got the third book out from the library because this one left me with way more questions than answers and I want to find out how it ends.

If you want an excellent story without getting involved in an extended series I highly recommend this trilogy.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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