Ah, the Shadow, old school radio superhero, how do I love thee?
This novelization of the movie covers the Shadow's heroic rescue of the city from the wAh, the Shadow, old school radio superhero, how do I love thee?
This novelization of the movie covers the Shadow's heroic rescue of the city from the world's first nuclear bomb. Cheesy, wonderfully cheesy, with all of the pulp flair of the old radio show. Shadow purists may have problems with some small inconsistencies from canon (Margot has ESP), but it's a decent enough read. I've read much worse....more
I stumbled across this strange gem of a book when I was in high school. Being involved with the school radio station, I was looking for something to dI stumbled across this strange gem of a book when I was in high school. Being involved with the school radio station, I was looking for something to do as a project for a radio cmpetition and found this book. Previous to this discovery, I hadn't known that Adams had originally created The Hitchhiker's Guide as a radio series before it was a novel. It blew my mind. There are some significant differences between the novels and the scripts, but that comes from this technically being the "first draft." I never did get to record any of the scripts for my competition, but a part of me still wants to take a stab at it someday....more
I collect the Batman comic (just the main title), and as a result, was more than a little confused by the storytelling. I don't know how much is toldI collect the Batman comic (just the main title), and as a result, was more than a little confused by the storytelling. I don't know how much is told in the other books, so this story was a bit confusing for me. Good- with lots of interesting layers to the story that made it much more of a mystery than a traditional "superhero" story- but a tad confusing for a person who doesn't know the entirely of the history and doesn't read/collect every single book....more
This volume represents the culmination of almost every storyline of the comic thus far. There have beBasic Plot: War with the Adversary comes at last!
This volume represents the culmination of almost every storyline of the comic thus far. There have been a few side plots, but the larger story of the adversary having taken over the Homelands is definitely the biggest of the series so far. So much so that I wonder what the series will look like now that the adversary has been taken out of power. That's not really a spoiler, being as the series does continue on after this. If the fables lost, that might not be the case. The quality of the story-writing continues to impress me, as does the use of the different fables in their current lives. It's just a lot of FUN, even when the subject matter is serious. The art continues to make me happy, and I continue to look forward to reading more....more
Basic premise: mystery + magic = awesome short stories!!!
This was one of the best collections of short stories I've read in a long time. Nothing madeBasic premise: mystery + magic = awesome short stories!!!
This was one of the best collections of short stories I've read in a long time. Nothing made my jaw completely drop (likewise no tears or laughing out loud), but all had quality writing, interesting plots, well-constructed characters, and in general worked well. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite from the book, it's hard for me to even give a few highlights, as the stories were all (I'm serious, here) very consistently solid. However, there are a few things I can say about most of the stories:
"Lucky" by Charlaine Harris: Sookie Stackhouse solves a mystery involving the luck of the clients of various insurance agents.
"Bogieman" by Carole Nelson Douglas: Interesting world, where movie characters "live" as CinSims.
"Looks are Deceiving" by Michael Stackpole: A bit hard to follow, with worldbuilding that was skimmed over as this is apparently part of a series, but interesting.
"The House of Seven Spirits" by Sharon Shinn: Haunted house mystery with some interesting characters.
"Glamour" by Mike Doogan: Probably my favorite from the whole bunch. The first person narrator's cluelessness as to what was really going on around him was highly amusing.
"Spellbound" by Donna Andrews: Another really good one. Interesting characters, part of a world I'd be interested in reading more about.
"The Duh Vice" by Michael Armstrong: Interesting world, story ok.
"Weight of the World" by John Straley: Santa Claus and a murder mystery!
"Illumination" by Laura Anne Gilman: Decent story, interesting world, good ending.
"The House" by Laurie R. King: Kids and a haunted house, predictable ending.
"Appetite for Murder" by Simon R. Green: Night Side story with a bit of a twist.
"A Woman's Work" by Dana Stabenow: Probably the longest story in the collection and the hardest to get into due to the amount of info-dumping needed for the audience to understand the context and setting. Decent story, though, with a satisfying end....more
Basic plot: Valentine is after the third mortal instrument and both Downworlders and Shadowhunters must work together to save Alicante and ShadowhunteBasic plot: Valentine is after the third mortal instrument and both Downworlders and Shadowhunters must work together to save Alicante and Shadowhunter society from destruction by Valentine’s demon army.
If I could sum this book up in a word, it would be “frustration.” If I were allowed a phrase, it would probably be “endless f-ing frustration.” Why so much frustration? Foreshadowing. Somewhere in book 2 of this trilogy I figured out what was truly up with Jace and Clary’s backgrounds. This is not a spoiler, as anyone with a few neurons left with which to form a synapse could have spotted the hints and clues miles away. Of course, the characters don’t see these things until they are TOLD DIRECTLY somewhere in the last hundred pages of this book. So for roughly 500 pages (or more) of reading, I’ve been wanting to slap a few characters right across the face because they don’t see what I do. Now, to be fair, they aren’t fully privy to the same information I the reader am. However, a lot of the foreshadowing takes the place of things that happen to these characters. I grant that the characters are teens and that when one is in the middle of a situation the clues aren’t always as obvious, but still.
Normally, my saying I was barely able to put a book down is a great sign that the author is doing something right. She must have been doing something right because I didn’t give up, but a lot of why I couldn’t put is down was my thinking that she would clue the characters in soon. Any time now. Come on, you can do it! Really, nothing? ARGHHHHHH!!!!!!
While I’m complaining, let me talk a bit about characterization and perspective. This book is written in third person, so there’s really no reason why the author can’t give the reader a good sketch of each character and their personality. However, the only characters that really get fleshed out are Clary and Jace. Mostly Clary. Simon gets some traits, but Alec’s most identifiable trait is that he’s gay. I’m not against gay characters, but when that’s the only defining thing known about a character, that’s really kind of sad. Gay isn’t a personality trait. Magnus Bane isn’t much better- he’s flamboyantly gay and a warlock. He actually has more personality than Alec, who should theoretically be counted as a more important character to the series. Isabelle tap dances on the line between 2 stereotypes, girly-girl & Amazon warrior, but she gets more page time so she seems more fleshed out. What really annoyed me was the “absent parent” routine. Here we have these kids running around, doing crazy, dangerous things, and there’s not an adult to be found asking where they’re going and what the hell they think they’re doing, or enforcing any kind of rules/order. The adults also are barely described. Some of them, Robert Lightwood for example (who took Jace in and was his father figure for 7 years), should be pretty important, but we know next to nothing about them. Clary’s mother, who spends most of the trilogy UNCONSCIOUS, has more personality.
So, now I’ve given this rant of a review and given the book 4 stars. Theoretically, the two things don’t go together. I would have given the book 3 stars due to all of the rants except for the couldn’t-stop-reading factor. Despite my irritation, I kept finding excuses to pick up the book and read it. I never felt like I had to put it down and walk away for a bit. To me, this means the author had me invested in the characters and the story despite every flaw the writing had. I probably ought to walk away for a bit and read something else, but I’m diving into book 4 right away. This book was fairly obviously the end of a trilogy: the big bad from the first 2 books was defeated, there were some losses (but nothing major), the heroes saved the day, and the whole thing ended with a big celebration. I kept thinking of the original Star Wars trilogy as I read these first 3 books, and for many reasons… I’m curious to see how she continues the series. ...more
This is undoubtedly the best book in the Dresden Files series to date. The thickening overplot is becoming a serious factor, and it ties together mystThis is undoubtedly the best book in the Dresden Files series to date. The thickening overplot is becoming a serious factor, and it ties together mysterious events from a lot of, if not all, of the previous books, letting readers know that Butcher has a lot more in mind than we previously knew about. There were moments in this book that really affected me, as I'm getting really attached to some of the characters. I'm already insane that I have no idea when the next book will come out. One of the lingering feelings I have from this reading, though, is that I really feel the need to reread the other books and solidify in my mind all of the connecting events/details of the overplot. I want to be ready for the next book!...more
This book took the Hollows series on a decidedly different path. There wasn't as much "action" in this book as there has been in the past few. The stoThis book took the Hollows series on a decidedly different path. There wasn't as much "action" in this book as there has been in the past few. The story also wasn't as focused as the last couple. Maybe this is just because I've read them all in such rapid succession. Many of Rachel Morgan's issues are coming to a head in this novel, and she is suffering some serious consequences for that.
That said, Marshal is a douchebag. This comes from a woman who tries to avoid getting emotionally attached to characters.
I dunno- things have got to begin looking up for Rachel soon, otherwise these books won't be happy escapism anymore. The twists and turns are happening with logical reasons behind them; it's not like the reader can't see from where the events derive. I'm sad that I've now got to wait with everyone else for the next book in the series to come out, and having a not-as-happy-as-I-wanted ending doesn't exactly leave me feeling uplifted....more
Basic plot: Farmer Enno dreams of ships and the sea, dreams that are a little more real than he's comfortable with.
My little guy picked this one off tBasic plot: Farmer Enno dreams of ships and the sea, dreams that are a little more real than he's comfortable with.
My little guy picked this one off the library shelf completely at random, which is the absolutely best way to pick books. He's asked for it more than once, too, which shows it has re-reading power. The story's basic moral is to follow your dreams via a very concrete metaphor. That bit cracked me up and satisfied my inner English teacher quite a bit. I thought the art was ok, but not fantastic. The text was also separate from the pictures on plain white pages faced with the art. Being as the art was filled with lots of dark colors, this was jarring to the eye. The cow as a character was also a mite bit strange, too, and I'm not sure if this was an adaptation of a much older tale that I'm not aware of and that's why I was confused. The ending was fun, though, and that counts for a lot....more
Basic Plot: Cassie needs to solidify her position as Pythia, but people keep trying to kill her. She also needs to prevent Apollo from entering the woBasic Plot: Cassie needs to solidify her position as Pythia, but people keep trying to kill her. She also needs to prevent Apollo from entering the world and causing mass destruction.
More manic pacing, more body switching, and lots of running from certain death. This time there are drag queens, though.
I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. In reading other reviews, I see that a lot of people have problems with the comedy relief, though I actually liked it. I do concur with other readers that I do NOT like the way Mircea was portrayed in this book, whether it was a change in character or just his logical progression, I did not like seeing him as a controlling jerk. Too cliche and not at all in character for Cassie to stay with him when he's acting that way. Her attraction to Pritkin continues to baffle me. He has no redeeming romantic qualities. And here I am talking about the love triangle as if it were the main plot, which irritates me further. I don't like books where the focus is romance. Now, romance wasn't really the main point here, but there was quite a bit of relationship worry in the book. Hopefully the resolution of the book will see the pace of Cassie's life slow down a bit in the next volume, but I'm not holding my breath....more