Nimona arrives at the lair of villainous Ballister Blackheart, eager to be his sidekick. Blackheart's pretty sure he wants toOkay, this was adorable.
Nimona arrives at the lair of villainous Ballister Blackheart, eager to be his sidekick. Blackheart's pretty sure he wants to work alone to take down his archnemesis, Sir Goldenloin, until he discovers that Nimona is a shapeshifter. The hyper girl can transform into anything, including a dragon. But as the two hatch plots against the Institution, Blackheart fears that Nimona is a little too bloodthirsty... and realizes that the death of Sir Goldenloin isn't what he's after.
The whole story is a mockery of the whole epic good vs. evil battle. In this strange world where technology meets the middle ages, Nimona is both charming and a tiny bit terrifying, and Blackheart's heart isn't so black. The beginning is super fun, and towards the end it becomes a bit more serious, but still sweet, with a few holiday-themed mini-comics at the end to end this on a good note.
If you were a fan of Carry On (the cover art for Fangirl was by this author) or Lumberjanes, this is a must-read....more
Natasha continues on her personal mission to atone for her past, and encounters a mysterious organization called CHAOS. The story becomes a bit mysticNatasha continues on her personal mission to atone for her past, and encounters a mysterious organization called CHAOS. The story becomes a bit mystical with religious undertones when Natasha speaks to one of the members, who tells her that if she chooses to work with them, she'll help to build a better future. But Natasha knows all about working for organizations that use nefarious means to their end.
As usual, I loved the artwork, and how quiet the text is, letting the visuals carry a lot of the story. I love that Winter Soldier makes another appearance and shows that he still cares about Natasha even though Natasha has no memory of their past relationship. Of course I also liked the appearance of Clint and Sam... I also liked the glimpse into Natasha's past. It seems like this is the last in this run, which is kind of sad, I had hoped for something more going on between Bucky and Natasha, even though that was not in any way the major thrust of this series. In this series Black Widow shows her human side and becomes her own person, independent of any romantic entanglements and free from the often hypersexualized depictions of other comics....more
I watched the whole first season of "Hemlock Grove" before I finally picked up the book. The show does follow very closely to the book, although I havI watched the whole first season of "Hemlock Grove" before I finally picked up the book. The show does follow very closely to the book, although I have to say there's a huge difference between watching the interactions and how they are described, I'm glad I watched first because I might have lost a lot. The writing was really interesting, but somewhat complicated to read, so I'm not sure this would have kept my interest if I hadn't had some of the visual imagery and a solid grasp of the literal plot from the show to fill in the gaps where this was so abstract most of the time. But mostly I wanted to read the book because there were some things that I felt needed more explanation, and that I did get from the book.
A short plot synopsis: In the small town of Hemlock Grove, some girls are murdered and it appears to be a wild animal attack. But a couple of Gypsies have arrived in town, and Peter is quickly pointed to as being a werewolf, while the wealthy family, the Godfreys, have many mysterious things going on that could also be related to the murders.
In the show, there's clearly something different about Roman Godfrey and his mother Olivia (never mind his strange sister Shelley). But I didn't catch if this "something different" was named. In the book, they are clearly referred to as upirs or a vampire-like creature. I was also interested in the relationship between Peter and Roman and wondered if it was more than what producers wanted to put on TV (it wasn't, it was largely the same).
I will say that the ending was only slightly different, and given that this seems to be a one-shot (the only other book in the "series" is a prequel graphic novel), I'm thinking the TV show may have added some things to indicate things to come in season 2....more
Stephen just moved to the tiny town of Spencer with his out-of-work dad, to live with his estranged grandmother until things look better. Luckily, SteStephen just moved to the tiny town of Spencer with his out-of-work dad, to live with his estranged grandmother until things look better. Luckily, Stephen makes some new friends rather quickly: brother and sister Devon and Cara. Stephen thinks goth Cara is hot, and Devon's crew of "Cemetery Boys" like to live on the wild side, breaking into movie theaters and the like. It isn't until Stephen starts reading the journal Devon dropped outside his house, and learns about the "Winged Ones" that he begins to notice that there's something more than a little weird about Spencer and about Devon. A little weird, and a lot dangerous...
I'm putting this on my "thriller" shelf because it just wasn't that scary to me. The ending was more chilling than anything - basically, how psychopaths can walk among us. I have a pretty high tolerance for horror so this might be scary for a lot of people. I found the characters to be a little flat, in the way of something by R.L. Stine: a sort of cheap thrill (although this was a little more in-depth than R.L. Stine). The mystery of the Winged Ones was pretty cool and I like how it was worked in without being unrealistic.
The one major thing that I felt was unrealistic was (view spoiler)[how Stephen felt at the end, thinking that he wanted to see Cara and that maybe he loved her, when she had MURDERED HIS FATHER (hide spoiler)]. Also, how (view spoiler)[Devon and Cara got off scot-free just because one of their crew confessed to it (hide spoiler)]. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
About 3/4 of this collection were comics drawn in a style that reminded me of the 80s or 90s, where the hero (Deadpool, is he really a hero?) is drawn with such massive muscles it's almost laughable. The final collection was a little more modern in art style. The comics cover a little bit of Deadpool's origin, and the storylines involve people trying to capture him for his healing abilities. There seems to be a bit of a past relationship with Syren, but it isn't until the newer comic that he's viewed as more than a mercenary.
The whole Deadpool breaking down the fourth wall thing doesn't happen until the newer comic as well, so the earlier comics just seemed like him spouting off one-liners and were a bit tiresome. ...more
This was a basic introduction to Captain Canuck, who is basically Canada's answer to Captain America. The first few pages are a bit of a disappointingThis was a basic introduction to Captain Canuck, who is basically Canada's answer to Captain America. The first few pages are a bit of a disappointing "To be continued!" giving the barest taste of the future comics, while the rest involves Captain Canuck's origin story and then some detailed descriptions of the major players - his sidekicks, his nemeses. I thought this was a good use of a Free Comic Book Day comic, really introducing the characters and giving a little snippet of the comic, rather than try to squeeze snippets of three different comics in a few pages with no context whatsoever....more
Sailor Rooks has a dark past that has followed her to her new school. After her mother's accident that left her paralyzed and the disappearance of SaiSailor Rooks has a dark past that has followed her to her new school. After her mother's accident that left her paralyzed and the disappearance of Sailor's bully, the family relocated to a new home near a creepy forest. There are wytches that live in the woods, but they aren't like any wytches I've ever seen, and soon the Rooks family is being torn apart.
The positives: the artwork is gorgeous and super creepy. The negatives: the story is confusing. At the end of this volume there's a clear explanation, but up until then it was so muddled and the time kept going back and forth... not sure how intentional that was, because it did line up with the confusion of the characters. I felt like everything was wrapped up in the end, so I'm not clear how this series will continue. There was definitely a lot of creep factor in this so I can see maybe an exploration into the world of these "wytches" and the woods and the town that seems to want to feed people to them....more
I have to say, I was sort of ho-hum about this one, mostly because I didn't know half the characters. I got Ms. Marvel, and the new Spiderman, new CapI have to say, I was sort of ho-hum about this one, mostly because I didn't know half the characters. I got Ms. Marvel, and the new Spiderman, new Captain America, and Lady Thor, but I was unclear on some of the others. Yes, this was more of a sneak-peek than anything but what I got from it was that there were a few of the new Avengers who were a little more in control of their powers than others. Not sure what Ms. Marvel's problem was here but she seemed a little useless - I don't even know what her powers are.
The second half, a bit from The Uncanny Inhumans (or Secret Wars?) I couldn't really follow at all.
Then there were a few pages from the new Maximum Ride comics, which frankly I'm not sure how many other forms of media this particular story can turn into. It's already been made into a manga, so I don't see the need for a comic book as well. Please stop trying to squeeze blood out of the corpse....more
Read... flipped through the pictures... same thing, right? I've been wanting to redecorate my bedroom in this style so I was mostly just looking for iRead... flipped through the pictures... same thing, right? I've been wanting to redecorate my bedroom in this style so I was mostly just looking for ideas. This was nice because it showed a few different styles of bohemian, and even pulled out some of the small details in each room as things you could make yourself. ...more
This was quite different from what I was expecting. Aziz teamed up with a sociologist to conduct a huge study into dating habits in modern times, andThis was quite different from what I was expecting. Aziz teamed up with a sociologist to conduct a huge study into dating habits in modern times, and how online dating and dating apps have changed the way we look for a mate. So this book was basically like listening to a study, only with a lot of humor thrown in. This wasn't as funny as Aziz's standup, but it was interesting and I feel like I learned something....more
So I picked up this book thinking it would be about organizing a sewing/crafting space. I probably should have read the second subtitle about "23 QuicSo I picked up this book thinking it would be about organizing a sewing/crafting space. I probably should have read the second subtitle about "23 Quick & Clever Sewing Projects You'll Love." There were a few organizational tips, but this was largely a collection of sewing projects designed to use up scrap fabric. While there were a lot of cute projects, most of them seemed geared toward quilters. I have a lot of apparel fabric scraps, which are less useful when creating scrappy kinds of projects like patchwork quilt pillows or little wallets.
For the right person, this book could be very useful. For me, not so much....more
It's Simon's last year at Watford school of magic, and when his roommate/archnemesis Baz doesn't return, Simon spends most of his time looking for himIt's Simon's last year at Watford school of magic, and when his roommate/archnemesis Baz doesn't return, Simon spends most of his time looking for him, even though the Mage wants Simon to help him defeat the Insidious Humdrum. With his relationship with Agatha on the rocks, Simon only has his best friend Penelope to try to figure out a mysterious message from the ghost of Baz's mother, who was killed the night vampires attacked (and turned Baz into one of them). Then Baz returns, and Simon has another complication in his life.
After reading Fangirl, I had thought the story of Simon Snow was pretty much exactly like Harry Potter. But this made it so different. Simon swears, Baz and Simon are gay, and the Mage isn't exactly Dumbledore... and the Insidious Humdrum isn't exactly Voldemort. I loved how words played such a big role in casting spells. I loved that Penelope was so smart and ready to charge headlong into adventures, and I also loved how Agatha didn't want to be pigeonholed as Simon's prize for defeating the humdrum. Most of the best parts were the tension between Simon and Baz, but honestly, the whole thing was delightful....more
It's just another normal day at school for Adam, hanging with his best friend Todd and crushing on Lori, when a power outage gets them all sent home fIt's just another normal day at school for Adam, hanging with his best friend Todd and crushing on Lori, when a power outage gets them all sent home from school. Very quickly they discover this isn't any ordinary power outage: anything powered by computers is no longer functional. Adam's old car is suddenly a prized possession, and he's one of the few able to make it home to his neighborhood that night. With the help of his neighbor Herb, who seems strangely prepared for this sort of disaster, Adam finds himself in a leadership role as the community must pull together to survive.
Overall this was a realistic take on what could happen if such an event were to occur. Of course, is it a coincidence that Adam's mom is the police chief, and Adam has been taking flying lessons and has an ultralight, non-computerized airplane at his disposal, or that his girlfriend's family lives on a functioning farm? I suppose that's why he's the narrator of this tale, rather than his friend Todd. But the real star here is Herb, who seems to know a lot more about the situation than he lets on. Could it be that he's just well-prepared for the events, after serving the government in a highly classified role? Or is there more to him?
You won't find out any "truth" about Herb, or know whether Adam's pilot father is okay, because this ends on a pretty huge cliffhanger. Or, really, in the middle of the climax. This is a thrilling, fast-paced story that will most likely have readers looking for the next installment just to get some answers. Personally I found Adam a little bland (and that includes his romance with Lori) - although it is nice to have this sort of story without a lot of swearing or sexual content. ...more
I saw this on the library cart and since I've been itching to do some redecorating in my apartment I picked it up and leafed through it on my lunch brI saw this on the library cart and since I've been itching to do some redecorating in my apartment I picked it up and leafed through it on my lunch break. There are lots of cheap, easy, cool ideas in here that don't require a full remodel or tons of knowledge. I'm probably going to post some pictures on Pinterest so I don't forget them. Some examples of projects I will probably undertake: a fabric or gift-wrap backing for my shelves, painting furniture, recovering pillows. Possibly changing out a faucet. This seems like a good book for any young person in an apartment who wants to freshen things up. There were lots of cool ideas for bedboards and restyling IKEA furniture too....more
Alasdair is a Shadow Boy. He helps his father fix people with clockwork parts, but he has a dark secret: two years ago, his brother Oliver died, and AAlasdair is a Shadow Boy. He helps his father fix people with clockwork parts, but he has a dark secret: two years ago, his brother Oliver died, and Alasdair managed to resurrect him. Now Oliver hides outside the city of Geneva, as these are dangerous times for clockwork men. Then Alasdair is sent a novel called Frankenstein, which seems to tell the story of him and Oliver, and a revolution of the clockwork men is at hand.
I do enjoy a good Frankenstein retelling, and the steampunk elements added something that I haven't seen, even though it wove so seamlessly into the classic tale that I'm surprised it hasn't been done before. I had sort of guessed the truth about Oliver's death much earlier, but there were enough secrets and other interesting things going on that it didn't make this any less thrilling. I also appreciated how the original themes of Frankenstein were integrated.
I met the author at the Boston Teen Author Festival held at the Cambridge Public Library, and she was lovely. She signed my book with a quote, "Are you good, or are you clever?" which is repeated throughout the story....more
Simon's a librarian, but his family comes from a long line of circus mermaids - women with long dark hair who can hold their breath for crazy long perSimon's a librarian, but his family comes from a long line of circus mermaids - women with long dark hair who can hold their breath for crazy long periods of time. His sister Enola has the gift, and so does Simon. It's only when Simon is sent a mysterious book that is a record of a circus show that he discovers more about his lineage. Mainly, the fact that all of these mermaids drowned on July 24th, including his mother, who committed suicide. As Simon researches and worries about what will happen on this July 24th, the story of two of his ancestors unfolds in a mirrored tale.
My coworker Mary Ann told me about this book, mostly because of the circus element (although it's more of a carnival sideshow sort of circus). I enjoyed the chapters about Amos, the mute wild boy who falls in love with the mermaid Evangeline and being in the world of the circus slightly more than Simon's story, mostly because Simon is a bit of a downer, having lost his job and his family's house is crumbling into the ocean bit by bit. But the two stories interwove quite well and kept me from getting TOO annoyed with Simon. There seemed to be a bit of magical realism, which gave it echoes of The Night Circus....more