Another young adult book that I remember enjoying a lot. I don't remember details, but it's the typical youth-must-save-the-world-against-evil storyliAnother young adult book that I remember enjoying a lot. I don't remember details, but it's the typical youth-must-save-the-world-against-evil storyline. I'll have to re-read this series sometime....more
I believe I've decided that I really like Damion Scott's illustrations best. It's that perfect balance between realistic & cartoon. I enjoyed theI believe I've decided that I really like Damion Scott's illustrations best. It's that perfect balance between realistic & cartoon. I enjoyed the storyline where Two-Face tries to put Comm. Gordon on trial for making a deal with, well...Two-Face himself.
This book & the last one finally gave some backstory to several characters that I knew nothing about, as well as telling the *beginning* of the No Man's Land story; specifically where Batman was when everything went to hell. It didn't really say WHY, other than perhaps he was sulking. I've got this feeling that's kind of something Batman does well & honestly, I don't have time for that. My girls do plenty of whining. I don't need self-pity in my superheroes.
Unless you're already a fan (and in which case, you've probably already read these), I'd skip them....more
Thoroughly enjoyable set of books; Dresden Files. MUCH better than what Sci-Fi cooked up. Some are slightly better than others, but all definitely worThoroughly enjoyable set of books; Dresden Files. MUCH better than what Sci-Fi cooked up. Some are slightly better than others, but all definitely worth reading....more
I think this series perhaps is best enjoyed by people who are already fans of the Batman stories & know all the characters & backgrounds. PeopI think this series perhaps is best enjoyed by people who are already fans of the Batman stories & know all the characters & backgrounds. People are still fighting for food & water, Bane shows up, some other guys, blah blah blah. I think my favorite stories are the one-off ones...like the one where Harley Quinn finds a dating advice book & follows the suggestions in the hope that the Joker will finally propose to her. (Others where Joker physically abuses her are less well received.) I'll finish this series off, but I've been disappointed with it....more
Bk 3 in the "Enchanted Forest Chronicles" follows Morwen as she helps Queen Cimorene & King Mendenbar (two of the most ridiculously named main chaBk 3 in the "Enchanted Forest Chronicles" follows Morwen as she helps Queen Cimorene & King Mendenbar (two of the most ridiculously named main characters ever) find & retrieve the magical sword of the Enchanted Forest that the wizards have stolen. Another fun little YA book & one I'll be passing along to Amelia (she's TORN through the other two books. I barely finished this one in time to give to her.) It includes a ridiculous rabbit named Killer who continually undergoes polymorphisms as he consumes magical items that badly interact with one another...surely to the delight of the young reader. Unexpectedly, this book ends on a cliffhanger, with everything not neatly resolved.
I'd definitely recommend this to friends who are looking for good stories for their younger children. Quick, fun read....more
I enjoyed this compilation a lot more. This volume actually gives more information about the setup of "No Man's Land": Nick Scratch (for some reason)I enjoyed this compilation a lot more. This volume actually gives more information about the setup of "No Man's Land": Nick Scratch (for some reason) convinced the government to abandon & isolate Gotham City. Azrael (his nemesis?) has followed him to Gotham to deal with him.
Gotham is still dealing with having its entire infrastructure gutted, but there are at least a couple of comic-relief type stories thrown in for fun. We also get a new Batgirl - one with way less drama. Sadly, I'm assuming this is mostly due to her being nearly mute, rather than having a stable personality. But let's be honest, it's not the down-to-earth reasonable types that are going to throw everything to the wind & don a spandex suit to face off against psychopaths.
I really wanted to like this book; Jared highly recommended it & we have very similar tastes in books. I just don't comprehend how he got into thiI really wanted to like this book; Jared highly recommended it & we have very similar tastes in books. I just don't comprehend how he got into this one so much. The characters were shallow, I could never connect with them, and I never really understood their motivations (nor did they seem to, either). The author threw in tons of aliens that were only vaguely explained or described, often with a quick introduction & then they were never mentioned again. Yet when he DID spend time on describing others, he managed to make me think "What's the point of these details?". The names were all too alien to resonate with me...Fal 'Ngeestra, Tzbalik Odraye, Jandraligeli who was a Mondlidician, & kee-Alsorofus are some examples of the off-putting names. Plus, the author would introduce a large crew, spend pages describing them, then kill them off within the next chapter. Even when some of the "main" characters died, I didn't care. The story was long & drawn out...the smaller story arcs were more irritating than tension-building.
I think the Banks came up with some neat ideas then tried to string them all together with an awkwardly pieced together story. There are giant machine-constructed Orbitals that are nearly as large as planets with yachts the size of entire cities, a hedonistic society that is exclusively run by sentient machines, a warrior race of 3 legged aliens that were genetically selected for battle through their evolution, a dangerous card game where losing a hand means sacrificing the life of a real being & strong emotions are projected upon the players based on their opponent's cards, a super-race of beings that create museums out of worlds where their inhabitants had wiped themselves out....all creative neat ideas. But he fails at using them together to make a solid story.
And that cool sounding title? Yeah, I have no idea what that means. ...more
Eh, just like the rating I gave it...it was ok. Interesting story, just kind of poorly written. Humanity has been decimated by a virus that was accideEh, just like the rating I gave it...it was ok. Interesting story, just kind of poorly written. Humanity has been decimated by a virus that was accidentally released, meaning that half of the population is now "Interlanders"...witches, were, leprechauns, pixies, etc, who were immune. Fearful of Interlanders, most humans live in the cities. The suburbs & countryside is populated by the magically-inclined. The story focuses on a witch who is a 'runner' by trade. Think FBI/cop combo that brings in Interlander perps. She decides to quit her job & strike out on her own as an independent, but her company doesn't take well to witches who decide to leave & she now has a contract out on her head.
There are enough cliff hangers that aren't resolved at the end that I'm going to give the 2nd book in this series a try, but so far, I wouldn't really recommend the book. ...more
I should have realized that I didn't like Kim Harrison enough to pick up a book that specifically said in the title it was going to be about dating (aI should have realized that I didn't like Kim Harrison enough to pick up a book that specifically said in the title it was going to be about dating (and thus 'romance'). Bleh. Don't bother getting this unless that's the genre you enjoy.
Harrison's story was ok. It was interesting to see a story from one of the other character's point of view...in this case, Ivy before she hooked up with Rachel (the main character in her series).
Sands was juvenile & poorly written. Sciency science!! makes a hot scientist! into a shapechanger. Oh, and the hunky nerdy science! guy (her best friends' brother) unbeknownst to her also got zapped. Dumb hijinks ensue...since it's the night of their HS reunion dance...they fall in love, blah blah blah.
Kelley Armstrong's had some potential. A half-demon that's been mislead into working for the bad guys until a werewolf she stalks & catches opens her eyes to her real situation. Intriguing enough for me to look her up & give her a try.
Lori Handeland somehow made a story about demon hunters & Satan unimaginative & boring. No thanks. ...more
I'm in a book club that's been reading graphic novels (or 'comics' as some of us might call them), and this is our next book to read. It was...interesI'm in a book club that's been reading graphic novels (or 'comics' as some of us might call them), and this is our next book to read. It was...interesting. It's pretty much like the description says, "Ghost World is the story of Becky and Enid, two teenaged girls and best friends facing the prospect of not only growing up, but growing apart from each other." Emphasis on the "teenage'. There was a bit of nostalgia reading the book & remembering prank calls before caller ID, having to go from store to store in the futile effort of trying to find a unique item, rather than shopping online. It was interesting to read this as an adult, relating more to the father than the main characters.
This one just wasn't completely to my taste, but was well written....more
Percy Jackson, son of the god Poseidon, must retrieve the Golden Fleece to heal the pine tree that acts as a magical anchor for the protection spellsPercy Jackson, son of the god Poseidon, must retrieve the Golden Fleece to heal the pine tree that acts as a magical anchor for the protection spells around the Half-Blood camp. Without it, the camp will be quickly overrun by monsters. Percy also has dreams that Grover, a satyr & his best friend, has been captured during his search for the god Pan. Normally, this wouldn't be a problem...except he wasn't chosen to go on this quest. If he leaves the camp grounds without permission he faces permanent expulsion & being devoured by harpies. Of course, this entire series is has Percy's name in the title, so you know he's not going to have to sit around the campgrounds twiddling his thumbs. Adventures await! Even if it takes a bit of prodding from the gods, Percy will be found in the middle of whatever's going down. We also get introduced to Percy's half-brother, Tyson.
In this book, I've finally caught up w/ references made in The Heroes of Olympus series. If you have any interest in YA Greek & Roman mythology books, start with these. They're quick, fun reads & make a good filler between heavier books....more