A moderately interesting look into the life of Joss Whedon. If you don't know who he is, I'd highly recommend watching Firefly, Serenity, Dollhouse, aA moderately interesting look into the life of Joss Whedon. If you don't know who he is, I'd highly recommend watching Firefly, Serenity, Dollhouse, and Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog...just a few of the works he's written & directed.
If you DO know who he is & are exceptionally curious about him & his work, then go ahead & pick this up. It's not riveting, but there are interesting tidbits about his history. I found it to be a bit dry, but it's not like he went on a huge killing spree, so there's only so many ways you can spice up a person's life. I was disappointed there wasn't much about his wife & children in here...but since i didn't even know he had children before reading this, I'm assuming that it's intentional & he wishes to keep his private life private. He definitely seems like a regular guy, not ego-centric, and always willing to share credit.
I'm glad I read it, but I would only recommend it to those who probably already knew this thing came out, are big fans of Whedon, & already had a thought or two of picking it up anyway.
oooh..another reviewer did a good job of describing it here: "Pascale presents a functional enough recitation of the facts of Whedon’s life from his upbringing by his famously feminist mother to his work launching Marvel’s 2013 television tie-in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, but as a biography her book reads more like an annotated IMDB listing interpolated with quotations lifted from podcasts, Comic-Con panels, and Entertainment Weekly interviews. Only a trace amount of personal detail appears, so any fan of her subject’s work will know most, if not all, of the trivia on parade here, and any nonfan will hardly be wooed by her workmanlike prose or her inability to treat Whedon as a complex person rather than just as a poster child for Geek Success."...more
Kudos to this author for being bold enough to name her books with the plan that more than one would get picked up by a publisher (she's going thru theKudos to this author for being bold enough to name her books with the plan that more than one would get picked up by a publisher (she's going thru the alphabet & in 2013 published "W is for Wasted"). Somehow I decided to start with this one, rather than "A is for Alibi." At any rate, I can confirm that I was able to read this is my first book in the Kinsey Millhone series & still follow the story. A quick description is given to any characters Kinsey has encountered in earlier books. The story isn't weighed down with huge "this is what you've missed" recapping, but also doesn't assume that you know who everyone is & what's happened in previous books.
Kinsey is a private eye in California, and is approached by a man wanting her to deliver a $25,00 cashiers check to an individual he has been unable (or unwilling) to track down. After his check to HER bounces, Kinsey attempts to track him down, only to find that he has the audacity to get murdered. Kindsey must wades through lies & misdirection to unravel the tale and reveal the murderer. A solid little mystery novel & a series I wouldn't mind revisiting. ...more
If you had any interest in reading this series, now is the time to start...this is the final installment. It's been a weird journey, but Joe Hill hasIf you had any interest in reading this series, now is the time to start...this is the final installment. It's been a weird journey, but Joe Hill has told an interesting story accompanied by great artwork.
Keyhouse has been the home of the Locke family for years. What no adult can remember...is allowed to remember...are the magical keys that have been crafted by generations of Lockes. Beneath the craggy foundations, intentionally submerged under water, is the doorway to another dimension. A dimension populated with unimaginable creatures, demons, that yearn for the warmth of our world. Creatures that escaped into our world but did not find a living host were turned into the special metal that the keys of Keyhouse were made. Years ago, a foolhardy Locke convinced his friends to help him once again open the door, sure in his ability to gain more of the magical iron needed to craft additional keys to his liking. His children now have to continue to pay the price of this arrogant deed.
I'd definitely recommend this & the Indy library carries the whole series....more
The premise of this book is simple: in the not-very-distant future, a machine has been invented that will tell you how you die. A simple blood sampleThe premise of this book is simple: in the not-very-distant future, a machine has been invented that will tell you how you die. A simple blood sample is given, and voila, your death is predicted. It doesn't tell you when or give any details, though. Additionally, the machine has an unfortunate sense of humor. If someone gets 'boat accident' and spends the rest of their life on land, they'll be killed in by a car towing a boat. Or 'old age' could mean you'll be killed by an elderly person. The idea of the book was created by Ryan North, creator of Dinosaur Comics (http://www.qwantz.com/index.php) and David Malki ! of Wondermark fame (http://wondermark.com/) helped edit.
I really enjoyed this, but it was not the kind of book I was expecting it to be. I know, I know...leave it up to me to assume that a book that deals with death would be funnier, but there you have it. This book is a series of short stories by all different authors & they truly gave this subject a lot of thought. What would our world be like, if everyone knew how they were going to die? How would society change? How would people deal with it? There are some lighthearted moments, but overall, I felt it was fairly serious.
Aaand done. Whew. This one leaned more heavily into the 'romance' genre, so you know I got all squirmy inside. Rachel finally hooks up w/ a guy (no spAaand done. Whew. This one leaned more heavily into the 'romance' genre, so you know I got all squirmy inside. Rachel finally hooks up w/ a guy (no spoilers for random people who stumble across the review) and he's devoted to her, has sacrificed for her, and honestly, it would be shocking if the author didn't finally allow her a successful relationship. I just got tired of Rachel continuing to doubt herself, her boyfriend's feelings, & his commitment.
In this final book, Rachel has discovered where the vampire's souls go once they've been severed from them after their first death (you know...when they become the undead, for realz). The vampires are forcing her to reunite them with their souls upon pain of death of her best friend Ivy. On the other side are the elves, who basically just want to see her dead, and the demons, whose existence is once again in danger from the destruction of the ley lines.
Overall, I've enjoyed these books enough to keep reading them, but the author's choices often pull me from the story into simply being irritated. To be fair, I think I'm easily irritated. But. Some of the quirky decisions she made with the first book, that were novel & made one chuckle got REALLY old by the final book. Continuous "Tink's tampons," "Tink loves a duck" (?), and "Tink's a Disney whore" as exclamations from the fairy sidekick really became grating. And who shouts "crap on toast"? Ever? Let alone more than once in a two-page spread? The coffee fetishism never let up, but thankfully the number of times the main character cocked her hip did go down by book 13. About 3/4 of the way through this one I mainly focused on dialogue & skimmed through the rest as much as possible. I just wanted to know what was going to happen. Rachel kept moaning about how her relationship was doomed, how it was never going to work out, etc etc. It wraps up well & I think Harrison did an ok job, but I'm also glad this storyline is done. ...more
Book 12 in this series & thankfully only one more until it's done. It's been interesting and has clearly never managed to become so horrible thatBook 12 in this series & thankfully only one more until it's done. It's been interesting and has clearly never managed to become so horrible that I simply couldn't read any more (I'm looking at YOU, Hamilton & your Anita Blake series). I've enjoyed the twists Harrison has added to her story, but I think they would have benefited from a heavy-handed editor.
Someone has put all the master vampires to sleep. While initially that might seem to be a good thing, chaos soon breaks out as the living vampires no longer have anyone to keep them in check. There werewolf clans rise up to gain power while the police forces (normal & supernatural) scramble to deal with the violence erupting all over. Coinciding with this are pulses of magic from the ley lines, causing additional mayhem & deaths as regular spells & charms overload when cast instead of doing simple tasks (instead of cleaning the fat from a kitchen stove, all the fat in the human body is removed). It appears that someone is attempting to harvest the power of the elven Goddess & Rachel must save the world before events spread outside of Cincinnati & across the nation.
Well this was a disappointing ending to what started out as a fun YA series. The writing in the last book was starting to go downhill & definitelyWell this was a disappointing ending to what started out as a fun YA series. The writing in the last book was starting to go downhill & definitely got worse in this one. We know it's all going to turn out for the best (this is a story for children in the USA, after all), but the adventures on the way there just weren't all that engaging. SHOW me, don't TELL me. It seemed like the writing style became simpler, with the main character having to recap all their adventures for each new (to him) person...nearly all had been main/secondary characters in the other books. There was no discovery for the READER, who knew all the information from having read the other books. Sure, Daystar doesn't know who he is, what he needs to do, or the significance of the sword he is carrying...but WE do. And when revelations do occur, they aren't explained; he automatically realizes the man before him is his father, even though his mother had never spoken of him, ever. The characters all seem terribly one dimensional as well.
Perhaps this was a book the author didn't want to write & she just phoned it in. Just have your kids read books 1 & 2 so they won't have to slog through 3 & 4.
Edit: I've now found out that this book was written first, the other three created as prequels. It helps explain why the author seems to be a less experienced writer even though it's the 'last' book in the series....more
A sea monster feeds on lustful young teenagers who wander too close to the water; but he's more than a scary face. He searches for the person, his truA sea monster feeds on lustful young teenagers who wander too close to the water; but he's more than a scary face. He searches for the person, his true love, who has been throwing tales from the bard into the ocean, message-in-a-bottle style. He speaks in iambic pentameter and is always accompanied by his wise-cracking side-kick crabs (since they, too, enjoy snacking on dead flesh, of course). It's a quirky fun read & I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who already enjoys graphic novels. My *only* complaint is that it wasn't done in color...but likely this was due to monetary reasons since this is the author's debut novel. Hopefully he is successful enough with this delightful tale that his publisher will go ahead & splurge on color next time....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