I first started reading these after being alerted that the final issue was out thanks to the lovely Karen. If youMy love affair with Chew continues.
I first started reading these after being alerted that the final issue was out thanks to the lovely Karen. If you aren't following her reviews, please do. I had added the first book to my to-read shelf back when it came out, but honestly I'm glad I waited so long to dive in. This series is fantastic, addictive, and downright hilarious. The art is phenomenal, the writing smart and funny, and the plot downright insane. While Finder forever has my heart as the best comic series I've read, Chew is right up there in the top five. If you like Preacher and Transmetropolitan I'd be willing to bet you'd like Chew, too. It hits the right comedic notes, alongside the right level of downright insanity.
This volume finally brought in the sky-writing from volume 3. Here's the mystery of the gallasberry continues, alongside Applebee's ever growing desire to kill Chu in the line of duty. The vampire is back (he's Serbian, not Russian), we learn of more epicurean freakshows, and begin to have our first glimpse at what I assume is the end-game. There's some purpose to this madness, and after reading this far along, I have full faith that the writers will deliver and deliver in force the full force of a plot well-delivered.
Honestly, I can't recommend this series enough and I know I'll be binge reading to the end over the next couple days. I only hope volume 12 comes in reasonably quickly so I'm not waiting too long on the finale....more
I've been eagerly awaiting this book since I first became aware of its release, which was likely due to Daphne's review. Cannibalism is an undeniablyI've been eagerly awaiting this book since I first became aware of its release, which was likely due to Daphne's review. Cannibalism is an undeniably fascinating subject, and Bill Schutt tackles it with grace and humor, as long for a disdain for the sensationalism that has too long colored all publications on the topic. The book was fascinating from cover to cover, and is extremely well-organized. It begins with the study of it in the animal kingdom, and ends with the much needed topic of prion diseases, their spread, and how poorly understood they are.
Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History is destined to become the go-to book on the topic. Well sourced, entertainingly written, and scattered throughout with just enough humor and a large dose of respect, it does its topic justice. Bill Schutt writes with a deft hand that does much to dispel many of the sensationalized myths that surround some of the better known cases (i.e. Donner Party, Praying Mantises, Black Widows, etc.) and does a good job explaining topics that have never really gotten enough focus (i.e. prion diseases, kuru) or have suffered from the wrong type of focus.
This book was immensely readable, and more in depth and well-sourced than I expected a pop-science book to be. It definitely opened my eyes to the complexity of the topic, and added to disdain I already felt towards one Jared Diamond and his tendency to over simplify nearly everything. I'm very much looking forward to more being published in regards to the Neanderthal hypotheses presented in this book, as well as for more studies being done on the truly terrifying prion diseases. Nothing terrifies me more than the section on prion diseases in this book, and what it may hold in store for our future....more
This is it, folks. The final book in the original Goosebumps series. Number 62. It's been a wild ride. Finishing this book marks the completion of a lThis is it, folks. The final book in the original Goosebumps series. Number 62. It's been a wild ride. Finishing this book marks the completion of a life-long goal of mine. It's crazy that I didn't do this sooner, but now, with pride, I can claim to have read the full of the original series. Do I go on to Goosebumps 2000? Perhaps. But for now, I can rest with my first goal complete.
Evan Ross, Andy, and distressingly Kermit are back. Evan is watching Kermit for ten days while his parents are out of town. Why he needs to babysit/is getting paid to babysit when Aunt Dee is there is uncertain. But for now, he's watching Kermit and responsible for that child's actions. Naturally, Kermit is wrecking havoc once more. When, one night, Kermit dumps the can of Monster Blood that Andy brings over out, disaster strikes. This isn't green Monster Blood, no, this is blue Monster Blood. This one creates creatures, evil creatures with a thirst for water that makes them multiply. Each time they multiply, they get meaner. WHAT DO?
So, yeah, the Monster Blood books never really did much for me from the start. In this book's favor, the multiplying creatures were a lot more interesting than just making things bigger, which was pretty played out by the end of the first book. This book also had the benefit of making Kermit a bit more mature in its favor, and Evan just a bit less stupid. It was a quick, entertaining read, and with less obnoxious characters not the slog that Monster Blood III turned out to be.
So, all in all not a terrible end to a generally amusing kid's series....more
One of the amusing things about my Goosebumps journey is that I'm coming across books I genuinely didn't recall reading. It's only when I get to certaOne of the amusing things about my Goosebumps journey is that I'm coming across books I genuinely didn't recall reading. It's only when I get to certain scenes that I remember having read the book before, and then the nostalgia comes rushing back in. This is one of those books. Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, this is one of the hardest Goosebumps books to find now as it didn't get reprinted in any of the classic Goosebumps runs. So. Good luck finding it, and read it at your own risk.
Marco is out playing softball with some friends when a girl, Gwynnie, accidentally hits him in the head with her bat. What follows is one of the most disturbing and disgusting Goosebumps books I've ever read. Dream and reality mix and mingle - the protagonist can't tell what's real and what's fiction, and honestly, the reader can't either. It's only in the moments when a character reaches into their mouth and begins pulling their organs out by the tongue that you realize something is seriously wrong... or what about when the main character nearly gets his tongue ripped out but instead it keeps coming, a disgusting pile of ribbon like muscle? This book is messed up, but you just keep reading, even through the cringing.
I'm really torn about how many stars to give it. It's a unique book, a disgusting book, a twisted little foray into horror that I can't deny left a clear impression on me when I first read it, and even more of one now. It very well might deserve more stars and I might need to revisit it for that, but... Yeah. Definitely not a Goosebumps title to miss and unfortunately one that has likely gotten lost over the years due to lack of reprints.
Just. Ugh. For once the thrills and chills were real....more
Since I began my Goosebumps read through I've been looking forward to reading Werewolf Skin. It isn't a Goosebump book I'd read before, and having beSince I began my Goosebumps read through I've been looking forward to reading Werewolf Skin. It isn't a Goosebump book I'd read before, and having been disappointed with my adult read through of The Werewolf of Fever Swamp I was hopeful that this series would have at least one good werewolf book. Luckily, Werewolf Skin exceeded my expectations and proved to be a very enjoyable read. I could see how it would be a pretty darn frightening book for a child, and how the twist would likely shock them - though as an adult it's an easy one to see coming.
Alex Hunter is staying with his aunt and uncle for a few weeks while his parents are away on a business trip. Luckily, he's excited about it. He wants to be a photographer, and his aunt and uncle are both professionals in that business, and Wolf Creek offers ample opportunity for good photos that the city just doesn't. The only trouble is something weird is going on in Wolf Creek. It seems everyone there believes in werewolves, and there's the Marling's, who seem to be going out every night...
This is a suspenseful werewolf story, and it brings the gore in a way Werewolf of Fever Swamp didn't. It helps that this book also features, you know, werewolves and explains R.L. Stine's take on the mythos. The skepticism that Alex has towards it, his slow turn to belief - it's fun to read. Even more fun is the descriptions of how he feels being hunted. So, this would go on my Best of Goosebumps list, and I'm happy I finally got to read it!...more
This book was originally recommended to me by a friend after the first season of Netflix's Daredevil came out. While the show did draw heavily from thThis book was originally recommended to me by a friend after the first season of Netflix's Daredevil came out. While the show did draw heavily from the comic, the comic is very much its own entity and in some ways becomes even darker than the show manages to be. The character of Karen is notably different in the comic as well, and while she suffers from some of the typical Frank Miller writing stereotypes, she in no way is as caricatured as, say, Catwoman in Batman Year One or the girls of Sin City. This is long before Frank Miller became pretty much a stereotype of himself.
The comic is the story of Kingpin's destruction of everything Matt Murdock holds dear. Matt is beaten, his ex having sold his identity for a hit of heroin, and one by one everything that made Matt Matt is taken from him. His job, his money, his house, his friends. Matthew becomes a pariah, all that is left to him his senses and Daredevil... until even the identity of Daredevil is no longer his own. How does one become born again when they are beaten so low?
This book is a character study as much as it is a story. We see Matt at his worst, and in many ways how his worst is what makes him the stalwart fighter that he is. Matt needs people to save, he needs the costume, he needs the identity of Daredevil to function - but how can that be gotten again when no one will stand up to the Kingpin? Men like Ben are needed, too. Like Foggy says in the extra comic, added for completions sake at the end of Born Again, we've got to keep believing in the good in other people. Otherwise, what are we doing? We all could use a little grace....more
This was a Goosebumps book that stuck with me. I remembered it fairly clearly, from the twist at the end to the creepiness of the elevator that movesThis was a Goosebumps book that stuck with me. I remembered it fairly clearly, from the twist at the end to the creepiness of the elevator that moves sideways. I've been eager to reread it from the start due to how fundamentally it scared me in the first read through. Surprisingly, this book was not so much colored by nostalgia as it was a genuinely good book. This was a great relief after the disappointment of The Werewolf of Fever Swamp. My only real complaint is that I wish this book had been longer...
Tommy has been displaced since his dad re-married and they moved into his new mom's house. A new mom, a new town, a new school - he really doesn't feel like he fits in. In an attempt to make new friends he joins the Dance Decoration Committee and becomes decently close with Ben and a girl named Thalia. While looking for some tape the night of the dance he gets lost in the halls of the school with Ben, and they come across a mysterious elevator. Where will it take them? Will they get back? Welcome to my favorite Goosebumps book.
The idea of Greyworld is a brilliant one. There's something deeply creepy about the lack of all color and how it affects people. The feral kids are downright terrifying, and the setting is like something out of Silent Hill. I love the mystery of it, and was genuinely surprised the first read through by which kid it was who had escaped Greyworld, and just how they might try to get back. I wish this book had been longer, but plot-wise it's inventive, I cared about the characters and think Tommy is one of the better protagonists in the Goosebumps series. I honestly don't have a bad thing to say about this book....more
I'm nearing the end of my Goosebumps read-through and it is rapidly becoming quite the rocky ride. I'm not certain just how many of the books were ghoI'm nearing the end of my Goosebumps read-through and it is rapidly becoming quite the rocky ride. I'm not certain just how many of the books were ghostwritten, a true Goosebumps aficianado I'm sure could tell you that, but the quality has definitely gone downhill. While some of the previous books included things such as - character development, suspense, and a decently linear plot with a cringe-worthy ending, this book had no such thing. It was action from the get-go, and little of the classic 90s conservationism that made Deep Trouble an altogether decent read.
We're back with the Deeps on Dr. Deep's ship in the Caribbean. Where before they had discovered mermaids, this book ignores that pretty much entirely and no mermaid makes an appearance. No, this story is about something different - and that something isn't even the teased sea serpent from the first book. Nope. This book is about various marine creatures eating plankton and growing to shocking sizes which... isn't really that compelling.
There's no real characterization, and the giant sea-creatures aren't really that threatening. There's no rhyme or reason as to why some grow and others don't, nor why Dr. Deep was unaware that another scientist was working in the same area he was staying in. The action is pretty mediocre, and although the characters carried over from the first book, I didn't really relate to or like any of them. This book was just a mess....more
And so I continue my life-long dream of reading and reviewing every Goosebumps book from the original series. I'm nearing the end, and the quality ofAnd so I continue my life-long dream of reading and reviewing every Goosebumps book from the original series. I'm nearing the end, and the quality of the books is somewhat wavering. After a brief respite, I'm going to try to dash to that distant finish line.
Sammy and his friend Roxanne are both obsessed with ghosts. Unfortunately for Sammy, he's about to meet a ghost of a sort. Brent, an invisible boy, decides to take up residence in Sammy's room in order to make Sammy his new best friend. Unfortunately, Sammy is stupid enough to tell Roxanne about this invisible friend and the process of Sammy's stupidity ruining his life/Brent trying to help him with things and making things worth begins.
My Best Friend is Invisible is one of those books that both would work better as a TV show or film and.. wouldn't work better as one. It would work better since the action is primarily visual and scenes like the ghost sequence in Hedge House just.. work better on a screen and can be properly paced there. It wouldn't work better due to the eye-roll inducing twist at the end. All in all, not the best or most compelling Goosebumps book and the twist at the end just sealed its mediocrity.
The final book in this oh-so-exciting saga. How many deaths will there be? How much blood? Will Betty and Veronica find appropriate outfits to die in?The final book in this oh-so-exciting saga. How many deaths will there be? How much blood? Will Betty and Veronica find appropriate outfits to die in? Will they break the "Jaguar's Curse?" So many questions, and all of them get answered in this final volume of Archie vs Predator.
Archie is dying, after valiantly attempting to come to the rescue. It's up to Betty and Veronica to save the day, and be fashionable in doing it. Where is Mr. Lodge? It doesn't matter. What matters is there are swords, maces, and other such ridiculous weapons to yield. And here comes Predator. Let the final battle begin!
This issue was even funnier than the last one. I loved the ending, the entire notion of it all. I loved the plan to essentially Skyfall the place into oblivion. Not to mention the fact that Mr. Lodge is low-key an arms dealer. Alex de Campi, we're truly blessed to have your crazy mind here. And hey! A little Josie and the Pussycats meets FINDER snippet in the back. My love affair with Carla Speed McNeil's work will never die. ...more
If you come to Archie vs Predator expecting gratuitous gore and spine ripping decapitations, an absurd body count, and the perverse pleasure of watchIf you come to Archie vs Predator expecting gratuitous gore and spine ripping decapitations, an absurd body count, and the perverse pleasure of watching Archie, Betty, and Veronica trembling in fear for their very lives - you've found the perfect book. If you're expecting something plot-heavy and soul-searching, you've gotta look elsewhere.
The body count rises and the PTSD sets in. I was pleasantly surprised by this entry in the series, as it actually brought some depth to Dilton's character and the hilariously meta comment that everything is about Archie. In this volume we get a robot fight against Predator, more deaths, more self-aware teenagers doing the smart thing and fleeing, and the all important question: shouldn't we just let Veronica die?
I'm enjoying laughing along with these books even if they're ultimately nothing special. They're the b-movie of comics, and the deliver just that sort of guilty pleasure and grinning self-awareness that I want. I'm glad this series exists, and I'm honestly hoping to read a bit more of the current Archie titles in the near future. They're fun stuff....more
I first began picking these issues up because the absurdity of it was attractive to me. I mean, what twisted mind decides it's a great idea to pair thI first began picking these issues up because the absurdity of it was attractive to me. I mean, what twisted mind decides it's a great idea to pair the all-American wholesome as can be Archie with the blood and guts strewn world of Predator? And when can I meet those twisted-minded individuals? I think I'd like them.
This second issue brought forth everything lacking in the first. There was Sabrina the Teenaged Witch reading from the Necronomicon, a clear bias in favor of Betty in every scene with her and Veronica, some brutal explosions and spine-rippings, and all the mayhem one could wish for. I'm wondering exactly who is going to be left to take on the Predator at the end of all of this - the death toll is already so high. I guess that's the fun of this not falling into Archie canon. Also, apparently there is an Archie canon now? I really need to pick up Afterlife with Archie sometime.
This issue really upped the game and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It isn't the best thing ever but it is fun and amusing. Nothing life-shattering, but the sort of B-movie drivel that I have a huge soft-spot for. So, don't pick this comic up expecting anything great, but if you pick it up for a couple of giggles it will wholeheartedly deliver....more
Having not yet read Afterlife with Archie this was my first glimpse at the more 'mature' Archie titles. The absurdity of Archie meeting Predator, theHaving not yet read Afterlife with Archie this was my first glimpse at the more 'mature' Archie titles. The absurdity of Archie meeting Predator, the ridiculous over-the-top violence such an idea promised... all of it prove irresistible to me. So, for a time, these became surprise gifts to my mother-in-law each time a new issue was released. And, yes, we managed to get the alternate covers for all but one of the issues.
Archie and the gang are headed to a remote tropical island thanks to a winning ticket Jughead found in his tayto-chips. This first issue is light on the thrills, and big on the set-up. Nevertheless, it was fun to see the gang again in a scenario that was not just rehashed from the original run. The art was good, colors vibrant, though not a lot happened really...
I'm looking forward to future issues and hoping that more happens, but am perfectly fine accepting the set-up in the first issue for what it is. When even Sandman struggles in its first issue you know you're in pretty fine company... Not that I expect Sandman level brilliance from Archie Vs. Predator.