It was entertaining in its own way, but not really my taste. (view spoiler)[If you think you would enjoy seeing the wrinkled ass of Allan QuartermainIt was entertaining in its own way, but not really my taste. (view spoiler)[If you think you would enjoy seeing the wrinkled ass of Allan Quartermain while he humps Mina Murry, then this is the book for you. As an added bonus, you will also get to witness Mr. Hyde butt-rape the Invisible Man to death. Yes. You read that right. Also, in case you are a huge fan of animal/human hybrid-making mad scientists, Dr. Moreau makes a cameo appearance. The actual story going on in the background involves an invading force of evil Martians, but to be honest, it wasn't very interesting. (hide spoiler)]...more
Wow! I loved the banter between the couple! In fact, I loved Agatha's banter with almost everyone around her. She was different than most of the heroiWow! I loved the banter between the couple! In fact, I loved Agatha's banter with almost everyone around her. She was different than most of the heroines you find in historical romances, because even though she wasn't worldly, she never missed a beat when confronted with a strange situation. She thrived on the adventure of being thrust into a world of espionage, and even surpassed two of the best spies in England when it came to fitting the pieces of the puzzle together. Even though she was constantly underestimated by both Simon and her brother, Agatha never whined or complained, she just used it to her advantage. She officially wins my 'Favorite Heroine in a Romance Novel' award. Don't laugh! In my mind, this is a very prestigious honor that I'm bestowing on the author. Ahem.
I'm afraid my love for Agatha puts Simon in a bad position. I wanted him to wake up and get over thinking that he was irreplaceable in his organization! Grrr. I could have shaken the snot out of him several times over the course of the book. Usually, I want to shake the silly woman for not realizing how perfect the guy is, so this was a nice change. Eventually, he realized that his duty to England would always be second to his love for her, but it sure took him long enough to get there! Idiot. Ok, ok. He was pretty cute, and I forgave him.
As a side note, I have to wonder about the author a little when it comes to the sex scenes. Don't get me wrong, there was plenty of steam. Maybe too much steam for poor Simon, if you get my drift. *Wink Wink* Yeah... You know how we all read these things because we love the 'fantasy lover' aspect? Don't deny it. Historical romances are not educational. Sure, we all tell ourselves that we are learning about a different time period, but deep down we know the truth. We want the yummy sex. We want the fantasy lover. 'Fantasy' being the operative word. I don't want to fantasize about hairy backs, a tiny penis, or man-boobs. In my mind, this fantasy also includes lovers who do not climax after ten seconds. Hello? Am alone here? I doubt it. If I wanted to fantasize about that, all I'd need to do is dredge up the image of fumbling around in the backseat of my boyfriend's car in high school. Yee-haw. I hope this is not a running theme in Ms. Bradley's books, because I intend to read the next book in this series as soon as possible....more
This is one of my favorites, and (to me) it still holds up after multiple re-readings. Word of warning: People seem to either love it or hate it. ObviouThis is one of my favorites, and (to me) it still holds up after multiple re-readings. Word of warning: People seem to either love it or hate it. Obviously, I'm in the Love It! section, but that doesn't necessarily mean you will.
How many of you out there know who Elongated Man is? Better yet, of those of you who know, how many of you care what happens to him? Thought so. Well, if you read Identity Crisis, you will find yourself caring not only about him, but his wife, Sue, as well. As it turns out, they have a great love story all to themselves. One that I had never even heard about before I read this book, which is what makes the opening pages even more heartbreaking.
Sadly, the story begins with Sue's murder. Naturally, members of the Justice League from all over spring into action trying to hunt down her killer, and prevent anyone else's loved one from becoming a target. Secretly, though, several members meet in private to discuss past sins. As the story unfolds, we learn that there is a secret League within the Justice League.
And like most things in life, their story is neither black nor white. Identity Crisis tilts everything you know about the DC universe on its axis by asking a simple question: How have the costumed heroes kept their identities a secret for so long?
**spoiler alert** I don't really even have the words to describe this. I knew they were going to mess with Iron Man some, but this was crazy! How do I**spoiler alert** I don't really even have the words to describe this. I knew they were going to mess with Iron Man some, but this was crazy! How do I begin? I guess it wasn't enough for Tony Stark to be a genius playboy with a ton of money and a kick-ass suit. No. In this version...God, where do I start? His mother was a genetic engineer who got 'mutated monkey blood' in her mouth when she was a few months pregnant with him. It killed her, and lo and behold, little Tony somehow came into the world...with superpowers. Maybe while they are at it, they could give Batman x-ray vision. Idiots. Part of Iron Man's appeal is that he is just a regular guy with a super-powered suit! Ok. Wait. It gets better. Where was I? Oh yeah, he was born with mutated genes. Something was wrong with his skin, so he felt like he was on fire and in constant pain from the moment he was born. (Don't ask how his dying mother figured that one out just before he was born.) However, he is indestructible. Chop off a foot and it grow back, set him on fire and he will survive, smash his face in and he won't even have a bruise. The real kicker is, that his mother was only (at the most) a few months pregnant when she got infected. The infection makes her crazy, and in constant pain. Even through all this, she tells Tony's father everything that the mutant gene is doing to him in her womb, and how it will effect him after he is born. How did she know any of that stuff? She was infected accidentally, so it's not like she had something to compare it with. Grrrr. It made no sense! I'm a geeky comic book fan, so I can swallow a lot of gamma-radiated, radioactive spider bitten, green power ring carrying , adamantium clawed, Amazon princess, super-craziness! This was just stupid. Again, wait. It gets even better.
His father was working on some kind of body armor that you paint on yourself, when his wife was infected by the mutant monkey. The drawback to this stuff was that, after a few hours, it burned through the skin. Somehow, he knew that if he put this stuff on baby Tony when he is first born it would keep him from being in pain. How does he know? No idea, but there's more. Wait for it...wait for it... It turns your skin BLUE. Why? I got nothin'. So for the first 7 or 8 years of his life, Tony is blue. Oh, and bald. He's bald because this blue paint eats not only skin, but hair. WTF?! At some point, Tony invents his own version of this paint that lets him look normal and grow hair. Okaaay. So what was the point? No idea. Still, there's more.
The monkey gene also made him super-duper smart. I know what you're thinking. He was already smart, right? Well, they couldn't leave well enough alone...again. Get this, his brain tissue is spread out over his entire body! It's in his feet, his elbows, his ass, all over. He is one giant man-size brain. Think on that for a minute. Just let it marinate. Now, before you ask, they did make a joke about his brain being in his butt. Har-dee-har-har.
There were manymanymany more things I hated about Ultimate Iron Man, but I don't think there is enough room for me to keep ranting. Bottom line, don't waste your time or money on this piece of crap. The plot is disjointed and weird, the characters are unbelievable, and nothing even remotely resembles any kind of Iron Man I've ever seen....more
This is the amazing conclusion to The Ultimates Vol. 1 Super-Human. Wow! This was so much fun to read! If you haven't checked out The Ultimates, I higThis is the amazing conclusion to The Ultimates Vol. 1 Super-Human. Wow! This was so much fun to read! If you haven't checked out The Ultimates, I highly recommend that you go out right now and find a copy. You won't be disappointed....more
Let me start by saying, I'm not a huge fan of the Hulk. I also didn't care for the whole gladiator/fighting on a strange planet thing. It took me foreLet me start by saying, I'm not a huge fan of the Hulk. I also didn't care for the whole gladiator/fighting on a strange planet thing. It took me forever to work up any sympathy for Hulk, and even longer for me to get into the story enough to sit down and read it for more than a few minutes at a time. Anything that can't hold my attention gets unceremoniously moved to a certain section of my house, and is then forever dubbed one of my 'bathroom books'. You all know what I mean...don't pretend you're above it. However, once I managed to get about halfway through it, something clicked. I can't say it was awesome, but I will say that(at some point), I think I'd like to read the next part of Hulk's story in World War Hulk....more