In brightest day, in blackest night, No evil shall escape my sight Let those who worship evil's might, BewaFeel free to sing along if you know the words:
In brightest day, in blackest night, No evil shall escape my sight Let those who worship evil's might, Beware my power... Green Lantern's light!
First of all, I'm a Hal Jordan girl, all the way. I was there back when Hal became Parallax and died, and I cried actual tears over a comic book. Shortly thereafter, I stopped reading comics all together because it was becoming too expensive of a hobby with all the titles I was picking up, and I just couldn't ever quite get a hold on Kyle Whatshishead that replaced Hal. It wasn't the same.
Many years later, I come to find that Hal came back. Oookaaaaaay... It felt a little cheap to me--having "been there" to see his death and all--and I just didn't know what to think of DC comics anymore.
Then I picked this book at the library, and suddenly I'm in love with DC all over again.
This is one book in many, many volumes. Seriously, you need a loan to buy all the storylines. You're better off getting them at your library. Blackest Night: Green Lantern has characters from all over DC. And I mean every one of them that ever lived and died. It's actually a little overwhelming at times. Old hard-core fans of DC might know many more of the names that came up than I did, but the core--Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, and of course Green Lantern(s)--all make an appearance. And they do not disappoint.
Brilliant. Brilliant. This is the sort of story that gives comic books value, that you can point to a non-fan and say, "yes, but have you read THIS?"Brilliant. Brilliant. This is the sort of story that gives comic books value, that you can point to a non-fan and say, "yes, but have you read THIS?" There's a lot of history with the Green Lanterns and DC heroes in general to swallow in this series, and so I really do recommend having Wikipedia at your side to look up the vast number of names that get dropped in this series since they ALL. COME. BACK. But it is so worth it. Blackest Night along with the other Blackest Night books in this series have really rekindled my love of comics. Highly recommended....more
I had a hard time finishing this. I enjoyed the beginning where Feynman talks about his childhood and how he got interested in science; where he descrI had a hard time finishing this. I enjoyed the beginning where Feynman talks about his childhood and how he got interested in science; where he describes his college years and the pranks they pulled. I also very much enjoyed the parts where he talks about the lab in Los Alamos because my grandfather also worked in the lab there for many years (post Feynman) and I knew so much of that landscape from my childhood. I even enjoyed the touching, personal stories about his first wife and the circumstances of her death. But then he had a whole chapter devoted to sleeping with women (some of them students), and I just couldn't finish. It was told so cavalierly without any regard to the women that it seemed like he was going through like a box of tissue, that it unfortunately colored my opinion of this otherwise brilliant man. I may pick it up one day and finish it, but for now I'm putting it in the "done for now" pile. ...more
I devoured this book in a matter of days. Admittedly, since my own brief stint in the food service industry, I hadn't given much thought to the fine fI devoured this book in a matter of days. Admittedly, since my own brief stint in the food service industry, I hadn't given much thought to the fine folks who slave away in the kitchen for us every day, and I ain't talking about mom. Bourdain's love of the hospitality industry, insane and idiosyncratic that is, is palpable on the page. I've never appreciated the people who cook my food more than after reading this book. Cheers....more
*IF* you can find a copy of this book, this is the best quick-reference compact source for mythology out there. Bulfinch just doesn't give enough deta*IF* you can find a copy of this book, this is the best quick-reference compact source for mythology out there. Bulfinch just doesn't give enough detail, and others may be too specialized (for example, ONLY Greek myths, or ONLY Egyptian myths). This book gives a fairly comprehensive description of the major Greco/Roman Pantheon, as well as Indian, Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Nordic, Celtic, Pre-Colombian American, African, and some Chinese and Japanese myths as well.
As far as options for finding this book, your best bet is to try and find a copy in a used book store, like I did, or order it under used books on Amazon....more
Most people on my list are not going to be the target interest group for this book. This is a male romance novel written by a man, and those of you "nMost people on my list are not going to be the target interest group for this book. This is a male romance novel written by a man, and those of you "not in the know" for the M/M romance genre may laugh at that, but female authors make up at least half of the contributors to this market. So if you're not into male romance, this obviously isn't for you.
This is the first Keegan book I've read, and despite the bucketful of typos and grammatical errors, Nocturne is well worth the read. The characters are compelling, especially Vincent Bantry, from whose eyes we see the story unfold as he falls in love with Michael Flynn, an Irish occultist and "child of the night."
While I don't agree with some of Keegan's takes on vampire lore and mythology, and some of his dialogue can be a little stilted, I still found the story, the characters, and his prose very engrossing. The romance builds naturally, and the sex is hot, but the story develops around these events, not the other way around. In other words, there's more to it than just two guys going at it like gay rabbits every other page.
I have the sequel, called (humorously enough) Twilight. I haven't started it yet, but if it's anything like Nocture, I'm looking forward to it....more
Understanding, of course, this book is primarily for young adult readers, I picked it up because Greek mythology is somewhat a past time for me. MaybeUnderstanding, of course, this book is primarily for young adult readers, I picked it up because Greek mythology is somewhat a past time for me. Maybe I know too much about Greek mythology to really enjoy this book, but I found it derivative and plot-driven, and it read more like a To Do list than a good story. I saw every reveal a good four pages before it happened, and some of Percy's "tasks" just didn't seem to relate to the big picture all that well--they seemed more like filler.
Still, that being said, I found it compelling enough to (eventually) finish, mostly because I'm somewhat excited about the movie. I'll probably read more of them with the hope that Riordan's voice, much like J.K. Rowling's, will mature as the characters do....more
John Dies at the End is an excellent humor book with horror. Or maybe it's a horror book with humor, buWARNING: THIS BOOK IS NOT A CURE FOR INSOMNIA.
John Dies at the End is an excellent humor book with horror. Or maybe it's a horror book with humor, but either way it's about 50% LOL and 50% nail-biting, which at some moments overlap, so don't read this book in public because you'll look very silly. Nevertheless, JDatE really challenged my ideas of horror and what genuinely causes me to feel fear. There's a theory that says that we laugh at what we fear, and David Wong seems to know that innately. I've read this book twice, and I imagine I'll read it again. Probably when I can't sleep...and don't want to. ...more
The biggest trend in gay m/m romance is, apparently, werewolves. And why not? Vampires are big with the hetero crowd now, why not make all werewolvesThe biggest trend in gay m/m romance is, apparently, werewolves. And why not? Vampires are big with the hetero crowd now, why not make all werewolves gay? Anyone else remember the days when vampires were gay and werewolves were the hetero? I kind of miss those days.
Anyway, Without Reservations is a mediocre book about two werewolves who discover they are each others destined mate, despite only one of them really being gay, and the other one just I guess being OK with it? Even though he's never been gay before? Oh well, he's an American Indian so that must be why he's so open to receiving oral sex by chapter 3 from a man he barely knows.
I don't often say that there is too much sex in a book like this, because, really, that's the reason it was written and why we read it. But there was no build-up, no tension. It was like the two characters just decided, "OK, what the hell, let's fuck. A lot," and nothing else happens.
The story's antagonist is introduced far too late--3/4 of the way through the book--and it feels very tacked-on. The characters, other than their apparently large penises, aren't very well developed, and we only get to see them really wolf-out half-way through the book once or twice, and it's like OK they're wolves now, woo, let's go for walkies! Nothing about the transformative process, how they became wolves, why, the clan's myths, etc. It's weak, weak, weak.
So, yes, I read fluff. But I like a little substance with my fluff, please. At least something that doesn't make me want to hack up hairballs....more
An entertaining and informative take on the ancient culture of Rome. Also a great, handy source for quick reference for historical fiction writing orAn entertaining and informative take on the ancient culture of Rome. Also a great, handy source for quick reference for historical fiction writing or historical role-play....more