What utter trash. Obviously this is not the real Tarzan.
I mean, come on, there wasn't even a mention of Phil Collins!
Jokes aside, this was a very gooWhat utter trash. Obviously this is not the real Tarzan.
I mean, come on, there wasn't even a mention of Phil Collins!
Jokes aside, this was a very good, fun read. While I still think Howard is my favorite pulp writer, Burroughs drives a hard bargain. Thrilling, beautiful writing paired with an ability to really bring a sense of wonder to the harsh world of Tarzan's jungle, and, in spite of the possibility of racism as well as sexism present within the text (man of his time Carissa, as sad and disturbing as that may be), a good balance of both realism and some slightly fantastical elements make Tarzan of the Apes a very good introduction to one of Burroughs most popular series.
And in spite of the cliffhangery ending that nearly made me throw the book across the room I can't wait to start the next one. If mostly to have my feels feel, well, better....more
Congradulations, Prince of Thorns, you are an even worse mash-up of worlds than Out of the Dark! And I thought that scifi/fantasy crap was fairly unbeCongradulations, Prince of Thorns, you are an even worse mash-up of worlds than Out of the Dark! And I thought that scifi/fantasy crap was fairly unbelievable.
But you, you are on a whole different post-apocalyptic, fantasy, wtfudgery level.
I mean, halfway in I thought maybe this is kind of a weird, unrealistic homagey feel to A Canticle for Leibowitz with the obvious apocalyptic references.
And then there were weird shaman things? Like an 80s fantasy novel... And references to possibly biblical events?
And I mean...what? Like what the eff? I don't even know what kind of world building you were going for book, but you did not convince me.
And neither did you characters. Wasn't a fan of your prince (Go away Jorg, no one cares), wasn't a fan of his minions (what the eff was with those weird descriptions at the beginning of each chapter? was that supposed to make me think about their characters? Cuz it really just made me facepalm a lot). Sort of liked the princess, until I realized she was actually drawn to Jorg, and didn't see his obviously puffed-up angsty attitude. And Jorg was just so self-absorbed, and not in a charismatic way (aka a la Scarlet O'Hara), that I could NOT stand him. I actually renamed my 'whiny heroines that piss me off' shelf just so I could include him.
I'm sorry book. I just don't get you. You seemed cool, your writing was decent, but you and I definitely not meant to be. Worst blind date ever....more
It's interesting to see how much Batman: Year One has influenced the narrative style and canon of Batman in years to come. Batman and the Monster MenIt's interesting to see how much Batman: Year One has influenced the narrative style and canon of Batman in years to come. Batman and the Monster Men is no exception and continues to use the detective-style multiple narrative we saw in Batman: Year One; we even some flashbacks and references to the piece. It's a nice tie in and works well, especially if you read Batman: The Long Halloween after this mini-series (and its sequel Batman and the Mad Monk). I enjoyed this little comic, especially since it just strayed on the side of the supernatural elements in Gotham. The romance was, also, strangely compelling, which is always a plus for me. ...more
***Disclaimer: I actually worked with the author while reading this (though not anymore), but knowing him or having him exert his authority as my supe***Disclaimer: I actually worked with the author while reading this (though not anymore), but knowing him or having him exert his authority as my supervisor doesn't not affect my opinion or rating. I sadly was not bribed either.***
I've been putting off this review for, well, a while. Mostly because I didn't quite know what to write since so much of me was mixed on this novel. Blackbeard's Freedom was a fun novel in a lot of ways; fun moments, good character interaction, and a few gripping scenes. There was that piraty adventure quality to it basically that makes you want to break down and buy all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies even though 3/4 of them are godawful. But they're fun, they have pirates, they have crazy inexplicable adventures (view spoiler)[like that one time the boat was on this giant rock thing and I don't know what kind of physics was going on, but I call all the shenanigans Jeremy, all of them. (hide spoiler)] So while there were moments of historical inaccuracy (view spoiler)[Acadians do not belong in the Caribbean! Do not make me get out my history notes! (hide spoiler)], crazy physics moments, and a romance plot that I was nooot a fan of (view spoiler)[Sorry, but even before the giant princessy plot twist at the end, that ship had sunk for me (hide spoiler)], Blackbeard's Freedom was an enjoyable read.
And while there were parts I didn't care for (which I've mentioned briefly above), and I found the writing difficult at times (I'm always a stickler on this), I really enjoyed the spirit of adventure and friendship through this novel. After all it has more than a few intense relationship between the pirates that a fanfiction fandom could definitely sink their teeth in :D["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Obviously this worked well for me. Especially since I read this onI really, really, really like A Christmas Carol. And I really, really like Batman.
Obviously this worked well for me. Especially since I read this on Christmas eve.
Also kind of amazing that both the art and story were done by the same guy! And talk about great art. The entirety of this piece is so atmospheric its great. All around a fabulous volume for fans of Batman and Dickens....more
I think this may be one of my, if not one of my, favorite Batman graphic novels. And not just because they were good or action packed or kept me guessI think this may be one of my, if not one of my, favorite Batman graphic novels. And not just because they were good or action packed or kept me guessing (I had Batman: Hush for that), but because there was so much going on in these two stories.
And also genius for putting these two stories together. Seriously. I didn't quite get it at first, but after completing the book, I definitely saw why.
Both have such ties and such emphasis on Gotham and, in particular, Gotham with superheroes (including Batman, har har), and both are so interested, even if they don't say so directly, on the influence of superheroes in creating supervillains. Both, also, give homage to the Batman/Gordon split seen in Miller's Batman: Year One, though this time with Gordon actually trusting Batman since the first story in this collection seems to happen very soon after Batman: Year One, while the other happens much later down the road, but still reflecting on Gotham's place as the birthplace of superheroes. Both pieces bring such a sense of legacy, of place to their stories, its utterly fascinating to examine the worlds the stories show us. It's extremely lovely to someone like me, who just can't help but analyse everything, to see how the comics showcase Gotham with and without Batman, and how much his influence shapes the world around him.
Basically, this collection is worth reading. Worth having. And worth thinking about, over and over again. ...more
You know that Disney movie The Emperor's New Groove? You know how it starts in the middle then rewinds to the beginning and then eventually you get baYou know that Disney movie The Emperor's New Groove? You know how it starts in the middle then rewinds to the beginning and then eventually you get back to the middle? (Did that make any sense?) Well, Here Lies Bridget reminded me of that. And not because of the jumping narrative structure (though it had that), but more the quick forgiveness that comes after you get to the middle section of the film. You know the part where the emperor and Paba? Pabu? (I'm terrible at the name game) like forgive one another and all is good? Well, I've always been skeptical and critical of that part. Its the one piece of the movie's story that just, well, bothers me.
I'm not big on forgiveness. You can see why I don't always like anti-heroes. Or redemption characters.
And that was my big issue after the middle portion of this novel.
Because I really, really liked the beginning of this. It was addictive, fun, and I zipped through it. But after that middle section? It felt too easy of a conclusion; too easy of a character change. I expect mean girls to stay mean, even if they were really scared all along. Maybe I'm just not good with forgiveness. Or maybe I've just read authors who've done this kind of story better (Courtney Summers and Lauren Oliver come to mind).
Good, though slightly cliche, concept. Sadly not enough of a execution to make this fabulous or stand out as a 'good' mean girl novel. 2.5/5...more
While I did figure out the villain early on (though how could you not?), I really enjoyed how well this was put together and brought both new elementsWhile I did figure out the villain early on (though how could you not?), I really enjoyed how well this was put together and brought both new elements to Batman, but still keeping with old traditions.
And, let's not lie, this book did get me to believe a certain plot twist for longer than I'd like to admit. Good on you book, good on you.
The only thing that bugged me about this one was, surprisingly, the romance! I like Batman and Catwoman together usually, but this was odd. I think it was because this was a softer Batman, for obvious and understandable reasons, and it just didn't gel for me. ...more
So I actually picked this up on a whim at Value Village (aka thrift store). Well to be honest I picked it up put it down picBravo little book, bravo.
So I actually picked this up on a whim at Value Village (aka thrift store). Well to be honest I picked it up put it down picked it up put it down and then settled it lovingly in my arms along with whatever else I was adopting that day.
And I'm really glad I did.
This book was like a cross between Beautiful Creatures, The Raven Boys, and Unspoken, but with the setting of Creatures (which is why you know I dug this book), a touch of Raven, and the atmosphere of Unspoken. Plus add some Revolution in there for spice (view spoiler)[and ghosts (hide spoiler)]. It also, strangely, reminded me of Charles de Lint's urban fiction in that the fantasy elements of The Splendor Falls were never as obvious to the real world as some of the titles above; which was something I really liked because it tied up things nicely, but also created a sensation of realism to a plot in which a teenage girl can fix/stop this dangerous thing, while preserving the feeling of isolation (a theme that resounds on every page of this book) we inevitably associate with the town Sylvia lives in during the course of the novel.
Basically, this novel actually felt realistic. It wasn't a fantasy with redemption/uncovering-the-past-and-therefore-yourself elements, but a story centered on Sylvie, her faults, courage, and heart with fantasy elements that help her change and accept herself.
While there were some parts of the book I didn't care for, (the ending was a bit rushed, I wish we could have gotten more answers about Sylvie's dad, and what was that epilogue???), I really did enjoy this little gem. It may not make it into my top 5, but I don't think it will be leaving my mind anytime soon. And I hope that is praise enough. 4-4.5/5
P.S. OMG I can't believe I forgot Gigi in my review. I loved Gigi. I'm seriously thinking of making a bookshelf just for awesome dogs because of her (similar to my sassy feline one). Of course only her and the Disreputable Dog would be on it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more