I know! First I'm reading a de la Cruz novel (which after Blue Bloods I swear I would never do), and I'm reading the most chick-lit of paranormal romaI know! First I'm reading a de la Cruz novel (which after Blue Bloods I swear I would never do), and I'm reading the most chick-lit of paranormal romance.
It's just such a trainwreck; I wanna see how badly its going to crash....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
While not as great or gripping as Batman: The Long Halloween, Loeb's sequel is still a strong title within the Batman canon. It continues to delve intWhile not as great or gripping as Batman: The Long Halloween, Loeb's sequel is still a strong title within the Batman canon. It continues to delve into themes of hope, legacy, and the future of Gotham city, while still being true to its crime lord roots. A definite read for Batman fans and for those who've read Batman: The Long Halloween. Just don't read it too long after!...more