Now THIS is the Brawl in the Family I love. I didn't much care for Volume 1. It was very rough and boring with the same joke over and over again. TwoNow THIS is the Brawl in the Family I love. I didn't much care for Volume 1. It was very rough and boring with the same joke over and over again. Two blows one out of the window.
There are actual stories in here, over pages and pages for the same story and they pay off! What's jarring though is that there seems to be no transition between One and Two. It's just suddenly good. I suppose it won't bother anyone who just reads Volume Two or who waits a decent amount of time before forgetting One, which is totally forgetful.
There is one downside to this book. There are some strips that go with holiday songs. It has QR codes to play but who has ever used those? I still see them now on newer things. I almost redownloaded a QR app, but didn't. If you do, you might appreciate those strips more and actually understand them....more
Ever since I was a little kid, I've always loved DK books. But this has got to be the biggest one I've ever read. Because of that, I was hoping for aEver since I was a little kid, I've always loved DK books. But this has got to be the biggest one I've ever read. Because of that, I was hoping for a little more.
I'm a huge Trekkie, which is why I wanted to read this. I know a lot about Star Trek, but I was hoping to learn more. The Star Trek Book doesn't go into much detail about things. It goes into just enough to remind someone like me about some of the episodes and movies I've watched, but rarely beyond that.
In that way, The Star Trek Book is tailored more for people with a passing interest or for fans of only one or two of the shows not for hardcore Trekkies as me. As disappointing as that may be, I understand it.
That's probably why the book spends entirely too much time talking about the Kelvin Timeline especially in the beginning. The third movie is good but if it was going to devote that much time to one alternate timeline, I feel like it should have also gone into more detail about all the Mirror Universes, not to mention what Worf experienced, when the Borg won and so on.
I still think the title of this book is very misleading. I wouldn't say it's THE Star Trek Book more as A Star Trek book....more
I bought this because I loved Jaco in the new movie, Resurrection of F, and I wanted to learn more about him. I hope he makes an appearance in DragonI bought this because I loved Jaco in the new movie, Resurrection of F, and I wanted to learn more about him. I hope he makes an appearance in Dragon Ball Super.
Unlike the manga for Dragon Ball, Jaco the Galactic Patrolman doesn't capture Jaco as well as the movie did. I think a lot of that has to do with the excellent voice acting and the fact that as skilled as Jaco is, he's surrounded by more powerful warriors. That dichotomy is what makes him stand out, but he does hold his own against Freiza's warriors. Here, he's the most powerful being on the planet.
Now, I generally don't like prequels, but this one was OK. It did bother me how the Briefs family is in it. Much like Star Wars everyone doesn't need to be related to each other or know each other. It's worse when Jaco has never been mentioned in the history of DB or DBZ. Bulma might have mentioned it on their way to Namek and maybe mention she has a sister at some point in DB/DBZ history.
Like I said, I hope Jaco appears more in Super and maybe come out with a manga based on the Galactic Patrol....more
I used to love The Dresden Files. But a few years ago I stopped reading them because Penguin did the dumbest thing ever. They decided to release the bI used to love The Dresden Files. But a few years ago I stopped reading them because Penguin did the dumbest thing ever. They decided to release the books as this weird book that's bigger and more expensive than a mass market paperback and smaller than a trade paperback. And since the major publishers hate ebooks, those were expensive too.
In any case, I believe this title finally dropped enough for me to buy and I had been itching to read the series again. Was it as great as I remember it being? Not really, although the title should have prepared me for it.
First of all, Changes took until the 40% mark until I started to get into it. That first half was slow and the characters were meandering. It wasn't until this mark did I feel like Harry and gang finally start to act and be proactive instead of passive.
Also, I've never liked Susan. The "romance" between her and Harry always felt forced, rushed and unreal. Still not sure why he hasn't hooked up with Murphy because that would make way more sense. That said, I do like Susan here. She seems more three dimensional. But even though I liked her, I hated their daughter.
Hate is a strong word. Maggie doesn't really do anything or get developed at all. She's just the ending of a quest that Harry and friends must complete. It could literally be anything. I didn't really care about her, which made it confusing as to why Harry did. He knows as much about her as I do. Sure, I get that he protects the innocent but he should have questioned why it was clearly OK for him to get his friends killed for someone they don't know, much less he doesn't know.
Changes feels like an ending for two terrible plots--Susan and the Red Court war. The Red Court war I thought was one of the more interesting things in The Dresden Files. The problem is aside from Harry starting the war, he never really got involved in it too much. I always thought he would eventually leading the charge or at least being active in it. It was his fault, after all. But I guess they're going for the whole The Black Council thing now, which sounds terrible and cliched. The war gets resolved in a long, oddly boring actiony way. The end bit went on for way too long.
I don't know when I'll read the next book, but I feel as if The Dresden Files should have started to wrap up the many plot lines around three books ago. I want it to end. Instead, it feels like it's dragging out and I'm not entirely sure why.
Well, I'm hoping the changes for Harry will be better. I just hope there's an endgame in sight....more
I'm a Brawl in the Family fan. It's one of my three favorite webcomics. In fact, I only read three. I backed the collection on Kickstarter because I wI'm a Brawl in the Family fan. It's one of my three favorite webcomics. In fact, I only read three. I backed the collection on Kickstarter because I wanted to read the early strips. I jumped into reading it sometime in the middle of its run because of Kotaku.
And boy, are these early strips rough.
Now, I expected them to be a little rough, but this was far rougher than I expected. The jokes were mostly the same, which he commented on, and the art wasn't good.
It was fascinating to watch Taranto's art and storytelling evolve. Towards the end of the book, it didn't quite reach to its heights that I know it will get too, but it's getting there. Can't wait to see how much changes in book 2 and to the strip that I first started reading....more
I thought the first book, Delirium, was all right. I didn't much care for the dystopia world but I did enjoy the relationship between Lena and Hana. HI thought the first book, Delirium, was all right. I didn't much care for the dystopia world but I did enjoy the relationship between Lena and Hana. However, if my cousin hadn't bought me both the first and second books, would I have read them? Probably not.
Pandemonium was considerably worse than Delirium. The biggest problem is that it's told in a "then" and "now" situation. I would have preferred it if the story was told in chronological order. I believe the reason it was told in this way is because Lena spends a huge amount of time, without spoiling things, doing nothing. I get why a section like that would be added it but it went on entirely too long and should have been done a different way.
I also just don't like Lena. Maybe it's because she's reacting a majority of the book instead of doing. I have no idea if I'll read the last one, but I'd like to hope that she's doing then. It also doesn't help that she seems lost and doesn't have much of a personality. Without Alex or Hana, Lena is bland.
The thing I wanted to know most about was the world. How did this country get like this? What does the world think? Do other countries have similar policies? The build up to this present time would have made for a far better read I think.
Over the past few years, I've read a lot of trilogies. They start out intriguing enough but tend to falter. I feel like publishers force stories into trilogies that should either be longer or shorter, and that they rush the author to get it out. I don't remember the last time I read a good trilogy because they all seem to end up this way. And I always seem to finish them because I read the first two books, why not read the last one? I'm getting tired of doing that. Will I read the final one? I don't know......more
Words of Radiance is an all right book. It's nowhere good as the previous book The Way of Kings.
The parts that are good, ARE enjoyable. Kaladin is stiWords of Radiance is an all right book. It's nowhere good as the previous book The Way of Kings.
The parts that are good, ARE enjoyable. Kaladin is still my favorite because who doesn't love a striking story? The world and magic seem alive a times, though I think there's a bit too much magic here. And the characters for the most part seem well rounded. Shallan surprised me because I didn't think I'd like her. I did enjoy her journey, though there was a bit too much quips from her, and they weren't particularly funny or good.
However, despite the many things I enjoyed about this book, the bad almost outweighed it. Almost.
As much as Shallan grew on me, what didn't grow on me were her flashbacks. I didn't care about her family and yet every time I got into the story, I was sucked right back out because of her flashbacks. I'm sure her family and that city she grew up in will play an important part in the next book, but it easily could have been cut now.
Speaking of Shallan, not to mention Kaladin, those two did the same things over and over and over again. Shallan blushed. Kaladin grunted. Now I get that characters have facial ticks or verbal sayings and what not, but this pair blushed and grunted so many times. They would blush and/or grunt in one paragraph and not two paragraphs later they did it again! I'm wondering that if they'll get together than things will be reversed or that they can grunt and blush during sex? I don't know.
A bigger weak point than the grunting and blushing is the massive amount of characters in Words of Radiance. We pretty much spend most of the book with Shallan and Kaladin with some bits of Dalinar and Adolin. With the exception of Shallan's flashbacks, those relatively worked. But as soon as a 'part' was over, there were chapters of other characters.
Some of those characters were cool and I was hoping/thinking there'd be more of them, and others were not. In either case, those characters with the exception of one, were never heard from again. Their cities were mentioned so I assume we'll see them again in the next book. Why introduce them at all away from the main characters if they don't have a part to play now?
And my last biggest gripe which is sort of related to having so many characters was that a lot of those characters had to with some kind of conspiracy with shadow factions. I don't know. It was all very confusing since we never spent enough time with it. It felt like they were just thrown in at the end instead of subtlety planting seeds. It also didn't gel too well with the story. It feels like an epic fantasy with a battle between good and evil. While I can see have one or two of these factions working in the shadows to destroy or save the world, having 4(?) felt cluttered.
One more thing. I think there's a little too much magic in this world. It's hard to find any footing since everything's so outrageous or larger than life. If it's not the magic, it's the spheres, it's the animals, it's the spren, it's the spanreeds, it's the fabricals--so much made up shit!
In any case, I'll probably read the next book and I'm hoping that it will be smoother than this one. With the way it ended with all the characters, all the factions, all the bad guys, all the powers, all the spren, all the shards, all the whatever, I doubt that'll happen.
So I started sporadically classic books with this one. The Invisible Man was a bit disappointing. I had read a couple of HG Wells's books and much preSo I started sporadically classic books with this one. The Invisible Man was a bit disappointing. I had read a couple of HG Wells's books and much preferred those ones more.
The book started out interesting enough with The Invisible Man being all secretive and creepy while staying at a boarding house. I enjoyed reading about the impact he had on those around him. I think it would be been better had I not known that he was, in fact, an invisible man. But the title and having been exposed to all sorts of media involving him over the years, that's a bit of an impossibility.
Where the book sagged was in the middle. That's where The Invisible Man told his story to an old colleague. I think I would have much preferred if that story was shown instead of told, and if it had been shown first. Wells was ahead of his time as most stories are told that way, although in a much worse way.
The book picked up again once The Invisible Man was done with his story. I just wish the last part was longer as I did enjoy it.
Overall, I'm not sad that I read The Invisible Man but I'm not glad about it either. But if you're looking to try out some HG Wells, I'd suggest reading his far superior works--The Time Machine and War of the Worlds....more
I feel like I should preface this by saying I'm a huge Stephen King fan. That said, this is the worst King book I've ever read. I thought Black HouseI feel like I should preface this by saying I'm a huge Stephen King fan. That said, this is the worst King book I've ever read. I thought Black House was bad, but this easily trumps that in boredom.
From a Buick 8 is weird. It's one of those stories that try to tell you how scary something is, instead of showing you. And when it is actually shown, it's not very scary at all. I started off interesting enough and if you want to know more about The Dark Tower, the car does tie into all that, but after that beginning it just falls flat.
What's strange is I think it could work as a movie. The pacing would certainly be better than this slow book and it would depend on the acting, but I think it'd be good.
As many King books as I've read, I've never read Christine or oddly enough, many of his earlier works. Loved the movie and I heard the book was good, but after reading this book I'm not looking forward to another book about a car. Although I'm sure that car has a lot more personality than this Buick....more
I just learned that this book is the second book I've read by JA Konrath. I wish I had known that earlier. I don't think I'm ever going to read any fiI just learned that this book is the second book I've read by JA Konrath. I wish I had known that earlier. I don't think I'm ever going to read any fiction book of his again that's not vetted by a publisher. On to the review...
Like all guys, I like porn. Whereas women call their porn, "erotica," I"m going to call it porn here. Now, I love watching porn and even reading porn. I don't know how other guys feel but I actually like it when the porn I'm reading or watching has a story. That's kind of like my thing. Now sometimes, I'm far too interested in the story than the sex but either way, I'm entertained.
Sadly, there's no story here.
Since this was a parody of Alice in Wonderland, I thought it might take place in that same time period. But when dildos and Amazon.com got mentioned, I realized it wasn't. Still, I never quite knew when and where it took place and never got my barrings. That was OK when it was in Wonderland, but not in the real world.
When porn has no story, it usually involves bad acting or in this case, bad writing. But the major problem with no good story in porn for me is that it's just a bunch of jumbled sex scenes. Characters go from one place to one place or from one man to two men or women to another for no reason. Nothing makes sense and I question characters motivations.
Here, Alice is a prude. I was hoping for a slow transition into sexual liberation(?). I don't know. Some kind of progression where her character grew. That didn't happen. Now, there were glimpses of that happening, but everything happened so fast and Alice was so dumb that the situations didn't make sense nor did I care about what was happening to Alice.
This book might have also been better if it was serious or humorous. Instead, it tried to be in the middle but failed miserably. I don't understand what the reasoning of that middle ground was.
I am curious about one thing though. Was 50 Shades of Grey this bad? I'm not into bondage, but I do wonder how that book would be like? As much slack as that book has gotten, it's gotta be better than this one....more