I like gaming, the internet, and, as a child and teen who grew up listening to Oingo Boingo and Howard Jones and watching MTV and John Hughes movies,I like gaming, the internet, and, as a child and teen who grew up listening to Oingo Boingo and Howard Jones and watching MTV and John Hughes movies, RPO sounded like a homerun. But it wasn’t. The story was interesting, but it came secondary to all of the overtly tedious references to Ghostbuster liscence plate and other meaningless 80s trivia.
Newsflash: The 80s were not ironic. They were real (and, arguably, awesome), which is more than I can say for Ernest Cline’s hipsterish pop-cannibalism. ...more
I really liked 1Q84. But newcomers to Murakami should probably start with A Wild Sheep Chase, Norwegian Wood, or even The Wind-up Bird Chronicle (whicI really liked 1Q84. But newcomers to Murakami should probably start with A Wild Sheep Chase, Norwegian Wood, or even The Wind-up Bird Chronicle (which I consider his "opus"). The style is a bit different from other HM works, switching between two and three characters throughout the novel, as opposed to his typical first-person narration. But it works well, I think. The weird reality-bending, surreal, mysterious elements are quintessential Murakami, and the anxious paranoia and Oedipal/Freudian/Orwellian parallels make for a very interesting and rewarding read. ...more
I ordered this one for the library, thinking that Vaughn's Kitty series fame would create a buzz for her new one... Then no one checked it out. So I tI ordered this one for the library, thinking that Vaughn's Kitty series fame would create a buzz for her new one... Then no one checked it out. So I took it.
I liked it. Especially the tongue-in-cheek moments of super hero self-awareness. It was kind of like The Incredibles, but from the perspective of Violet as a non-super twenty-something. Fun heroes and villains. I'd like to see it turn into a series and graphic novel... Come on - they're all doing it!...more
Pros: The story, characters, concept, and world building Gritty Epic (think, The Stand)
Cons: Cronin's prose is, at times, a bit awkward. A couple of timePros: The story, characters, concept, and world building Gritty Epic (think, The Stand)
Cons: Cronin's prose is, at times, a bit awkward. A couple of times it felt like he was trying to be poetic or literary, but it came off forced and a bit silly... which resulted in an eye-roll (immediate deduction).
Assessment (and brief comparison): I'm really glad I read it and am looking forward to more. I forgive the slight faults because I think it's a killer story and I do enjoy me some good apocalyptic/survival epics. His take on the vampires is thoughtful rather than gimmicky, and quite terrifying. Although if you're not into epics, you might enjoy The Reapers are the Angels more (I did). It's tight and focused, and the writing is brilliant.
Brilliant. Quite a thoughtful bit of writing and not without some moments of epic carnage. One of my favorite passages:
"Temple speaks. She tells the woBrilliant. Quite a thoughtful bit of writing and not without some moments of epic carnage. One of my favorite passages:
"Temple speaks. She tells the woman that she has done bad things - things God would not like - and that sometimes she wonders if God could be angry at her, and if she would know the difference between a blessing and a punishment because the world is wondrous even when your stomach is empty and there is dried blood in your hair.
She tells of how you have a special amazement for all the beauty in the world when you are evil like she is - probably because beauty and evil are on the opposite sides of a wall like lovers who can never really touch.
She tells of the people she has killed, she lists the names for the ones she knows and describes the others, but she can’t remember them all, and she knows she shouldn’t forget things like that and she would write them down except that she can’t read or write because when she was supposed to be learning her letters she was busy hiding in a drainage ditch because her foster home got eaten up by meatskins."...more
Many of you know of my Mercy Thompson obsession. Many have shared excitement and others have expressed concern. The reason I share this is because PatMany of you know of my Mercy Thompson obsession. Many have shared excitement and others have expressed concern. The reason I share this is because Patricia Briggs’ recent addition to the Mercy world comes in the form of a graphic novel. Now, given my penchant for über nerdery, I can tell you that this is a dangerous combination. Dangerous – not because it might disappoint (Mercy? Graphic Novel? Hello, my name is Mike) – but because there is now a literal visualization apart from the outstanding cover art of the books. All of the coolness that was previously limited to the minds of fangirls and fanboys has been unleashed. Beware.
My assessment: It’s great.
It is a very fast read (I think it took me twenty minutes… the, um, first time) and fits chronologically as a prequel to the Mercedes Thompson novels by introducing her to the Tri-Cities area, meeting Stefan and Adam, and working as a VW mechanic for Zee. Assuming that most readers will be from the Briggs fan club, this one doesn’t dwell too long on world details, but quickly moves along with the conflict that gets Mercy established in the setting that fans are already familiar with. The bulk of the story is focused on how all of the characters meet and is brought together with a little mystery and tussle with some renegade werewolves.
In my opinion it all comes out fine for being Briggs’ venture into graphic novels and for actually contributing some details to the series. Many negative reviewers are bent because they didn’t realize it was a graphic novel, which some don’t care for. If you are looking for a lot of detail and back story (i.e. a novel) then you will probably be disappointed. As a standalone graphic novel it might be a bit slight, but still enjoyable for the artwork and alternative angle on the urban fantasy. But, I really enjoyed the artwork and would recommend it to anyone interested in the series if only because it is such a quick read and looks sweet. ...more