While I liked the Buckyvania plot arc, Satchel's book of monsters, and the 'debate' between Democratic Rob & Republican Bucky, the rest of the booWhile I liked the Buckyvania plot arc, Satchel's book of monsters, and the 'debate' between Democratic Rob & Republican Bucky, the rest of the book fell flat for me. There was no Joe and Rob's dad made a brief appearance at the end. It was also a little odd to be reading about the 2008 election when- spoiler alert- Obama was just re-elected for a second term. I'd been under the impression that the books were released a little more frequently than this. It's enough to make me think about adding the comic's rss to my reader and be done with buying the books....more
And so the re-read continues. I leave for RWA '13 tomorrow so I don't know how much farther I'll get before something else distracts me. Kindred in DeAnd so the re-read continues. I leave for RWA '13 tomorrow so I don't know how much farther I'll get before something else distracts me. Kindred in Death is up next and I imagine I'll also blow through "Missing in Death" & make time for Fantasy in Death as it's one of my favorites.
Anyways, this was a clever way of introducing death into Eve's world without actually killing one of the supporting characters we all know and love. In a way, this is really a supporting characters book because, in addition to Morris's loss, Louise's bachelorette party takes place, with all of the regular female supporting characters making an appearance.
I think you could probably read Promises in Death without having read the previous books. It does refer back to Judgement in Death and you won't appreciate the relationships between the characters as much, but the mystery itself doesn't require previous knowledge of the series. ...more
First book of 2012! I didn't set out to re-read another Jean Johnson, but my library books were upstairs and most of my other keepers were blocked byFirst book of 2012! I didn't set out to re-read another Jean Johnson, but my library books were upstairs and most of my other keepers were blocked by Christmas stuff.
This is set in the universe of the Sons of Destiny series, but is completely separate and can be read on its own. Both of the main characters are Shifters and, if bestiality is a squick of yours, there is a sex scene (pg. 335-340) between the two that dances around this taboo. However, since the book ends on pg. 343, you could stop before that scene and not lose anything.
The writing in Shifter Plains is definitely stronger than the Sons of Destiny series. It has a very similar feel to Elizabeth Vaughn's Warprize, despite the differences in plot. If you simply want to try out Jean Johnson, I recommend this book, but if you're like me and you like to dive into an author's body of work, start with The Sword and save the stronger work for later....more
This seems to be the day for comic strip collections. The main reason I like this strip is that Bucky and Satchel complement each other perfectly. BucThis seems to be the day for comic strip collections. The main reason I like this strip is that Bucky and Satchel complement each other perfectly. Bucky can be bats off the wall crazy, but has a worldliness that naive Satchel lacks. Rob is almost an extraneous character in this collection, acting only as a straight man foil. Indeed, there's only one strip in the entire collection where another human makes an appearance and that's a brief cameo by Joe. This collection encapsulates the essence of Bucky and Satchel, and, while it still feels fresh, I hope Conley will/did expand this strip beyond the apartment walls to keep this little world from stagnating....more
I'd read the books collected in this treasury (50,000 Pearl Fans Can't Be Wrong and When Pigs Fly), but I didn't buy them and the treasury was 50% offI'd read the books collected in this treasury (50,000 Pearl Fans Can't Be Wrong and When Pigs Fly), but I didn't buy them and the treasury was 50% off from B&N. I couldn't not get it.
I almost prefer the treasuries over the individual collections because of Pastis's commentary. One can see very clearly where Rat got his distinctive voice. In addition, Pastis will occasionally discuss his inspiration for various strips, as well as some of his interactions with other cartoonists. I read this after Larry in Wonderland and it only highlighted how awful that collection was. In Pearls Blows Up, Pastis juggles several storylines, crams them together, and makes it seem perfectly logical in a ludicrous kind of way. I have a soft spot for the reoccurring Lion characters and I always enjoy Guard Duck. I liked the way Pastis handled Guard Duck's storyline with Maura and how he was able to flirt with continuity while still making the strip accessible to a lackadaisical reader.
However, my favorite strip in the book has to be the one from January 15th, 2009 because if I stay in libraries, that's gonna be me in thirty years! ...more