Calm and sad. But interesting. Another review mentioned something about this work being a little too simplistic but I disagree. There's a difference b...moreCalm and sad. But interesting. Another review mentioned something about this work being a little too simplistic but I disagree. There's a difference between treating the audience like idiots and treating the subject with delicacy. This does the latter and rightly so.(less)
A little awkward but it's Batman so a fun read nonetheless. I'm not a big fan of the story lines in which Batman falls in love but this one handles it...moreA little awkward but it's Batman so a fun read nonetheless. I'm not a big fan of the story lines in which Batman falls in love but this one handles it well, comparing his love to his identity as Batman. and the Joker is involved and that makes it all worth it.(less)
Pretty good. Not a big fan of the X-Men and I'm not sure whether this is some sort of other time line or I've just missed a bunch of important events...morePretty good. Not a big fan of the X-Men and I'm not sure whether this is some sort of other time line or I've just missed a bunch of important events but some of the things that happen in this volume and that are assumed for this volume are a little confusing to me. But the story's good and the action and art are entertaining so it was well worth the read.(less)
This is the prequel to 2009 movie "Star Trek" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0796366/), explaining how Ambassador Spock came to arrive in the past and have the mission he does, as well as the back story for the villain, Nero.
Spock pleads with the Romulan Senate to do something about a giant supernova that may destroy the planet and beyond. He's backed up by Nero, a Romulan miner who has seen the supernova first-hand. Loyal to his Empire and his young family, Nero vows to risk everything to help Spock. Despite the assistance of Captain Data of the Enterprise and Ambassador Picard, the supernova engulfs Romulus. A furious and vengeful Nero, equips his mining ship with secret Romulan weaponry and proceeds to destroy everything non-Romulan in his path, taking on a large contingent of Klingon ships under General Worf, who is saved by the Enterprise. Spock proceeds with his plan to stop the supernova using Vulcan technology and a special ship designed by Geordi LaForge. Although he succeeds in creating a black hole to destroy the supernova, Spock's ship is pulled into the black hole along with Nero in his ship.
I like it. Although it's a little too convenient, to have all our favourite characters -- Spock, Data, Picard, Geordi and Worf -- meet up in this Star Trek TNG near-future, it's still fun to see them all in these new roles and stages in their lives. I haven't read a lot of Star Trek graphic novels or fiction outside of the TV shows and movies so I don't get enough of the "so where are they now" speculation. It's also nice to get a little back story that makes us feel for Nero, and I've always thought that we need more Romulan inside story details so it's good to see the Senate politics.
Although I bought this at a K-6 school book sale, this work doesn't really seem age-limited. Unless this story-line is available in another more detailed format, I would recommended this to anyone who watched and enjoyed the 2009 movie. It would also be fun to read for any fan of TNG and the characters that make appearances here. Finally, given the place of Star Trek in our culture now and the value of making links between movies and reading, I would recommend this for any medium to large public library, and maybe even a school library or academic library, if funding can support it. (It's a little expensive in my opinion, at a cover price of $10.99.)(less)
Much better than the first one and increasing different than the HBO TV show, Season Two. I still like Tyrion, Jon Snow, and Arya the best, but I also...moreMuch better than the first one and increasing different than the HBO TV show, Season Two. I still like Tyrion, Jon Snow, and Arya the best, but I also appreciate the chapters centered around Bran, Catelyn, and even Davos. Daenerys is awesome, of course, but her chapter's tend to be a bit slow. I want whatever's happening to her to go faster.(less)
This took me a long time to read. I had watched the first season of the HBO series and although I was drawn through to the end of the season, I had ve...moreThis took me a long time to read. I had watched the first season of the HBO series and although I was drawn through to the end of the season, I had very mixed feelings about the storyline. Great action and characters but rather painful given the harsh events that happen throughout. After a while, I was convinced to watch the next season, which I enjoyed more, and that convinced me to read the books.
Having finished the first book of the series, I've had many of the same feelings as I had watching the first season. It's painful to read through some parts, particularly now that I know how they turn out. But it's the characters that pull me through: I like them and I care about them. Jon Snow is probably my favourite, bastard son to Ned Stark, young but honourable, and destined for greatness despite his "shameful" beginnings. Daenerys Targaryen is a close second, fascinating and a little scary. And there are plenty more.
I'm not going to give a description of the plot since I'm not sure I can, given the length of time it took me to read it, confusion from having watched the second season, and the complexity of the story itself. But I'm not sure it's even important. What happens is: families struggle and pull together, wars break out, and people sneak and connive their way through life. Ih my opinion, fantasy novels aren't so much about what happens but who it all happens to. If you like strong characters that are not exactly stereotypes but are still comfortably understood, and that you can come to love, hate or try to figure out, you'll like this book. Of course, you'll have to be willing to be in it for the long haul since now I have five or maybe even six ahead of me.
I gave it only three stars, but it's a comfortable three stars: I liked it. I can't say "I really liked it" but I'm glad I got through it. And I will be reading the rest of the series.(less)
Overall a good book. My current position is "Electronic Resources Librarian" so most of the information in the book was already known to me but I did...moreOverall a good book. My current position is "Electronic Resources Librarian" so most of the information in the book was already known to me but I did learn a thing or two. It was also valuable to see these things that I've either learned by doing or heard through professional circles and never formally been taught, actually written down and given a bit of authorization and credence.
I would suggest this title to librarians both beginning and experienced in the field of electronic resources management. I would also suggest it to librarians, library staff and others who may work with these individuals to better understand the issues involved in the work. I would love it if my colleagues and coworkers (and supervisors) knew more about what I do.(less)
Finally finished! It took me a long time, not because it was difficult or unpleasant to read but just because I haven't given myself time to read on a...moreFinally finished! It took me a long time, not because it was difficult or unpleasant to read but just because I haven't given myself time to read on a regular basis. But this book helped me with this.
I have an undergrad degree in Philosophy and love Doctor Who so this was a perfect gift from a friend who knew both. Many people say that the popular "...and Philosophy" books are not for anyone with any knowledge of philosophy but I would disagree. Being a fan and knowledgeable about both is exactly why I liked reading each of the chapters. The book doesn't just explain some basic philosophical concepts but talks about them with examples from Doctor Who. Or, on the other hand, it discusses ideas used in and aspects of the Doctor Who show and universe from a philosophical perspective.
I particularly liked the chapters on ethics, and, of course, had a problem with the chapters bringing in Heidegger and Schopenhauer. (I just don't get them.)
The book also has a good collection of quotes from the show; a list of Doctors, episodes and companions; and bios of the chapter authors.
I would recommend this for anyone interested in Doctor Who and philosophy, an academic library serving a school that has coursework in philosophy and science fiction or popular culture, and any public library.(less)
I read this before but since then I've started and finished playing the XBOX 360 "Batman: Arkham Asylum" which, although not directly related as far a...moreI read this before but since then I've started and finished playing the XBOX 360 "Batman: Arkham Asylum" which, although not directly related as far as I know, has a bit of overlap, particularly in the area of considering the namesake and grandnephew of the institution and their mental stability. This work, with few diversions, centers around Jeremiah Arkham's apparent attempt to rework the institution into something better, while dealing with his own issues.
Of course, the plot and dialogue is certainly fun. The artwork is good although not particularly interesting (not saying this is good or bad, just so), except for the cover art which is a bit stylized and shows Batman crouching on the Arkham front gate which, in my mind, illustrates his protectiveness of the institution.(less)