Started the new year off with picking up this little find I spotted without looking for it.
This book is exactly what it says on the cover - 250 stitchStarted the new year off with picking up this little find I spotted without looking for it.
This book is exactly what it says on the cover - 250 stitch charts with neat, clean patterns accompanied by photographs to show you what your final product should look like. They are in order of difficulty and start with the basic garter & stocking stitches, and go all the way through some complex cable patterns and lace work. Each chart tells you how the multiples work, and recommends yarn weights that work best. The book ends with some fun color-work patterns, and it's an amazing little reference.
It's a perfect little book for creating your own charts and patterns as it shows how each stitch is made, so it wouldn't be too much of an extra step to mix & match to get what you want.
My only hold up, is that as a beginning knitter, stuff like "Knit on the right side, purl on the wrong side" instructions aren't the clearest when you're turning your work back and forth. I would recommend finding a video tutorial, or someone in person to help out if you're brand new to knitting with the first few patterns, just to get a feel for how the charts work before moving onto the more complicated cables.
Aside from that, it's a perfect little reference book. More stitches than I could ever want to know, and pictured guides to help out. It's probably the only stitch reference book I'll need (well, maybe not for the color-work patterns at the end; those have endless possibilities, but this is a good place to start)....more
This is the first Volume where I regret not having the next one on hand. This was a good one. Right up there with the Sea King arc.
First up - I love BThis is the first Volume where I regret not having the next one on hand. This was a good one. Right up there with the Sea King arc.
First up - I love Blizzard. She's fantastic, and I like how she too is being hit with the "Become a better person after meeting Saitama" bug. I really can't wait to see her let loose.
Genos vs Sonic was a great fight as well. Sonic's got a new look, and Saitama's pupil vs his "greatest rival" ended up being a more intense fight than I was expecting. I also like how it merged so well with the Blizzard plot line going on at the same time.
Saitama gaining more friends is also wonderful. Seeing his group grow makes me happy.
And then we got to the Garo arc - that was good. Just flat out everything about it from Garo's intensity, to the action and art, to Mumen Rider (oh, Mumen Rider), and even Charanko trying to live up to Bang's expectations.
I'm absolutely looking forward to the next Volume after this one....more
New material! The last volume had a bit past where the first season of the anime ended, but this is where we start really picking up.
This volume startNew material! The last volume had a bit past where the first season of the anime ended, but this is where we start really picking up.
This volume starts by introducing King, a man with a long history with Saitama (though neither realized it until recently). I always love seeing Saitama make new friends. He started the series so alone, and then Genos crashed into his life and he's been making new friends left and right sense. It's a good time.
Also, Genos actually wins a fight in this volume which made it worth it alone for me. That poor guy almost never gets to finish the fights he starts.
It followed up with Monster Cats, a great Dojo story concerning the protection of expensive seafood, and introducing Garo. I've heard a lot about him and I can't wait to read the next volume to get to know him better....more
I ended up a little late to the One-Punch Man game by starting with the anime, but I enjoyed the heck out of that. My brother picked up the manga seriI ended up a little late to the One-Punch Man game by starting with the anime, but I enjoyed the heck out of that. My brother picked up the manga series starting where the anime ended, so I decided to go ahead and borrow them to take a read.
The manga is every bit as good as the anime, if not better in some ways. It's great seeing the same story in two mediums, just to see what they do different. For example, the Moon scene was probably better in the anime because they used body language and movement to get across what they had to do with thought bubbles in the comic, but I think how the comic handled the final punch in the Boros fight with multiple pages and perspectives was amazing.
My favorite bit in this volume though, was probably the police story. Saitama really shone as a true hero here, and I love how he's grown to care about others throughout the series with such strong convictions.
It was a great series, and I'm glad I've got two more volumes to read....more
With the rerelease of Haruhi Suzumiya coming to DVD, I dug out this volume I had sitting around. I remember glancing through it when I first bought itWith the rerelease of Haruhi Suzumiya coming to DVD, I dug out this volume I had sitting around. I remember glancing through it when I first bought it, but this felt like a good time to sit down and read it in more detail.
Itsuki Koizumi & Kyon have a really great relationship in the show; it's complicated. They're friends, but they also rather dislike each other at times. They've got a weird mix of admiration and jealousy between them, that comes out in this collection of shorts. It also helps that you can never quite tell if Itsuki is in love with Haruhi or Kyon, which makes his own brand of jealousy all the more interesting, because you're never quite sure who he's jealous of at any given moment.
Either way, this is a wonderful little collection of humorous, and sometimes heartfelt, shorts exploring their unique relationship. The different art styles are all fantastic, and I definitely recommend picking it up if you're a fan of the S.O.S. Brigade's male members....more
Decided to take a step into the Legends universe, and wanted to start with a good stand-alone title. Death Troopers worked pretty well for that.
It's aDecided to take a step into the Legends universe, and wanted to start with a good stand-alone title. Death Troopers worked pretty well for that.
It's a fun zombie horror set in space, with a good cast (and a couple cameos I think most people will enjoy see show up halfway through). I think my favorite part of the book was introducing a common enemy, so we had Imperials & Rebellion working together (sort of), or at the very least saw them fighting the same group. Though, (view spoiler)[It was the Imperials responsible for it all in the end, so they're still pretty much the bad guys. (hide spoiler)].
Sartoris was probably my favorite character. The bad person in denial about it, who gets to be our sympathetic, grey-morality fella. Little sad with how things ended for him, but I did see it coming.
The pacing was decent, and the horror/action seemed pretty balanced. The death count wasn't as high as I was thinking, but still up there. It was a fun, quick, read and if zombie horror is your thing and you like Star Wars, you'll probably enjoy it, too....more
This book is close to perfect and a must have for any Gravity Falls fan (though chances are, if you're a GF fan, you've already got it). My only regreThis book is close to perfect and a must have for any Gravity Falls fan (though chances are, if you're a GF fan, you've already got it). My only regret is I know I won't be getting my hands on the Black Light Limited Edition copy.
Written as a close replica ripped straight from the show, we finally get to read Ford's words in detail as he describes his time in Gravity Falls, his relationship with his "Muse", and his personal thoughts and feelings through out it all in addition to his notes on the weird.
While I appreciated the sections Dipper and Mabel added (as it tied in with the show where Dipper was in possession of the book), I really read this book for Ford Pines. He's a brilliant, sometimes oblivious man, who means well but doesn't quite get there. His words are often as eloquent as his handwriting, and his witty quips that fill in the notes of the book never failed to make me smile. Every crossed out section referring to his brother made my heart ache, and we finally got to see his relationship with Fiddleford in depth.
If I had any issue, it was probably the last few pages of the book, where Ford goes into this self-pity section of "I was so focused on being a lone hero, that I failed. My brother's the real hero!" and, I don't know. I always felt that Gravity Falls was hard on Ford's character. As someone who spent a lot of time loving that he finally had a friend to work with (be it Fiddleford or his Muse), he didn't strike me as a "I need to do this alone" sort of person. But that's an essay for another day.
My end points are that I will forever adore Ford Pines and his family, and I loved this book. I highly, highly recommend it if you get a chance....more
A good friend of mine binged the entire Air Awakens series in a weekend, and then proceeded to buy me a copy of the first book as a gift--I don't thinA good friend of mine binged the entire Air Awakens series in a weekend, and then proceeded to buy me a copy of the first book as a gift--I don't think recommendations get much higher than that.
The book was really good & a good intro to what looks like a bigger world and series. This first portion is definitely set-up and introduction, and it feels like it, so I'll probably be checking out the other books at some point.
Vhalla is our heroine, who goes from regular girl who loves her job in the library and books, who gets swept up into a fantastical world of sorcery and royalty as she discovers she's the last of the Windwalkers, and gets noticed by the Prince Aldrik (which of course gets her noticed by his brother, Baldair).
A lot of the book is pretty predictable, and a few familiar beats of the genre show up, but it's always in ways that feel good to read. The sorts of things you love seeing pop up over and over again in a fantasy romance (The childhood friend with a crush on her? Or the Prince she'd come to know?; Choose a life of magic? Life as a normal girl?; Everything comes crashing down just at the high point and things are getting good - of course.). Vhalla's relatable, and knows what she wants, even though sometimes she has a hard time saying "No" while trying to be considerate of feelings.
Her budding and building relationship and romance with Aldrik was great to read, and I grew quite fond of the Dark and "Evil" prince. They have good chemistry, and I do look forward to seeing their relationship grow over their future conflicts.
Though it's not all romance. There's quite a bit of world building with the Four Kingdoms, and the four major types of magic. I got some Last Airbender vibes from the series, but again, in the way of "I could read a hundred 'met in a coffee shop and fell in love' romances" and not the "Not this again" rolling of the eyes. The book puts its own spin on the world in a way that's a familiar set up, but also it's own.
I rather enjoyed it, and I look forward to the series getting a chance to dive into the War and greater world in the future....more
It's sort of funny that in a comic series that's so famous for being about women, that my favorite character is one of the men. But I've always been aIt's sort of funny that in a comic series that's so famous for being about women, that my favorite character is one of the men. But I've always been a fan of bad guys, and Eric Raymond was easily my favorite character in the original 80's cartoon series. He was a big part in upping the series from a musical battle of the bands, to a literal one when he brought in wanted criminals to explode buildings.
And then he went on a downward spiral of desperation and poverty that made him a weird father-figure (albeit a bad one) to the Misfits and well, let's just say once he got Techrat on the team, it was pretty clear he'd be a favorite.
The end point of all of that is that Eric Raymond makes his debut in Volume 2 of the Jem Comics, and I could not be happier. He's at the peak of his game, still suave and in control, and man was I happy to see him. He also brought Techrat onto the Team early, and while I lament not seeing Zipper yet, we've got one lackey to make things interesting by bringing more of Synergy to light.
As for the ladies, their stories are progressing. Most of this volume was romance focused, be it the troubles of Stormer and Kimber (for the record, seeing Kimber in a single, steady relationship is still weird to me after her constant serial dating in the original series), or Rio and Jem.
And of course, it's Misfits vs Holograms, like always, setting up for bigger stories in the next volume. Which probably sums this one up - Set up! :D
It was a good set of issues though, and the art was top-notch as ever, and even though I don't have much to specifically mention about it, I'd recommend checking it out. I'm looking forward to Volume 3 so I can catch up (and see more Eric Raymond), and see how things go!...more
If I had to sum up this book in one word, it would be: ADORABLE.
It's so cute seeing DC's Trinity as children, trying to figure out the mystery of theiIf I had to sum up this book in one word, it would be: ADORABLE.
It's so cute seeing DC's Trinity as children, trying to figure out the mystery of their new school. Watching tiny Bruce step into his detective shoes was just as amusing as Clark & Diana trying to hide their super powers.
Lots of references to the rest of DC Canon to enjoy, the artwork is absolutely wonderful (as to be expected!), and the blend of comic panels, diary entries and other documents create a fun little story.
I smiled the entire way through the book, and I'm reminded of how much I love seeing Bruce & Clark interact. I love my World's Finest!