I can honestly say, I think this was the best book I read in 2013. It's about a boy with a facial deformity who goes to his first year of middle schoo...moreI can honestly say, I think this was the best book I read in 2013. It's about a boy with a facial deformity who goes to his first year of middle school and has to cope with all kinds of things a kid that age would go through. It sounds like one of those tear-jerker sappy books where you are supposed to cry through half the book and then feel like you are a better person for having read it. Happily it is not that at all. There are sad moments and funny moments just like in life but I never felt like the author was trying to manipulate the reader into an emotional reaction. Also, there were Star Wars references which is a big plus in anything really. The story is told from several viewpoints and they have interesting or intriguing moments. August, the main character has his own sections but the ones told by Via his older sister are just as, if not more, compelling. The only complaint I had about the whole thing was the part with the dog. I don't want to spoil anything but I'm not sure that whole business was necessary. Yet even with that thrown in, this book was a seriously good read.(less)
I really enjoyed this book. It's not for everyone and there is a fair amount of looking up words to get through it but the kung fu movie and Quentin T...moreI really enjoyed this book. It's not for everyone and there is a fair amount of looking up words to get through it but the kung fu movie and Quentin Tarantino references make up for that. I think the language was quite engaging and I hope Michael Chabon writes more stories set in modern day. If you aren't squeamish about child birth, adult language, and mature themes I recommend giving this a read. Also there is one entire chapter that is a single sentence. It's a very long sentence. I am still not sure if I was impressed or annoyed by it. Other than that I didn't want the book to end.(less)
I am going to say that this is the volume in The Walking Dead that takes it from being a really, really good comic to making it a great, absolute must...moreI am going to say that this is the volume in The Walking Dead that takes it from being a really, really good comic to making it a great, absolute must read comic. There is furious action and deep moments of character reflection in this. The undead have become virtually nothing more than a bit of background setting but are still as vicious as ever. Characters change in unpredictable ways and just when you might be thinking that someone you have grown to like is going to stick around or going to be killed you are proved completely wrong. And at the end of reading the volume the only thought you can possibly be left with is, "When can I get my hands on the next volume!?"(less)
Goodreads didn't seem to have the exact edition of the volume I read but this one is close enough. It really showcases some of Poe's best and most hau...moreGoodreads didn't seem to have the exact edition of the volume I read but this one is close enough. It really showcases some of Poe's best and most haunting work. The Tell-Tale Heart is still one of my all time favorite short stories. Add that to tales like The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum and The Premature Burial, this is a volume guaranteed to keep you up at night. Of course not every story in the volume is fantastic but the ones that are heavily outweight those that are not.(less)
Post Listen Review: I love how Isaac Asimov came up with the classic three laws of robotics and then spent so much of his writing figuring out ways to...morePost Listen Review: I love how Isaac Asimov came up with the classic three laws of robotics and then spent so much of his writing figuring out ways to bend those laws or to make things fit into them in surprising ways. This is a beautiful story of a robot who becomes a man. It sounds silly on the surface but it brings up large questions on what life means. Not only that, it is kind of astounding how many things mentioned in this book would have seemed extremely far off in the future at the time of writing but that we now have. We actually have robots doing work we don't want to do, from roombas to I.E.D. detecting devices to mechanical arms in factories. We have centralized computer devices completing complex tasks for us (regulating stop lights and traffic patterns) that reach out to tell other machines what to do. We have phones that are more intelligent than we are. We have robotic prosthetic limbs and organs. We may not have a moon colony but we have noted politicians actually talking about one like it is a certainty. (Even if that politician is a bit whacky) About the only thing we are truly missing is the positronic brain. I feel like that is just a matter of time. For those reasons, I don't find the idea that we might have mechanical men doing our needed work, interacting with us and even gaining a soul all that far fetched. I found the story of Andrew Martin to be engaging and exciting and just a great science fiction classic. One that might move away from being fiction at any time.
Pre-Listen Guess: I remember reading this and really enjoying it in High School. I am sure this will be good.(less)
This continues the story from the first volume but adds some new characters and new situations. The fresh characters are a nice change but then again...moreThis continues the story from the first volume but adds some new characters and new situations. The fresh characters are a nice change but then again I am not sure that there has been enough time to get to know some of the old ones yet. However, once the impending zombie apocalypse actually occurs it might not be that great to get to attached to anyone anyway. This volume has a couple of stunning surprises and is enjoyable throughout.(less)
I thought I would give this a re-read because I have been watching and enjoying the show. There are a lot of bad, and I mean really, really bad zombie...moreI thought I would give this a re-read because I have been watching and enjoying the show. There are a lot of bad, and I mean really, really bad zombie comics out there. Those ones are full of nothing but mindless monsters that just splatter gore everywhere in an exceedingly boring fashion. But in this series, you actually care more about the characters that are living than the ones that are dead. It makes you want to see what happens next while at the same time making you cringe just to imagine there could be anything more horrible than what you just saw. This is not just a great zombie comic but a plain great comic.(less)
A long read with lots of ups and downs. Some characters I really liked had terrible things happen to them and one I really do not like just keeps stic...moreA long read with lots of ups and downs. Some characters I really liked had terrible things happen to them and one I really do not like just keeps sticking around but in the end this is a really satisfying read.(less)
Legos are awesome. Star Wars is awesome. Legos and Star Wars together is completely awesome. Add in the exclusive Han Solo medal ceremony minifigure t...moreLegos are awesome. Star Wars is awesome. Legos and Star Wars together is completely awesome. Add in the exclusive Han Solo medal ceremony minifigure that comes with book and you have a five star book right there. (Side note, if you give this to a kid who has not seen all episodes there are a few spoilers but nothing major)(less)
This is still one of my favorite books after re-reading it. It is full of action, intrigue, interesting historical information and the story is comple...moreThis is still one of my favorite books after re-reading it. It is full of action, intrigue, interesting historical information and the story is completely engrossing. It is an epic set in Japan in 1600 and it makes me feel like I was right there. The end does kind of gloss over a big battle they lead up to but the way I see it, that battle is lost or won before anyone even gets on the battlefield. And despite what some people might say, the fact that there are samurai in it, is not the only reason I like it. I found the writing engrossing, the characters surprising and the action fully exciting. Someday I will make my way through the whol saga. For now, I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read epic books of any sort.(less)
**spoiler alert** I felt like this book was a great end to this quite engaging series. I do have a coupld of criticisms of it though. First of all, I...more**spoiler alert** I felt like this book was a great end to this quite engaging series. I do have a coupld of criticisms of it though. First of all, I really, really wanted to see Katniss physically rescue Peeta from the Capitol but instead she was unconscious for the whole rescue. Second, although I liked reading about what happened to Peeta, I thought he was underused. He was supposed to make a key distraction at one point and he simply didn't do anything in that part of the book. Finally, I had way more than enough of Gale. I didn't need to know that often what he was doing or how he was feeling about Katniss.
The action was great and engaging and much of it was unexpected at least to me. My only hope for this whole series is that when the movie is made they leave all of the violence and blood and guts in and don't make it completely lame.
I will put in a full review for this later. There were one or two nit-picky things I think could have been better in this but otherwise this was a great book and a great end to the series.(less)
This book was quite enjoyable and entertaining. I went on the website for the book to see the images that go with the chapters and that made it more e...moreThis book was quite enjoyable and entertaining. I went on the website for the book to see the images that go with the chapters and that made it more enjoyable since I could put images to the characters that I knew nothing about. I had to wonder while reading it what superheroines would have ended up like had the comic code authority never come about. It seems like a lot more progression in the growth of female characters would have been the outcome considering the women from the thirties and forties.
This also explained something for me about Wonder Woman that I had not understood. I pick it up on occasion but I tend to let it go by the wayside because I am always confused by her backstory. Turns out that the reason is that they make her over constantly so if I am away for a bit and come back, everything is different. Even between when Mike Madrid wrote this and now Wonder Woman has had yet another change. And it is again in the hands of a male creative team. As he says in the book, I think Wonder Woman is one of those things that "Needs a woman's touch."
I also liked that he had a section about She-hulk that emphasized the fact that she can go toe to toe with anyone and maintains a sense of humor as well as intelligence. I am a big fan of the Hulk and I like it a lot when his cousin shows up. She tends to say the smartest things out of the whole Hulk cast and seems to like being who she is. I wish the section on her had been longer.
It also pointed out some things that I probably should have noticed but never really thought much about. For example there are so many female heroes that are things like Super girl, The Invisible Girl and Wonder Girl but very few female characters that are called a woman, even in the instances where they outpower their male peers and are fully adult women. Additionally, the point and pose powers comment he makes in the book helped clear up why so many of the female superheroes have skimpy costumes (to sell comics to men and boys) and why there are not so many females chucking tanks at bad guys (apparently grunting and sweaty women don't sell comics to men and boys). I also really like Superman and while reading this I thought to myself, wow, I never realized how mysoginistic he can be. And not only him but almost all of the male superheroes.
If there was one thing lacking in this book I think it is a follow up book dealing with females in non-superhero comics. I really wondered what his take would be on Y the Last Man, Fables or how the Hernandez brothers deal with their female characters in Love and Rockets.
This really was one of the best books I have read about comic books in general and is absolutely the only one I have read dealing directly with super women. I hope he writes another.(less)
**spoiler alert** This was a fast paced thrill ride. I was not only engrossed by the action but by the depth of the characters. I was cheering Katniss...more**spoiler alert** This was a fast paced thrill ride. I was not only engrossed by the action but by the depth of the characters. I was cheering Katniss when she defied the Capitol by placing flowers on Rue's body. I was with Peeta when he was pledging his undying love for Katniss. I didn't want to see them hurt but knew they would have to be for the book to move forward.
There were a few minor details that bothered me though. For one, I wanted to know exactly how Peeta joined up with the Careers. It seemed like there had to be more to the story than what was revealed. Secondly, Foxface is set up as being smarter than most of the rest of the tributes (at least in Katniss' mind) but the way she dies is painfully anti-cliactic. Finally, Thresh was seen as something almost other in the games. He hides in plain site in a major ominous field that seemed rife with pottential danger for Katniss and Peeta but they never even visit the place. I wanted to know if the non-stop rains was an effort to drive him out of that field.
Those things being said, I could not get enough of this book. It was very brutal in its violence and all the more so since the violence was between children perpetrated at the whim of a domineering government. I kind of wanted to see the kids outsmart the games not just eachother but I figure that there are two more books to come where that may still be the case.(less)