Strand is known for his humorous horror books. My favorites are A Bad Day for Voodoo and Wolf Hunt (the last is very much not YA). His loyal readers mStrand is known for his humorous horror books. My favorites are A Bad Day for Voodoo and Wolf Hunt (the last is very much not YA). His loyal readers might come into this one expecting a teenage zombie movie getting taken over by real zombies. And they will be disappointed (but he says so at the beginning).
This book is not a Strand zombie book, it's an ode to the long time legacy of movie making, the heroic independent filmmaker spirit, and the modern technology that lets anyone be an artist. Strand might lace this story with jokes and comedic timing, but in the end he's telling the sad tale of three kids who are trying desperately to still believe in movie magic, the Santa-Bunny idea that if you try hard enough you can become rich and famous on the silver screen with a hand held camera, some photo shop and Youtube.
As a reader, you know this is going to be a disaster. Justin, the director is full of hubris. His best friends are not sure how serious they are about all this, but many times they lean heavily toward “hobbyist” rather than “True Believer”. Uncle Clyde, their special effects man is a mess, and a danger to them all to boot. By the end of the book you feel bad laughing at Justin's misery, and yet I'm sure you can think of some ill-conceived plan from your own childhood that worked out as well (I tried to make spy gadgets like M from the Bond films, with no understanding at all of engineering.)
Readers looking for tales of magic or monsters gone wrong won't find what they want in this book. But readers looking for guilty laughs and a very determined lead will find some fun here....more
Death, Disability and the Superhero by Jose Alaniz University Press of Missouri, 2014 ISBN: 1628461179 Available: Print and ebook
This book is a beast.Death, Disability and the Superhero by Jose Alaniz University Press of Missouri, 2014 ISBN: 1628461179 Available: Print and ebook
This book is a beast. A heavy brick of text with a massive amount of research behind it, it's not for casual comic book fans. But if you're passionate about comic books and superheroes as a serious art form, a reflection of culture as much as any other fiction genre, this is a book for you. Alaniz starts out compiling themes and commentary on Golden Age superheroes and the ideals of culture they represented at the time. But the real meat is in his own research and take on the Silver Age of comics, the rise of Marvel and the expansion of superheroes from Ubermench to complicated characters. Highly recommended because of the rarity of such studies on superheroes and disability culture. Contains: discussion of violence, rape, and war ...more
Thierry is the daughter of the Black Dog, a fearsome, often vicious enforcer of the fae, and a human mother. She's just graduated marshal school and iThierry is the daughter of the Black Dog, a fearsome, often vicious enforcer of the fae, and a human mother. She's just graduated marshal school and is now on her first real case with her trainer turned partner and romantic interest, Shaw (the only person known to be immune to her power). Someone is poaching rare fae creatures and Shaw and Thierry must put a stop to it, no mater how dangerous, or how inexperienced Thierry is. Dog with a Bone, while labeled as Black Dog #1 is actually a novella prequel to the trilogy. As such it's missing a lot. Edwards' has some good writing here, a world with a lot of potential and a determined lead. But Edwards doesn't do much world building at all in this volume. As a reader it left me with so many questions. Is this a seelie/unseelie world like Laurell K. Hamilton's Meredith Gentry world? Or more like Seanan Maguire's Toby Daye's world? How is Shaw allowed to be a barely-legal Thierry's teacher, then marshal partner, and then budding lover? Wouldn't their superiors worry about this being a very uneven, potentially abusive relationship? Again, it's real clear Thierry is only 18 in this story. Shaw...is much older. And an incubus with sex powers. How is this not all kinds of red flags? Finally, does Thierry, for all her determination and training and excelling at marshal school, have any ability other than her Black Dog magic that consumes people? Shouldn't she have some other skill if she's supposed to be an elite fae enforcer? Despite all my questions and out right balking about this book, I still finished it and am still considering buying the next in the series. Edwards isn't inept as a writer, or boring. This book is just incomplete, a terrible introduction to the world and instead is more of a afterthought fan service add in. Dog with a Bone is not where new readers should start with this series....more
Apparently She Hulk is way to much of a rock star for anyone to handle. Her success, invulnerability and Tony Stark-like fame has made her a very diffApparently She Hulk is way to much of a rock star for anyone to handle. Her success, invulnerability and Tony Stark-like fame has made her a very difficult to tolerate Avenger. So difficult that she is fired from her day job, kicked out of the Avengers manor and firmly encouraged to re-evaluate her play girl, partying, larger than life ways. It seems Jennifer has fully embraced being the big, green, powerful, indestructible Hulk and turned away from being a brilliant, but small, delicate, weak and vulnerable human.
Until she gets a new job working for a very prestigious law firm who wants to hire Jennifer, not She-Hulk. Dismayed, but desperate, she takes it, only to discover she's going to work as part of a special super-human law division, blazing new trails in the law field.
There are a ton of cameos, quite a bit of Marvel-verse meta silliness (apparently Marvel comics are historical documents in this universe, so She-Hulk references her own past issues, as well as others a number of times), and, eventually, some heart to these stories.
With the growing popularity of superhero media there's been a rise in commentary internet articles on the downsides or hidden truths of living in the Marvel-verse. This volume of She-Hulk is a dark side expose all of its own, when lawyers get involved with defending, or prosecuting, or just trying to make sense of the chaos in this world. If reading this fun, but off-the-wall (I mean, Spiderman sues J.J. Jameson for defamation in one case, then Peter Parker gets named as a co-defendant for “staging” pictures of Spiderman. That's the level of meta we're talking about.) volume of superhero tales doesn't make you glad that you don't live in the Marvel-vese, nothing will....more