This was kind of weird. It was a skewed version of the Wonder Woman origin story, but instead of their patron goddess being Hera, it's Aphrodite. YouThis was kind of weird. It was a skewed version of the Wonder Woman origin story, but instead of their patron goddess being Hera, it's Aphrodite. You can imagine how that could change a few things. It has a lot more overt sapphic tones than I've seen with Wonder Woman (but hardly surprising or shocking). I mean its a Utopian all female society, so why wouldn't the women pair up together as partners and lovers? I was fine with that. I think some of their rituals were on the verge of kinky if I'm honest. I've always been leery of sex and violence together thought.
I did like that Steve Trevor was black in this version. The relationship that Diana has with him is undefined. Since Wonder Woman has a lover already, I wasn't sure that there were any romantic undertones in her relationship with Trevor as it was written.
When Diana comes to the world of men, she is portrayed as very dominant with an edge of cruelty. I didn't love that about her characterization. I don't see Diana as being that kind of person.
The storyline where she encounters the sorority girls on a wild spring break trip and bonds with a particular girl was a bit odd. I know it was a way to group Diana and teach her the ways of the modern world. I didn't much care for it.
Honestly, I was glad this is Earth One. While I didn't mind the aspect of Diana being queer, and I liked that Steve was black, I didn't care for other aspects of the storyline. It wasn't terrible, so I would still give this three stars....more
Somewhere along the way I became obsessed with Alice in Wonderland. Not quite sure when and why. Well, I think it's the weirdness and the color of theSomewhere along the way I became obsessed with Alice in Wonderland. Not quite sure when and why. Well, I think it's the weirdness and the color of the world. The darkness is there, but this book definitely brings it to the forefront. I am continually looking for more stories built on the Alice in Wonderland concept. This really fits the bill.
What if there truly was a war between the Red Queen and the White Queens? What if being queen endowed the ruler with unfathomable powers of imagination that can be used for good or bad? What if two sisters became mortal enemies, even to the degree that one would plot and execute a bloody takeover? That's the plot of this book.
I liked how Alice in Wonderland is treated as a real story that was wrongly interpreted. Alyss is taken by her bodyguard (when Wonderland falls to Queen Redd's assault) to Victorian England through a magical fountain to save her life. She's separated from her bodyguard and has to fend for herself in England. Initially she has her power of imagination but it fades the longer she is away from Wonderland. She ends up getting adopted by a vicar's family and goes under the name of Alice Liddell (the girl to whom Lewis Carroll first told his Alice in Wonderland story). She tells her story to another young vicar who plagarizes and changes some information. For instance, Alyss's name was spelled wrong. Alyss's bodyguard is Hatter Madigan, sort of what would happen if the Mad Hatter was a ninja and used his hat as a glaive spinning weapon. That part was really cool. I liked Alyss. She's young and strong-willed, and grows a lot over the course of this book. She was a bit spoiled at first, but tremendous loss shapes her into a young woman who will be an excellent ruler.
This is a dark and bloody read. Queen Redd is irredeemably evil. She wreaks a lot havoc due to her corrupt, hate-filled heart and need for revenge and constant adulation. She has no qualms about murdering her family, including her young niece. She makes a lot of people miserable, even when she doesn't kill them.
I liked how Beddor takes the story of Alice and Wonderland and creates his own series around it. Most of the elements are there, but with nice twists. The romance aspect is new to this story, but it was likeable, as well as the character of Dodge Anders, who is Alyss' love interest. The Cheshire Cat becomes a genetically modified assassin with nine lives who claims more than a few lives. The White Rabbit is a learned adviser to the Queen. The playing card army is divides into two factions, one loyal to the original queen and become freedom fighters in Alyss's name, and the genetically modified and degenerate creation of Queen Redd's black imaginations.
This is a good book for tweens and teens who like this sort of fantasy. It's too scary and bloody for younger readers. It has a lot of good action sequences and that magic of Wonderland is exquisitely illustrated through the narrative. I enjoyed listening to it, and I will pick up the next volumes on audiobook as well....more
I knew this wasn't the first book in the series, but I decided to check it out from the library and listen to it anyway. Very enjoyable. Miles is an aI knew this wasn't the first book in the series, but I decided to check it out from the library and listen to it anyway. Very enjoyable. Miles is an appealing lead character. I loved that Miles isn't your typical hero as far as looks. He's not very tall and he has medical issues that have affected his looks. It doesn't matter at all, because he has presence. And I love a smart guy who's solving mysteries. Miles is more or less a space detective. I like detective in any setting, but it was fun to read a science fiction book with detectives in it. I read this while I was working on my final painting for my class, and it more than kept me company. The narrator was good, he had a pleasant voice, sort of like an older English butler. It worked for me.
The story involves corporate corruption and cryostasis. Quite a combination. I liked how multicultural the cast of characters were. It sort of reminded me of how in Firefly, the Chinese culture has dominated and its reflected in the dialogue and names of people. In this case, there is a good mix of various Asian cultures, along with other ethnicities. There is plenty of suspense, but a lot of wry humor, which is always welcome. It didn't mess things up for me that I hadn't read the first book. Instead I am intrigued to read about Miles' parents Aral and Cordelia, and fortunately I do have that book.
I know I'm not giving this book justice in this review. My brain is pretty fried, so this will have to do.
I saw Captain America: Civil War and it majorly kindled my interest in T-Challa, who goes by the guise of Black Panther. T'Challa is the king of WakanI saw Captain America: Civil War and it majorly kindled my interest in T-Challa, who goes by the guise of Black Panther. T'Challa is the king of Wakanda, and he is also the latest Black Panther, a costumed fighter and righter of wrongs. Wakanda has incredible natural resources, being the only location in the world that has a store of vibranium, a very powerful metal (and what Captain America's shield is made of).
My trusty library had a copy of this, so that was fortuitous. I read the foreward, and the writer's thought processes made a lot of sense. He used a unique POV to tell this story, an unlikely and in some ways unreliable narrator. This adds a sense of absurdity to the story that I wasn't sure I liked. I did like the fact that this narrative device was used as clever way to maintain mystery about Black Panther. One side effect is that it makes this book more of a satire and leaves it up to the reader to divine who and what T-Challa is. I feel that a lot of narrative assumes that the reader has prior knowledge about his backstory and some parts of the Marvel Universe that are pertinent to his character. That made some aspects confusing.
I found the glimpses into Wakandan culture interesting, and a spotlight on the complex social issues going on in Africa with a focus on how they impact Wakanda, and vice versa. I would have liked more of that. There was a plot of intrigue about a charity sponsored by Wakanda and some ugly dealings including the death of one of the children it helped. Of course, we go to see Black Panther do some buttkicking. I like his style. I like his female bodyguards very much.Not only are they gorgeous, but they are lethal.
I love the idea of T-Challa, and what I appreciate about him from this read. I would like to read more about him, and I'm supremely jazzed about the movie that was greenlighted, which will again star (the may I say scrumptious) Chadwick Bozeman and the lovely Lupita Nyong'o. I hope to read more of his series.
I enjoyed this slightly less than the first book. I think this had too many poems and songs for my taste. While I enjoy poetry, I'm not a big fan of it taking over a prose narrative. A number of the scenes were quite funny, and I found myself laughing as I listened to this working on my Design project today (I laughed more with the first book though). The interactions between the three queens (including Alice) went a little too long for my tastes, but I did enjoy some of her other adventures, including the soldier who kept falling off his horse.
After the clever storytelling in the first book, this one feels like more of an afterthought. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't found the recitations tedious. I do love Alice though. ...more