Book Review – Until Friday Night

Until Friday Night (The Field Party, #1)Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Forgive me, but I don’t really care about either of you, Maggie and West.

I get it, you’re going through tough times, but what, I ask, what does your attractiveness have to do with it?
Why is Maggie such a looker? Does her suffering become more poignant and her bravery more heart-rending because her milkshake brings all the boys to her yard?

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Book Review – The Dark Days Pact

The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen, #2)The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

London, 1812

To Lady Helen,

My dearest friend, I have been following your adventures with anticipation for quite some time now. When you told me of a secret society that vanquished demons hiding among the populace, no one was more thrilled than me that you were to be a part of it. I lived vicariously through your missives for a while, and I was proud to call you a friend.

Then, of course, we could not communicate for a few months, and I must confess, some of the details of your trials slipped my mind. I hope you will not judge me too harshly when I say that I had difficulty recalling names and events. When you spoke of losing the Colligat, I had to sift through my old letters to bring it back to mind.

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Shallow Reader Post – Injustice Year 3, Vol.1

Before I get stabbed by well-deserved condescension, let me apologize for missing out on the last two posts. Friday just went by without me realizing that it was post day and yesterday I was just plain uninspired. So back to the review of the last Injustice volume I have.

Yellow Superman continues to be as loopy as ever, turning a convenient blind eye to Sinestro’s more…persuasive interrogation tactics. He’s also experiencing the joys of being a paranoid ruler, as he can’t really seem to trust Billy. Or the Spectre. Or anyone really.

It’s not a very long review, since the book isn’t very substantial.  Read it here. For the other reviews in this series, see the previous post. I hope to do a more interesting post later this week on a different medium of storytelling – the visual novel. Stay tuned!

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Shallow Reader Post – Injustice Year 2 Vol.2

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We’re returning to the Injustice series today and boy is it a painful experience. Good people dying left and right, bad people not dying but getting worse and horror of horrors, Superman’s suit now has yellow in it. It’s every primary color now!

Moving on to an excerpt.

The problem is that by definition, heroism seems to be wanting to believe the best of everyone, and this is why the DC Universe needed Batman. Otherwise their own gullibility would have killed off everyone by now. By this volume, Superman has been firmly entrenched as an irredeemable dictator who will kill off an entire planet and a young mother in a fit of rage; Hal Jordan has been established as a glitch in the Green Lantern system. I used to like him once. Not any more.

Read the review here.

If, like me, you have trouble remembering what happened in which volume, see Vol 1, and Vol 2 of Year 1. Year 2 Vol. 1 is here.

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Book Review -A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Do you remember how I was thoroughly annoyed with the first book in this series? You’re not the only one shocked by this rating, I assure you.

I had this long debate with myself about how high to rate ACoMAF. I still am debating it, and there’s no telling, I might change my mind in the future. This is sort of how it goes:


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Book Review – The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

So, for my first review as a member of the MacHalo group, and the associated reading challenge, I’m doing a book that was made into a movie or TV show. The Girl on the Train has a film coming out this year starring Emily Blunt, so I think it counts.

This time the book gets an Honest Movie Trailers style review because it is an over-hyped boring story. I love antagonizing the public (evil grin).
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Shallow Reader Post – Teen Titans

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I seem to be on a streak of underwhelming comics lately. In this one, I review an attempt to have Robin join the Teen Titans, which even the writer abandons at the end:

Breaking News – The Damian Wayne Robin is a major sociopath and needs immediate fixing before he breaks Batman’s patience (which, considering it’s Dick Grayson, is no mean feat). It has been decided that the best way to deal with this is to drop him into a group of teenage heroes with their own issues. Stay tuned to see how well this does not work.

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Shallow Reader Post – Grayson Vol 2

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We all know Batman has sidekicks because that level of coolness cannot be handled by just one person, and the best one is, hands down, Dick Grayson aka Nightwing aka Agent 37. I’m a big fan of this character (especially in Injustice) so imagine how let down I was when I read this volume of his solo series and it turned out to be utter nonsense. See an excerpt of my rant:

Story 2: The Brains of the Operation

This one starts with a zombie orca on wooden legs trying to eat Grayson and Helena. I’d like to know what the storyboarding process was here. Did the writers sit down and go:

“We need to start this one with a bang. Any suggestions?
“Let’s see, what would a pair of spies encounter on a reconnaissance mission of a high-tech criminal hideout?”
“I know! A killer whale that crawls around on land with spider legs!”
“Brilliant, now we can have that coffee break!”

Read the rest of the review here. Come on, you know you want to.

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