Shallow Reader Post – Magdalena


Happy Leap Year Day, everyone! It’s been a while since I rage ranted in a snide fashion, so I decided not to disappoint. As an archaeology student, I always revel in someone else’s misery. Especially my own. Here’s an excerpt:

I don’t want to recount the plot because it gives me the hives just thinking about it. But in essence it is:


Magdalena (the new one) is sent out to kill Jackie Enchilada Esta-something
Jackie has IQ reducing conversations with his literal demons
A prostitute and an enthusiastic Christian zealot have a pointless conversation on a bus
Some girl is dying of a coma somewhere and is somehow related to Jackie
Maggie finds Jackie
Fight scenes ensue where Maggie says meaningful things like, “The power of Christ compels you” and “OMG”
Jackie and the tentacle monsters say meaningful things like “!@£% you, ^&*$!”

Read the rest of that fairly long rant here. And then heave a sigh of relief that a certain someone finally won the Oscar 😉

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Book Review – Truthwitch

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Without any ado, prepare for some incoherent gushing.

This book. THIS BOOK. Can I just kidnap the author and give her a hug?

I seriously wanted to do a creative review for this one…but I was too tired to think of one.

And you know what they say – when in doubt, steal your friends’ reviews!
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Book Review – A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Okay, that wasn’t the exciting adventure I hoped it would be. I am not too disappointed, but this book was sorely lacking in punch, which is a bit sad after hearing everyone say good things about it.
I will never trust you guys again! *shakes fist* Just kidding.

I also have lots of conflicting thoughts about this, so you are going to be treated to an unsolicited view of the dialogue between me and myself.
Just be glad there’s only two of us today.
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Shallow Reader Post – Tortured Life

I got sucked in by the cover, and then just plain suckered.

After a jaunt in certain sunny countries and neglecting this blog, I have a short post on a horror(?) comic from Netgalley. Meet Tortured Life, everyone. It wasn’t that great, as you’ll see from an excerpt:

The protagonist, whom I fondly call Gene (short for Generic Hero) because I can’t remember his unremarkable name, is an ordinary man with a not so ordinary ability. Our buddy Gene can see how people are going to die, but not in trippy visions or Morse code messages. He unfortunately has to see everything like Schrodinger’s cat : alive and dead at the same time.

If you are at all intrigued, by either my dead reaction or the premise, check out the review here. Otherwise, I promise more reviews are on their way and possibly even a travelogue. See you later!

Book Review – Knight’s Shadow

Knight's Shadow (Greatcoats, #2)Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de Castell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars.

It is going to be so difficult to do justice to this book. I shall try, but I don’t think I can adequately explain my feelings.

I’m going to try an infomercial (also known as a teleshopping ad) format here, not very closely since I’m doing this from memory. Knight’s Shadow RPG infomercial, coming up!
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Shallow Reader Post: Harley Quinn

Today’s theme: dogs and hotdogs.

Hola again, readers! I’m back with a comic book review of everyone’s favorite psycho in pigtails, Harley Quinn in Harley Quinn: Hot in the City. An excerpt:

As one may reasonably deduce from the rating, I disliked this book with every fiber of my being. It is a well known fact that in order to be a good comics fan, you must:

(a) enjoy gratuitous violence
(b) not expect anything bordering on a plot unless as a last resort
(c) be prepared for all sorts of wild weirdness in the art

Or that’s what the Harley Quinn writers seem to think anyway.

Read the full review here.

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