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.

That said, since I will be judging you quite harshly from now, perhaps you would be fully justified in berating my poor memory. Continue reading

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Shallow Reader Post – Power Girl

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After a really long time, our Goodreads group decided to do a buddy-read. And we picked a really interesting theme this time round…which led to me reading Amanda Conner’s Power Trip comic. It wasn’t too bad, all things considered:

Anyway, this is a fairly fun volume to read. I didn’t realize how big the page count was, so I kept wading through it, more and more confused. Then I glanced down (at my digital copy) and saw it was over 300 pages…

Most of PG’s random encounters with random villains, in the midst of a personal crisis about her identity. It’s more light-hearted after the initial Psycho-Pirate story, and generally I just found them vaguely entertaining, not riveting.

Can we just take a moment here to reflect on the fact that Psycho-Pirate looks and sounds like an antivirus software?

To find out exactly what the BR theme was, read the review here.

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Book Review – The Prophecy Con

The Prophecy Con (Rogues of the Republic, #2)The Prophecy Con by Patrick Weekes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ASDGFHJKL. I have no words for the absolute delight that is this book.

There is a lot that is good about the Prophecy Con. And – this is going to sound tangential, but bear with me – it reminds of the new Barbie doll line in the way it finally, finally, embraces diversity of all kinds. So I thought I’d review it like the launch of a new doll line. Continue reading

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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Shallow Reader Post – Thor, Vol.2

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Remember when I got super excited after reading the first volume of the new Thor? We never find out the identity of the lady who is Thor now and after a long wait, the second volume came out. It wasn’t as great as I hoped, but not too bad either.

In the second volume of Thor, the central question is who lady Thor actually is, and old Thor (now Odinson) is running helter-skelter trying to solve the mystery of her identity. He doesn’t do a very good job of it, to be honest. Some other things are happening, which I have to strain to remember, but Freyja and Odin are steadily on the path to a divorce as Odin does what crotchety old men do best: act misogynistic and stubborn.
Actually, that might just be Odin.

Read the review here. If you need to jog your memory about the previous volume, see the old post on The Goddess of Thunder.

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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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Book Review – Alice

Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1)Alice by Christina Henry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to read a good horror book. The problem with me is that I never really get into horror enough to feel delicious chills down my spine, usually for one of three reasons:

1. It’s too predictable and/or boringly written, thereby removing any potential fear,
2. The characters are not compelling enough for me to be horrified by the possibility of their deaths;
3. I am a heartless human being and don’t give a damn in general.
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