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 – A Promise of Fire

A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1)A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Everyone, welcome to this session of “How Many Tropes Can We Fit Into One Book?”

You will notice that your usual host has been rendered speechless by the absurd level of trope stuffing in this book, so I’ve taken over for today.

Now, for all of you that wanted a copy of Kate Daniels without the badass Kate and the hotness of Curran, but with some teenage drama thrown in, you’ve come to the right place.
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Shallow Reader Post – Way of the Weird

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College and deadlines have given me a neck that a wrench couldn’t fix. Sigh. The only person who seems to be suffering more is Doctor Strange in this new run:

I also tend to get annoyed when they don’t complete a story arc in one volume and this ends on a major cliff-hanger. I mean, it wasn’t that bad, but honestly the story had barely gotten started.

On the bright side, I sincerely loved the idea of magic having a price for its use and the whole secret Himalayan sect thing.

He isn’t doing too badly at the box office, though. Read the full review here.

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Shallow Reader Post – Faces of Death

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So I missed a post last week because I was busy, but on the bright side, I got to watch Doctor Strange. The scales have been balanced, if you don’t think too hard about it.

Rambling aside, I read a Batman Detective Comic a while ago and honestly could not tell what was detective about it. Excerpt here:

There are two kinds of people in the world: the ones who believe Batman is the real personality and the ones that believe Batman is the persona.

Ok, the latter camp is something I made up, but it was a cool way to open the review.

Anyway, I belong to the third faction (population: 1) that believes that neither Batman nor Bruce Wayne is the real person, but something in between, a mixed personality that we never get to see.

Read the review here while I fan-girl over the latest Wonder Woman trailer 😉

Shallow Reader Post – Sunstone

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Guys, I made a discovery…It’s called digital comics. And here’s a review of one of the first ones I read – Sunstone, a breakout graphic novel that’s essentially a romance between main characters Ally and Lisa.

For some reason, I’ve decided this is the cat gif review.(shrugs)

Sunstone deals with what some people might call uncomfortable topics, but which will surprise no one who is acquainted with:
(a) fanfiction
(b) M/M romances
(c) anime fan-girls

I happen to be one of those people.

See the rest of the review here and hope that I manage to get through this year of uni without being distracted by all the shiny books.

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Shallow Reader Post – Darkseid War

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Hola! I have realized why some people might decide never to start reading comics. They come with a great deal of history, convoluted relationships and endless reboots that aren’t really reboots. Not knowing even one of these details can sometimes kill a book. And because there were things I didn’t know at the time of reading this Justice League volume, it kinda sucked:

But the reality was more like…

Some barely comprehensible backstory (I had to reread it to get the whole exchanging sons thing)
Some randomly distributed murders by Darkseid’s generalissimo(or is it Antimonitor’s, I forget)
Followed by this completely badass Darkseid’s daughter character(Grail?)whose motivations I don’t fully understand
Some more backstory about Grail and a gibberish prophecy, also something about Luthor’s heartless sister, all random
The Flash and Bats in CSI mode(I realize much later that this volume is part of DC Rebirth; until then confused by Flash’s presence)

Read the rest of my babbling here. In the mean time, how much are you dreading school on a scale of one to 10? A 100?

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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 – 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 – Witch Hunter Angela

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With some difficulty, I’m managing to keep up the biweekly posting (wheezes). So forgive me if this review is not particularly helpful or entertaining, because I’m slightly running out of steam. I was intrigued by the cover of this particular comic and my intrigue stopped at the cover after I read it:

I thought Angela was part of the Asgardian mythology but here she seems to have nothing to do with it. Which is just confusing, because that’s the defining trait of the character? Also, who is this Serah person?

Read the review here and look forward to a hopefully cheerier post on Friday!

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