Mini Review – Beastly Bones

Beastly Bones (Jackaby, #2)Beastly Bones by William Ritter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was actually annoyed for a good portion of this book because the smart, go-getter heroine from the last book had been replaced by Archie Andrews for a bit. She can’t seem to walk straight without falling over.

Abigail? Abi-fail, more like.
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Shallow Reader Post – Isn’t it Bromantic

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Hello everyone! Are you having a good New Year? ‘Cause I’m not, I have two essays due soon (sobs in despair). I realize I’ve been missing for a while, and it’s mostly because I haven’t actually read any books. There’s a bunch of sequels releasing this month, so fingers crossed. Meanwhile, have this short review.

The story follows Deadpool in his attempts to befriend Spiderman, who quit the Avengers for some vague reason I don’t get. Of course, since this is Deadpool, his ulterior motives have ulterior motives, so things are fairly complicated.

Strangely, I actually sort of ship this now? Read the 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 😉

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 – 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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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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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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Shallow Reader Post – Flashpoint

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In case you were wondering…it’s not as awesome as it seems.

Greetings, friends, Romans and devoted readers. Lend me your valuable time for a new blog post on a terrible comic book – Flashpoint featuring Wonder Woman. Admittedly my creative skills are at a low right now, but you might read the review anyway, out of sympathy for me? An excerpt:

The futility of this book is beyond belief. I came into this with the bare bones of the story, having already seen the movie and I have to say – the movie is infinitely better.

See it here at the other blog. A couple of other things: yesterday was the anniversary of this blog so I got hyped up and decided February should be unicorn month. Hence the strange banner. I’m also considering doing some new things this year, but have no idea what it should be. I will probably post something discussing this soon, but in the meantime, if you have any suggestions, I’d be happy to read them in the comments below. Happy unicorning!

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