Book Review -Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dammit, this book was so good. What have you done to my brain, Becky?

To clarify, I almost never read contemporary YA fiction. Or contemporary anything, actually. So Simon is a bit of a radical departure for me, but I’m glad to say this was a happy road-trip. Say the book is like a full course meal, then this would be Simon:
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Shallow Reader Post – Scarlet Witch

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Something about the proportion of her legs is off.. 

Good day to you, fair reader! I just want to apologise for last week’s post – it was a day late, it didn’t have tags or an email excerpt, and had nothing to do with anything…I’ve just been really busy. So.

This time round is a terrible collection of stories about the Scarlet Witch, the hex-using, probability-altering Avenger. Here’s a bit of my review:

This book is so bad, it’s hilarious.
I understand the material is old (it’s stuff from the 70’s), it was a different time back then and comics are still not that kind towards women.
But.
I recommend this only if you:

(a) Want to have every feminist bone in your body broken horribly
(b) Want to read a series of useless stories that defy common sense
(c) Want to see Wanda in a swimsuit

I promise that my ranting is quite entertaining for the bystander, so click here to read it.

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Shallow Reader Post – Secret Origins Vol.2

Look at those thighs! She could be a linebacker!

November is here and I’m wondering how the year went by so fast. Soon I’ll be looking for excuses to buy books for myself at Christmas… Meanwhile, I’ve been cheerfully ingesting a bunch of comics and as usually happens when you eat too fast, I choked on this one:

It took me several days to read this tombstone. I am just going to do one line impressions of each story, ’cause I’ve had a long day and this is not worth it.

Chapter 1: In which the Stone family is introduced through some lame dialogue and DC screws up their own timeline while Victor deals with anger management issues.

Chapter 2: In which Bruce Wayne has a George Clooney chin but not the vinyl suit and Jason goes for ninja training to deal with anger management issues.

Chapter 3: In which we get gratuitous cleavage of Mera while she thinks furiously about Aquaman to deal with her exiled kingdom’s anger management issues.

Read me ranting about 21 chapters of anger issues in my usual snide way, over here.

Book Review – The Great Zoo of China

The Great Zoo of ChinaThe Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Warning: Lots of rage-ranting and spoilers ahead.

Once upon a time, there was a book that desperately wanted to cash in on Jurassic World. Somehow this book managed to sneak a look at the script and thought, “Well, if I just change the dinos to dragons, no one will notice!” But the book knew it needed some science to back it up, or it would lose credibility. What with all those reviewers on GR coming down like a ton of bricks on every novel these days, it decided to Google some stuff and again hope that no one would notice. And apparently, the tactic sorta worked.  Continue reading