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Review: A Dreadful Fairy Book

A Dreadful Fairy Book by Jon Etter My rating: 5 of 5 stars Disclaimer: Digital ARC via Netgalley. It did not have many of ...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Review: Alien: Out of the Shadows

Alien: Out of the Shadows Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up for free during Audible's anniversary celebration.

While I enjoy some of the Alien movies, I am not a huge Alien fan, but this was a pretty fun read. It details what happened to Riley between movies. Drysdale does a damn good job of being close enough to Weaver. The action is exciting, the effects good. It really is movie worthy. The only thing that seemed a little force was an attempt at a romantic sub-plot. But that was about it.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Review: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 2: Cosmic Cooties (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 2: Cosmic Cooties (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 2: Cosmic Cooties (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur by Amy Reeder
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I found this one a little less enchanting than volume one. Now, don't get me wrong, I think part of that is how I feel about Marvel, and has less to due with Moon Girl.

I think it is great that Marvel is showcasing characters like Moon Girl and Ms Marvel. Not only are they minority characters but they are non-trophe female characters. To me this was always the charm of Firestar (and to a lesser degree Scarlet Witch), and yet, I had to watch Marvel writers constantly screw over Firestar and finally paint her simply as the girlfriend and that pissed me off. (Seriously, her home life is too normal Mr Marvel Writer Fabien? She had a father figure die in her arms, and almost lost her real father the same way. Hey, and what about her mother? Shit poor writing, dude. You just like the male characters better. You never could write women and you screwed your female characters over). Marvel still wastes her. So I guess, I am a little jealous on her behalf.

So there is that. Which is why I was a little resentful of Ms Marvel here because that is the way the women in New Warriors should have been. Really, should have been.

But I love this series because of Lunella who has two loving parents and value her own intelligence, who doesn't care when a guy says he loves her because she is fourth grade. That is so important today. So important. So give Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur to all the women and girls in your life. Because this series is actually right.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Review: Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods

Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods by Danna Staaf
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I won a copy via Librarything.
Unlike Staaf, it took me quite a while to warm up to squid, octopuses and the like. It wasn’t until I read “The Vampie Squid from Hell” by Richard Ellis that I took an interest. Staaf’s book isn’t about one specific squid, octopus, or whatnot; instead it is about the history of cephalopods as a whole, in particular the evolution.

Which you think would make it a rather dull science book, but it is not.

In part, this is because of all the cool and interesting facts that Staaf shares. For instance, did you know that a sperm whale eats 700-800 squid every day and that isn’t that unusual because apparently everything eats squid, including squid. And then there is the squid’s brain and that is really strange. Not to mention the whole thing about gas. So, all that is pretty awesome.

Then there are all the Clue references. Quite honestly, I mean that should have to be all I need to say.

But if that is not enough for you, there is this. Staaf’s love for her subject comes through with every single word. She’s not trying to talk down to the reader, to be smart, to be funny, to be cool. She is simply, lovingly, wonderfully writing about a family of animals she loves. This is a love poem. She will make you love cephalopods and give you reasons why you should - like the whole thing about shells.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Review: Invisible Victims: Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

Invisible Victims: Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Invisible Victims: Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women by Katherine McCarthy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First the bad - there are several typos, the footnotes are, big and large, simply a website link. While this makes sense for an ebook, I still want correct citation format, sorry. Lastly, you could say that a few of the sections about serial killers are de facto ads for other books in the series. They are and they are not in my view. McCarthy does a good job of showing how those cases are related to the scope of the story, so considering the series, I'm neutral on these inclusions. Finally, and this was most annoying, it was unclear at points whether a work mentioned was an essay or a book. I spent several minutes searching for a book title when it was really an essay I should have been looking for. That was rather annoying.

HOWEVER

Those faults aside, this a pretty good overview and not at all senesation as the cover might lead some to think. McCarthy cites when she needs to and deals with the overarching issues quite well. The book is an overview, so the sections dealing with the history that lead to the society problems that allow for the murder of Indigenous women are perhaps too short, but McCarthy points you in the direction to learn more (and some of those facts, wow). McCarthy deals sympathically with the victims and points out how race and the question of "good" or "bad" girls plays into the how the media views the victim. Unlike some other work on the death of Indigenous women, McCarthy moves beyond the Highway of Tears and Residental schools and brings in classes that were not first thought of, making the book an overview.

If the editing errors had been fixed, this would have been four stars.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Review: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #0

Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #0 Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #0 by David Wohl
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Okay, I am sorry but the cover. Kick ass women in comics are wonderful but the whole sexy look thing is a bit over the topic, especially with the cover. Look below her belt.  I mean, it could be an accident, but really?  C'mon.  Look below.

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Review: White Lotus

White Lotus White Lotus by Libbie Hawker
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Rhodopis is an Egyptian version of Cinderella, or at the very least, it involves a foot fitting into a shoe if not evil step sisters. Libbie Hawker’s White Lotus is the first in a trilogy about Rhodopis.

The book isn’t bad. This volume details Doricha (who will become Rhodopis) beginnings from the daughter of a starting Thracian family trapped in Egypt to joining the household of the Pharaoh. IN short, it is about a young girl sold into slavery as a high-end prostitute.

While Hawker does a good job of immersing the reader in the society and time of ancient Egypt and the clash of Egyptian and Greek saviors, as it were. Yet, the central character of Doricha is rather dull. I mean really dull. She is a great dancer, smart, and wonderful. And constantly having bad things done to her by people she trusts.

The one character that really shines is Archidike, who is at first takes Doricha under her wing, but becomes her enemy due to a misunderstanding that, quite frankly, isn’t quite explained very well to the reader. She then becomes a one-dimension villain. But before that, she carries the book because she has the spark. Archidike sings. She almost steals the story from Doricha. When she is forced back, the book suffers, and we no longer truly care about the ending or Doricha’s success.

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