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Friday, April 13, 2018

Review: William Gibson's Archangel




Thursday, April 12, 2018

Review: Paper Girls Vol 4

I have to say I loved the first few volumes of this series as I really enjoy time travel stories. This is the 4th volume in the series, and things started to slow down momentum-wise in the last volume. I do know a lot of people have hopped on the hype train regarding this series just because the first 2 volumes feature 80's nostalgia. (To be honest, I don't understand why people who were not alive in the 80's are so obsessed with this time period as it wasn't the best in regards to fashion and music, etc. ) So for those people, the series may be a disappointment for them as this volume takes place in the year 2000. Which discusses the whole Y2K issues.

This volume did reveal more about the time traveler war such as their background and just how they influence the world. I do not care if they ever venture back to the 80's, and I am still interested in this series because it is about time travel and features big fucking robots fighting! Although I still enjoyed this I didn't feel it was a strong volume as the last few ones. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. I will continue to read this series as I feel it has great potential and I have always enjoyed Vaughan's writing.
 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Review: Amazon Original Britannia

  

If you like Historical dramas like Vikings then this may be right up your alley. I really wasn't seeking this out and to be honest I had never heard of it until I was browsing Amazon's video selections. I liked the name well enough to not even bother reading the synopsis and was in for a great surprise. This series does not hold back on the action. The first episode starts out briefly introducing an outcast druid who has an omen and tries to warn the other druids. From that point on the series is explosive with action which is about the second Roman attempt to take over Celtic Britannia. I was so into this show that I binged it in one day. I did some research and discovered that the series is being renewed for another season, so after you watch this one be ready for season 2. 

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Review: The End of the Fucking World by Charles Forsman


I viewed and reviewed the Netflix/Channel 4 series of the same name back in January of 2018. I really enjoyed that and was super impressed so much that it was based on a graphic novel that I just had to read it.
First off I have to say that I base my reviews on the item/title in question and do not let my opinion(s) of previous work to influence my rating.  I say this because these are two separate animals. The filmed version is very different from the graphic novel it is based on. While this is the basis for the series this felt very plain, and quite honestly this was basic AF. Why do you ask do I say it is basic? Because it transitions from scene to scene very fast with no explanation of why things had changed or why the pair of teens are going in the direction that they are going. The TV series fills a lot of these plot holes and is a much better piece of work than this. I also felt that the art was also basic and plain and seemed similar to Charles Shultz Peanuts if he had drawn Charlie Brown as a runaway teen with issues.


Don't get me wrong I take this for what it is and I did enjoy it but do not feel like so many of my friends on Goodreads that this deserves a 4 or 5-star rating. I rated this only 3 stars for the above-mentioned reasons. After having read this I really do not see there being a continuation of the Netflix series, but they did such a great job of writing it ...it is possible to continue on I guess.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Review: Hellboy: Oddest Jobs

I totally thought this was a graphic novel at first, and it was a subtle surprise. I say this as I tend to avoid reading novelized books about comic book characters. Come to find out that this is the 3rd book of a trilogy of books about the title character. The fact that this was a collection of short stories really helped for me to get into and enjoy this book. Had it been one big novel about Hellboy I don't think I would have liked it that much. don't get me wrong I like HB, but like I said I tend to avoid those kinds of books. Of course, I rated each individual short story using a 5 point star system and came to an average overall rating for the collection based on those total sum ratings.

Each story was written by a known author such as Garth Nix, Joe Lansdale, and a few others who I had never heard of but after reading their tales of HB I may have to look them up. The story I enjoyed the most was by an author I had never heard of named Stephen Volk. His short story was called Monster Boy which was about a little boy who seemed to be in the spectrum based on his description who shared a common interest in movie monsters with his grandfather. The story I disliked the most was called Feet of Sciron by Rhys Hughes which featured a very strange character named Foggy Dicks. Apparently Foggy has an ectoplasmic power and he left the BPRD team to pursue a career in porn...yeah you heard me right....porn.

Each and every story could be read out of order, and I'm assuming the same could be said about the previous 2 volumes in this series. So I will have to go ahead and read the previous volumes. I rated this collection of short stories 3 out of 5 stars based on the above calculation. It is a decent collection of stories some of which I really enjoyed and some not so much. The majority I felt were just okay, but overall this book is worth checking out if you are a fan of the Hellboy series.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: The Vision Vol. 1 Little Worse Than a Man

The Vision was always one of my favorite Avengers long before the movie adaptation. For some reason, he dropped off the radar for a period of time but has returned and he now has another family??? I will admit I was very eager to read this when I saw it. But this was not what I had hoped for. I was hoping that this would have filled in the gaps as to where he has been and how and when did he get a new family? How were they created? We all know that the Vision is based on Wonderman, but where did the basis of his wife and children come from? This book even had an explanation for the dog, but not the rest of the family. Leaving all of this out and turning this into another murder/ someone knows what you did Pinnochio type story just didn't impress me. I thought this was okay for a debut self-titled series, but it left a lot of stuff in the dark. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. It's an okay mediocre read if you are looking for more info about this character but will not really answer anything if that makes sense.

 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Review: The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum

This is my first time ever having read this author. I only heard of this author because I recalled something I read about Stephen King and he had mentioned this author. Of course, I had seen a few films based on Ketchum's books. Which were not for the faint-hearted. One thing I learned about this book was that it was based on a real-life murder of a young girl named Sylia Likens. Upon completing this book the author writes his thoughts on this book and he wanted to bring attention to child abuse and how tragic it is. Warning this book is very graphic in detail....even more graphic is what the real girl had gone through.

Jack Ketchum's writing totally sets up the environment like no other author I have read. He really puts you there and you feel like you can really envision the place and people he describes. This adds to the horror of the abuse the girl suffers and as if you were not already sickened by the pure evil of an adult over a child. He also reminds you what it feels like to be a child and to be powerless because adults rule over them. You would never imagine that things of this nature are even possible, but they are and have happened. The author captures the feel of the time period and how a lot of people were not even thinking this can happen. This was definitely a page-turner and one that I couldn't put down. You are in shock and awe most of the time wondering and even when you know how it will turn out you are still caught like a deer in headlights. The scenes were very gruesome in details and how cruel the characters could be when they would torture an innocent girl were beyond shocking. If you cannot easily stomach things of a graphic nature I would avoid reading this or the original case notes. I rated this 4 out of 5 stars based on how well the author has with words and really capturing an event. I intend to read a few of the other books by him in which I have seen films.