Being a blogger/vlogger(Youtube) is not easy. It's a lot of trial and error. You always have to try out different approaches to reaching an audience or creating new content that people will watch. Basically, it's an ever-evolving process. I know I will not stop reading as many comics. I love the medium and will continue to share my discoveries with you guys. I originally used to do hauls, but over time felt that while hauls get views I felt like I was misleading my subscribers, and felt that they were worthy of more substance. So I moved on to doing wrap-ups, which were basically mini reviews of the trades I read for that week. I think doing mini reviews is the proper way to showcase new comics both worthy and not so worthy of publicity. But finding the proper title for this type of ongoing thing was very hard to think of and I think this new title is more direct. I don't do themes every week, and I hope you guys get something out of this. I had a lot of fun reading all of the variety of Star Wars books I read for the week.
Previous to this book I had only read The People of the Abyss by Jack London which is about being homeless. If you have not read this you really should as I'm pretty sure much of this still applies to this current day. I know that this author is more known for his Call of the Wild book, but when I got the chance to read this from Netgalley I figured why not. I had rather enjoyed his account of homelessness and figured that his attempt at post-apocalyptic writing might be just as interesting. For the record, I received a free kindle copy of this book for a fair and honest review.
Okay, at first, I wasn't really sure what to think of this book. It's more of a novella or short story than a full on novel. One thing to consider is that the language and terms are from a very different time period than ours. For instance, the mention of air dirigibles is mentioned over and over again, and I gather that this must have been written before airplanes became commonplace. But I did find it fascinating that even back then someone could imagine a plague like this just wiping out a good majority of people in a very short amount of time. That is one of the things that make books like this so horrifying, and strangely interesting because we all want to hope that humanity will endure and eventually rebuild civilization. I have to admit that I found fault with the writer's imaging of this future world aside from technology that we have found obsolete. Honestly, I cannot imagine society plummeting so far into savagery that easily. I really do not think that if a few modern people survived a plague that their children and grandchildren would be totally back to the stone age. I mean we see this situation all the time in such shows as The Walking Dead and other popular media.
There is not too much more I can say about such a short story(I say this, and yet it took me quite awhile to actually finish it) that I didn't go over in this brief review. I did enjoy it. Don't get me wrong for the time it was written this isn't a bad or even terrible story. I just found this to be an average read for the reasons I stated above. I chose to rate this only 3 out of 5 stars on both Goodreads, and Netgalley.
I did read less books this year than the previous year. I only had eleven books total that I rated 5stars. They were as follows-
1. 2. 3. 4.
5. 6. 7. 8.
9. 10. 11.
For the longest book of the year was DC's New 52 Villains Omnibus. Trust me that one was a monster of a book. I don't think I've ever read something as thick before.
Of course the majority of the books I read were graphic novels/trades, Even fewer were E-books.But to sum up the whole year in review a majority of the books I read were just 3 star rated books, which you would think should be the norm for any reader.....sorry kids not every book is a 4 or 5-star book.