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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

A Thousand Ships

A Thousand ShipsA Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow.
A series of postcards from the Trojan war, showing female mortals and deities being brave, strong, resourceful, scheming, conceited or petulant.
I sometimes found the time jumping a bit confusing, but it helped create some wonderful oh, no she didn'tmoments.
Fantastic read.


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Saturday, August 14, 2021

Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre

Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch MassacreDevolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book tells you upfront something horrible happened at Greenloop.
As always, it's not what happened but how it happened that is more interesting.
Alternating between interviews and a journal, the dread builds up.
I enjoyed the ambiguous ending.

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Saturday, August 15, 2020

How Comics Work

How Comics WorkHow Comics Work by Dave Gibbons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a work of art in and of itself.

It provides simple yet deep insights into the process of creating, designing, writing, drawing, colouring, lettering and setting of comic books and graphic novels.

Dave Gibbons needs no introduction: he's written and/or illustrated masterpieces like Watchmen, Batman Versus Predator: The Collected Edition (Batman Beyond, Superman/Batman: World's Finest and others.

Each chapter is devoted to a stage in the comic book development process, like Scriptwriting. It starts with "early influences" on Dave's style and method, before going into detail, keeping it interesting at all times, with explanations of how it has changed over time and the computer's impact on the process. It ends with a focus on a specialist in that stage who is particularly admired by Dave.

Reading this has given me a small understanding of why I appreciate some stuff and am not so keen on other.


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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

BecomingBecoming by Michelle Obama
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whether your agree with their politics or not, this is a must-read.
Mrs. Obama highlights the importance of education and helping each other be seen and heard.

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Off Armageddon Reef

Off Armageddon Reef (Safehold, #1)Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This one was a bit of a chore.
The premise is interesting enough, with humanity hiding on a planet and creating a religion to remain at the pre-industrial stage, in hopes of avoiding annihilation by a relentless alien species.

But the world building and explanation of church politics was a slog to get through.

David Weber throws in some good action scenes, and his sea battles are as amazingly detailed as the space battles in his better known Honor Harrington series.

If the next one in the series should fall into my hands, I might consider reading it, but I won't go looking for it.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Into the WaterInto the Water by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A nice mystery where a river is the setting for murder and suicide.

I had some trouble keeping track of the POV characters, but that is my fault, not the book's.


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