Review: Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Power Couple

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Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Power Couple by Charles Soule

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



Coming off my high praises for 'Injustice: Gods Among Us' I can't help but feel somewhat betrayed by DC. I finally thought I may be getting hooked back on Superman - I felt like I was experiencing some of my childhood joy again - until I read this graphic novel. I was gritting my teeth through the entire storyline. There was too much blubbery romance, too much dwelling on complex emotions and not enough ass-kicking. The storyline was just not great at all. It's not like this is a long graphic novel... and yet I almost didn't even finish it.

I enjoy a bit of complexity and real life in my comics but this was just too much. Luckily I was given a free electronic copy of this graphic novel through NetGalley because I certainly would have felt ripped off if I paid for it.

I'm at a crossroads here: Do I continue reading Superman comics and take the chance of DC ruining my childhood hero or just drop him into my memory bucket with all the good comic memories from yester-year and live with my happy memories of books I enjoyed?

I recommend skipping this one unless you like your superheroes written like Twilight novels.



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Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 1

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Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 1 by Tom Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



It has been years since I read a Superman comic or graphic novel, not because I don't love Superman (who doesn't!?) but because the DC universe has often seemed a bit lacking. I'm a bit more of a Marvel universe follower but was excited to receive an electronic copy of this graphic novel from NetGalley.

I haven't read Volume 1 of this storyline but the beginning of the book did a good job of catching me up on all of the events of the previous book. Let me just say, this may have reconverted me to Superman! This is a dark and exciting portrayal of the world's favorite superhero... where he is kind of, sort of a villain. And I loved it! I'm definitely going to have to start following these books in the future.

This is an exciting addition to the DC universe storyline and can happily recommend it to all geeks!



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Review: At the Old Haunted House

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At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I'm not sure it's totally fair for adults to review children's books so I'm going to attempt to see the book as my children see it. There's probably some sort of recipe to making a picture book that will be beloved by my chitlins but whatever that recipe is, 'At the old haunted house' seems to have hit it. This book is a huge hit with my kids. I won it in as a galley review copy from either Goodreads or LibraryThing.

It's a beautifully illustrated hardcover book which clearly had a lot of time and effort put in its production. When I read books to my kids I generally like them to be 1) short, and 2) rhyming. Don't ask me why exactly I like them to rhyme... perhaps it feels more like a game when I read the book to them.

I really think this is a great children's book. I can't rate a 5-stars simply because it doesn't stand up to my long-time favorites, however, if your kids like ghosts and mummies and other spooky halloween stuff, they'll love this book!



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Review: Trickster

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Trickster by Randall Potts

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Poetry is a very personal thing. There are times when a good book of poetry can sweep you away into a totally different world or drown you in a tidal wave of emotion. I don't consider myself extremely skilled at picking out skillful poetry but I still enjoy the romance and lyricism of a good verse. Perhaps the absence of lyricism and romance in modern poetry is often what makes me view it as lacking, but occasionally I fall in love with something new that hits me just right.

Trickster is an interesting collection of poetry. It feels disjointed at times -there are poems which feel like a random smattering of words. While I'm sure there was a goal in mind for those verses, I'll admit that I didn't really get it. However, there were other poems which were quite fantastic.

There was one poem in the book that I actually could have sworn I wrote at one point... but apparently I didn't. Perhaps it is proof that he was able to get inside my head and his words hit me close to home. This is a poetry collection worth reading but I can guarantee the whole collection will appeal to very few while a handful will hit you right where you need them.

I received this as a galley copy free of charge from the publisher as a kindle download. The formatting was a bit weird in ebook form so that may have affected my overall opinion. Still, I'd say it's worth a look!



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Review: Tomorrow and Tomorrow

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Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Thomas Sweterlitsch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This is one of those books that ends up not being what most readers originally expected it to be. Whether that is a failing or a triumph seems to depend on the reader. I can certainly say that Tomorrow and Tomorrow isn't what I expected it to be... but it ended up being much much more complex and interesting. The story is a potpourri of genres. It is a dystopian post-apocalypse of sorts but is also crime fiction and romance and tragedy. Thomas Sweterlisch created such a complex story with a terrifyingly realistic future of brain-implanted ad-ware and privacy invasion. His description of the future is only a slightly stretch from what is already a part of our everyday lives that it is completely believable and horrifying.

The story itself is not going to make everyone happy. I'll admit that it is kind of a dreary tale. I liked it for that fact but many readers will feel beat down by it. I thought it was fantastic though! The writing was impeccable and the narrator was incredible (I listened to the audiobook).



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Review: City of Refuge

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City of Refuge by Tom Piazza

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I think anyone who visits New Orleans leaves feeling like they belong there. I personally think there is a bit of N.O. in everyone. After spending a month in the city this last year the city called my name and my wife and I seriously considered moving there. That's the primary reason I scooped up City of Refuge. I wanted to remember a bit of what I felt when I was there. It's a book about Katrina and how it affected two families from very different sides of the socioeconomic spectrum but it's also about that magical thing you find in New Orleans that plants itself in your soul when you go there.

Tom Piazza is from New Orleans and his writing reflects that fact. His love and passion for the culture and city permeates through the pages and makes the story a pleasure to read. It is a very painful and heart-wrenching story but it is told in a beautifully poetic way.

I'm certain that a big reason I enjoyed this book so thoroughly is because of my time spent in the city soaking up the culture but it is simply a fantastic book. I highly recommend it to anyone - even those not particularly interested in reading about the events of Katrina.



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Review: The Girl with All the Gifts

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The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I'm having a hard time coming up with a way to review a book that I don't want to ruin by giving away a single detail. The book sleeve duped me, as it did many others, leading me to believe that it was about some little genius girl in a secret prison facility. And, I guess it was.... but that's not even the start of it. The author did something very interesting - and quite brilliant - by not really letting the reader know what we were getting ourselves into. The cover shows nothing but a yellow background with the silhouette of a young girl with her arms outstretched. It could have been about anything. I was so drawn by the lack of explanation that I put aside my long list of other books I need to read and put this one next to my bed.

The book is absolutely brilliant! Without giving away the story or even the genre, let me just say that this is a book that totally rejuvenates a subject that has been beaten senseless over the last few years. It is so original and refreshing that I was like a giddy little kid, or perhaps like a teenager getting to first base for the first time, while I ravaged its pages. I gobbled this story up with fury!

The story is terrifying (as it promises) in so many ways... and none of those ways will I speak of because it will be your pleasure to discover them when you pick it up and read it the first time!

After reading 'The Girl With All The Gifts' I was so excited that I immediately had to scramble online to try and discover who the real man is behind the pseudonym M.R. Carey. The author's biography on the last page makes it seem as though he is trying to be uber-secretive about who he is... and as a comic geek, I needed to know who this man is (as the bio claimed that he is a Marvel and DC comic writer). After a very short search, it appears that my mission was unnecessary as M.R. Carey isn't much of a pseudonym at all. The author is Mike Carey (whose middle name I assume starts with an 'R').

Let's just say that this is sure to be a huge hit when it eventually hits shelves in June 2014! It proves that tons of life can still be squeezed out of a genre that has been worn pretty thin. I can't even express how much I loved this book!



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