It's always overcast these days so I had trouble taking decent photos. This is a super late unboxing post of @fairyloot's Tricksters Box. With Fairyloot I've come to expect unusual items and as you can see, this box includes a super cool oven mitt. My favorite item is definitely the Mind Palace enamel mug. So useful! I'm sad that my themed Trickster bookmark came damaged tho. That aside, this is another great box from Fairyloot and possibly my favorite one to date. #fairyloot
Book /80 - 'You cannot hear a poem without it changing you. They heard it and it colonized them. It inherited them and it inhabited them, its rhythms becoming part of the way they thought, its images permanently transmuting their metaphors, its verses, its outlook, its aspirations becoming their lives. Within a generation their children would be born already knowing the poem, and sooner rather than later, as these things go, there were no more children born. There was no need for them, not any longer. There was only a poem. A poem, which took flesh and walked and spread itself across the vastness of the known.' ~ How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman .
Art - 5 stars
Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba's artwork is gorgeous. I love the colors! Tho I gotta say, Enn and Vic looked way older than 15.
Story - 3 stars
The language is beautiful as is expected from Neil Gaiman. But yeah, I have no clue what happened. I'm sure there's some symbolism there that I totally missed. Like maybe this story is about how girls are so hard to understand that they're akin to alien creatures. Or maybe it's about how poems are a universal language. Or maybe it's about how any civilization yearns to be heard and remembered. But yeah, I'm sure I missed something. I love Neil Gaiman, but sometimes I just wanna ask him 'what exactly do you mean by this?' Oh well. I love the poetic cadence of some lines. Overall, I think it's okay but I was expecting more. My rating: .5/5
Book 51/80 - 'Different kinds of danger suit different kinds of people.' ~ The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie
This is my first Inspector Battle book and it's a fast and enjoyable read. The mystery starts off, in true blue Christie style, when one of the guests at a house party was found dead in his bed. There are clocks, secret organizations, theft of government inventions and a truly likeable heroine sleuthing around to make sense of things. I love Bundle Brent! (Her name is awesome too!) She gets 1 star all for herself. I hope to read one of her adventures again. My rating:/5
Book 50/80 - 'My daddy didn't want to hurt me. He made up that story to protect me.' ~ Hidden by Loïc Dauvillier, Marc Lizano & Greg Salsedo
Hidden tells the story of Dounia when she was a young girl during the Holocaust. This is meant for young readers so both the art and story is simple to follow. Sometimes the simplest of stories pack the hardest emotional punch and this was the case with Hidden. Dounia's confusion and fear were vividly conveyed and I felt so much for this little girl who was segregated from her peers then separated from her parents because of the war. The ending was both heartbreaking and hopeful. While this didn't really add anything new to our knowledge of the Holocaust, it's still a good read about the effects of war especially on children and I highly recommend it. My rating: /5
My fab bookish sister Cath @talesfromherlibrary visited me a few days back and this is the care package she brought with her. She assisted me in buying the Draco Malfoy Quidditch funko and Autoboyography because I couldn't find them near me. She also gave me this cute cats book sleeve, a donut pen (hi @krish_reads ) and this aloe vera mist. Thanks again, Cath! See you soon! Hopefully with @jayne.vs.books@nerdytalksbookblog and @reading_rexy
Book 49/80 - 'Sorry if I'm just wise beyond my years. The world is out of our hands, pal. You just gotta make your own weird way in it.' ~ Jughead by Chip Zdarsky & Erica Henderson
I liked this much better than the new Archie comics. It stays very true to the spirit of the original comics and Jughead is, as always, the most awesome of them all. Chip Zdarsky is a good fit for this reboot of Jughead. I love how the regular storyline is interspersed with Jughead's dreams/fantasies of adventure and mayhem. It's a fun format that gives the comic a chance to explore different genres and stories--like superheroes, pirates and time travel. I'm not a fan of the art tho. I know that Erica Henderson is an award-winning illustrator so I'm sure a lot of people appreciate her style, but all I can see are angles and big eyes. So yep, not a fan. This is a fun, quick read and I'm looking forward to the next adventure. My rating: /5
I just finished reading Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda for the @bookishpinoys Rainbow Readathon. It's the cutest thing I've read all year. I'm now on to my 2nd book for the readathon, Whatever by SJ Goslee, and it's giving Simon a serious run for its money in the adorableness department. These books are giving me such fuzzy feelings. Have you read these books? Did you enjoy them? I would love to hear your thougts. #BPLoveWins
Thrift Books haul! We're doing a Rainbow Readathon over at @bookishpinoys so I thought it's a good time to post these LGBTQ fantasy books. The Lord of the White Hell duology and the Nightrunner trilogy are both critically acclaimed series--as in all the books averaged more than 4 stars in Goodreads. I haven't read these yet, but I've read some of Ginn Hale's works and all of them are really good. Anyway, if you're into fantasy with LGBTQ elements, then do check these out. #BPLoveWins#bookhaul
I can't believe I haven't posted this until now. So I got edition of Wee Free Men quite awhile back and I'm planning to get the whole Tiffany Aching series because look at how pretty it is! I love how the spine features Nac Mac Feegle language. I actually haven't read any of the Tiffany books, but it's Pratchett, so I expect them to be nothing less than brilliant. My favorite Discworld subseries are the City Watch books, with the Witches in 2nd place. What's your favorite Discworld subseries?
Book 48/80 - 'Steel is power. Money is power. But of all the things in all the worlds, words are power.' ~ Red Rising by Pierce Brown
I somehow skipped this in my review posts because GR hid it from me hmmp. Now my reviews are out of order and it's making me twitchy. Dammit, GR! *shakes fist*
Ok now that I got that out of the way... I'm sorry to say that Red Rising was a disappointing read for me and my problem with it begins and ends with Darrow. I have a long review of this in GR which won't fit here so here's a brief rundown of my likes and dislikes:
I think Brown should play to his strengths and put more action in his books since he writes them so effectively. So less talking, more action please.
I loved all the various weaponry they used. I want them for myself. SEVRO AND THE HOWLERS
I mean, wolf pack. What's not to like?
He's basically a teddy bear. I loved him so much!
I just can't with Darrow, dude. He is the most self-obsessed character I've ever encountered. He thinks he's all that. And the other characters thinks he's all that, from the students to the Proctors to the Drafters. He can do everything. Even when he fails, it's just so his victories can be more awe-inspiring or whatever. It's annoying.
They built him up to be this uber villain but he was such a letdown when he was finally on-page. I expected more.
THE WEIRD DIALOGUE
The dialogue is stilted, as if the characters were reading from a script. It also switches back and forth from formal language to more casual language with no rhyme or reason. Like, what are the rules here? IRRITATING MADE UP WORDS
I just can't get behind the random capitalization in the middle of mashup words.
THE UNEVEN PACING
First 3 quarters was super slow. The last part, on the other hand, was super fast. THE WRITING STYLE
I'm not a fan. Brown has way of structuring sentences to give them more gravitas, but they come out unnatural instead. Darrow takes himself too seriously. In fact, this whole book takes itself way too seriously.
My rating: .5/5
Book 47/80 - 'I want to be the father every father tries to be. The kind who teaches him to get up after every fall. Teaches him that it's okay to fail sometimes. But that you've only failed when the fight is over and the fight ain't over until you win.'
This is the first time I've seen Philippine folklore interpreted as science fiction. In Mythspace, the creatures your Lola told stories about when you were a kid-the Kapre, the Tikbalang, the Manananggal and others-are actually different alien races. It makes for an interesting premise that gives and lends a bigger stage to our local folklore. Okay, so on to my mini-reviews for each story: Lift Off - 3.5 stars
The premise is good but I found the art a bit confusing especially the action sequences. Black Mask - 4 stars
This focuses on the Nuno society. It's a bittersweet story of grief, justice and sacrifice. I just wish the mecha is a bit more distinguishable from each other to make the action easier to follow.
Devourers of Light - 2 stars
I didn't like the story nor the art of this one. To be fair, I suppose this is sets up future stories, but there really isn't much here in the way of plot. The art could've been great if it were in color, but in black and white format, it just comes off as dark and monotonous.
Uncommon Ground - 3 stars
I love the idea of a Kapre detective! This can actually work as a series: a Kapre detective fighting crime and uncovering truth. It would be awesome!
Humanity - 5 stars
My favorite in this volume. It shows the strengths and frailties of humanity. The ending was sad and also hopeful. This feels like a complete story despite its length and the art is clean, easy to follow and works well with the story.
Unfurling Wings - 4.5 stars
My 2nd favorite story and my favorite in terms of the artwork. This follows the (mis)adventures of orphans from different races. The ending is obviously set up for future sequels but the story is satisfying enough in itself. .
Overall, Mythspace is an original take on local folklore and I would love to explore more ofthis world and revisit these characters. My rating: /5 #PsyKaoruRecs
Book 46/80 -
Archie: The truth would crush him.
Jughead: I know. Crushing people is the Truth's hobby.
~ Archie Vol. 2 by Mark Waid & Veronica Fish
Okay so here's the unvarnished truth: I can't connect with this new Archie. Which is a pity because I thought volume 1 was promising. Now I'm thinking maybe I was just blinded by Fiona Staples' gorgeous art. In this volume, I just can't get invested in the life of Archie and Veronica. I like Betty a bit more, but I'm not convinced with her thing with Sayyid. What happened with Sayyid anyway? He seemed a great guy in volume 1 but he's really whiney in this. I'm not a fan. And this series' best character, Jughead, is underused in this volume. He was barely given anything to do. The art is great tho, especially the issues by Veronica Fish so this gets 3 stars. I'll stick around for 1 more volume and see how it goes, but I'm starting to think this might not be for me. My rating: /5