Thursday, June 23, 2016

Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As a series (YA or not) I have to say that this one is/was exceptional to read. I realize I am late to the party on this, but still, a few points to share as to why. For one, there are losses on BOTH the good and the bad. I won't spoil it by saying who, but, suffice it to say, there is something about that sort of loss being felt on both sides that give this story more of a "real" feeling and it allows the reader to seep deeper into this world and experience true emotion. That alone should be the biggest goal of a writer...to have the readers experience true emotion over characters that they have created on paper. That is accomplished here, and for that reason, this story must go down in history as one of the great tales. It matters little if you feel that one story or another has been picked at to create this one. No story is totally unique and all writers are inspired by what came before them. Kudos to JKR for creating such a rich world.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Review: Suicide Squad, Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth

Suicide Squad, Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth Suicide Squad, Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth by Adam Glass
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Besides getting the skinny on the genesis of the Suicide Squad, you also get to see the back story behind Harley and the Joker. The art is stellar and there is a darkness to this tale that has me hooked. I am not a comic book persona and know little about the depths existing in Marvel and DC. I am not brand loyal to either, and simply enjoy the story. Plus...I am a BIG Harley fan.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay, so I am now deep into the part of this tale that I have not seen on film. And once I am done reading this, I intend to watch the series just because. That said, I was mildly disappointed in some of the aspects of this story. Caution...there may be SPOILERS AHEAD.

My biggest issue was with the cast of supporting characters NOT believing Harry when it came to Malfoy and some of the issues going on within the school.. Okay, I can be alright with Dumbledore having his reasons. He has a big picture and therefore, he may not have wanted to upset the plan he had in motion. However, Hermoine and Ron should have known better. They have seen all the stuff around their friend. To be so dismissive did not ring entirely true. Also, even the writing makes it hard to really be convinced that Snape is a bad guy. He could have killed Harry in the duel...Harry should be aware of that instead of becoming more set in his mind, not to mention what he has seen regarding his own father's past treatment of the man. Harry is not stupid and seems to be able to analyze everything EXCEPT that. Granted, if Snape turns out (in book 7) to be the evil person Harry is convinced that he is, then so much for my argument regarding that point.

Overall, there is a lot going on here and the story is moving along well. Looking forward to the conclusion.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story gets a bit dark. I am outside my realm of knowledge as I have not seen this movie version or any of the others from here on out until the conclusion (which I sadly can't actually remember very well since I only paid half of my attention to it.) For a "YA" story, this dies not pull punches. My issues are with the fact that NOTHING seems to have been done to the followers of "HWMNBN". Potter knows who the enemy is. That means so does all the rest of the Hogwarts staff...yet Malfoy is not dealt with at all? And the Minister needs to be slapped. I guess that allows for a few more books in order to wrap things up. Still...I did find that little bit infuriating.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Review: The Zee Brothers : Zombie Exterminators (Non-Illustrated Edition): Curse of the Zombie Omelet!

The Zee Brothers : Zombie Exterminators (Non-Illustrated Edition): Curse of the Zombie Omelet! The Zee Brothers : Zombie Exterminators (Non-Illustrated Edition): Curse of the Zombie Omelet! by Grivante
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very good start. Sure, there are always little hiccups when a new author breaks onto the scene, but look past that and have some fun with this off-the-wall tale. You will find yourself grinning way too often once you let the story envelop you. I do suggest the illustrated version because I have seen the art work and it really adds a nice touch to the story.

Now I am off to listen to the audio version to further immerse myself in this tale.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Review: I Am Legend

I Am Legend I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I have been a fan of this classic for quite a while. I last read it back in the 70s and decided to revisit it to see if it was as good as I recall. Actually, it is much better. So much is in this story that you can see being borrowed by the post-apocalyptic writers of the modern era.

What I also wondered as I re-experienced this classic tale was just how can Hollywood mess this up so badly? The story does not need any special tweaks or re-writes. It is an amazing story about the mindset of a person left seemingly all alone surrounded by vampires (not zombies). This would be a wonderful movie...IF they actually did the story that was written.

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Review: The Sowing (The Seeds Trilogy)

The Sowing (The Seeds Trilogy) The Sowing (The Seeds Trilogy) by K. Makansi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given this book as a gift. It does not fall into something that I would have grabbed on my own. I will say that, overall, the story is actually very enjoyable. It is set in a very human post-apocalypse where genetic and bio-engineering are part of what has destroyed as well as what keeps humanity alive.

It wastes no time getting the action started. I actually had to backtrack because it was so sudden that I thought I missed something. Actually, what you get is the crux of one of multiple driving story lines that run through book one and set the stage for what I imagine will be a very interesting series.

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