Motor City Comic Con Haul

About two weeks ago was the Motor City Comic Con.  I always love going because I can get cheap comics.  So this visit I obtained 10 floppies and 7 trade paper backs.  The floppies were $1 each and the trades $5 each. I got all 5 issues of the 1991 Robin limited series, and the first 5 issues in the Robin run that started in 1993.  I don’t know why I chose these. So hopefully they are an entertaining read. Next I picked up the first 2 volumes of She-Hulk and the first volume of Young Avengers.  I also got the first two volumes of Fade Out. Last were the first volumes of Shutter and Bitch Planet which were two that I had been hoping to find.

Do you visit cons just to get cheaper comics?  If so what ones have you gotten and were they any cheaper that the ones I got?

 

Happy Reading!!

May Reading Wrap-Up

There are still 2 full days left in May, but I don’t think I am going to be finishing any more books this month, so with that I will bring you my May Wrap-Up. My reading went a little wonky from what I had on my TBR and that is one reason I don’t like doing TBRs.  My mood changes so much in a month and what is going to peek or keep my interest will change on a daily basis.  This month I discovered my love of coloring on my phone while listening to audio books, so I have a few more audio books than I had planned on reading.  I also DNF 2 books this month, both I was very sad about.

The first book I gave up on was Elantris 68427._SY180_[1]by Brandon Sanderson.  I really wanted to like this book but I just found it extremely boring. Since I was bored I was not as engaged as I should have been and that led me to being confused as to what was happening and keeping different people straight in my mind.

 

 

29570143The next book I DNFed this month was New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson. This was another one that I was just bored by.  It just jumped to different people with nothing really happening, with long winded, boring historical information on New York placed between the chapters.

 

 

Let’s get on to the books I DID finish this month. I read 4 graphic novels, 2 audio books and 1 physical book for a total of 7 books this month. happybook

The 2 audio books were A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan which I have 5 stars and NPCs by Drew Hayes which I have 4 stars.

I really, really loved both of these books.  The feminist in me loved Lady Trent and the D&D geek in me loved the fun take on the game in NPCs.

The phy77197sical book I read this month was Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb.  Oh how I loved this book and that’s why it got a 5 star rating from me. Fitz and what happens to him in this book was so compelling.  Now I just have to get through the rest of her books.

 

 

I pretty much sped through the 4 graphic novels this week to finish out my month.

Low, Vol. 1: The Delirium of Hope by Rick Remender 2 stars.   I really disliked this, it was mostly the artwork that brought the rating down so low.  I rarely give out less than 3 stars.

Wonder Woman: Earth One, Vol. 1 by Grant Morrison 4 stars.  I really like almost all of the Earth One series stuff and this was no exception.

Superman: Action Comics, Vol. 1: Path of Doom by Dan Jurgens 4 stars.  Action, that what we want from a Action Comics right?  That’s what this gives.

Justice League: Vol. 1: The Extinction Machine by Bryan Hitch 3 stars. Didn’t really care for the “villain” in this one, but still entertaining.

 

That is all for my reading this month.  How did your month go?

Happy Reading!

 

 Review: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What a wonderful experience reading this novel was. This is a sci-fi book for those that aren’t fans of science fiction. It gave me feelings similar to the first time I read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. You also get Firefly vibes from this book.  There are multiple characters that are distinct and all lovable. There was not one of the main characters that I disliked in any way,  each had their own charm and something to offer,  an insight,  wisdom or observation on life,  love,  family and friendship. The story allows you to get to know these characters and the world and that is really it. But it does it in a way that was captivating and fun.  There was no part of the story I felt I could do without. Looking forward to reading the next book,  A Close and Common Orbit. 

Happy reading!! 


February TBR

February is my birth month and as another year passes in my life I will celebrate by reading some hopefully very fun books. 

I have a lot of graphic novels on the list so let’s start with them.  

Lumberjanes: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Waters

Gotham Academy Vol. 2: Calamity by Becky Claimant and Brendan Fletcher

Ms.  Marvel: Super Famous by G.  Willow Wilson

Grizzly Shark by Ryan Ottley

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Power by Ryan North

Next is my continuing adventures into A Series of Unfortunate Events  by Lemony Snickett 

#9 The Carnivorous Caravel 

#10 The Slippery Slope

#11 the Grim GGrotto

I am also currently listening to The Magicians by Lev Grossman

And last for the month I should be finishing up 

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Happy Reading! 

Janurary Wrap-Up

In January I read 6 books and had 1 DNF.  I think I am off to a good start for the year. 

First off is my DNF

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A.  Heinlein 

I feel really bad about not finishing this one.  It has been on my TBR for years.  The book was just not what I expected.  It was more a philosophical and religious tale than sci-fi and just bored me and was not what I wanted. 

Now on to the book I actually finished last month. 

The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket

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This was my continuing adventures into The Series of Unfortunate Events. The same basic story,  different location. Continuing clues as to the V.F.D. is keeping me interested in this saga. 

You Can’t Touch My Hair  by Phoebe Robinson

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Some really funny, thought-provoking, and inspiring essays on topics,mostly about race and being female. Some parts dragged on the topic for a bit too long but overall great read. 

The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

⭐⭐⭐

Just an average read. This steampunk story has a good female main character,  has a mix of tech and naturalism and political intrigue. 

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

⭐⭐⭐

This collection of short graphic stories gave a definite creepy vibe.  The artwork is amazing but the stories all feel short,  most ending abruptly and leaving me feeling empty. 

Return of the Jedi-Beware the Power of the Dark Side by Tom Angleberger

⭐⭐⭐⭐

The 3rd book in this series.  And it was a good retelling.  Not the best of the series, just seemed a straightforward retelling,  but it’s Star Wars so it’s still great. 

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

⭐⭐⭐

I had decided to read this book after I had a patient that was having delusions that she was a character from this world.  I thought it was a great way to introduce young readers to Greek Mythology but I was just not the target audience for this book.  Don’t know if I will continue with this series. 
Well,  that is all for the books of January. Soon will be my post of February TBR. 

Top 5 Wednesday: 2017 Reading Goals

1. My basic Goodreads goal is to read 100 books this year.  In 2016 I read 117 which was far more than I ever expected I would be able to read.  Granted the majority of them were graphic novels and audiobooks, but it is still more than I thought I could read. 

2. On the note of audiobooks and graphic novels I would like to read 30 physical novels this year.  In 2016 I read 27, so I’m hoping to surpassed that this year. 

3. I would like to read 5 classics/modern classics.  I have never been much on the classics so this will be a very tough one for me. 

4. Read the few books I actually own that I have not read/finished. Last year all of the books I read were borrowed from the library and I neglected the books I had purchased in years prior. It’s time to get my money’s worth. 

5. Read for pleasure! If I am not liking a book I will put it away for something more enjoyable.  Life is too short to waste time on books that do not make me happy and I enjoy.  

Book Review: Station Eleven

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.
Twenty years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.
Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it

Station Eleven follows the events before and after an epidemic flu kills 99% of the world.  It follows a few people that are all loosely tied together.  Two of the people that it follows are an actor and a little girl (primarily an adult through most of the book) 

that acted with him on his final performance. 

This book takes us all over and spans over 20 years. It can jump back and forth and between characters that things can get a little confusing.  We also never really get to know any of the characters too well which makes it difficult to care what happens to any of them. 

I did enjoy the random connectedness between the characters that show whether in a small or largely populated world the six degrees of separation rule can still apply. 

I listened to the audiobooks version of this and the narrator did a good job,  nothing fantastic, but well read. 

Overall I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. The extra .5 is a bonus for the book taking place in my home state of Michigan and the general Great Lakes area. If you are a fan of post apocalyptic books this may not be the book for you as that is not really the main focus of the book and only about half of the book takes place in the “post” world