Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Top Ten Favorite Novellas/ Short Stories


 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Artsy reader Girl. Each week a new Top Ten list will be posted. Everyone is welcome to join. Link back so everyone can check out other bloggers' lists. It's a fun way to get to know fellow bloggers.

This week we are looking at novellas/ short stories.  And since it's my blog and I'll cheat if I want to I'm gonna include both novellas and comics/ graphic novels. So I'll be showing off a few of my favorite short stories and a few favorite GN's as well. And let me know in the comments what 
your favorites are!      

Planet of Exile

Probably my favorite short novel. It's only a bit over one hundred pages but packs so much story in those pages- love, betrayal, acceptance. 

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)

The first Murderbot

Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)

The second Murderbot lol- as good as the first! 

Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3)

The third Murderbot- which is not out yet but I'm calling it. 

The Young Queens (Three Dark Crowns, #0.2)

This adds so much to the story of the three queens.  

The Oracle Queen (Three Dark Crowns #0.1)

This tells the story of Elsabet the mad queen years before the current series. Adds a ton of info. 

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My favorite Tintin. 

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The Cave of Time (Choose Your Own Adventure, #1)

The Cave of Time- but really the whole Choose Your Own Adventure series because cool idea. 

 Alex + Ada: The Complete Collection

Alex and Ada  

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The Mutant Massacre may be my favorite X-Men story. Marauders set out to exterminate mutants living in the tunnels under NYC, and when the X-Men intervene there are casualties on both sides. This event changed character arcs and story directions for years

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Thunderbolts Ultimate Collection. Dark and crazy at times, this might be my favorite graphic novel to recommend. Villains posing as heroes, half the team are psychotic or just warped, and it's hilarious too. 

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This series is a trip. 

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The X-Men in the Savage Land collected here. 

Winter Soldier: Winter Kills #1

My favorite Winter Soldier story. Bucky spends Christmas thinking back on the things he's done, making some new acquaintances, and revisiting an old friend. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Midyear Book Freakout Tag

I was tagged in the Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag by Jo at Jo's Book Blog (thanks Jo!!!) and then I was tagged again by JJ at This Dark Material (thanks JJ!!!!!!) so here we are. :) And it made me think of this song, so for your listening pleasure you can listen to some Chic while reading my answers. Or whatever... and good luck getting that song out of your head afterwards!

Best Book You've Read So Far This Year

This is a toss up.

The Wolves of Winter


Bad Girls with Perfect Faces

Best Sequel You've Read So Far 

This Fallen Prey (Casey Duncan, #3)

New Release You Haven't Read Yet But Want To 

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers, #3)Echoes

Biggest Disappointment 

Blackfish City

Biggest Surprise 

Bad Girls with Perfect Faces

Favorite New Author 

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Book That Made You Cry

The Wolves of WinterBefore Mars (Planetfall, #3)

Book That Made You Happy 

The Extinction Trials (The Extinction Trials, #1)

Favorite New Character 

Maybe ART from the second Murderbot novella? ART stands for Asshole Research Transport, BTW, a name that Murderbot rather un- affectionately gives it!

Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)

Favorite Book To Film Adaptation 

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Most Beautiful Book You Bought This Year

The Wolves of Winter

Favorite Post You've Done This Year

That's a toughie. Probably Why Dragons Are Like Cats or maybe Best Car Chases

Kamandi Challenge


The Kamandi Challenge is kind of a neat thing. DC Comics decided to celebrate Jack "The King" Kirby, creator of many of Marvel and DC's properties, by resurrecting a fan favorite character of his- Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth. Kamandi was a series that ran in the 70's and was a post- apocalyptic tale of a boy who made his way though a rugged wasteland after some Great Disaster. The world at this time has changed, with talking animals and only scattered pockets of humanity left. Humans have mostly reverted to savagery, with the more advanced animals treating them as little more than beasts. Kamandi's name is a mash-up of Command D, a bunker where the boy was raised by his grandfather. When his grandfather is killed, Kamandi ventures out into the world to make his way.

The point of the Challenge was to tell a twelve part story, in honor of Kirby, with each installment written and drawn by a different creative team. Each story ends on a cliffhanger, with the next installment's creative team tasked with continuing the story, and by turn handing it off to the next team. I love the idea of this, and even though I've never read the original series I was intrigued and wanted to check it out. And the creative teams are a who's who of comic creators too, so added bonus.

So... let's take a trip into the apocalypse with the Kamandi Challenge. The first issue is split into two halves, with two creative teams doing their thing.

Issue #1

Written by Dan DiDio and illustrated by Keith Giffen.

The boy who will become Kamandi wakes up late for school and has to make a run for the bus. Unfortunately the world is ending- or his is, at any rate. Apparently the bucolic small town he lives in is a bunker? And everyone in it (other than him) is tasked with guarding him. As invaders overrun the town, everyone else apparently dies defending the boy, who manages to escape after his grandmother ushers into a chamber where he'll be safe. This chamber somehow educates him, including a directive to "remember Command D,"  but after an indeterminate amount of time he is removed from the chamber and captured by talking animals, who throw him into an arena to fight for their amusement.

Written by Dan Abnett and illustrated by Dale Eaglesham.

Eaglesham is one of my favorite comic artists and this section has amazing art. Kamandi is in the arena and facing off against a huge gorilla named Tiny. After outsmarting the beast he is slated to train as a gladiator, with Prince Tuftan (a talking tiger) instructing Dr. Canus to get him ready. Neither initially believes him to actually be intelligent. Kamandi tells Canus about the dream-like memories of his prior existence, along with the knowledge that he is to seek out his parents. It turns out Kamandi is in Tiger City, ruled by King Caesar, who is away on campaign. Tuftan is his son.

Canus is showing Kamandi around when Caesar returns, having crushed a leopard army, and bringing many of them back as prisoners. He also has a nuclear warhead he has brought back, and Kamandi realizes he is stockpiling weapons. Caesar instructs his scientists to "wake the god," which translates to arm the nuclear weapon, which begins counting down to detonation. Kamandi warns Canus that they're about to be blown to bits, but he doesn't get it.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Sunday Post #254

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews
It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Date 
Well it's mid- July already. Is anyone else shocked? Remember when summer used to last forever? Clearly it doesn't anymore. It's been hot too. I'm kinda looking forward to fall already, with cooler temps and changing leaves. I need that bite in the air, cider and doughnuts, a harvest moon and pumpkins... 

I'm still reading Blackfish City- that one's been kind of a slog. Not a bad book but just not super exciting, you know? I should finish it this weekend, and then return to either The Lies they Tell or Rachel Vincent's new one- which would you pick? I do have a read-a-long coming up for Record of a Spaceborn Few later this month or in August- whenever we get to it- with LaLa in the Library, Jo's Book Blog and A Dance With Books. Gonna be fun.  

This week Movies That Suck featured The Guns of Navarone. This week will be Edge of Seventeen and I had a suggestion for Big Trouble in Little China, which I will happily accommodate! Plus the Sinbad movies are coming up. Life is goooood. Oh and my Nancy Drew/ Hardy Boys Tag is coming. And... since I haven't shared any writing in a while, I have a new flash fiction on the way, inspired by this image   
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Song of the week 


vintage pulp fiction


Survive the NightAdrift

Here's an overhead look at Sleeping Bear Dunes. 

And here's a nice shot of Lake Michigan at the Dunes, although for some reason after the 4 second mark the view shifts to some rocks- not sure why- but the beginning and end show the lake off nicely! 

Gemma at Secrets of the Citadel breaks down the crypts of Winterfell- and their secrets- for us. 

And... as many of you know, a new Song of Ice and Fire book is coming out this year. No, not The Winds of Winter, but Fire and Blood- 700 pages of Targaryen history. Gemma takes a look at what to expect. 

With summer upon us I thought I'd share a little Michigan love, summer version.   

Collection of magnificent Middle-Earth illustrations along with detailed Lore - Imgur

the beach cafe. by megatruh


This one's pretty dark and is called Vader the Emperor. I guess in this version he wasn't redeemed and killed the Emperor and Luke.

Vader the Emperor., Maciej Drabik on ArtStation at https://www.artstation.com/artwork/vader-the-emperor


Sith attack


Tsuneo Sanda poster




TIE Fighter Pilot - Star Wars - Rafał Rola


Some Sith cosplay. 

Lady Sith Cosplay.  Costume: shiveeejam Photo: SLDixon Photography