Friday, September 8, 2017

Go Go Read These Comics

These comics take a fresh look at the Power Rangers by concentrating more on their regular lives and how this new power changes them all. It starts right at the beginning when the y first become rangers. I'm loving the story so far and the artwork is also pretty outstanding.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Review - Miles Morales

Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds

* Read via NetGalley for Review

4 out of 5 gnomes

It was nice to read more about Miles Morales as Spider-Man. I know a little bit about him from the comics but it was great to get a whole book about him. There’s just the tiniest hint of an origin story but it works really well, you’re pretty much just thrown into his world.

This Spider-Man really reads like a teenager not an adult trying to act like a teenager so you’re not jarred out of the story but drawn into it. Also shows that Spider-Man problems can be just as crazy as regular high school problems.

This is more a Miles story than a Spider-Man story until almost the very end. I wish there had been more Spider-Manning because he is a really awesome Spider-Man. Saying that though you do read/hear about some of what he's done as Spider-Man and all the drama and trauma that he’s already been through. I’m hoping there are future books about Miles by this author.

The villain is definitely new to me aka one I hadn’t heard of before. This villain is also a sinister surprisingly old evil too. Plus it just seems believable from a real world and comic book point of view that a villain who believes this could form and cause chaos very easily.

His family life is well done. There is plenty of drama but also a lot of love between him and his parents. I have to mention his friend Ganke too, he is really entertaining and brings out a fun side of Miles.

I wish there had been more of a resolution with the ending. It was good but there are some loose threads that I’m very curious about.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review - Night Shift

Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

2 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

What and Why, these are the two words you might find yourself thinking while reading this last book in the series.

This book felt very rushed to get to a kind of a meh conclusion. I mean everything was slow paced before but this just felt like the author wanted just to be done with the series.

I like multiple points of view books a lot usually. This though felt like Harris couldn’t pick which character she wanted to be the protagonist. You flit from person to person but don’t really find out a lot about anybody.

They introduce something extremely interesting about Manfred’s family but then don’t really go into it a lot.  

The whole end game kind of felt like an afterthought and a no duh kind of moment on who would be participating. Their solution doesn’t really feel like much of a solution… Plus nobody really got a satisfying conclusion.

P.S. The TV show has me hooked and I recommend it a lot more than I do these books. The show is definitely cheesy but in an awesome way. The pacing is much less slow and things are happening crazy fast. The characters are also a lot easier to connect to on the screen then via the books.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Quick Review - By Your Side

By Your Side by Kasie West

3 out of 5 gnomes

I work in a library so the whole being trapped in a library aspect made me want to read this book. Lets just say that I know people have been very close to being locked in the library here before...but the place is always double checked by security too. It's a cool concept but I'm not sure how feasible it would be so you have to suspend your disbelief and just kind of go with it.

Dax and Autumn have some great chemistry. He's the loner/bad boy that nobody gets she's the photography person who has a lot of friends. The book is without a doubt predictable as heck. There are some definite eye rolling moments but then I just kept on reading. Let's just say Autumn has some rather oblivious friends. Saying all that though, I just couldn't stop reading. It's like one of those bad TV shows that you just can't stop watching.

Overall a quick yet not very surprising read that still manages to make you care about these characters.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Colorado Vacation

 Moose and baby Moose :)

Fun with the panorama setting on the phone:

 The Stanley Hotel on Overlook Lane aka the hotel that inspired Stephen King to write The Shining

Monday, July 31, 2017

Midnight, Texas

Midnight Crossroad and Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

Books 1 and 2 in the Midnight, Texas series

These books are pretty interesting. I read them because I read most but not all of the author’s Sookie Stackhouse series. Plus I saw that the TV show was going to be released soon. Reading the first two though looks like the TV show is going to change a lot.

Manfred, a psychic whose power only sometimes work, moves to the extremely small town of Midnight, Texas. All the residents are shall we say an eclectic bunch aka an intriguing plethora of many different kinds of supernatural. All the characters are interesting and have a variety of colorful pasts.

It’s told in multiple points of view but Manfred’s chapters were my favorite. The books are pretty slow moving but the mystery of it all is pretty intriguing too. Everything is pretty slow though though and it takes a while to get explanations for what's going on.

The relationships are all really well done. You'll be rooting for these characters especially when bad stuff starts to happen. I look forward to reading the third book and seeing if it connects everything together/or explains more.

The TV Show:

I’ve watched the first episode of the TV show now and it was pretty great. The show seems to be moving a lot faster than the books. Plus Manfred’s powers are a lot stronger than in the books. This show is definitely going on my must watch list.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Stellar Catchphrase Forever

Waste of Space by Gina Damico

Favorite Quotes/Lines:

“Meanwhile, the middle of the New Mexican desert is witnessing an altogether different type of erection.”

“According to the laws of astrophysics, everyone has to shut the hell up.”


“Emily Dickinson says that hope is the thing with feathers. But I think hope is the thing with a doorway.”

“Catchphrase forever!”

4 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

This book took a little bit to sync with me but when it did, I couldn’t stop reading, it just kind of draws you into its orbit.  Gina Damico’s books are a must read for me because they are often bizarre but brilliant in a uniquely unexpected way.

The setup and style of the book reminded me a lot of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (another awesome book that takes a look at tropes/satirizes the reality TV shows and politics of the world.)  

Throughout the book you know something really big/really bad happened. You just don’t know what exactly. This book very entertainingly shows you how they all got to this point and how this crazy reality stunt idea imploded. I know it’s a satire of reality shows/culture but parts of it do feel pretty darn believable especially in the world we live in today. I mean just look at the memes and catchphrases like “catchphrase forever” something like that could totally happen.  

These ten contestants check off all the reality show cliche boxes and are a blast to read about. The whole casting process is insane I mean just look at Matt and Kaoru and how everyone is cast one way or another. Nico and Bacardi are my favorite personality wise and because of how the book ends.

Their adventures aboard the Laika ship make for really great reality TV. Plus you will be kept guessing about what’s real and what exactly is happening. Just when you think nothing Science Fiction-y is going to happen then WAM you’re in for quite the intriguing surprise.

The ending is stupendous and will make you wonder what would happen to these characters and their futures.