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DWpalooza
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Pickpick

My fav of the three! Issues 1 and 3 are a conspiracy story (mixed feelings) while 2 delves into Wonder Woman's backstory. The illustrations in 1 and 2 are glorious. In 3, they alternated to various other artists which makes the visual tone vary widely. It's not bad, per-say, just obvious when the art style changes back and forth. For new readers, start with 2. Then read 1 and 3 which have lots of characters from WW's past. #dw2020reads

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DWpalooza
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Mehso-so

Mixed feelings. Issues 1 and 3 start a conspiracy story, while 2 delves into Wonder Woman's backstory. The illustrations in 1 and 2 are glorious. In 3, they alternated to various other artists which makes the visual tone vary widely. It's not bad, per-say, just obvious when the art style changes back and forth. For new readers, start with 2. Then read 1 and 3 which have lots of characters from WW's past. #dw2020reads

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DWpalooza
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Mixed feelings. Issues 1 and 3 start a conspiracy story, while 2 delves into Wonder Woman's backstory. The illustrations in 1 and 2 are glorious. In 3, they alternated to various other artists which makes the visual tone vary widely. It's not bad, per-say, just obvious when the art style changes back and forth. For new readers, start with 2. Then read 1 and 3 which have lots of characters from WW's past. #dw2020reads

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DWpalooza
Wires and Nerve | Marissa Meyer
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Panpan

Well, I wanted to like it. I do love...
-Iko's character
-that she finally has her own story line
-her badass mission of taking on wolf-operatives

What I didn't like?
-This took place after Lunar Chronicles' events. Wasted too much time on referencing past events.
-Short, disappointing backstory for her
-Art style struck me as unfinished and odd proportions. Characters faces, especially.

Iko deserved better. #dw2020reads

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DWpalooza
Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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Pickpick

The first book I've read that doesn't make the 'Chosen One' it's main plot line. I liked how quickly this story was paced and Ivy, the jaded, nonmagical investigator who's in-over-her-head at a magical high school. Unfortunately, it sacrifices sleuthing details (what mystery fans looove) for emotional drama between Ivy, her estranged sister, her new crush, manipulative teens, and evasive school staff. Light noir with a Hogwarts flair. #dw2020reads

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DWpalooza
Knights vs. Dinosaurs | Matt Phelan
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Pickpick

Today, I meandered through two cookbooks full of color photos. Capped it off with an adventous book best described as a hybrid of action comics and kid's chapter book. All light and charming.

Since all three were short reads, I count them as 1 for my #winterreading punch card. #dw2020reads

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DWpalooza
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Mehso-so

This was a long book and needed to be two. One book to focus on Winter, the character. The other to build the climax and detail the final interactions between Cinder & Queen Levana AND Earth & Luna. By the time I reached chapter 60, I had reader's fatigue; there are 97-or-so chapters! Meyer uses empathy and creativity, but the resolution of the whole series really deserved its own book. #dw2020reads #audiobook

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The Subtle Knife | Philip Pullman
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Pickpick

Oh my broken heart! This was so sad and scary (but in a good way). I haven't decide if I admire the two main characters who are preteens. One one hand, I like how Pullman (author) gives them insurmountable challenges which they both take on. On the other hand, I don't like how they're obviously pawns in Pullman's much larger scheme. Also, I love and loathe his cliffhangers. Plan ahead and have all 3 books on hand. #dw2020reads

kipress Book two is my favourite! Reading the new-new one now to my daughter (very slowly).
1mo
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My Antonia | Willa Sibert Cather
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Pickpick

This was my second read, and I fell more in love... mostly. #audiobook #dw2020reads

Pros: The farm life and small town life routines will appeal to Little House fans. Many passages about the plains landscape touch my heart and bring up memories. As I get older, I sympathize with more and more characters.

Con: Part 2, Chapter 7! Slight spoiler as that chapter's all romanticized racism. Feel free to skip it as it doesn't affect anything crucial.

effani That racist chapter really took me by surprise and soured me on the whole book when I reread it recently. Your advice to skip it is wise! 1mo
DWpalooza Right?! I was shocked that I hadn't remembered it from my first read though. 1mo
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Cress | Marissa Meyer
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Mehso-so

Simultaneously read and listened to Lunar Chronicles # 3. Con: this book spends lots of time with its most flighty characters. (No space pun intended.) Pros: the stakes are raised. And most of the characters gain depth.

This my second read of the story, and this time around, it gave me Firefly vibes. Firefly was a one-season-wonder sci-fi/western TV series by Joss Wheadon. Similarily, Marissa Meyer balances her large ensemble well. #dw2020reads