Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
review
Awk_Word_Smith
post image
Pickpick

I absolutely ❤️ re-imagined takes on comic book characters. The writers take wonderful liberties with the characters and backstories, all set against a high-fantasy backdrop. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

review
Awk_Word_Smith
post image
Pickpick

This is going to be difficult for me to write: but the show is better than the graphic novel. Maybe the writer felt the story needed to be hastened because it was a limited run series, but the show definitely delves further into everything. My hope is that the story lines in the subsequent volumes of the Umbrella Academy are fleshed out more fully. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
No Title | None
post image

And with that 2022 season comes to an end…

All I can say is thank goodness for audiobooks and graphic novels! I did a considerable greater amount of reading this year even though I had far less time for sitting down with a book and a cup of coffee. (Though that does sound heavenly to me.)

blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
post image

If you want to explore the darker aspects of a character‘s personality, you hire Frank Miller to write the story.

blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
post image

Meant to post this yesterday! Hope you all had a #HappyFestivus

Rachel.Rencher I forgot about Festivus this year! 😱 Happy belated Festivus! 1mo
Awk_Word_Smith @Rachel.Rencher ❤️ 1mo
16 likes2 comments
blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
Untitled | Untitled
post image

Congrats @MatchlessMarie on 100K!
#YearEnd100K

1) The Neil Gaiman Reader by Neil Gaiman
2) Hail Mary by Andy Weir
3) The Storyteller by Dave Grohl

MatchlessMarie Thanks for playing! 🥳 1mo
Awk_Word_Smith @MatchlessMarie Congrats!!! 🎉🎊🍾 1mo
14 likes2 comments
blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
Coffee with Groucho | Simon Louvish
post image

Happy Holidays!

📸 :: Death Wish Coffee Co.

review
Awk_Word_Smith
Batman - the Killing Joke | Alan Moore, Brian Bolland
post image
Pickpick

What can one say but Alan Moore has an incredible gift for storytelling? And Brian Bolland is one of my Top 5 Batman illustrators. This story shows — like no other Batman story — how the Joker and the Batman are two sides of the same coin. Tragedy struck them both but their madness took them different routes — one the road of the madman villain and the other the path of the obsessive vigilante.

Awk_Word_Smith I'm not blind to the controversy over this particular Batman story, and others are free to debate whether the story needed some of the more graphic scenes, but for me this is a wonderful mirror put up to the Batman mythos. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2mo
14 likes1 comment
blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
Batman - the Killing Joke | Alan Moore, Brian Bolland
post image

Brian Bolland—he definitely drew my favorite Joker.

blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
Batman - the Killing Joke | Alan Moore, Brian Bolland
post image

The incredible art of Brian Bolland.

blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
Batman - the Killing Joke | Alan Moore, Brian Bolland
post image

Let‘s do a Alan-Moore-Frank-Miller/Batman Double with “The Killing Joke” and “The Dark Knight Returns”.

vivastory The Killing Joke is easily one of my fave graphic novels. So innovative. 2mo
Awk_Word_Smith @vivastory I have lost count of how many times I‘ve read it. I had a copy in high school like 30 years ago, but my parents sold my comics when I went to college. 😔 2mo
13 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
post image

“This is the story of the extraordinary rise and epic fall of the Vanderbilt Dynasty. This is the story of the greatest American fortune ever squandered.”

Anderson is not pulling any of his punches here. 🫖

blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
Untitled | Unknown
post image

Texreader Coffee! Happy to see a free thinker! I‘m a hot tea girl 2mo
Awk_Word_Smith @Texreader 🙌 🍵 🫖 2mo
10 likes2 comments
blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
post image

@Eggs #WondrousWednesday

1) The holiday markets in Union Square; snow in Central Park; a warm radiator, hot coffee, and a window from which to watch the city.
2) All I want for Christmas is the best holiday ever.
3) Tagged book.

Eggs I‘ve visited NYC but never at Christmas💚🎄❤️ 2mo
Awk_Word_Smith @Eggs The best time of year in NYC is Sept-Jan. Fall is amazing in the City. But no one else does Christmas like NYC. 2mo
14 likes2 comments
review
Awk_Word_Smith
Spy x Family, Vol. 3 | Tatsuya Endo
post image
Pickpick

Loid, a secret agent, adopted a little girl, whom he doesn‘t know is telepathic, and married a woman, whom he didn‘t know was an assassin. Now in order to keep the sham marriage appearances up, he meets his wife‘s psychopathic obsessive brother who secretly works for the state secret police. Hi-jinks continue as Loid tries to save the world.

review
Awk_Word_Smith
Spy x Family, Vol. 2 | Tatsuya Endo
post image
Pickpick

Loid is one overworked spy in a sham marriage to an assassin after adopting a little girl with telepathic powers. Hijinks ensue as the odd couple attempt to give everyone the impression that they are a perfectly normal family. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

review
Awk_Word_Smith
post image
Pickpick

This collection of writing by the incomparable Neil Gaiman was already well on its way to a 5-Star rating when I came to: Nothing O‘Clock (2013). Gaiman wrote Doctor Who fanfic and my nerdy little heart exploded. I. Can‘t. Even. Gaiman gets all the stars. All. The. Stars.

review
Awk_Word_Smith
post image
Pickpick

I find it difficult to label Robert Ray Hamilton as disgraced. He was taken advantage of by an unscrupulous social climber in Eva Mann, who thankfully never really benefited from her schemes and lies. The sad tale of Alexander Hamilton‘s great grandson checks all of the historical New York boxes: influential New York society, Tammany Hall, tabloid newspapers, a Hamilton involved in a brouhaha in New Jersey.

Awk_Word_Smith Only in New York could this unfortunate tale even be plausible. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 (edited) 4mo
23 likes1 comment
blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
Coffee with Groucho | Simon Louvish
post image

Happy National Coffee Day!

blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
Cloisters | Katy Hays
post image

Book Mail! Received the ARC for this one today. Being a NYOONY (New Yorker Outside Of New York) the title alone had me curious. I‘m sure by the end of this one, I‘ll be well & truly home sick.

blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
Me | Elton John
post image

Book Mail! Really excited to read this. Thanks, MacMillan Publishing.

22 likes1 stack add
blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
post image

After the jolt to my soul of trudging my way through a novel by an author I normally greatly enjoy, I was gun-shy to pick up this book by the always brilliant Neil Gaiman. But alas, mere seconds into this audiobook book I was nestled inside the warmth of Neil‘s narration and the wonder of his storytelling. Fear not, Uncle Neil to the rescue.

blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
post image

Saddens me to say I need to walk away from this one for now. It‘s boring me to tears. I‘ve never experienced this with a John le Carré novel before. ?

blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
post image

Shocking, I know. Another le Carré novel for me. My old fallback.

review
Awk_Word_Smith
post image
Pickpick

I love this book so much. Not innocence through a child‘s eye, but pure, unadulterated right-and-wrong without the pessimism of adulthood. I read this book annually, to remind me that Atticus‘s philosophy of wearing another person‘s shoes means having to wear the vile and ignorant soles of Bob Ewell.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
post image
Awk_Word_Smith 1) Every August, I re-read “To Kill A Mockingbird”. It is my all-time favorite book. 5mo
Awk_Word_Smith 2) In my youth, I would have said Atticus. His walk-a-mile-in-another-person‘s-shoes philosophy is a good starter philosophy. But now I realize I re-read this book every year because of Scout and Dill. They are the heroes of the book, and no in the unwitting way we usually portray children. They call Atticus out on allowing people to get by with racist views. (Plus, Sissy Spacek narrates the audiobook, and it just adds to my joy.) 5mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 5mo
13 likes4 comments
review
Awk_Word_Smith
A Dance with Dragons | George R. R. Martin
post image
Pickpick

So much better than the previous in this series. The Epilogue is definitely the most cliff-hangerish of the five and I can see why fans of the series are frustrated by the slothly manner in which GRRM cranks out material. We may never know how it all ends, and be left with the speculation of and alternate ending produce by the television production.

Awk_Word_Smith That all being said, this book was definitely faster paced than any of the bunch save the first book. Motives begin to show as the plot moved forward rapidly. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 5mo
Sparklemn I hated the previous one so much that I wasn't sure that I wanted to continue. You give me hope that it will be worth the time. Glad you enjoyed it!
2w
17 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
Coffee with Groucho | Simon Louvish
post image

blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
Untitled | Unknown
post image

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1) Kinda. There‘s an unsent email sitting in my Drafts Folder with book titles stretching on and on and on and on and on… well, you get the picture.
2) TBR? You all act there‘s a plan. 😂 There is no plan. 😂

TheSpineView Yes, yes, yes! I am so with you on both. The never ending lists of books. And the plan that exists but is not followed!🤣 Thanks for playing! 5mo
15 likes2 comments
blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
A Dance with Dragons | George R. R. Martin
post image

83% complete which means only 8 1/2 more hours to go!

blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
Untitled | Unknown
post image

Nope. Halfway into this comic, I am still lost and have no idea what‘s going on.

blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
post image

This tea 🫖 is scandalously delicious.

17 likes1 stack add
blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
post image
blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
The Gray Man | Mark Greaney
post image

Started this the other day.

mcctrish My husband just finished this, he‘s not a fast reader but was finished it in a flash 6mo
Awk_Word_Smith @mcctrish It‘s definitely a quick read — slower with work, a newborn and a preschooler. 😂 6mo
17 likes2 comments
review
Awk_Word_Smith
Snow Angels Volume 2 | Jeff Lemire
post image
Pickpick

I realize that this is only a 10-part comic miniseries, but much like Scott Snyder‘s “Clear”, I need this one to continue. The ending, while answering so many of the questions that Season One (the first 5 issues) created, conjured so many more questions. Milli and Mae are going “home” but what of the others? How will Milli and Mae adjust to their new reality which runs antithesis to their entire upbringing? Oh, I need answers. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
Snow Angels Volume 2 | Jeff Lemire
post image

Loved the first one; let‘s see if Season Two can ramp up the plot more.

review
Awk_Word_Smith
Spy x Family, Vol. 1 | Tatsuya Endo
post image
Pickpick

A spy thriller where each of the three main characters must not only hide who they really are from the world, but also from each other as they pretend to be a family. The tension of not wanting to be found out plays nicely with the characters desire to be known and understood by someone. A wonderful beginning. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
Spy x Family, Vol. 1 | Tatsuya Endo
post image

Promised a friend I‘d check this out, and figured there‘s no time like the present. Reading right-to-left is a bit challenging though.

blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
post image

Happy #PubDay! 62 Years Young, and Atticus Finch is still not the hero of the original YA novel. (Pro Tip: Scout had it right all along).

blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
Coffee with Groucho | Simon Louvish
post image

MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward Hahahaha love this! 🔥❤️☕️ 7mo
14 likes1 comment
blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
post image
blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
post image

In a break from the norm, my annual rereading of TKAM will be via the audiobook because I was scanning the NYPL Overdrive site, and this edition is narrated by Sissy Spacek. Sissy. Spacek. I‘m all in.

blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
Shutter Island | Dennis Lehane
post image

#Bookmail from over the long weekend.

review
Awk_Word_Smith
Snow Angels Volume 1 | Jeff Lemire
post image
Pickpick

Dystopian Ice World — I wasn‘t sure about this at first but the plot developed quickly, giving me just enough backstory to create adequate questions in my mind but also answering enough to create more questions and pushing the narrative forward at a rapid pace. Can‘t wait to delve into Season Two. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
Great Gatsby (Classic) | F Scott Fitzgerald
post image

review
Awk_Word_Smith
Great Gatsby (Classic) | F Scott Fitzgerald
post image
Pickpick

The outsider POV of Nick Carraway—much like Fitzgerald‘s own outsider position during the Gilded Age—gives a wonderful, detached view of the opulence of the time. Knowing the social hierarchy of the day, Gatsby was also very much an outsider with his “new money”. That is very much the thesis of the book—not only the wretchedness of the rich to the poor, but the rich amongst themselves. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Awk_Word_Smith I haven‘t read Gatsby since probably college—so running on more than 20 years. But I find it ages pretty well in 2022. 7mo
18 likes1 comment
blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
Great Gatsby (Classic) | F Scott Fitzgerald
post image

So during the birth of my second child and the ensuing insanity of life, my library audiobook for A Dance With Dragons expired. So I picked up Gatsby for the first time since probably high school. This version is free on Apple Books and is read by Aaron Burr… I mean Leslie Odom Jr.

Bookwormjillk Cool! And congratulations! 8mo
23 likes1 comment
blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
Untitled | Unknown
post image

Sometimes I wish that comics had a beginning, a middle, and an ending. And sometimes I read a comic like “Clear” and wish it would go on forever. Well, maybe not forever but longer than a 6-issue run on Comixology. I‘d give more stars if I could. Amazing how Snyder crafted a fully realized story in just six installments, with a rich MC, as well as a deep philosophical theme centering around escapism and technology immersion. Incredible ending!

review
Awk_Word_Smith
The Black Ghost | Alex Segura, Monica Gallagher
post image
Mehso-so

Take a pinch of Batman (no super powers). A pinch of Ironman (alcoholism). A pinch of Superman (journalist). This is what makes up The Black Ghost. Is it cutting edge comics. No. But it's fun (meant in the best way). I wish Season One had been longer so they could develop the story a bit more. There was a lot of character building and the ending felt rushed.

Awk_Word_Smith Look, not every comic can be written by Gaiman, or Moore, or Snyder, or Miller, and that's ok, because we also need a little lighter fun in our reading. I have it 4 stars on Goodreads, but I rounded up. It was a solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 out 5 8mo
15 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
A Dance with Dragons | George R. R. Martin
post image

I‘m about a fifth into the book so far, and already it‘s 💯 better than Feast of Crows. My only critique at this point is that sometimes it‘s difficult enough to keep track of the myriad of characters, but now GRRM is jumping around in the timeline as well.