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jckphnx

jckphnx

Joined January 2017

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With a familiar premise mashed with a familiar genre, what results is a debut novel that is a breath of fresh air for both and will leave even the most seasoned mystery readers bewildered.

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Unbury Carol: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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Buoyed by compelling characters, the book nevertheless fails to take its bizarre premise to its macabre potential, creating an overall disappointing experience.

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The Shining | Stephen King
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As iconic as Kubrick's film adaptation may be, it lacks much of the excitement, high-tension, and, more importantly, the supernatural happenings, not to mention the book's iconic imagery.

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Cursed | Thomas Wheeler
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The characters are hollow, the plot predictable, and the violence puerile; that‘s not to say wielding this book isn‘t a fiercely good time for Arthur fans and teen readers.

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It's bold, it's irreverent, it's ahead of its time with its self-referential humor, and it puts Deadpool's fourth-wall-breaking antics to shame, proving that the She-Hulk character can be a titan of fun.

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It‘s an intimate approach to the problems that plague the so-called hillbilly population, presenting dysfunction as mere difference, but the author attempts to not make excuses; it is also impossible for this reviewer to judge the book fairly considering the similarities in lived experiences.

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Silverwing | Kenneth Oppel
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In the tradition of other children‘s animal books, like Watership Down, Silverwing is often amusing and bizarre and brutal, though it unfortunately often drags without wings.

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader may be thinly plotted, but it's also one of the most joyfully adventurous books of the Chronicles of Narnia.

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It‘s understandably undisciplined, as many independently published works are, but the rapid style and glimpses behind the curtain of the adult film industry are undeniably entertaining.

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Carnegie's Maid: A Novel | Marie Benedict
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The added fictional character highlights rather than detracts from the book's historical accuracy, and this earnest work of historical romance benefits greatly from its lack of romance.

SilversReviews I enjoyed this book....thanks for the reminder. 3mo
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Its inclusion in popular "narrative nonfiction" lists may seem a bit strange, but upon the conclusion of the two overlapping, complementary tales, fans of Chicago, futurism, and serial killers will all be pleased.

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The reader will feel a distinct and cruel irony that the creators of Superman, the most American of heroes, would fall victim to the evils of American capitalism. Nevertheless, Ricca never ceases to inject an element of affection and awe for "the boys" throughout, giving the reader plenty of sweet with the sour.

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It‘s not often that a modern Batman book will make you laugh out loud, but Tom King never forgets to inject heart and humor into otherwise familiar and brutal stories.

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Though this version of Batman may be atypically chatty, King gives the character heart, soul, and direction while never forgetting to tell a thrilling story; plus never forgetting to include alter ego Bruce Wayne in the equation.

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It suffers some growing pains here and there, but as Tom King‘s vision for the Dark Knight begins to take hold, you‘ll feel like you‘re reading something completely new.

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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It's more riveting than a book of its subject matter has any business being, thanks to Orlean's ever-present passion for libraries and the Los Angeles library's rich history.

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Continuing the gonzo antics while providing more depth to the characters, the second volume of Way's superhero riff is even bloodier and even more entertaining than the first.

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Its plot and characterized aren't as developed as its TV counterpart, but it makes up for it with dazzling art and delightful gore.

BooknerdsLife I prefer the Netflix series too 😄 5mo
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This end to an epic but warm run on the Man of Steel will leave most fans satisfied and some craving more.

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Batgirl Vol. 4: Strange Loop | Paul Dini, Marguerite Bennett, Hope Larson
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Larson's winning streak on Batgirl concludes with a more internal, darker insight into Barbara Gordon but still maintains its fun, flamboyant tone.

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Superman: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2 | Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
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It's bonkers, fun and full of warmth and high-flying adventure, like one should expect stories to be about a family man who can fly.

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Superman as a super-dad may just be the best iteration of the character yet, as this series focusing on Clark‘s shared adventures with his family bring the series warmth and intrigue.

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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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Good Omens tries to be macabre, whimsical, and laugh-out-loud funny all at once, succeeding at two of the three.

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Jurgens run on the Rebirth of Action comics comes to a satisfying close, though it wasn't fanciful or fun as the rest.

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It's beautifully illustrated, it boldly represents a solo female superhero, and, most importantly, it's not afraid to have fun with the comics medium within the dominant superhero genre; if Byrne's She-Hulk doesn't tickle your funny bone, nothing can.

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Jurgens proves once again why he's one of the finest writers in whose hands Superman can be trusted, telling stories that are fun, bizarre, and take full advantage of Superman's fantastic world.

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Jurgens brings a familiar Lois and Clark into a new world, providing a much-needed visit from old friends for fans of the DC Universe, while still managing to tell a fairly exciting Superman story.

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Despite its reputation, Pet Sematary lacks in scares and is a slow burn, but works well as a macabre yet thoughtful exploration on loss of all kinds.

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Leaning into rather than shying away from Superman's more bonkers elements, Jurgens manages to tell an exciting tale that feels like a paradox...both classic and new.

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It goes in directions it should have probably waited to go, but DeFalco can hardly be blamed considering the unease of Spider-Girl's future at the time, and he still managed to pull off an entertaining story.

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Female readers will doubtlessly feel inspired by this meticulously researched tale of recovering the stories of hidden heroes, bolstered by Mundy‘s superb writing. But every reader will likely feel a much-needed sense of patriotic pride.

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Spider-Girl: Legacy | Tom DeFalco
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It has its flaws, to be sure, but Spider-Girl is fun and pure ‘90s nostalgia, taking the reader back to a time when this was the freshest Spidey book on the shelves.

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Deftly researched and just as entertaining, the history of comics comes to vivid life with a level of care and appreciation that only a comic insider could bring.

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Piskor's narrative of a consolidated X-Men history stays strong as he dives into more familiar territory for the modern comic fan, even if some of the power and emotion from those original, groundbreaking stories are inevitably lost.

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Head Full of Ghosts | Paul Tremblay
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An effort to be an homage to possession stories of the past while seeking to tell a head-spinning story in its own right, A Head Full of Ghosts manages to, amazingly, excel at both.

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Thundercluck! | Paul Tillery
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The illustrations, rhymes, and mirth are all fun, but they don't save Thundercluck! from feeling more like a treatment for an animated film rather than a complete children's book.

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Grace continues his track of giving Iceman, one of the most underused and unappreciated characters in the X-Men cannon, direction and, therefore, appeal with clever character interactions and thrilling action.

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Iceman Vol. 1 | Sina Grace
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It's a cool breath of fresh air for X-Fans, while paradoxically feeling more like a classic X-Men read than most X-titles currently on the shelves, and that's no easy feat.

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Strange Weather | Joe Hill
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Hill's collection of novellas is entertaining throughout, and the stories are (mostly) strong, but the reader will likely detect moments where the writing feels unmotivated, though the story "Loaded" is likely to leave the reader needing a day of self-care after.

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It carries on the action and the depth of the previous entry quite well, if not perfectly, bringing readers a Diana they've never seen before while keeping her mythological roots.

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An explosive fantasy adventure full of bookish wish-fulfillment, scholastic fun, and just the right amount of trashy pleasure, this book will be a boon to any bibliophile's arsenal.

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Exciting for a children's book, Prince Caspian effectively presents a blurry line between good and evil in warfare than the previous entry, marking an increased, though minor, sophistication.

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Sadly, this was just the wrong book at the wrong time. I just wasn‘t feeling it.

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Baird's meticulous biography of the Grandmother of Europe helps distinguish the woman from the legend, revealing Victoria to be just as complicatedly human as the rest of us while providing immersive context of Victoria's world, how it shaped her, and how she shaped it.

Linsy A great bio! 👍 13mo
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The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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It's a whirlpool of emotion, and by the last page you will have felt saddened, touched, curious, repulsed, and angered, but, most importantly, the first half of this bizarre book will have you bubbling with laughter.

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Shape of Water | Guillermo Del Toro, Daniel Kraus
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It's a noble effort by Daniel Kraus to turns this dark fantasy romance into a literary work, but the reader may find that what goes unsaid in the film actually enhances the story and that any effort to fill in gaps does it no justice.

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Alan Moore is a total crackpot, but damn does he write good comics. The first installment of the latest League of Extraordinary Gentlemen did not disappoint. So much fun!

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As if the breathtakingly rendered visuals weren‘t enough, featured on these pages is also a wholly emotional tale, and the reader‘s only regret will be the need to await a second volume.

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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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A tale that will chill you, leave you breathless, and haunt you for days thanks to a particularly suspenseful and isolating final act, Malerman uses Bird Box's simple premise to electrifying effect, making this one of the finest debut novels in recent memory.

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Gerald's Game | Stephen King
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The last quarter of the book may seem a bit thin and shaky, but it's effectively buoyed by this survival story's simple and isolating suspense, intimate point of view, and love for its central star character.