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  #1481  
Old 02-25-2010, 01:13 AM


I'm about to read Superman: Birthright. I've read it a long time ago when It was first released. I give it a 8/10! Looking forward to Geoff Johns Secret Origins on paperback, I'm hearing good stuff from that!
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  #1482  
Old 03-03-2010, 08:04 PM


This was a good first novel by the author. The book flowed well and the first person narrative let you get a feeling for the main character easily. The was quit a bit of dark humor throughout that I thought worked really well for the characters and helped develop the atmosphere and "noir" part of the book. I wasn't the biggest fan of every other chapter being telling his past history since it becomes almost like there are two different stories going and once you get flowing into one you get pushed back into the other with the next chapter. Overall it was a pretty good book and was a pretty quick read with good characters and good suspense/action at the end.

4/5
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  #1483  
Old 03-03-2010, 09:31 PM
Frankenstein (Mary Shelley, 1818)



A masterpiece of a novel, I didn't actually know it was so different from James Whale's movie (which I still love despite the severe alterations). From the unforgettable characters to the always compelling narrative to the beautiful ending, it's one of the best and richest novels I will ever read. The fact that Shelley was just 18 when she wrote it is astounding.
10/10
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  #1484  
Old 03-03-2010, 09:38 PM
Hunger

Michael Grant
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  #1485  
Old 03-03-2010, 10:37 PM
I didn't care much for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. I had to read it my senior year in high school and while the concept is cool, I just thought it wasn't that good. One thing that annoyed me was how many times can Victor Frankenstein get sick? I mean it seems like he's sick half the novel.
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  #1486  
Old 03-05-2010, 03:38 AM
UNDER THE DOME - Stephen King

6.5/10

It was alright, but I really don't see how the shit hits the fan so hard after five days. The reasoning behind the dome is fine with me, and I can also see that as an influence for events happening so quickly. But King's old vices shine through here. There is not just ONE non-sensible mindfucked whacko, but TWO (or even a few more if you want to add them). He seems to love having a character that stirs up problems because they have their own agenda that is completely outside the norm and obviously due to their mental instability. Usually, this person (Big Jim and his son in this case) is what makes the "good guy" (Barbie) have to deal with outrageous difficulties.
I'm a little tired of that plot device by Mr. King.
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  #1487  
Old 03-11-2010, 12:52 PM


On the cover of this book there is a quote saying Kenyon is a voice similar to King's Salems' Lot. I can see why they said that. I read Salems' Lot around a year ago and I could definately see similar writing styles. The main similarity would be the set up and tension building beginning. There is a lot of character development in the first half of the book and building of the books "feeling" or "atmosphere" that really pulls you in. This really helped draw me into the characters and the story and really lets you into the world that Kenyon created. Where some books are so fast-paced that when your done they almost become forgetable (even though fun) because you never really get drawn into a moment before you are rushed on to the the next event. With this book you get mentally invested with the story and characters which gives it more lasting appeal.

Kenyon is a very good writer and I look forward to reading more from him.

4/5
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  #1488  
Old 03-16-2010, 01:11 AM
The Given Day - Dennis Lehane (9/10)
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  #1489  
Old 03-19-2010, 02:47 PM
The Provoked Wife (John Vanbrugh, 1697)

Very, very funny sexual politics play. Controversial at the time because the lead protagonist wants to cheat on her husband.
9/10

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (James Hogg, 1824)



Interesting novel about a young man who stumbles across a doppleganger and forms a (deadly) relationship with him. Well narrated, with some themes and issues that suprisingly haven't been explored that often in the 200 years since Hogg wrote it.
8/10
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  #1490  
Old 03-22-2010, 05:19 PM


9/10
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  #1491  
Old 03-23-2010, 04:56 AM
I don't know how to post pictures, but I finished reading Kick-Ass 1-8.

Great reading.
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  #1492  
Old 03-27-2010, 04:29 PM


9/10

The follow up to Contact and Powers & Principalities continues in the same trend of downright awesomeness. For those that aren't aware, imagine a Hard-R, grounded, realistic take on the DC mythos (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, GL, The Flash etc). Well that pretty much sums up Marvel MAX's Supreme Power. Fuckin' awesome series. Highly recommend.
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  #1493  
Old 03-28-2010, 02:40 AM
I recently finished Crime and Punishment, by Dostoevsky. It's one of the best books I've ever read. More than lives up to its enormous reptutation.
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  #1494  
Old 03-30-2010, 03:52 PM
Just finished Achtung, Panzer! by Guderian.
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  #1495  
Old 03-30-2010, 10:44 PM



A pretty fun werewolf novel. 8/10
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  #1496  
Old 04-02-2010, 01:15 PM


20 really fun giant monster stories.

4.5/5
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  #1497  
Old 04-03-2010, 03:25 PM
Just finished

James O'Barr's The Crow

It's quite excellent and heartbreaking.

Love this and the movie.

10/10
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  #1498  
Old 04-04-2010, 11:45 AM
Republican Gomorrah - Max Blumenthal

Pretty good background of the whole extremist religious right movement in co-opting the conservative party. A lot of familiar names show up - Ted Haggard, for one -- but I didn't know how much influence (for the worse)James Dobson and Focus on the Family had on elections, or his relation, business wise, to Erik Prince and Blackwater.
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  #1499  
Old 04-04-2010, 08:54 PM
I'm about halfway through this right now. It saddens me that the movies aren't even 1/4 as cool as these comics.

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Old 04-08-2010, 10:20 PM

10/10
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  #1501  
Old 04-12-2010, 08:40 AM
Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens, 1838)



Brilliant. Didn't love it as much as Great Expectations but it's still a wonderfully entertaining and more or less flawless novel.
9/10
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  #1502  
Old 04-13-2010, 10:09 AM

Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Petersen
10/10
Excellent. Can't wait to get Winter 1152.


The Complete Concrete by Paul Chadwick
9/10
Wasn't really sure what to expect with Concrete, maybe I expected something along the lines of Hellboy with monster fights as well as musing on being human. However, it defied my expectations and saw fit enough to just present Concrete as a person and place him in situations to show his heart. Definitely a great read.
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  #1503  
Old 04-13-2010, 08:16 PM
Monster Volume 2. I likey.
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  #1504  
Old 04-15-2010, 04:15 AM

Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
9/10
The most intense Dresden book yet with Harry getting scary pissed and...
Spoiler:
summoning a fucking T-Rex
Awesome.

I had to take a point off though for one glaring plot hole that I can't believe Jim didn't notice:
Spoiler:
When Harry first asks Bob about his time with Kemmler and concludes the conversation he tells him to forget it forever. Yet somehow Bob has the knowledge when Cowl steals him from Harry even though the information is supposed to be gone.
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  #1505  
Old 04-19-2010, 11:34 AM
The Boys 1 - 38 by Garth Ennis
10/10
Awesome.

Thor - Vikings by Garth Ennis
7/10
Stupid but fun. Loved how Ennis wrote Doctor Strange.
"'Tis on."
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  #1506  
Old 04-20-2010, 03:27 PM
well just this morning i finished reading The Death Of Captain America Vol. 1 so far it's not that bad..i have to find the other vols. so i can see what happens with The Winter Soilder & The Red Skull
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  #1507  
Old 04-20-2010, 07:02 PM
Fury by Garth Ennis
9/10
See, now this is the Nick Fury I want in Marvel's movies.

Daredevil: The Man Without Fear by Frank Miller
8/10
Hasn't aged particularly well and I'm not very big on Miller, but it was still an enjoyable read.
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  #1508  
Old 04-21-2010, 10:25 PM
Eruption by Paul Patchick 5/10
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  #1509  
Old 04-22-2010, 01:06 AM


7/10
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  #1510  
Old 04-22-2010, 10:32 AM
Daredevil: Yellow by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
9/10

Daredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller
9/10

Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
9/10
Loved the Alien reference.
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  #1511  
Old 04-23-2010, 07:34 PM


Just finished the second issue of American Vampire by Scott Snyder, Stephen King, and Rafael Albuquerque. So far very good each writer is writing their own vampire story but the two stories are connected by the plot element of the new breed of vampires in America.
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  #1512  
Old 04-23-2010, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by hYPE View Post


I'm about to read Superman: Birthright. I've read it a long time ago when It was first released. I give it a 8/10! Looking forward to Geoff Johns Secret Origins on paperback, I'm hearing good stuff from that!
If you thought that was good Johns' Secret Origin will blow you away, he focuses on the aspects of the origin that haven't really been touched on by others and making a story we've all heard a billion times before seem fresh and exciting.
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  #1513  
Old 04-26-2010, 08:43 PM



9/10

The best comic book based novel I've ever read. Its even better then the comic its based on. It takes a bit to get going but once your into it you cant put it down. It captures every character perfectly and everyone gets their moment to shine. You do have to be somewhat knowledgeable of Batman history to fully grasp everything, but as far as Batman books or superhero books in general go, there ain't none better.
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  #1514  
Old 04-26-2010, 09:35 PM

White Night by Jim Butcher
8/10
Not my favorite Dresden book, but still freakin' great. The character moments ended up being the best for me, as I didn't care for the mystery that much in this installment. Also, Thomas' secret = gold.
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  #1515  
Old 04-28-2010, 11:39 AM


I'm a little mixed about this book. It was really hard for me to get into the first half of this. It just seemed to trudge around with no real direction for a really long time. It also doesn't help that the Susannah/Mia/Chap story is my least favorite in the series. What makes me feel mixed about this is that the last half does pick up some and there are some interesting additions to the story that are leading up the the final climax of the series. All around it was decent but the first half of the book just leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

3.5/5
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  #1516  
Old 04-29-2010, 06:54 PM


8/10
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  #1517  
Old 05-01-2010, 12:02 AM

Small Favor by Jim Butcher
9/10
Started off a little weird and I thought at first the gruffs were gonna be awful and cheesy, but the further I got into the book, the more it became one of the deepest and emotional (and fun) Dresden books so far.

Two more to go.
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  #1518  
Old 05-01-2010, 11:55 AM
In Between the Sheets by Ian McEwan

Some of the stories were intriguing, but I'll chalk my uninterest due to the fact that they were at the forefront of his career, before he would get better.
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  #1519  
Old 05-04-2010, 10:52 PM
You Can Run, But You Can't Hide by Duane "Dog" Chapman

9/10 really good read and i only started reading it 3 days ago and i'm already finished
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  #1520  
Old 05-07-2010, 04:02 PM


9/10
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