I'm a well read technosexual who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
Got a little reading in today. I have a couple reviews to catch up on and I will tomorrow.
For now, I'm in the middle of Fairy Tail, Everbound, and I've read a couple more comics. I'll have more comics read later tonight.
So, I'm liking this, but the mythology and the new take on mythology. Hating the 'I love you and will diiiiie without you' thread to this. Ugh, how gross is that? And yet most teen romances do this, although sometimes it's to make the point that you can survive in the end. This is so selfish and unaware as of yet that I doubt it'll happen that way in the end, though.
Blargh. Still, gonna read on for the good bits.
You keep shoving the Secret Empire tie-in in my regularly read comics. I hate SE. It's gross. It's all gross.
It's particularly fucking heinous that you force Doctor Strange to work with Wilson Fisk. I'm gonna give a big, fucking middle finger to that bullshit. So here's your one half star, which apparently you've been begging for. Fuck that bullshit. Fuck it all.
This series continues to be average, particularly when compared to Black Bolt, but I'm invested enough in the characters to keep reading. Ronan the Accuser versus the Inhumans, and his ex-wife is amongst those on Hala. Ouch.
I'm interested to see what will happen since he's been a part of the Black Mirror/Black Vortex saga.
I tend to forgot just how crippled Gorgon was, and I was touched by Medusa's asking after him. Of course she would, but, yeah, it's nice to see Gorgon actually walking again, although I wonder if he'll actually be able to take on Ronan. Primus, I hope so! I want to see Gorgon smack down Ronan, but I'll have to wait another week.
Weak on character development, weak on truly interesting plot, and I just don't get why Marvel keeps hiring Al Ewing...
I've read criticisms that this was fairly typical. Fair enough. I liked this because there's a lot of metal being put in humans.
There's also a hatred of mutant kind rising, and this kind of prejudice is old school X-Men. It's what they've been fighting against from the beginning: blind hate and fear. I really like the way this was combined with a new type of weapon to fight them, so I was more interested in this storyline. It wasn't original or spectacular enough to rate five stars, but it read better than most of the X-titles. I'll most likely look into reading more of this series.
It's not horrible, but it's not spectacular. In general, the new X-Titles are overpromising and underdelivering in my eyes.
The art is slick on this and it could potentially be interesting - but this first issue doesn't make me want to invest in the series. There's not enough of a setup for a larger story, not enough tension, not enough that's, quite frankly, interesting to me. Adding to my disinterest is the fact that this issue is almost solely about Cable. Even solo series can be helped along by supporting characters, but there are none here.
We'll see if I ever pick up more of this series. I do like Cable, particularly since he's started hanging out with Deadpool. He was never a favorite, but I hated him when he first came on scene, and ended up liking him more, and then, bam, Deadpool and Cable.
I was hoping this would be good, but I'm not that into it.
So, a comixology code broke my comixology cart, but I got help, redid the cart - I think I mistakenly put stuff that clashed with the code, oops - and I got $20 off a $30 order. Worth the aggravation, to be honest. I look forward to indulging soon.
I went on the boat, and should update my teen romance. The book is upstairs, and I walked at least to four miles today so feeling a bit too lazy to get up and get the book. But on the plus side, I know I have the willpower to walk that far! And really, me getting up the willpower to do a two hour walk. (I also ordered food things and got tired in the sun, so I walked slower at the end.)
I also have a couple comic reviews, so those should be coming up soon.
This would have been another three and a half star read if the art hadn't taken that terrible down turn.
I don't mind if it's not great, but some of these were so terrible that I reduced half a star. I've come to expect the art to range from pretty bad to decent, but some of the art in this exceeded that, and just... ugh.
On the other hand, the storylines and character relationships keep getting more interesting and complex. I still don't like many of the characters, but there seems to be some growth and I'm enjoying them a little more than I did in the first volume. Lucy has become stronger, more confident, and giggles, or talks about how cute she is, much less. Natsu and Gray can get along enough to save people, even though they still bicker and snipe at people. They also brag about how awesome they are, and how they can beat the snot out of each other, but whereas before those were their predominant features, now they show that they care about others around them. The attitude of the Fairy Tail guild - that they're the best, the strongest, that failing will bring shame on them - seems to foster the worst in Natsu and Gray, but the fact that they protect people shows them at their best.
So, I'm definitely going to continue. But this still looks like an addictive series, without being a favorite.
I'm getting more and more into this. Gray is an immature brat, and I don't like him much, but I am more understanding and sympathetic since I've learned about his background. The author is setting up a more complicated background, and more interesting character relationships, especially between Gray and a new character.
Ezra wasn't in this much, but between the more interesting case that Natsu, Gray and Lucy go on and a feeling that things are getting more rich - like said relationships between some of the characters - I found myself enjoying this volume a little more.
Some art is still pretty bad, and some panels make me think the creator knows how to draw, just chooses to do this in a really awful style. So it confuses the hell out of me. I'm still kinda hooked. This is getting a bit addictive to me.
The one comment I've seen from friends is that they passed, or couldn't get far because of the art style. I understand. The other comment I've seen is that people tend to be particular about the art in the manga they read. This art makes me understand. If you think you can get over some truly terrible panels, and deal with some mediocre, to somewhat good art, then this might be worth it for you. Even then, it doesn't feel incredibly special yet.
I'm still going to keep reading this. The PDFs are taking up space on my computer for one thing, and I delete them when I'm done.
Hah. Simmons has a showing of Jaws in the pool. Or the sports center. They're calling it Jaws in the Pool.
I wanna go! And I will. It'll be after I start school, so it'll be legit for me to go.
Lucy is a silly little twit, and Natsu is getting brattier by the minute. The one thing I do like is that this introduced a mature, likable character in this volume by the name of Erza Scarlet.
I can also read this really quickly. I hate the art, so I don't spend much time looking at the art. The text goes by pretty quickly. I still want to know about Natsu and the dragon who raised him and I definitely hope to see much more of Erza.
Quite frankly without Erza, and the hope for her, or more characters like her, I'd probably give up soon. If she shows up more often, though, I'm in. I mean, I really, really love how powerful, poised, and take-charge Erza is.
I'm tired, and bored of looking through books to find the one I want to read.
I'm just doing more Fairy Tail. Not my favorite, but manga is hitting the spot right now.
Yes, I rated this four stars. I found that some flashback scenes were overdrawn or just unnecessary, which made this book feel a tad too long for my taste. Some of them were absolutely necessary not only to understand Balthazar, but also the relationship between his sister, Charity and his Sire, Redgrave. These were more interesting to me, although I was most absorbed by what was happening between Balthazar and Skye.
She's drawn the attention of Redgrave because of her unique blood, or at least the unique properties of her blood. Balthazar is sent to protect her since Lucas and Bianca are running themselves.
Still, Skye had a crush on Balthazar at Evernight Academy and he's strong enough to protect her. And if this were all the story were, a supernatural beatdown, it wouldn't pack the punch this novel did. Between Balthazar's guilt over his sister, and how that relationship evolves in this book and the myriad of issues Skye deals with, this book, wow, just covered a lot.
Skye has recently lost her brother, Dakota. On top of that, her ex-boyfriend, Craig, slept with her soon after Dakota's death, and then dumped her to date Britnee Fong, a seemingly dimwitted, slightly chunky girl. (This is important in that Madison, a girl at the school Skye is going to, cracks jokes about how dumb and fat Britnee is - a lot. It's really uncomfortable to know that Skye justifies it as Madison trying to make her feel better, and as being angry that Britnee stole her boyfriend. The situation between the three evolves: Britnee is never portrayed as intelligent, but she's not portrayed as super dumb, either. It's all about perception. And I'm still not super comfortable with how this all started, but I was satisfied with how it ended, all around.) Skye also relives violent deaths - not necessarily murder, but violently uneasy deaths such as sudden, and yes, violent heart attacks.
On top of all this, her parents bury their grief in work and are barely present in her life. All she has to cling to, to protect her, is Balthazar, a vampire with his own issues, his own tragedies, and who has a hard and fast rule: no humans. He refuses to have romantic entanglements with humans, but finds Skye not only beautiful but brave.
I find most vampire/teen girl books... um, gross. There tend to be issues such as stalking and abuse, which weren't present in these books. Yes, Balthazar feels guilty for watching Skye standing in her room, silhouetted by the lights, but she knows he's there to watch for other vampires. He never pressures her into posing, consciously or not, and in fact would rather she didn't. She tempts him, but he also takes full responsibility for his own desires. (The power dynamic and simultaneous refusal of the older being to take responsibility for their own desires or actions is often troublesome.) Then again, given the brief, but powerful, statement about slut-shaming later in this book - it's bad, maybe don't do it, by the way - I'm unsurprised to find the power dynamics this thought through - and dealt with deftly. (A vampire retains his emotional level when he dies. Or she when she dies. Balthazar was nineteen, so he can learn, but not really change. Since Skye is eighteen, this puts them on the same emotional level which makes it feel even less like a gross, abusable power dynamic. Balthazar's insistence on spelling out what being with him would mean, and asking if she's sure, insisting no until she clarifies that she knows, and she truly wants this, also helps. Also, she's eighteen, not sixteen, and pretty self-reliant given how she's had to live on her own for the most part since Dakota's death. Again, all mitigating factors.)
I could have hated this, quite easily, but Claudia Gray refused to give into an easy trope, and bucked the Twilight trend. Instead, she created a full, rich world, full of characters who were mature and took responsibility for what they had done. It was fun, it was funny, and it was a romance without much erotic content. (There are mentions of sex being had, and some sex, but it's not graphic, at all. Which pleased me greatly.)
I may have to go back and get the other books in this series, most likely from the library. I can't see myself rereading Balthazar, even not that often, even though I'm glad I read it once, or else I'd probably actually buy the series. (Yes, this was a library book.)
Still, I'll be looking for more books by Claudia Gray in the future.
Just not feeling this one. Gonna organize my Kindle app on my computer - create some collections for my different moods and add some books - and then gonna try to get into something else a bit later.