Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Comics for a Strange World: A Book of Poorly Drawn Lines by Reza Farazmand

Comics for a Strange World: A Book of Poorly Drawn Lines Alas, I just don't get it.

A few pages made me chuckle, but overall, not my sense of humor.

There's still something here for those who are into more dry, dry humor. I thought my humor was dry, but my humor is the center of a Boston cream donut compared to this. There's kind of a... hipster irony humor to it? It's the kind of humor that might make you exhale a little louder than normal through your nose, or raise your eyebrow for a sec, but not enough to elicit any genuine laughter.

received via Netgalley

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


The Beautiful Ones I loved this book. I loved it so hard. My favorite book I've read in a long time.

I wasn't planning on reading this book in a single sitting, but once I started, I was powerless to stop.

This stand-alone novel had the romantic feel of a classic, giving me the same feeling I had when I first read Love in the Time of Cholera or Anna Karenina. The characters are flawed and relatable; I even found myself sympathetic for the villain.

The Beautiful Ones felt completely different from the author's last novel, Certain Dark Things, but both are strong, satisfying novels. The difference in tone between the two shows the author's talent and breadth, and I look forward to reading absolutely anything else she puts forth.

received via Netgalley

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Trump is F-ing Crazy: This Is Not a Joke by Keith Olbermann

Trump Is F*cking Crazy: (This Is Not a Joke) Holy cannoli, this is just a giant ranting echo chamber of anger.

Those who agree with Keith Olbermann's assessment of Donald Trump will not find any new material. Those who disagree with him and have a positive view of Trump will disagree with him even MORE, and will become more solidified in their support of Trump in defiance. This book serves to please those in the echo chamber, reinforce pro-Trump and anti-media beliefs in Trump supporters, and will not change anyone's opinion on anything.

Essentially, this is just angry rant preaching to the choir, and the outrage is becoming exhausting.

Hard pass.

received via Netgalley

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Animals at Night by Anne Jankeliowitch

Animals at Night While the heavy text may be a bit intimidating for reluctant readers, this book is a feast for the eyes for kids who enjoy learning about animals, and the fact that it is glow in the dark will make it a fun experience. The ARC I received was an e-book, so I didn't get the full glow in the dark aspect, but the book itself stands on its own as a solid nonfiction book about nocturnal animals.

received via Netgalley

I Am Bat by Morag Hood

I Am Bat I wished I loved this story more, but it fell a bit flat for me. Bat is crazy about cherries, and very protective of them, but when some cherries disappear and are replaced by a pear, he can be just as crazy and protective of the pear.

I wish the bat had been either cuter or more realistic, and that the story had some sort of message or lesson or something other than a brief chuckle at how quickly Bat decides that the pear is an acceptable alternative to his beloved cherries.

received via Netgalley

Cinderella and the Furry Slippers by Davide Cali

Cinderella and the Furry Slippers In this delightfully bizarre adaptation of Cinderella, she realizes that the Prince isn't exactly what he's cracked up to be, and that she has the power to take control of her life and pursue her own awesome career.

This fun feminist take on a classic is highly recommended, although the illustrations were at times a bit difficult to decipher and lackluster in telling the story.

received via Netgalley

Monday, October 2, 2017

Resurrection America by Jeff Gunhus

Resurrection America I had never heard of this author before, and that is very surprising, considering how much I loved this book.

With this kind of suspense/thriller, it's hard to explain the plot without taking away from the reader's experience -- so I'll keep it brief.

Sheriff Rick is a small-town guy struggling with bit of PTSD related to terrible experiences in the latest Middle Eastern invasion. He's finally settling back into a regular civilian life, falling in love with his best friend's widow and getting ready to celebrate a big festival in his home town. His biggest problem appears to be the sudden reappearance of his ex and the awkwardness that can ensue.

Then things get weird when some military contractors take up residence inside an old decommissioned mine in town, and suddenly quarantine the entire town during the big festival, telling everyone that some sort of experimental virus has escaped and they need to be studied and vaccinated to survive.

From here on, Sheriff Rick and his ex, a scientist, are trying to find the truth in all of this and maintain order, and it twists into more of a psychological thriller. The sheriff is a trained detective and soldier, so he should be the most reliable witness -- however, he and those around him are aware that his PTSD may be coloring his perception of events and leading him to find villains where there may be none.

In short: Addictive. Exciting. Suspenseful. I didn't anticipate the ending, and felt surprised all the way to the final sentence.

I highly recommend this relatively short read, and will check out more from the author.

received via Netgalley