Showing posts from October, 2012

276. Graphic Classics: Bram Stoker (1st ed.)

Bram Stoker (1st. ed.) edited by Tom Pomplun  [2nd Ed (US) - (Canada)]
Graphic Classics, Vol. 7

Pages: 144
Ages: 12+
Finished: Oct. 16, 2012
First Published: 2003
Publisher: Eureka Productions
Genre: graphic novel, YA, short stories, anthologies, horror,
Rating: 3.5/5

First sentence: "My Very Dear Mr. Stoker, Please regard this as my Modest Proposal for a New Dramatic Presentation of Dracula:"

Publisher's Summary: "Graphic Classics: Bram Stoker is the seventh in a series of books which present great literature in comics and heavily illustrated format by some of the best artists working today in the fields of comics, book illustration, and fine arts. The book includes comics adaptations of "The Lair of the White Worm", an excerpt from Dracula, plus six other great stories by the great writer, Bram Stoker."

Acquired:  Borrowed a copy through Inter-Library Loan.

Reason for Reading:  I'm working on reading the complete series.

I had to ILL this volume …

270. Captain Awesome vs. Nacho Cheese Man by Stan Kirby

Captain Awesome vs. Nacho Cheese Man by Stan Kirby. Illustrated by George O'Connor (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
Captain Awesome, #2

Pages: 111
Ages: 5+ (Suitable for older struggling/reluctant readers up to 12)
Finished: Oct. 10, 2012
First Published: Apr. 3, 2012
Publisher: Little Simon
Genre: superhero, adventure, humour
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "By the super MI-TEE force of Captain Awesome and the canned cheese power of Nacho Cheese Man, I call this Sunnyview Superhero Squad tree house sleepover meeting to order."

Publisher's Summary: "Eugene McGillicudy and Charlie Thomas Jones are best friends. They are also supersecret superheroes and members of the Sunnyview Superhero Squad. It’s Captain Awesome and Nacho Cheese Man to the rescue! MI-TEE!

But when Eugene and Charlie get into a fight, Captain Awesome is forced to wonder if Nacho Cheese Man might actually be…bad? In the process of sorting out good guys and bad guys, Eugene learns an important lesson about fr…

268: Sailor Twain by Mark Siegel

Sailor Twain or The Mermaid in the Hudson by Mark Siegel. (Canada) - (US)

Pages: 399
Ages: 18+
Finished: Oct. 8, 2012
First Published: Oct. 2, 2012
Publisher: First Second Books
Genre: graphic novel, magical realism, mermaids
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "Don't call me captain."

Publisher's Summary:  "One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular--and notoriously reclusive--author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens.

A mysterious and beguiling love story with elements of Poe, Twain, Hemingway, and Greek mythology, drawn in moody black-and-white charcoal, Sailor Twain is a study in romance, atmosphere, and suspense."

Acquired: Received a review copy from the publisher, First Second Books.


DVD Break: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - (1920) - (DVD) - (B&W/Silent) - (ILL)

After reading a graphic novel adaptation of this recently it spurred me on to wanting to re-watch this movie which I've only ever seen once before, somewhere in my twenties I would think.  I had to place an Inter-Library Loan and received a copy which included three other movies called "cult classics".  At only 52 mins. this is a short movie but certainly a classic.  The story is phenominal and one can only imagine how it thrilled audiences at the time.  There is the creepy aspect of the sideshow somnambulist, the use of this word alone sounds eerie, of course it only means sleepwalker; but in the film it seems to mean someone who sleeps all the time and when awake is still in a sleeping state.  However brief, there is the story of best friends being in love with the same woman, there is an ongoing murder mystery, the mad scientist/doctor is thrown in for good measure and finally when you think it is…

267. Prophet, Volume 1: Remission by Brandon Graham

Prophet, Volume 1: Remission by Brandon Graham, Simon Roy, Faryl Dalrymple, & Giannis Milonogiannis. Art by the same (Canada) - (US)
Prophet: Vol. 1

Pages: 136
Ages: 16+
Finished: Oct. 6, 2012
First Published: Sept. 4, 2012
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: graphic novel, post-apocalyptic, science fiction
Rating: 1/5

First sentence: "Dusk is approaching by the time the tulnaka finds this place, still hungry after a fruitless day of foraging."

Publisher's Summary:  "On distant future Earth, changed by time and alien influence, John Prophet awakes from cryosleep. His mission: to climb the the towers of Thauili Van and restart the Earth empire. News of the Empire's return brings old foes and allies out of the recesses of the vast cosmos. 

Collects PROPHET #21-26"

Acquired: Received an egalley from the publisher through Netgalley

Reason for Reading: I'm always attracted to post-apocalyptic science fiction.

This is going to be a short review as I plan on keep…

266. Broxo by Zack Giallongo

Broxo by Zack Giallongo (Canada) - (US)

Pages: 239
Ages: 10+
Finished: Oct. 5, 2012
First Published: Oct. 2, 2012
Publisher: First Second
Genre: MG, graphic novel, fantasy
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "And so I've climbed Peryton Peak ... for nothing."

Publisher's Summary:  "In this wildly entertaining fantasy debut we meet Broxo, the only surviving member of a tribe of barbarians who once occupied a now-desolate mountain. All alone in the world, Broxo spends his time on the mountain hunting and avoiding the man-eating walking dead that periodically drag themselves out of a fetid lake.

Everything changes when Zora, a foreign princess, arrives on the mountain seeking Broxo's lost tribe. Can the two young warriors together defeat the living dead?

With accessible and beautiful art, killer fight scenes, and a story that mixes humor, romance, and classic high fantasy, Broxo is a tale you're sure to enjoy."

Acquired: Received a review copy from the publisher…

265. Thief of Thieves, Vol. 1: "I Quit" by Robert Kirkman

Thief of Thieves, Vol. 1: "I Quit" by Robert Kirkman & Nick Spencer.  Art by Shawn Martinbrough (US) - (Canada)
Thief of Thieves, Vol. 1

Pages: 152
Ages: 14+
Finished: Oct. 3, 2012
First Published: Sept. 18, 2012
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: graphic novel, crime, thriller
Rating: 3/5

First sentence: "Hello?"

Publisher's Summary: "Conrad Paulson lives a secret double life as master thief Redmond. There is nothing he can't steal, nothing he can't have... except for the life he left behind. Now with a grown son he hardly knows, and an ex-wife he never stopped loving, Conrad must try to piece together what's left of his life, before the FBI finally catch up to him... but it appears they are the least of his worries.

Collects THIEF OF THIEVES #1-7."

Acquired: Received an egalley from the publisher through NetGalley.

Reason for Reading:  I'm always on the lookout for straight mystery/crime/thriller graphic novels. It's an area I woul…

DVD Break: Son of Lassie

Son of Lassie - (1945) - (DVD) - (Technicolor) - (own)
Two years later the sequel to Lassie Come Home was made, but now the little children have grown up.  Well, sort of ... they are supposed to be 17 but Lawford is actually 23 and Lockhart 21, though she looks the older.  Taking on Roddy McDowell's part as Joe, owner of Laddie & Lassie is the handsome Peter Lawford and taking over for Elizabeth Taylor as Priscilla who is madly in love with Joe is June Lockhart an unbelievable replacement for the character.  This is Lawford at his best.  Usually he plays the debonair Englishman in suits, sipping a drink in the parlour as part of the Rat Pack, but here in Son of Lassie he is an energetic, outdoorsy youth trapped in Norway (which is actually Banff. I recognized Lake Louise!) during WWII who undergoes a trek of survival to make it back to England alive with his dog who traipsed across the country searching him out.  Nigel Bruce and Donald Crisp reprise their roles as father and g…

264. Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel

Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel  (US) - (Canada)
The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, Book 2

Pages: 310
Ages: 12+
Finished: Oct. 2, 2012
First Published: Aug. 21, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: YA, Gothic, paranormal
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "The books flew open like startled birds trying to escape the flames"

Publisher's Summary: "Tragedy has forced sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein to swear off alchemy forever. He burns the Dark Library and vows he will never dabble in the dark sciences again—just as he vows he will no longer covet Elizabeth, his brother’s betrothed.

If only these things were not so tempting.

When he and Elizabeth discover a portal into the spirit world, they cannot resist. Together with Victor’s twin, Konrad, and their friend Henry, they venture into a place of infinite possibilities where power and passion reign. But as they search for the knowledge to raise the dead, they unknowingly unlock a darkness from which they may nev…

Memorable Memoirs Reading Challenge 2012 - FINISHED

ETA - Oct. 24:  I finished this challenge today by reading my 4th book as I had signed up for the "Diarist" level.  I will,however, keep adding books to the list until the official end of the challenge (end of the year).  I'm reading one now, so that's at least one more for the list!

And here's my last challenge I'm signing up for next year.  This challenge is hosted by The Betty & Boo Chronicles and sign-ups can be found here.  I'm a great fan of memoirs and always read a few every year so will be signing up for the first level "Diarist".  I'm already reading the diaries of someone which is a chunkster of a book, so I know I'll get at least one book read!

Diarist: read 1-4 memoirs

Autobiographer: read 5-9 memoirs

Memoirist: read 10+ memoirs

Books I've Read:

1. Dotter of Her Father's Eyes by Mary M. Talbot
2. Ethel & Ernest: A True Story by Raymond Briggs
3. War Stores: An Enlisted Man in Vietnam by Sephen G. Macdonald

263. Growing Up Bronx by H.A. Hargreaves

Growing Up Bronx: A Memoir of my Shapers and Shakers by H.A. Hargreaves. Introduction by Lorina Stephens  (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 145
Ages: 18+
Finished: Sep. 30, 2012
First Published: Apr. 1, 2012
Publisher: Five Rivers Chapmanry
Genre: boyhood, authors, memoir, Canadian author, 1930s
Rating: 3/5

First sentence: "I may have been nine, perhaps ten, at the start."

Publisher's Summary:  Growing Up Bronx allows readers a poignant insight into the mentors and influences that shaped one of Canada's brilliant writers of science fiction. Hargreaves takes you through the Great Depression and WWII, in his native Bronx neighbourhood, into the lives of shopkeepers and family, heartache and triumph.

This is definitely a must-have collection of short stories to complete the canon of H.A. Hargreaves' work.

Acquired: Received a Review Copy from Good Reads First Reads..

Reason for Reading:  I like reading memoirs of growing up during the '30s-'50s.

This is a qua…

262. Fables 17: Inherit the Wind by Bill Willingham

Inherit the Wind by Bill Willingham. Art by Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Shawn McManus et. al.  (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
Fables, Vol. #17

Pages: 144
Ages: 18+
Finished: Sept. 30, 2012
First Published: Jul. 10, 2012
Publisher: Vertigo
Genre: graphic novel, fantasy, fairy tales
Rating: 3/5

First sentence: "Okay, here we go!"

Publisher's Summary:  The tights and capes have been stored away forever, but where do the Fables go from here? Bigby and Snow White’s cubs try to move forward after learning a hard lesson about life and death in this collection featuring issues #108-113 of the acclaimed series.

Acquired: Purchased a new copy from an online store.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

The main story being told in this issue is the titular story in which an heir to the North Wind must be found.  This becomes the beginning of a new story arc that will carry over now in which the cubs will feature more as main characters.  Throughout this story there are also vario…

Short Story: "The Coat" by Emma Gollan

"The Coat" by Emma Gollan
a short story


from WOMAN magazine, Aug. 14, 1971, pg 51

First Sentence:  It was on the afternoon of Paul's interview that Katy first saw the coat.

Last Sentence:  "To celebrate, give her a choice of any coat in your window."

I can find absolutely no information on this author at all.  She does not bring any results on amazon or LibraryThing.  Perhaps she only ever published a few short stories, mayhap only this one?

A short story indeed taking up 4 columns of type on a single over sized magazine page.  "The Coat" is a somewhat old-fashioned story as it tells the story of a newly married couple and yet it is timeless as it deals with the new, unsure, unsteady feelings a couple experiences during that beginning time in a marriage.

Katy and Paul are young, newlyweds, with a recently born baby, living with Paul's parents.  The story is told from Katy's point of view and her in-laws are strong-willed, especially her m…

261. Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs

Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs  (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
Temperance Brennan, #14

Pages: 278
Ages: 18+
Finished: Sep. 27, 2012
First Published: Aug. 23, 2011
Publisher: Scribner
Genre: mystery, crime
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "Looking back, I think of it as race week in the rain."

Publisher's Summary: "Just as 200,000 fans are pouring into town for Race Week, a body is found in a barrel of asphalt next to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The next day, a NASCAR crew member comes to Temperance Brennan’s office at the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner to share a devastating story. Twelve years earlier, Wayne Gamble’s sister, Cindi, then a high school senior and aspiring racer, disappeared along with her boyfriend, Cale Lovette. Lovette kept company with a group of right-wing extremists known as the Patriot Posse. Could the body be Cindi’s? Or Cale’s? 

At the time of their disappearance, the FBI joined the investigation, only to terminate it weeks later. Was there a co…

Short Story: "We are the Fine Musicians" by Paul Darcy Boles

We are the Fine Musicians by Paul Darcy Boles
A short story

Illustrated by Ron Atkinson


from WOMAN magazine, Aug. 14, 1971, pg 36

First Sentence:  Musical families can kill you.

Last Sentence:  But when people listen hard, nobody has to be killed.

Searching for this author brings up many hits but not much *about* the author himself.  He does however merit a paragraph obituary in the New York Times as "an award-winning novelist and short-story writer".  The one thing of note other sites seem to be in agreement over is that this American writer is noted first and foremost as a short story writer.

This is a simple, quaint story but I enjoyed it very much.  It has a youth as the narrator and could be a young adult story if printed in a teen magazine but since its intended audience here would have been mothers, one can see the story as an effort to bridge the generation gap between a parent who grew up during the big band era and the current Beatles culture.  The parents in t…

DVD Break: Lassie Come Home

Lassie Come Home- (1943) - (DVD) - (Technicolor) - (own)
Well, I had no idea how this movie was going to go over.  I asked ds if he knew who Lassie was, and he said "no".  So I told him everybody had to know who Lassie was and showed him the Triple Feature DVD we have.  He was set to watch it and we had a grand time watching this oldie but goodie.  Filled with a stellar cast, the acting is excellent.  Elizabeth Taylor's part is quite small in this movie and I think she had the same wardrobe the entire movie.  It is Roddy McDowell who shines as the main character of Lassie's boy owner. Also included are Elsa Lancaster, Nigel Bruce, and J. Pat O'Malley along with others not so well known still today.  Another surprising thing that happened with this movie was that dh came into the room, first stood, then moved to the arm of the couch, and finally ended up in a chair; and watched the whole thing with us.  Supposedly a tear-jerker, we all managed to stay dry-eyed and…

252. Dark Matter Volume 1: Rebirth by Joseph Mallozzi

Rebirth by Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie. Art by Garry Brown  (US) - (Canada)
Dark Matter, Volume 1 

Pages: 104
Ages: 16+
Finished: Sep. 16, 2012
First Published: Oct. 16, 2012
Publisher: Darkhorse
Genre: graphic novel, science fiction, space travel
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "Life support at 15 percent."

Publisher's Summary: "The six-person crew of a derelict spaceship awakens from stasis in the farthest reaches of space. Their memories wiped clean, they have no recollection of who they are or how they go on board. The only clue to their identities is a cargo bay full of weaponry and a destination—a remote mining colony that is about to become a war zone! With no idea whose side they are on, they face a deadly decision. Will these amnesiacs turn their backs on history, or will their pasts catch up with them?

Collects issues #1-#4 of the miniseries."

Acquired: Received an egalley from the publisher through Netgalley.

Reason for Reading:  I was in the mood f…

DVD Break: Batman The Animated Series

Batman: The Animated Series: Tales of the Dark Knight- (1992) - (DVD) - (animated) - (own)

Instead of repeating myself on how much I love this animated version of Batman,  you can read my thoughts on our viewing the first DVD in this set here.  This is the second disc in the one-off series of random episodes from the show.  It also has a very short documentary on how voices are chosen and done for animation.  Warner is particularly proud of their attention to detail and not using stock sound effects.  This one features 4 episodes from season one in random order but there are no continuity issues with their placement.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and did my son who was a little reluctant to donate it to the library.  But he had decided ages ago he didn't want it anymore, and he did donate the previous one we watched; in the end he decided to donate.

The four stories included here are:  Episode 27: The Underdwellers featuring The Sewer King.  Batman goes back to roots here and fights agai…

236. Finder: Talisman by Carla Speed McNeil

Finder: Talisman by Carla Speed McNeil (US) - (Canada)
Finder, #4

Pages: 96
Ages: 16+
Finished: Aug. 30, 2012
First Published: Oct. 16, 2012 (orig. 2000-2002)
Publisher: Dark Horse
Genre: graphic novel, YA, fantasy, science fiction
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "Marcie! No more magic!"

Publisher's Summary:  "Since 1996, Finder has set the bar for science-fiction storytelling, with a lush, intricate world and compelling characters. Finder: Talisman is the story of a book — the book beloved by misfits and castaways, once glimpsed and forever longed for — and of Marcie, the kid who never gives up her search for magic and meaning. Now, the fan-favorite story is collected in a new, oversized hardcover edition and a limited-edition hardcover signed by creator Carla Speed McNeil!

* Finder: Talisman is a much-sought-after fan favorite and a great point of entrance into the world of Finder.

* First time in hardcover!"

Acquired:  Received an egalley from the publisher through…

144. The Curse by Mike Norton

The Curse by Mike Norton (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 80
Ages: 18+
Finished: May 18, 2012
First Published: Oct. 17, 2012
Publisher: Omni Press
Genre: Graphic novel, humour, horror
Rating: 2/5

First sentence: "Crowley, you f*cking d**chebag!"

Publisher's Summary: "In 2009, cartoonist extraordinaire and internet sensation Mike Norton (Battlepug, Double Feature Comics: The Answer) took the "24-Hour Comic" Challenge and created the pug-tastic comic The Curse over the course of a single day! He returned with sequels spawned during "24-Hour Comic" events in 2010 and 2011. Now all three tales of pirates and pugs are available in print in this new collection."

Acquired: Received an egalley from the publisher, through NetGalley

Reason for Reading: It sounded funny.

The first page (pg. 3) which has three speech bubbles has five vulgar words and at this point I was wondering what I was reading.  By page six I'd read so much profanity I was d…

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Authors in Mystery/Thriller Genre

hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Today's topic is to make a list of your favourite top ten author's in whatever genre you choose.  I'm going to choose mystery/thrillers as I think I'll be able to come up with the author's quickest.  I love the genre and probably have to most author crush's in that field.
Top Ten Authors in the Mystery/Thriller Genre (in no particular order except #1 *is* #1!)
(go here and type in the author's name in the search box to find all my reviews) 1. Mo Hayder!!! 2. Jo Nesbo 3. Karin Slaughter 4. Tess Gerritsen 5. Shane Peacock 6. Lisa Gardner 7. Alan Bradley 8. Laura Lippman 9. Agatha Christie (no reviews) 10. Marjorie Allingham (no reviews)

221. Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes edited by Georgia McBride

Two and Twenty Dark Tales:Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes edited by Georgia McBride. Introduction by Francisco X. Stork (US) - (Canada)

Pages:  340
Ages: 13+
Finished: Sept. 16, 2012
First Published:  Oct. 16, 2012
Publisher: Month9Books
Genre: short stories, anthology, horror, fairy tales, paranormal
Rating: 3.5/5

First sentence: "When the girl sneaked in at midnight, he used his penlight to make a note."

Publisher's Summary:  "Who doesn't love Mother Goose? 

From Jack and Jill falling down the hill, to Old Mother Hubbard and her poor dog. 

These are the stories and songs from our childhood. But you've never heard Mother Goose told quite like this. 

Twenty-two dark young adult retellings of Mother Goose rhymes from some of today's most exciting YA authors are featured in this anthology."

Acquired:  Received an egalley from the publisher through NetGalley.

Reason for Reading: I love fairytale retellings and this was too compelling a prospect to …

260. Far North by Will Hobbs

Far North by Will Hobbs  (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 216
Ages: 10+
Finished: Sep. 27, 2012
First Published: 1996
Publisher: Avon Camelot
Genre: survival, adventure, YA
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "The first I ever heard of the Nahanni River and Deadmen Valley was from the bush pilot who met my flight at Fort Nelson, way up at the top of British Columbia."

Publisher's Summary: "Mayday! Landed on river. Engine out. 
Floating toward the falls."

When the engine of their float plane fails during a water landing near the head of Canada's monumental Virginia Falls, what began as a sightseeing detour turns into a survival mission for two high-school students and their elderly companion.

With the brutal sub arctic winter about to fall like a hammer, Gabe Rogers, his boarding-school roommate, Raymond Providence, and Raymond's great-uncle, Johnny Raven, are trapped in a deadly wilderness. Braving icy rapids and desperately hunting for moose in their struggle to…

Sunday Salon: Oct. 14, 2012

What happened since last Sunday:  Well I had an absolutely miserable reading week this week.  It took me the whole week to read Firestarter by Stephen King.  It was a re-read for me and I just never really got caught up in it.  I'm also having problems with my sleep again, sleeping too much that is.  So that certainly doesn't help with the reading because I keep falling asleep and waking up with a book closed somewhere near me or on the floor, having to find the last place I remember reading {sigh}.  This has to do with the autism and socialization; I get soo wasted whenever I socialize.

I went to a religious class last week and will be going once a week through Dec. We are watching Fr. Barron's Catholicism and discussing; it was really exciting and I enjoyed myself.  The Year of Faith started on Oct. 11 and I had joined up with an email service to read the Catechism over the year as Pope B16 has encouraged us to do this, this year.  That is going well and the readings are…

258. The Circus Infinitus Stories, Vol. 1 by Ethan Somerville

The Circus Infinitus: Stories Vol. 1 by Ethan Somerville - (Kindle)
Circus Infinitus, #6

Pages: 195
Ages: 18+
Finished:  Oct. 12, 2012
First Published: Jan. 12, 2011
Publisher: Storm Publishing
Genre: steampunk, urban fantasy, historical fantasy, short stories,
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Circus Infinitus!"

Publisher's Summary: "This book features the following short stories:

“Welcome to the Circus Infinitus” – an introduction to the mysterious Circus Infinitus and its unique cast of characters.

“Madam Zazuma” – penniless aristocrat Elizabeth Montrose turns to the Circus Infinitus for help to escape from a loveless arranged marriage.

“I Want to Join the Circus” – a small boy decides to run away to join the Circus Infinitus.

“The Monocle and the Morality Police” – Queen Victoria decides the Circus Infinitus is a corrupting influence on the people of London and charges Sir Hubert Fotherington and the IntelliGent with the task of shutti…