T5W: SFF TBR

Recently, I have been in a mood for reading some science fiction (well, some of these are fantasy but I am more in a mood for science fiction. I think I actually may like sci-fi more than fantasy) books.

T5W Group  where meme originated can be found on the link.

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1. Unplugged

Humanity is split into the App World and the Real World—an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy and a dying physical world for the poor. Years ago, Skylar Cruz’s family sent her to the App World for a chance at a better life.

Now Skye is a nobody, a virtual sixteen-year-old girl without any glamorous effects or expensive downloads to make her stand out in the App World. Yet none of that matters to Skye. All she wants is a chance to unplug and see her mother and sister again.

But when the borders between worlds suddenly close, Skye loses that chance. Desperate to reach her family, Skye risks everything to get back to the physical world. Once she arrives, however, she discovers a much larger, darker reality than the one she remembers.

Status: Currently reading but waiting to get from the library. I already sampled the first three chapters.

What I like about Unplugged is that it has a dystopia that I feel is plausible. It has so many allusions to current day issues that black and brown people deal with and main character is latina. Also, this would be a good series to get into because the second one came out recently and the third  one comes out in December.

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2. The Between

When Hilton was just a boy, his grandmother sacrificed her life to save him from drowning. Thirty years later, he begins to suspect that he was never meant to survive that accident, and that dark forces are working to rectify that mistake. When Hilton’s wife, the only elected African-American judge in Dade County, FL, begins to receive racist hate mail, he becomes obsessed with protecting his family. Soon, however, he begins to have horrible nightmares, more intense and disturbing than any he has ever experienced. Are the strange dreams trying to tell him something? His sense of reality begins to slip away as he battles both the psychotic threatening to destroy his family and the even more terrifying enemy stalking his sleep. Chilling and utterly convincing, The Between follows the struggles of a man desperately trying to hold on to the people and life he loves, but may have already lost. The compelling plot holds readers in suspense until the final, profound moment of resolution.

Status: Currently reading – same as Unplugged except I am going to buy this one because it is cheap online.

Horror and fantasy!

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3. On the Edge of Gone

January 29, 2035.

That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter near their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll never reach the shelter in time.

Then a last-minute encounter leads them to something better than a temporary shelter: a generation ship that’s scheduled to leave Earth behind and colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But each passenger must have a practical skill to contribute. Denise is autistic and fears that she’ll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister?

When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?

Status: Haven’t started yet.

I moved it up my TBR because I think it would be fun to read it for autism awareness month. With the line “When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?” it is a sci-fi I have to read.

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4. Sorcerer to the Crown

Magic and mayhem collide with the British elite in this whimsical and sparkling debut.

At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave, eminently proficient magician, and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers—one of the most respected organizations throughout all of Britain—ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up.

But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…

Status: Read the prologue but have not read further yet.

Black. Victorian. fantasy.

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5. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.

Status: Still haven’t started yet.

A lot of sff books are doom and gloom so I like the idea of reading something hopeful. Having a book about exploring species, cultures, and worlds is appealing. I have not  read a book with any of these things since reading The Best of All Possible Worlds last year so I hope it is good.

Netgalley DNFs #2

I got all of these books from netgalley for my honest review.

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The Takedown

Pub: 4/11/17

Kyla Cheng doesn’t expect you to like her. For the record, she doesn’t need you to. On track to be valedictorian, she’s president of her community club, a debate team champ, plus the yummy Mackenzie Rodriguez has firmly attached himself to her hip. She and her three high-powered best friends don’t just own their senior year at their exclusive Park Slope, Brooklyn high school, they practically define the hated species Popular. Kyla’s even managed to make it through high school completely unscathed.

Until someone takes issue with this arrangement.

A week before college applications are due, a video of Kyla “doing it” with her crush-worthy English teacher is uploaded to her school’s website. It instantly goes viral, but here’s the thing: it’s not Kyla in the video. With time running out, Kyla delves into a world of hackers, haters and creepy stalkers in an attempt to do the impossible-take something off the internet-all while dealing with the fallout from her own karmic footprint. Set in near-future Brooklyn, where privacy is a bygone luxury and every perfect profile masks damning secrets, The Takedown is a stylish, propulsive, and provocative whodunit, asking who would you rely on if your tech turned against you?

Why DNF? It reminded me of Before I Fall which I did not finish either because the main characters were not nice people. The thing is that I do like ambiguous/possibly mean/possibly villainous characters. What I do not like is that the main character meanness is just an average high mean girl meanness. The way that the main character built things up she was going to be more than that. I don’t know what is going on in terms of the story and what I see doesn’t catch me at all.

Questionable: There is a lot of mention of thinness in the first few chapters, conversation about how main character would rather girls who advance forward in life because of their brains (a woman can use her brains to use sexism to advance her forward)  I only read a few chapters so it may deal with these things later.

Liked: There is a relationship between two people of color, the embellishments in each chapter

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Girl Out of Water

Pub: 5/1/17

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves.

Why DNF?  Girl Out of Water is not a bad book and that is the hard part about letting it go.  I just know that I could (and have) put it down and forget about it. It is in that middle area of its okay but I’m not engaged by it.

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Hollywood Homicide

Pub: 8/8/17

Dayna Anderson doesn’t set out to solve a murder. All the semi-famous, mega-broke black actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. After witnessing a deadly hit-and-run, she figures pursuing the fifteen-grand reward isn’t the craziest thing a Hollywood actress has done for some cash.

But what starts as simply trying to remember a speeding car soon blossoms into a full-on investigation. As Dayna digs deeper into the victim’s life, she wants more than just reward money. She’s determined to find the poor woman’s killer too. When she connects the accident to a notorious Hollywood crime spree, Dayna chases down leads at paparazzi hot spots, celeb homes and movie premieres. She loves every second—until someone tries to kill her.

And there are no second takes in real life.

Why DNF? Once I got to later part of the first chapter when we reached the mystery that is when things went down for me. I didn’t find the mystery interesting.

Liked: I liked the first chapter a lot. The idea (and follow through) of the main character being a former child star was really entertaining.

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Rotten Stepbrother

Pub: 8/1/17

AGAIN, Holden?! First you broke Cinderella, now Beauty and the Beast? Your stepsister is ready to strangle you. Pointing out that the Beast kidnapped Beauty and only fell for her looks has somehow put the real Beast in jail! Now there’ll never be a happy ending. You need to go into the fairy tale world of rural France and– what do you mean you don’t speak French?!

Why DNF?  I did not realize that this book was part of a series (it’s the 2nd book). The first book comes out the same day as the second so I cannot review it. Also, what I read so far I was not into.

Liked: Cover (the beast and beauty are my favorite part of it)

Netgalley DNFs #1

I requested all of these books from netgalley for a review. It sucks to request a book then be picked just to DNF the book.

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Finding Mighty

Pub: 5/30/17

Along the train lines north of New York City, twelve-year-old neighbors Myla and Peter search for the link between Myla’s necklace and the disappearance of Peter’s brother, Randall. Thrown into a world of parkour, graffiti, and diamond-smuggling, Myla and Peter encounter a band of thugs who are after the same thing as Randall. Can Myla and Peter find Randall before it’s too late, and their shared family secrets threaten to destroy them all? Drawing on urban art forms and local history, Finding Mighty is a mystery that explores the nature of art and the unbreakable bonds of family.

Why DNF?  Overall the bit that I did read was okay but I was not engaged into the story.

Liked: Has an Indian main character, mentions micro-aggressions that happens to Indians in a middle grade novel

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Judas Cypher

Pub: 3/23/17

In a war between man and machine, he must find a way to protect them all…

After a devastating war forced humans to rely on synths for survival, the two have learned to coexist peacefully.

Until now….

When detective Dhata Mays is called in to investigate a homicide, what he uncovers threatens the serenity of this futuristic society. The gruesome murder means only one thing: someone is ready to incite another war. Now, it’s up to Dhata to ensure that the truth stays hidden—to protect both sides of the battle. But can he be unbiased in a black and white world that forces him to take sides?

Why DNF? Feels like average mystery P.I. story with sci-fi added to it (which is good if you are into that type of story), “synthetic racism” which gave me a bad taste of trying to equate racism with not liking synths, all in all it could be summed up with I just am not caught by the story

Liked: Sci-fi bend to a mystery story, the murder and mystery is actually interesting, also the cover

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I’ll Eat When I’m Dead

Pub: 5/2/17

When stylish Hillary Whitney dies alone in a locked, windowless conference room at the offices of high-concept magazine RAGE Fashion Book, her death is initially ruled an unfortunate side effect of the unrelenting pressure to be thin.

But two months later, a cryptic note in her handwriting ends up in the office of the NYPD and the case is reopened, leading Det. Mark Hutton straight into the glamorous life of hardworking RAGE editor Catherine Ono, who insists on joining the investigation. Surrounded by a supporting cast of party girls, Type A narcissists and half-dead socialites, Cat and her colleague Bess Bonner are determined to solve the case and achieve sartorial perfection. But their amateur detective work has disastrous results, and the two ingenues are caught in a web of drugs, sex, lies and moisturizer that changes their lives forever.

Why DNF? The mystery from what I read so far was not grabbing me.

Liked: Cover it is very eye-catching

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Willow Born

Pub: 6/1/17

You’d think waking up fifty years after she died would be the least of Collette’s problems. 

Years ago, witch hunters came to Carolina and devoured the Willows. Sixteen-year-old Collette, a powerful empath, was one of them. A part of a long line of witches that stretches back as far as the slave auctions of Charleston, she was especially gifted.

Decades later, a series of strange kidnappings prompts a member of her secret coven to make a plea for help and Collette is chosen to answer the call.  But things have changed. Angels have come out of the divine closet and everyone is on the lookout for the supernatural.

Snatched from the Void, she has to choose between a normal life and following the warrior path of the Willows, a coven she didn’t know she belonged to. Soon, problems pile sky-high as she struggles to keep the boy who could blow her cover at arm’s length and her sanity as family secrets come to light in the midst of a serial killer.

In the end it all comes down to destiny, death  and the grey places between good and evil. But then again, when you’re Willow Born death can be just the beginning.

WILLOW BORN is a  stand alone Paranormal Fantasy. Fans of Natalie C. Parker’s Beware the Wild and  Zoraida Cordova’s Labyrinth Lost will be delighted with the book’s mix of supernatural drama, romance and Southern fantasy.

Why DNF? Fatphobia (one of side characters is described as weak and fat) I did not read far enough to see if the label put on him is challenged. Of course on the opposite spectrum the love interest is muscular thus brave. The story overall needs to be polished more.

Liked: black love interest, main character is reborn (born? reincarnated? summoned?) knowing her past, I think overall the story is a good idea

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Pub: 3/1/17

1931. Bronzeville. Chicago. The mage, Frank “Half Dead” Johnson, is a marked man. Literally. A drunken decision fueled by tragedy has left him with half a soul, sorcerous powers, and two centuries to work off his debt to Scratch (aka The Devil) himself.
Watch as “Half Dead” attempts to save his own soul, pay his debt, and help as many people as he can along the way. It’s a hard-hitting Hoodoo Noir highball with just a splash of Southern Gothic. Smack-dab in the dark heart of the Windy City. Hold on tight! It’s going to be a bumpy ride down Hard Times Road.

Why DNF? I did not like the story just based on investment sake. I did not feel propelled to finish it.

(images are from goodreads and synopsis are from netgalley)

 

 

288: Best of Possible Worlds

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Synopsis

A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forever.

Now a man and a woman from these two clashing societies must work together to save this vanishing race—and end up uncovering ancient mysteries with far-reaching ramifications. As their mission hangs in the balance, this unlikely team—one cool and cerebral, the other fiery and impulsive—just may find in each other their own destinies . . . and a force that transcends all.

The Good

Whenever I come into a sci-fi/fantasy novel I go through an overwhelming sense of disappointment because they are almost always never action-y. The Best of All Possible Worlds first chapter started the book off seeming like this was going to be an action book. I’m so glad that I did not give this book a DNF when I realized it was not going to be what I though it would be. I would have missed out on the quiet subtle quality of this book.

Whenever I read this for a while I got this good feeling. It is actually pretty rare now that I get a good feeling or any feeling from a novel so it is amazing (and kind sad actually) to even look back on this. It all felt like a journey.

One of the main things I liked is the world building – learning about the new worlds and civilizations. The feeling of going on an adventure is one of the parts of fiction I miss.

Black female main character and her families dynamic was interesting.

Romance is built! You do not know how rare this is. A lot of romances in books are insta-lovey or sex=love. The romance even managed to not derail the plot.

The Bad

Could not remember who half the people on the ship or what they did for the ship. This is probably completely my fault for not paying attention but I feel like the other characters were introduced sporadically or something.

Who all the crew mates were was not the only thing that confused me. I was kind of lost a lot of times to what happened. Some people on goodreads brought up that this story is episodic, picking up stories then dropping them. I think the episodicness of the story made it possibly easy to get confused. I agree that this was a slightly annoying aspect of the novel but these mini adventures felt like a journey so I enjoyed them mostly.

Towards the ending the romance went into some tropey gender roles stuff when it could have have been more progressive. I bring this up because it was progressive in other aspects of the story.

The Meh

Best of All Possible Worlds is going to set me up for so many mediocre/terrible sci-fi books I will not end up liking.

[Image and synopsis of Best of All Possible Worlds is from goodreads]

289: The Different Girl

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Synopsis

A timeless and evocative debut for contemporary and sci-fi fans

Veronika. Caroline. Isobel. Eleanor. One blond, one brunette, one redhead, one with hair black as tar. Four otherwise identical girls who spend their days in sync, tasked to learn. But when May, a very different kind of girl—the lone survivor of a recent shipwreck—suddenly and mysteriously arrives on the island, an unsettling mirror is about to be held up to the life the girls have never before questioned.

The Good
The Different Girl was different from a lot of the young adult books I have read in the past. One major interesting aspect to the story, at first, was the setting. It is set on an island which gave the story for a while mystery.

I think one of the characters was a dark/brown complexioned person of color.

The Bad

Different is only good when you can bring something interesting to the table. When I first started this I thought this is slow but its okay because I felt it was going somewhere. It had the novelty of the setting which grew stale after nothing new came of it.

I came in with a false expectation that this would be philosophical/say something. Usually with books that are slow like this for example  A Tale For Time Being,  there isn’t fast paced story but there is so much said about society and more. I can accept something that is not fast paced but there has to be an exchange of something.

What was the point of this book? Nothing honestly really happened. What is the point if it did not say something? What is the point if everything is obvious and in your face?

It just could have been way better.

Samples & Previews: Covertly Romance

I have left most of the romance books I’ve read disappointed which bothers me. In result I think going in a bit of a new direction is needed. My new direction is going to be covert romances, romance is  going to be secondary to the plot. I thought about the cost and benefits of this new direction too.

Benefits

A. Better Written Stories

B. Deeper Issues

I do enjoy the romance genre and most of the books I read but I consistently found myself disappointed in the end.

Costs

A. Less Romance

B. Possibly Sacrificing the HEA

C. Finding These Romances

I already have problems looking for books that fit what I want anyway so this is nothing new. Also, since romance is seen by many people a certain way it is going to be hard for people to say this has a romance.

Samples & Previews

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From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.

As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.

Fearless, gripping, at once darkly funny and tender, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story set in today’s globalized world: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s most powerful and astonishing novel yet.

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I started this and remembered why I stopped reading literary fiction.

I’m going to be blunt I think this book is overrated. I know I haven’t got to the possible meat of the story but at 100+ pages I’m like what is so special about this book. At the beginning the story was talking about racial issues in America which is what excited me. I liked that it mentioned things (such as natural hair) something I have not encountered anywhere else (then again I don’t read a lot of literary fiction).

Problems

-Mini-stories

After the interesting beginning set up the story goes back in time to have all these mini-stories that I question will come together. It is understandable why this book is so long because it has all these stories that don’t really have a point in moving this story forward. I read another book, Please Look After Mom, that is literary fiction too that had this short stories of events in the characters interactions with her mom that I think handled things better (I need to finish this book now that I’m thinking about it). All the stories from that book as far as I read are leading to talk about how they treated her mom. I feel there is more of a reflection/talking about issues than Americanah does. It just feels like it is a bunch of stories that have no rhyme or reason.

-From what I have read so far all the characters seemed like stereotypes and one-dimensional.

On the romance front: eh.

All these things came together for me not to want to finish this story.  DNF

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A vividly imagined fantasy of court intrigue and dark magics in a steampunk-inflected world, by a brilliant young talent.

The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an “accident,” he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir.

Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment.

Surrounded by sycophants eager to curry favor with the naïve new emperor, and overwhelmed by the burdens of his new life, he can trust nobody. Amid the swirl of plots to depose him, offers of arranged marriages, and the specter of the unknown conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor. All the while, he is alone, and trying to find even a single friend… and hoping for the possibility of romance, yet also vigilant against the unseen enemies that threaten him, lest he lose his throne – or his life.

This exciting fantasy novel, set against the pageantry and color of a fascinating, unique world, is a memorable debut for a great new talent.

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Thus far the romance hasn’t appeared yet so I can’t judge it on that but the story so far is good. As soon as the story started I liked the main character because he is cute. There is court intrigue and an interesting world to get into. Definitely looking forward to getting this from the library.

DNF?

Conclusion= Romance Reconciliation, Disappointment, Receding

Coming out of this I feel that I’m trying too hard to make a reconciliation with romance work. More and more I’m trying to get as far away from the romance as I can. I wonder how much can I bend it until it breaks or there is the barest amount of romance in the books.  Trying to read Amricanah and a bunch of other books has me questioning why I’m trying to reach back for these genres such as romance, that I left behind. I went through this period of being disappointedly shedding all these genres/categories for a reason. I feel like I am looking back and holding on to many genres based on their potential. It is getting back to a place of me putting books that actually work off to spend time on books that could possibly maybe work. I need to be careful that I’m not working hard to make something that is never going to work, work.

The reason I keep looking back is that in many ways I want more. I want the critical thinking and discussion about things that is present in literary fiction and non-fiction. Then I want the action, adventure, and imagination that is supposed to be present in sci-fi and fantasy. Comics and picture books fill most of the void that the fantasy/sci-fi novel genres doesn’t manage to fill. I don’t know if comics can feel the missing pieces of what I’m not getting from literary and non-fiction though. I guess all these is just me letting myself know I need to expand more in the comics I read.

Library Checkout & Reviews {39}: So Many Books I Did Not Read

I already diagnosed my brother as the culprit to me getting so many books in these library checkouts. Yeah, he grabbed a bunch of books at the library again.

               Did Not Get Finished

These are either: A. I read the first couples pages did not like it, B.  already DNF in the past or C.  did not think I would like it.

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A. I read the first couples pages did not like it.

  • Red Hood and The Outlaws- unengaged
  • Constantine (“I’m tough average dude who is bad inside because of the things I make people do or something but I’m good” ugh, unengaged)
  • I kill giants ( My interest got a bit lost when the foreword goes on a minirant about how comics have these covers that don’t match the contents of the story which is bad. I can understand a bit of this because there are times I get a comic that has a awesome cover which makes you think it is going to be x way but its y way. When the person who did the foreword lauded it as an indie book that is better than all these superheroe stories, then the story did not get my interest. I clocked out.)
  • Uncanny Avengers: The Red Shadow (I don’t know whats going on and don’t care. It seems like I don’t like Rick Remenders writing.)
  • Spider-Man 2099 vol. 1 (eh, I think a new up to date Spiderman 2099 would be more interesting)
  • Justice League Vol. 1: Origin (I lost interest and it feels like there is another book that come before this.)
  • The New Avengers vol. 1 Breakout (unengaged/confused on what is going on)

B.  already DNF in the past.

Black Panther

C.  did not think I would like so Preliminary DNF

  1. Death of Wolverine
  2. Suicide Squad
  3. Batman: a death in the family
  4. Captain America Castaway in Dimeinson Z (Rick Remender bulk DNF)
  5. New Suicide Squad vol. 1 (don’t exactly remember the exact Suicide Squad because I had no urge to read this from day one)

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Unsure

I thought all these would be DNF but they turned out not to be.

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Pro: It checks and makes fun of Hal Jordan, can get into the story without needing to read all these other books to understand this one, Sinestro is awesome, the art is really nice too

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+cute kids, homeless kid representation,  realistic to the action and thoughts of kids

My Definites

I thought I would finish and like these. I liked most of them.

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Ms. Marvel vol. 3 brought the cute, funny, and fun!

Ultimate Spiderman vol.2 I find the everything is my fault even though I wasn’t even born, around, or aware spiderman things funny. Only Spiderman can make everything his fault.

Magneto vol. 1 & 2 already read the first issue before even getting this so I knew a bit of what to expect. Magneto is ruthless. There are moments when I think he is going to take the high road like other heroes, nope. I enjoyed volume 1 for the most part but towards the end I started to get antsy about how it seemed to just be him killing people. At the start of the second volume I started to feel he was killing people without an immediate purpose. Then the story went into what is even going on territory (I heard this is because of some crossover) which made the volume two not that enjoyable. I hope that volume 3 fixes things.

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I rechecked this one out so this will be  in my next library checkout.

Non-graphic Novels/ Picture Books

Yep, I actually got books that are not picture books or graphic novels. Seeing how things went you can probably tell why this is not a common occurrence.

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I recently did a Pre-library Checkout that said I was all into this book. The Three Body is  one of the only two books out of five in the Pre-library checkout that I did decide to continue.

How to go from a continue definitely to a DNF in one chapter…

  1. Take away all that was interesting from part 1.
  2. Insert boring male main character.
  3. Writing go stale too.
I would’ve been totally good if this would’ve been a historical fiction novel without any science fiction elements that just deals with the cultural revolution (that is basically what it was in part 1). It is not only that the new addition of the stale male character but also the fact that the story is not going to be redeemed. The only aspects of the story that I truly was behind was Ye Wenjie and learning about the cultural revolution. I know the science fiction elements are going to be sparse and take forever to appear.  Like I said in my pre-library checkout if the story is going to be slow I have to enjoy the journey. Since I don’t have what made me want to continue the book I’m going to let it go.  DNF
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Pros He is just so cute it warms my heart.

Cons Going toward the halfway point I started feeling the 50% shoe drop. The Goblin Emperor  gets comparison to A Song of Ice and Fire series which I was like yeah 🙂 at first. After a while the politics and seeing the same things being illustrated got boring. We get that he is inexperienced and doesn’t know the lay of the land.  I kinda think I’m an action person. I need to feel forward progression. Then again when I think about all I liked about this book it seems to come down to how cute the ears on the characters are. come back

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Right now I’m getting put off by the boring letters that I’ve been encountering but this is a good book. I am going to come back to this one later.  come back

Moving On From Closed Doors

The thing that bothers me is I’m not coming back into things that aren’t comics or picture books feeling amazed. I’m coming back to disappointment and boredom. I feel like I came back mostly for the idealization/potential of what all these genres/categories could be (which I notice I do a lot). I take for granted how much comics handle their business and leave. I keep green eggs and haming this, thinking maybe if it is shorter, non-fiction, or whatever things will change. The question to ask myself is when and if I need to finally close the door for good.

Recheck Out

Since the Spider-verse is so big and I meandered a bit I had to recheck this out.

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Pros

I like most of the spider characters and stories. There are differences in the characters experiences, powers, universes, and etc.

Cons

The biggest problem I had with this book is that it jumps around so much. Sometimes it would not even connect stories that connect to each other. For example, you have Spider something #12 then after a couple of other stories we come back to Spider something #13 which directly connects. I feel that this is a necessary evil because it is dealing with different Spider stories at different times in their run. Another thing that got a bit on my nerves is “with great power comes great responsibility”

There were moments were I was like this is so long  not only because of the jumping around but also a few of the stories are lame. I feel that overall it was a very good book that was worth the time and amount of pages that it contained. I left the story ready to read more.

Conclusion

I need to read more comics/picture books.