April 17th, 2011

Dead Dog Cat


Last night, I finished reading the book The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession by Susan Orlean, which was ostensibly the stimulus for the movie Adaptation. I found some of her outrageously lengthy paragraphs maddening, but the background she laid out about Florida and orchids were good.

Fraggle Legends of the Ultimate Mouse

Legends of the Mouse Guard, vol. 1, by David Petersen et al
I was surprised that heroic storylines worked smoothly as short sketches. Analogous to one-shots, I suppose. The art, as always, was fracking gorgeous.
(51/200, 28/100)

Fraggle Rock, vol. 1, by Heather White et al
This was charming, and it was obvious that all the creators put their hearts into it - it was so well drawn and told - but for me, Fraggles just aren't Fraggles without the songs and voice acting. Ah well.
(52/200, 29/100)

Ultimate Spiderman vol 1: Power and Responsibility, by Brian Michael Bendis et al
I used to read Spider Man aloud to my cousin when he was a kid and I was a teenager. Reading the rebooted origin story brought back that feeling, but I think they are doing a better job this time around. Certainly a better job than my fuzzy memories. I didn't expect Spiderman to be the next series I glommed on to, but there it is.
(53/200, 30/100)

Bless This Mouse, by Lois Lowry, illustrated by Eric Rohmann (ARC)
There is a spark I expect from Lois Lowry books. It manifests one way in the serious books - say, _The Giver_ - and another in the comic ones - oh, Anastasia Krupnik, I <3 you still. But I couldn't find it in this competent little story of a community of mice living in a church. There was a glimmer here and there, mostly emanating from the character of Ignatious, but no *spark*. That said, when I was 7 or 8, and without knowing who wrote it, I would've torn through this like I tore through all the other anthropomorphic animal fiction I was reading at that age. I just wouldn't have reread it. I might've flipped through it several times, though - the illustrations are swell.
(55/200, 31/100)
Love Will Last

No. 26 for 2011

Title: Veil of Midnight
Author: Lara Adrian
Rating: 4/5
Book: 25/50 (52% completed)
Pages: 355 pgs
Total Pages: 10,244/15,000 pages (63.56% completed)
Version: Book
Next up: Ashes of Midnight by Lara Adrian

I'm getting sad that I'm getting closer to the end of the series. I know that Adrian is still writing the series but I hate the idea of having to wait for the next book.

This book was just as good as the last. This one was about Nikolai. He's not as angsty as Lucan, Dante, Teagan or Rio, who I've already read their stories, but he does have some issues. I wasn't as drawn into the story as I was with the past four but I still enjoyed it.

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