Book Review | #WICDIV | The Faust Act | Fandemonium | Commercial Suicide

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The BLURBs!

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.


 Following the tragic and unjust death of Lucifer, it takes a revelation from Inanna to draw Laura back into the worlds of Gods and Superstardom to try and discover the truth behind a conspiracy to subvert divinity.


After the detonation of FANDEMONIUM the gods-as-pop-stars of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE try living in the long dark shadow.

(From Goodreads)

The REVIEW!

This review may contain spoilers.  Turn back now if you do not want to be spoiled on all the pure awesome that is THE WICKED AND THE DIVINE.

To start – I have not read the physical volumes of this comic series.  I collect the single issues but Goodreads likes to count each issue as a “book”, and if I didn’t pick the TPBs, my 75 book challenge would be a little over a 1/4th of the way complete.  And that’s no fun.

I read Issues 1-10 when they first came out in 2014.  Then, life was life, and I just started piling up on the other issues.  I finally got back to the series this year – re-reading the first 10 issues before moving on to the next 7.

When I see reviews on this series, I see one of two types – the fanatic love reviews and the hate reviews.  I’ll be in the former, because even after my re-read, I’m still completely in love with this comic.

And that’s both Kieron Gillen’s writing and Jamie McKelvie’s art.  While I haven’t read too many negative things about Jamie’s art…and I mean, really:

  

What would the complaints be?  That it’s too damn beautiful?  Pu-uh-leeze!

I have heard some negative things about Kieron’s writing.  Normally, others are saying that this story is too confusing or boring or blah blah blah.

It’s all noise, because Kieron’s writing isn’t boring to me.  This story isn’t confusing.  It’s intriguing and the characters are so easy to fall in love with, to hate, to mourn, to idolize –  I mean come on, they’re fucking gods.

And both the words and the art bring this story to life; it gives it its soul, and it’s all wonderful.

Wicked + The Divine follow a fan, Laura, as she’s introduced to the gods and sucked into their lives and all the drama it brings – the good, the bad, the fans, the crazies, the pain, the fear of dying, and the death.  Still, Laura loves it all, and she wants to be more than just a fan.  She wants to be a god.

The gods are all pretty awesome, and I can totally see why Laura would want to be one.  I will definitely admit to loving certain ones way more than others – Luci, Innana, Persephone, and The Morrigan are still my favorites, but I’m starting to dig Baal.   Their life looks glamorous, very similar to how some people view celebrities, but when you get to see behind the curtains, you see all the darkness this type of life brings.

I know I said this may contain spoilers, but to avoid any more spoilers than what the BLURBs gave away, I’ll just highly, highly recommend this comic series.  It’s fucking brilliant – the story and the artwork.  I just love it!

The RATING!

(duh!)

Book Review | The Absolute Sandman Vol. 2 | Such Imagination!

The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 2 by Neil Gaiman

The BLURB!

Ten thousand years after banishing to Hell a woman who scorned him, Morpheus, the King of Dreams, has decided to free his former lover. But when the Sandman arrives in the realm of eternal damnation, Lucifer, the first fallen angel, notifies him that he is closing down Hell and he wants Morpheus to have the keys. Now in charge of the gates of Hell, the King of Dreams is bombarded with requests for possession of the empty kingdom by Norse gods, homeless demons, Egyptian deities, Faerie ambassadors, the lords of Chaos and Order, and Japanese divinities. Realizing too late that Lucifer’s gift was a veiled curse, Morpheus is forced to make a decision that will affect every plane of existence as well as the universal balance of power.

(^^Taken from The Sandman Vol. 4: Seasons of Mists ^^)

The REVIEW!

Death calls Dream out on being a dick.

Sure, I could say that in a nicer way, but really, that’s what she does.  Dream’s arrogance in the past is the only reason he banished his former lover to Hell, and after 10,000 freaking years, and being called out on his asshat-ery, he decides to enter Lucifer’s Hell and free her.

Like the blurb says though, Lucifer is closing up shop.  He’s bored and tired of Hell, and Lucifer’s decided to pass on the key to someone else (Dream).

This causes Dream all sorts of headaches, but he wants to free his former love, so he’s forced to accept the key and all the burden that goes along with it.

I absolutely loved this arc, and if that’s where the story ended, this would have been 5/5 stars.  It was imaginative as hell, and I loved reading about all the different characters/deities trying to get Dream to choose them to rule Hell.

It was a blast to read.

The other arcs, while interesting when I saw the full picture, didn’t always fascinate me the way the main arc had.  They were still fun to read though, and I did enjoy pretty much all of them.

I’m still loving the art.  I think the artists have continued to do an exceptional job creating a world fit for Neil Gaiman’s words. I loved taking the time and looking at all of the art at the end of the book too, with artists’ different interpretations of Dream.

That was neat to look at.

I’m still absolutely recommending this series to anyone and everyone.  It’s still so fantastic to me!

The RATING!

(I wanted more Dream, more Endless

All the Dream, all the Endless)

#Bout of Books 13 | Updates

Bout of Books

Woohoo!  Bout of Books has begun!  I’ve already shared my anticipated TBR for the read-a-thon, and I’m so excited about reading all of the books (well, some of the books, since I’ve started my new job, and I’m not sure how much reading I’ll actually do this week).

Still the excitement is real!

This post is going to be updated daily (hopefully) with my progress during Bout of Books.

UPDATES

Tuesday – Books Read:  1  | Pages Read:  134

Total Pages Read:  160

Currently Reading:  Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances  The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Goal For Wednesday:  Write up the review for The Absolute Sandman Vol. 2 and to do the daily challenge.  And then, hopefully finish The Ocean at the End of the Lane.  We’ll see.


Monday – Books Read:  0  | Pages Read:  26

Currently Reading:  The Ocean at the End of the Lane  The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 2  Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

GOTD:  To finish The Absolute Sandman Vol. 2, to read one short story from Trigger Warning, and possibly finish The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

Depending on how this evening goes, I’ll determine if I need to fix my personal goals or remove them completely.

We’ll see.

Happy reading all!


Weekend Reads | A Weekend of Comics and Fantasy

Happy Friday!  Today is my last day at a job that I’ve been at for almost 7 years.  It’s been a wonderful place to work for, and I don’t know if I’ll find better co-workers and friends.  They’ve made working in the office pretty freaking stress free, and that’s hard to say working at a law firm.  I’ll miss them all, but I’m pretty excited about starting this next adventure in my life.

It’s going to be awesome.

Now, onto the books!

I’m going to be stopping by a comic shop this evening and picking up the latest Wicked and the Divine (forgot to pick it up when it came out, and then I got super busy) and taking a look at some other comics I may want to pick up (undecided so far as to what to try out though – gonna wing it).

Also, I’m finally getting myself added to their Pull List.  There are a couple of comic series coming out that I’m uber excited about – namely 21st Century Tank Girl and Invader Zim.

The Wicked + The Divine #10     Pre-order the INVADER ZIM comic fiasco now! Come on!Also, it drives me insane how far apart the Z looks from the rest of my last name . This is older promotional art, though, so it won’t actually look like that and I hope that old font gets deleted forever!onipress:

You can now pre-order Invader Zim #1! Tell your local comic shop you want code MAY151468 to place your order.

I can’t wait to get my hands on them!

Other than WICDIV #10, I’m going to be finishing The Absolute Sandman Vol. 2 and The Emperor’s Soul, and then I’ll hopefully be starting and finishing The Killing Joke.

And that sounds like a pretty fun filled weekend of reading.  I’ll probably start Elantris, but I know I won’t finish it.   It’ll be the first book I start reading for Bout of Books 13.

Hope you have a fantastic Friday and weekend filled with all the books!

May Reading Plans| Year of Cosmere | Bout of Books 13 | Partial TBR

Happy May!  I cannot believe 2015 is almost 1/2 over already.  Where has the year gone?  I’m starting a new job this month, and I’m so freaking excited.  And nervous.  Really freaking nervous.  It’s always a little scary starting something and somewhere new, when you’ve had a safe life so far.  Starting something new isn’t safe.  But, I’m hoping it’ll be exciting and fun.

Now, onto what this blog is really about.  Books.  I’m very behind on my Goodreads 2015 goal, but I’m hoping to be only slightly behind after the end of the May.  What will help me towards only being slightly behind by the end of the month is that I’m participating in Bout of Books 13.  This will be the third time I’ve participated in this read-a-thon, and I’ve really enjoyed it in the past.

What Bout of Books is all about:

The Bout of Books Read-a-Thon was created by Amanda @ On a Book Bender on a complete whim in August 2011*. It took on a life of its own and was such a hit that Amanda decided to do it again and turn it into a somewhat regular occurrence.

  • Bout of Books is a week long read-a-thon, usually from 12:01am on a Monday through 11:59pm on a Sunday in whatever time zone you are in.
  • It is low pressure, meaning participants are only asked to push themselves to read more than they normally would during any given week. There is no competition between readers.
  • How much time a reader wants, and can commit, to read, tweet, or network with fellow bloggers is left to individual preference. All challenges and giveaways are optional.
  • Networking with fellow bloggers is actively encouraged, though never required.
  • Use Twitter to post updates throughout the read-a-thon. Everyone will be tweeting with the #boutofbooks hashtag.

My TBR the first 1/2 of the month of May and possible Bout of Books 13 TBR are the following books/graphic novels/comics:

The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 3   Unflattening  Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances  An Ember in the Ashes

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)  Sabriel  Batman: The Killing Joke

Bitch Planet #2  Bitch Planet #3  Bitch Planet #4 Big Hard Sex Criminals, Vol. 1

These are just what I have on the list for now.

Also for the month of May, I can finally join in on Year of Cosmere.  I read the Mistborn trilogy in January, and February through April those were the books the group started with.  This month, the two Brandon Sanderson books that the group will be reading are:

Elantris  The Emperor's Soul

I’m very excited about reading these!  I loved loved loved the Mistborn trilogy, and I think Brandon Sanderson does an excellent job with world building and creating characters that are just phenomenal.

So, the reading plans for the month of May!

#T5W | Book Series You’d Want to See as TV Shows

Top 5 Wednesday

Created/Hosted by Lainey

I personally like TV more than movies, and I’d love to see most book series I’ve read turned into shows.  It would be awesome to see what TV could do with the specific stories, and if the series is finished, I’d love to see how the writers of the show could take the series further.

1.  Joe Ledger Series by Jonathan Maberry

This is one of my all time favorite book series, and I think it would work incredibly well as a TV show.  There are currently 7 novels in the series, and a bunch of short stories that Maberry has written for this universe.  Hell, Joe shows up in a couple of his other series’ universes too.

The TV show would be a more action packed Fringe-esque type show with a male protagonist and, scarier more realistic scientific thriller scenarios.  It would be pure freaking win.

2.  The Sandman comics by Neil Gaiman

It’s been optioned, but as far as I can tell, the project fell through.  It would be a fantastically epic TV show if done right.  There’s just so much to the worlds that Neil Gaiman created or borrowed, and the Endless and all the other characters are spectacularly developed.

I’d watch the shit out of the show if it existed.

3.  Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

Another comic, but I think it’s so easy for me to visualize them as movies or TV shows.  The world that BKV has created is so large, and there’s so much potential for side stories that haven’t been seen or currently even exist in the comic series.

And of course, seeing the current stroyline would be an absolute must.

4.  Everworld series by KA Applegate

I loved these books in junior high/high school, and when the Animorphs series came to TV, I had hoped this series would as well. There’s only 12 books, but with how the story ends, well their story really doesn’t end, and it could easily keep going for several seasons on TV after the show went through the books.

5.  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Amazing freaking book, with such a developed whimsical world that I think would work extremely well as a TV miniseries.  I don’t think it would work as an ongoing show.  It could, but it would have to be done in a very particular way, or it would just end up getting tiresome.

The Night Circus  Entertain the End (Everworld, #12)  Saga Deluxe Edition, Volume 1  The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1  Patient Zero (Joe Ledger, #1)

Book Review | The Absolute Sandman Volume 1 | All Sorts of Fangirling Inside

The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1

The BLURB!

In 1916, Dream is captured and encased in a glass globe in a failed attempt by a fictional Edwardian magician (very much in the vein of Aleister Crowley) named Roderick Burgess to bind Death and attain immortality.

(^^Taken from Sandman Volume 1^^)

One of the most popular and critically acclaimed comic book titles of all time, New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman’s masterpiece THE SANDMAN set new standards for mature, lyrical fantasy and graphic narrative. Now, Vertigo and DC Comics are proud to present the first of four definitive Absolute Editions collecting this groundbreaking series in its entirety.

The Absolute Sandman Volume One reprints issues 1-20 of THE SANDMAN, and features all-new coloring on issues 1-18 commissioned especially for this edition. This volume also includes a full reproduction of Gaiman’s original proposal for the series and the complete script and pencils by Gaiman and Charles Vess for the World Fantasy Award-winning story “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” from THE SANDMAN #19. Finally, a gallery of character design sketches show the evolution of Dream of the Endless.

The REVIEW!!

I’m relatively new to Gaiman.  I’m also relatively new to comics and graphic novels.  So please feel free to take the following fangirl-gasming with a grain of salt.  If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly freaking recommend you go to your library and start this, and soon.  If this first Volume is any indication on what to expect from the future ones, then I know I’m in for one hell of a ride.

I don’t think I’ve read anything like this before.  I love that every element of this story felt new and real and raw to me.  It bewitched me.  I’ve fallen hard for these worlds and characters, and I’m happy that I’ll be able to live in it for a little longer.

The WRITING!

Neil Gaiman is pure fucking magic when it comes to writing.

The ART!

The art instantly drew me in to this comic.  I loved the style, and I thought the artists did an incredible freaking job giving life to Gaiman’s characters and worlds.

  

The STORY!

Following Dream/Morpheus on his journey as he escaped a prison meant for his sister Death, was a really fascinating story, but it was only the beginning.  There were so many other fantastical tales showing the evolution of Dream.  The worlds were vast.  Some were familiar and some were strange and new to me, and I loved seeing Dream interact with the people/creatures/things in each of them.  He’s Endless, and every story showed what he has done during his existence.  The stories showed that he can be selfless and objective, and the stories showed that he can also be selfish and cruel.  I enjoyed reading about all the different aspects of Dream.

The Absolute Sandman Volume 1 was a pure pleasure to read.  It’s clearly Magic.

The RATING!

(5 for Goodreads anyway,

all the stars to me)