Review: The 100 Greatest Moments From the Justice League by Robert Greenberger

The 100 Greatest Moments From the Justice League by Robert Greenberger

Publisher: Chartwell Books
Author: Robert Greenberger
Released: May 29th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of The 100 Greatest Moments From the Justice League through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The 100 Greatest Moments from the Justice League is the perfect collection for a Justice League fan. It’s also perfect for those that haven’t read as much of the series as they’d like, and want a quick rundown of the best moments out there (that’s what I did).

Like any best of compilation, there is an expected level of subjectiveness to them. What you would pick for the best moments and what I would pick would likely be very different. Still, I always appreciate seeing what people find to be the most standout moments/series, and thus really enjoy these particular collections. This one is no exception.

This particular collection did their very best to have as full of an array as possible. They started pulling the greatest moments from the very first issue, back in the 1930s, and got all the way up to 2017 (because of publishing it isn’t surprising that nothing from 2018 was included). I had a lot of fun reading all the moments, seeing the styles and plots change as time moved forward.

 

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Review: Poe Dameron Vol. 3: Legend Lost

Poe Dameron Vol 3

Publisher: Marvel
Released: November 14th 2017
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Issues: Poe Dameron 14-19
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I read Poe Dameron Vol. 3 as single issues through Marvel Unlimited.

Are we really onto the third volume of Poe Dameron already? It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long – and I have to wait until they come out on Marvel Unlimited too!

Poe Dameron is one of several Star Wars comics out there right now, but unlike the others I feel like it’s more free to do what it wants, since it’s less tied to the movie cannon (with the exception of the most recent movies, but since they’re still in the works there’s still some wiggle room left).

I wasn’t sure if I would end up liking this series, but I’m so glad that I’ve been keeping up with it. This series does a great job of showing parts of the universe, and of the Rebellion itself, that we wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to see.

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Review: The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden

The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden

Publisher: Del Ray
Author: Katherine Arden
Released: January 8th 2019
Received: NetGalley
Warning: Animal death
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of The Winter of the Witch through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Winternight Trilogy has been one of my favorite series, so in many ways I’m sad to see it come to a conclusion. Not that feeling that way was enough to stop me from jumping at the chance to read The Winter of the Witch.
Reading this series has been a highly enjoyable experience for me. I loved so many of the details strewn about, and that I was given an opportunity to immerse myself in a culture I don’t know as much about as I’d like.
The Winter of the Witch concludes the epic tale of Vasya. There has been so much at stake for her this whole time, and she’s been carrying ever so much on her shoulders. Here we see her continue to learn about her heritage and her culture, while also trying to save those that won’t always be willing to listen.

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Review: Light Tripper by Jo-Anne Tomlinson

Light Tripper by Jo-Anne Tomlinson

Author: Jo-Anne Tomlinson
Released: October 23rd 2018
Received: Review Request
Warnings: Drug addiction
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Light Tripper in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Light Tripper is the first novel I’ve read by Jo-Anne Tomlinson, but if this one is anything to go by; I’m already a huge fan of her work. It’s a science fiction novel, and could be categorized as a space opera (something I’m always on the hunt for).

Light Tripper reminded me of a cross between Firefly, The Starfire Trilogy, and just a touch of Star Wars. Those don’t sound like series/novels that would blend well, but they really do here. It’s based in the big wide open of space, with a few integral ports on different planets and moons. There are mercenaries, bounty hunters, and big governments that nobody seems to like. In short, it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.

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Jagged Arrow: Book III of the Kalelah Series by Marshall Ross

Jagged Arrow

Publisher: September 4th 2018
Author: Marshall Ross
Released: Publicnoise Press
Received: BookishFirst
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I received a copy of Jagged Arrow through BookishFirst in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Jagged Arrow is the third and final installment in the Kalelah Series. The series is about two different races, both very similar. One is the entirely of the human race, the other is the reason why humanity exists. What happens when the two collide? What would happen if the originator wasn’t pleased with what they saw in humanity? How would humanity react to a supposedly superior race showing up? The Kalelah Series asks these questions, and so much more.

This is absolutely one of those series that you have to read in order. You can buy the collected set now, which is what I strongly suggest doing. The ending and beginning of each book ties in heavily with the others, so it’s best to just binge read them all. At least, that’s how I preferred to read them.

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52 Weeks of Literary Crafts: Snitch Lovey

Snitch lovey

So this project actually started out as something different, but I ended up changing it on a whim. Originally it was just a plain gold and red lovey, but I thought it looked too simple, so I looked up a snitch pattern and sewed that in the center. I’m not completely thrilled with this one, truth be told. I should have practiced making the snitch a few more times first.

Snitch lovey

The blanket part of the lovey was really quite simple. I used a knitting loom, and simply pulled from both red and gold yarn at the same time. I actually really love how the two colors look together this way, so I may end up making a larger blanket like this, if I have time.

Snitch Lovey

The snitch pattern I found here – though theirs looks much nicer than mine! I’m still learning, clearly. Also, I used the wing pattern from here instead.

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Review: Minibeasts: True Rulers of Our World and the Key to Our Survival by Alan Henderson

Minibeasts

Publisher: Exisle Publishing
Author: Alan Henderson
Released: October 16th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Not for those that are Entomophobic or Arachnophobic.
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Minibeasts through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Minibeasts is a fascinating study on the commonly overlooked (or feared) parts of our world. I’m talking of course, about insects, arachnids, and all the other little critters out there. The photographs alone make this book worth checking out. What makes it even better though has to be the intense amount of information provided.

There are thirteen chapters in total in this book. It starts off with an introduction of course, but then it covers so much more beyond that. Some of the chapters are whimsically titled, and thus not immediately clear on their focus. Others are immediately obvious. Both are full of details, data, and photographs.

I’ll be honest with you: Sometimes the pictures alone were enough to make my skin crawl. While I do not suffer from Entomophobia, I do have a healthy fear of millipedes (and an associated fear of centipedes). That made those parts a bit more difficult for me…but I’m glad I made the effort to read those parts anyway. And I have to begrudgingly admit that one of their photos was probably the most striking image in the entire book. So please take that for the praise it should be.

 

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Review: Saga Vol. 9

Saga Vol. 9

Publisher: Image Comics
Released: October 2nd 2018
Received: Own
Issues: Saga 49-54
Warnings: Animal death (implied)
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

This is the last volume of Saga to come out for at least a year. The creative team will be taking a short, year (ish) long break. Considering that they’ve all been working on more than one project, and that this one alone has been running for years, I can’t really blame them for wanting a break. Still I’m sure any fan was worried going into this that the last page would be either devastating or a cliffhanger (which in this case would also be devastating).

I didn’t end up reading Saga on the release date, because I felt like that would just be a mean thing to do to myself on a Tuesday. The series hasn’t exactly been kind to my heart in the past. I think it was probably the best call, because it seemed to reduce my anxiety for the worst while I was reading. That alone probably made it worth it.

Every time I start a new series by Brian K. Vaughan I promise myself that this time I won’t get too attached to his characters. And every single time I break that promise to myself. Sometimes it ends with heartbreak, as a beloved character passes away. Sometimes it gives me moments of joy, seeing the characters I care about succeed in their goals. The emotional investment is always worth it in the long run, because for good or for bad, it creates an intense and well written series.

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Review: Shazam! Vol. 1

Shazam Vol 1

Publisher: DC Comics
Released: October 1st 2013
Received: NetGalley
Issues: Justice League 7-11, 0, 14-17
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I received a copy of Shazam! Vol. 1 through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Shazam! Vol. 1 collects all the Shazam! plots that occurred during the Justice League series. It’s really nice having them compiled all in one place, not to mention very timely considering the impending Shazam! movie (which looks fantastic by the way).

This was a different Shazam origin than the one I’m used to (I’m thinking of the one from the animated series) but there were many similarities between the two. I think fans of both would enjoy this. As would any fan that just wants to get prepped for the movie (that’s what I was doing).

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Review: Mosaic Vol. 2: Down Below

Mosaic Vol. 2

Publisher: Marvel
Released: September 26th 2018
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Issues: Mosaic 6-8, Uncanny Inhumans 11
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I read Mosaic Vol. 2 as single issues through Marvel Unlimited.

Mosaic Vol. 2 is mostly a tie-in volume to major events happening in the Marvel universe. I would have been more okay with this, had this not been the final volume of the series. Additionally, it’s actually pretty short, being only four issues in total.

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