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The Black Monday Murders, Vol. 1

The Black Monday Murders

Synopsis

From Jonathan Hickman (East of West, Secret Wars, Avengers) and Tomm Coker (Undying Love) comes a new crypto-noir series about the power of dirty, filthy money… and exactly what kind of people you can buy with it.

Review

This was one of the comic trade paperbacks I picked up before my colonoscopy. It grabbed it on a whim, mostly because I liked the art style, and I quite enjoyed reading through it. The Black Monday Murders is fantastic.

The story was interesting, though bleak. The concept of the story is interesting and I liked the way they combined historical occurrences with the events of the story.

Not sure if I would recommend this if you weren’t already a fan of comics as it was more of a multimedia story, combining traditional comic formatting with prose and “found” files.

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Steelheart

Steelheart

Synopsis

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will.

Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

Review

I love and hate Brandon Sanderson. I love every book of his that I have read. His characters are good, world building is fantastic and his magic (or whatever it is called) is amazing. But I can’t put his books down. They are like crack, forcing me to read later than I want, or to try to read and cook at the same time. WHY!?!

Steelheart falls right into this same area. I loved it, I loved every moment of it. The twists were great and while I anticipated what one of them would be, I didn’t think it would happen the way it did. One of my secret loves is super hero books, and this one has that. The world is dark and the Epics horrible human beings, but it is immersive and fun.

I have now added this to a series that I will read when I get through all these other books.

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April 2017

Back yard Lilacs

Writing

I finished my first read through of Rio Borealis, my 2016 Nano book. It is in much better shape than I thought it would be. As I read through it I could see that I had learned a lot in my last year of writing. Granted it isn’t perfect but I think I will be able to fix it up quickly. It is also less epic than Calliope and the Living Biologic, so there is less continuity to fix.

Books

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I didn’t get as many books read as previous months. At first I thought it was because my motivation to read had left me. But it turns out that life has gotten a lot more hectic and I keep adding to my hobby time.

Life

Life still goes on and on. I am having a lot of fun, but it seems like my time is disappearing. I think being on Adderall has made me so much more focused at work that I am forced to work on all my hobbies at home. Like a normal person.

Being on ADHD meds has really upped my productivity in some areas, but it has made other things more difficult. Writing ha become an interesting hobby because I am more likely to plan instead of just write by the seat of my pants. I am still learning the best way to do that.

Projects

The Bow Tie Project was going great, but this last week I just didn’t have time. I mean… I had time, I just did other things instead. This week I will get back on my game and get a tie made.

My brother in law got me Warhammer: Age of Sigmar for my birthday. It is a problem because Warhammer is one of those games I am fascinated with. Previously I had worked on a Skaven army but assembling them was a pain in the ass. They were on square bases and you had to make sure they could stand together as a unit.

Age of Sigmar seems to be a little easier to assemble and I like that you can now play any combination of army within the different factions. So a dwarf, elf, lizard people army is now a thing.

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Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice

Synopsis

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.

Review

This is the kind of science fiction I like. It was about the characters and the world they are in. Parts of it reminded me of The Goblin Emperor as it was about protocol and other parts reminded me of classic space opera.

The idea of Ancillaries was terrifying and interesting. It almost felt like a story written from the perspective of the Tines from The Children of the Sky. Again a fantastic use of differing views from character and I was amazed at how well it was executed.

Great book, and yet another first book in a series. I need to stop doing that. sigh

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