Monday, September 29, 2014
The Darkest Storm contains intertwined plotlines and characters, which could have been enjoyable; unfortunately, I felt James Fry's cringeworthy illustrations, best described as sketchy and unfinished, detracted greatly from the story.
While the Leak illustrations by Tracy Yardley were much better, the story was only a way to create relationship drama. First between Rouge and Julie-Su over Knuckles and second between Sonic, Scourge, and Tails over Fiona. Both of which are forced and uninteresting.
Call of Duty gives insight into what is going on on Angel Island during Knuckles' and the Chaotix absence and also reveals the tension between Knuckles' and his father.
The Chaotix Connection was an interesting homage to the early issues involving the Chaotix with the inclusion of Renfield T. Rodent and references to poisoned food. While short, I did find it entertaining merely for the references.
Ties that Bind was short with the sole purpose of moving Snively back into ranks with his uncle Eggman. And Hedgehog Day is a story with a bit of humor for the reader.
An okay read, but not something I'd pick up again.
Books in the series:
Sonic Saga 2: Order From Chaos
Sonic Saga 3: Eggman Empire
Sonic Saga 4: House of Cards
Friday, September 26, 2014
Part 2: "How Narcissistic Mothering Affects Your Entire Life" explains how certain personality traits, relationship patterns, and more are reflections of a woman's experience as a daughter of a narcissist. While the result can be vastly different, a chronic overachiever versus a chronic underachiever, the symptom is apparent. Codependency and toxic relationships that echo the bond between mother and daughter are often apparent.
Part 3: "Ending the Legacy" provides a three step recovery model that provides many options for women to seek healing with or without the cooperation or accessibility of her mother. Many of these techniques are found in other self-help books, but these are tailored to the particular challenges of narcissistic mothers.
By providing actual examples from clients and herself along with features and symptoms, McBride makes the material easy to relate. Although some some readers may find their own experiences were much more violent or extreme, they will still find familiarity with the events described. While many books that focus on "toxic" family members contain the same material, the focus on narcissism will help with the specific problem. This is a comprehensive and accessible read that many women will find helpful.
Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life - Susan Forward
The Normal One: Life with a Difficult or Damaged Sibling - Jeanne Safer Ph. D.
Broken Toys, Broken Dreams: Understanding and Healing Codependency, Compulsive Behaviors and Family - Terry Kellogg
Monday, September 22, 2014
I also had qualms with a particular piece of information Redmond decided to repeat with the bull symbolizing the female reproductive system because they look the same. This is unlikely seeing as ancient cultures did not have the tools to do autopsies to discover that information. It seems more likely that the bull may have simply been a horned cow.
I was originally excited to read this book, thinking I would learn more about music and how it related to women throughout time; instead, I read undetailed and familiar information that I've read in any number of books. Despite it's 200 pages, it was a quick read due to writing style. If you're familiar with religion and women as a topic, this won't present you with any new information. If you are just starting out, however, this is an accessible book.
Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History - Rosemary Ruether
Priestess, Mother, Sacred Sister - Susan Starr Sered
Friday, September 19, 2014
Trapped in an underground facility with no tools and under constant surveillance, Sydney stands little chance of getting free. If she can just get a hold of somebody on the outside, maybe she can go back into the world. Even if she does, though, she'll be a fugitive.
Readers should be warned of torture scenes that include sensory deprivation, medical intervention, and others. Although the scenes are not too detailed, they are certainly disturbing. I thought the swapping point of view between Sydney and Adrian actually worked well in this particular novel, as it told the reader what was going on inside the facility and what was going on in the Moroi world. The pacing was well-done and it was an enjoyable read overall. Seeing a bit more "magic" being utilized was also interesting. I'm looking forward to the next book.
Books in the Series:
Bloodlines (Book 1)
The Golden Lily
The Indigo Spell
Monday, September 15, 2014
Starting with issue 252, readers find character appearance revamps for Rotor, Sally, Bunnie and Antoine, which keeps to their original basic designs, but changes them so they better match the character design that Sonic, Tails, and Amy-Rose have been following the newest video game designs for years. I think that the updated looks help bring the world together.
I am excited to see the departure from the soap opera drama that has been going on for years and a return to the adventure and character driven plots that I once loved about this comic and the television series. I will be renewing my subscription to this comic after reluctantly departing from it years ago. I hope other readers will enjoy the refreshing changes I unexpectedly found upon reading this collection featuring issues 252-256.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
This is the second book I read by McKillip, and I feel the same way about this one as a did Bards of the Bone Plain. Even though her books have interesting ideas and settings, the plots and characters are written in such a ponderous way that even upon conclusion I am left feeling unfulfilled.
Friday, September 5, 2014
The lack of supervision and apparent disregard for children bothers her, until she takes the time to speak to members of these areas to learn why they do things the way they do. At first they aren't sure what to make of her questions, but after she explains her own concerns they are able to articulate the reasons. Children in yōchien are largely left to their own devices to teach them to interact and solve their own problems. The use of a rope, instead of a fence, teaches self-restraint and responsibility. What other customs differ from America, the country where she was raised?
While the author lauds the customs of many countries when it comes to raising children, she also notes that these customs come with their own challenges in those societies. In the end, she concludes that a mixture of customs would probably be best. Readers will learn about how societies raise their children when it comes to education, health, sleep, chores, responsibility, and much more along with the reasons why. I enjoyed this insight into different ways of parenting.
Free-Range Kids - Lenore Skenazy
NurtureShock - Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
Simplicity Parenting - Kim John Payne, Lisa M. Ross
Monday, September 1, 2014
I have mixed feelings about this collection. I like the art style and coloring, which in the past has been an issue for me with the Archie series. I was amused by the references to previous issues and cartoons, such as the reference to the episode "Hooked on Sonics" about using butter versus margarine. Unfortunately the dialogue is littered with corny one liners and bad puns. I also thought it was weird that even after all Tails has done on his own in the comic series, even if you skip back to the timeline this is supposed to take place in, Tails is treated like a child instead of the full member of the Freedom Fighters he is.
While I enjoyed it, it's not something I would read again.
Sonic Select 8: Tails - Southern Crossover
Tails Adventure - Game Gear