Friday, December 29, 2017
One-Punch Man is a hilarious parody of the popular super hero shows in Japan. Well-known tropes constantly make an appearance and ONE manages to twist them on their heads and make me laugh out loud. If you love action anime and need a laugh, give this series a try.
Books in the Series:
One-Punch Man Volume 2
One-Punch Man Volume 3
One-Punch Man Volume 4
Monday, December 25, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017
As Mae's status grows in the company and she rises in popularity on social media, she abandons her old life and her humanity.
While I enjoyed the story and seeing how far the CEOs of The Circle were willing to go to complete their vision, I found Mae to be an extremely bland character. With the novel being written in third person limited there should have been more internal conflict and personal revelation in the narrative.
The Circle illustrates how some people may be easily led, while others will resist until the end. Worth reading for political and social commentary, but not for character development.
Friday, December 8, 2017
During the first portion of the book the reader is treated to amazing synaesthetic prose, where Rilan changes the colors of the symphony to suit her needs. It reminded me of my own experiences with music->color synaesthesia. The story moves quickly on to Rilan and Origon's relationship and then on to traumatic experiences as they search to discover what happened to Origon's brother. This short but intense piece was a delight to read and even contains illustrations of the various species for the reader to better visualize the interaction between species. I look forward to reading more offerings from this author, especially if they are set in the same universe.
Books in the Series:
Merchants and Maji: Two Tales of the Dissolutionverse
Singers of Nevya - Louise Marley
Singer From the Sea - Sherri S. Tepper
Singer of All Songs - Kate Constable
Friday, December 1, 2017
The hit 90s TV series by the same name was campy and filled with the typical moral lessons expected of the time. This movie novelization is a far-cry from the original. Where in the original the teens were good role models for the target audience of kids, this new version shows troubled kids who must each overcome their own issues: performance pressure, peer pressure, belonging, carelessness, and familial obligation. Although much grittier in nature, the book still has moments of corny humor hearkening back to its predecessor.
I found myself rolling my eyes at many moments, but also smiling in fond memory. This novelization is nothing special, but it is fun to read.
Saban's Power Rangers 2017
Might Morphin' Power Rangers - The Complete Series