Movies for the month


Disney Princess Comics Treasury by Walt Disney Company

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Goodreads Summary:

For years, Disney’s Princesses have charmed audiences the world over in their spellbinding animated films, winning the day with wit and pluck as the power of love keeps the darkness at bay. Return to these thrilling worlds of magic, danger and romance in this timeless graphic novel collection from Disney’s own master storybook artists! Every Disney Princess film is retold in this 800-page storytime treasure that Princess fans will cherish for a lifetime. Stories Include: Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan, The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Brave.

My Thoughts:

I got this book from Penni for Ninja Book Swap! It’s amazing! I had no idea this was even a thing before I got it! I love Disney. I love comics! This is amazing! It includes comics for all of the princesses up to, but not including Frozen’s Anna and Elsa, but it does include Tiana and Merida. There were two or three places where the text doesn’t line up in the text box, which is annoying, but not a huge deal.  One semi-major issue is that in Cinderella’s story the Fairy Godmother doesn’t say Bippity Boppity Boo (she said abracadabra.) I like how it told some stories that followed the movies and also had some side tales.  I feel like Ariel had quite a few stories, so it wasn’t evenly distributed with each of the characters, but it was still enjoyable.

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The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs &, Kelly Bastow

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Goodreads:

Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.

My Thoughts:

This book is super cute.  Who needs a guide based on out actual lives? Apparently me. LOL. I loved this book though. It talks about all the things we fangirls like to squee over including fanfic, cosplay, and conventions. It addresses all sorts of fandoms, which is super fun.  I love all the references for websites, that I had to go check out after reading the book.  The book is very cute, like I said, but I think it is more geared to tweens and young teens, who are not confident in their geekery yet, or for parents of young geeks who don’t know the internet lingo their kids are slinging. LOL

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Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

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Goodreads Summary:

It came from the woods. Most strange things do.’

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…

My Thoughts:

This graphic novel is separated into 5 macabre tales.  Easy to read, with beautiful illustrations, and haunting stories, what’s not to love?? The graphics are arresting and I want to hang some of the artwork in my room. That is how good it is.  This book is perfect for horror and fairy tale lovers.  A lot of reviews talked about how scary the book was, and even adults were saying they couldn’t sleep after reading this in the dark.  I, too, read this book at night, but I had no problems drifting off to bed afterwords.  Although the stories are ominous, I didn’t find them terrifying, more Brothers Grimm than Stephen King for me. Not that this is a bad thing, not at all.  I love fairy tales, especially this dark version.

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Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

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Goodreads Summary:

Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn’t kidding about the “Forever” part.
Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who’s been dead for a century.
Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya’s normal life might actually be worse. She’s embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she’s pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend—even a ghost—is just what she needs.
Or so she thinks. Spooky, sardonic, and secretly sincere, Anya’s Ghost is a wonderfully entertaining debut from author/artist Vera Brosgol.

My Thoughts:

This graphic novel is about Anya Borzakovskaya, a Russian immigrant who is trying very hard to fit into her private school.  When she accidentally falls down a well, she meets a ghost named Emily, who she wants absolutely nothing to do with.  When she is rescued from the well, she finds that Emily came with her, because she accidentally took a bone with her, and the ghost is attached to her bones, so as long as Anya keeps the bone with her, the ghost can be nearby.  She realizes having a ghost-friend can be an awesome resource to help on tests and talk to boys.  This book deals with a lot of things other than the spooky.  Anya struggles with fitting in, her culture, and her body image.  The artwork, although simplistic, fits very well with the story.  It’s very straight forward and easy to follow, unlike some other graphic novels I have read recently.  A great place to start if you are just getting into comics and graphic novels.

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Graphic Novel Haul

I went to the library and checked out a bunch of graphic novels and comic books!! So much fun to mix them in in-between all the novels!  Makes for a refreshing take on books while on a reading slump, without actually stopping reading!

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Goodreads Summary:
Meet the Wrenchies. They’re strong, powerful, and if you cross them, things will quickly go very badly for you. Only one thing scares them—growing up. Because in the world of the Wrenchies, it’s only kids who are safe… anyone who survives to be an adult lives in constant fear of the Shadowsmen. All the teenagers who come into contact with them turn into twisted, nightmarish monsters whose minds are lost forever.  When Hollis, an unhappy and alienated boy, stumbles across a totem that gives him access to the parallel world of the Wrenchies, he finally finds a place where he belongs. But he soon discovers that the feverish, post-apocalyptic world of the Wrenchies isn’t staying put… it’s bleeding into Hollis’s normal, real life. Things are getting very scary, very fast. Farel Dalrymple brings all his significant literary and artistic powers to bear in his magnum opus—a sprawling, intense science fiction tale that has at its heart the uncertainty and loneliness of growing up.

So I didn’t actually like this book, and didn’t finish it.  the drawings are great, but I couldn’t get into the story, and didn’t really know what was going on.

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Goodreads Summary:

From the ridiculously silly and twisted imagination of Roman Dirge comes the story of a cat called Cat and his stupidly ridiculous big-head and a tale of what really happens deep inside your body when true love ups and dies. This collection of two of Roman’s strangest and weirdest tales will take you from the bottom of a cat bowl to the very heart of human despair! Feature all new coloring by Adam Bolton.

I love Roman Dirge! His artwork is so creepy and fantastic.  This is a super quick and fun read.

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Goodreads Summary:

A collection of short poems all telling macabre and twisted tales for children of all ages.

As Roman Dirge, creator, author and artist of LENORE: THE CUTE LITTLE DEAD GIRL describes it, ‘This is collection of children’s tales for disturbed Children.’ From serious sinister one page poems like, ‘Critter Pie’ and ‘Pear Head Man and Bread Boy’ to longer stories such as ‘The Sideways Man’ and the title story, ‘Something at My Window is Scratching’. This is Roman at his most macabre best, short stories with creepy stings in their tales. This collection has been recoloured by Roman Dirge approved artist, Adam Bolton who also recoloured Roman’s other non-Lenore book, Cat With The Really Big Head.

This book is just as good as the Cat with the Really Big Head.  The poems are cute and fun. 

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Goodreads Summary:

Princess Decomposia is overworked and underappreciated. This princess of the underworld has plenty of her own work to do but always seems to find herself doing her layabout father’s job, as well. The king doesn’t feel quite well, you see. Ever. So the princess is left scurrying through the halls, dodging her mummy, werewolf, and ghost subjects, always running behind and always buried under a ton of paperwork. Oh, and her father just fired the chef, so now she has to hire a new cook as well. Luckily for Princess Decomposia, she makes a good hire in Count Spatula, the vampire chef with a sweet tooth. He’s a charming go-getter of a blood-sucker, and pretty soon the two young ghouls become friends. And then…more than friends? Maybe eventually, but first Princess Decomposia has to sort out her life. And with Count Spatula at her side, you can be sure she’ll succeed.  Andi Watson (Glister, Gum Girl) brings his signature gothy-cute sensibility to this very sweet and mildly spooky tale of friendship, family, and management training for the undead.

This book is cute.  It was a bit young for me to be really into it.  It would be really good for tweens.

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Goodreads Summary

Everything you thought you knew about witches is wrong. They are much darker, and they are much more horrifying. Wytches takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place than readers have dared venture before. When the Rooks family moves to the remote town of Litchfield, NH to escape a haunting trauma, they’re hopeful about starting over. But something evil is waiting for them in the woods just beyond town. Watching from the trees. Ancient…and hungry. Collects Wytches #1-6

This book is so good!! It is spooky and the artwork is amazing.  I love the horror genre, and this new take on witches is refreshing and original.

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Goodreads Summary

WHY WE LOVE IT: As fans of James Tynion IV’s work in the Batman universe (BATMAN ETERNAL, RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS), we were eager to publish his first original comic series. THE WOODS gives us that same eerie, smalltown horror feel we get whenever we read a Stephen King novel.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: James Tynion IV is a former protege of BATMAN writer Scott Snyder, so you know he’s learned a lot about how to craft a compelling tale. If you’re fan of teen conspiracy comics like Morning Glories, Sheltered, and Revival, you’ll immediately be sucked into THE WOODS.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine.

Collects issues 1 to 4 of the critically acclaimed series.

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An entire high school has been transported to an alien world and must now survive together or die individually.

On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine. Catch a glimpse of Bay Point Preparatory High School before the fateful events of October 16, 2013 in this new story arc. On opening night of the school’s rendition of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the lives of the students and faculty crossed paths in an almost premonitory way, seeding the various horrors to come. Collects The Woods #5-8.

The book was really interesting.  I am glad that I got the second one to read after this one.  I am not normally into sci-fi, but I really liked the whole series.

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Goodreads Summary:
Heather Brewer’s The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series finally makes the move to graphic novels!

Thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod really hates junior high. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: His mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: He’s being hunted by a vampire killer.

I got this graphic novel because I have the book, although I haven’t read it yet.  I didn’t like the book enough to finish it though. I hope I like the actual book more.

 

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PS: What are your fave graphic novels?  What have you gotten from the library lately?

#ArmchairBEA 2016: Beyond

ef1b2-armchairbealogoexampleBeyond the traditional form of the novel, what are your favorite alternative forms (graphic novels, audiobooks, webcomics, etc)? Do you have any favorite works within these alternate forms? How do you think the changing format affects the reading experience? 

Our secondary topic, beyond the blog could focus on the ways you engage in talking about books outside of your blog. Do you participate in book clubs, take classes, meticulously maintain your goodreads profile? Let the world know!

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May Movies

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As you know, I love going to the movie theaters! It is one of the main things my husband and I do when we go out.  Here are the movies I want to see this month:

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I haven’t felt like reviewing books lately..

So I haven’t felt like reviewing any of the books I have been reading lately.  In fact, I have been dreading it so much that I have around 10 books that I have read and not reviewed!! I am not even sure I can remember enough details of any of them to review them.  Some of them are from way back in January.  Instead of reviewing each book, I am going to list them here and let you know whether or not I think it is worth taking a glance at.

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This is an anthology of short zombie stories, including stories by Max Brooks (World War Z, Zombie Survival Guide) and Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead).  I loved every story in this book.  Some much more than others, but basically they were all winners.  I am going to keep a list of the names of the authors so I can check out their other works.  This was a great book to break up my reading slump after reading a bunch of books that I DNF.

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This is a book I DNF.  It is about Ryan who records a tape of himself talking about his mom’s death, and all kinds of things like a diary, back in 1993, and about Ameliah who finds the tape in her grandmother’s home 20 years later.  I thought the premise sounded really good, but I could not get into the story at all.

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I got this book for free from the author.  I did not like it and DNF.  I was excited to read a book about a Marvel super hero that I wasn’t very familiar with.  The Hulk is not one of my faves, and tbh I didn’t even know his cousin was the She-Hulk (aka Shulky.)  This tells the story of Jennifer Walters who is lawyer by day, and crime fighting She-Hulk by night.  I really couldn’t get into the story at all, even though I was really interested in the book. It just wasn’t for me.

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This book was seriously good! I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it because the premise sounds a little weird.  It is 1996 and Emma gets an AOL cd so she can connect her new computer to the internet (remember those? I used to get them from the store for free and glue them to the wall shiny side out, and I had an entire wall done like that) from her neighbor and former best friend Josh. When she connects, she gets on the internet, and her Facebook page comes up. Which is super weird because Facebook has not been invented yet. First Emma thinks it is some kind of elaborate prank, but soon realizes she is looking at the future.  She and Josh continue to check their Facebook pages and make changes to their lives that affect their future.  The book was really well written, and the characters were relate-able.  It was interesting to see how ridiculous they thought Facebook is, I mean why would anyone let everyone know everything they are doing all the time, and who has 300 friends.  Worth checking out.

I received this book for review from the publisher for free.  This book was just okay.  I’m not the biggest sci-fi fan.  A lot of the stories were hard to get interested in for me.  My favorites were Paying Old Debts by Gerri Leen and The Shadowless by Rati Mehrotra.  Not worth buying for just two good stories.

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This is a cute picture book for kids.  Carole P. Roman sent this to me for review.  I love her books for kids. The Captain No Beard books are super cute with lots of lessons for kids.

I got this book for free in exchange for a review.  I think the pictures are cute, but I don’t think the book is worth purchasing.  The book is so limited with the kiddos just learning to say the word water.

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I love these books by Carole P. Roman. I did get this for free in exchange for a review.  I reviewed some of the other books in this series here. I love how the books teach you about the culture and language of other countries.  It follows the same format of the other books, starting with a map of Italy, then talks about the capital Rome, and the history, then what name you might have if you were Italian. The book then talks about how to say a bunch of words in Italian, and they are written out phonetically so that you can pronounce them, and it talks about the food you might eat.

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I was so excited to read this book, because I love dystopian novels, and it has a lot of big name authors like Stephen King, George R. R. Martin, and Orson Scott Card.  BUT I didn’t love it.  I had a very hard time getting interested in the stories. I guess I love YA dystopian and stories about zombies and that’s it.

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I reviewed another book in this series here. I liked the first book better than this book, but this one was good also.  It is worth a read if you like fairy tale retellings!

8PS: What are you reading? What do you do when you don’t feel like reviewing books? Are there any books I DNF that you think I should try again?

 

 

 

 

Simon’s Cat Off to the Vet . . . and Other Cat-astrophes (Simon’s Cat #5) by Simon Tofield

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Goodreads Summary:

In the last five years, Simon’s Cat has become a global phenomenon. Star of thirty-nine films, which have been watched over 500 million times, and winner of a dozen major industry awards, Simon’s Cat has captured the hearts of a worldwide audience. In this brand-new book we see Simon’s Cat face any feline’s most dreaded scenario–he’s off to the vet. And he’s not at all happy about it.

Sharing its theme with the first-ever full-color Simon’s Cat feature animation, funded by a record-breaking Indiegogo campaign and due to be released alongside the new book, Simon’s Cat Off to the Vet…and Other Cat-astrophes is packed with over 240 pages of hilarious new gags and adventures featuring our favorite furry friend and his companions–both old and new.

Says Tofield: “Taking my naughty cat to the vet is one of the most requested film ideas from our fans. It was because of this that I started work on a new film and book based on the crazy situations that arise during these trips! A visit to the vet can be quite a stressful time in real life for both cats and their owners, however my goal is to bring out the comedy, and introduce a cast of extra characters for Simon’s Cat to meet, as he gets his claws into his new surroundings!”

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