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House Keeping 10/17/2017

I don’t have a ton of words for this week’s house keeping. So, let’s just jump on into it.

The books I’m reviewing for Halloween are on their way. Last year was nostalgia, so this year I’m going with something that’s both a little out-dated and a little more related to my current interests. I’m excited to see how it turns out.

I’ve got another comic book review for you all coming up tomorrow. It’s a bit different from the one last week, this one’s based on a novel and a bit longer, so there’s more for me to unpack about it. Novels should return next week. I’m juggling a bit, trying to get that ever planned never managed wiggle room going. Always fun that.

Part of me wants to mess around a bit and try doing a few videos, sort of expand on things I mention in reviews but didn’t have a good non-spoiler way to talk about them. I haven’t really decided. Either way, it’s a down the road thing I think. Next year at the earliest.

I never did get the button up, but I do have a Ko-fi account. So, if you like what I’m doing here and want to buy me a coffee, the link is here. Hopefully I’ll manage to get the button posted this week.

That’s it for now.

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House Keeping 10/10/17

So, I’ve sort of disappeared the last couple weeks. Really sorry about that. I can’t say it won’t happen again but I am, as ever, working towards avoiding it in the future.

Right now, I’m working on getting things lined up to do the bargain bin comics posts that I’ve mentioned in the past. I have the first comic for that and just need to get it read and reviewed. Past that, I also have a number of comic reviews coming up courtesy of First Second and I’m super excited for the Ghostbusters: Answer the Call comic that’s coming out in a couple of weeks. That’s definitely going to show up here.

I’m still catching up on my previous book list, but I’m also slowly adding some newer stuff in again. So, that’s happening. There will be a review tomorrow, I’m not skipping three weeks in a row.

So, last thing for the week. I’ve been kicking around adding a tip jar or something to the blog. I know I don’t really have the reach or content to justify something like a Patreon, but something. So I’ve set up a Ko-fi for the blog. The link is here and I’ll have the button up later tonight or sometime tomorrow. I figure that it’s similar to a tip jar app it seems to be solidly run.

That’s it for this week. Review is tomorrow. Most Ghostbusters in two weeks. Halloween as we get closer to it.

House Keeping 9/26/17

So, I’m a bit late posting this.

There’s a couple of things coming up soon that I think you all will enjoy. I’m going to be taking park in pre-release build up for a novel by an author I keep meaning to read. That means giving you all the heads up on a giveaway and getting to host an excerpt from the book itself.

I’ve also got something of an idea for what I want to do for Halloween, though I’m not sure if it’ll work as well as last year. This one’s going to be based more on what my table top group is doing now rather than nostalgia. It should still be fun though, and that’s the whole point of it.

Plus, some friends of mine and I went to see IT today. If it wasn’t a split movie adaptation, with the second movie covering when the characters are adults, I’d be jumping at the chance to do a Book vs Movie of it. Maybe after the next one.

I also figured out how to make the Too Much Monday link a widgit, so that’s pretty cool. Clicking on it will take you to my affiliate link for the program, letting you set up a subscription or just order this month’s box. I also really like that they’ve set it up so you can just order the box for the month, it seems like it would offer more flexibility for the customer. As always, if you’re interested you can save 15% off your first box with the coupon code Tympest.

House Keeping 9/12/17

So, I’ve got my computer cord back. That’s good but only moderately relevant to tomorrow’s review.

I’ve got a guest post coming up on Friday for you guys and another one next week. So that’s awesome.

Not a ton else just at the moment. The Too Much Monday‘s boxes for September ship out on the 15th, so now is as good a time to subscribe as any if you want to lock in September’s box. My affiliate code Tympest will get you 15% off your first box.

I think I want to try doing an unboxing video to go either with or a little before my review for the next box. That could be fun.

Still planning for Halloween. I have a couple of ideas that I’m working out, so there may be more on that next week.

House Keeping 9/7/2017

So, I missed this last week and am late on it this week. Good thing I’m covering it now, right?

So, I’m looking at doing a monthly comic review. Though I haven’t decided between if I want to pick up something new from a pull list or if I want to see what’s in the clearance section of the local book store. Clearance comics is definitely a thing I’ve been juggling as a thought for awhile now, but I’m not sure how sustainable it is. The flip side to that is that I most definitely plan on reviewing the new Ghostbusters ongoing as it’s released. So, this may wind up being a some of both thing.

Still working my way through the backlog, I’m about half way there. So that’s good. I’m hoping to be finished with it soon and be ready to get some newer stuff on here.

I’m also still trying to figure out what to do for Halloween. My original plan had been to try and find some of the old Final Destination books and review them, but they’re out of print and hilariously out of my price range. If it wasn’t for a similar issue I would try and find some of the old World of Darkness novels, since I’m legitimately curious about how well the system would work in novel format.

Also, the September Too Much Monday box is still 50% off of your first box with the coupon code: Tympest. That lasts until the 10th. That makes the first box fifteen dollars instead of thirty, so a little better for trying it out and seeing if you’re interested. The September box includes, in addition to the monthly book pick: A sage apple soy candle, McCrea’s Chocolate Hazelnut Praline Tea, McCrea’s Dark Chocolate Mocha Caramels, a Creamsicle bath bomb, Zoya Hotlips Lip Gloss, and Nail Polish. It seems like it’s going to be a really autumn themed box, so I’m excited.

So, it’s Ghostbusters week! I’m excited because that means that I get to talk about a thing I like a lot several times, plus I have an excuse to rewatch the movie with a couple friends. That’s tomorrow so the Book Vs. Movie post will go up later in the week, probably Friday morning.

I’m still waiting on the Too Much Mondays box to arrive. Hopefully tomorrow. Once it’s here I will likely post my review of it on Monday for thematic fun times. I am going ahead and adding my affiliate link in case anyone wants to check it out.

That’s really all I’ve got this week. I’m on my way to catching up on my backlog of books, not quite half way there, but on my way.

I’m late, it’s tomorrow already! Sorry everyone. Though I suppose it’s a good thing I’m reviewing the comic for a blast from the past. This is, again, a book that I received through NetGalley for review. Enjoy!

The Flintstones Vol 1 Cover

Meet the Flintstones, they’re the modern stone age family. You’re familiar with them. We all are. So let’s go back to Bedrock and see what a modern look at a stone age family looks like.

The Flintstones is something of a slice of life comic centering on, of course, the Flintstone family as well as the Rubbles and Bedrock itself. It’s anachronistic in a way that feels totally true to the old cartoon, while also turning a sharp eye on modern life, and also being a ton of fun. It also goes back to the cartoon’s sitcom roots, being aimed at an older audience. It feels weirdly subversive to see the concept for an old show turned to, more or less, current concerns. I like that quite a bit.

It’s also interesting to see what Mark Russell did with the characters. Fred and Wilma are more communicative, which is awesome in so many ways. The club Fred and Barney belonged to in the cartoon is a veterans’ society now, which ties into just how bedrock came about. Pebbles and Bam Bam are probably the most changed, being teenagers here rather than babies. They often provide a B-plot that reflects the main story in miniature. That’s more than kind of cool. I do sort of wish we’d seen more of Betty. Since she’s Wilma’s friend rather than Fred’s and most of Wilma’s screen time is with her husband, Betty gets pretty left out. I feel like I want the next book to focus more on Betty and Wilma, I want to see more of what’s going on with them especially after the response to Wilma’s art at the museum.

On to the art! Steve Pugh does a really cool job here. Characters from the original are, for the most part, immediately recognizable while also having dropped a lot of the cartoonyness from before. The random background characters have distinct looks. The coloring, done by Chris Chuckry, is vibrant and conveys mood well. My only issue with the art at all is that it does tend to combine massive beefy dudes with comparatively small women.  That honestly feels like it could be a throwback though given that the main characters are fairly set design wise and, as the comic goes, we get more body diversity in the background characters.

So, final thoughts. When I first saw that this was going to be a thing months ago I didn’t expect it to be much, mostly due to cherry picked panels and not really knowing what to expect beyond the old cartoon. I’m more than pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong. The writing is solid, the art is good, and while it can be serious there’s always a thread of humor. I like the anachronistic stuff, especially all the little background stuff like store names, it fits and it feels like The Flintstones. So that’s a five out of five from me.

I’m something approaching  early this week. I wanted to get this posted the day it came out instead of  waiting until tomorrow. I also wanted to do something to apologize for being so late last week, so I’m posting a review tomorrow as well. Bringing this to you thanks to NetGalley, here’s a review of DC Universe Rebirth: Batgirl volume 1: Beyond Burnside. Enjoy!

Batgirl vol 1 Beyond Burnside cover

Batgirl is on vacation, and Barbara Gordon is headed to Okinawa in hopes of interviewing Chiyo Yamashiro, the Fruit Bat, a vigilante from the 30’s. Even on vacation Barbara manages to find trouble in the form of her childhood friend Kai and the three “students” hunting him down. Can she figure out what Kai’s gotten himself into and how to save him or will Batgirl flunk out?

I feel very out of my depth reviewing this. It’s been since Gail Simone left the Book that I’ve read a Batgirl comic and I’ve missed a lot. That said, while there’s some thing’s I’m not a huge fan of, I find myself really liking this iteration of Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl. Hope Larson does a good job with the characters and a more than reasonably good job with the story.

Let’s actually start with that. What makes this Batgirl different than what I’m used to? She feels a lot younger for one, that’s one of those things I’m not real big on, but it also lends a lighter feel to the comic so it balances out. She’s apparently running her own company as well, a company that makes enough that she can travel around the world pretty easily, so that’s something I’m curious about. I’m also interested in what’s going on in Burnside, which seems to be Batgirl’s Bludhaven, her Gotham in a way. So a lot of that actually makes for a really good jumping on point. The character is familiar enough not to alienate a reader who’s either lapsed or someone who knows her from something else, but also fresh enough to feel new.

The flipside is that the arc that Beyond Burnside covers is very standard Batfamily stuff. The new old friend, Kai, just happens to be Barbara’s roommate at the first place she stays. He gets attacked while they’re out seeing a festival and meeting Fruit Bat, thus introducing our villain. Necessary coincidences happen as required. It’s a good building point, and I’m curious about some of the characters, but it does feel like a safe introduction kind of story. This being the first arc for the DC Universe Rebirth for Batgirl, that’s not a bad thing just very safe.

I’m not familiar with Rafael Albuquerque’s art. It’s not my favorite thing, and I do feel like it’s one of the weaker parts of the book. This is mostly due to the lack of backgrounds throughout the book. Having a single solid color backing the panel can be a great way to reinforce the emotion of a scene, if used sparingly. I feel like it’s overused here, which makes it lose its effectiveness and just feels a little off. Albuquerque’s faces can be fantastically emotive, though they can also slip into something just slightly off, something about the angling in some of the close-ups or just going a little too far with an expression.

I enjoyed this a good deal, it was fun, it did the job of introducing the world at large to keep my interest past this arc, and the one-shot story at the end was a good way to tie up loose ends and cool down from the arc. Batgirl Volume 1: Beyond Burnside gets a four out of five from me, it would have been a five if not for the few issues with the art.

Postponement

Hey all. I’m going to be late with my review this week, it is still coming but it’s not going to drop until Friday or Saturday. It’s just kind of been a week and if I finished it now I’d be necessarily rough on the book and I don’t want to do that.

So that’s the bad news, the good news is that I’ve got some really cool books lined up for review in the next couple months. That’s more than kind of exciting, I think. I’m also going to be trying to post more, I’ve gone slack on that again.

You may get innundated with stuff about my garden in a couple weeks. I’ve restarted the beans and have some tomato and basil seeds going. Really looking forward to that.

But, yeah, I’ll have things to say in a couple days. See you all then.

Words and Such

I’m going to run out of titles like that at some point and have to get creative.

So, I missed last week’s review. That wasn’t on purpose, I just sort of had a rough week and fell off existence. Can’t say it won’t happen again, so I’m not even gonna try. I am working on a short run fix for it though, so there’s that.

Got some really cool reviews coming up. Some stuff that I’m behind on, some stuff that’s current, and some comics like I’ve been mentioning for years.

Beyond that, I don’t really have much to say. I’m tempted to run my mouth off about the stuff that’s coming up, but that would spoil the fun a bit. At some point I know I want to finish up the Kitty Norville series, but that’s a little ways off and I’d need to reread the penultimate book. I also want to do some structured stuff on tropes and writing habits that bug me, why they do, and what might work instead. Not sure how I’d have that labeled or how it would work in the long run.

Just general me throwing stuff at the walls.