A Detailed Mirage: Fata Morgana by Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney

Fata Morgana by Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney Published: June 13, 2017 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Genre(s): Adventure, War, Science Fiction Format: Audiobook Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins I think what drew me to Fata Morgana was the promise of an old-fashioned adventure with a bit of romance: a WW2 bomber plane flies …

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My Year in Reading: 2018

My totals for 2018 were as follows:

87 total books

52 by male authors
35 by female authors

27 audiobooks
41 graphic novels

16 physical
71 digital

I feel like the best year-end wrap-up posts arrive a few months into the next year to make sure that they are totally relevant. That’s why I’m dropping this post about 2018 halfway through March of 2019 – to strike while the iron is warm but not so hot that it might burn me because who wants that?

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10 PRINT “Heart of Code: The Impossible Fortress”

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak Published: February 7th, 2017 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Genre(s): Young Adult, Fiction, Coming-of-age Format: Audiobook Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins The Impossible Fortress hits the exact right notes of eighties nostalgia without turning into a catalog of bygone pop culture. It definitely opened a flood of memories …

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The Girl Who Wasn’t: LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff

LIFEL1K3 is the rare book that I mostly enjoyed until the end soured me on the whole thing. It’s a mash-up of a lot of genres and tropes, which gives it a certain amount of madcap charm, but it squanders that good will with some draggy pacing, an overload of teenage angst, and a final twist that feels like a gotcha moment designed only for shock value. It’s also overstuffed with plot and world-building, so it’s almost impossible to summarize succinctly.

Modernized Space Girl: Barbarella, Volume 1

Barbarella, Volume 1: Red Hot Gospel Written by: Mike Carey Art by: Kenan Yar, Jorge Fornés Published: October 10th, 2018 Publisher: Dynamite Genre(s): Science Fiction, Graphic Novel Format: E-Book Length: 126 pages First, some caveats about this review of the new Barbarella comic written by Mike Carey: I’ve never seen the Jane Fonda movie, so …

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The Little Death of Reality: Alt-Life

Alt-Life by Thomas Cadène Published: October 17th, 2018 Publisher: Europe Comics Genre(s): Science Fiction, Graphic Novel Format: ebook Length: 184 pages Alt-Life is the story of what happens when two horny French people volunteer as beta testers for an all-encompassing VR experience that lets them escape from the polluted, dying Earth. Once you’re inside the …

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The Silliest Quest: Kill the Farm Boy

Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne Published: July 17th 2018 Publisher: Del Rey Genre(s): Fantasy, Humor, Satire Format: ebook Length: 384 pages Kill the Farm Boy is a silly book that sends up and undermines some well-worn clichés of the fantasy genre’s hero narrative. It asks questions like “What does …

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Infinitely French: Infinity 8, Volume 1

Infinity 8, Volume 1: Love and Mummies Written by: Lewis Trondheim (Zep) Illustrations by: Dominique Bertail Published: July 10, 2018 Publisher: Lion Forge Comics Genre(s): Graphic Novel, Science Fiction Format: Digital Length: 105 pages If I didn’t already know that Infinity 8 is a French comic, reading it would make that crystal clear. It has …

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Desert Island Reads

The ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood has a miniature bookstore in their lobby curated by One Grand Books. They ask actors, artists, writers and other creatives to pick their ten “desert island reads” and explain their choices. Browsing through these selections is a great way to kill time while you wait for your movie to start. Some …

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The Self-Made Detective: IQ by Joe Ide

IQ by Joe Ide Published: October 18, 2016 Publisher: Hachette Audio Genre(s): Crime, Thriller, Mystery Format: Audiobook Length: 9 hours and 8 minutes Joe Ide’s debut novel, IQ, won’t revolutionize the detective genre, but it does tell an entertaining story about well-drawn and complex characters. It wasn’t the most exciting crime novel I’ve ever read, …

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