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  1. #1021
    Ha! I hate when that happens!

    Read the first issue of Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye (a friend loaned his collection) and that has to be the most tonally mis-matched comic book I've ever read. Then I jumped back into Thunderball.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

  2. #1022
    An appropriate book for this month: March by Geraldine Brooks. It is kind of a prequel-type to LM Alcott's Little Women, from the p.o.v. of the father (Mr. March) during his time away during the Civil War. Now I guess I need to read the other book. I liked the descriptions, dialogue, and characterization; I may check out Brooks' other books.
    "That's what Sheev said."

  3. #1023
    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    Read the first issue of Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye (a friend loaned his collection) and that has to be the most tonally mis-matched comic book I've ever read.
    Are you talking about the Dreamwave "Transformers Universe" handbook, or the current IDW ongoing about Rodimus and the crew of the Lost Light? If the first, you wasted your time. If the second, I believe that may be the first negative comment I've ever seen said about it.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

  4. #1024
    A short one, and one I thought I'd like and be informed about: George Orwell's Why I Write. It's a short collection of essays and stories, which basically became his views on socialism. It wore on after a while.
    "That's what Sheev said."

  5. #1025
    Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter View Post
    Are you talking about the Dreamwave "Transformers Universe" handbook, or the current IDW ongoing about Rodimus and the crew of the Lost Light? If the first, you wasted your time. If the second, I believe that may be the first negative comment I've ever seen said about it.
    God no! Dreamwave doesn't exist in my house. IDW's current series.

    Perhaps you haven't seen a lot of comments said, I've seen plenty even from the most ardent fanboy. I ended up catching up on the rest of the series, it is inept at moving forward its framework - the Lost Light only looks for the Knights in the Annual, that's a huge story failure - and every character is important except the "stars" because every character is played like a wiki entry come to life. There are massive tonal problems, the art is hard to get into for the characters, and there are too many tangents - a whole quarter of the first year's run is dedicated to a flashback that had NOTHING to do with the main story. Then there's the cheap, stupid way

    What ends up working in MTMTE is the characters, you like them and you get into why they have the interpersonal interactions, the religious beliefs and so forth that really make them compelling. But it also has them very stalled and a lot of them and their moments call back to Last Stand of the Wreckers.


    Having caught up on MTMTE, I read TF issues of Infestation 2 - what a pile of crap. And am now working on IDW's current RID, which is nearly the polar opposite of MTMTE, tonally it's sound and it moves characters and stories forward together, the characters are very visually Transformers and distinctive (although the backgrounds are the losers in this equation), and there's direction and action and a sense of weight. I'm only up to issue 6, waiting for Vol 3 to arrive before picking up issues 12-15.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

  6. #1026
    With the recent passing of great African author Chinua Achebe, I read Anthills of the Savannah, a fictional version of the strong man dictatorships and quick take-overs on that continent. Dull at times, but surprising or funny at others, I only liked it once the story started to wrap up. Have to check out some others of his works.
    "That's what Sheev said."

  7. #1027
    Been reading more of the IDW Robots in Disguise comic, still pretty good although the first volume really hit hard, while issues 6 and 7 in vol 2 don't quite pack as much punch.

    Also reading On Her Majesty's Secret Service, fans talk about how the movie is so close to the book, but man, the book packs so much character into those first chapters that are just a passing second in the film.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

  8. #1028
    Some simple, very short and therefore very fast SW kids books:
    - Lego The Empire Strikes Out
    - Lego The Padawan Menace
    - Darth Vader and Son

    All were quite funny.
    "That's what Sheev said."

  9. #1029
    Just finished Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende. Like everything else she's ever written, it's an amazing book. She's not only one of the best, but one of the most consistent as well. (And she wrote a novel about Zorro that beats the snot out of the Antonio Banderas movies--how awesome is that?)
    Tommy, close your eyes.

  10. #1030
    How weird does it feel to see an author in person, one whom you've read her book, but the book in question was poorly-written and contained errors throughout? AND, she's there to promote said book? Happened to me last night at our Local History Night event.
    "That's what Sheev said."

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