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This is more of a collection of shorts than one long arc of stories.  The zombie story was cute but felt more like an alt universe instead of going to part of the new cannon.  The call center attack was fun and almost everyone dreams of doing it at some point.  By the end of the issue Harley get a new villain to spar with that I’m sure we will be seeing more of in the future.

A decent start to this latest reboot in the DC universe. I’ll pick up the next one to see where it is going from here.

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This can count as either book 1 or book 4.  Since I haven’t read the previous three books that feature Scarlett working for her vampire boss cleaning up any evidence of werewolves or vampires or anything Old World from mere mortals. Scarlett is a mortal but she is a null, someone who can cancel out magic within a small radius around herself.  She gets a message to see her old roommate Molly and when she arrives she finds Molly in the middle of a slaughter. Things don’t add up and she quickly decides to help her old friend clear her name.  A fast-paced story but I didn’t feel like I was missing anything by reading this book first.


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This collection of issues shows some of the best battles in the long run of Wonder Woman.  This isn’t the best spot for someone who doesn’t know her history or the supporting players to grab as a first read. It is a great sampling of various art and story styles by people who had had very good runs with the comic. This might have been a friendlier volume to the new fan if there was a page or two of a setup recap instead of showing comic after comic of her taking down some great villains and caring for people at the same time.


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If you are familiar with Hellblazer this is a reboot and doesn’t slavishly follow the previous series but does remain faithful to the character.  This first volume has Constantine coming back to London and facing off with a demon for all the souls in London to lift a curse the demon placed on him. John wins but doesn’t seem to get much of a reaction out of the London magic scene.  Turns out there is a new power in town and it has its sights on Constantine.  This is only part one of the story there is no real conclusion and is more Act one to the plot. Overall a good read and I’ll be looking at getting the next one.


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This nonfiction book covers the life and death of Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Day Queen who was never crowned and never wanted it in the first place.  Other people schemed to get her on the throne after the death of Edward VI and she was a pawned used by her father and the Duke of Northumberland to be the puppet for them to rule England. The book is copiously footnoted throughout to support facts given in the book but even with the notes the care of the subject comes through the author’s writings.

The book is an interesting read of the time frame and how some people make poor decision after poor decision to the ruin of their families. In the end the only person out of Jane’s family that does well for themselves is her mother.

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Each chapter in this book covers a different photographer but what they all have in common is a respect for the pinup style.  A few of the shots certainly reminded me of original 50’s shots. Several had great props to enhance the setting.  If you like cheesecake and pinup style art this is a good book to add to your collection. It is certainly one I’ll have to pick up to stock in the store.


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Sometimes when you die you become a ghost and still live in our world and interact with everything for the most part.  You can take time from people and make them younger and it pushes the ghost closer to the time they can actually depart this world. Ghosts have been hunted for this gift by witches.  Jenna is trying to find out what happened to her sister Patty and why she didn’t become a ghost like Jenna.  Jenna is working to support her apt and rescue elderly cats from the shelter. She also works as a suicide hotline operator and mostly keeps to herself as she is marking time in this world.
Ghosts have gone missing in NYC and Jenna teams up with a witch to find out where they have gone. The story is good and the story ends on a sweet but sad note.  I really enjoyed it and it is nice to read a contained story that doesn’t leave you hanging.
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Did you ever wonder about what caused the world to change in the Hollows series? This book tells how the virus that attached itself to tomatoes and killed so many humans and outed the supernaturals to the rest of the world.

Set during the 60’s, fashion and music do play a part to the story and how attitudes towards women pushed the plot a bit but for the most part this is petty revenge of a childhood rivalry gone way out of control.  There are some cameos sprinkled in the book and I enjoyed each and every one of them. The nice thing about the book being a prequel is no prior knowledge is needed for a reader so it does appeal to the fan of the Hollows and a new reader picking it up for the first time.


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Hazel is now in kindergarten in a prisoner of war/ refugee camp with her grandmother and ghost sitter. Her parents are still working hard to track her down and become a family again.  The other plot lines are converging back again on the family but for the most part I’m still only interested in this odd family unit that the universe doesn’t want to see happen.

There are new characters introduced and out of those Hazel’s teacher is by far my favorite one.  It doesn’t seem we will be seeing any more of her in the near future but with this universe you just never know.

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The second novella in this setting is set several years after the previous one. Penric is working with someone of the Father’s order to track down a possible murder suspect that seems to be a shaman.  He is comfortable in his role as a divine and has a good working relationship with his demon.  This book you learn about shaman that don’t correspond to the Five Gods religion but seems to also be just fine with them.
The actual murder isn’t a mystery but the real mystery is what happens when they catch up with the missing shaman.  Overall a great story and it can be read without having read the previous story since the reader is easily caught up with what has happened before.


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Holding back review until closer to the publication date. I will say go and reread the first book so you are ready to dive into this one. It was a lot of fun.


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I’m not sure why I hadn’t read this when it first came out but I’m glad that I finally did.  The novella can be read without knowing anything about the world setting. Young Penric on his way to get betrothed stops to help some people and instead become the recipient of a demon from priestess of the Bastard God.  Not trained in the religious arts he is viewed with suspicion as he is taken to the head of the order.  The church has a few demons that are passed upon death to specially selected candidates and Penric certainly isn’t one of them.

This is a great self-contained story that doesn’t require any knowledge of the other works since this is set between the books but since there is two centuries between them there is nothing from the books given away.


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This story arc seems to start with Harley setting up a fake kidnapping of herself to get her gang thinking for themselves and quickly becomes Harley being kidnapped for real.  The new villain makes some bad choices for herself while she is fighting the gang and those parts irked my story wise but overall it was a fun read and the last bit definitely lets you know that this villain will be back at some later date.

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The Wicked + The Divine: Year One
by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie , Matthew Wilson, Clayton Cowles


This new collection is the first 11 issues or books one and two if you have read those collections instead.  I had read the first book but that was almost two years ago, so it was good to reread it. The overall arc doesn’t seem to have an end coming to it but one of the mini arcs in the story is completed by the end of the book. This collection also has lots of additional info for fans on how the comic came to be and the way the story was put together.

Here is the link to my review of the first 5 issues. http://missingvolume.livejournal.com/282610.html

Overall, I’m very curious with the way the plot is unfolding and will certainly be reading more of this series.


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Polly is surprised by her mother with a trip to an exclusive school on Earth. Her twin brother thinks this will be great but Polly doesn’t want to go and already has ideas about how her becoming a pilot are mapped out and this school wasn’t in her plans.  Turns out the school can really help her out since the cream of political and money circles of Earth go to Galileo Academy.  The off world students stick together for most part due to trying to get used to the gravity.

Polly has more issues fitting in then Charles but when things go wrong on an outing for her year mates she jumps in and does the right thing. This helps her out a bit socially but she still isn’t happy at school.  More things happen during the school year as Polly and with some assistance from her twin get to the bottom of it.
Overall a good YA read and I’m glad to see more from Carrie Vaughn.


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This is a short collection of stories that includes four pieces of fiction that have never been in print.  Several of the stories have a humorous bent to them and overall the stories are great.  If you haven’t read his stuff before this is a good starting point or if you prefer shorter fiction. Each story has a small illustration preceding it.


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The second book in the series reads well enough that if for some reason you missed the first book you are not lost at all.  Isobel is growing into her job as the Devil’s Left Hand, she responds to a feeling from the Territory and is soon mixing it up with people from outside their land, magic that doesn’t want to be contained and spirits that don’t always send a clear message.  Gabriel is still with Isobel but he is taking more of a back seat to her lead as she is growing in confidence being on the road and upholding the Devil’s agreement.

I don’t want to give much of the plot away but the weird West feel to the book is perfect.  I can’t wait for the next one to come out.



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My first 2017 book review not sure how many 2017 books I'll get read bore the end of the year.

This book starts with Mercy being kidnapped by the Lord of Night.  He has been deliberate misinformation about her and he is convinced that she is the most powerful supernatural in the Tri-Cities.  Mercy escapes quite quickly and finds herself in Europe far away from everyone with not even the clothes on her back.  It doesn’t take long for her to get into contact with everyone and they are racing to Italy to get to her. Once Adam is there with Marcilia, Stephen, Elizaveta and a few wolves the political dance comes in the forefront and things must be dealt with instead of just getting revenge and scooping Mercy up from where she has hidden herself.
Mercy on the other hand has found the local wolves but has also found local supernatural trouble. This will surprise no reader of the series since chaos finds her wherever she goes.  Granted when she does find trouble she fixes it in her own special way that does more good than harm for the final outcome.

A fun fast read and now to wait for the next book.

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This book has all the threads tied up by the end.  There are some surprises near the end of the book. She does find out who her father is and she does find a way to beat the Red Queen.  But the final ending of the book is a total deus ex machina and if you don’t like those types of endings then this will irk you.  If you don’t mind it then the last chapter will feel like an epilogue to a good story and leave you with the idea that the characters are in a good place in this story universe.

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If you haven’t read the Drafter I think you can read this book and still be ok. Peri is trying to live a life below the radar after leaving the Opti Group.  Being fed lies and having her memory constantly wiped while she uses her rare talent of rewriting events to do various missions for them of quasi legal status she had enough and left them and the company in ruins. But people with her talents can’t be left to themselves and Bill wants to get the team together and get Peri back under his thumb.

With a possible drug being developed that would allow her to remember what she changed and not have other people convince her of false memories there is lots of pressure to bring her in and work for a new group. A very fast paced story and I think I liked this even more than the first book.

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