Book Reviews

Recently: Peripheral People

I, too, have seen and loved Taylor Swift’s new music video, Bad Blood. Such a fun video!

Winner: The Crimson Curse as best super spy name.

This past week was the Bout of Books, which went pretty well for me! I ended up reading five books, four of which were comics. I got a little sidetracked on Friday when my shiny new computer showed up[1. It has a matte screen! 10 hours of battery life! And Windows 8.1, which I’ve never used before but which I kinda like. It also only weighs about 2.5 pounds. It’s AMAZING.] and all I wanted to do was transfer files and set up preferences and whatnot. But I’m happy with what I read and I had fun doing BoB! You can check out my tracking post here.
Today was the first day of my school’s Scholastic book fair! Everyone was so excited and they loved the book selection, and I can’t wait to see what happens the rest of the week. A book fair is a great way to end to school year, especially since it gives me a chance to talk to students about summer reading possibilities.
Next month is inventory. Eeeeeek.

Bill Nye the Science Guy is on Netflix. BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY IS ON NETFLIX.
doctor who air guitar gif

I ended up snagging a free month of Marvel Unlimited, which means I can finally finish reading that Deadpool series I reading last year. But first I read the first volume of the 2004 She-Hulk series, which I THINK is what I wanted the 2014 She-Hulk series to be. she-hulk 2004 dan slott cover
It’s fluffy, but I take it back. It’s not fluffy! It just SEEMS fluffy because Shulkie spends so much of her time partying and buying clothes, but actually it’s delving deep into what makes her tick as a superhero and a lawyer. It’s a good mix of intergalactic superhero adventures and lawyer shenanigans. One aspect of the series that I really like was how Jennifer thinks of She-Hulk as her better half, to the point where she doesn’t even want to BE Jennifer anymore. It gives her more pathos than just “big green woman.” I also ADORED how characters in-universe addressed the problem of having She-Hulk as a working lawyer—no jury in the world would convict someone that a superhero was defending! Problematic.
peripheral people coverMeanwhile, in novel news, I just finished Peripheral People, a scifi mystery with romance (and aliens! and psychics!). I found it on Scribd the other day and totally forgot that I’d also requested it on NetGalley. Whoops!
I actually wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did! I mean, I thought I’d like it. But I really REALLY liked it! The characters are what did it for me. Normally I don’t enjoy love-hate relationships where one person is a dingleberry to the other one and then somehow they end up making out, but the dingleberry character was actually more complex than expected and tried to be better over the course of the book. It turned out to be a really great relationship. The mystery wasn’t too bad, either!
So, yeah! I will for sure check out the other books in the series.[2. which are apparently linked by universe and not necessarily characters or story arc] Give me more scifi mysteries with complex characters, fascinating worldbuilding, and non-humanoid aliens or give me death!

Have literally just now started on The Price of the Stars by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald. It’s a space opera with fantasy elements and assassins. I’m not totally sure what it’s about because I basically skipped the book description in favor of the cover. There is a LADY WITH AN EYEPATCH ON IT! She is swag as hell, lookit:
price of the stars cover
Here’s hoping the inside is just as cool!
What have you read recently?

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