Eurydice Howell

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Friday Reads

#FridayReads – The Obelisk Gate

If someone ever asks you who my favorite author is, I want you to tell them that it’s N.K. Jemisin. Not that old man in New Mexico, not the lady from the UK, not even Tamora Pierce. Nora K. Jemisin. Tell them I love her; tell them she destroyed my life. I’ve been screaming her praises for the past year, and nothing in this world can make me regret it. Why? Because The Fifth Season was phenomenal, and its sequel, The Obelisk Gate, did not disappoint.

Picking up almost directly from the end of The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate is essentially about Essun’s quest to save what remains of the world, if only to have some place to continue rasing her still-missing daughter, Nassun. Nassun, on the other hand, learns how to cope in a world that fears her, with a father that despises her.

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#FridayReads – “Folding Beijing”

I might not always be reviewing something, but I’m definitely always reading. Most days, it’s fan fiction, but sometimes I like to check out original works. For this #FridayReads,  I decided to look up Hugo Award winner, Hao Jingfang’s “Folding Beijing”.

In “Folding Beijing”, waste worker, Lao Dao, makes a trip from the Third Space to the First Space and back, in order to obtain the money to send his daughter to a good kindergarten. Along the way, Lao Dao’s eyes are opened to the reality of his place in the folding city.

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#FridayReads – June 10, 2016

This week (and last) I read a ton of trades that I thought were just amazing. So I rounded them all up, and put them here.

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#FridayReads – Injustice: Gods Among Us, Vol. 1

I’ve been wanting to read this comic ever since I played the video game for two seconds. The funny thing is, I never really got the gist of it from the game because I’d never actually seen it in story mode. Every time I played it, it was against one of my friends. And then, when I finally decided to read the comic, no store ever had Volume 1.

I don’t even remember how I got a hold of the copy that I have now. I’m pretty sure there was a sale involved, and my comic book store might have been hyping up some random comic book event, but I was just too happy to finally get my hands on Volume 1 that I just did not care.

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#FridayReads – Post #100

Originally, I had intended to have something spectacular planned for my 100th post, but I never actually got around to writing whatever that spectacular thing was supposed to be. It’s weird; it doesn’t feel like I’ve written one hundred posts, but I’ve got ninety-nine published already and this one will be next.

Before I go forward, I just want to thank everyone who has bothered to subscribe to my blog. For whatever reason, you’ve found my blog entertaining enough to keep up with. For that I thank you, and I promise to try to get a little bit more creative with these posts. Thanks for reading.

Okay, now that that’s been said, let’s talk about the three books I’ve read (or finished reading) this week:

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#FridayReads -Teen Titans (2011 [Vol. IV]), Vol. 1: It’s Our Right To Fight

You know, except for  not reading The Casual Vacancy – and not writing this post on the correct day – I’m on track to hitting most of my February goals. I believe that’s what you would call progress.

You gotta appreciate the small things.

Considering that I started this on a Friday, I’d like to contribute my review of volume 1 of Scott Lobdell’s run of Teen Titans to the Friday Reads tag. In the New 52 iteration of my favorite teenaged superhero crew, we follow Red Robin as he tries to stop the nefarious organization, N.O.W.H.E.R.E., from kidnapping and experimenting on teenaged metahumans. Along the way, Red Robin builds a team that consists of old favorites like Kid Flash, Superboy, and Wonder Girl, as well as newcomers Bunker, Skritter, and Solstice. As far as Teen Titans lineups go, this one is definitely worth your curiosity.

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#FridayReads – Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom

I can’t remember exactly why it is that I bought this book, but I think that it had something to do with the summary. I’ve had temp jobs, so I can kind of understand when they get a little wacky. Admittedly, though, none of my temp jobs ever got this wild.

Oh yea, I remember now. This book was free on Bookbub. You guys should check out that site for cheap deals on eBooks.

In any case, Brian Olsen’s Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom was a surprisingly wild ride. Alan Lennox is a young, twenty-something college graduate with no idea what he wants to do with his life. So he goes on different temp assignments, sometimes not finishing any, until he finally finds one that works out for him. Except it’s the worst job ever.

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#FridayReads – The Robin War

Now I’ll admit that I read this on a Saturday, but it was with the specific intent of writing this post. So, because of other prior commitments, I will be spending the whole week writing this post, and it should be ready for Friday. Please be warned, this post is going to get quite a bit spoilery.

First thing’s first, I love Robin. I have a special place in my heart for Dick Grayson, I think Damian Wayne is an absolute beast, and I happily subscribe to We Are Robin. When I was first made aware of the Robin War, I was under the impression that Damian Wayne was coming back to Gotham to take out all of the other Robins because they were being financed with Damian’s inheritance. Turns out, that’s not what the Robin War is really about, but can you imagine if it was? The whole of Gotham would be razed. Damian does not play that.

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