Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1

by Brian Michael Bendis, David W. Mack (Illustrator), Michael Gaydos (Illustrator), Bill Sienkiewicz (Illustrator)

book cover Jessica Jones Alias 1 This book was started and discarded to my Unfinished-discarded pile. No rating.

I recommended it as I sincerely wanted to read it.

It is a graphic novel. That is a 200+ page comic book.  In my day comic books were never 200 pages.  You were lucky if you could beg, or have a fit, or whatever worked to get your mother to let you have that ten cent comic book at the checkout stand of the local store.

I had to discard this “graphic novel” for the sake of my eyes. Everything I read these days is on a tablet… or is on a tablet in audiobook format that can be streamed to a very loud bluetooth speaker that I can actually hear.  My ears are about as good as my eyes, probably worse.  I worked on jet engines at one point and it wasn’t manly to wear ear protection.  So I was manly then and near deaf now.

I actually did wear lots of ear protection but those engines are like 180+ decibels.  There is no effective ear protection standing eight feet from that kind of noise.

Comic books just aren’t a good format to be reading on a 7″ tablet.  I have nothing against them.  I’m sure I read every Archie comic printed before 1964, when I discovered the new releases of Doc Savage stories and started reading “real books”.

That’s actually untrue, I started reading real books much sooner.  I think I read every baseball biography I could find at the library long before I discovered Doc Savage.  They were “real books”.  I can remember some of them better than the books I finished last week.  They tell me it is age, not Alzheimer’s.

I had never heard of Jessica Jones until Netflix produced a few episodes. I watched all of them and didn’t really get a good understanding of the Jessica Jones superhero character so wanted to learn more. This was offered free as part of my benefit package as an Amazon Prime member.

If you’re interested in 200+ page comic books, this one is out there along with several companions. I thought the TV series Jessica Jones character was probably a more interesting character in the world of Marvel comics that I never knew about. Never knew about Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Daredevil, or the Punisher either.

I suppose I should be flogged for such lack of knowledge of the high literature formats, but that is probably painful. Since I already have more than my share of pain, I’d like to just pass and be called vulgar names if no one objects.

If you pay for Amazon “Prime” membership they have a “new” reading benefit that lets you read from a rather large collection of books for free. This series is among those books.  I suppose it isn’t a really new benefit, but it is new to me.  Vulgar names again…. I’ll skip the flogging.


Open Minds

by Susan Kaye Quinn

Then three things happened in rapid succession: I fell forward, I grabbed the edge of a desk to catch myself, and I pivoted down into Simon Zagan’s lap.

Falling and catching myself: fine. Landing on Simon Zagan: a tragic catastrophe.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read and listened to the audio book (whipsersync from Amazon) in 2016 on 9/30 to page 133, on 10/13 to the end. I liked it, 4 of 5 Stars. I recommend it for young adults, science fiction fans, evolutional altered future fans.Open Minds 1

It is a young adult book set in the future where evolution has caused people to change around their time of puberty. Around that time, along with sprouting pubic hair, comes the ability to easily read other people’s minds. You might imagine the multitude of ways an author can go wild with that “what if”. Continue reading “Open Minds”

A Game of Thrones

by George R. R. Martin

As his men died around him, Littlefinger slid Ned’s dagger from its sheath and shoved it up under his chin. His smile was apologetic. “I did warn you not to trust me, you know.”

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My rating: 4 of 5 starsapprove-danaryes-SM

Read and or listened to the audiobook in 2017 on 1/25 to page 199, on 2/1 to page 260, on 2/14 to page 387, on 2/28 to page 479, on 3/8 to page 563 on 3/19 to the end. I really liked it but my recommendation is with reservations.

Yes, it is a great series (I’ve read them all previously, this is a second read), and no, I do not recommend the series. Game of Thrones SMI do not believe the series will ever conclude. In fact, the reason I decided to re-read the series is that I think, my memory isn’t my strong suit, that the HBO series has shown the story beyond the end of his last book. I’m uncertain, so I’m reading again.

You may read dozens of reviews of this book and have as many different opinions regarding what this book is about. Robert Baratheon is king (and multiple other titles), and Jon Arryn, is Hand to the King (and multiple other titles). The Hand of the King is the virtual ruler of the seven kingdoms, appointed by the King as head of his small group of councilors. Jon Arryn dies and by many is suspected to have been murdered. Continue reading “A Game of Thrones”

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

by Diana Gabaldon

The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read in 2017 on 1/1 to page 82, on 1/6 to page 158, on 1/7 to page 442, on 1/10 to page 566, on 1/12 to page 619 on 1/13 to page 666, on 1/15 to page 1026, on 1/22 to the end.  Listened to Recorded Books Audiobook by Davina Porter  simultaneously.

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I loved it and recommend the series to any lover of fiction. I selected this series as I was tired of waiting for several years for George R.R. Martin to write another book in his unfinished Game of Thrones series. Continue reading “A Breath of Snow and Ashes”

The Fiery Cross

by Diana Galbadon

He explained, “In the Highlands of Scotland, when a chieftain would set himself for war, he would burn the fiery cross, and send it for a sign through the lands of his clan. It was a signal to the men of his name, to gather their weapons and come to the gathering place, prepared for battle.”

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read in 2016 on 12/16 to page 76, on 2/17 to page 84, on 12/18 to page 128, on 12/19 to page 422, on 12/24 to page 507, on 12/25 to page 735, on 12/28 to page 996, on 12/29>1051, on 12/30 to the end.Fiery Cross Rating-

I really liked this book even putting aside other books in favor of finishing this book, but it doesn’t rise to I loved it. I do recommend it to Gabaldon’s Outlander series fans most passionately. Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon SM
How do you summarize a fifth book in a series of at least 8 books without just blasting out spoiler after spoiler? I can’t.

Also this book is over 1200 pages. I did manage to finish it in under a month, but my memory isn’t up to the job of holding this kind of complicated plot, let alone report on this book. Well I’ll give you a tip about the book’s title…. Continue reading “The Fiery Cross”

Dark Edge by D.I. Telbat

Prequel to the COIL Series

… we find an international thriller providing background to Corban Dowler and the COIL Organization.

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My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Dark Edge Prequel by D.I. Telbat. Read in 2016 on 8/31, and again on 11/14. It was ok.Dark Edge I still recommend it to Christians who enjoy thrillers and suspense novels in the genre of Robert Ludlum’s Jason Borne or Lee Child’s Jack Reacher. DarkEdgeitsokI felt no connection to any character. It is flagrantly Christian. Being a Christian myself I have no issues with Christian fiction. It was one reason I wanted to look at the book. But I’m also an extremely experienced reader. Lot’s of Christian fiction is done well. The reader connects to characters, and it is not difficult to suspend disbelief with the plot. I deeply enjoyed This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti. Continue reading “Dark Edge by D.I. Telbat”

Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

A Book Review

One aspect of this series that kept me interested is how Mr. Westerfeld has incorporated real characters of the era into the events of his imaginary history

Goliath by Scott Westerfeld  Read in 2016 on 7/29 to page 101, on 8/6 to page 268 on 8/21 to the end.

I liked it, 3 of 5 stars and recommend it specifically to alternate history fantasy fans, science fiction and fantasy fans, generally to young adults, and finally to all comers who enjoy good fiction.
Goliath is the final book in an alternate history fantasy series that takes place in an altered World War I era. In the imaginary world various country’s have adapted one of two technologies. One is primarily organic where people have altered DNA of animals to suit the purposes we would generally think of as technology. They are referred to a Darwinist. Leviathan, the first book is named after, is a giant dirigible war aircraft developed by altering the DNA of a whale. The details are an interesting creative idea. Alternately various other country’s technology is based on mechanical constructions, but in this imaginary work the “Clankers” fashion their machines based largely on biology. For example armored vehicles built to engage in war walk on various number of legs depending on the vehicle. Continue reading “Goliath by Scott Westerfeld”