May Reading Wrap Up


May Reading Wrap Up

In May I made progress on reading from my physical shelves although I did give up some reading time to binge Grey's Anatomy.  I watched the first episode and fell in like and have been watching it ever since. I only have to cover my eyes when the surgeons are slicing into people. LOL!

I read eight books of which six were physical and two were ebooks. Progress! The longest book was The Belle of Belgrave square at 421 pages and the shortest was Rendezvou with Rama at 304. No chunky books this month. 

My bedtime reads included John Scalzi's Old Man's War, the first book in a science fiction series in which the elderly are recruited, taken off planet and their consciousness is transferred in young bodies to be solders. Interesting premise.  (318) ****

Second was a reread of Arthur C Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama in which space explorers and scientist board an alien space craft traveling through our solar system, 304)  ****

Third was Derek Paul's A Machine Divine: A Young Adult Steam Punk fantasy in which college studies get involved in politics, a secret society, science experiments, and a mad man running around gassing people, 377) ****

Next was Blake Crouch's Dark Matter, a science fiction, time travel, multiverse type of story in which a man gets kidnapped and the kidnapper assumes his life. 352) ****

Then Ernest Cline's Armada, a young adult, science fiction story in which video gamers join a real life defense league to save the world. 355) ****

Our 52 Books Author of the month was Peng Shepherd and read The Cartographers. A mystery thriller, full of magical realism which had a good premise but meh delivery, 392) ***

The two ebooks I read were 

Nalini Singh's Archangel's Lineage, in the sixteenth Guild Hunter urban fantasy/romance in which Raphael and Elana and the rest of the angels have to fight to save the world on brink of destruction due to ancestors, plus Elena deals with her father's heart attack, 398, e) *****

And Mimi Matthews' historical romance, The Belle of Belgrave Square about a bookworm and ex military hero with secrets of his own, 421, E) ****

James M's IDW Sonic review catch up time




Hi, Sonic lovers. I'M BACK!
Yeah, apologies for being gone, life was... busy. Anyways, time to review some Sonic comics. Starting with issue 68, the last main IDW Sonic issue before we shifted to a miniseries and back to the main comic. So what do I think of it?

Issue 68, featuring Sonic and Tails on a small quest where they bump into a large salamander while looking for a Chaos Emerald. In my opinion, it's a good, well-written issue with heartwarming moments and the dynamic between Sonic and Tails is heartfelt. They are a good duo, the Mario and Luigi of the Sonic series. 9.5/10. I should read that again soon, because I like reading past comics from time to time. Now, we get into the Fang miniseries....

Fang the Hunter #1-4 revolves around Fang, Bean and Bark, sometime before Sonic Adventure 1 (and it was confirmed that the Classic Sonic era is in the same timeline as the Modern Sonic era as SEGA has listened to fan criticism and is trying to make a unified universe), looking for the eighth Chaos Emerald while getting into some wacky stuff that culminates in a battle with the Hard-Boiled Heavies before Eggman recruits Fang to investigate a new island, setting up the events of Sonic Superstars. It was fun to read overall, and I enjoyed it just as everyone else did, and the appearance of a certain McGuffin from the main series was interesting. 10/10. I would love to see more Classic Sonic, at least until SEGA decides enough is enough.

Now we have Sonic issue 69, where we deal with some Sonic Riders-related fun as Clutch the Possum enacts a shady plan with Mimic, Surge, and Kit... and Eggman teams up with Sonic near the end. Not much to say, but that was super fun to look at. 9.8/10. As someone who played some Sonic Riders, specifically Zero Gravity, it was nice to see Riders get some love. The writing is real good, and the art looks decent. 

And just like that, we're all caught up.
See you around for more reviews!