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UPDATE: MAY IS THE MONTH OF INJUSTICE

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May 16th is when the blockbuster video game Injustice 2 , a fighting game developed by Netherrealm Studios, will be released. I played and loved the first game, Injustice: Gods Among Us , so I am very excited for this sequel to be released. One particularly awesome part of the first game was it's wild story featuring a world governed by Superman, Earth's most powerful hero, now it's most dangerous dictator.  To complement this aspect of the product, a comic book series started and has expanded quite a bit since it's inception. These comics tell the story the bridges the five year time gap between the game's shocking opening scene and where the majority of the narrative takes place. I've already read and reviewed the first three volumes, but in preparation for the release of Injustice 2, I thought it might be fun to try to read through the rest of it since I was able to pick up many of the digital volumes at a discounted price. I will also attem

UPDATE: GRAVITAS CHAPTER 4

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Kanso wrestles with his fears as he prepares to face his boss Fredryko and accept punishment for not completing the job on time. Along the way, he meets a bitter rival, and a dear ally. Read it here

REVIEW ROUNDUP: THE FOREVERS

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INTRODUCTION  THE FOREVERS is an odd series I discovered while wandering around a local comic book shop. The strange art style and mysterious premise grabbed me as well as the fact that the series is pretty new. It's probably a little outside of my usual comfort zone as far as language and overall mood are concerned,but I'm giving the series a chance in the hopes that I've found something different and special. Issue # 1 4/5  Everyone wants to be famous... Right off the bat, this issue slams it's readers with strange and striking imagery. It quickly flaunts a sort of hazy realism in it's art style and a wastes no time in establishing it's dark and depressing tone. The overall premise is that this friend group gets together and seemingly casts some kind of spell, referred to only as "The Ritual." The idea is that all of them will become famous as a result, but none of them really know what comes after that. As magical pacts go, there is al

UPDATE: GRAVITAS BEGINS!

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Gravitas is now at the point where I can say it's officially launched. The first four chapters are posted up along with several informational pages that give a little more info about the project, outline some key terms, and catalog the ever-growing cast. It's been a fair bit of work to get things off the ground and now the real work can begin. If you haven't checked it out yet, then please head on over now and see how things are shaping up. I'll be hard at work adding new chapters all the time so be sure to keep checking back or subscribe by email if you enjoy the overall premise. 

REVIEW: EVERY HEART A DOORWAY

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Life after Wonderland... INTRODUCTION  What was life like for Alice when she returned from her adventure down the rabbit hole? That's the main theme that EVERY HEART A DOORWAY explores. I first heard about this short novel from the Booktube SFF Readalongs on Goodreads. I went in without knowing much about it, but did find the concept intriguing. HOW I RATED IT  4/5  This quick read does a nice job of exploring it's core concepts though the more fantastical elements are not as prominent as they should have been and I have mixed feelings about the ending. Overall, though this was a fun and enjoyable read. CHARACTERS The story primarily follows Nancy, a girl who's just returned from a world of darkness and death, but also one of magic and beauty. She finds herself at a boarding school, thinking that it is meant for treating youths with mental illnesses when it's actually a school meant to service kids who made trips into fantastical worlds and have been retur

REVIEW: MONSTRESS VOLUME 1: AWAKENING

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A hunger born of darkness... INTRODUCTION  I'd seen and heard a little about MONSTRESS , but it wasn't until this graphic novel made the shortlist for the Booktube SFF Awards (an annual reading group on Goodreads). I knew this one would be a little bit out there and that's partly why I'd never bothered to look into it too much, but based off of all the high praise that this comic was getting in the group, I felt compelled to buy it on Comixology and see if I would like it as much as others do.    HOW I RATED IT  4/5  While this definitely ventures a little outside of my comfort zone in terms of anime-ish weirdness and over-the-top gore, I did actually like this painstakingly detailed and intriguingly dark piece of graphic fiction.  CHARACTERS This is the one area in my opinion that I think the story actually falls a little bit flat. Don't get me wrong, I found all of the heroes and villains to be pretty interesting. The issue I have simply stems from th

UPDATE: NEW REVIEWS AND THE BOOKTUBE SFF READALONG

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The Booktube SFF Awards Read-alongs are back this year. Due to a few different reasons, I've been finding it hard to keep up with them this time, but I did read entries in the Graphic Novel and Short Fiction categories from their March Read-along. The reviews for those will be coming shortly. If you haven't heard of this group yet, then you should definitely check them out, they read a lot of awesome books and I've discovered some thing that I would have missed otherwise.  Here are the reviews that will be coming out this week:   MONSTRESS VOLUME 1: AWAKENING (CLICK FOR REVIEW) EVERY HEART A DOORWAY (Review Coming) I have also already read and reviewed DESCENDER VOLUME 2: MACHINE MOON , the Graphic Novel in the April reading list and I'd definitely recommend checking it out.

BOOK TALK: ONE HUNDRED PAGES FOR READY PLAYER ONE

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It's not often that I've found myself in a place where I just couldn't bring myself to finish a book. Normally, I can trudge on and sometimes do enjoy the way things turn out, but such was not the case with READY PLAYER ONE. This is a book that is widely beloved and I have heard high praise about from a lot of people I know well and respect. So you can imagine my surprise, when I dove in at last to this book and found that I actually just didn't like it at all. In fact, I made it a little further than one hundred pages before calling it quits and just getting to that point took me a while even with skimming. Now, since I did not finish, I am not going to write a formal review, nor will I give this a rating since I'm not sure how ethical that is really. Instead, I'll just share my admittedly unpopular thoughts on why this book vexed me so much and why I decided to stop reading it. 1. Alls The Pop Cultures Don't get me wrong, I love a pop culture referen