Monthly Archives: August 2011

Review: Astonishing X-Men: Exogenetic

Astonishing X-Men: Exogenetic
Astonishing X-Men: Exogenetic by Warren Ellis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Review: X-Men: Nation X

X-Men: Nation X
X-Men: Nation X by Matt Fraction
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Review: City of Bones

City of Bones
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fascinating world filled with all manner of paranormal beings living side by side with mundanes but shadowed from ordinary sight. This book is just full of all kinds of twists and turns. While slightly uneven in momentum, the slower aspects are laced with relevant details. I’m looking forward to reading this series.

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Review: Phoenix Without Ashes

Phoenix Without Ashes
Phoenix Without Ashes by Alan Robinson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good but too short to really enjoy. The artwork is well done and there are actually several pages where the art itself propels the story forward instead of dialog which in my opinion is a good thing in a graphic novel.

The real downside is that most of the story elements seem familiar. As if I’ve seen it in some episode of Twilight Zone or something before. It’s still not bad.

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Review: 52: Vol. 2

52: Vol. 2
52: Vol. 2 by Geoff Johns
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A 16 year old boy who as a child was enchanted by his grandfather’s tales of growing up in war torn Poland, winding up at an orphanage of children with unique gifts and then going off to kill monsters. As he grows older, he begins to think his grandfather’s tales were simply fantasies told to fascinate him as a child but when he finds his grandfather after a vicious attack, he starts to think perhaps the stories may not have been made up after all.

This story pulls together seemingly mismatched historical elements and weaves them into something entirely intriguing. Everything from a remote island to a shifting timeline comes into play. Riggs adds even more intrigue by lacing the book with vintage photos matching the characters in the book. According to the notes, the photos are real; found by collectors.

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Review: Growing Tasty Tropical Plants in Any Home, Anywhere: 60 Tasty Tropical House Plants You Can Grow No Matter Where You Live

Growing Tasty Tropical Plants in Any Home, Anywhere: 60 Tasty Tropical House Plants You Can Grow No Matter Where You Live
Growing Tasty Tropical Plants in Any Home, Anywhere: 60 Tasty Tropical House Plants You Can Grow No Matter Where You Live by Laurelynn Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nicely laid out and beautifully photographed; this book offers lots of information from best varieties to fruiting season to potential problems. There’s also a section dedicate to plant care covering materials, propagation and pests.

About the only fault I can find is that I would have preferred more details about suggested container sizes but the book does cover the overall plant sizes and in some cases discusses root systems. It also would be good to have estimates on how long these plants live though in some cases some details are mentioned.

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