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The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

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Book Seven.

The story is simple enough, but wonderfully told. And Dave’s musical taste is still stuck in my head.

And the artwork, of course. It’s all in black and white, and so, so beautiful. The detail, in the mass of Dave’s beard, particularly, is amazing. And the layout and strategic development of frames feels so natural, but is also interesting.

The world of Here is capture so evocatively with so few words and such understated art. And Dave’s story, well, i like to believe this is just the beginning.

(Longer review at: marvelatwords.wordpress.com)

The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop

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Book Six.

This is aimed at anyone with a love of books, and i mean books—not just reading them, but their physical presence. It explores the joy of bookshops, of slowly taking your time to look around and enjoy being surrounded by books, of picking them up and flicking through them, of simply spending time around them.

Ultimately, what made this book such an enjoyable read was Buzbee’s writing. His love of books shone through and you can’t help but get caught up in his enthusiasm. Reading this book was like being snuggled in a warm blanket. I didn’t want it to end.

(Longer review at: marvelatwords.wordpress.com)

That's a lot of nuts?

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Why brag about peanut butter that is 95% nuts, when 100% peanut butter exists?
17th Feb 2014, 10:44   | tags:,comments (2)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Book Five.

The revolting and rioting and defiance of the Capitol. YES. This is what i really loved, and is also what i can’t wait for more of in the last book. At this point, i’m thinking, ‘Screw the Hunger Games, just give me a whole book about a revolution!”

(Longer review at: marvelatwords.wordpress.com)

Communion Town

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Book Four.

I think the author is trying too hard. That’s what i came away from this with. The quote on the front of the book says: “…here is a new writer working out what he can do and realising he can do anything.” I would say it’s more a writer who thinks he can do anything, and this is his attempt to show off.

Everything seems steeped in meaning as well. Everything is significant, and important, and meaningful. And that just made reading such a chore. There are hints at things and no explanation, which is just a huge tease. Each story seems more like a glimpse into a more full, rounded story that would be more interesting and satisfying, but instead it gets cut short and left hanging.

(Longer review at: marvelatwords.wordpress.com)

Cornericing

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23rd Jan 2014, 18:21   comments (0)

Prince of Thorns

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Book Three.

Yes, there are some nasty things in this book. Yes, the main character, Jorg, is not a pleasant person. No, they are not reasons to dismiss this book or (necessarily) not enjoy it.

There is plenty of action and plot, mostly consisting of fighting, murder, death and destruction with a bit of family drama and testing of friendships. But what this book mostly seems to be is a character study of Jorg, and i’m okay with that.

Prince of Thorns is told in first person, and that’s perfect for getting inside Jorg’s head. Except is everything he thinks his own thoughts? Even he isn’t sure. Which just makes him an even more fascinating character, as far as i’m concerned.

(Longer review at: marvelatwords.wordpress.com)

Nine Stories

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Book Two.

Salinger drops the reader into these narratives, these worlds and these characters’ lives without explanations and lets you catch up and draw your own conclusions as you go along. I find myself instantly drawn into the story that way; i immediately want to know what’s going on.

Each story is not action packed or teaching morals or has big surprises or even clear cut story lines. Each story is merely a glimpse into the lives of the characters. Some of the glimpses are significant and clearly life changing. Others are more like character studies and/or are heavy with interaction. And some are simply simple stories offering a more typical beginning, middle and end.

I enjoyed them all. I hated not a single one. Every single character was flawed and perfect. Every story gave me something to take away.

(Longer review at: marvelatwords.wordpress.com)