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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Shannon's Review - Scarlet Witch Vol. 2 : World Of Witchcraft




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Title: Scarlet Witch Vol. 2: World Of Witchcraft
Series: Scarlet Witch
Author: James Robinson
Genre: Graphic Novel, Marvel
Publisher: Marvel
Received: Bought
Release Date: January 2017
Pages: 112
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Shannon’s Thoughts:

The second installment into the current story of The Scarlet Witch aka Wanda Maximoff. Wanda is still searching for reasons for why magic is broken.  Her search takes her to France and it’s local superhero.

Although the art changes throughout each book in the graphic novel it does not really take away from the story. The most emotional story in this volume is the conversation between Wanda and her brother Pietro aka Quicksilver. I loved their interaction with each other.

What does break the flow of the story is how much time seems to have passed between each book.  In fact the last story in volume 2 kinda threw me because Wanda is not in it but we read about a character she met in the second to last story.

For someone like me who has not read any of the previous story arc of Marvel, like Civil War or House of M.  I feel I am missing some important story lines but it doesn’t stop me from enjoying this series. It only makes we want to go back and read the previous tales.



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Shannon's Review - I Am Jim Henson by Brad Meltzer



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Title: I Am Jim Henson
Author: Brad Meltzer
Series: Ordinary People Change The World:
Publisher: Dial Books
Received: Borrowed
Release Date: January 2017
Pages: 40
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Shannon’s Thoughts:


A small biography for kids about one of the most inventive people to have existed, Jim Henson. Henson was creator to puppets he called muppets and a show they frequented called Sesame Street.  

Kids are introduced to the kind and wondrous mind of Jim Henson.  We see how he came with the idea of muppets, including his first muppet Kermit The Frog.  He went to create movies that are family friendly and make shows that teach children to read, count, be imaginative and dream big.  Those movies and tv shows are still just as good as the day they were made.

The art is fun and cute.  Throughout the whole book Jim Henson is drawn with his trademark beard and long hair even when we see him as a child.  I think it’s a book Henson would found humorous and worthy of praise.

This book and the others in the series are a great introduction into biography of many influential minds of the world.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mumbling Monday - Reading About People You Know IRL

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Reading about people or places you actually have known is different than reading about those you do not know.  For one if you are reading a book about your high school drama teacher and the plays he directed you try not to analyze too harshly as you read. You never know who is going to read your review.  I try not to be harsh in my reviews anyway.  I try to give constructive criticism to any review I do.  
As I am reading Drama High by Michael Sokolove some negative feelings from high school do come up but most of that has nothing to do with what I am reading in the book. Just a reminder of the dork I was.

I took drama teacher Lou Volpe’s class twice.  Once in while I was in 8th grade in the summer and the second time in high school my senior year.  The last class probably a good reason I ended up with my husband as he was in that class.   The three years I was in high school I was involved with the musicals we did each year.   I helped paint the set for Once On This Island.  I was in the chorus of Jesus Christ Superstar.  I did make-up for Into The Woods.

So the thing is talking about a book that is about my high school brings up memories. Some of those memories not so great. I mean not many people do have great memories about school. I have had to put the book down many times because my mind keeps drifting to high school and it’s making it hard for me to fall into the book.  I am sure I have had this with other books.

Have you ever started reading a book that reminded you of past memories that you wish to forget?  Or the opposite, memories that make you feel good?




Friday, January 27, 2017

Five Fun Facts - Mitch Albom




Five Fun Facts

About Author


Mitch Albom
Best known for books Tuesdays With Morrie and Five People You Meet In Heaven

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(photo borrowed from bostonglobe.com)


  1. Thought about being a cartoonist.
  2. First job was as a piano player at a hotel in Greece.
  3. His book Tuesdays With Morrie was made into a play.
  4. Friends from school remember him as a guy who never took anything seriously.
  5. He has played in bands and has written a couple of songs that have been recorded.

Info collected from Official Site, Wikipedia, and Tablet Magzine





Thursday, January 26, 2017

Shannon's Reviews - Salem's Lot by Stephen King




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Title: Salem’s Lot
Series: N/A
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Horror, Vampires, Fiction
Publisher: Anchor
Received: bought
Release Date: October 1975
Pages: 653
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Shannon’s Thoughts:


A struggling author returns to the town he grew up in to revisit some skeletons of his past for a new book. He finds romance, friendship and more evil then he can deal with as townspeople start disappearing.

Stephen King can really describe a setting and get you settled in.  He gets the reader the feeling of being comfortable and then boom here comes the creepy.  The creepy just increases and increases.  For me I keep thinking wait let's go back to the comfiness.  I want to see author, Ben, connect more with townie, Susan.  

When I read King I expect major scariness, the creeps and...not completely welcomed nightmares.  This one had some creep factor but it was not really scary to me.  I find his short stories scare me the most. It was a decent book.  I was not thrilled with the ending either.  In some ways it set up for a sequel although I do not know if there is one or not.  I know there is a short story prequel called Jerusalem’s Lot which I have never read.

For a vampire book it had some interesting takes on the usual mythos. Other than that I say there is better Stephen King books if you want scary but it is some very good writing.


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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Shannon's Review - Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin



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Title: Dragons Love Tacos
Series: Dragons Love Tacos #1
Author: Adam Rubin
Genre: Childrens, Picture Book, Fantasy, Dragons
Publisher: Dial Books
Received: Borrowed
Release Date: June 2012
Pages: 40
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Shannon’s Thoughts:

A young boy who likes dragons finds out that dragons love to eat tacos but not spicy ones, with a good reason.

The illustration by artist Daniel Salmieri is whimsical and fun to look at. The story is a little silly which some children could really love.

Honestly I thought it a little too silly for my taste. I have read other children books on dragons and I think this was my least favorite. The writing is very simple, maybe too simple.

I wanted to like it because I love dragons and it is very rarely that I find one I do not like. Unfortunately this was one that was unlikable to me but I am not the demographic.  I think if you have child from ages 2 to 7 and is easy to make laugh they will probably enjoy.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Sketchy Saturday - Salem's Lot

I just finished reading Salem's Lot by Stephen King.  A good book with some creepy elements as per usual with King's books.   This as close to a scene I can get.  Little boy vampire in the window hoping to wake his friend to let him in.



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