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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.



Salem's Lot by S.M. McGee 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

Five Fun Facts: Neil Gaiman




Five Fun Facts


Neil Gaiman
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(photo borrowed from vulture.com)


  1. His first book was a biography on the band Duran Duran
  2. Was raised a Jewish-Scientology
  3. Close friends with singer Tori Amos.
  4. He’s a big fan of the tv series Supernatural.
  5. He never went to college or university.

Info collected from Official Site, Wikipedia, and IMDB




Thursday, January 5, 2017

Shannon's Review - Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Parts 1 And 2 by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne



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Title: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Parts 1 And 2
Series: Harry Potter
Authors: J.K. Rowling (based on her books), John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
Genre: Screenplay, Fantasy, Series,
Publisher: Little Brown UK
Received: Purchased
Release Date: July 2016
Pages: 343
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Author’s Official Websites:

J.K. Rowling Site: http://www.jkrowling.com/
John Tiffany Site: N/A
Jack Thorne: N/A

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Shannon’s Thoughts:

The 8th book that no one thought would happen.  Technically this isn’t a novel like the previous 7 Harry Potter books, it’s screenplay.  This means less descriptive paragraphs and quick dialogue. The title of the book is still Harry Potter And The Cursed Child but most of the book the main character is Harry’s son Albus.  Not that Harry does not appear in the book, he is absolutely crucial to the events that transpire.

Many people consider this story fan fiction.  For me I think, so what if it is fan fiction?  I still enjoyed it.  Here are some the reason the Cursed Child is a fine installment into Harry Potter.  We get to see grown up Harry.  Adult Harry is still very human and makes mistakes sometimes and especially when it comes to child rearing.  Even the wizarding world has no book on how to parent. We get to see more of Harry, Ginny, Hermione, Ron, and Draco’s kids.  It also has that one magical item that Dumbledore gave Hermione..you know the one that turns back time.  Oh yeah there is time travel.

Some reason you may not like it.  Albus Potter is a whiner but what you going to do with a teenaged boy that feels he will never make his father happy and will forever be in Harry’s shadow. The time travel story is...well a little hokey...just a little.   

I appreciate this tale even with it downfalls.  Maybe J.K. will write some Albus Potter books in the future. What ever she does I will probably be in line.    

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Shannon's Review - Scarlet Witch Vol.1 Witches' Road by James Robinson



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Title: Scarlet Witch Vol.1 : Witches’ Road
Series: Scarlet Witch
Authors: James Robinson
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Fiction
Publisher: Marvel
Received: Purchased
Release Date: July 2016
Pages: 112
Rating:
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Author’s Official Websites:
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Shannon’s Thoughts:

Jumping into Volume 1 of Scarlet Witch we see Wanda (The Scarlet Witch) searching for the cause of magic because it is broken. She travels around the world following traces of magic along with a ghost side kick.

I have only seen the movies with Elizabeth Olson as Scarlet Witch. She is a intriguing character.  I did get swept up into the stories and people.  I was very interested in the Irish bad guy The Emerald Warlock.  Doctor Strange has a similar plot but this was just written so much better. It’s a joy to read and look at.  The art for the most part is pretty phenomenal.

Some of the downfalls like even though this is the first volume we are thrown into a tale already in progress. We met Agatha Harkness a ghost that follows Wanda.   We do not really know why or when she died just that Wanda may have had a hand in it.   When the narrative starts Wanda already knows that magic is broken but again we do not know how she knows.  

I look forward to Volume 2.  I hope we find out more about Wanda, her ghostly friend Agatha and The Emerald Warlock.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Shannon's Review - Blood Lite II: OverBite by Various Authors


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Title: Blood Lite II : Overbite
Series: Blood Lite
Authors: Various
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Anthology
Publisher: Gallery Books
Received: Purchased
Release Date: September 2010
Pages: 438
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Author’s Official Websites:  N/A


Shannon’s Thoughts:

This is the second book in this anthology theme.  Inside is a collection of short stories that connect fantasy and a little humor.

I think it was a great idea to shoot for a sequel anthology because the first one had a little magic in it’s writing.   Some stories from the original still linger in my brain.  

After reading and enjoying the first anthology, Blood Lite, I expected not just funny stories in fantasy settings but memorable.  Fact is I can only remember one story in Blood Lite II:Overbite and had to do with a guy out with his girlfriend at a diner.  The description of the girlfriend was disgusting and not funny.  The other stories are lost from my memory.  I even had to re-read quite often.

This one missed it’s mark but there is a third installment and...I probably will read it too.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Mumbling Monday - Holiday Reading


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(clip art from mycutegraphics.com )

First let me start off with a



HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


Once October comes around I start thinking whether or not I want to read a holiday themed book.  Since I have been in a reading rut all of 2016 I thought maybe reading along with other bloggers would get me back in the groove of things.  Unfortunately, I ended up with three more books started and unfinished..  The first book is a horror read for Halloween (Salem’s Lot by Stephen King), the second and third for Christmas (Christmas With Anne And Other Stories by L.M. Montgomery and The Gift by Pete Hamill)  

I really got into Salem’s Lot and I am over halfway point. It will probably be the next book I finish,  Then there are the Christmas books… I do not know whether to continue reading or save them for next year.

I really hope to pick up reading and writing reviews more often. I guess that is kinda a resolution for this new year.


Does your reading schedule include holiday books?  Do you have any resolutions about reading or book blogging?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Shannon's Review - V Is For Vulnerable by Seth Godin



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Title: V Is For Vulnerable
Series: N/A
Author: Seth Godin
Genre: Self Help, Business, Non-fiction,
Publisher: Portfolio
Received: From publisher
Release Date: December 2012
Pages: 64
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Shannon’s Thoughts:


There seems to be a trend of books that look like they are for children but written for adults.  There are adult coloring books and picturebooks on writing or life.  This picture book
from Seth Godin is on the abc’s of motivating to create art.

In some ways I felt this book, with it’s motivational words of wisdom, reminded me of another author’s speech about creating art and that author is Neil Gaiman.  It’s a wonderful speech and if you haven’t heard or read look for it on the interwebs.  This picture book is simple but prompt. Something to pump up a artist who, like me, wonders if their art matters.

The feeling the book gives is a wonderful pick me up even if the literal words do not stay with you.  I have to keep reading over each letter trying to remember what the one before it said.  I guess that makes it is a good thing it’s only a picture book.

V Is For Vulnerable is a book that can be read repeatedly especially when you need a push to keep creating.