Thursday, October 21, 2021

Shannon's Review - Lost Girls Vol. 1 by Alan Moore




Title: Lost Girls Vol. 1
Series: Lost Girls
Author: Alan Moore
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Melinda Gebbie
Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Fantasy, 18+, Erotica,
Publisher: Magic Press
Received: Bought
Release Date: January 1995
Pages: 112
Rating:



Author Alan Moore’s Official Websites:




Website:
None Found

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialAlanMoore

Twitter:
None Found

Instagram:
None Found



Shannon’s Thoughts:

This 1st volume out of 3, takes 3 literary characters from 3 different children's classics and creates a story for mature adults. We are introduced to Alice (Alice in Wonderland), Wendy (Peter Pan), and Dorothy (Wizard Of Oz) as grown women who find they have a sexual connection and decide to share their first sexual experience with each other which leads to more sexual experience with each other.

I have not read much by Alan Moore before. I have only seen movies of a few of his comics. I know that doesn’t really count because the comics are different and Moore hates most of the way Hollywood treated his stories...or so I have heard. I was interested because of who the characters were. I also thought the cover art was beautiful. Now that I am past the book cover presentation and have read this first volume...well I have to say not impressed.

I feel a lot of the story wasn’t a story and the sex was shocking to be shocking. There is incest, rape, and whatever Dorothy went through. Instead of building on the story, there is more sex in public places. As for the art, it was great sometimes and lacking in others.

I have the other 2 volumes but I do not know if I will read them. I am curious if there is more plot or something more interesting.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Shannon's Review - The Best Angel Stories 2013 by Guideposts








Title: The Best Angel Stories 2013
Series: Yearly
Author: Guideposts
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: unknown
Genre: Non-Fiction, Spirituality, Angels, Short Stories
Publisher: Guideposts
Received: as a gift
Release Date: 2013
Pages: 288
Rating:





Author Guideposts Official Websites:









Website:
https://www.guideposts.org/

Blog:
None found

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/guideposts

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/guideposts

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/guidepostsmagazine/



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Guideposts is generally a company that shares hopeful spiritual stories that actually happened. This book is full of those short stories but focused on angels.

There are so many uplifting tales reminiscent of Chicken Soup For The Soul books. I really enjoyed the ones about angels in the form of animals. All of the stories were very sweet.

While every story is by a different person a lot of them overlapped and they ended up too similar to each other.

Even with it’s faults I would still read more from guideposts or any series of books similar.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Shannon's Review - Hand Shadows by H.S. Books





Title: Hand Shadows
Series: Not at the moment
Author: H.S. Books
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Unknown
Genre: Non-Fiction,
Publisher: H.S. Books
Received: Bought
Release Date: August 2019
Pages: 52
Rating:



Author H.S. Books Official Websites:




Website:
None found

Blog:
None found

Facebook:
None found

Twitter:
None found

Instagram:
None found



Shannon’s Thoughts:

This book’s only item needed is a light or flashlight to create the different shadow puppets with the readers' hands.

There are so many different animals to make with one's hand in this book. There are a couple that looks a little difficult. I could see my nephews enjoying the results.

I really wished there were descriptions or writing of some sort with the pictures. Maybe the author could have come up with a story going into each puppet.

It is a short book and I hope to try making these hand puppets with my own nephews. Maybe I will make my own story with the pictures.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Shannon's Review - American Rose by Karen Abbott





Title: American Rose
Series: Not at the moment
Author: Karen Abbott
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Lynn Buckley
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Biography, History
Publisher: Random House
Received: Bought
Release Date: December 2010
Pages: 353
Rating:


Author Karen Abbott’s Official Websites



Website:
https://karenabbott.net/

Blog:
https://karenabbott.net/blog

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/authorAbbottKahler

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/AbbottKahler

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/abbottkahler/



Shannon’s Thoughts:

American Rose is a part memoir of Gypsy Rose Lee and part history of burlesque. Chapters jump back and forth into the life of Gypsy and the rise of The Minsky brothers theatres of burlesque.

I have always been a fan of the musical Gypsy which was written about the real-life actress/ burlesque star. I learned so much about her and her family. She not only had acted in movies but wrote 2 mystery books, and had a child. Every time she tried to leave burlesque she would always find herself back. Although the musical based on her life had its bright moments I think the truth is Gypsy went through much more dark times than this book expanded on.

I was less interested in the rise and fall of the Minsky brothers and their theatres. Yes, Gypsy’s history does cross with theirs but I just never cared about their struggles. Even though I learned so much about Gypsy’s life there were parts of her history that were so strange and shocking but were only glanced over. For instance, it was rumored Gypsy’s mother Rose and possibly Gypsy herself killed a homeless man. How can you just nonchalantly mention killing someone and then go back to Gypsy house parties? It was so shocking.

I might read more about Gypsy and maybe the books she wrote. I am still very curious about the fact Rose and Gypsy might have been serial killers.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Shannon's Review - Runaways: Find Your Way Home #1 by Rainbow Rowell




Title: Runaways: Find Your Way Home
Series: Runaways Find Your Way Home #1
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Kris Anka
Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Superheroes, Marvel
Publisher: Marvel
Received: Bought
Release Date: May 2018
Pages: 156
Rating:



Author Rainbow Rowell’s Official Websites:


(from goodreads.com )


Website:
https://www.rainbowrowell.com/

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/rainbow.rowell.author

Twitter:
None Found

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/rainbowrowell/



Shannon’s Thoughts:

After the loss and death of family and friends The Runaways or what is left of them disband. Everyone went in their own direction until Chase found a way to time travel and bring the one friend they lost that can bring them back together.

I haven’t kept up with all the Runaways stories. I have read some written by Joss Whedon and watched some of the tv series. I enjoyed both and I do like the characters. This seems to take place after the tv series and the Whedon arc. My favorite character is Gert partly because she is plus-sized and partly because she has control of a dinosaur...duh! Gert is like the mom of the group. Like a good mom, she tries to keep everyone together. A Lot has changed since the start of The Runaways. They have lost friends, even some that were a part of the main group.

I knew some of the stories because of watching the series and reading some. I would say if the reader started here having not read anything about the runaways beforehand it may not be as interesting and probably more than a little confusing.

Like most Marvel comics I do really like The Runaways and will continue to read. Since The Runaways are teenagers I believe young adults 12 or 13+ years will enjoy the characters.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Shannon's Review - Kingston And The Magician's Lost And Found by Rucker Moses and Theo Gangi




Title: Kingston And The Magician’s Lost And Found
Series: Kingston #1
Author: Rucker Moses and Theo Gangi
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Dan Mumford
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Fantasy, Magic,
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons For Young Readers
Received: From Publisher For An Honest Review
Release Date: February 2021
Pages: 288
Rating:



Author Rucker Moses (aka Craig S. Phillips and Harold Hayes Jr.) and Theo Gangi Official Websites:





Websites:
Rucker Moses: https://www.ruckermoses.com/
Theo Gangi: https://www.theogangi.com/

Blog:
Rucker Moses: None Found
Theo Gangi: None Found

Facebook:
Rucker Moses: https://www.facebook.com/rucker.moses
Theo Gangi: https://www.facebook.com/theo.gangi

Twitter:
Rucker Moses: https://twitter.com/rucker_moses
Theo Gangi: https://twitter.com/tprgangi

Instagram:
Rucker Moses: https://www.instagram.com/rucker.moses/
Theo Gangi: https://www.instagram.com/theoblackgangi/



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Kingston and his mother moved away from Echo City when his father disappeared. Now 4 years later they have moved back to open a restaurant. Kingston wanders the town reminded of his father and how he disappeared in front of his own eyes. Kingston soon discovers that magic is real and his father disappeared for a good reason. Kingston finds out that he might be able to bring him back.

The book is pretty fast-paced and is very original. The magic rules used are very different than other books. The four elements are spoken of but they are not the elements that you would normally think of. This made the book confusing and interesting at the same time. Your expecting one thing and get another.

While I liked the different world and the magic, I feel like I needed more info and more history. How did the father and his brothers learn magic was real and when? What exactly was the reason for the father to sacrifice himself? Just so many questions but I guess that is what the next book (and others) will hopefully answer.

Kingston And The Magicians Lost And Found was enjoyable and I would like to read the sequel. Kids who enjoy magicians and fantasy magic will like this series.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Shannon's Review - Albert Einstein by Aimee Hawk





Title: Albert Einstein
Series: Inspired Inner Genius #1
Author: Aimee Hawk
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Irina Katsimon
Genre: Non-Fiction, Children, Biography,
Publisher: Independent Book Publishers Association
Received: Bought
Release Date: April 2021
Pages: 29
Rating:



Author Aimee Hawk’s Official Websites:





Website:
None found

Blog:
None found

Facebook:
None found

Twitter:
None found

Instagram:
None found



Shannon’s Thoughts:

This is a child’s introduction to the life of Albert Einstein. We learn what he disliked about school and how it was taught. He was an intelligent person and learn differently than most. As an adult, he achieved much in the field of science and won very prestigious awards.

I like the fact this does not shy away from the fact Einstein quit school and then returned able to learn at his own pace. I have a few intelligent friends who quit school and then became successful on their own. Most books would leave the fact that he quit even though the fact is he does return to learning.

It is a nice introduction for children but I feel like more could have been added about Einstein’s history.

I like the fact that this is a series of books about famous individuals like Albert Einstein. I will look forward to seeing more from the series. I think children will enjoy this series as well.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Shannon's Review - Red Wolf by Liza Marklund




Title: Red Wolf
Series: Annika Bengtzon #5
Author: Liza Marklund
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Jill Putorti
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Series
Publisher: Atria
Received: Free from the publisher for an honest review
Release Date: February 2011
Pages: 400
Rating:




Author Liza Marklund’s Official Websites:


(borrowed from lizamarklund.com)

Website:
http://lizamarklund.com/

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/LizaMarklund

Twitter:
None Found

Instagram:
None Found



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Annika is a journalist who writes at a tabloid. After a journalistic friend is killed Annika is slowly uncovering what could be a serial killer.

This the 5th book in the Annika Bengtzon series. I had not read any of the previous books so I was missing some back story. I enjoyed some of the characters and felt bad for some, I did not care for others.

In most thriller books you can jump in any book in the series and get the gist of what happened in previous books. This book did not do that for me. I was lost until about 50 pages in, then we are reading about Annika and her husband’s relationship problems. Once that scene was over we are then reading about Annika’s friend and her husband's problems. All could think is why should I care about these characters. The friend couple really did not advance the story for me. I was also confused about why Annika would sometimes hear angels. I don’t know if that was supposed to be real or she was off her meds.

This book was hit and miss for me. I was more interested in Annika’s relationships than the mystery/thriller part. I had to really force myself to finish. I will not continue reading this series.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Shannon's Review - The Horrorist Vol. 1 by Jamie Delano




Title: The Horrorist
Series: Hellblazer #1 & #2
Author: Jamie Deland
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: David Lloyd
Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Horror, Series
Publisher: Vertigo
Received: Bought
Release Date: December 1995
Pages: 104
Rating:





Author Jamie Deland’s Official Websites:


(borrowed from goodreads.com)

Website:
http://www.jamiedelano.co.uk/

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:
None Found

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/jamiedelano

Instagram:
None Found



Shannon’s Thoughts:

This mini-series breaks off from the Hellblazer series, with John Constantine. Constantine is a mysterious man who knows about the dark arts. He lives and breathes darkness. He traces a story about a girl who may be connected to strange deaths.

This is my first delve into comics about Constantine. I have seen the movie with Keanu and watched the short-lived tv series. After reading this I see how the tv series was closer to the comics than the movie was. This story in particular was dark and since this was the first part no real resolution. The story kept my attention all the way through. I really want to know more about what happens with the girl and what is wrong with her.

This graphic novel was too short. I had hope for more and not so many questions, but I would still read again.

If you enjoy the John Constatine from the original tv series and the character on the CW channel Legends Of Tomorrow you will enjoy the comics.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Shannon's Review - God Emperor Of Dune by Frank Herbert




Title: God Emperor Of Dune
Series: Dune #4
Author: Frank Herbert
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: unknown
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Series
Publisher: Berkley
Received: Bought
Release Date: January 1984
Pages: 423
Rating:



Author Frank Herbert’s Official Websites:


(taken from goodreads.com.)

Website:
https://www.dunenovels.com/

Blog:
None

Facebook:
None

Twitter:
None

Instagram:
None


Shannon’s Thoughts:

Taking place thousands of years after Dune Messiah Leto II is still alive and is now considered Emperor/God of the empire. He physically looks much different now as he excepts the bodily changes of turning into a sandworm. His body and mind still hold on to some human things. For one he keeps bringing Duncan Idaho back to serve him, Duncan keeps the unhuman part of Leto at bay. Most people under Leto do not agree with the way he runs things. Many want to overthrow him.

I find all the characters in the Dune Universe are so different and interesting in their own way. My favorite character in this one was and is Duncan Idaho. I wonder how many times Leto had cloned him or how many of Duncan’s children or grandchildren ran about Arrakis.

Not much is explained as to why the golden path leads Leto to become a sandworm or why all the worlds will go downhill when he is gone. There are many questions left unanswered but I can let some go because real-life leaves questions unanswered.

I will continue to read the rest of the Dune series. I think fans of Science Fiction, and Family Sagas will enjoy this series. I say this as a fan of lite Science Fiction, I don’t like SciFi books too heavy and all science jargon.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Shannon's Review - Lima & Ina : The Bee Sting by Mason Nassah





Title: Lima And Ina: The Bee Sting
Series: Lima and Ina
Author: Mason Nassah
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Mason Nassah
Genre: Fiction, Children, Early Reader, Series
Publisher: Self Published
Received: Bought
Release Date: December 2017
Pages: 36
Rating:



Author Mason Nassah’s Official Websites:




Website:
None Found

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:
None Found

Twitter:
None Found

Instagram:
None Found



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Ina and her little sister, Lima, are playing in their yard and a bee shows up. Ina is afraid of bees because she knows they sting. Lima gets chased by the bee and Ina gets stung trying to keep Lima safe. While Lima recovers from the bee sting she learns the role bees have in our world.

Little Ina reminds me of myself. I was very scared of bees and getting stung and I never knew the impacts bees have on our world until recently. Bees are pretty amazing little creatures even though their sting can cause many people problems.

I thought this was going to be more of a picture book but it is really an early reader. I enjoyed the art on the cover and had hoped for more on the inside.

Lima and Ina are really cute. I love how Ina was so protective of her little sister. I plan on reading more from the series. I think that kids just starting school and starting how to read will enjoy these books.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Shannon's Review - Crafty Superstar by Grace Dobush






Title: Crafty Superstar
Series: None found
Author: Grace DoBush
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Corrie Schaffeld
Genre: Non-Fiction, Business, Arts, Crafts
Publisher: North Light Books
Received: Bought
Release Date: December 2009
Pages: 159
Rating:




Author Grace Dobush’s Official Websites:




Website:
https://gracedobush.com/

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:
None Found

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/gracedobushtogo

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/gracedobushtogo



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Crafty Superstar is an introduction to creating, working, and promoting your own craft store.

I have had an Etsy store for 10+ years but my sales are low. I had bought this years ago and hoped it would help me get more traffic. The book is pretty general. I had pretty much-done everything it had said.

It took me a while to get to this book so it is a little outdated. In fact, there is a newly updated book I would like to look at. I am not sure what would have made it better. I feel I need more info on how to sell on stores like Zazzle and CafePress or how to promote them and how to sell those products at craft fairs. The book had little about that but not enough.

The book was written well but is really for the person who is really starting out. So not for me now

Friday, June 25, 2021

Five Fun Facts - Stephen King




Five Fun Facts

About the Author, Stephen King



Author of Carrie, The Shining, and The Stand.


(photo borrowed from Goodreads.com)


1. Has an adopted older brother named David.


2. In 1985 he wrote part of an X-men comic that was created to raise proceeds for charity.



3. Sings in a band called Rock Bottom Remainders with 3 other authors. ( Dave Berry, Barbara Kingsolver, and Amy Tan)


4. What writer scares Stephen King? H.P. Lovecraft


5. He had short stories published in Playboy.