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Review: The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes

The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes
The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three stars for the last official completed book of the year for me.

I think it was because this wasn’t what I was told. When I bought this, I had heard it was a great story. Yes, get it. You’ll love it. I saved it for many reasons, this kindle edition wouldn’t load very well, can’t see it on my reader or computer, but finally got it on my iPad…

And I heard/read/verified on a few sites that the Sandman tales were the basis of the show Lucifer.

This was nothing like that show. Maybe because it was Volume 1. Or a special edition type: Preludes & Nocturnes. Or maybe all those people/sites informing me were entirely wrong. I was heartbroken, because Lucifer makes me laugh and think…I LOVE THAT SHOW!!! And sadly this went off to Batman related things, which I am not a BATMAN girl. (See me about Captain America or Superman and we’ll talk.)

The art was very DC comic. Very sharp and great colors. I enjoyed the art. The characters were great, some creepy, some I didn’t get at all…

I did enjoy the fact on the Kindle app on my iPad I could double tap a portion and an enlargement of the panel would appear, allowing a better read and a closer view. LOVED that about it.

But it wasn’t what I was expecting, which is why I went with three. A fair score for something* I didn’t enjoy.

*A DECEMBER 2016 READ*

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Review: The Walking Dead, Vol. 16: A Larger World

The Walking Dead, Vol. 16: A Larger World
The Walking Dead, Vol. 16: A Larger World by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Now Jesus steps into the story. There’s everything not to trust about that man, Paul Monroe, maybe because he goes by Jesus…IDK. Both incarnations of this guy…something just never sat right in my gut when it came to him. Still.

And as promised, he takes them to his “town” called The Hilltop. Which I remember very well. And it’s as unorganized and crazy insane as the show’s Hilltop. Rick and his ideas of grandeur…

Without a doubt, this is the last one I can read without spoiling a thing–I assume. Jesus came. Negan was mentioned quite a few times…and Lucille is pretty prominent on the next Volume’s cover. It’s coming and I don’t want to see it before it airs. Which, as of yesterday, was two weeks away.

So it’s with great sadness I have to leave this series now. I probably won’t pick up issue 17 until the television series is done. (I seriously can’t stand to have shows/movies spoiled, still loving seeing how the books were different/better/worse.) And I can’t be sure I won’t read any spoilers until the show ends it’s run…which has been rumored to be this year, or next.

I’ve enjoyed the graphic novels. It’s fun seeing different stories crop up. It’s been fun seeing how it was translated for television. It was great seeing some of the characters I loved alive again (Dale, Tyrese, Carol). And it’s been difficult seeing other characters again (The Governor, Andrea) as well as seeing the original incarnations of a few of them (Michonne, Maggie).

I’m going to miss reading them, but I’ll enjoy their returns very soon.

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Review: The Walking Dead, Vol. 15: We Find Ourselves

The Walking Dead, Vol. 15: We Find Ourselves
The Walking Dead, Vol. 15: We Find Ourselves by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Dead of Winter…3.5 STARS!!!

pun fully intended. The walkers are slower now, food is low, morale in Alexandria even lower. Funerals out the wahzoo…

It’s understandable why everyone is going insane. Rick, in his Walking Dead fashion, seems to be turning into Alexandria’s leader, making things more tense around the makeshift town. It always feels like as soon as some problem is solved in Alexandria another fifty crop up.

This was another one of those in between issues. No major threats. No major deaths. Just typical insanity of life in the zompocalypse.

*A WALKING DEAD READ ~ OCTOBER 2016*

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Review: The Walking Dead, Vol. 14: No Way Out

The Walking Dead, Vol. 14: No Way Out
The Walking Dead, Vol. 14: No Way Out by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

That episode…was so freaking intense, I didn’t breathe once.

Same for this book. Walkers/Roamers everywhere. No chance for escape, but you have to try. Every step intense. And then an eyeball thing, which makes my ‘eyeball thing’ even more freaked out…blech.

If you’ve seen the show, you know exactly what I’m talking about. And if you haven’t, then I hope I was vague enough to not spoil anything.

This volume was another cliffnote/spark note mirror into the world of TWD. The only difference was that this happened at the beginning of winter and on the show it was spring/summer I believe. definitely stressful and waiting to see who is going to die in the book and hoping that thing wouldn’t happen again. (It went down like the show for the most part. Bummer.)

At this point I know I’m stepping on the quitting line. Negan and Lucille are due to arrive very soon, show wise at this point…so I’m on borrowed time.

*A WALKING DEAD READ ~ OCTOBER 2016*

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Review: The Walking Dead, Vol. 13: Too Far Gone

The Walking Dead, Vol. 13: Too Far Gone
The Walking Dead, Vol. 13: Too Far Gone by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is one of those moments where reading and watching almost match to perfection! The show mirrors the book so closely, it’s almost like watching the cliffnotes/spark notes play out. I love when movies (ECLIPSE) and television shows do that.

That being said, there are a few irkful issues I have. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the survival of one character (the one I couldn’t stand from the get go), the weaker version of a character I’ve enjoyed so much since she first showed…Gabriel…the walkers (roamers in the books now).

I do still love my favorites though–Rick, Glenn, and still laughing at the weird odd things Eugene and Abraham say. I do love the burgeoning romances, the high drama of breakups…

But where are the Wolves? The Talking Dead–who always says how different the books are from the show, though at this point I would argue that (outside of characters)–made it seem like the Wolves were a prominent story line…were they talking about that little group of insanes in town? Because if they’re prominent, then I must not have gotten to them yet.

All in all, I’m thoroughly enjoying this section of the graphic novels. Some new and additional information mixing in with what I already knew as truth. Defintely a worth while read.

*A WALKING DEAD READ ~ OCTOBER 2016*

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