Saturday, February 21, 2015

Review: Deadpool Classic, Vol. 1


Deadpool Classic, Vol. 1
Deadpool Classic, Vol. 1 by Fabian Nicieza

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This is an awesome introduction to anyone who wants to read Deadpool. You get DP's first appearance in the pages of New Mutants #98, his first four-issue miniseries (The Circle Chase), his second four-issue miniseries, and finally issue #1 of his regular series that started in 1997 (the rest of which are collected in succeeding volumes of Deadpool Classic trades.

Note that the New Mutants was drawn by the universally-panned Rob Liefeld (well, maybe not universally; he still has fans, Stockholm-syndrome and all that), who is also co-credited for creating DP.



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Review: Deadpool Killustrated


Deadpool Killustrated
Deadpool Killustrated by Cullen Bunn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



After having killed the Marvel Universe in the last volume (and finding out in this volume that they don't stay dead because, hello, infinite realities), Deadpool now thinks he should stop all these heroes at the source: classic literature. With his teleporter attuned to travel to the classic ideaverse, he starts of on a killing spree that claims the lives of Moby Dick and Ahab, Dr. Frankenstein, Count Dracula, Tom Sawyer, and even Sherlock Holmes, among many others. It's the same loony Merc-With-A-Mouth, and I can't wait to crack open the third and final installment of the Deadpool Killogy.



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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Review: Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe


Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe by Cullen Bunn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



That was fast and awesome. I love DP massacring the entire Marvel Universe, from the Fantastic Four to the Avengers to the X-Men. Even the Watcher got pwned. Those annoying Power Pack kids got killed offscreen somehow. And finally Wolverine, whose mutant power of popularity was finally revealed. On to the next volume in the Deadpool Killogy! :D



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Review: Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe


Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe by Cullen Bunn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



That was fast and awesome. I love DP massacring the entire Marvel Universe, from the Fantastic Four to the Avengers to the X-Men. Even the Watcher got pwned. Oh, it was also nice that he took care of those annoying Power Pack kids. On to the next volume in the Deadpool Killogy! :D



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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Review: Red Seas Under Red Skies


Red Seas Under Red Skies
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Once again, the Gentleman Bastards collect their dues in this, their second adventure. They've relocated to a new city (Tal Verar) and has got a new con going, one that actually took two years to set up. They also get a taste of how the other half of "Right People" live: pirates! Yet another awesome, recommended read.





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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Review: Redshirts


Redshirts
Redshirts by John Scalzi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



My ereader tells me I completed this in 7.4 hours at 189 words per minute, which might not be that impressive compared to anyone else but myself. That was fast. My attention span is severely limited these days, and I think it's getting shorter but whenever I start reading where I left off in this book, I end up reading through for more than two hours at a time: TWO!

And I'm not even that big of a Trekkie, mind. I only like the Next Generation (and their films), the Original Series (and their films), and both the new Abrams reboot films.

The writing is fast and entertaining and, even though Scalzi moves things along at a crisp pace, you still want to see what happens next.

I am really looking forward to the upcoming miniseries... I hope SyFy doesn't drop the ball on that one.



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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Review: Designers & Dragons: The '70s


Designers & Dragons: The '70s
Designers & Dragons: The '70s by Shannon Appelcline

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



The decade that gave RPGs its birth has never been covered in much greater detail and scope elsewhere. About a third of the volume details TSR, which is understandable as the company published the Dungeons & Dragons and created an entirely new industry. As a fan, I went through an emotional rollercoaster as I read the book: my heart soared as I shared in the victories and many firsts of the era, as RPGs are starting to rise to prominence, while I almost wept (with or without much gnashing of teeth as accompaniment) as companies floundered in the many upheavals of the industry and failed. Having been introduced to RPGs around 1989 or so, and having grown up in a small backwater South-east Asian country, it is nice to know about the people (and games) that have all come before in this industry I will always be a part of. On the the '80s!



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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Review: The Broken Sword


The Broken Sword
The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Fantastic story. Furious action scenes and a fast-developing plot, along with Poul Anderson's prose make this a fantasy epic worth reading. Read this because of the AD&D (1st Edition) Dungeon Master's Guide's Appendix N (Inspirational and Educational Reading). Elves, trolls, demi-gods, cursed swords--this is one of Gary Gygax's many literary inspirations from which pages the now-classic D&D tropes would evolve.



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