2016 reads

  • The Fall of the Fantastic Four

    Fantastic Four: Vol. 1 – The Fall of the Fantastic Four This graphic novel collects the first five issues of the 2014 series of Marvel’s First Family. The story begins with swarm of monsters invading the city. Of course, the Fantastic Four get blamed for all of the destruction. To make matters worse, Johnny Storm loses […]

  • True Enough isn’t The Real Truth – Dig Deeper!

    True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society by Farhad Manjoo The truth can be irrelevant. Facts can be used to prove just about anything. And in this day and age, we have some very skilled liars that can spread their “true enough” message out to the masses. How did we get to this place […]

  • The Absence of Fear is a Bad Thing in Batman’s Universe

    Batman The Dark Knight: Vol 1. Night Terrors Fear . . . “lives in every dark shadow — waits around every corner. It can be in two places at once . . . on the path ahead, yet somehow always behind you. Fear hides in every decision, questioning your every move. And it’s your fault. […]

  • Doctor Who and Batman Too

    Doctor Who – The Wheel of Ice by Stephen Baxter I haven’t read much in the way of Doctor Who fiction, just a few comic books and a young adult novel. When I picked this book up from the library, I wasn’t even sure what incarnation of The Doctor was staring in this story. The […]

  • Great Advice on Becoming a How-To Writer

    How to Write & Sell Simple Information for Fun and Profit by Robert W. Bly Here are a few of the notes I took while reading this book . . . A how-to writer is a teacher in print. However, instead of teaching in a classroom, the how-to wroter does most of his teaching in written […]

  • A Novel of Scribbled Notes

    Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers This novel takes place entirely through the written word. More specifically, through notes that have been scribbled down as a mother is rushing to and from her job. She doesn’t seem to be able to balance home and work very well. As such, her daughter has to pick up […]

  • There is an Art to Asking

    The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer A few years back, I saw a brilliant TED talk by Amanda Palmer. It resonated with me and struck a chord with viewers all over the world. I don’t think she even realized how big the movement would become. It even spawned this book of the same title. […]

  • Women Heroes in the Comics

    Star Wars – Princess Leia This comic takes place just after the events in Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Princess Leia’s homeworld has been destroyed. But there are all sorts of survivors of Alderaan that need guidance and leadership. Unfortunately, The Empire wants to see them all destroyed, especially Princess Leia. This was a […]

  • The Amazing Spider-Man is Back!

    The Amazing Spider-Man: Vol 1. The Parker Luck Doc Ock had control of Peter Parker’s life for nearly two years, but Parker is back now and has a new lease on life. He isn;t taken anything for granted. A lot of things have changed in his absence. He now has a doctorate, his own company, […]

  • Spider-Verse – The Ultimate Spider-Man Battle

    Spider-Verse  The Inheritors are an evil family that prey on the essence of Spider-totems. It turns out that there are hundred of Spider-powered super-heroes in different dimensions and realities. Everyone knows the original Spider-Man, Peter Parker. We also know Miles Morales who took up the mantle when he died. And of course, The Superior Spider-Man […]