Four Small Reviews

The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

Initial Rating: Highly Recommended.  (How I Rate Books)

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Genres: Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Urban Fantasy, Mythology, Horror

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  • Anansi Boys

Previous books by the author/in the series I’ve reviewed:

Here’s the TL;DR for my review (SPOILERS!):

  • Pros
    • Good hand-drawn art
    • A Classic Tale of renewal and revenge
  • Mixed
    • Very dark at moments, both artistically and subject-matter wise. Sometimes this was good, sometimes it was depressing.
  • Cons
    • First few stories weren’t so great

 

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The Baboon War by Nnedi Okorafor

Initial Rating: Recommended with Reservations.  (How I Rate Books)

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Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, YA, Short Story, LeVar Burton Reads

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  • ?

Previous books by the author/in the series I’ve reviewed:

Here’s the TL;DR for my review (SPOILERS!):

  • Pros
    • LeVar Burton did a good job narrating this and bringing it to life
    • Non-traditional story and main characters
  • Mixed
    • Ends on an ambiguous point
  • Cons

 

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War of the Spark: Ravnica- Short Stories by Greg Weisman

Initial Rating: Recommended with Reservations.  (How I Rate Books)

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Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, YA, Franchise Fiction, Magic the Gathering

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  • ?

Previous books by the author/in the series I’ve reviewed:

Here’s the TL;DR for my review (SPOILERS!):

  • Pros
    • Provides Rat’s perspective on the events of the novel. I like Rat, so this is good.
  • Mixed
  • Cons
    • I’m not sure why we needed this, though. This re-treads a lot of the same narrative ground as the accompanying novel. Indeed, without the novel for context this probably doesn’t make sense.

 

Born of Aether by Alison Luhrs (Re-read and re-review from earlier this year)

Initial Rating: Highly Recommended  (How I Rate Books)

Goodreads

Genres: Fantasy, Franchise Fiction, Short Story, Magic the Gathering

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  • ?

Previous books by the author/in the series I’ve reviewed:

Here’s the TL;DR for my review (SPOILERS!):

  • Pros
    • Bittersweet story
    • Awesome main character
  • Mixed
    • The whole Magic the Gathering super-plot which goes on in the background of this still doesn’t seem very awesome
  • Cons

 

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