Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman


Goodreads Description:
Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again. 

I liked it well enough,  but it wasnt a classic for me.
The book was fun, telling you all you have to know about the most basic of Norse mythology tales in a fun and witty way. He tells different tales and all of them wildly entertaining but it all could be because Norse mythology hasnt been my favorite of mythologies, which would explain why I didn't become instantly hooked with this one. It was such an anticipated read for so many people and Gaiman is considered a genius, but for me, I have yet to find a book of his that I become completely enamored by.

Recommend it?
Yes, it is entertaining and funny.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Review: Under the Dome- Stephen King


Goodreads Description:
On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when -- or if -- it will go away.
Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens -- town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician's assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing -- even murder -- to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn't just short. It's running out.
I've wanted to see the TV show in the past, despite the not so fantastic reviews, particularly about the ending, but I have held off on that, wanting to read the book first, and now I have.... I dont know what exactly I was expecting, I NEVER know what to expect out of these books but I do know I was excited, I wanted drama and terrified people but I feel like I was let down by the book. Sure there were some gruesome and fucked up shit going down by some shitty people, and I guess I shouldve been happy with what happened, considering they had somewhat realistic reactions. But somehow it just wasnt enough, I ended up with a lot of questions after reading the book and feel like if the book had been longer, yeah I know, I cant believe I said that, considering the length of this monster, or had this book been split into 2 or 3 shorter versions, it wouldve felt a little better. But sadly, it is what is it. I enjoyed it well enough but wish there had been more or it had had a little but more drama from the people inside the dome. 
Recommend it?
yeah. honestly, its still a fascinating book.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Review: The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore


Goodreads Description:

A cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character's creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story.
Examines the life of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston and his polyamorous relationship with wife Elizabeth Holloway and mistress Olive Byrne, both of whom inspired and influenced the comic book character's creation and development.

I cannot begin to tell you how much I loved this book!
It was so much fun and so incredibly fascinating just how Wonder Woman began, what inspired it, her ups and downs, and how she changed to fit society.
The book went by so fast for me, maybe cuz I kept picturing Gal after every Wonder Woman mention... which is the whole book.
The world is just a better place if you picture Gal.
I also loved to hear all the different things Diana has gone through throughout history and the personal life of William, Elizabeth and Olive, it was unheard of at the time, and not so known today even. 

Hearing all the struggles of the creator of Wonder Woman and pretty much everything surrounding it makes me respect the whole comic book world so much more. I honestly had such an urge to go out and buy a pack of comic books but they aren't cheap and im not rich xD But I do look forward to actually start collecting some comic though, they are art in the pages and outside of the pages.

Recommend it
If you like Wonder Woman, I really do recommend you check out her background.