Book Review: You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

cover70175-mediumWhy are YA books so intense??

This was a great book.

About losing.

About finding.

About loss.

About love.

About pain.

About healing.

About someone who was here, but isn’t here now, who impacted everyone else in the story. In likely and unlikely ways.

Told from several perspectives, including art and sequential art (that’s comics), and these perspectives work really well together.

Recommended if you like YA fiction.

Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for a copy in return for an honest review.


Comic Book Review: Paleo by Jim Lawson


I am impressed. I didn’t expect this to be so interesting. So full of action. To get caught up in these stories of survival.

Don’t be taken in by the cartoony cover. The inside is a harsh look at what life with the dinosaurs might have really been like.

But then survival isn’t always easy to look at.

As one of the intros suggests, “A seemingly cruel, savage world…”

It’s interesting how Lawson gets into the mind of these animals. Of course, they aren’t overtly thinking these thoughts, but it feels like he’s getting to the heart of heir instincts with his writing.

Plus he captures these dinosaurs in amazing ways. I’m sure we don’t know exactly how they acted with full muscle, tendon, skin, and scale. But Lawson makes a good, believable try at it.

Some of it is a tad confusing – like it’s missing panels. I’m not sure what happened in Book 5 between the Tyrannosaur and the Albertosaurus.

And the creativity with some of these things is interesting. The dragonfly of Book 6. The short story drawn on shadows after book 6.

I was trying to decide what age could read this. And then I got 2/3 of the way through the book. To the story, Easy.


Yeah; this one needs to be for a little bit older.

I’m almost blushing. And at the same time horrified.

And Floater was intense!

Overall, an interesting graphic novel. Worth reading.

But not for the squeamish.

Thanks to NetGalley and Dover Publications for a copy in return for an honest review.

Comic Book Review: Bloody Mary by Garth Ennis

cover84691-medium.pngI guess Bloody Mary rode the Bad Girl™ wave in the 90s printed by DC under an imprint. There were 2 volumes in 1996 and 1997 (Bloody Mary and Bloody Mary: Lady Liberty) combined into a single trade in 2005. Image’s 2016 reprint also includes both volumes.

With all the over-the-top violence you might expect from an Ennis book.

The story does seem a bit dated. It’s interesting. But 20 years later, it doesn’t seem fresh or new. And some of the writing is weird and eye-rolling.

There was one funny line.

Though I have to say I can appreciate the villain from volume 2. If America falls to fascism, this will be how it’s done.

Of course, the 2nd volume was even sillier than the first.

Not my cup of tea, old thing.

Thanks to NetGalley and Image Comics for a copy in return for an honest review.

Comic Book Review: The Imitation Game by Jim Ottaviani

cover80596-medium.pngThe Entscheidungs Problem is a fascinating one to be sure!

But I can’t fathom it could have an answer.

Parts of the book were a little slow. Other parts were fascinating. It was well-written, but even that didn’t prevent it from being a little hard to follow in spots. It did however do a decent job in presenting Alan Turing as a troubled genius. With a difficult life. It’s a shame. It’s a shame for all people who aren’t treated well because they’re different. No matter how that difference presents itself.

I really wanted to follow the math in this book. I don’t know if it was just over my head as presented or not.

I wish the book would have spent more time on the Imitation Game itself. That I think was most interesting – can a machine imitate a human being enough to be indistinguishable?

Though the philosophy toward the end of the book was rather interesting.

But the trial at the end of the book was horrifying. Sometimes it seems like we’ve come so far.

Sometimes it doesn’t.

Thanks to NetGalley and ABRAMS for a copy in return for an honest review.