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Eurydice Howell

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August 2015

This Week in Comics – August 2015

So, if you follow my blog, you’ll notice that majority of my recent posts have been book reviews. That is mostly because I’ve been reading a lot, and writing reviews is good writing practice. However, I haven’t just been reading books; I’ve been reading comics too. So, while I will not be reviewing any comics that I’ve already read for the year, I will be reviewing all of my comics from this point forward.

In an effort to normalize my posts, “This Week in Comics” will cover any comics that I have purchased in the comic book store in time to make the post. I will also do another, less regular, post called “This Week on My Bookshelf” to cover any comics that have already been bought, but never been read. That way I can keep up with all the new comics, but still talk about some of the older ones.

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[Review] Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death

I’ve been on a minority fantasy authors kick recently, and this novel is very much reflective of that. There was an article that talked about all the black fantasy authors, and Nnedi Okorafor just happened to show up, so I figured why not? I can’t remember exactly what I expected, but what I ended up with definitely was not that. I also want to make it known that this review has spoilers. It’s nothing too revealing, but I know that some people are particular about that so I’ve taken the time to at least mark where they begin and end.

Who Fears Death is the story of Onyesonwu, who has been branded for life as an Ewu because of the circumstances of her conception. Plagued by society’s view of her, Onye does everything she can to bring honor to her family. Unfortunately, none of that will matter if she cannot stop her biological father from killing her.

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[Review] Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor

Fresh out the creases, I have things to say about this book.

The Goblin Emperor is the story of a 4th son, Maia Drazhar, being made emperor after the death of his father and three older brothers in an airship accident. Not only was Maia unlikely to ascend the elven throne, he was largely ignored by his father to the point of his being entirely unused to the ways of the Elflands’ court and politics.

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[Review] Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke’s The Status of All Things

The fact that Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke are best friends that write together is so intriguing to me. When you considers movies and tv shows, writing with other people is nothing, but, in a mostly text-based project, it’s almost a rarity. Like the idea of two creative minds writing a story together sounds like it would be great, but seems like it would cause issues because creatives can be territorial. I guess when plagiarism is a valid fear, one just doesn’t want to tempt fate. Thankfully, it worked out for these two.

In The Status of All Things, Kate gains the power to make her life mirror her Facebook statuses after her fiance’ (WordPress won’t let me insert the correct e) dumps her at their rehearsal dinner. So, of course, the first thing she does is go back in time to about a month before the wedding. To figure out what went wrong. Right.

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