August 10th, 2013

Book with cat: Scared

The Troop: A lie

I mentioned the reason I was so interested in this book was because it "scared Stephen King". On the Amazon page:

"The Troop scared the hell out of me, and I couldn’t put it down. This is old-school horror at its best."—Stephen King

Yet in the acknowledgments at the end of the book, the author wrote that he'd like to thank Stephen King, even though King "never read the book and likely never will" (but that it was King's books that made him want to write).

The Troop is copyrighted by Craig Davidson, so that's likely the author behind the pseudonym.

I don't know who is to blame for this error, but it annoys the heck out of me. I read the first 20% of the book, through the endless capitalization issue and unrealistic characters and annoying writing, all because if King liked it, I figured eventually it would get good. Waste of my time.

At least I didn't pay for the book. It's only too bad it's not being published until 2/14, so reviews can't be left on Amazon until then. I doubt I'll remember to go back and write one.

Two bad books in a row, hopefully the next review will be more positive.
Book with cat 4

Book #"30": G.I. JOE: The Cobra Files Volume 1

G.I. JOE: The Cobra Files Volume 1
(Book received for free for review from Diamond Book Distributors.)

I love what IDW Publishing has done with GI Joe, and as I've been a fan of GI Joe since I was a little kid, that's saying something. I usually hate the "Hey, let's remake (insert childhood thing)!" thing, but IDW's graphic novels are true to the spirit of the original canon, just cast in an adult, darker, and way way way more realistic light.

This book introduces a new character: Chameleon. (I think she's new? I don't recall her name.) She had been a Cobra agent, but turned coat and joined the Joes (for what that's worth -- there are understandable trust issues). The whole book is seen through her eyes. I loved her character: An intelligence agent, the Joes used her to get into prisoners' heads. Since most prisoners are Cobra agents, it made for interesting interactions.

I swear, these books are going to make me love graphic novels. The artwork in this book was such a big addition to the story. The lighting, angles, so many different ways the art was used to convey emotion.

Highly recommended, especially if you're a fan of GI Joe!

Bookkeeping: This book is being included under the "Book #30" heading -- one book's worth of credit towards the year's total for all the things too short to count as their own book.

Next book: The Commodore's Daughter which looks quite interesting.

But for now, back to packing!