An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge

My dad once said to me, "You give a lot of books three stars." I do.

Caboose Mystery

Caboose Mystery (Boxcar Children #11) - Gertrude Chandler Warner

There is so much going on in this book. I had forgotten all of it except for the glass factory (yes, I forgot about the clowns and the talking horse and the missing child and the diamond necklace). But I remember liking this one a lot as a kid. Probably because there’s so much going on. It felt really exciting.

Blue Bay Mystery

Blue Bay Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #6) - Gertrude Chandler Warner

This was one of the more ridiculous early Boxcar Children books (not as crazy as Houseboat/Caboose but up there). This one would have made more sense if the kids were alone.

Bone: Coda

BONE: CODA 25th Anniversary Special - Jeff Smith, Stephen Weiner

I had no idea what this book was when I placed it on hold. I just saw another hold copy and knew I needed to check it out since I'm reading my way through Bone this month.

 

If you're looking for more information on comic book publishing history and how Bone fits into that then this book is for you. I wasn't really feeling it, so I stopped reading after Jeff Smith's part (the end of Part I). It is interesting how much comics have changed in the last 25 years.

 

I did enjoy the comic at the beginning. If you enjoyed the series and want more of the Bone cousins it's probably worth checking Coda out from your local library to read that story.

 

Also, this is my first DNF of the year (according to my spreadsheet). That's pretty good for me.

Bone Handbook

Bone Handbook - Jeff Smith, Steve Hamaker

I wish the whole book were like extras like the comics and the interviews and the Did You Knows. I could have done without all the summaries. Who are those for? If you've read the comics, you know all the characters and the plot and if you haven't read the comics don't read those summaries because they're not entirely spoiler free (in fact, I think Thorn's is entirely spoilers).

Rose

BONE Prequel: Rose - Jeff Smith

I liked Rose. I think it added some good context to the Bone series. Also the artwork is beautiful.

Bone: Tall Tales

Tall Tales (Bone Prequel) - Jeff Smith, Thomas E. Sniegoski

I enjoyed this spin-off comic a lot. It's funny (probably made me laugh more than all the volumes of Bone combined), and it's nice to see Bartleby and Smiley again.

Bone, vol 9: Crown of Horns

Bone, Vol. 9: Crown of Horns - Jeff Smith

Well, it's over (mostly). I can see why the series has wide appeal. It's a very easy to get into fantasy/hero's journey.

 

I would have liked a few more female characters. And more non-white characters. This series is super, super white. Seriously, the only non-white character I can remember is the girl (Jasmine?) that makes Thorn jealous.

 

I was kind of waffling over the series when I started, and I feel like I'm still waffling now that I'm done. I read the whole thing, but I don't feel like I liked it. There are some good moments, but on the whole fantasy epics aren't really my thing. For the right kid though, this could be a great series.

Bone, Vol 6: Old Man's Cave

Bone, Vol. 6: Old Man's Cave - Jeff Smith

Finally some answers! This volume was very satisfying but also left me wanting more (and of course I didn't have the other volumes with me when I finished this one...). The series has been getting progressively darker, and I can't want to see where it goes from here.

Bone, vol 1: Out from Boneville

Bone, Vol. 1: Out from Boneville - Jeff Smith

I read parts of this in DA, so it felt a little strange reading this volume. I kept remembering reading scenes before and that kept distracting me from the larger story.

 

This volume was mostly introductory, and there was nothing really standout about the story so far. I'm being conservative in my rating until the plot develops a little bit more.

Hawkeye, Vol 4

Hawkeye Volume 4: Rio Bravo (Marvel Now) - Francesco Francavilla, Matt Fraction, David Aja, Annie Wu

This series is so good. It's so good it took me this long to finish because I didn't want it to be over. I think Hawkeye Vol 5 picks up where this one leaves off? I'm not sure. Comics are confusing. So I might read that one even though Matt Fraction is done with the series (I think).

 

This series is a little difficult to read at first. The story jumps through time without a ton of cues as to what's happening. I understood it better the second time around. But even not understanding what was going on exactly, I liked the characters so much. And it's just really nice to look at.

Stanley's Cafe

Stanley's Cafe - William Bee

"Aw, Stanley..." -every children's librarian's reaction to seeing me read this series

 

These books are very cute. The book covers are satisfyingly squishy. The illustrations are simple and charming. Reminiscent of Maisy, Stanley lives in a world where he had a variety of jobs, and his friends are all there to join in the fun.

Ms Marvel, Volume 6

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 6: Civil War II - G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, Adrian Alphona

I'm torn on how I feel about this volume. I still love the story and the characters, but I feel like parts of this one were really tied into another series (one I don't read) and it felt confusing at times. I mean,

Rhodey's dead, Captain Marvel's really upset about it but Tony Stark seems unaffected?

(show spoiler)

What's all that about? I have no idea.

 

Kamala's origin arc seems to be over, and I'm excited to see where the series goes from here. I just hope the next volume is lighter on the crossovers.

Ms Marvel, Volume 5

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous - Nico Leon, G. Willow Wilson, Cliff Chiang, Takeshi Miyazawa, Adrian Alphona

"Everybody has a girlfriend except me!" = wlw Kamala? Please, please, please make it so!

 

This volume was a lot of fun with a good balance of super hero-ing and normal life-ing. The whole series so far feels really cohesive. I can't believe I'm almost to the end of the available volumes. Luckily another comes out in August so I won't have to wait too long.

Ms Marvel, Volume 2

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why - Jacob Wyatt, G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona

I like this series so far. I read Volume 1 a few years ago and then just never got around to reading any more. I find the style hard to look at sometimes. It feels very busy. I am enjoying all the references to other Marvel works and cameos (even if I don't understand all of them).

Saga Volume 7

Saga, Volume 7 - Fiona Staples, Brian K. Vaughan

I love this series so much. I just finished my first reread of the series, and it held up so well I bumped all of my reviews up by half a star.

 

The series is very graphic. It doesn't shy away from any topic, but it avoids story lines simply for shock value. The character are well-rounded, the worlds they inhabit are interesting. 

 

I feel like I wait forever between volumes, but it's so worth it.

Nimona

Nimona -  Noelle Stevenson

The first time I read Nimona I was a little ambivalent about it. I kind of wish I had read it while it was being published on the web (I followed Noelle Stevenson's tumblr but never read Nimona until it was published). I think the serialization would have helped me enjoy it more the first time.

 

I enjoyed it more when I reread it earlier this year. I was feeling bad but found the story uplifting. Sometimes monster girls' stories are just what you need.