An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge

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

The King of Attolia

The King of Attolia - Megan Whalen Turner

I don't know what's going on, friends. I feel like I never bump up book ratings like this, but I'm just really into this series this time around.

 

I'm still in love with the characters, but the plotting continues to be great. You really have to pay attention to these books, but it's worth it in the end to really soak in all the details.

 

There's also a mistake on booklikes so this book, third in the series, is showing up as a different edition of The Queen of Attolia? Not sure what's up with that.

 

Everything else under a read more because I don't want to accidentally spoil anything. It gets long under the cut and again, this stuff probably isn't interesting to anyone but me.

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Scott Pilgrim Vol 6

Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour - Bryan Lee O'Malley

I only remember reading this series once but apparently I reread it two years ago? Huh. I related to the characters a lot more on this reread. I'm not sure what that says about me.

 

I think every time I read the series I think I'll never read it again but here I am on my second reread so never say never. It's a light series. Very easy to read. Definitely not perfect, but O'Malley is only getting better as he writes, so that's good.

Lumberjanes Vol 6

Lumberjanes Vol. 6: Sink or Swim - Leyh Kat, Carey Pietsch,  Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Maarta Laiho, Grace Ellis, Brooke Allen

This is one of my favorite comic series currently being published. It's right up there with Saga and Ms Marvel. My main problem is with how slowly the volumes are published and how few issues there are in each volume (four per volume so far unless I'm mistaken...).

 

But it's worth the wait. I love the characters and can't wait to see what their next adventure are.

The Queen of Attolia

The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #2) - Megan Whalen Turner

Every time I reread this book I'm shocked that I loved it so much as a kid (-ish... I was ~14 the first time I read it?). It's a lot of things I don't really like in books but Turner is such a good author I don't even care.

 

If you haven't read this series yet, get off the internet, get yourself a copy of the books and just start reading. The more you read about the books the greater the chance you'll spoil something for yourself.

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The Thief

The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1) - Megan Whalen Turner

There are several books in my life that I love but am always afraid to reread. Because there's no way they're actually as good as I remember. But I'm always wrong (thank goodness).

 

It's difficult to talk about this book. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, so I'll just say The Thief is a great book. It takes a little bit of time to get into it, but then it's so hard to put down. I reread it in one day this time. Seriously. So. Good.

 

Below the read more is just a memory from around the first time I read The Thief. It's probably not terribly interesting to anyone but me. Hence the read more.

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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.