I am just going to dive right in here, I hope you enjoy! Idea from: The Broke and the Bookish
Charmed: Season 10, Volume 1 by Patrick Shand – I have a love / hate relationship with Charmed. I read all of the Season 9 comics and they were okay. On Goodreads and Amazon the reviews / ratings are good so I was excited to read this, I actually purchased this graphic novel a long time ago, so it was time to read. I didn’t like the artwork they have for the sisters and since Shannon Doherty didn’t give the rights for Charmed to use her likeness we are stuck with a short hair blonde covered in tattoos. The story line is also riddled with plot holes and doesn’t really connect to the Television show. Cole is back? I know he was in the Season 9 comic but why is he still in the story? Also, Coop aggravates me. The story line ended in a cliffhanger and I don’t care, I won’t be buying volume 2.
Batman The Dark Knight #23.4 Joker’s Daughter – What a freaking mess of a comic. First off this chick needs help, she was born a nut bag and as she grew so did her craziness. This is so damn weird. The artwork is really nice but that couldn’t save this odd stand alone comic. With a title called Joker’s Daughter, I was not blown away. The villain is a bit interesting though but the writers don’t really utilize her well enough. I am not really into mainstream DC comics too much but if you like Batman or the Joker then you should get it just to read. To everyone else, stay away.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Stinger (Wizard, #1/2) by Christopher Golden – I bought this as at a convention that was slightly overpriced. The cover is what got me to buy it. The artwork is very cartoony and reminds me of the Archie comics, the story is predictable, and feels like a side plot from a bad episode. Without giving too much away it goes like this, Xander is getting bullied, bully threatens him, he meets the bully to fight, but something supernatural is in the air. It’s worth the money because it’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer but the story is lacking. As a Buffy The Vampire Slayer fan I got this just because its a piece of memorabilia that I can have forever.
The Kid by Sapphire – I read Push and it really was an inspirational book. Slight spoilers and a trigger warning ahead. As soon as opened the cover, turned to the first page I was saddened to see that Precious died. I was happy to see that she was able to graduate from high school and go to college. The book lacks a lot and it was so horrific. The only redeeming quality was seeing that the cycle of rape and abuse spanned back two generations, it shed a light on the family. I expected more but instead was met with ad placements for various companies and torture porn.
Room by Emma Donoghue – Here is a snip it from my review I gave on the book and why I was so disappointed. “Since the novel was narrated by Jack it took away something from it. It watered down what an awesome depressing book it could have been. I couldn’t relate to 5 year old Jack and sometimes I couldn’t stand him. I am trying not to give away too many spoilers but there is one event towards the very end of the book that really made me dislike Jack. Him and his mother are in this independent living facility and Jack is carrying around “Rug” from “Room” a dirty rug that he was born on and gives his mom a hard time about everything. I understand he’s adjusting but he just irritates me.”
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis – The novel follows no plot. Some chapters made me want to give this book 5 stars on goodreads and then some chapters made me want to throw my kindle out of the window. I was expecting something marvelous like the film, however I was left half empty, and confused. Did the gruesome murders take place? Or did Patrick just pull cruel pranks? I have no idea. Here’s a snip it from my previous post / review on the book, “I didn’t mind the graphic brutality, but I just didn’t like the times where it was boring. I didn’t need an entire chapters dedicated to Whitney Houston and Bowie. I would have love to see how he became the way he did. He mentions raping his maid and murdering a woman in college but I would have love to read about how it all manifested. The first one hundred pages or so we just see Patrick complaining about his life, talking about expensive suits, and hanging out with his peers that are equally ignorant.”
Before Watchmen: The Comedian #1 by Brian Azzarello – Comedian #1 is from the “Before Watchmen” limited series that I am not hesitent to read because of how awful this comic was. This comic did not do the original “Watchmen” character any justice, now mind you I haven’t read Watchmen in 7 or 8 years so my memory is a bit foggy but I don’t remember The Comedian being so bland. The story did not pack any punch and was very dull to get through. I was excited to read this because I wanted to pick up the series but now I am not sure.
Street Fighter: Hyper Looting #1 by Matt Moylan – Okay I messed up by getting my hopes up. The only time I’ve every come across Street Fighter was late nights at the laundry mat as a kid living in Queens. I didn’t like this comic at all. It was just a corny attempt to sell Lootcrate. I hate Lootcrate because it took them 4 months to send me a package. 4 fucking months. I digress. This comic was trash and the characters had 0 depth. I don’t know why I had high hopes for this.
Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman – This is a novel filled with a female with mega privileged that complains how she is so educated and doesn’t belong in jail. The book is very bland and Piper is always whining. Piper is quick to judge those she is jailed with however she never once looks at herself with the same criticism. She thinks she is better than her jailed counterparts and is very stuck up. For those who like the T.V show the book is nothing like it. If you want wild sex, funny humor, and good plot twists, then the book isn’t for you. I picked up the book because I do enjoy the television series, I knew it wouldn’t be as raunchy as the show, but I wasn’t expecting it to be boring.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – I read this book when I was 14/15 years old so that was around 2007 or 2008. I need to read it again because my first impression of it was not great. I remember that it took me a little over two months to finish reading because I wasn’t blown away and actually liked the film better. Amir comes off as very selfish and I feel that he did what he did at the very end of the novel due to the guilt of what happened with his childhood friend. Amir’s father is also someone I don’t understand, he is such a hypocrite and constantly drills lessons into his son’s head, yet at the very end you find out he was living a lie. I will be reading this again and I hope that the 2nd time around I am blown away.
Do any of you guys like the books mentioned above? Or do you not like them? Do you feel like they were lacking something? Or am I crazy for saying I wasn’t impressed? Do you have any books / comics / graphic novels that you weren’t impressed with? I want to hear your thoughts!