My b. again. Seriously belated bookshelf post. Seriously few books. Yikes. Reviews below the cut!
- Hawkeye Vol. 4: Rio Bravo — Matt Fraction (w.), Francesco Francavilla (i.), David Aja (i.), Annie Wu (i.), Chris Eliopoulos (i.) :
5/5 I’ll admit it. I’m biased. I love Fraction’s Hawkeye. No, wait. I just love Clint Barton and Kate Bishop in and out of the Avengers. This book (Now! Hawkeye was one of, if not the first trade I picked up) was a great conclusion to the arc, even if it took for.ev.er. And it did. But, I laughed, I cried. I understood most of issue 19 from binging Switched at Birth, which made me feel super cool. Clint was perfectly flawed, painfully human and (probably) forever one of my favorite Marvel characters. And Kate of course, is just the flawless rock that we all need. While I’m sad that this run is over, I’m stoked to pick up Lemire’s Vol. 5.
- Me Before You — JoJo Moyes :
4/5 I’m not really sure what I was expecting with this book. I read it mostly because I bought it for $1 or maybe it was free for Kindle ages ago. I got around to reading it when I didn’t have anything else with me at work (thanks Kindle for Android!) Was it a bit “girl meets guy and finds herself”, uh yeah. Definitely. But while the book was definitely funny and has some typical romance elements, it’s also got a bit of dark to it. And, it brings up aspects of #deathculture that are rarely talked about, especially in romance.
My main criticism comes from Moyes switching from Lou’s POV for most of the book to alternating it around to other characters around the end. I can handle the man being the primary motive for change/betterment/different lifeview (I don’t walk into the genre expecting much else, tbf) but c’mon you don’t need to cram everyone else’s POV on at the end. That said, I’ll be reading After You at some point.
- Daredevil: The Man Without Fear — Frank Miller (w.), John Romita Jr. (i.) :
4/5 “Sarah recommend me a Daredevil to start with.” This was my first Daredevil read, and was told it would be good background/a companion to the Netflix series. And for that, it was good. The combination of the show and the book provided a pretty solid foundation, though I don’t know if I’d be able to fully understand Murdock’s background from the book itself. Also, Romita’s art didn’t quite do it for me, but it also didn’t make me want to stop reading. That said, I’m eager to start on Bendis’ run.
- Sea Urchin — Laura Knetzger :
4/5 Definitely a stream of consciousness book and definitely not for everyone. It’s heavy and weird. And to me, it was very relatable. It was a lot about that low hanging stormcloud of the negative shit that a lot of us have hanging around. I guess I like reading about other people’s feelings, y’know?