Mini Reviews: Arabian Nights, The Wicked + The Divine

Whoo! Catching up on more light reading before hunkering down to the big stuff (although, yes, snort at the fact that “light reading” encompasses a partial re-read of a 1,000-page tome…). In any case, I’ve got some book mini reviews for you!

I will say that my sub-par rating for Arabian Nights is not on the stories themselves. This was mostly a skim-read, with a focus on a few stories, so it still stands to date that I have NOT read the entire translated work of Richard F. Burton. It’s also likely that I won’t, because my problem lay not in the stories, but in the archaic translation. It would be nice to have a more reader-friendly copy, if only to keep my attention span from sputtering from lack of paragraphs and the random times people broke into verse within the pages.

As for The Wicked + The Divine, I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to start reading this series! Very enjoyable, albeit somewhat confusing as a first volume. I’m hoping many of my questions gets answered later on, though.

Have you read either of these books? What did you think?

Mini Reviews: Sisters, The Jane Austen Handbook

Playing more catch-up games in terms of reviews! The first book is a graphic novel I assigned to my English Language Arts class for the summer. I figure, if I’m assigning something, I better have read it or will read it by the time school begins again. So I purchased myself a copy and read it in an hour. The second was something I’d gotten in London just to remind me that there IS a Jane Austen Centre and by the stars, I’m totally going back there at some point.

Have you read either of these books? What did you think?

Mini Reviews: Snow White, Camelot

Oh, blog. I know I have neglected you. Come to think of it, I’ve been neglecting many things lately. In lieu of the end of the year shenanigans, I’ve been generally swamped with grading, exam writing, teaching, and more grading. I’m behind on my Goodreads goal, I’ve not written a blog post since the end of May, and I’ve completely dropped off the face of the editing and short story writing circuit.

Buuuut…

I needed to get out of this slump/hiatus. And it’s ALMOST the end of the school year. And I have a ton of catching up blogging-wise, so hang onto your, uh, figurative hats, yeah?

Anyway, got a few blog posts I need to write for the next few weeks, I just need the actual time to write it now!

So first, a couple of graphic novel reviews. I went back to reading some Fables goodness because it was high time I finish reading this series once and for all. My goal this year is to at least finish a couple of completed series, novels and graphic novels included!

** Note: These two graphic novels are Volumes 19 and 20 of the Fables series by Bill Willingham, so while I do attempt not to spoil the story so far, there is a bit of a jump.

Have you read either of these books? What did you think?

Mini-Reviews: A Brief History of Time, A Life in Parts

Alright, I’ve got a number of reviews and mini-reviews on the backlog, as well as some updates about what I did all of spring break (which will probably come in the way of me nerding out to some of my favorite literary places). But since I’m going to need more than an hour or two off an evening to compile my shmat together, mini-reviews it is!

These were some audiobooks I’d listened to prior to me traveling abroad, but pretty good to listen to, considering.

Have you read these? What did you think?

Mini Reviews: Avatar the Last Airbender – Smoke and Shadow

I actually meant to do a full review of all three parts combined (because they were relatively short), but decided laying them out as mini reviews worked best, considering I did have pretty  much the same things to say about the three volumes. I enjoyed them, of course, though I did wish some things changed. I thought the relationships got stuck in the same place, which I thought never went anywhere healthy. I also thought the bit with Zuko’s mother was a bit annoying and unnecessary (though I will say the whole Firebending thing runs deeply in Zuko’s family, because yeesh, his relatives–save his actual mother–are brimming with Firebending magic).

Anyway, I’ve talked enough about this. Here are the minis!

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Have you read this series or watched the show? What did you think?