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Loves classic Western literature as well as discovering new cultures and stories

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Chaiko: Monkey King (2023, Magnetic Press) 5 stars

Review of 'Monkey King' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Great art--the monkey is so expressive! Blends a very classic Chinese style with modern graphic art
The stories Chaiko chose are ones I've mostly seen in other collections, but there were several new ones.
This book is going on my classics shelf!

Art Spiegelman: The Complete Maus (GraphicNovel, 2003, Penguin Books Ltd) 5 stars

On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of its first publication, here is the definitive …

Review of 'The Complete Maus' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Tells an amazing story about incomprehensible tragedy
Vladek and Artie are flawed and complicated--which adds so much humanity
Had a great conversation with ChatGPT about nuances in the style of the art: "present day" is in sharper focus while Vladek's memories are sketchier and rougher
It would be amazing to really listen to someone else's story the way Artie tried to hear his father

Margaret Weis: Dragons of spring dawning (2003, Wizards of the Coast, Distributed in the U.S. by Holtzbrinck Pub.) 4 stars

Dragons of Spring Dawning is a 1985 fantasy novel by American writers Tracy Hickman and …

Review of 'Dragons of Spring Dawning' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Read this in a single sitting when I nursing a bad case of laryngitis!
Far too many "lithe" characters and I got pretty tired of hearing about the hair color of every female character.
The intro of the Death Knight was cool.

Adrian Tchaikovsky: Eyes of the Void (The Final Architecture, #2) (2022) 4 stars

After eighty years of fragile peace, the Architects are back, wreaking havoc as they consume …

Review of 'Eyes of the Void (The Final Architecture, #2)' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Still satisfying as a series. This book develops Kris--her dueling and role as negotiator. Olli also gets more time in the spotlight.

Very gory death of a gangster clam! Will def read next book.

Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman: Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Paperback, 2000, Wizards of the Coast) 4 stars

Dragons of Autumn Twilight is a 1984 fantasy novel by American writers Margaret Weis and …

Review of 'Dragons of Autumn Twilight' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

This book is a big part of DnD culture. Glad I read it for that reason. But not a great story and I disliked Goldmoon quite a bit. Too weepy most of the time, and all of the sudden she kills a [spoiler] and becomes [spoiler]?!?

reviewed Albert Camus' The plague by Thomas Merton (Religious dimensions in literature -- 7)

Thomas Merton: Albert Camus' The plague (1968, Seabury Press) 4 stars

Review of "Albert Camus' The plague" on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This book shaped so much of my thinking.
How parted lovers really don't think about each other...they put the other person in suspended animation. And not just "weak" relationships....but all relationships.
Should a priest call a doctor and the relationship between faith and medical care.

How important it is to make TIME for friends.

That being disengaged is The Plague.

And now, rereading in 2022, why my memories of COVID are so bland. Because people really can't ponder or react to things so abstract as plague.

reviewed Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky (The Final Architecture, #1)

Adrian Tchaikovsky: Shards of Earth (2021) 4 stars

The Arthur C. Clarke award-winning author of Children of Time brings us an extraordinary space …

Review of 'Shards of Earth (The Final Architecture, #1)' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Creative new alien species. I'm in love with crabs who rent out ad space on their communication devices. I also enjoyed the Essiel and their enslaved races. No reason why a planetary empire should be homogenous or even coordinated.

I skimmed some of the battles which seemed a bit long. I think I will probably read the next one.