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The Walking Dead, Vol. 10

Saturday, December 29th, 2012 No comments

The Walking Dead, Vol. 10: What We BecomeThe Walking Dead, Vol. 10: What We Become by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a step down from the past few volumes, but only a small step. There was a little too much whining from Dale and a little too much talking about how much Rick has changed. We did see a certain character return that I had been hoping to see again, so that was good.

Christmas 2012

Saturday, December 29th, 2012 No comments

Leading up to Christmas, there were times when I was really into the season and times when I wanted it to be over. Of course, the traveling was what I was dreading. I hate flying and driving gets old after a while.

I flew to Mississippi on the 23rd. This is the first time I’ve flown United. I had already made plans to fly to Jackson months before I knew everyone would be in Georgia for Christmas. I was going to cost around $1000 to change the flight to Atlanta, so I figured I would drive the rest of the way since I had already planned to rent a car. I spent the night in Jackson and drove to Decatur the next day. I had a blast in Georgia. I hadn’t seen my sister, brother-in-law, and niece in a little over 2 years and my mom since February. My niece is almost 3 now. She is adorable. I never got tired of her calling me “Uncle Will”. She wore me out a few times. I don’t see how parents do it. Seeing her joy at opening her gifts made me happy. It was great seeing everybody again and getting caught up.

The day after Christmas it was time to return to Portland. I drove back to the airport in Jackson. I ran into a high school classmate at the airport. Our plane was late leaving Jackson due to the plane arriving late in Jackson due to bad weather in Houston. I think we made up some time in the air, but it wasn’t enough. Between leaving late and being stuck waiting for a gate to open up after we landed, I missed my connection. I rushed through the airport as fast as I could. When I made it to the gate for my next flight and handed the lady my boarding pass, word came over the walkie that the door had closed. It was too late in the day for another flight. I was put on standby on the first flight out the next day. I didn’t like the fact that the customer service guy made it sound like it was my fault that I missed my connection. United put me up in a room in Houston, but I had to pay for most of it because my missed connection was caused by something beyond their control. This will probably be the last time I fly United, though other airlines would’ve probably done the same thing. I got a seat on that flight the next day and was glad when I finally made it home. Overall, a great Christmas, but I may be trying to convince everyone to come to Portland next year :).

What did I get this year?

  • How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston
  • Super Fly on DVD
  • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlen
  • A Best Buy gift card that I’ve already spent
  • A nice shirt that I’ll probably wear on NYE
  • The Bourne Legacy on blu-ray
  • A Tardis cookie jar and Texas cookie cutter
  • One gift that I still haven’t received yet

The Walking Dead, Vol. 9

Saturday, December 15th, 2012 No comments

The Walking Dead, Vol. 9: Here We RemainThe Walking Dead, Vol. 9: Here We Remain by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this volume. It starts out focusing mostly on Rick and Carl, but other characters come in later. We find out the fates of the characters that we were unsure of at the end of the last volume and we meet some new ones. It seemed mostly like a setup volume, but it was still great.

The Walking Dead, Vol. 8

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 No comments

The Walking Dead, Vol. 8: Made to SufferThe Walking Dead, Vol. 8: Made to Suffer by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another great volume. It started out in the Governor’s camp right after our survivors escaped and showed the intervening time from their point of view. It quickly got the point where the last volume ended. There was a lot of action and the death toll was high. The fates of a lot of characters are up in the air. Once again, I can see elements that the TV show borrowed but changed up a little. My goal is to get caught up on the comics before the show resumes in February.

The Lord of the Rings

Monday, December 3rd, 2012 No comments

The Lord of the RingsThe Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t think I can say anything that hasn’t already been said.

I wanted to reread this and The Hobbit before the first Hobbit movie was released. It’s the first time I’ve read it in a long time and I really enjoyed it. The whole time I was noting all the things the movie makers left out, moved around, or added. I had forgotten so much. It’s a slow read, but I was never bored. I even read all the appendices again.

The Walking Dead, Vol. 7

Saturday, October 20th, 2012 No comments

The Walking Dead, Vol. 7: The Calm BeforeThe Walking Dead, Vol. 7: The Calm Before by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s been well over a year since I read volume 6. I had trouble remembering what was going on, but I enjoyed it overall. It did well at continuing the story along, but I feel it was mostly setup for what’s going to happen in the next issue [I just looked up and saw the title of this volume]. There was something here that just happened in the season 3 premier of the show, only to a different character. It has a nice cliffhanger that makes me want to read the next volume soon.


Thursday, September 13th, 2012 No comments

LegionLegion by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like this short, interesting book. It has an cool concept.

The main character is called Legion. He has a mental condition that causes him to hallucinate other people with He uses these skills to help him out with his job. In this book, he’s hired to investigate the theft of a camera that can take pictures of the past.

I don’t mind a short story. This novella is 80-something pages. I just think Sanderson could have done more with it. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a sequel if this one is successful.

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 No comments

The Hobbit, or There and Back AgainThe Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve been wanting to re-read this and the Lord of the Rings for the past few years. I figured this was a good time to do it since the movie is coming out in December.

I’m not sure what to say other than it’s still a great book. I didn’t remember much of what happened. It’s been a while since I’ve been exposed to this story. I watch the movie trilogy every year, but I haven’t read this one in a while.

The only part I don’t really like it the singing. Thankfully, there’s not much in the book.

Batman: Earth One

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 No comments

Batman: Earth OneBatman: Earth One by Geoff Johns
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is cool! It’s a modernized retelling of Batman’s origin. There are a few interesting spins on the Batman mythology. Give it a read if you like Batman.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Saturday, June 30th, 2012 No comments

The Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I decided to read this a few weeks back when the trailer for the movie was released and I saw how excited everyone was about it. I’ve seen it listed on so many Facebook profiles under favorite books, but I had never been tempted to read it.

It’s a good book. It’s presented as a series of letters written by the main character, Charlie, to some unknown person. Charlie is a very introverted and feels lonely after the death of best friend. The letters chronicle Charlie’s first year in high school.

It’s was published by MTV in 1999 and I can see why a lot of young people like it. Give it a try.