Review: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30268522-why-not-me&#8221; style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”Why Not Me?” src=”https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1473956249m/30268522.jpg&#8221; /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30268522-why-not-me”>Why Not Me?</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/194416.Mindy_Kaling”>Mindy Kaling</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1971846458″>5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
I’m going to start this review in a similar strain to the beginning of my <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10335308.Is_Everyone_Hanging_Out_Without_Me___And_Other_Concerns_&#8221; title=”Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling” rel=”nofollow”>Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?</a> review: I love Mindy Kaling. She speaks to my heart. She’s funny, she’s smart, she’s someone that people can really admire. She’s not afraid to put herself out there, from working on <i>The Office</i> to creating and producing her own show to going out and doing photo shoots. As someone who is afraid of being photographed, I always admire people who can do it for a living. There is a reason why when I get a book published my photo is going to be the anonymous face from Facebook. <br /><br />Mindy’s like the big sister to my big sister. You know the one that you always secretly wish was closer to you but instead exists in a completely different social sphere? Like she’s in high school and you’re still in elementary school? Or you’re just a nobody from Pittsburgh and she’s a famous actress in LA? In my review of her last book, I made the offer that if she ever came to Pittsburgh, we should totally hang out. That offer still stands. I don’t know where all the cool kids hang out, but that’s what Google is for anyway. I’m sure Siri will find us something entertaining to do. <br /><br />While I loved <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10335308.Is_Everyone_Hanging_Out_Without_Me___And_Other_Concerns_&#8221; title=”Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling” rel=”nofollow”>Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?</a>, <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30268522.Why_Not_Me_&#8221; title=”Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling” rel=”nofollow”>Why Not Me?</a> is an improvement. While the last book had complaints about a lack of a unifying theme, the theme to this book lies in the title. Why not me? It’s a question that we should all ask ourselves at some point during our lives, as this self reflection can lead to great things. As she points out in the last chapter, women are expected not to have confidence. I have confidence issues, but Mindy has given me advice on how to be the greatest person I can be. This book has been almost as helpful for my self-esteem as <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2898360.Darren_Hardy&#8221; title=”Darren Hardy” rel=”nofollow”>Darren Hardy</a>’s daily mentoring. I don’t want to spoil it for you, because you really need to read the full book to really experience the lesson. There are a number of great parts in here that point to living a more confident life. From looking like a movie star, to handling social rejection, to love that never quite lives up to an active imagination, Mindy teaches us by example how to handle everything with grace and style.<br /><br />A perfect blend of wit and good advice, Mindy Kaling’s <i>Why Not Me?</i> is a perfect addition to any collection. <br /><br />You can check out my review of Mindy Kaling’s freshman book <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/372627471&#8243; rel=”nofollow”>here</a>.
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Review: Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 4 of my reread of Robin Hobb’s books before Assassin’s Fate comes out. I’m not doing as well on this personal challenge as I had hoped, considering I still have quite a few left to read. Ship of Magic was one of the ones that I had read previously, even if it had been a long time ago. Ship of Magic taught me more about sex then my sex ed class ever did. My book horizons have expanded since then. It was good to get caught up on this again, especially since the next one promises closure to the stories of Vivacia and Paragon.

Setting/Worldbuilding: 9/10

There are a lot of scenes that take place on some sort of ship, which is good, because when we are on the ship, I actually feel like I’m there. Unfortunately, when they get to port, I don’t really get much of a feeling for where they are at all. Perhaps it’s a device to help express the life of a sailor, because there is not much to distinguish one port from the next, but after detailed descriptions of the Six Duchies, I was expecting a little more.

On the other hand, while the physical setting is not as detailed as I would like it to be, the world building is phenomenal. There’s enough to keep you wondering about what exactly the Rain Wild Traders and the Bingtown Traders are hiding from the rest of the world, but enough to let you know exactly where all the characters stand in relation to each othe. I find it amusing that Bingtown finds the Six Duchies to be barbarians and backwards when from a modern standpoint, in relation to the women, we would find the Six Duchies to be much more progressive.

Plot/Pacing: 8/10

Like many fantasy novels, the plot sort of meanders along, following different threads til they suddenly come together shortly before the end. But, because we have so many different characters, and because Robin Hobb excels at characterization, the long stretches of character development and worldbuilding are not only bearable, they are actually entertaining. Not all fantasy novels manage to take that slow pace without the risk of losing interest, but Robin Hobb manages quite well.

Characters: 10/10

Robin Hobb excels at characterization, and this is the first book in The Realm of the Elderlings that highlights that fact. Instead of focusing on a singular protagonist like in the Farseer Trilogy, she expands to an assortment of POV characters. Not only does this keep the action sharp by following around different characters in parts that could have dragged the story down, it also allows her to show off her characterization skills.

The female characters are the real highlight. From Althea to Etta to Malta to Ronica each one of them is unique and serves the plot directly rather than simply being a plot device like so many other narratives. Despite the views of the society they live in, none of the plot would be happening if it were not for the female characters.

Althea: I believe Althea is supposed to be considered the main protagonist, even though this is an ensemble piece, considering that she is featured on my hardback cover. I like that she grows throughout the series, that she starts thinking that everything is owed to her and then she realizes that she actually has to earn it. My heart did break for her when Ophelia said the liveships would have sided with her against Kyle if she would have gone to them in the beginning, especially considering Vivacia’s fate.

Malta: I’m having a hard time reconciling the headstrong and ignorant Malta from this book from the one I grew to know first in the Rain Wild Chronicles. I’m looking forward to seeing how she develops over the next two books.

Etta: I love her. I love that she so easily takes over the ship once Kennit takes her on board, and that she doesn’t appear to be afraid of anything. The only thing I don’t like about her is that she’s getting jealous of the ship. It’s just a ship, girl. Relax. Your boyfriend is not quite as amazing as you think he is anyway, and you’re probably just better off taking over your own pirate ship.

Wintrow: If you want to talk about a broken heart, though, just think about poor Wintrow. Poor boy, just wants to live his life and his father just shoves him into another position. Just another example of how the patriarchy hurts more than just women.

Kyle: Hey, Kyle, did you perhaps ever mentor a young boy named Hest? Does the timeline work out for this? Because I feel that they went to the same school of douchery, or are related, or Kyle mentored him or something because Hest definitely feels like a Kyle Haven 2.0.

Brashen: Love interest? I don’t know. I have a vague feeling that I liked him more in the second book.

Kennit: I love Kennit, mostly because he’s such a well written villain. He keeps thinking that he has all these evil plots, but every time it “backfires” and makes him look like a hero. That fact that he keeps getting confused by it makes the whole situation better.

Overview: 10/10

It’s been fun rereading The Realm of the Elderlings from the beginning again. I know how a few things turn out, but it’s been interesting to see what I remember (not much) and to see what I’ve forgotten. As it turns out, I’ve forgotten most of this trilogy and given that it seems to be coming back, it’s probably good that I’m doing my reread now. It also reminded me that Robin Hobb seems to be very fond of the (view spoiler)

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Comic Reviews 02/22/2017

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My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #51

Twilight is startled to find that the most important history books in Equestria are going missing. Will she and her friends be able to uncover the identity of the mysterious new villain responsible?

I found Shiro!  He vanished into the parallel world of Equestria and managed to regrow back his right foreleg.  All joking aside, I’m really enjoying this new villain.  Book magic seems pretty unique in this world, and I’m interested in seeing where this is going.  Even more interested in seeing in how this is going to tie into Season 7.  Clearly Shadowlock is secretly Shiro and his attempts to erase Equestria’s history have something to do with getting him back to his own reality.  I will never let this joke die, so expect to see a lot of this in the next couple months.

 

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Deadpool the Duck #4 (of 5)


Things are getting out of control for Deadpool the Duck! Howard has finally escaped the Negative Zone to regain control of his shared body. But when Roxxon attacks, where are Deadpool’s mercenary skills when he needs them?

Oh no, how ever will they get back into their original bodies.  All is lost.  I’m just kidding.  This was a fun little side trip, but I’m not exactly sad to see it’s over.  My wallet is going to be very happy to get one less ongoing issue.

 

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Black Panther #11

The combined fury of T’Challa, Shuri, Manifold and the Hatut Zeraze rains down upon Tetu and Zenzi’s rebellion. But will there be anything left of Wakanda to rule? The critically acclaimed storyline comes to an end and leaves behind a startling new status quo…

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Wonder Woman #17

“THE TRUTH” part two! As Wonder Woman picks up the pieces of her shattered psyche, Barbara Ann Minerva walks into the devil’s lair to defend her…or is she being led into Godwatch’s trap?

Every time I think I’m done with Wonder Woman it sucks me right back in.

Comic Reviews 02/15/2017

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My Little Pony Friends Forever #37

Rarity is excited to work on Sapphire Shores’ next big concert! What should be a dream job could turn into a nightmare when Rarity discovers that she’ll need to work closely with a pony with a checkered past… Trixie!

For being the next to the last issue of the Friends Forever run, it wasn’t really that great.  The art wasn’t the worst that the series has offered, but it certainly wasn’t inspired either.  Not to mention the plot doesn’t make a lot of sense.  Sure, Trixie did some pretty crappy things, and I’m not sure where this takes place in relation To Where And Back Again, but we do know that by this point Starlight Glimmer practically lives with Twilight.  For Rarity to just completely dismiss Trixie out of hand doesn’t go with previous plot developments.  Not to mention Rarity saying she didn’t know to make the dress shorter and less flammable because she hadn’t listened to Trixie.  Trixie had said numerous times that she was working on fireworks for the show and Rarity even flippantly remarked on it.  Hopefully, the final one will be able to make up for this train wreck.

 

 

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Black Panther World of Wakanda #4

“DAWN OF THE MIDNIGHT ANGELS” CONTINUES! With their king shamed and their queen dead, Ayo and Aneka take justice into their own hands….Learn the secrets behind the events that led into the 2016 sales smash BLACK PANTHER #1!

I’m going to be sad to see these ladies go, but I suppose at some point we will run into the beginning of the 2016 series, which is likely going to be very soon.  My biggest issue with this series is the fact that we can never seem to have the lesbian couples be happy in comics.  Just let the wlw be happy for once, that’s all I ask.  Also, clearly we know that Aneka and Ayo don’t quite die yet since they’re still kicking in Black Panther.

 

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Poe Dameron #11

Things are heating up for Poe Dameron and super-spymaster C-3PO! The First Order is on their tail…and Terex’s evil cronies as well. Not to mention… Who’s feeding information to the First Order in the first place?

My hopes and dreams for Kare surviving this series have just circled down the toilet.  I would much rather have her alive and evil than dead, but there doesn’t seem to be much of another explanation for her absence from The Force Awakens.  Unless she was pregnant.  Let’s go back to the pregnant theory.  Unfortunately, Poe is still being a poor excuse for a Han Solo wannabe.

Also, I sense an FN-2187 cameo sometime in the near future.  Then again, I also believed Kare was the traitor in a blind hope that she was still alive.

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Harley Quinn (2016 -) #14

“RED MEAT”! Red Tool lives up to his name and Poison Ivy drops by as Harley investigates what is happening to New York’s disappearing homeless population!

Is this the official plot line for the entire arc, or what’s going on here?  I’ve had no Red Tool, no Poison Ivy, and the homeless are just starting to disappear.  In fact, my issue is all about a giant blue naked man coming out of the underworld who sets off on a quest to overtake Earth.  Like, is that the plot for the next story arc, because I’m pretty sure this one is called Nether Regions.  At least that bit with the Joker is finished.

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God Country #2

As Emmett Quinlan attempts to rebuild his family and his home after the devastating tornado that broke them, something otherworldly screams through the sky under a banner of WAR. The GODS have come to Texas—and they do not intend to leave it empty handed.

I love this series and am intrigued to know what else this magical sword can do for Emmett.  And what it’s going to ask of him in return for all it’s magical powers.

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“A FALLEN HOUSE” Maggie leads the survivors from the Hilltop to Alexandria…to see it overrun with the dead. ALSO, HOLY CRAP! THERE ARE TWO ISSUES OF THE WALKING DEAD THIS MONTH!

Rick and Neagan make the world’s worst power couple.  The panel with Andrea on the rearing horse gives me life.  It’s also intriguing to think about where the series could go should Rick come to an untimely demise.  Right now, it looks like they might be setting up for Carl to take over.  But I have a few, better suggestions for them: Andrea, Michonne, Jesus, Maggie.  And then in the aftermath Andrea and Maggie can hook up and become the world’s best power couple to make up for all the weird Neagan Rick stuff going on now.

 

Comic Reviews 02/08/2017

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Deadpool the Duck #3 of 5

Rocket Raccoon? Roxxon? Where are Wade Wilson and Howard the Duck? On a mission to get their own bodies back, of course! Deadpool the Duck is in over his head (tail feathers?) in this out-of-world adventure!

I enjoy this much more than the last Deadpool series I started.  In fact, the last one I stopped after about three issues and don’t intend to keep those if I could sell them.  Deadpool the Duck, however, I’ll probably keep on through the end, especially since there’s only two more.

Their constant bickering makes the comic entertaining, if nothing else, and there’s always the question of what’s going to happen to Rocket Raccoon.  If they don’t manage to cure him of the rabies, will Wade Wilson make him into a rug?  A fancy Davy Crocket hat?  Perhaps we’ll never know.  Mostly because I don’t think they would actually kill off Rocket Raccoon in a Deadpool comic.

 

 

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Star Wars Doctor Aphra #4

Aphra’s father has led her straight into danger – of course. Her business on Yavin 4 concluded, Aphra journeys off…in search of one of the most powerful weapons imaginable!

I love Doctor Aphra so much, I almost want to investigate the Darth Vader comics.  Almost, but not quite.  Perhaps it has something to do with my desire to see Star Wars leading ladies that are not white brunettes, but unfortunately, it looks like that’s what we’re stuck with in the movies for the foreseeable.  And people wonder why I’m starting to like the expanded universe more than the actual movies.  Here’s a few reasons: Doctor Aphra, Sinjir, Shara Bey, Kare Kun, Poe Dameron (who admittedly is in the movies, but even some fans don’t think he’s that important to the overall plot).

Doctor Aphra and her murderbots are causing mass chaos on Yavin 4, just the way it should be.  You know who else has murderbots?  Snap, Jessika Pava, Cassian Andor.  I love murderbots almost as much as they do.

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Torchwood 2.1

Gwen Cooper has been pulled away from her domestic bliss by the reappearance of Captain Jack Harkness, and his companions, the crew of the alien tech-filled ship the Ice Maiden. No sooner has Gwen rejoined the team, than they has to contend with jetski-riding ninjas, a mystery involoving an alien race known as the Navigators, the return of the roguish Captain John Hart, and the revelation that the current Lady of Torchwood House, Karina is far from what she seems. As we rejoin events in the midst of a stand-off, things are more than a little tense…

I really love Torchwood, okay?  Some people seemed surprised by that fact, and I don’t understand why.  Torchwood is amazing.  Also, a lot of the comics I read have a common element, so cookies to anyone who can figure out what that is.  Most of them.  There are a few outliers that don’t fit the pattern, but mostly they have the one major thing in common.  Oh, and since I love Torchwood so much, I would continue to but this one even if it sucked.  Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.  Although I have discovered that there are Torchwood books that I am missing, and I aim to fix that as soon as possible.

Oh, it bears mentioning that this is Torchwood back when it was good, not when they decided to screw everything up.  We love that they specifically tell you what trade you’re buying from.  I wish all comics would do that instead of having me guess all the time.  Is it four, is it six, is it five, seven?  No one knows.

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Wonder Woman (2016-) #16

“GODWATCH” part one! Since the moment Wonder Woman arrived in our world, Godwatch has been waiting. But who are they, and what do they want? Diana’s journey to the truth continues with the origin of what may prove to be her greatest enemies.

I love Wonder Woman, but I’ve almost had about enough of this.  I’m lost now.  I figured that it would get easier to follow the further into the storyline we got, but instead it just got more confusing.  This is the opposite of progress.  But at this point it’s like, I’m sixteen volumes in, do I really want to quit now?

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Jessica Jones #5

Jessica made some tough choices to save her husband and child from the clutches of the latest hateful madness that has hit the Marvel Universe. But was it enough? Another all-new chapter from Jessica’s original creators. The new adventures of Jessica Jones that you’ll only find right here.

Ah yess, I knew Jessica Jones wouldn’t let me down!  I was a little hesitant about this series at first for a number of reasons.  One, my experience with the character was limited to the Netflix show.  Two, they kept saying about how this was an integral part of the Marvel Now universe and I wanted nothing to do with that.  I just wanted to read a comic about Jessica Jones, not break my wallet.

I’m so glad I decided to stick with this one, because at volume five, towards the end of the first trade, things really start to get good.  The woman’s husband that she was hired to track in the first volume has killed his wife, and his reasoning might just destroy the fabric of the universe.  At least for Jessica.  Of course, her friends in the Avengers already started taking care of that on their own, but the real question is, how far down the rabbit hole are we going to go?

That’s it for this week!  Tune in next week for more My Little Pony, some more Walking Dead with maybe some death this time, and the answer to our most burning question, will Poe Dameron ever return or are we going to be stuck with this Han Solo knock off til someone finally pulls the plug?

Royal Assassin Chapter 1 Siltbay Review

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The continuing adventures of Wolfboy and the Cinnamon Roll.

Speaking of dreaming, in the first official chapter, Wolfboy is dreaming that he’s King Spider.  King Spider, who actually is getting old, and actually has real complaints but still worries about his people more than his own health.  He also gets a glimpse into the King’s magic, and is forced to watch a raid on one of his shores.  Unfortunately for Wolfboy, it turns out Princess Unattainabelle is in that village while it’s being raided, and he sees her clearly in the wreckage.  The vision ends before he can see whether or not she is alive.

Having decided that perhaps his current predicament is not so bad as being old, Wolfboy decides to return to the castle with the Cinnamon Roll, desperate to learn the true fate of Princess Unattainabelle.

Royal Assassin – Prologue Review

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The continuing adventures of Wolfboy and the Cinnamon Roll.

We start out a few months after Prince Jackass attempted to murder Wolfboy and Cinnamon Roll and successfully murdered a few other people, all while trying to block his brother’s wedding to the Viking Queen in an effort to be King in Waiting himself.  Wolfboy and Cinnamon Roll are still recovering in the mountain kingdom, and Wolfboy is having a hard time of it.  He’s going through an existential crisis thinking nothing he can do nothing because he is a cripple now and that Prince Jackass has already won.   The Cinnamon Roll remains a cinnamon roll, but there is nothing he can do for Wolfboy.  Wolfboy insists that if he wants to continue to serve him, the only way he can do so is to go back to Buckkeep without him.

I have a feeling Wolfboy is dreaming if he thinks for a second that Cinnamon Roll is going to leave him behind.