Showing posts with label humour. Show all posts
Showing posts with label humour. Show all posts

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Comics Wrap-Up - I'll Always Be Waiting In the Back Room





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Another week of 'Other Stuff' - though hopefully uber-interesting 'Other Stuff' - once again, blame Loki!




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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Comics Wrap-Up - Well They Encourage Your Complete Co-operation






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This is another week where all the awesome comics-ness I have for you is in the 'Other Stuff' category.

Always blame Loki.






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Friday, 11 May 2018

Friday Fics Fix - Just Your Resident Mildly Evil Demigod... and His Lover







'Tony wasn’t sure who’d be unhappier: the team when they found out he was sleeping with their resident mildly evil demigod, or Loki when he found out that Tony would be late for their dinner date on account of being buried alive.'







Yes, that is a quote from this week's fic. Yes, it is awesome.






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In my defence, I haven't rec'd FrostIron in ages! I've held myself back for a remarkably long time 😉




Thursday, 19 October 2017

Comics Wrap-Up - We Live and Die in These Towns

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Film Trailers


The first thing is: NEW BLACK PANTHER TRAILER!!!!!

Watch the thing. Then watch the film when it comes out. Those are the rules. ;)

(Warning: flashing images)









Saturday, 30 July 2016

Month In Review(s) - July 2016

Ahhh, July - funny old month, some good things, some not-good things.

But, y'know, I'm still standing, and blog-wise things are looking uber-awesome if I do say so myself! :)




This is me this month. #TrueStory ;)




This month has been rockin' as far as blog-stats are concerned:

I hit over 20k page-views in all, with over 5k views just this month.

A lot of this was due to my most popular post of the month - my review of Luna the Vampire, which hit over 2k page-views all on its lonesome! (Honestly, I don't know why that post was so popular, but I'm not complaining!)

Diary of a Reading Addict now has 50+ followers on BlogLovin'.

I now have 900+ followers on Twitter!





I reviewed some awesome-a*s books this month - stand-outs for me include Nina Is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi and Monstress, Vol: The Awakening. But honestly, I reviewed a lot of rockin' stuff this month!

And yes, before you say anything - I realise that of the 8 books I reviewed this month, 4 were graphic novels *shrugs* - there's nothing wrong with that!





As July 2016 faffs off into the sunset, I'm going to shamelessly point you at my post for The Diverse Books Tag.

I will also point you at Naz's awesome Read Diverse Books blog - check it out :)




And without further ado, here are the book reviews I wrote this month:





Kids






Thor: Dueling with Giants by Keith R A DeCandido - Fantasy, Media Tie-In







Young Adult




Panic by Lauren Oliver - Contemporary






New Adult




Nina Is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi - Contemporary, LGBTQ+ (M/F and F/F)






Adult





Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson - (Modern) Classics, LGBTQ+ (F/F)








Graphic Novels




 

   



Luna the Vampire, Vol 1: Grumpy Space by Yasmin Sheikh - Humour, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Vampire
Mythic, Volume 1 - Fantasy, Mythology








Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Review! (Graphic Novel Edition!) Luna The Vampire by Yasmin Sheikh

Title: Luna the Vampire, Vol 1: Grumpy Space

Author: Yasmin Sheikh

Genre: Graphic Novels, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Humour, Vampires

Series: Luna the Vampire

Release Date: 14 July 2016

Amazon: UK - USA










Thursday, 9 June 2016

Comics Wrap Up - People Like Us, We Don't Need That Much

Graphic Novels


This week I read Malice in Ovenland, Vol 1 (UK - US) - a graphic novel due out in August 2016 from Rosarium Publishing.

Rosarium are a growing, and relatively new, publishers who focus on sci-fi, fantasy, graphic novels, etc., with an emphasis on multiculturalism.

Malice in Ovenland is semi Alice in Wonderland inspired... only there's magical world in Lily's oven. Yeah... just go with it.









It's target audience is clearly kids (which makes a change from the stuff I normally read) and it's pretty entertaining (and more than a little gross in the way that kids like.)

I'll be writing a review nearer to the publishing date, so keep your eyes peeled.






Other Stuff


Two fans showed Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan (and the world,) what real heroes look like when they cosplayed Captain America and the Winter Soldier at the Wizard World Con in Philadelphia.

They brought #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend (the social media campaign to do just that,) back into the limelight by kissing in front of Chris 'n' Seb.

Well done guys, you're true heroes.




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Marvel Super Heroes, What The--? rocks. Just... just watch the thing and all of the randomness. So very, very, random.











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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Comics Wrap Up - Wonder If They'll Ever Know

Film Trailers




Another teaser trailer from X-Men: Apocalypse, for your enjoyment.

I'll probably be off to see it early next week if I can drag the bestie away from work. (Damn you adult responsibilities!)










More X-Men-y type-goodness in the 'Other Stuff' section below.







Graphic Novels




My review for Codename Baboushka, Volume 1: The Conclave of Death (UK - US,) was posted on Wednesday.








Baboushka is a Russian lady-mafia-boss slash spy slash assassin slash whatever-she-needs-to-be-at-the-time.

Yes, there are definite comparison points with our beloved Black Widow, but I was actually quite impressed at how original Baboushka managed to feel.






Other Stuff




I love, love, love this MTV After Hours 'X-Men: Apocalypse Group Therapy Session' - it's hilarious.

Ooh, but there's swearing and dirty jokes, so maybe not for watching without a pair of reliable headphones? Or maybe not in public? Just a precaution.

I laughed. So much.









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Megan Purdy @ Women Write About Comics wrote a post on fan power and Twitter in the wake of #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend.




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Yours truly wrote a 'Nerd Church' post on when heroes disappoint, focussing heavily on the whole Cap/Hydra debacle.







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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Month in Review(s) - April 2016

Lots more reviews this month! Especially of graphic novels.

There've been some truly rocking graphic novels out this month - my faves are probably Blood Stain and I Hate Fairyland.

Check out all the lovely reviews! :)


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Kids

Eliza Rose by Lucy Worsley - historical fiction



New Adult

Growing Up by Tricia Sol - contemporary, LGBTQ+, short stories, romance (m/m)



Adult

Play Hard by J T Fox - LGBTQ+, romance (m/m,) short stories, contemporary
Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult - contemporary, crime*, witches*, magic realism* (*ish)



Graphic Novels

Golem by Lorenzo Coccetti - dystopian, sci-fi, manga
Paper Girls, Vol 1 by Brian K Vaughan - sci-fi
Blood Stain, Vol 1 by Linda Šejić
Echoes by Joshua Hale Fialkov - horror, crime
I Hate Fairyland, Vol 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young - fantasy, fairies/fae, humour

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Review! (Graphic Novel Edition!) - I Hate Fairyland, Vol 1: Madly Ever After

I Hate Fairyland coverTitle: I Hate Fairyland, Volume 1: Madly Ever After

Author: Skottie Young
Contributors: Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Nate Piekos of Blambot, Rian Hughes

Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Fairies/fae, Humour

Series: I Hate Fairyland (#1-5)

Release Date: 20-26 Apr 2016

Amazon: UK - USA




A few starting notes:

I received a free digital review copy of this book via NetGalley. NetGalley provides review copies from publishers in exchange for fair and honest reviews.
Didn't really know what to expect from this one: but it looked mad as the proverbial box of cats, so I went for it.
And you know what?
It was most definitely mad as the proverbial box of cats.




Premise:

Little Gertrude was brought to Fairyland when her wish to go there was granted.

To get home, she just has to finish her quest and find a key.
Turns out, quests aren't Gertrude's strong-suit.
Flash forward twenty-seven years, and still looking like an eight-year-old, Gertrude is pi*sed (in more ways than one,) and making chaos and killing the hell out of sh** wherever she goes.
And she's still trying to get that damned key!




Best bits:

You know when something is so random, and so off-the-wall that its just ridiculously funny? That's how I find this book.
It's difficult, as a reviewer, to call something funny, without it sounding fake or forced.
But I mean it - I found this really funny, and I was actually laughing at more than one point while reading it.
It has Deadpool-style humour: lots of violence, lots of randomness, lots of breaking the fourth wall in pretty b*lls-out style.
The artwork is perfectly balanced for the blend of randomness and violence - cartoony, but not kids-style cartoony.
It's bright, but not cutesy, with enough hints of fairyland to make the violence stand out more without resorting to dark and brooding. Dark and brooding this book is not.

And I love the fact that Gert's natural hair colour is apparently green. I mean, why not, right?



Not so great bits:

THIS BOOK IS NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUNGER READERS.
I can't tell you that enough. This ain't for kids, folks.
Lots of gore and violence, and lots of Gert giving pretty much everyone the finger.
Most of the gore and violence is perpetrated by someone who looks eight, and is in fact, fairly damned bloodthirsty.
So, if that's not your thing, you've been warned.
Other than that, there's very little to fault with this book.
Maybe it all felt a little loose and out-of-control in a few small places, but then, with a plot this random I'm just surprised there was any semblance of control at all, really.




Verdict:

Quite simply - I loved it.
It's not going to be for everyone. Because if it doesn't suit your sense of humour, you will hate it.
But the randomness, the off-your-head plot, the insanity of it all?
Well, it was all very me, wasn't it?
If it sounds like it's you too, then give it a try.







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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Comics Wrap Up - This Ain't a Scene

Film Trailers


So many the teaser trailers for Captain America: Civil War this week guys! SO. MANY. THE TRAILERS.








OK, the people in the next one with the punching and the kicking and the weapons?

STOP HURTING MY BUCKY BEAR!!!!!






Graphic Novels
This week I reviewed Blood Stain, Vol 1 (UK - US) by Linda Šejić.

Dudes, I cannot explain fully in this brief wrap-up the degree of the rockitude of this graphic novel. You'll have to go read my review.

And Linda Šejić? A very cool person, who was totally classy when I accidentally shared the wrong link to Twitter. (I should not be permitted online before coffee. It just doesn't end well.)










I also read and reviewed Echoes (UK - US) by Joshua Hale Fialkov. Creepy, cool, and black-and-white, you can check out my review here.



I read Luna the Vampire, Volume 1: Grumpy Space (UK - US) by Yasmin Sheikh - an uber-wacky set of adventures about a vampire who lives in space. As you do.
My review for Luna the Vampire will probably be up within the next week or so.


Other Stuff
Came across this weird little faux-documentary trailer thingummy as promo for X-Men: Age of Apocalypse:





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AND GERARD WAY HAS A DC IMPRINT!!!!!

THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!!!

Gerard Way's DC imprint is Young Animal. And it looks pretty damned cool.




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This week I also spent far too long watching spoofs of superhero movie trailers.

Here're two of my favourites from ArtSpear Entertainment (adult humour, gore, swearing, etc...)









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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Review (Graphic Novel Edition!) - Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

Adulthood is a Myth Sarah AndersenTitle: Adulthood is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection.

Author: Sarah Andersen.

Genre: Graphic Novel, Humour.

Release Date: 8 March 2016.

Amazon: UK - USA.



A few starting notes:

I received a free digital review copy of this book via NetGalley. NetGalley provides review copies from publishers in exchange for fair and honest reviews.

I thought that I didn't know anything about 'Sarah's Scribbles' - but then I started to read Adulthood is a Myth (UK - USA), and realised I had seen so many of these cartoons before!


Premise:

A collection of 'Sarah's Scribbles' cartoons showing the funny side of modern life and that adulthood is, in fact, a myth.

Best bits:

I related to so much in this collection that it actually started to worry me. This sums up the life of a female millennial - from problems with bra-straps to the thoughts of introverts, and the comfort of books and pets.

I guarantee that if you spend much time on Pinterest, Tumblr, or Facebook, you will have seen more than a few of these cartoons - and laughed. I'm pretty sure you'll laugh even harder on the re-reading.

The drawing style is cute and slightly derpy in that internet-y meme-ish way (that sentence was close to English... but I'm not entirely sure it counts.) It's endearing, but manages to avoid creeping into the 'annoying' zone.


Not so great bits:

Maybe this could've been made better by arranging it thematically...? It just felt a little jumpy, and as a lot of the cartoons were on the same themes and topics, it just felt a bit silly that they weren't grouped together.


Verdict:

This book made me literally laugh out loud. Relatable, fun, wry, and oh-so true, anyone who feels that adulthood is a mystery will love it.






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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Review (Graphic Novel Edition!) - Grumpy Cat Volume 1

Grumpy Cat vol 1 coverTitle: Grumpy Cat Volume 1.

Author: Ben McCool, Royal McGraw, Elliott Serrano, Ben Fisher.
Contributors: Steve Uy, Ken Haeser, Tavis Maiden, Agnes Garbowska.

Genre: Graphic Novels, Kids, Humour, Media Tie-In.

Series: The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey! (#1-3.)

Release Date: 16 Feb 2016.

Amazon: UK - USA




A few starting notes:

I received a free digital review copy of this book via NetGalley. NetGalley provides review copies from publishers in exchange for fair and honest reviews.
It's Grumpy Cat! When I had the opportunity to review this, I just had to. I love kitties, and I love Grumpy Cat with her cute little face.
This is a comic compilation of The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey (#1-3) which have several stories in each issue.


Premise:

Grumpy Cat just wants the chance to sleep, eat, and scratch things. Pokey and the dog insist she do something else with her day!


Best bits:

The artwork here is really cute - and the stories are the correct blend of cute, sarcastic, and funny.
The characterisation reminds me a lot of Garfield - which is by no means a bad thing, far from it.
I also love that the dog just wanders around saying, 'Good Dog!'


Not so great bits:

Some of the stories were just a little forced - no more so than many other kid-friendly comics, but I noticed it in one or two.
It probably goes without saying, but if you don't like Grumpy Cat, this isn't the book for you.


Verdict:

A cute and fun compendium that made me smile more than once and is suitable for kids. I love Grumpy.






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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Review! (Woohoo!) - The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams

the boy in the dress book coverTitle: The Boy in the Dress.

Author: David Walliams .

Genre: Kids, Humour.

A few starting notes:

I saw the BBC adaptation of the Boy in the Dress last year, so took my chance to borrow the eBook from the Welsh libraries service.
 
This is suitable for ages 9 or 10 up, maybe a little younger, or a little older, depending on what kid is actually doing the reading.
 
Premise:

Dennis is your normal 12-year-old boy living a normal, boring, life. Except, inside, Dennis is a bit different. But who's going to accept a 12-year-old boy in a dress?

Best bits:

I'm not entirely sure this could be more British unless the cover featured a bulldog drinking tea. This is just amazingly British - particularly in terms of humour - not surprising, I suppose, when it comes to David Walliams.
 
In the tradition of the legend of children's writing, Roald Dahl, Walliams doesn't speak down to kids and/or readers. He's along for the ride, down to taking a moment to look up details of football (soccer to the Yanks.)
 
The kids are going to love the gross bits - all the snot and the farting is like catnip to 10-year-olds. And Walliams manages to keep the balance and not go too far with the icky stuff.
 
Of course, mention must be made of the fantastic pencil-scratch-style illustrations of Quentin Blake, who was Roald Dahl's primary illustrator for many years.

Not so great bits:

There's very little to argue against with this book - although I can see how more conservative readers may be put off by the premise of a boy in a dress.
 
There's occasional use of the slightly-homophobic slang insult 'woofter,' which may insult some people.
 
Verdict:

I really did love this book; it was fun, entertaining, engaging, and genuinely good-hearted and well-written. I would recommend this to pretty much anyone.


Friday, 16 October 2015

Friday Fics Fix! - In Which the Avengers are Exposed to Crack (Not the Drug)

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A couple of funny Avengers fics for you this week my lovely people. This is what is commonly referred to as crack fic (as in, 'What the hell? How did you think of that? You must've been on crack when you thought that up!') although sometimes it's just referred to as humour (for example, by site admins, who rarely use the demented slang that fangirls/boys come up with.) Enjoy the randomness.

Captain America Popsicles by TheMajesticLoki - this is where Tony finds out that they sell Captain America Popsicles (which I think are ice lollies... why must America rename everything?) or, as Tony likes to call them, Capsicles. This is worth the read just for the off-colour adult humour (no under-18s, don't do drugs, stay in school, etc....)

Baby diapers and Captain America dolls by HazelRose555 - this is domestic-bliss Superhusbands/Stony (in which Tony Stark and Captain America are together in a very romantic capacity) with a little Clintasha (Hawkeye and Black Widow) thrown in on the side. There's the usual mix of spelling and grammar issues here, but the sheer randomness (and Steve Rogers' whining) makes this worth the while.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Reviewing the Evidence - Diary of a Wimpy Vampire: Prince of Dorkness

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Vampire: Prince of Dorkness (US Link)
Author: Tim Collins
Genre: humour, paranormal, vampire, ya
Series: Wimpy Vampire (#2)

A few starting notes:

This is the sequel to the funny and entertaining 'Diary of a Wimpy Vampire' - since I enjoyed the last one, I decided to give the second book a go. As it's a sequel I'll go by my general rule of thumb for reviewing sequels - the blurb dictates the level of spoilerage for previous books. This means that the only plot details for previous books that I divulge are of the same nature as those found in the blurb for this book - it just seems fair to me.

Premise:

Nigel Mullett, the wimpy vampire, records a second year of life as the undead. Things are never plain-sailing when it comes to being stuck at the awkward age of 15; no matter how long you've been in school for, it all comes around again. And there's his barmy family, girls, and weird school-mates to deal with - nothing is ever easy.

Best bits:

This has the same tongue-in-cheek humour as the first book, focussing on the melodramas of teenage life, which don't go away simply because you're undead. The tone is great because Nigel is so grimly serious about the most ridiculous of things.

I personally really liked the addition, in this book, of the topic of vampire romances - which Nigel even tries his hand it! It's that sly, satirical humour that Brits do so very well, and made me smile.

The book is quick and readable, with funny cartoon-like illustrations and a diary format that splits the entire thing into short sections. Again, if you have one of those bizarre creatures, a tween or teenage boy, to force books into, it might be worth sticking the wimpy vampire series under their nose nonchalantly - might work, you never know.

Not so great bits:

I did find some parts - relating to new school-mate Jason in particular - quite predictable, but then I live on a constant diet of paranormal novels, so might have warped my brain to the point where nothing really surprises me anymore.

I can't help but feel like there's more potential for hilarity in Nigel's family, and his long past, than Mr Collins has unlocked. An opportunity missed perhaps.

Verdict:

This is fun and funny - a light-hearted take on the vampire craze that made me smile at more than one off-hand comment. Might even tempt the reluctant reader.