Lenni Reviews: “Red Sonjia: Queen of Plagues” vol 1 by Gail Simone and Walter Geovani

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A freed slave and former gladiator, Red Sonja has a fierce reputation, lethal skills, iron will, and high alcohol tolerance. In this first volume, they reveal her past as she comes to terms with some old demons as well as friends and foes.

Holy shit is this batter than the movie and I grew up with that wishing I could swing a sword. Harkening back to traditional sword and sorcery fantasy pulp comics, the art is crisp but weathered like reading an ancient scroll. The characters are interesting, funny, and powerful and I had a great time reading it. It’s awesome to see Red Sonja come back and come back strong. I tried not to put in too much plot as I think it would spoil the journey but this is totally worth picking up.

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Lenni Reviews: “Tokyo Ghoul” vol 3 by Sui Ishida

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Ken and Touka do a little snooping at the Ghoul Society to find the group is targeting Ghouls and are after Hinami; despite the fact she has never attacked a human. As the hunters close in, Ken needs to get a firmer grip on his blossoming powers so he can defend himself and others without breaking his vow not to kill.

It was awesome to see Ken wearing his fancy (read: creepy as fuck) mask and using his powers. I don’t think he’s gonna pull off his bridge-between-two-worlds thing he wants to do but his development from passive to proactive has had a good pace so far. If it was instant then it wouldn’t be believable. I’m sure it will take more for him to really come to terms will what he his now and eating human flesh, but his intentions are good thus far.

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Lenni Reviews: “Elixir: A Changeling P.I. Novel” by Ruth Vincent

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**This review is cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.**

Mabily Jones is an intern for a private eye after being tricked into human form by the Fairy Queen. Obadiah Savage sells bootleg Elixir to humans looking to get high. Thrown together when they are accused of a crime they didn’t commit, the pair must travel to the Fairy realm to clear their names.

This book was pretty fun. Mab is as capable as she can be as a human with no powers against fairies. The romance between her and Obadiah is predicable but the way the story plays out between Mabily and the Fairy Queen was creative and unexpected. Mabily is a relatable character and while I enjoyed her, the while book seemed very light and simple. If you’re looking for fantasy with fairies that doesn’t get too dark, this is a good example of it. This felt more like a YA novel; teasing at the darkness but playing it safe. As I’m used to darker fantasy, it left me wanting but the story is fun and interesting; leaving me wanting to know what could happen next. 3.7 out of 5.

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Finally Watched it: “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” vol 3.

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Again,this volume follows the manga but there are some more strange camera angles or the calm voice of the actor not matching the screaming face of the animated figure (or the reverse). But the music is amazing and the movements are clean and smooth. The plot is tight and there are so many anime out there with tons of filler that it’s nice to see a narrative get to the point and stay there.

I had fun watching this series and I think it’s a wouldn’t mind coming back to watch more than once. It’s dark but also adorable and heartfelt. I’m glad I took time for this one. Anything that thoughtfully turns tropes upside down is welcome. Its super creepy that Kyubey is one obvious metaphor for being taken advantage of during one of the most vulnerable time in a young person’s life. And poor Homura… But seeing her in action?! Picking up all those techniques?! Fucking WIN!

Now, I have been poking around and there are other manga for this series that I may try to hunt down and read. If I can find them, I may review those as well.

All in all, this was fun and I LOVE being back into anime again.

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Lenni Reviews: “Tokyo Ghoul” vol 2 by Sui Ishida

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Ken is still learning the ropes about being part Ghoul and what other full Ghouls have to do in order to blend into the human world without hunting humans. We are also introduced to the Commission of Counter Ghoul agents; who the Ghouls refer to as doves. They, of course, don’t bother to distinguish between Ghouls who go out of their way to hurt people and those who just want to live in peace. When an innocent Ghoul is killed, Ken and Touka are trapped between the desire for survival and revenge.

It kinda figures that the people who think they’re ‘do-gooders’ are just as sick and twisted as the monsters they’re hunting but there is a sizable threat in these Ghouls. They still eat people. That’s not an excuse to completely avoid any sort of discretion of investigation when it comes to death by Ghoul, of course. But that’s the sort of moral quandary that keeps stories like this interesting. We’ll have to see how twisted the Doves are and how vicious the Ghouls can be.

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Operation Free Booga July Update

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When I posted about this before I only had 676 MB left. And with some diligent reading (and the wifi still off) I am now up to 681 MB free!

… And 47 downloads pending when I finally turn it back on.

But hey! It’s a start, right?

Some of these are more prepub books for me to review so they’re a little longer than those little free smutty books I’ve been reviewing. I also got some really interesting spiritual books from my free newsletters but it’s those prepubs that are taking up a lot of the space.

That wasn’t enough space to have the kindle organize books again; it still ignores me when I try to put a book into a collection. I’m gonna have to get through a LOT more books before I can download the books still in the cloud.

Thereby completely negating that progress…

I have a serious book addiction.

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Lenni Reviews: “His Omega” by A. C. Katt

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**I purchased this book for free from All Romance Ebooks.**

Sean Quinn is having a tough go of it these days. Not only did his abusive drunkard of a father toss him out for being gay; leaving him homeless and desperate enough to consider selling his body for money, his best friend, Leroy, is stabbed and killed trying to protect Sean. In trying to escape the killer, Sean barrels into the car of Armand La Marche; local Alpha to the North American werewolf counsel. Recognizing Sean has his mate, Armand takes the boy in and vows to keep him save from the murderer.

As fun as this concept is, the characters in it don’t so much as talk or have conversations so much as dump exposition; so all the dialogue comes off as stilted or unnatural. If done well, large amounts of story laden dialogue can be interesting but here, it feels like a lecture. There are some questionable word choices (using ‘gut wrenching’ to describe what I’m assuming is a pleasurable kiss doesn’t sound quite right) and multiple typos made is difficult to get through the book. It’s a shame too because the set up is interesting but the characters and writing are so flat and bland, I gotta give this one a 2 out of 5.

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Finally Watched It: “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” vol 2

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This volume follows the second volume of the manga pretty closely and while the voice acting and music keep their quality, there were a couple of questionable camera angles that had me confused. They were super diagonal or oddly framed in a way where you know no human being would have deliberately placed a camera. At one point two characters were sitting at a table and I think the camera would have to have been sitting on the girl’s lap, at an angle, with the zoom at 150%. This only happened a couple of times so it wasn’t too distracting.

The tone also is constant but I was a little taken aback by the gore being blacked out. Perhaps I’m spoiled by other anime were zero fucks are given and people spill gallons of blood all the time. I wonder what this would have looked like if the animators were really allowed to let loose.

Overall, I’m enjoying this! I don’t know if this is an anime I’d watch more than once, though.

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Lenni Reviews: “Stealing His Heart” by Ella Jade

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**I purchased this book from All Romance Ebooks.**

Good girl Sophia Ball is three years out of a terrible relationship; choosing instead to focus on becoming a teacher. Now a music teacher at a local private school, her friend suggests she get back in the game. When she’s out for a jog before work one day, she bumps into Paxton Hughes; a pitcher for the local baseball team: The Kingston Crushers. The pair meet again at a party and hit it off very well. But Paxton has a reputation as a playboy. Can this smitten bad boy settle down and will Sophie take the chance?

So, I’m reading this book and it’s enjoyable enough. The characters are interesting and seem happy once they’re together but by this time I was only 40% or so through the book. The rest is mostly the pair just dealing with Pax being on the road so much before the inevitable misunderstanding comes into play; which is that Sohpia’s car breaks down and she misses a game. I gotta say, it pissed me off SO bad when everybody just piles on Sophia for her car breaking down. They all – INCLUDING PAXTON – treat her like she missed the game on purpose and she’s instantly on the outs. I know the story needed conflict but, yikes. They really vilify her.

Overall, this story is sappy but not bad. I get these types of stories are supposed to be sappy but this overdid it for me. A decently written 3.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Shapeshifters Anonymous” by J.A. Konrath

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**I purchased this book for free from Amazon**

Robert Weston has been blacking out, waking up in odd places, and finding odd items in his poop (I hadda read it, you get to read it in the review). Turns out he’s a shifter. Luckily there’s a support group for people dealing with this particular condition and while the gathering may be private, Robert can’t shake the feeling he’s being followed. Someone is after the shifters and now they’re all in danger.

First off, the members of this support group are too fucking chill with the fact some of them – Robert included – have killed and eaten people. I know this story isn’t taking itself seriously, but I expect more than a wince or gasp from a character  when they discover they ate their neighbor. And no cops involved? Not even a knock on the apartment door about a missing person? Ok then…

Eh, this book is fairly harmless. I smirked a bit at some of the jokes but its forgettable over all; like candy. 2.5 out of 5.

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