Novels + Short Stories
City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett – ★3.5
I received this as an ARC from the BookLookBloggers. It had an interesting concept: a place where divinities once lived, nations at war, and the presence of miracles hinting that the gods might not be gone after all. I struggled at first getting into this one. But once it got going, I enjoyed it. Though, well, the ending felt rushed. One of those, let me just sit you down and tell you all the secrets at once sorts of endings. I kept wondering at towards the end if it was a sequel coming up or not. But, no, it seems not. It’s not a poorly written book, but well, I sort of lost my enthusiasm for it at the end. But I don’t think that should stop others from checking it out.
Comics + Graphic Novels
Hawkeye #7 by Matt Fraction & David Aja
A hurricane hits the east coast. One Hawkeye in New York. Another Hawkeye in New Jersey. Ok, so some people are going to hate me for this, but I pick Clint over Kate. Maybe because this run by Fraction is my only real introduction to Hawkeye, so I just haven’t gotten to know Kate. Anyway. I love Clint and have been enjoying this run thoroughly.
Ms. Marvel: Crushed, Part II #14 by G. Willow Wilson
Yay! More with Crushed! Ok. So in Part 1, Kamala found out that there were other inhumans like her — ones created from the fog. And one of them just happens to be that super cute guy she met. (And that her parents approve of!) This one just really takes me back to those times when I had some of my first serious crushes. When I thought a guy truly got me. But, remember, this is a story and a superhero one at that… so something bad has to happen, right? Well, yeah. And that’s where they leave us with the cliff hanger. I cannot say this enough, if you’re not reading Ms. Marvel, go out and get Crushed, Part 1 and get started already!!