books read in April

I read a lot of comics at lunch this month, mostly because I am working my way through the new A.S. King novel at home and it is good but not a quick read. Little too heavy and heady. She is one of my favorite authors so anytime she puts out a new book, I drop everything to read her, such a unique style and voice. You’ll have to wait until May for my full review though because I’m only halfway through the book.

Trees, Vol. 2: Two ForestsTrees, Vol. 2: Two Forests by Warren Ellis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m intrigued by where this is all going! The black flowers and the Trees. The Mayor and the police. Will the humans destroy themselves before the real threat even appears?

And the real big question we are all left with – WHEN THE HECK DOES THE NEXT VOLUME COME OUT?!?! (oh wait, just Googled it, Warren Ellis posted in February that the script was submitted to the artist so hopefully the wait will be over soonish?

Space Boy Volume 1 (Space Boy, #1)Space Boy Volume 1 by Stephen McCranie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars – There is a lot being set up in this book that I am assuming will pay off in the next volume. I did like the main character and her struggle. The idea of space travel that takes 30 years and what that would do to your life…

I was surprised that the eponymous Space Boy barely makes an appearance. Guess I will have to pick up book two to find out what is up with him!

Fence (Fence, #1)Fence by C.S. Pacat
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to read the next one. Reminded me a bit of ‘Food Wars’ with the plot centering around the school’s heirarchy, the poor kid trying to prove himself and the try-out matches to make it on the fencing team.

I also found it amusing that it is set in an all boys school and there is a student who pretty much sleeps with everyone and the students KNOW he is just a heartbreaker but they do it anyway.

The Prince and the DressmakerThe Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So sweet, so perfect – maybe too perfect? I love the art style and how the whole story unfolded. And I’m glad it had a super mega happy ending, even if the odds of that happening make this a fairy tale.

Then again, if I was gender fluid and I was reading this story, I would want this ending. There are enough doom and gloom stories.

Logan's Run: Vintage Movie ClassicsLogan’s Run: Vintage Movie Classics by William F. Nolan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Picked this up after seeing the movie, hoping for more details about the society. Stopped about halfway through when I realized that it was just a poorly written book with a cool idea that some filmmaker snatched up the rights for, probably without actually reading the thing.

Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3)Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love how MurderBot is growing and changing a little bit with each book. Each story is better than the next. Its relationship with the humans and with other robots keeps evolving. And the sarcasm level also keeps going up LOL.

I’m a little sad there is only one more novella left and then I’ll have to wait for the full novel to be released.

Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John ScalziMiniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi by John Scalzi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cute little collection of Scalzi stories. If you’re not familiar with his longer stuff, you might wonder who the heck this guy is. They range from satire to silly to just goofy. I picked it up because one of the short stories was adapted for ‘Love Death and Robots’ on Netflix.

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