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The_Book_Ninja

Joined January 2022

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Tintin by Jean-Marc Lofficier, Randy Lofficier
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Mehso-so

Just when he was building up momentum, Herge hit a bump in the road. The original art was pretty lazy and dully coloured. The redrawn adventure looks as good as you would expect, it‘s just the story is pretty lame. If it were a movie it would be one of those low budget straight-to-video jobs

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The Border: A Novel | Don Winslow
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Author Don Winslow famously doesn‘t rate the film Sicario. Only a writer who covers the same subject, ramped up to 11, in a decades spanning, behemoth of a trilogy (of which the Border is the final instalment) could legitimately criticise that movie. This is page-turning action and political machinations of a supreme level but be warned, it is a violent and harrowing story about the Mexican Drug cartels, their victims and adversaries.

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I thought I‘d try and read the novels that form the basis of the Universal movie Monsters. I read Frankenstein as any true sci-fi/horror fan should. However I found it an interesting but joyless read. Dr Jeckyll was altogether different. I got swept away in the glorious language & salacious innuendo. Must have been a blast to read this by the fire with a large brandy in the 1800s. Contemplating Dracula‘s next: As a kid I remember it being boring.

bthegood I enjoyed Dracula - but listened to audiobook (the accent was too much for me reading) - 😊 1w
The_Book_Ninja Well, I‘ll give it a go. When I was younger If there wasn‘t lots of blood and action in a book I used to bail. Maybe, now that I‘m as old as Dracula…. 1w
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The first Tintin I owned. It says 1st edition, 1975 inside. I kept it safe since I was a kid because it‘s my first and favourite book. The companion books I‘m reading say The Blue Lotus is the first good Tintin book but, for me, this one is better and has everything a young reader wants in an adventure (minus the racism). Herge‘s art is glorious and the story flows well.

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Heaven | Mieko Kawakami
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Probably triggering if you‘ve been bullied as the descriptions are vicious and relentless. Writing is easy & evocative but I‘ve never been keen on adults narrating as a teen for an adult book. Despite its simplicity this isn‘t a YA book though: For example there‘s no revenge/fight back cliches or any kind of solution. It does offer some philosophy but it‘s flimsy & brief. The story feels unfinished, shallow even, but saying why will give spoilers.

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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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A thumb in any direction could easily be awarded to this book. At first, I thought the was reading an extended Mumsnet post: Those weird stories about uptight middle-class mums and their situations, made up by wannabe writers trolling the site. Then it started to feel like Mean Girls meets Frankenstein with a dash of Yuzna‘s, Society. By page 250 I was skimming the relentless and dense similes and metaphors up to its disappointing ending

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This is a book for black people but is an important read if youre white & care about the racism & brutality that has plagued America throughout its history.It‘s not one of those books black academics write for whites, like it‘s their job to solely educate us.This is about the doomed notion of the “politics of respectability”: Dont misbehave, conform to avoid racism.This wont dismantle inequality & Smith explores why with his own life as a backdrop

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The last novel in my shameless attempt at an Amazon best seller trilogy was going to be called Her Adjective Noun but it wasn‘t such a catchy title so I looked for random words that suit the template and stuck pins in a dictionary to come up with:

Her Addlepated Brain

PS following another convention for authors‘ nom de plumes, my pen name is T. B. Ninja

Bookwomble 😂😂 2mo
she_she 💀💀💀 1w
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Overkill | E.C. Sheedy
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She was good but she vanished, she disappeared and she was gone. But don‘t worry because she returned, said some stuff, found some stuff, kept some secrets and is basically ready to feature in my new book “When She Ran Out of Ideas”

Bookwomble 😂 2mo
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The Boring Book | Shinsuke Yoshitake
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Look out for MY new book. The Unimaginative Title.

After Halloween and Friday the 13th, everyone was queuing up to do a horror film based on a seasonal holiday or calendar event. If there‘s a day, there a horror film. These books are all going down the same vacuous path.

Observational rant over.

Bookwomble Everybody likes a good rant 😄 2mo
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I imagine this book divides readers. Most of Baker‘s prose is easy rolling & engaging but is let down by Batemanesque lists that really interrupt his, otherwise, fluid story telling The stories are sci-fi leaning metaphors with capitalism, consumerism, identity, gender, ageism & family among the many constructs squeezed in to tales that start off compelling but end up with unsatisfying endings. I bailed because I like an old fashioned denouement.

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This was never available when I was a kid. I always wondered who Chang was in Tintin in Tibet. He was based on Hergé‘s real life friend. One who made him reflect on his ignorance of other cultures and represent them more respectfully. The artwork is still unquestionably exquisite but the story is a mess and stereotypes are still evident. Props for doing better but it‘s a shame Hergé didn‘t have an African friend when he wrote Tintin In the Congo.

Bookwomble Congo is unreadable! America is only marginally better. I think he started on an upward trajectory from there 📈 4mo
The_Book_Ninja My mission was to read every Tintin in order before the end of ‘22….I‘m a slow reader and running out of year! Broken Ear is next. Haven‘t read it since I was a kid but remember it as my favourite. Fingers crossed it‘s still as good as I remember 4mo
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Lots of bite sizes “essays” about pop music. Hepworth is humorous and philosophical without being a snob. When bemoaning the loss of vinyl and record shops and the realisation that my large record collection probably needs a brutal culling, I got slightly emoshe. A book for old farts? Fine, I‘m part of that crew. I skipped the essay about Bob Dylan-Jeez, I just don‘t get his appeal: Overrated bore. But as Hepworth would say. It‘s not you, it‘s me.

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Book 2 doesn‘t improve much on book 1. The dialogue is pretty dull. Also, panels of people going “ummm” and “er…” are an attempt at realism that isn‘t really needed: It‘s just makes the story dull. Also,I don‘t think the artist & author successfully establish clarity in their collaboration because sometimes I have no idea what‘s supposed to be happening because the dialogue & images aren‘t instantly in sync. This won awards so maybe it‘s just me

she_she Book 1 was quite boring and predictable 4mo
The_Book_Ninja @she_she so you read? 4mo
she_she @The_Book_Ninja I did 🥲 4mo
The_Book_Ninja Not just me then😉 4mo
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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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Deja vu in book form for me. Having a son who was at a Premier League clubs academy, I was reminded of my son and his cohort wading up to their necks in a sludge pool of toxic masculinity and psychological abuse that started at 6 years old. This memoir follows 6 friends & their football journeys & their dreams of turning professional. Made more harrowing as one friend died of Ewings Sarcoma. All proceeds from this excellent book go to charity

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Before They Are Hanged | Joe Abercrombie
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Not as good as book 1. We‘ve got 3 main threads in book 2. The 1st features Glokta, whose adventures carry the book. The 2nd has Logan Ninefingers and co‘s quest to the edge of the world. It isn‘t half as gripping as Fitz‘s journey in Hobbs‘ Assassin‘s Quest which is longer and more languid but less forced and much more interesting. The 3rd thread, featuring the Northmen & Major West, reads like a poor YA fantasy that is predictable and dull. 7/10

Bookwomble 7/10 seems generous from your review. Was the Glotka thread so much better that it partially redeemed it? 4mo
The_Book_Ninja If it wasn‘t for Glotka, I wouldn‘t go on to read book 3. His character is so well written It‘s honestly like a different authors wrote the other threads. 4mo
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My Monticello: Fiction | Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
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Despite some profound moments, it‘s a bit dull & at times reads like an unsophisticated YA romance novel. Maybe the author is hoping this becomes a key text in American schools, sparking debates about racial trauma fuelled by historical & modern atrocities & an exploration of rabid, Trumpian nationalism & misplaced (flag-shagging) patriotism. However, the blurb mis-sells it as a kind of Dawn of the Dead with white-supremacists instead of Zombies.

she_she cool picture tho 🤣 4mo
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Like the best and most classic horror stories, it‘s metaphors of real life conditions like OCD, phobias, disease that make some of these stories unsettling. There‘s real supernatural stories too and they all sit side by side in this book. Not all the stories are properly rounded off but without fail they all have powerful imagery that will stick with me even if the stories don‘t. Enriquez‘s writing is easy flowing, evocative and darkly beautiful.

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Sex Criminals Vol. 1 | Matt Fraction
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Took a while to get into. Suzie and Jon can stop time when they reach orgasm and decide this is a good way to rob banks without being seen. How we get from discovery of their “superpower” to the robbery is done though clunky contrivance, but I guess we had to get there somehow. Once the set up was established it got more interesting. I got the first 3 volumes 2nd hand for the price of one so I‘m committed.

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I‘m now officially a man who hates men. More precisely, as the final chapter is titled, I‘m a man who hates men who hate women. The other chapters cover all of the unsavoury flavours of misogynists from online Incels up to their offline, male supremacist heroes like Piers Morgan, Trump and Johnson. Along the way we meet MGTOWs and Pick Up Artists. Fascinating and depressing in equal turns. Full of verifiable facts. Need something light to read now

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I love cookbooks, I love socks. I love a Father‘s Day when my princess buys me a cookbook and socks. I‘ll be trying to make the giant patty. Big up all dad crew, seen👊🏼

she_she 👸🏽❤️ 5mo
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Back in the 00s, postmodernism was all the rage. Nowadays ,Foucault, Baudrillard, Hall et al, who looked at popular culture & meaning, usually through a (Neo)Marxist lens, are a bit unfashionable. When I saw this book I thought it was going to be an update of Berger‘s, Ways of Seeing, for the Marvel generation: A look at the hidden, political messages in today‘s Superhero movies. I bailed after 40 pages as it just too boring. 2/10 chin strokes🤔🤔

5feet.of.fury That‘s too bad! Seems like such an interesting topic. 6mo
The_Book_Ninja @5feet.of.fury that‘s what I was hoping when I picked it up. I just found really dull. But it‘s all a question of taste. 6mo
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The Fight | Norman Mailer
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No, not the story of Mailer‘s fight with Rip Torn (It‘s on YouTube-and it‘s the most bizarre thing you‘ll ever see), but Norman‘s inside report from the boxers‘ camp in Zaire during the Foreman/Ali fight. There‘s no ambiguity here: Mailer‘s ego is much bigger than Ali‘s- how dare this pugilist get as much money for fighting as I get for writing intellectual masterpieces? Tropes, stereotypes, casual and explicit racism abound from pompous Mailer.

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RoboCop | Ed Naha
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I‘ve got a soft spot for movie/TV tie-ins. I used to read the books of certificate X films that I was too young to get in to see. First time I‘ve read this one. It‘s a bit average. It pretty much sticks to the film‘s plot with no flourishes. Without Verhoeven‘s distinctive auteurship, the novel loses the dark and absurd qualities of the film and Naha doesn‘t seem to try and recreate them at all with words. 🤖👮🏼‍♀️5/5 Cyborg cops

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RoboCop | Ed Naha
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A weird title because without looking at the subheading you‘d think this was anti-vegan. I don‘t think this will turn a meat eater vegan, but it might help you decide if you‘re thinking about it or you‘re eating a mixed or vegetarian diet.The relentless descriptions of animal cruelty are tough going but people need to stand up against such brutality. Works well on an E-reader as points supported with live links to research etc. 🌱8/10 plants

she_she 👏🏽 6mo
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Tik-Tok | John Sladak, John Sladek
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In psycho robot Tik-Tok‘s world,Asimov is an author who‘s laws of robotics influenced asimov circuitry that keeps robots law-abiding.Tik-Tok‘s asimov is broke & his adventures are a decent into madness with Bateman-esque internal monologues. Along the way the book satirises institutions such as the art world, religion & the military.The only bit that jarred was the analogy of antebellum South slavery with robot servants as being something humorous

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I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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Short story dilemmas/puzzles based on robot actions and Asimovs famous Laws of Robotics. I read this once every 10 years. It‘s like a pair of old slippers.Gets more and more weird reading something that was speculative once but is full of archaisms. Asimov doesn‘t write good female characters: More positronic brains than positive women. He almost seems to dislike Susan Calvin. She‘s constantly undermined. Classic but dated🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖7/10 Robots

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Interesting series of essays showing LeGuin was passionate about her art & argues that real-life experiences & the unconscious make an authentic & “real” fantasy/sci-fi novel & she uses Jungian psychology to encourage other authors to look inward (the Self) for inspiration. Also discusses feminism, censorship & pulp novels. The introductions by Susan Wood were pretty dry. I skipped those. 🪶🪶🪶🪶🪶🪶🪶🪶8/10 quills

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As an amateur mixologist I have a lot of cocktail books but this one is definitely one of the best. Looks glorious and gives you core, classic drinks and how to flip the recipe. It‘s one of the least challenging to make, but I used this book to guide me through making margaritas today🍹

Bookwomble Sounds refreshing 😊🍸 I made myself an ice coffee with kahlua and vodka after I'd finished the day's chores, which I think was basically a White Russian 😋 7mo
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This made me chuckle😊

she_she facts 7mo
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Comics-N-Stuff | San Diego, CA (Bookstore)
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Just stumbled across this place while wifey is on a shopping mission…let‘s see if there‘s any goodies inside for me @she_she

she_she get me a gift ;) 7mo
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A tightly plotted gem of a novel. 🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲 8/10 bikes

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Ahhh..I miss the days when I read to my kids. I never read this to them as they were reading on their own by the time this came out. But I‘ve been promising @she_she I‘d read the series for years so here we are…Book the First complete, looking forward to the next instalment. 🪝🪝🪝🪝🪝🪝🪝 7/10 hooks.

she_she quick read! 7mo
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Well it‘s not very often you read a book and this happens🙀

Bookwomble 🤯😄 7mo
she_she 🐟 7mo
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Gosh! Comics | London, London, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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Stumbled across this comic shop while walking through soho with wifey late one evening. Managed to check it out today. Very nice shop and wifey found me a bargain for 10 quid.

Bookwomble Oh, my goodness! I used to get my comics from Gosh! when they were on Great Russell Street. I was devastated when they closed. Fantastic to see they've reopened at another location 😊❤ 7mo
The_Book_Ninja It‘s a superb little shop. Lots of good stuff old and new. And caters for all ages. I‘m glad they survived the last 2 years too 7mo
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Read a lot of comics history. Although I‘m addicted they mostly end up being dry. This one was a blast though. Never been a DC fan but now I know a bit more about the ethos of the company, I feel a bit sorry for them. 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇 8/10 Batmans

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I‘ve been promising my daughter I would read A Series of Unfortunate Events for years….Today, I start!

she_she a read 20 years in the making 😅 8mo
Nute A very pretty collection. I‘m so happy to hear about your upcoming father-daughter reading adventure. Reading together with family or friends is purely amazing. Enjoy!☺️ 7mo
The_Book_Ninja @Nute why thank you🙏🏼 7mo
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Redemption Ark | Alastair Reynolds
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I read this as the 3rd in the series in a Revelation Space omnibus on the kindle but it‘s more a direct follow-up to the 1st book. As always, the ideas are superb and the book zips along at warp factor 9 for the first 75%. Then the breaks go on and the denouement we are promised doesn‘t materialise. I feel like the last part of the book was changed to give us a build up to an epilogue that serves as a prelude to the next book. A great read though.

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Introduces some classic characters such as the Thompson Twins and Rastapopoulos but because it‘s redrawn from the 1930s and became last in the series rather than the 4th, the continuity becomes confusing. This vid explains it well: https://youtu.be/dIPvVZsEz7M. This story is acknowledged as being a growth in Herge‘s creativity ability with plot development, humour and intrigue. Despite the rewrite It‘s still amateurish and has racial stereotypes.

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Everyone enjoys reading someone else‘s perspective of a film, band, book (naturally) that they feel passionately about. Hanif situates his study in the context of growing up, young, black & a fan of rap, in a racist America.It‘s especially enjoyable if the person writing, creates imagery just as vivid as the subject they‘re discussing. The “love letters” are a bit cringy at times but I guess I wouldn‘t want my love letters being read by strangers.

she_she Wonder if they‘re as cringey James Joyce‘s love letters to his wife…I‘ll have to give it a read 😂 9mo
The_Book_Ninja No Farting Nora‘s or f**kbirds😆 9mo
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My plan: Read every Tintin this year, in order and do some real nerdy research on the creation and background of each of Hergé‘s stories using the following 3 books:
Tintin by Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier.
Tintin: Hergé & His Creation by Harry Thompson
Tintin: The Complete Companion by Michael Farr

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Reading Tintins in order for the 1st time. Had some hardbacks from when I was a kid and collected all the ones I read in the library or never read at all so I now have the full collection. After reading the very basic “In the Land of the Soviets” & the religious propaganda & vile racism of “In the Congo” this feels like the first real fun adventure. Redrawn & coloured 15 years after original print, there‘s still some racism but the art is glorious

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Will | Will Smith
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I wasn‘t a massive fan of Will the rapper, as a DJ myself back in the day, it was Jazzy Jeff who drew my interest. He was, & still is, one of the best scratch DeeJays & listening to his cuts was the reason to buy a Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince record. So, the first half of this book is good, charting the duo‘s rise to fame. The 2nd half (Hollywood years) is disappointing. His journey of self discovery was boring and lack of gossip was a let down