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alexbaysinger

alexbaysinger

Joined November 2016

"The dream is over." - Jonathan Hickman, East of West
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Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan
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Everything That's Underneath | Kristi DeMeester
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I really loved this short story collection. Kristi DeMeester is very good at setting up a creepy tone by effectively activating the reader's five senses; taste, touch, smell, sound, and sight. She was also able to describe emotions is a beautiful and disturbing way. I don't think this collection will be for everyone, but if you enjoy psychological/body horror that's a little more subtle, then you might enjoy this book.

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The Ancient Magus' Bride | Kore Yamazaki
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I really enjoyed this. It's like a fairytale for older kids/teens and adults. It has magic, dragons, and fairies. If you love fantasy and fairy tales, then you'll love this manga.

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Land of the Lustrous | Haruko Ichikawa
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This manga has a unique and interesting premise, but something was missing for me. It was difficult to tell what was happening at times, particularly during the battle scenes and it was also difficult for me to tell the characters apart from one another. Maybe I'll have better luck with the anime. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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The Secret Garden | Frances Hodgson Burnett, Jan Fields
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1. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I must have read that book 100 times as a kid.

2. Dinosaur figurines. I loved dinosaurs as a kid, blame
Jurassic Park.

3. It's not dinner, but I loved it when my Mom made french toast for breakfast.

4. Cupcakes because frosting.

#manicmonday

JoScho Frosting 🙌🏼 2y
alexbaysinger @JoScho Yes! 🙌 2y
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Hell Hound | Ken Greenhall, Jessica Hamilton
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As you can probably tell from the title, this isn‘t a heartwarming tearjerker about a boy and his dog. This book goes inside the mind of a sociopathic bull terrier. If you don‘t like reading about animals getting hurt or killed, then skip this. However, if you can stomach that, this is a very interesting book that tells a story from a different perspective. Despite the subject matter, it‘s easy to read because it‘s very well written.

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American Psycho | Bret Easton Ellis
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1. American Psycho
2. Moulin Rouge
3. Prometheus. The plot is a mess, but I just love this movie for some reason. I always watch it when it's on TV.
4. Candy. I usually go for those watermelon Sour Patch Kids. 🍉 Or Swedish Fish. 🐟 #ManicMonday

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I too have an inexplicable affection for Prometheus. 2y
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We Were Liars | E. Lockhart
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I have a lot to say about this book, but not a lot of space to say it. So I will say that I think the hype surrounding this book ruined it for me. If I had not known that there was a twist then it would have been more effective. Because I knew about the twist, I found myself trying to figure it out, which I did about halfway. Also, the twist was not that great. It was not effectively crafted.👇

alexbaysinger A good twist immediately makes you want to re-read a book to pick up any clues that you missed because everything clicked together so well. This book did not make me feel like that. Also I felt the prose was over-written, like the author was trying too hard. I will say that the last 25 pages did pack an emotional punch, which redeemed the book somewhat for me. 2y
Eggs I liked it but also I wasn't exposed to any hype beforehand. So the undeniable effect of hype... 2y
alexbaysinger @Eggs very true. I feel like a lot of books or movies that are marketed with "twist" endings that "everyone will be talking about" really do a disservice to the book or movie. What makes a twist effective is that they aren't expected. So when you go into a movie or a book knowing there is a twist it ruins the surprise because all you're doing is trying to figure out what the twist is. 2y
Eggs Agreed and I do relish the unexpected 🤓I don't know what can be done short of not looking at reviews 2y
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BOOM! Box 2015 Mix Tape | John Allison, Jon Chad, Kris Wilson, Rob Denbleyker, Dave McElfatrick, Rosemary Valero-OConnell, John Kovalic
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This was a really cute anthology from the comic publisher BOOM! Box. The comics were short, funny, and heart warming. I think kids (10-15) who like comics would love this.

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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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I really enjoyed this book. Which is strange because the subject matter is not really joyful. Mostly it serves as a reminder of how difficult it is to be a woman in our society. This is not a plot driven book, it is character driven, which I think is why I enjoyed it. Even though the characters weren't the most "likeble" you could understand and empathize with them. Zumas really succeeds in creating interesting, flawed, fleshed-out human beings.

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I loved this manga! It's set in early 20th century Japan. A war veteran and an Ainu girl form an unlikely alliance to find hidden Ainu gold. Amazing action scenes, plus I learned a lot about the Meiji era of Japan and about the Ainu people.

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I don't know why I find this image so hilarious. I think it's the face she's making. 😂😂

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Gakuen Polizi | Milk Morinaga
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This was really cute and entertaining. I wasn't sure if I wanted to pick up the next volume, but then it ended on a major cliff hanger! So now I just have to know what happens next!

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Super cute! Nice fluffy stories about crushes that take place at an all-girls school.

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The Outsider | Stephen King
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Looking forward to yet another Stephen King book! This one seems to be a mystery/thriller rather than straight up horror. Either way, I'll definitely be picking this one up.
http://ihorror.com/new-stephen-king-novel-outsider-gets-release-date-plot-info/

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Amazing! I love the mash-up of the post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, steampunk, and Western genres. It feels like an epic story, almost Biblical. lf you enjoy Saga, you'll probably enjoy this series as well.

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This series is amazing! Jeff Lemire is such a talented storyteller and world-builder. And Justin Nguyen's watercolor art is beautiful. I love the organic look that the watercolors give to the machines and the tech. Just an overall amazing sci-fi comic series. Highly, highly recommended!

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What a shame that the CW didn't end up picking up Joe Hill's take on Tales from the Darkside. He's one of my favorite writers and so versatile! He writes amazing books, comics, AND scripts. Hopefully another network will read these and consider letting Mr. Hill write another pilot for a tv show and actually put it on the air!

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My Christmas haul. I'm super excited to dive into these! Also I love my Ewok mug and R2D2 usb hub. I'm not quite sure how to use the latter, but I'm sure I'll figure it out. 🤔😂 Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates! 🎁🎄

RaimeyGallant Nice! 2y
MrBook Wonderful! #NiceStack! Merry Christmas! 2y
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Midnight at the Electric | Jodi Lynn Anderson
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Well, my puppy ripped up my brand new copy of Midnight at the Electric. She owes me a new copy for Christmas!
Sigh, Mondays. 🤦🏻‍♀️

SassyBookworm Oh no!! 😱😰 2y
CouronneDhiver Nooooo! 😱 Pup is going to end up on the “naughty” list 2y
alexbaysinger @CouronneDhiver Oh, she's been on the naughty list for a while. This is not her first offense, but it is her worst. My books are sacred! 2y
Lmstraubie Ugh!!! 2y
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Interesting read. I didn't necessarily agree with all of Harari's points, but I still enjoyed his take on what the future may have in store.

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This is a horror book about a group of hired guns who are hired to help a woman find her nephew at a religious compound called Little Heaven. During their investigation the group finds something more sinister is lurking in the woods around the compound. I really enjoyed this book. While it wasn't necessarily scary to me, there was a lot of creepy and disturbing imagery and the story was very intriguing, which made me want to keep reading. (4/5)

Iamlisa22 Oooh I'm adding this to my list. Sounds good 2y
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This was so great! I love reading the episodes rather than listening to the podcast. For some reason, I just can't pay attention to audio books or podcasts, so this format is much better for me. If you have the same issue and you want to see what Welcome to Nightvale is all about, then I highly recommend this book. If you're already a fan, then this is a great way to revisit the older episodes.

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Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft | Stephen Jones, H. P. Lovecraft, Les Edwards
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Wow, this is a chunker! It's a little over 800 pages, and it contains most of H.P.L's most well known stories and a few poems. I wouldn't recommend this collection to anyone who is just starting to get into Lovecraft. I would suggest that you start with a smaller volume or of you have the Serial Reader app, read the stories available there. His style takes some getting used to👇

alexbaysinger But if you're a fan of H.P.L., this is a must have collection. 2y
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If you've seen the movie, there's really nothing new here. The art is great, but unless you're a big Star Wars and comics nerd, like me, this is not really something you have to read.
⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3/5)

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This series starts off kind of slow, but it starts to pick up. I really like Riri as a character and her relationship with A.I. Tony Stark. I known some people have a problem with Riri "replacing" Tony in Invincible Iron Man. Personally, I think it's awesome and I can relate to Riri a little bit more than Tony.
⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3/5)

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This was fun to read. I love seeing the Avengers and the X-Men working together. Plus, my girl The Scarlet Witch is an a part of the team with makes it ten times better.
❌❌❌⅟❌ (3.5/5)

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Attack on Titan 4 | Hajime Isayama
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This series is great. It sounds like something you'd be interested in reading or if you like the anime, I would suggest getting the boxes set containing the first 4 issues. You will definitely want to keep reading after you finish a volume.
⚔⚔⚔⚔(4/5)

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Spell on Wheels | Kate Leth
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Witches on a road trip! Need I say more? I love the emphasis on female friendship because, way too often, females are pitted against each other (*cough* *cough* AHS: Coven). So it's nice to see a group of female witches getting along and working together.
🔮🔮🔮🔮 (4/5)

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Raven | Marv Wolfman
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I love Raven, she's one of my favorite superheros, so I'm glad that she got her own mini series. It's not the best comic ever, but it should please Raven fans.
😈😈😈 (3/5)

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Doom Patrol by Gerard Way | Gerard Way, Nick Derington
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This comic is AMAZING!!! It is so weird, so quirky, so creative. At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it because it seemed so abstruse. Things really started to kick of when the team started coming together to go on insane adventures. If you enjoy weird, this book has plenty of it.
🍔🍔🍔🍔⅟🍔 (4.5/5)

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Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Joker Loves Harley (Rebirth) | Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
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This was a little bit better than the last volume. I just have a problem with the queer baiting the writers employ with Harley and Poison Ivy's relationship. Like I've said before, Harley is a complex character and she deserves more than being just a sex symbol.
🤡🤡⅟🤡 (2.5/5)

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This was a pretty fun read. I mean it was totally ridiculous, but what else can you expect for a Deadpool comic? If Deadpool can team up with Spider-Man, why not Venom?
🐰🐰🐰/5 (3/5)

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American War | Omar El Akkad
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This book is heartbreaking. Like the beginning says it's not a story about war, it's a story about ruin. It's a story about how war can break someone so that they lose themselves completely. The main character is difficult to like because she is so broken and she makes some awful choices, but you can understand why she commits these atrocities. I really enjoyed this book even though it made me angry at some points.
🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸/5 (4/5)

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So this story is a little out there, but it's Doctor Strange, so what do you expect. I love the team-up of various magical heroes including...Sir Isaac Newton? Told you it was out there. My only problem is that they didn't include The Scarlet Witch, but I guess Wiccan is an acceptable substitute. Also there is some fantastically trippy art.
🍎🍎🍎🍎/5 (4/5)

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Motor Crush Volume 1 | Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr
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This comic is amazing! The creators have created such an interesting futuristic world with great characters and an awesome story. I also appreciate that the protagonist is a queer woman of color. The story is fast paced and the art matches it perfectly. One of the best comics to come out this year.
🏍🏍🏍🏍🏍/5 (5/5)

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The Flash | Joshua Williamson
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Another fantastic volume of The Flash Rebirth comics! If you like The Flash, I definitely recommend picking up this series because this run is great.
⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️/5 (4/5)

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I love Kate Bishop, so I'm glad she got her own series. She definitely deserves one. This is a really fun read, especially for the summer since it takes place in sunny L.A.
🏹🏹🏹🏹/5 (4/5)

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This was pretty good. I liked learning about the back stories of the new members of the JLA, particularly Killer Frost's.
🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸⅟🇺🇸(3.5/5)

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Wow! I really enjoyed this comic. The story is really intriguing which made it hard to put down. It's also super creepy and weird which I love. Highly recommended and I can't wait to pick up the next volume.
♖♖♖♖/5 (4/5)

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Attack on Titan, Volume 3 | Hajime Isayama
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Finished Volume 3, now onto Volume 4!

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Under a Watchful Eye | Adam Nevill
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I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked the concept and the writing, but the story wasn't as good. A successful horror writer is blackmailed by a cult of astral projectors to write a book promoting their organization. I love stories about weird cults and that aspect of the book was very interesting, it just took way too long for the book to hit its stride.
👻👻👻⅟👻/5 (3.5/5)

RaimeyGallant Great review! 2y
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Attack on Titan: 2 | Hajime Isayama
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Volume Two of the fantastic manga, Attack on Titan. I am loving this series both as an anime and a manga.
⚔⚔⚔⚔/5 (4/5)

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A-Force Vol. 1: Hypertime | G Willow Wilson
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This was a really fun read! I loved all of the characters and their team dynamic. I also like that the writers didn't make a big deal about the A-Force being an all female superhero team. They're just a group of superheros saving the world, who happen to be female.
💪💪💪💪/5 (4/5)

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Attack on Titan 1 | Hajime Isayama
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I actually like the anime a little bit more than the manga so far, because the show develops the chatacters a bit more. However, this is only the first volume, so more character development may come later on. Both are fantastic though, the story and the world building are incredible.
⚔️⚔️⚔️⚔️/5 (4/5)

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This is my favorite story arc in the new Batman series so far. Tom King is doing an amazing job writing this character.
🦇🦇🦇🦇/5 (4/5)

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This is probably the best volume out of all of The Scarlet Witch comics. You learn the truth about Wanda's parents and where she came from. If you love The Scarlet Witch, I recommend you pick up this volume, if you haven't already.
🔮🔮🔮⅟🔮 (3.5/5)

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Coco Chanel | Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Ma Isabel Saanchez Vegara, Ana Albero
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This was a cute picture book with some lovely illustrations. It teaches children, not only about Coco Chanel and her life, but it also dares children to be different.
👒👒👒/5 (3/5)

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Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words | Karen Leggett Abouraya
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This is a good book for young children who want to learn about Mala's story. It also provides information for how they can help Mala's cause. The illustrations are very unique, the artists uses cut paper and photographs.
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 (3/5)

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The Beauty Tp Vol 1 | Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley
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The concept of this comic is very intriguing. It's very well written. I wished there were more horror elements, but that's just me. Otherwise, it's very interesting and I plan on picking up the second volume.
💉💉💉⅟💉 (3.5/5)

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I loved this anthology! All of the stories were enjoyable and well written. There were definitely some creepy stories I here, so this would be a great one to pick up during Halloween.
🌙🌙🌙🌙⅟🌙/5 (4.5/5)