Nights Dominion Vol 1
May 21st, 2018 by diane92345

Night’s Dominion Vol 1 contains great artwork and an interestingly imagined medieval world. However, the plot contains a rather generic revolution story reminiscent of Les Miserables.

Emerane is a master thief.  When she and a band of other rascals led by a minstrel take on the cult of Uhlume, violence ensues. The cult is composed of skull-headed beings, who run the town of Umber.

This book has a rather standard sword and sorcery rich vs. poor quest plot that is wrapped up well by the end. Some of the best elements are presented during the rousing conclusion so I’m looking forward to the next volume. The artwork is attractive with a good use of color and crosshatching in the background to add dimension and impact to each scene.  Ironically, my favorite part is the tagline on the back of the book, which I’m sure will entice many other readers to buy it.

“A thief, a bard, an assassin, a mage, and a cleric walk into a bar…”

A solid 3 star read. It is also available on Comixology Unlimited.

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July 7th, 2017 by diane92345

This is a short non-fiction book about the celebrity culture in which we currently live. It is interesting and definitely worth the time to read it.

The cover of the book says “The famous, the infamous, and why we care way too much about them”. I expected more research than the two studies that were described in the book. However, both of them were fascinating. One was a study of monkeys that proved that even monkeys are enthralled by alpha or celebrity monkeys. The second study tested which celebrities were people’s favorites and why. Basically, celebrity worship is in both our DNA and our brains so it is unlikely to stop soon.

The rest of the book was interviews with people that are successful in their own field, including some actors, about how they felt about celebrities. Some had good insights.

My favorite part of the book was the intermissions at the end of each chapter. They were descriptions of meeting stars in person. The story about Mohammad Ali was very heartwarming and funny.

If you like non-fiction, this is a nice light vacation read.

I received an advanced reading copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway but that has not impacted my review.

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July 2nd, 2017 by diane92345

Sweet graphic novel showcasing the Louvre’s acquisition process

Fabien, a Louvre security guard, meets his girlfriend’s family for the first time. The family has an ancestor’s painting in their attic that they want Fabien to evaluate. What happens to the painting is the plot of this graphic novel.

I really enjoyed the characters in this novel. They seemed very genuine and also very French. The illustrations of the Louvre’s art were fantastic. However, my favorite part of the book was the resolution. It’s brilliant!

Thanks to the author, publisher and netgalley for an advanced review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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