Gods of Jade and Shadow
July 28th, 2019 by diane92345

A mighty quest awaits young Casiopea when she links up with the Mayan god of death in Gods of Jade and Shadow.

Casiopea is an eighteen-year-old girl in rural Mexico in the 1920s. After bleeding on a bunch of bones in a chest, she awakens Hun-Kame, the Mayan god of death. They embark on a quest to retrieve the god’s missing bones and defeat his evil brother so he can take his rightful place as king of the underworld.

I adored this historical fiction fairy tale of quests, fate, and magical realism. If any of those themes resonate with you, pick up a copy of Gods of Jade and Shadow. You won’t be sorry. 4.5 stars!

Thanks to Del Rey and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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God Complex: Dogma
July 24th, 2018 by diane92345

Great world building and artwork makes the God Complex: Dogma a great choice for sci-fi fans!

Seneca is a digital forensic police officer in the future. His world is ruled by Greek gods called the Rulers. There is one holdout, the Church of the Trinity, which believes in just one god. When mysterious deaths start occurring, Seneca is offered a job by the Rulers to hunt the one god within the city’s power grid called the stream. Seneca also hears a voice in his head questioning his motives and actions. The coup, a rebel group fighting the Rulers, attempts to turn Seneca against the Rulers.

The artwork within God Complex: Dogma is beautiful especially the Matrix’esque depiction of the Fates. The plot takes a bit of time to get into due to its complexity. However, the ideas resonate long after the conclusion is reached. This graphic novel is recommended for sci-fi fans of Tron, Blade Runner and the Matrix. 4 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, Image Comics, and Edelweiss+ for an advanced copy.

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July 28th, 2017 by diane92345

Heathen is a coming out story interwoven with Norse mythology.

Heathen tells the story of Aydis, a Viking young woman who can fight as well as any male warrior. After kissing a girl (and liking it), her father is forced by the tribe’s elders to punish her. Aydis must marry a man of her father’s choosing or he must kill her. Her father pretends to kill her but instead banishes her from the tribe.

With only her trusty horse, Saga, Aydis decides to rescue the Valkyrie Brynhild from a mountain surrounded by fire. During her quest, Aydis meets and sometimes fights many Norse gods. There are three chapters in this volume and this summary is only part of chapter one. Many more adventures occur later.

The coming out plot was interesting though short. Hopefully, this plot line will be explored more in future volumes of this series. The mythological setting was my favorite part. Who doesn’t enjoy a good quest complete with battles with temperamental gods? The author does a great job explaining the back stories of the gods without overdoing the detail. The artwork is unusual but clearly sets the fantasy mood.

If you like Marvel’s Thor movie/comics or the great Neil Gaiman book, Norse Mythology, Heathen will be a real treat for you as it was for me.

Thanks to the Vault Comics and netgalley for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Cover pic
June 24th, 2017 by diane92345

Beautiful Artwork and a Compelling Plot

I picked up this graphic novel because it combines two of my favorite genres: graphic novels and mysteries. Am I ever glad I did!

A British man visiting Los Angeles has his flight back home canceled. While waiting, he visits an old friend before returning to his temporary home. Too anxious to go to sleep, he meets an old man who offers a story in exchange for a cigarette and a book of matches.

The tale he tells is a reworking of the origin story in the Bible. It is a creation story of the universe with many familiar names such as God, Lucifer and three angels. However, the plot is twisted just enough that you know you reading a Neil Gaiman.

It is also a mystery, perhaps more than one. One of the angels is killed and another named Vengeance is tasked by Lucifer to solve the crime. I won’t spoil the end but trust me, it is excellent and resolves the plot and subplots perfectly. When it was finished, I thought that was the only logical way to end the book but then I wondered why I didn’t foresee the end. That is how a great mystery ought to make you feel so kudos to Mr. Gaiman.

I have to comment on the beautiful artwork. The pastel colors with dramatic pops of red and bright golden yellow emphasize the story’s plot points perfectly. I started reading this on my Kindle in black and white. But quickly decided to read it on my tablet to get the full effect of the art. I would recommend others do the same (or read it on paper).

Overall, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. I wish I could turn the rating stars up to 11!

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