2019 Big Webcomics Catch-Up: Tapas, Part #1

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Tapas (formerly Tapastic) is one of my favourite platforms for webcomics. Before I finally set up an RSS feed and stopped relying on bookmarks last year, I had two big problems: discovering new comics to read and keeping track of which comic updates when, which are active, and so on. I could never remember for more than a couple. So stumbling upon a site that had many comics in one place, some sorting, and alerted you when they updated? It was a fucking godsend.

Since I followed so many comics on there, I will be splitting this part of the catch-up into three posts, last one of which will be dedicated to comics that have stopped being active before I fell off the wagon last June. Comics from my RSS feed (there’s even more of those) will be split in a similar way. There will be separate posts dedicated to complete comics, favourites, etc as well.

Now, onto the comics themselves (in alphabetical order).

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Review: Touch by Claire North

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Whoa. Just…whoa.

First recommended to me by Coffee/Travis of The Fantasy Inn, who has been almost as insistent with it as I am with my darling, The Gray House – and when it finally got chosen as the bookclub pick for the month after being nominated for probably like a year in a row, I simply had to. And even now, days later, I am still thinking about what I read. It did not leave me untouched.

It is not beauty, in an eye, a hand, a curl of hair. I have seen old men, their backs bent and shirts white, whose eyes look up at the passers-by and in whose little knowing smiles there is more beauty, more radiance of soul, than any pampered flesh. I have seen a beggar, back straight and beard down to his chest, in whose green eyes and greying hair was such handsomeness that I yearned to have some fraction of him to call my own, to dress in rags and sweep imperious through city streets.

Kepler is a body-hijacking ghost. With a touch it can jump into any body and use it for any amount of time, leaving a host with a gap in their memories. And it is not alone. When a host it loved and cherished is killed from under it, seemingly with the intention to kill Kepler too, it goes on a journey across Europe to find out who did it and why.

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Review: Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor (Binti #1-3)

ARC received from the publisher (DAW) on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this series of novellas immensely. I’ve had Binti on my TBR since 2016 and in a way, I’m glad I waited until now – even though this is my first read, they work far, far better as one book.

“I have to try and make it better,” I said. “I can’t just leave here.”

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2018 Wrap-Up: Statistics & Top 13 Books

It took a long time (most people posted them in December and here’s me in February…), but the wrap-up is finally here. All in all, 2018 was an excellent year for reading. I surpassed my last year’s number of books read by 4, found a new all-times favourite, began reviewing every book I read, and, of course, started writing a blog on June 17th, which is something I’ve been planning since 2016.

  • New books read: 64, which is 4 more than in 2017
  • Books reviewed: 39, give or take a few
  • DNFs: 10
  • Out of books read, 39 books (61%) were written by female authors, 23 (36%) by male authors, one (1.5%) by a non-binary author, and one (1.5%) by a mixed-gender team
  • The longest was The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, with 430 378 words and the shortest was The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn by Usman T. Malik with 22 366 words. Both according to the Calibre counter.
  • 23 books (36%) were not part of a series
  • 16 (25%) books were self-published

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January 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up

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January has been an excellent reading month quantity-wise, but quality-wise…not so much, despite only a single DNF. February is also my last month of freedom before Hell Semester starts and I plan to enjoy it as much as I can!

  • The Royal Art of Poison by Eleanor Herman: I started this year with a nonfiction book. It’s gross but fascinating, covering everything from poison, cures, environment risks, poor hygiene (they. shat. everywhere.), disease, to about 20 stories of people who were allegedly poisoned and a modern look at what really happened. Recommended to every writer and anyone who’s read City of Lies and is curious about how it worked IRL.
  • The Wizard Hunters by Martha Wells: In retrospect, should have probably been a DNF. Not badly written, just one of the most boring books I ever read.
  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James: Still can’t quite believe I got it. Did not live up to the hype for me. Uneven pacing, profoundly unlikable MC, darker than I expected. Still, fans of grimdark might find something to like and the worldbuilding is fantastic.
  • The Grass People by Kay Parley (DNF 61%): Buddy read with Keikii (who has, unlike me, managed to finish it). Much (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ was had. Excellent worldbuilding, but the extremely traditionalist attitudes of most characters annoyed me to no end, especially once it became clear that the plot sided with them. Thought “what’s the point of torturing myself with a book that pisses me off” and quit.
  • The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold: Reread because I needed a good book after three disappointments in a row. Still as good as ever. Caz is the best ❤
  • The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe: Fun, quick to read UF with really good worldbuilding. I don’t usually like UF, but blazed through this. The fast, easy read I needed.
  • The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft: Prose and characters remain as good as ever, and the ending is excellent, but I was not a fan of the structure.
  • Currently just about to finish Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor (ARC). Very enjoyable and definitely works better as one book.

Books read this year: 5 (+ a reread)

r/Fantasy Bingo Challenge progress: 44/50 (88%)

Review: The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft (The Books of Babel #3)

Reviewing sequels isn’t easy. Especially not when they have been as anticipated as this one. Will it live up to the hype? Will it suffer from middle book syndrome? In the end, The Hod King left me mostly satisfied, eager for the sequel, but not without complaints.

You act as if she’s a fancy, an errand. She is not!  She is a woman whose life I ruined! Ruined with my pride, my inability, my selfishness. I will find her. I will offer my help if she needs it, my heart if she wants it,  my head, even if she would see it on a stake!

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