June 2020 Reading Wrap Up [Books]

June 2020

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In the Before Times, I would have been really happy with having read 8 books in a month. Now, I’m happy I ‘only’ read 8, because after hitting double digits for a few months in a row, I hit a sort of mini reading slump at the start of June. But I did hit 75 books total for 2020, so now I’ve increased my Goodreads 2020 Goal to 100. So not too bad all round.

A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians

a declation on the rights

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My Review

I really liked this book, and would absolutely love to read more Historical Fantasy. It was a fascinating look at the revolution in France, the slave uprisings in the Caribbean and the growing abolitionist movement in England, all with the added bonus of magic, and the way its used to keep down different groups of people.

Penny Dreadful, Volume 1

penny dreadful

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My Review

It’s rare I don’t like a graphic novel, but this definitely was lacking in something. The art is fantastic, for sure, but the actual story felt weak. Maybe because it doesn’t really add much to the overall Penny Dreadful story. Prequels are difficult, but prequels done in another format have a lot of different directions they can go in, and this didn’t seem to take advantage of that.

The Ringmaster’s Daughter

the ringmasters daughter

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My Review

Historical Fiction. The cover and description made me think they’d be a touch more ‘magic’ to this, of the kind that can be found in delightful places during dark times, not the sort of magic in A Declaration. Unfortunately, the book was lacking in the magic department, and the love story wasn’t as gripping as I’d thought it’d be.

The Darkwater Bride

darkwater bride

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My Review

Another Historical. This one leaning more towards horror. I enjoyed this. It’s a full cast production of the story, and I think if it had been a single narrator I would have got frustrated, but I honestly really am enjoying a lot of what I’m listening to on Audible.

Hell in the Heartland

hell in the heartland

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Review Coming Soon on Dead Head Reviews

True Crime, a fascinating, heart-breaking account of a community struggling with drugs, murder, arson, kidnapping and grief. Jax Miller takes us right into the events surrounding the disappearance of two teenage girls, while exploring the other issues affecting this area. I strongly recommend this one.

Hold For Release Until the End of the World

hold for release

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Review Coming Soon on Dead Head Reviews

Bizarro Horror, a genre I’ve not had any experience with before. I really enjoyed this, a little more than C.V. Hunt’s Zombieville. If you’re a fan of strange horror, definitely check this one out. I listened to it on Audible too, and the narration was perfect.

The Only Good Indians

the only good indians

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Review Coming Soon on Dead Head Reviews

Horror, man versus nature, a brutal tale I really couldn’t put down. Jones creates vivid, intriguing characters who really draw you along with the story and make you deeply care about what happens to them.

The Never Tilting World

the never tilting world

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My Review

A brilliant, wonderful fantasy that had me hooked right from the start. This book is engaging and beautiful and honestly I could go on and on about how good it is. It feels different and fresh, and I am super excited by the prospect of a second book.

So there we have it. The books I read in June. I’m going to have less free time going forward, so I don’t expect the numbers to jump much up from this now. But I do have a lot of books I want to try and get read this month, as they come out either in July or August. But we’ll see.

 

Penny Dreadful, Volume 1 [Books]

penny dreadful

Genre: Horror
Publisher: Titan Comics

Rating: starstarstar

I really liked the TV series Penny Dreadful. (Not the ending though, but I can’t remember the last time a TV show ending actually left me satisfied) Penny Dreadful is what a good The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen adaptation should look like. Vanessa, in particular, is a fantastic character throughout the series, and I was keen to check out the graphic novel that explored the events prior to the start of the TV show.

Unfortunately, I didn’t think this really added much, and felt more like rehashing what we’d been told within the show itself. The book is marked as ‘1’, but as far as I can tell it’s a standalone graphic novel, whereas there’s another series that continues on from the show itself, which I’d still be interested in checking out.

The artwork is beautiful and Vanessa looks exactly like Eva Green. However, a large amount of the artwork is obscured by darkness. It gives the same effect as trying to watch dark scenes on TV with the curtains wide open.

You can probably tell by now how much I adore graphic novels. And I suspect a glance over my Goodreads will show I give a majority of them 4 or 5 stars. It’s rare where I read one and get frustrated, or start thinking about the next one on my comics TBR before I’ve even finished what I’m reading.

With this, I found myself increasingly bored. There were some good moments, and it was interesting to get a proper look at Harker, but most of the time it felt like it was dragging on – perhaps because of the previously mentioned problem where it was actually difficult to see what was happening in different panels.

I feel like there were much better directions this could have gone, and overall although I sort of enjoyed reading it, it was a little disappointing. Like I said though, it hasn’t put me off checking out the other Penny Dreadful series, though I hope the scenes in the other one are easier to see.