Fables, Vol. 2: Animal Farm – Book Review

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Finished reading

Animal Farm (Fables vol 2 )

by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialcha  ★★★★

Expectation

It has been almost a year I’ve read the first graphic novel in Fables series. I always wanted to keep reading it trough and that still stands. I want to learn more on Fables and their lives on this side of stories.

“It’l happen Snow, one of the advantages of near immortality is that we can learn to accept and adapt to almost anything.. eventually. “

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Summary

I’ve actually read Animal farm by George Orwell last year and it was a bit scary connecting these two works for me. The original classic was something I didn’t really enjoy reading but I agree it should be on the mandatory reading lists for everyone. It’s value should not be underrated. This version where some of my favorite things meet in this revolutionary light got me worried. I love fairy tales more than anything and dragging them into serious classic literature was no picnic for me.

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In this Fable series second volume we get to learn more about The Farm – secluded place where all Fables who cannot adapt to living among human unnoticed or pass as human live.  Among many metaphors to life the one that stood out most for me was the one about life choices we need to make on our own. Some of it, like Goldielocks for one,  is just really confusing…

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Conclusion

I will keep reading this graphic novel series at my own pace. Since every volume so far. including the Fairest spin off series I adore had some really cool side stories I will probably enjoy it at a slower pace.

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Reading in progress – February

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On the account of traumas I’m having while relocating all my reading habits for the past few years from Shelfari to Goodreads I’m in the middle of reading quite a few books from January!

Here are my shameful reading in progress that are getting little to zero progress…

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Neuromancer (Sprawl Trilogy book 1) by William Gibson

0 out of 228 pages

I’m thinking seriously of skipping this one for a while since all the shaming on it is getting ridiculous. Other books appeal to me more and this one is not on my favorite lists. I’m actually scared it will make me want to read less in general just to avoid it.

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Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark Book 15) by Kresley Cole

303 out of 531 pages

I used to devour books like this one in one or two sittings. Maybe I’m out of practice but the sex scenes were a bit intense. And I know it’s spring time almost and all but I’m not feeling it :(

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Moć albiura (Saga Albiuriana book 1) by Daria Keršić

14 out of 200 pages

This is a book from Croatian author and maybe I just have problems with translations or Croatian language in general but it takes a lot for me to take on a book like this one and read it. Something in the language always seem to put me off. This one is not so bad in that department and it’s about angels…

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Moja ti by Jasna Jasna Žmak

84 out of 141 pages

This one is actually work assignment and I’m really slow with it. It’s different from my usual reading material and I’m supposed to make a review on it.

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Animal Farm (Fables vol 2 ) by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialcha

0 out of 112 pages

I borrowed this graphic novel from a friend in January and I still didn’t get to start reading it. I have no excuse…

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Monthly Reading Review – January 2016

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Monthly Reading Review – January 2016

This January I have read:

La Liste De Mes Envies by Gregoire Delacourt ★★★

Le ragazze di Sanfrediano by Vasco Pratolini ★★★★

Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter book 2) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman book 1) by Graeme Simsion ★★★★★

Žena s drugog kata by Jurica Pavičić ★★★

Cosmétique de l’ennemi by Amelie Nothomb ★★★

Back on the Street (Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1) by Warren Ellis, Darick Robertston ★★★★

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1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

January is one of the slowest reading months for me. Reading seven books in January is a pretty good score.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in November? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

There were some interesting new books and there were some favorite rereads. I think Rosie Project was the book I enjoyed the most this January.

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3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

I was fortunate enough and my reading menu was all good. Žena s drugog kata and Cosmétique de l’ennemi were weird and out of my usual reading scope.

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4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

Again I did all the RL book club reading and for the rest I just improvised with lots of reading in the moment picks. This resulted in quite a bit of unusual reading material for me. This no reading plan and Shelfari chaos are making me spin in circles what might not be such a bad thing.

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5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

I started one graphic novel series Transmetropolitan and did a second reading of two favorite book series. The rest of my reading was strangely not part of any book series. I’m not sure how I feel about this.

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

I would like to recommend both of my rereads Rosie Project and Laughing Corpse. 

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Reading in progress

Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark, #15) by Kresley Cole

Moć albiura (Saga Albiurana, #1) by Daria Keršić

Moja ti by Jasna Jasna Žmak

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Afterthought

This thing with Shelfari closing down has put me on a loop. The result was not one review in January! Now when I look back on it I would have liked to have written a review on some of the more unusual reading picks I did. With my reading this month I was all over this world and visited some others as well! I won the lottery in France, fell in love in Australia, made out with five women scorned in the Italy, torched some zombies in St. Louis and then went out to live out the rest of my life on a small isolated island in the Adriatic sea.

Christmas in January

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I’ve been on a bookish fast for the better part of the last year. Naturally I’ve managed to compensate for it in one single shopping spree!

Here is the result!

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Books I bought in January:

Sigvald (Warhammer Heroes #4) by Darius Hinks

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Freefall (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #1) by Joss Whedon, Andrew Chambliss, Georges Jeanty (Artist), Karl Moline (Artist)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: On Your Own (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #2)
by Andrew Chambliss (Creator), Scott Allie, Georges Jeanty (Artist), Cliff Richards (Artist), Joss Whedon (Executive Producer)

Spike: The Complete Series (Angel: After the Fall) by Brian Lynch, Nicola Zanni

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan

Battle Lines (Department 19 #3) by Will Hill

Necroscope (Necroscope, #1) by Brian Lumley

Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

Elminster in Myth Drannor (Forgotten Realms: Elminster, #2) by Ed Greenwood

The Temptation of Elminster (Forgotten Realms: Elminster #3) by Ed Greenwood

Elminster’s Daughter (Forgotten Realms: Elminster #5) by Ed Greenwood

Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12) by Charlaine Harris

Now all I need is a spring cleaning spree to house them all properly!

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Shelfari Sad Goodbye

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After more than eight years of being a member of Shelfari community I logged to find this message.

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The only thing that was missing was a loud wailing siren and the message above blinking in more brighter red tones.

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I admit I got a bit panicked at first and after panic depression settled in…

I tried Goodreads years ago but I didn’t like it and I stayed on Shelfari for a reason.

I like the user friendly interface where I have my virtual bookshelf presented as a wooden bookshelf in the color of wood of my choosing.

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I like the fact that there are just a few shelf categories which makes it look neat and uniform. I like how simple adding books and shelving them is in Shelfari.

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Truth be told I have grown fond of the senior citizen user friendly ability to enlarge book covers on my shelves and I love how they look. In comparison Goodreads shelving looks bleak and tiny.

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Just as reading is a personal activity so is this preferance to Shelfari. I read books for my own pleasure and I am not accustomed to this many types of online social interference the Goodreads community has to offer.

In fact it all makes me want to take a pen and paper for keeping track of my reading goals and statistics.

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Initial interface and book categories remind me of paid databases I researched in for college. This is what makes them even more off-putting. The paranoid in me wants to shout that it all just clicks too close to giving out too much free information to companies that can use it for making profit. Goodreads 2

I know that this Shelfari ending has been in the coming for a few years. I’ve been expecting it trough announcements from Shelfari editors who were all saying goodbye one by one.

Learning my way trough the Goodreads will be slow and painful since I know what I’m missing. I’ve been trying to update form one platform to the other but there are too many books unaccounted for and too many reviews lost. These things don’t mater to anyone else but me and that makes me see just how much I relied on Shelfari. This is not the first time I’m trying to synchronize Shelfari and Goodreads. It grates on my nerves and makes a loving past-time activity into something painful and tiresome. The less painful solution seems to just stop trying to synchronize and delete all and start from zero.

I have few ideas of starting anew and it will probably be a long journey to place as safe and relaxing as Shelfari was to me.

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Bookish Challenge BF and I

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After the inconclusive results of the last challenge we did two years ago here is a new challenge boyfriend and I have agreed upon.

We each get to read ten books picked out by the other by the end of the year!

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Here is the list I’ve been given:

  1. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  2. Railsea China Mieville
  3. Transmetropolitan vol 1
  4. Game of Thrones by G.R.R. Martin
  5. Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. Journey to the centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
  7. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  8. Golden compass by Philip Pullman
  9. Treasure Island by R.L Stevenson
  10. She by Raider H. Haggard

Here are the books I’ve given out:

  1. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  2. U anđeoskom liku zvijeri by Viktoria Faust
  3. Angélique, the Marquise of the Angels by Anne and Serge Golon
  4. Angel and Faith Vol 1
  5. Howl’s moving castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  6. Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
  7. Sex Criminals Vol 1
  8. Circle by Dave Eggers
  9. Rosie Effect by Greame Simsion
  10. Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

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Books to look forward to in 2016

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Here come some of the new and upcoming books I’m looking forward to this year. They are new books by author I already love reading or new books from one of the many book series I keep track of. This list is by no means complete since gushing with new and announced books would take much more than just one post.

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The Trials of Apollo Book One The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

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Comes out in Hardcover – May 3, 2016

Another work of Rick Riordan only this time centered on the god Apollo. This should be the first book in the new series and I plan to read it as soon as I can get  my hands on it!

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The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2)  by Rick Riordan

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Comes out in Hardcover – October 4, 2016

I absolutely loved Magnus Chase first book Sword of Summer. It was funny and engaging. I’m still considering getting these books in hardcover editions as they come out. It will be a long wait until October for the book two!

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Crimson Death: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel  by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Comes out in Hardcover – June 7, 2016

I have been following and reading these books for over a decade. Technically this is the 27th instalment in this book series. If I don’t count two very short novellas it is 25th book in the series. I have yet to get my hands on the last one. I collect them in small paperback editions so that makes the wait even longer…

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Fire Touched: A Mercy Thompson Novel by Patricia Briggs  

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Comes out in Hardcover – March 8, 2016

This is one of my favorite urban fantasy series with strong female lead. This is the 9th book in the series. Again extra wait for me since I collect them in paperback editions. I have all the previous ones :)

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Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (Vorkosigan Saga) by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Comes out in Hardcover – February 2, 2016

This is one of the rare science fiction books I like. It is also something I watch out for my bf. This one is part of a 15+ book series. all the books mostly cover the character of Miles Vorkosigan but this one is centered on his mother Cordelia.

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Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles) by Kevin Hearne

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Comes out in Hardcover –  January 26, 2016

As much as I’m looking forward to this one I’m mad as well! This book series used to come out straight in paperback and with this book they made an exception and started printing out first editions in hardcover. Reason that this makes me mad is that it means more waiting time for me to get my paperback copy . It is the 8th book in the series that has a few novellas as well.

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My American Duchess by Eloisa James

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Comes out in Hardcover – January 26, 2016

Last on this list and the sweetest is historical romance book by Eloisa James. I fell in love with her Desperate Duchesses book series. This is either a start of a something new or the 9th book in the series. Either way I plan on reading it as soon as I can. The sweet thing is that booth hardcover and paperback come out at the same date!

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What books are you looking forward to this year?