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  • gilwilson 4:27 PM on August 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Lady Death: Malevolent Decimation 

    lady deathLady Death: Malevolent Decimation
    Story: Brian Pulido, Mike MacLean
    Interiors: Diego Bernard, Ceci de la Cruz
    Cover: Paolo Pantalena, Arif Prianto
    Hardcover, Kickstarter Hardcover, 48 pages
    Published by Coffin Comics 5/2020

    This is yet another comic book character that I collected back in the 90s.  Unless you special ordered or had a cool comic book shop this title was hard to track down but then the comic book world erupted and everything was available around 2000 it became easier to find.

    Brian Pulido has created an unlikely hero who at times seems to want to destroy humanity and other times saving humanity.  I think that’s what appeals to me in that you just never really know.

    Originally Lady Death was a hallucination, but now she is a full fledged goddess from hell.  Since 2015 Brian Pulido has taken complete control over his character and through Kickstarter has been publishing a new title every few months.

    This time around we start out in New Orleans where Lady Death seeks out a voodoo queen to track down a kid who is possessed by a demon that can help her achieve full Malevolent Decimation.    Some of the “good guys” know what the kid is capable of and try to prevent her from raising the dead.

    In this book  Brian Pulido does a little crossover from one of his other popular titles, La Muerta.  La Muerta along with Lady Death’s son  seek to prevent Lady Death from reaching her goal.

    This book contains yet another great story in the re-birth of Lady Death.  The artwork is beyond beautiful and makes the book worth looking over several times just to see it all.

     
  • gilwilson 5:24 PM on August 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    “Painkiller Jane: Trust the Universe” by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Juan Santacruz (Illustrator) 

    janePainkiller Jane: Trust the Universe
    by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Juan Santacruz (Illustrator)
    Hardcover
    Published 2019 by PaperFilms

    I used to be a slave to comic book collecting (around mid 90s), but recently I have sold off the bulk of my collection and looking for trade paperbacks/graphic novels, where you get more than one issue in a book.  But, back when I was collecting I was a huge fan of Witchblade, The Darkness, and Vampirella.  I ran into a crossover with The Darkness and Painkiller Jane and later Vampirella and Painkiller Jane.  I soon found myself a fan of Jane.

    SyFy network had a movie and then a series based (somewhat loosely in the movie, more on point with the series) about this time I started to lose interest in collecting the comics.

    Painkiller Jane is a former cop that while undercover gets injected with a cocktail of designer drugs and develops the super power of fast healing.  Think of Wolverine without the claws, and instead just a few guns and some bad ass fighting skills.  I never lost my interest in the character just in comics in general.

    Jump ahead a few years and I find the authors Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner are doing a Kickstarter to create this book.  I had to jump in.  I am so glad I did.

    This hardcover features a new story and a couple of earlier tales, one being Jane’s origin story, so if your new to the character this book will catch you up.  Being a Kickstarter there are lots of extras that I’m not sure whether or not they are included in the regular version.  Some of the extras are pin-ups drawn by various artists, and some cosplayers dressed as Jane.

    The main story in this book Jane finds herself teaming up with another Palmiotti created character called the Monolith.  They work together to stop a child trafficking ring.  Great adventures, great story….and to top it off, beautiful artwork.

    Worth your while.

     
  • gilwilson 3:19 PM on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 

    darkmatterDark Matter
    by Blake Crouch
    Hardcover, 342 pages
    Published July 26th 2016 by Crown

    Wow, just wow.  I could stop there and let you read the book and  find out why it’s hard to talk about.  But, I will not leave you hanging.  First I will tell you about why the book is unique.
    1.) It’s kind of hard to describe without giving spoilers or rather without the temptation to just tell you how it ends.
    2.) Physics

    Jason Dessen is a physics teacher in a small college in the Chicago suburbs.  His friend wins an award in biochemistry for the work Jason helped with.  He’s a little bitter but not much, It is his friend after all.  After leaving the celebration Jason is abduction by a stranger in a mask.   The last thing Jason hears before he goes unconscious is the stranger asking, “Are you happy with your life?”

    Next thing Jason knows he is strapped to a gurney in a room full of strangers wearing hazmat suits.  The next thing he hears is a stranger  saying, “Welcome back.”  Jason soon learns that he is the genius behind this facility and is highly regarded by all the staff.  Jason thinks he’s going crazy. He doesn’t remember any of this and only remembers his life with his wife and son.

    What soon begins is a run through the multiverse.  Every decision you make changes your life, but what happens if you made the other decision is something this book approaches.   Jason in one life has invented a box that allows him to travel through the multiverse and visit the different versions of his life.   All Jason wants is to go back home to his reality, but with infinite multiverse versions of his life it becomes like finding one particular grain of sand on a beach.

    This book kept me enthralled throughout the many jumps between the multiverses and even more so when times became desperate for Jason.  The end of the book will keep you wondering, what if?

    Blake Crouch, the author, is the reason I read this book.  I had seen the Wayward Pines TV series and wanted to read those books but found this one first.   This book will soon be a major motion picture, but I suggest reading it before you see the movie.

     
  • gilwilson 1:50 PM on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    The Devil’s Highway (A True Story) Written and Narrated By: Luis Alberto Urrea 

    devils highwayThe Devil’s Highway (A True Story)
    Written and Narrated By: Luis Alberto Urrea
    Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    Release date: 06-02-11
    Publisher: Hachette Audio

    May, 2001,  a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican border in to the desert of Southern Arizona in order to find a better life for themselves.   Only 12 made it out of that desert, the mummified remains of the others were discovered and the story began to unfold about this mystery.

    Luis Alberto Urrea, puts the pieces together through some in depth investigative journalism and tells the story of those that sought a better way by sneaking into the U.S.

    Urrea follows the story beginning with the Coyotes, those in charge of smuggling people to their new life and ending with the discovery and attempts to identify the remains of the humans seeking a better life by having to sneak across a vast desert.

    During the descriptions of the the states the bodies were in and how they got to be that way on top of how the body reacts to extreme heat were a bit uneasy for me to hear, but not so bad that it kept me from the story.  This is a very important section of the story and even if you are squeamish, you need to read/hear all of it.

    Urrea not only did a great job of digging out and writing this story, but his narration really gives a depth to the story.    Check it out.

    Publisher’s Summary
    The author of Across the Wire offers brilliant investigative reporting of what went wrong when, in May 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of Southern Arizona. Only 12 men came back out.

    ©2004 Luis Alberto Urrea (P)2011 Hachette Audio

     
  • gilwilson 3:35 PM on July 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    “A Tale of Two Cities” By Charles Dickens 

    tale“A Tale of Two Cities”
    By Charles Dickens
    Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
    Release date: 03-23-11
    Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.

    Sometimes I have to go back and revisit a classic.  Sometimes it’s just to see if what I took from the book the first time still holds or to see if in my growing age and wisdom I can gain new insights.  I’m really not sure why I revisited this classic.  I hated it in high school.  (pretty sure i only read part and lied on the book report)  I re-read the book back in the late 90s and had a hard time keeping focused on it and put it down many times.   This time around I thought, “Well, let’s try the audiobook.”    If I’m being perfectly honest, it is still boring, and hard to complete this arduous task.

    I do have to say that the audiobook was the best version I had experienced, but the subject matter just wasn’t my cup of meat.  Simon Prebble presented the book perfectly, I can’t blame him for the lack of interest I have in the French Revolution.

    I did give it that good ol’ college try.  (Actually a lot better than my slacker college tries ever turned out to be.)  I know how Dickens uses the cities of London and Paris as settings to show the reasons for the Revolution, but it felt like I was in that prison with Dr. Manette.  I guess really, I’m not a fan of Dickens.

    I’m not going to bore you with a summary of the book.  You should have read it by now, and if you didn’t maybe you just aren’t interested.  I think what made this most interesting was the fact that just after listening to this book, Disney+ streaming service released the recording of the Broadway production of “Hamilton,” and when they made references to the French Revolution, I fully understood what they were talking about, having had that bit of history fresh in my overcrowded brain.

    I think I’ll tackle an audio version of “Moby Dick” next.  I really love that book.

    Publisher’s Summary
    Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities is a sprawling tale of London and revolutionary Paris with a complex plot portraying the results of terror and treason, love and supreme sacrifice.
    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”—opening line of A Tale of Two Cities
    It was the time of the French Revolution, a time of great change and great danger. It was a time when injustice was met by a lust for vengeance, and rarely was a distinction made between the innocent and the guilty. Against this tumultuous historical backdrop, Dickens’ dramatic story of adventure and courage unfolds.
    Unjustly imprisoned for 18 years in the Bastille, Dr. Alexandre Manette is reunited with his daughter, the gentle Lucie Manette, and safely transported from France to England. It would seem that they could now take up the threads of their lives in peace. As fate would have it, however, the two are summoned to the Old Bailey to testify against a young Frenchman, Charles Darnay, falsely accused of treason. Strangely enough, Darnay bears an uncanny resemblance to another man in the courtroom: Sydney Carton, a dissolute barrister. It is a coincidence that saves Darnay from certain doom more than once, as the two men’s fates become intertwined with that of the Revolution.
    And there is Madame Defarge, a female revolutionary who has an implacable grudge against the aristocratic Evrémonde dynasty and who knits as she watches the beheadings.
    The storming of the Bastille, the death carts with their doomed human cargo, the swift drop of the blade of La Guillotine—this is the French Revolution that Charles Dickens vividly captures. Brilliantly plotted, the novel is rich in drama, romance, and heroics that culminate in a daring prison escape in the shadow of the guillotine.
    Public Domain (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
     
  • gilwilson 2:46 PM on June 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Cataclysm of the Ancients By: Simon Rosser 

    cataclysmCataclysm of the Ancients
    By: Simon Rosser
    Narrated by: Paul Richards
    Series: Robert Spire, Book 4
    Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    Release date: 01-28-20
    Publisher: Schmall World Publishing

    I’ve been putting off writing this review for reasons to be revealed in more detail later, but let’s just say I hate to write a bad review.   Normally I don’t write bad reviews because if a book is bad I stop reading or listening.  This time around the book is a lot of fun and great action but the narrator was just horrible.  I’m an audiobook narrator and know that it’s tough to put the work in only to have a bad review…but this time, I hope (if he reads this) that he can take it as a chance to improve.

    So let me get the bad stuff out of the way first.

    The narrator, Paul Richards, read the book in a super slow manner, I actually fell asleep and had to restart the book 3 times.  I made sure I was doing something while listening so I could pay attention on the 4th try.  But that didn’t help.  I then tried a trick.  Long ago I found a setting on my iPod where I could adjust the speed of the audiobook.  I often wondered who in the heck would ever do such a thing.  Apparently me.   I set the playback speed to 2x the normal speed.  This then made the book a normal pace and a whole lot more bearable.  Even the action sequences were boring at normal speed.  (I guess he got paid per hour.)

    The pacing wasn’t even the worst.  What nearly made me stop all together was his accents.  If you can’t do accents don’t.  Simple.  Didn’t stop this guy.  The main character of the story Robert Spire is Welsh.  But for some reason the narrator gave him a Transylvanian accent.  Actually it was a horrible impersonation of Bobby “Boris” Pickett (Monster Mash), which was a bad impersonation of Bela Lugosi.  Speeding up the the playback helped to cover this up as well.  I was really surprised that he didn’t do female voices the way Monty Python’s Flying Circus did their female voices.  But they were bearable.

    Okay so now feeling bad that I have trashed the narrator, I have to talk about something good.    That would be the story itself.

    The story is a puzzle solving history excursion and tracking down terrorists action story.  It has a great story and being the 4th book in the Robert Spire series by Si Rosser the story delivers the fun and drama.

    It’s as though Dan Brown, Clive Cussler, got together to create the ultimate action story.  Maybe throw in a little MacGyver as well.

    Terrorists have exposed a secret chamber in the Sphinx in order to track down a weapon of possible Ancient Alien origin.  Robert Spire and his co-horts have to track down and stop them from destroying the world.  The terrorists want to bring the world back to ancient times when gods were Gods.

    After destroying the Golden Gate Bridge with this ancient alien weapon, the chase is on.  The weapon was originally used to destroy the Colossus of Rhodes one of the ancient wonders of the world, is now being used to destroy modern wonders.

    A global chase that leads from the Middle East to America to the CERN super collider, will leave you breathless.  Read the written book if you can, it is great, try to avoid this audiobook.

    Publisher’s Summary
    Robert Spire is thrust into an archeological adventure and a search for a ancient relic – an object of immense technological power – missing since historical times. It must be found at all costs, and time is running out…

    226 BC: Fall of the Colossus of Rhodes…

    The mighty statue of the Greek Titan, Helios, stood proudly in the port of the ancient city of Rhodes, Greece. Built to celebrate Rhodes’ victory over the ruler of Cyprus in 305 B.C., it is one of the tallest statues of the ancient world, until it is destroyed after only 56 years. Legend suggests the Colossus was destroyed by an earthquake…But legends can be wrong.

    Present Day: A Stolen C.I.A Document…

    Langley Virginia: When CIA agent, Dr Vincent Kramer, is found brutally murdered in the facility’s parking lot, it becomes apparent that his death is linked to a missing document that was stored in the agency’s secret vault – A document detailing clandestine remote viewing experiments on the Great Sphinx in Egypt.

    An Explosion Rips Into The Sphinx…

    Soon after the theft, an explosion rips into Egypt’s legendary Sphinx, revealing a secret chamber within the ancient monolith. Upon discovering that the events are linked, the UK’s GLENCOM agency, keen to assist the Egyptian Government with the suspected terrorist attack upon one of the world’s greatest historical monuments, sends their agent, ex-environmental lawyer, Robert Spire, together with archeologist and Egyptian-Greek mythology expert, Professor Casey Carr, to Cairo to investigate…

    Spire and Casey soon make a remarkable discovery, one which leads the pair on an perilous archeological hunt across ancient Egypt and the war-torn lands of Syria for the remains of the Colossus – one of the legendary Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

    A sinister and powerful group of terrorists are also searching for the ancient artifact however, and will stop at nothing to get it, no matter what the cost…

    ©2015 Simon Rosser (P)2020 Simon Rosser

     
  • gilwilson 3:02 PM on May 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    “Behind the Sheet” By Charly Evon Simpson 

    sheetBehind the Sheet
    By: Charly Evon Simpson
    Narrated by: Monica McSwain, Matthew Floyd Miller, Dominique Morisseau, Larry Powell, Devon Sorvari, Josh Stamberg, Jasmine St. Clair, Danielle Truitt, Inger Tudor, Karen Malina White
    Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
    Performance
    Release date: 02-15-20
    Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works

    This play is based on the story of Dr. J. Marion Sims, who is known as the father of modern gynecology.  In this play Dr. Barry is trying to find a way to close fistulas after childbirth.  To do so he is buying slave women who suffer from the affliction or are about to give birth.  His treatment of slave women completely reflects the attitudes of the times, in that he experiments on the women thinking they are lesser humans because they are black.

    While the future has benefited from the work of the doctor, at what cost?  He forgoes anesthesia on the slave women because they are “less prone to pain” than white women.  All his experimental surgeries are done by having the other slaves hold down the woman get the treatment at the time and then opium afterward.  At one point another doctor says that ether is available for surgeries, but he says he won’t need it until he’s perfected his treatment and will then use that on white women.

    How the women around cope with and survive the inhuman treatment is the story here.  They struggle to maintain their dignity.  During the listening of this performance I found myself uncomfortable with the treatment of the women.  If that is the point of this play, then well done, job complete.

    I did think that the doctor, even though his name was changed for the play, was treated to nicely.  It’s pretty barbaric the way he treats the slave women as mere animals that he can just pluck out of the metaphorical cage and begin experimenting on.   Reminded me a lot of the stories coming out of the concentration camps in Nazi Germany.  I think I would have made the doctor more of a monster but he gets a bit of a soft brush when painting his character.

    Disturbing, drama, and a spotlight on a time in history we all wish would never have happened, but we constantly need that reminder.

    Again another great production from  L.A. Theatre Works that puts you in the middle of the performance.

    Publisher’s Summary
    An important medical breakthrough has a shameful history. In 1840s Alabama, a slave-owning doctor performs medical experiments on involuntary subjects – enslaved women – in an effort to solve the problem of fistulas, a post-childbirth anomaly. As the experiments proceed, and he gets close to a solution, the women try to survive and even find dignity in the face of inhuman treatment.

    Includes conversations with playwright Charly Evon Simpson and Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, author of Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology.

    Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, in August 2019.

    Behind the Sheet is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Lead funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world.

    Directed by Rosalind Ayres, Inger Tudor

    Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg

    Monica McSwain as Mary

    Matthew Floyd Miller as Samuel and Edward

    Dominique Morisseau as Dinah

    Larry Powell as Lewis and Benjamin

    Devon Sorvari as Josephine

    Jasmine St. Clair as Betty

    Josh Stamberg as George

    Danielle Moné Truitt as Sally

    Karen Malina White as Philomena

    Narrated by Inger Tudor

    Associate Artistic Director, Anna Lyse Erikson. Sound Designer and Mixing Engineer: Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood. Senior Radio Producer, Ronn Lipkin. Foley Artist, Jeff Gardner. Recording Engineer and Editor: Neil Wogensen.

    ©2020 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2020 L.A. Theatre Works

     
  • gilwilson 4:05 PM on May 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    “Lady Death: Blasphemy Anthem” by Brian Pulido 

    50725762._SY475_Lady Death: Blasphemy Anthem
    by Brian Pulido
    Story: Brian Pulido, Mike MacLean
    Interiors: Dheeraj Verma, Sabine Rich
    Cover: Diego Bernard, Alisson Rodrigues, Ceci de la Cruz
    Chapter 10 in the Coffin Comics Lady Death Universe.
    Hardcover, Kickstarter Hardcover, 48 pages
    Published January 2020 by Coffin Comics

    Chapter 10 of the Lady Death Universe opens just after the tragic events of “Scorched Earth,” an extinction level disaster brought on by The Trinity.  At this point the world wonders whether Lady Death is a hero or a threat to humankind.  Even The Sworn, a group of supernatural anti-heroes begin to wonder.  It doesn’t help that she is seeking some dark power and leaves bodies in her path to find that power.

    Lady Death Takes her battle against The Trinity to Phoenix (which just happens to be author, Brian Pulido’s, hometown)  The story is all part of a huge story arc to be continued in the next installment, “Malevolent Decimation,” which I should be receiving in my mailbox sometime this month.

    Pulido knows how to tell a story and his group of anti-heroes are a great assortment to have as a foundation for a superhero/supernatural comic.  The artwork comes alive with action and the details in the pages keep you looking over and over through the book to catch all subtleties.

    I will say that Lady Death comes out a changed person and while I’m not sure where Brian Pulido is taking his group, The Sworn, and Lady Death,  I do know I will definitely stay in line for the next issue and read on.

     

     
  • gilwilson 3:51 PM on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Spill By Leigh Fondakowski 

    spillSpill
    By Leigh Fondakowski
    Narrated by: Elisa Bocanegra, Gilbert Glenn Brown, Nicholas Hormann, Travis Johns, Jane Kaczmarek, James Morrison, Darren Richardson, Kate Steele, Mark Jude Sullivan
    Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
    Performance
    Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works

    Let’s get it out of the way:  This is another awesome performance/production from L.A. Theatre Works.   The audio performance puts you right in the middle of the action and the acting is of the high caliber expected.

    Okay that’s out of the way, we can talk specifics.

    So recent history makes a big impact, I remember when the Deep Water Horizon sank and the days and days of video footage of that well leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico back in 2010.  Every time you would turn on the news there was that video usually in the lower left corner of most 24 hour news services.  As a normal citizen I was constantly wondering how that area (specifically the Louisiana bayou) would ever recover.  I mean I love going to New Orleans for oysters, but fishing in the gulf was forever changed.  To this day, 10 years later, one can only imagine the oil at the bottom of the gulf and how it is affecting the wildlife.  But the environment wasn’t all that was affected, people lost their lives in the initial fire on the drilling platform, and lifestyles of the people living in the area were forever changed as well.

    This play portrays through the lives of those that experienced the event and even through television soundbites and even a speech from President Obama.   The script was written from media sources, court documents and the author’s personal interviews.

    The first act covers the events leading up to the tragic event then the second act the consequences come out.  Human tragedy written with some creative writing that makes the listener able to visualize the complete tragedy.

    A great cast and very nice use of sources combined with the authors great sense of writing work together to nearly put you back in time re-experiencing this tragedy.

    Publisher’s Summary
    In April of 2010, British Petroleum gave orders to speed up production on its colossal drilling rig, the Deepwater Horizon. Despite the objections of many on the rig, safety measures were ignored or overlooked. On April 20th, the Deepwater Horizon exploded. Eleven men paid the ultimate price and countless thousands who call the Gulf Coast home found their lives irrevocably altered.
    Spill is part of our Relativity Series, presented with major funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world.
    Directed by Martin Jarvis.
    An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast recording, starring:
    Elisa Bocanegra as Arleen Weise, Andrea Fleytas
    Gilbert Glenn Brown as Obama, Jorey Danos, Christopher Pleasant
    Nicholas Hormann as Bob Bea, Pat O’Bryan, Gary Bartholemy, Wyman Wheeler
    Travis Johns as Keith Jones, Steve Bertone, Jonathan Henderson
    Jane Kaczmarek as Narrator, Lillian Miller,
    James Morrison as Bill Anderson, Randy Ezell, Billy Nungesser
    Darren Richardson as Tony Hayward, Jimmy Harrell, Gordon Jones, Don Vidrine
    Kate Steele as Shelley Anderson, Jolene Danos
    Mark Jude Sullivan as Jason Anderson, Mike Williams
    Production Manager, Nikki Hyde. Music Supervisor, Ronn Lipkin. Associate Artistic Director, Anna Lyse Erikson. Editor, Julian Nicholson. Recording Engineer, Sound Designer and Mixer, Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood.
    ©2018 Leigh Fondakowski (P)2018 L.A. Theatre Works

     
  • gilwilson 2:21 PM on April 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    “Skulduggery Pleasant” By Derek Landy 

    skulduggerySkulduggery Pleasant
    By: Derek Landy
    Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    Series: Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1
    Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    Release date: 05-03-18
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

    Take a little bit of the Supernatural world, mix in a bit of Sherlock Holmes detective work, mix in a little child friendly H.P. Lovecraft, and throw in some clever banter and you have the perfect first book in a young adult fiction series.

    I picked this audiobook up a couple of years ago through the SYNC YA program, which offers free audiobooks on a weekly basis every summer.  This one has been sitting on my iPod unlistened to for a bit and I said, alright time for another YA novel.

    YA novels can be hit or miss.  Either they are so full of cliches that I just can’t listen or read or they will be fun.  This one turned out to be fun, LOTS of fun.  I became attached to the character of Stephanie immediately, and same can be said about the skeleton detective known as Skullduggery Pleasant.

    Stephan inherits, much to the dismay of her relatives, a house from her Uncle Gordon, she is to take possession of the properties when she reaches the age of 18.  So we have to wait 6 years for the adventures?  Nope!  Stephanie is a curious sort and, due to strange circumstances, spends the night at the house she has inherited.  She had befriended her uncle because of her interest in books. Uncle Gordon wrote lots of horror fiction and Stephanie is about to find out they weren’t exactly fiction.

    Skullduggery Pleasant comes to her rescue when a minion comes to find a scepter.  The sceptre is needed to raise the nameless ones for an evil man to take over the world.  Finding the scepter and stopping the releasing of the nameless ones now becomes part of Stephanie’s life.

    Great adventures with nods to a slew of great horror writers.  I will now have to continue with the series because it is just so much fun.

    The narrator, Rupert Degas, is outstanding especially in his vocal characterizations of Skullduggery.  Well worth the listen.

    Publisher’s Summary
    She’s 12. He’s dead. But together they’re going to save the world. Hopefully.

    The iconic first book in the best-selling Skulduggery Pleasant series.

    Stephanie’s uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror it certainly wasn’t fiction. Pursued by evil forces, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source – the wisecracking skeleton of a dead sorcerer….

    ©2018 Derek Landy (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

     
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