Started and Completed reading on December 27, 2018
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army.

The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce-- and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force. Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You'll serve two years at the front. And if you survive, you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.

John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine--and what he will become is far stranger.

Read as single issues: Super Sons 6-10.

Started and Completed reading: December 26, 2018.

Super Sons Vol. 2: Planet of the Capes by Peter J. Tomasi (DC)
Robin has a new member in mind for the Teen Titans, and—spoiler alert—it’s Superboy! But something sinister is at work, and Damian’s real motives for introducing Jon to the team are revealed to devastating consequences! Monster-maker Kraklow puts Superboy to the test during his first team-up with Damian Wayne’s Teen Titans.

Started and Completed reading on Dec 24, 2018.

I felt there could’ve been more drama, more cat-and-mouse stuff. The plot certainly had those, but they were very quickly resolved off. This could’ve been a massive time but isn’t.

The ending was a bit lame to me. Was this written by a ghostwriter?🤔

The Fox by Frederick Forsythe
Most weapons do what you tell them. Most weapons you can control. But what if the most dangerous weapon in the world isn’t a smart missile or a stealth submarine or even an AI computer programme?What if it’s a 17-year-old boy with a blisteringly brilliant mind, who can run rings around the most sophisticated security services across the globe, who can manipulate that weaponry and turn it against the superpowers themselves?How valuable would he be? And what wouldn’t you do to get hold of him?

Started and Completed reading on 22 Dec 2018
Elevation by Stephen King
Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

The Outsider by Stephen King
An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face?

The Hound of The Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Arthur Conan Doyle’s complete works - four novels and five collections of short stories - has been brought to life by Stephen Fry, a lifelong fan of Doyle’s detective fiction, in this The Definitive Collection. In addition, Stephen has written and narrated nine insightful, intimate and deeply personal introductions to each title. Part 5: The Hound of the Baskervilles Perhaps the most popular of all Sherlock Holmes stories, The Hound of the Baskervilles combines the traditional detective tale with elements of horror. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the wild Devon moorland with the footprints of a giant hound nearby, the blame is placed on a family curse - and it is up to Holmes and Watson to solve the mystery of the legend.

October 14, 2018 – Started Reading
December 8, 2018 – Finished Reading
Read as single issues: Superman 27-32
Superman Vol. 5: Hopes and Fears (DC)
The Kents’ family road trip takes some strange and unexpected turns that will reveal a foreboding threat reaching out to touch their lives; you can bet that they’re going to need a vacation after their vacation! But when Parallax takes over Superman’s body, it’s up to Sinestro to save the day. Plus, Lois takes an interview with the assassin Deathstroke and he has his sights set on Superman! Collects SUPERMAN 27-32.

October 18, 2018 – Started Reading
October 24, 2018 – Finished Reading
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King
In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, and the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain?