February 14, 2020 – Started Reading
February 15, 2020 – Finished Reading

BATMAN TALES: ONCE UPON A CRIME (DC)

Featuring four distinct stories including Damian Wayne, Alfred and Batman, Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen bring together the DC Universe with classic fairytales.

Once upon a crime…

Damian Wayne dreams of becoming a real boy wonder–as long as he can avoid telling lies and making his nose grow.

Batman’s butler takes an unexpected trip through the looking glass and finds himself in a topsy-turvy world, for Alfred’s in Wonderland!

Gotham City Police Department detectives interrogate Gotham’s most dangerous criminals looking for the princess who stole the pea.

And in our final tale, Batman meets a snow queen who leads him on a dangerous quest.

The creative team behind LI’L GOTHAM returns to their Bat-roots, this time with a fairy-tale flair!

Illustrated by Dustin Nguyen is a New York Times best-selling and Eisner Award-winning American comics creator best known for his work on Image Comics’ Descender and Ascender, DC Comics’ BATMAN: LI’L GOTHAM, Scholastic’s DC Comics: Secret Hero Society and many other things Gotham-related.

Written by Derek Fridolfs has been Eisner Award-nominated for co-writing BATMAN: LI’L GOTHAM and is the #1 New York Times best-selling writer of the DC Comics: Secret Hero Society series. In addition, he’s also written and provided art for titles including TEEN TITANS GO!, SCOOBY-DOO, LOONEY TUNES, Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

What if the world’s superheroes turned into zombies? I hope there are more such comics like this. The Elseworlds line could do with a Rebirth.

February 3, 2020 – Started Reading
February 4, 2020 – Finished Reading

DCEASED (DC)

What happens to the World’s Finest if the world ends? With death spreading across the planet, who will live and who will turn in this apocalyptic tale of heroism, sacrifice and annihilation?

It’s the end of the world as we know it!

Six hundred million people worldwide are instantly turned into violent, monstrous engines of destruction when their minds are recoded with a corrupted Anti-Life Equation from Apokolips. The heroes of Earth are fighting a losing battle to save humanity, save the world and save themselves, in one of the most shocking tales ever told in the DC Universe.

Fighting time, each other and all of humanity, Earth’s greatest heroes must rally together for what may very well be their last chance to save the world from the most terrible plague humanity has ever seen. The Anti-Life Equation has been released and is ravaging the world at the viral speed of social media. Once exposed, victims lose their minds, violently attacking all around them.

The heroes of Earth are fighting a losing battle to save the world…and themselves! With time running out, who will live and who will die in this apocalyptic tale of heroism, sacrifice and annihilation?

Collects issues #1-6.

January 30, 2020 – Started Reading
February 2, 2020 – Finished Reading

Heroes in Crisis was an interesting take on how superheroes deal with PTSD. And that line, “I am Batman. I don’t do press.” 😎

"I'm Batman. I don't do press." (Heroes in Crisis Issue #5)

HEROES IN CRISIS (DC)

There’s a new kind of crisis threatening the heroes of the DC Universe, ripped from real-world headlines by CIA-operative turned comics writer Tom King: How does a superhero handle PTSD?

Welcome to Sanctuary, an ultra-secret hospital for superheroes who’ve been traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. But something goes inexplicably wrong when many patients wind up dead, with two well-known operators as the prime suspects: Harley Quinn and Booster Gold! It’s up to the DC Trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman to investigate–but can they get the job done in the face of overwhelming opposition?
Collects Heroes in Crisis #1-9

January 31, 2020 – Started and Finished Reading
GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY (DC)

The owner of the Jade Market has a secret–one that will soon change her grandson’s life.

Thirteen-year-old Tai Pham lives in the apartment above his grandmother’s store, where his bedroom is crammed with sketchpads and comic books. But not even his most imaginative drawings could compare to the colorful adventure he’s about to embark on.

When Tai inherits his grandmother’s jade ring, he soon finds out it’s more than it appears. Suddenly he’s being inducted into a group of space cops known as the Green Lanterns, his neighborhood is being overrun by some racist bullies, and every time he puts pen to paper, he’s forced to confront that he might not be creative enough or strong enough to uphold his ba’s legacy.

Now Tai must decide what kind of hero he wants to be: will he learn to soar above his insecurities or will the past keep him grounded?

Started Listening: Jan 28, 2020
Finished Listening: Jan 28, 2020
Peter Pan (Audible.com)

The story begins at home in London during The Blitz and Mary Darling is planning to evacuate her children to the countryside. However, her plans take an unexpected turn when a familiar face from her childhood returns…the one and only Peter Pan, the mysterious boy from Kensington Gardens. Intrigued by their mother’s friend, Wendy, Michael and John seek Peter Pan out, resulting in them being whisked off to Neverland and setting up home with Peter, Tinker Bell and The Lost Boys.

As Peter and his gang come up against the wickedly evil Captain Hook their friendships and relationships are put to the test – can Wendy be honest with Peter about how she really feels, and will Michael and John return home without their sister?

Rupert Everett (The Happy Probe, My Best Friend’s Wedding) stars as Captain Hook alongside Adeel Atkhar (Four Lions, Killing Eve) as Smee, Gerran Howell (Catch-22, Emerald City) as Peter Pan and Eleanor Worthington Cox (Maleficant, Britannia) as Wendy alongside a full cast.

To mark the release of this drama, Audible has donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital (https://www.gosh.org), to whom J. M. Barrie unexpectedly and generously gifted his copyright of Peter Pan.

Performed by: Adeel Akhtar, Mariska Ariya, Catherine Bailey, Rupert Everett, Neil Frost, William Harper, Gerran Howell, Simon Kane, Mack Keith Roach, Rocco Padden, Richard Reed, Maya Shepelev, Louis Suc, Harry Tuffin and Eleanor Worthington-Cox.

Listening Length: 2 hours and 42 minutes
Started Listening : January 23, 2020

Just like every other kids in the 90’s, Jurassic Park was my first introduction to the world of dinosaurs. I bought A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs by Ben Garrod as part of the Audible Originals monthly selection for July.

Divided into six chapters, each chapter included interviews with paleontologists with insightful commentary.

  1. What is a Dinosaur?
  2. Size Matters

    I learned about the Dreadnoughtus and the Patagotitan finds.

  3. Feathered Freaks

    The velociraptor shown in Jurassic Park was not a velociraptor, but rather a Deinonychus.

  4. Who Needs Bones?

    How fossils help us understand dinosaurs, including their poop?

  5. What is Not a Dinosaur?

    There were no dinosaurs in the oceans. They were called Plesiosaurs.

  6. The Fall of Dinosaurs

    We all know how that happened.

Overall, it was an interesting and captivating read that I definitely recommend.

Camouflage (Audible.com)

A million years before the emergence of humans, an alien spaceship splashes into the Pacific Ocean. After it comes to rest miles underwater, a creature emerges from the vessel and, after assessing its aqueous environment, drastically alters its appearance in order to survive.

After many millennia of existence in the form of various deep-sea creatures — sharks, whales, porpoises, schools of fish — the changeling eventually leaves the safety of the water and enters the world of man. Adopting various human personas — graduate student, soldier, surfer, circus dwarf, prostitute — the ever-inquisitive changeling slowly masters the intricacies of human society.

When a strange artifact is discovered seven miles below the surface of the Pacific in the early 21st century, the changeling is inexplicably drawn to it. But so is something else: another, much older, shape-shifting alien. This chameleon’s motives for wanting to unlock the secrets of the artifact, however, are far different from the changeling’s.

Started and Finished Reading: January 21, 2020
ABSOLUTE JUSTICE (DC)

The greatest criminal masterminds of our time appear to be acting in concert — but with a surprising plan that seeks to achieve more good than the JLA ever could.

They are the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes. But the members of the fabled Justice League of America are about to learn that they aren’t the only ones who can band together and work toward a common goal. The world’s deadliest criminal masterminds have learned some valuable lessons from their past defeats, and their latest plan finds them acting in concert to bring about total victory–for the forces of good!

Behind its seemingly sincere faΓ§ade, however, this campaign to save the world is actually a carefully honed scheme to enslave it–by systematically discrediting and neutralizing the members of the Justice League, one by one. As the villains begin to gain the world’s trust, our heroes must redouble their efforts to expose the truth–to fight…for JUSTICE!

January 16, 2020 – Started Reading
January 17, 2020 – Finished Reading

Finally it is over. The final book seemed to be a rush job to tie up the threads.

This series could’ve been a great one with some editing.

A GIFT OF BATTLE, Book 17 in THE SORCERER’S RING (Morgan Rice Books)

THE GIFT OF BATTLE (Book #17) is the finale of the Bestselling series THE SORCERER’S RING, which begins with A QUEST OF HEROES (book #1)!

In THE GIFT OF BATTLE, Thor meets his greatest and final challenge, as he quests deeper into the Land of Blood to attempt to rescue Guwayne. Encountering foes more powerful than he ever imagined, Thor soon realizes he is up against an army of darkness, one for which his powers are no match. When he learns a sacred object may give him the powers he needsβ€”an object which has been kept secret for agesβ€”he must embark on a final quest to retrieve it before it is too late, with the fate of the Ring hanging in the balance.

Gwendolyn keeps her vow to the King of the Ridge, entering the tower and confronting the cult leader to learn what secret he is hiding. The revelation sends her to Argon, and ultimately to Argon’s masterβ€”where she learns the greatest secret of all, one which may alter the destiny of her people. When the Ridge is discovered by the Empire, the invasion begins and, under attack by the greatest army known to man, it falls on Gwendolyn to defend, and to lead her people on one final, mass exodus.

Thor’s Legion brothers, on their own, face unimaginable risks, as Angel is dying from her leprosy. Darius fights for his life beside his father in the Empire capital, until a surprise twist prods him, with nothing left to lose, to finally tap his own powers. Erec and Alistair reach Volusia, battling their way upriver, and they continue on their quest for Gwendolyn and the exiles, as they face unexpected battles. And Godfrey realizes that he must ultimately make a decision to be the man he wants to be.

Volusia, surrounded by all the power of the Knights of the Seven, must put herself to the test as goddess and discover if she alone has the power to crush men and rule the Empire. While Argon, faced with his end of days, realizes the time has come to sacrifice himself.

As good and evil hang in the balance, one final, epic battleβ€”the greatest battle of allβ€”will determine the outcome of the Ring for all time.

January 15, 2020 – Started and Finished Reading
A JOUST OF KNIGHTS, Book 16 in THE SORCERER’S RING (Morgan Rice Books)

In A JOUST OF KNIGHTS, Thorgrin and his brothers follow Guwayne s trail at sea, pursuing him to the Isle of Light. But as they reach the ravaged isle and the dying Ragon, all may be just too late.

Darius finds himself brought to the Empire capital, and to the greatest arena of them all. He is trained by a mysterious man who is determined to forge him into a warrior, and to help him survive the impossible. But the capital arena is unlike anything Darius has seen, and its formidable foes may be too intense for even he to conquer.

Gwendolyn is pulled into the heart of the family dynamics of the royal court of the Ridge, as the King and Queen beg her for a favor. On a quest to unearth secrets that can change the very future of the Ridge and save Thorgrin and Guwayne, Gwen is shocked by what she discovers as she digs too deep.

Erec and Alistair s bonds deepen as they sail further upriver, into the heart of the Empire, determined to find Volusia and save Gwendolyn while Godfrey and his crew wreak havoc within Volusia, determined to avenge their friends. And Volusia herself learns what it means to rule the Empire, as she finds her precarious capital embattled from all sides.