Mini Review: The Rolling Stones in Comics! by Céka

Disclaimer: I received this eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Rolling Stones in Comics!Title: The Rolling Stones in Comics!
Author
: Céka
Expected Publication: March 15, 2019
Publisher: NBM Publishing
Genres: Comics, Biography, Music
Format: eARC – 192 pages
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Page

Synopsis:

When the Rolling Stones hit the scene in the 60’s, it was to play rhythm & blues, nothing more. They were far from imagining that they would change music, let alone become the mouthpiece of a changing world. Sticking their tongue out at the establishment with their brilliant music and hard-hitting lyrics, they achieved planet-wide success. With Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in the lead, these rebels have become, over 50 years, not just a band, but a whole attitude! Through 21 stories in comics accompanied by biographical texts and a rich iconography, this book helps fans relive, in a totally new way, the incredible epic of one of the biggest rock bands ever.

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This is essentially a biography of the band told through comics, but it also includes photos of the band and pages of text giving background information on different stories in the Rolling Stones’ history.

As a Rolling Stones fan, I was beyond stoked to read this. Reading about how they got their start, and all the crazy things they’ve done since has been so fun. The writer definitely doesn’t hold anything back or try to glaze over any of the less agreeable things the band members have done.

There were a few times throughout reading this that I felt the writer was being a tad condescending in the way they handled certain stories, but it occurred rarely enough that it didn’t effect the overall tone.

The artwork has a fun, caricature-style cartoon-y look—and the artist uses dark,  monochromatic color schemes. The art itself is nothing I haven’t seen before, but it doesn’t take away from the reading experience, and I think “flashier” artwork would have distracted from the stories themselves.

This comic is part of a series by NBM Comics where biographical comics are written and illustrated for different bands. So far the only other band I can find available in this series is the Beatles, but I believe more will be added later.

I would recommend this to any fan of the Rolling Stones—whether your interest in them is casual or you’re a hardcore fan.

 

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Musical Shuffle Book Tag!

Welcome back!

I saw this forever ago on Lauren’s blog and had bookmarked it to come back to later, but forgot it, so I’m doing it now!

For this tag you put your music on shuffle, and for the first 5-10 songs, you pick a book/character/bookish something that you think fits the song.

I love music, probably as much as I love books, so of course I had to do this one—and I think it’s the most fun I’ve ever had with a tag post!

I’ve seen others doing this tag use Spotify or iTunes, but I keep all of my music on my phone itself, so I used the “Top 50” playlist I had made there (which clearly doesn’t have enough female artists).

BTW: Book title links will take you to the Goodreads page, and song title links will take you to a YouTube video!


 

1) Deftones “Be Quiet and Drive”The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle

Now drive me far away, away, away
Far away I don’t care where
Just far away I don’t care where
Just far away I don’t care where, just far away
And I don’t care

 

 

2) Temple of the Dog “Say Hello 2 Heaven”History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

History Is All You Left Me

Say hello to heaven, heaven, heaven, oh oh
(Heaven)
(Heaven)
(Heaven)
I, I never wanted
To write these words down for you
With the pages of phrases
Of things we’ll never do

 

3) Lynyrd Skynyrd “Simple Man”A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansbury

A Raisin in the Sun

“Oh, take your time, don’t live too fast
Troubles will come and they will pass
You’ll find a woman and you’ll find love
And don’t forget, son, there is someone up above”

“And be a simple kind of man
Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby be a simple kind of man
Oh, won’t you do this for me, son, if you can”

“Forget your lust for the rich man’s gold
All that you need is in your soul
And you can do this, oh baby, if you try
All that I want for you, my son, is to be satisfied”

 

4) Toploader “Dancing in the Moonlight”Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Everything Leads to You

Dancin’ in the moonlight
Everybody’s feelin’ warm and bright
It’s such a fine and natural sight
Everybody’s dancin’ in the moonlight
We like our fun and we never fight
You can’t dance and stay uptight
It’s a supernatural delight
Everybody was dancin’ in the moonlight
*I think this just encompasses the vibe of the story perfectly.*

 

5) Blue Öyster Cult “I’m Burnin’ For You”Splintered Series by A.G Howard

Splintered (Splintered, #1)

Burn out the day
Burn out the night
I can’t see no reason to put up a fight
I’m living for giving the devil his due
And I’m burning, I’m burning, I’m burning for you
I’m burning, I’m burning, I’m burning for you

*Specifically Alyssa’s and Morpheus’ relationship.*

 

6) Elton John “Tiny Dancer”The Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)

Jesus freaks out in the street
Handing tickets out for God
Turning back she just laughs
The boulevard is not that bad
Piano man he makes his stand
In the auditorium
Looking on she sings the songs
The words she knows, the tune she hums

*Even if this song didn’t mention LA specifically, it’s so clear from the lyrics that LA is being described in the song and for whatever reason this reminds me so much of the descriptions of LA we get in the Dark Artifices series.*

 

7) Local H “Time” (Pink Floyd cover)—A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange

So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you’re older,
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.

*Specifically the last chapter.*

 

8) Alexander “Truth”Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Since this
I’ve grown up some
Different kind of fighter
And when the darkness come let it inside you
Your darkness is shining
My darkness is shining
Have faith in myself
Truth
I’ve seen a million numbered doors on the horizon
Now which is the future you choosin’ before you gone dying?
I’ll tell you ’bout a secret I’ve been undermining
Every little lie in this world come from dividing
Say you’re my lover, say you’re my homie
Tilt my chin back, slit my throat, take a bath in my blood, get to know me
All out of my secrets
All my enemies are turning into my teachers

 

9) Simon & Garfunkel “Richard Cory”Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye

The papers print his picture almost everywhere he goes:
Richard Cory at the opera, Richard Cory at a show.
And the rumor of his parties and the orgies on his yacht!
Oh, he surely must be happy with everything he’s got.

He freely gave to charity, he had the common touch,
And they were grateful for his patronage and thanked him very much,
So my mind was filled with wonder when the evening headlines read:
“Richard Cory went home last night and put a bullet through his head.”

*I think this fits the main character, Holden.*

 

10) Jewel “Who Will Save Your Soul”The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Who will save your soul when it comes to the flowers now
Who will save your soul after all the lies that you told, boy
Who will save your soul if you won’t save your own?

There are addictions to feed and there are mouths to pay
So you bargain with the devil, say you’re o.k. for today
You say that you love them, take their money and run
Say, it’s been swell, sweetheart, but it was just one of those things

 

– Tagging –

Everyone. Go shuffle those playlists!


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First Lines Fridays #8

First Lines Fridays

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

 

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The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn.

From the corner of the divan of Persian saddle-bags on which he was lying, smoking, as was his custom, innumerable cigarettes, Lord Henry Wotton could just catch the gleam of the honey-sweet and honey-coloured blossoms of a laburnum, whose tremulous branches seemed hardly able to bear the burden of a beauty so flame-like as theirs; and now and then the fantastic shadows of birds in flight flitted across the long tussore-silk curtains that were stretched in front of the huge window, producing a kind of momentary Japanese effect, and making him think of those pallid jade-faced painters of Tokio who, through the medium of an art that is necessarily immobile, seek to convey the sense of swiftness and motion. The sullen murmur of the bees shouldering their way through the long unmown grass, or circling with monotonous insistence round the dusty gilt horns of the straggling woodbine, seemed to make the stillness more oppressive. The dim roar of London was like the bourdon note of a distant organ.

 

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– DRUMROLL –

It’s The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde!

 

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Synopsis:

Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”

 

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ARC Review: The Killer in Me by Olivia Kiernan

Disclaimer: I received this eARC via Penguin’s “First to Read” program in exchange for an honest review.

The Killer in Me (Frankie Sheehan, #2)Title: The Killer in Me (Frankie Sheehan #2)
Author
: Olivia Kiernan
Expected Publication: April 2, 2019
Publisher: Dutton Publishing
Genres: Mystery/Thriller
Format: eARC – 343 pages
Rating: ★★★★★ (4.75)

Goodreads Page

Synopsis:

A deadly past refuses to stay buried in Olivia Kiernan’s masterful new novel

Death is no stranger to Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan, but she isn’t the only one from her small, coastal suburb to be intimately acquainted with it. Years ago, teenager Sean Hennessey shocked the tight-knit community when he was convicted of the brutal murder of his parents and attempted slaying of his sister, though he always maintained his innocence. Now, Sean is finally being released from prison—but when his newfound freedom coincides with the discovery of two bodies, the alleged connection between the cases only serves to pull Frankie further from answers even as it draws her closer to her town’s hidden darkness. With a television documentary revisiting Sean’s sentence pushing the public’s sympathies into conflict on a weekly basis, a rabid media pressuring the police like never before, and a rising body count, Frankie will need all of her resources if she is not only to catch a killer, but put to rest what really happened all those years ago.

A dark, irresistible cocktail of secrets, murder, and family, Olivia Kiernan’s latest is an impossible-to-put-down triumph.

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I loved this from as early as the first chapter. I immediately found it engaging, and liked the main character. I was apprehensive going into this because normally I’m bored to tears by “detective thrillers”, but there wasn’t a moment where I found myself disinterested, or felt compelled to skim read.

One of my favorite parts of reading thrillers is getting to guess the plot twist or killer, and comparing every piece of information given about the mystery to my theory. I called the killer pretty early on, but was delighted to find a twist even on the reveal. My guessing part of the reveal didn’t detract from my enjoyment, and I don’t think it was obvious—I think I’m just naturally suspicious of everyone in thrillers.

This author has a solid writing style as well—it isn’t too flowery, but it also doesn’t leave you to fill in the gaps yourself. The basis of the plot is nothing new, but the twists and misdirections throughout are what keep it interesting. Overall, this was such a fun read and I can’t wait to read more from this author.

My only criticism is that certain pieces of the wrap up/explanation felt rushed and unclear—but this was only in the minor details. I would recommend this for fans of “detective thrillers” in the same vein as the Hannibal Lecter series.

 

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WWW Wednesday #4 – March 20, 2019

Happy Wednesday, and welcome back to DegenerateReads!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Every Wednesday you have just three questions to answer:

1) What are you currently reading?

2) What did you recently finish?

3) What do you think you’ll read next?


Key:

LGBTQIAP+ rep 🌈
POC rep ⚡️
ARC ✌️

BTW: Title links will take you to the Goodreads page for that book!


– Currently Reading –

The DoubleThe Waking ForestThe Electric Kool-Aid Acid TestAmerican Hemp: Sow It Everywhere, Grow Our Future, Save the Planet

 

 

 

 

1) The Double by Fyodor Dostoevsky—Classic short novel about a man whose doppelganger(?) is causing him some trouble. Still page 28/154.

2) The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees—✌️, Fantasy, Still 14%

3) The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe—Nonfiction, History, Still page 24/414.

4) American Hemp by Jen Hobbs—✌️, Nonfiction, Still 2%

 

Columbine

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

The Princess Bride

Paganism In Depth: A Polytheist Approach

 

5) Columbine by Dave Cullen—Nonfiction about the Columbine Massacre. Still page 40/389.

6) A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce—Classic, Still 7%.

7) The Princess Bride by William Goldman—Classic, Fantasy, 20%

8) Paganism in Depth by John Beckett—✌️, Religion/Spirituality, Still 6%

 

When You Are Engulfed in Flames

The Rolling Stones in Comics!

 

 

 

 

9) When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris—Humor, Still about 1 hour into the audiobook.

10) Rolling Stones in Comics! by Céka—✌️, Comics, Music, 60%

 

 

– Recently Finished –

The Glass Castle

The Great Gatsby

The Killer in Me (Frankie Sheehan, #2)

 

 

 

 

1) The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls—Nonfiction, Memoir, ★★★★★

2) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald—Classic, Literature, ★★★★★

3) The Killer in Me by Olivia Kiernan—Thriller, ✌️, ★★★★★ (4.75)

 

– Reading Next –

 

Instead of starting The Tiger at Midnight like I’ve been meaning to for weeks, I’m just going to focus on finishing as many of the books I’m currently reading as possible before the end of the month!

 

 


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Top 5 Wednesday: Spring Reads

Top 5 Wednesday (T5W) is a weekly meme created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). Learn more by checking out the Goodreads group here.

 

 

Today’s topic is “Spring Reads.” For this topic I’ve broken my Top 5 into sections: Spring recommendations, books on my spring TBR, and a book I think perfectly fits the spring season.

BTW: Book title links take you to the Goodreads page.


 

– Spring Recommendations –

Always Never Yours

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

This is perfect for anyone looking for a warm, fuzzy YA contemporary romance. The characters are adorable, the romance is perfectly paced, and there are so many other things happening throughout the story that the romance doesn’t feel like it overpowers the storyline. (Full review here)

 

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I can’t even explain why this feels like a spring read to me—I think it takes place primarily over a summer—but for some reason, this always gave me that colors-and-life-reemerging-from-the-bleakness-of-winter feeling that I associate with springtime.

 

– My Spring TBR –

With the Fire on High

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

 I loved Acevedo’s debut novel The Poet X, and have been keeping this on my radar since it was announced. This is about an aspiring chef and teen mother who is juggling high-school and acting as a caregiver for her grandmother. This will be released on May 7th.

 

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 I literally have no clue what this is about beyond…romance? I think. But I’ve been meaning to read something from Jane Austen for a while, and I feel like spring is the time to do it.

 

– Spring Read –

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden by F.H Burnett

So I didn’t actually like this much, but I know loads of other people do. If you like children’s stories, I would recommend this. It’s whimsical, and there’s magic, and a garden—and it all has a very spring-y vibe.

 

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All the Books I’ve DNF’d

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One of my personal reading goals for this year has been to DNF more books, which is something I actually haven’t felt compelled to do yet in 2019 as I’m enjoying most of what I’m reading.

DNF-ing in general is something I don’t do often, and because of this, I can very clearly remember the three (*gasp* yes, only three) books I’ve DNF’d and why I DNF’d each of them. And today I’m going to tell you all about them.

 

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

DNF #1: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (not read in 2016)

Yikes.

The idea of not finishing a book I had started was so foreign to me at the time I was reading this that I can actually remember the weird guilt I felt when I decided to DNF it.

This was a book I had heard so many great things about and I was so excited to read it. Unfortunately I realized after literally the first chapter that I was not going to like it. I considered DNF-ing it early on, but decided to push until at least page 100 (about 1/3 of the way through) before I made any rash decisions. I didn’t even manage that though. I made it about 50 pages in before I decided to skim read the rest, and then only made it to page 70-something before putting it down for good.

To this day I can’t explain my strong aversion to this book—I just immediately hated everything. The basic bitch characters, the horrendous way they talked (I’ve seriously never heard anyone—teen or otherwise—speak that way), and the fact that the novel used the “dying girl” trope to draw intrigue, but she barely existed in the 70 pages I read—none of it sat right with me.

And reading 70 pages in a fast-paced YA novel doesn’t take up a lot of time, but I would only make it a few pages before sitting this book back down, which meant that those measly 70 pages I read were read over the course of numerous sittings.

Altogether, this was a big Hell No for me. I’ve considered trying to “reread” it—maybe it wasn’t the right time for me or maybe it isn’t as bad as I remember and I’m just being unfair—but I don’t have much interest to potentially waste my precious reading time on something I most likely won’t enjoy.

 

Tortilla Flat

DNF #2: Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck (not read in 2018)

I thought that because I loved Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck would be a new favorite writer for me. Yeah, not so much.

I believe Tortilla Flat is a novella, but even so, I only made it about half way through before calling it quits.

I barely remember this, but I think that’s mostly because there was virtually no plot. The characters spent a lot of time drinking, and someone may or may not have been given a house? I’m not really sure.

I was bored as hell, and having been unimpressed with some of Steinbeck’s other short stories/novellas—I didn’t care to push this one.

 

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

DNF #3: The Blind Side by Michael Lewis (not read in 2017)

Before you judge me for this one, let me just say that I am not a sports person. At all.

I didn’t think this was poorly written or anything like that, and there was nothing in this that bothered me—it’s just that the only portion of this I found interesting was Michael Oher’s personal story, and not so much his sports history.

And as interesting as his personal life was to read about, there was more about sports than anything else—which, to be fair, I knew was the situation going into this, but I hadn’t realized until reading this just how much I dislike sports. I did make it a little more than halfway through, so I think I am at least qualified to recommend this to anyone who does like sports and heartwarming tales.

 

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