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Last Sunday was cold, dark, and entirely unappealing. Murchie chose to spend the day curled into a tight ball while I tried to read TAKE ME ON by Katie McGarry before I gave in to the inevitable and had a PARKS & RECREATION mini marathon instead.
Sometimes, a girl needs TV more than she needs books. Especially when she's waiting for April and Andy to get together already, dammit, and when Ben has just appeared and fostered an instant enmity with Leslie. You know?
On top of that, I always fall into the same pattern with Katie McGarry's books. Her openings leave me cold and convince me I should be reading something else entirely--but her books gather so much steam as they chug along that I'm inevitably bawling my eyes out by the end. It took me a couple of days to reach that point with TAKE ME ON, but it was so worth it. So, so worth it.
I know I always say I don't--won't--photograph Murchie with my Marvel Unlimited reading, but I couldn't resist getting a shot of him with HAWKEYE #18. I mean, Pizza Dog is a very important character in the book, so it only made sense to get my own pizza-loving dog in on the action. Right?
Anyways, HAWKEYE is my favourite current Marvel comic, but I held off on reading past #12 because I approach comics by arc, not by issue. The very moment #18 hit Marvel Unlimited, I cleared my schedule for the evening and dove in, expecting something resembling a complete story.
I didn't get it. HAWKEYE is about both Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, and their stories diverge as of #12. Kate heads to L.A. with Lucky (aka Pizza Dog); Clint stays in New York with the bros and his own bro. The series alternates between them on an issue-by-issue basis, so this portion of Kate's story won't wrap up until #20, while Clint's will carry through to #22.
If I'd known this ahead of time, I would've held off until all the relevant issues were on Marvel Unlimited. I'm mighty glad I didn't know, because these six issues were fucking awesome.
We're talking five stars here, folks. Y'all know how rarely I give anything five stars.
I grinned and gasped and giggled in pure delight. Kate is my new favourite. Clint remains gloriously inept at everything that doesn't involve shooting people with arrows. Pizza Dog is an icon. You can bet I'll be buying this entire series as my entertainment budget allows.
I fell prey to a weird, flu-like thing on Wednesday, so Murchie and I tucked up in bed with THE SUNBIRD by Elizabeth Wein. It was my first book through Freading, an e-book subscription service my library recently added to its repertoire, and it won't be my last. They have tons of books I've been hankering after, including the rest of this series.
THE SUNBIRD is a sequel to THE WINTER PRINCE, which I loved, and A COALITION OF LIONS, which I did not. I mostly stuck with the latter because people told me the rest of the series was wonderful, and I'm pleased to report THE SUNBIRD does, indeed, deliver the goods. It sports Wein's usual stellar writing and sensitive treatment of difficult issues such as abuse and recovery. I'm looking forward to reading the next two once I can carve some time in my reading schedule.
I said I'd try to start another chunkster this week, and I've done just that. I aim to finish LORD OF CHAOS by Robert Jordan in less than nine days; an improvement over THE FIRES OF HEAVEN, which took me for frickin' ever. Right now, I think I'll read it straight through, but I reserve the right to make it my in-between book if I get too annoyed with my reading pace.
As per usual, I'm reading the e-book (it's sooooo much easier on my tiny hands) and using my old paperback copy to track my progress.
Next week: a new audiobook, if the Library Gods are kind to me, and perhaps some shorter fantasy. We'll see.