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This review was edited by yours truly, but written by Robert Sunshine.~missemmamm 

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe

This is my first comic book review, and I wanted it to be special. I consider it a milestone, if you will. It’s something that, to me personally, I can look back and say to myself, “Yeah, I’m pretty damn happy I did that.” Today, I am reviewing the Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool.

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool

When the Deadpool movie came out around Valentine’s Day, I really wasn’t that into the hype. I’ve been a fan of Deadpool for years, and I thought that making a movie out of it would be hard to do. Casting, funding, and general plot are all very necessary to make any good movie great. I was just plain blown out of the water with the results. The movie was so great and I had an amazing time. I really recommend this movie. Thank you, Ryan Reynolds, for doing an amazing job of doing this anti-hero justice.

Now, the graphic novel I’m reviewing is actually much, MUCH darker. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe is one gritty comic book. Ladies and gentleman, this book is One Hundred Percent Yes.

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe was written by Cullen Bunn, drawn by Dalibor Talajic, and colored by Lee Loughridge. The comic is based around an alternate reality in which Deadpool is apprehended by the X-Men to quote unquote “make him better”. Only after typing quote unquote before putting quotes, do I realize that it creates a grammar paradox that is sure to kill us all. Only one more reason to make my voice HEARD!!!!!! Anyway, as you may figure out for yourself, the experiment does NOT go as planned. This leaves Deadpool with a third voice in his head, supposedly, killing the other two voices inside of him and…and eating them. Introducing mental cannibalism. I didn’t even know that was a thing.

I don’t want to give too many spoilers to those who have not read the book and probably want to in the near future, so, spoil it, I will not. I will, however, tell you my personal opinion of the book. It’s amazing. The art style alone in this comic leaves me breathless. The combined efforts of Dalbor and Lee, who I am assuming by their names are bound to make an awesome cop duo in an action movie, have created what I think is one of the best comics I have personally read in a long, long time. The colors just pop, and the lines are crisp and clear. It just makes me want to sit at a desk and draw some bloody sketches of my own superhero. Oh, did I mention blood? There is so much blood, death, and gore. As a personal fan of that shit, I have to say, bravo, my good gentleman, bravo.

It’s a quick read. It only took me about a half hour to finish. This comic book is comprised of about eight volumes. I highly recommend picking it up.

You can purchase Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe here from Amazon. (Note: This is an Amazon Associates link. If you make a purchase through this link, it may yield a small profit for this blog.)

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missemmamm after watching Deadpool

missemmamm after watching Deadpool (Valentine’s date)

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This post was written by correspondent Robert Sunshine and edited by me.~missemmamm

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A Song of Ice and Fire
by George R. R. Martin
published by Bantam
release date: October 29, 2013

Books as of this day and age really don’t get talked about nearly as much as they used to. You don’t see them advertised on the television an maybe every once in a while you’ll see a bestseller on the shelf of your local grocery store. With modern technology booming like World War 2 veterans returning from duty, you seem to be drowned in too much television, video games, movies, and porn…oh, so much porn. I guess what I’m trying to say is that there are some pretty damn good books out there. They aren’t nearly as talked about as their flashy movie counterparts.

Now between work and sleep, I don’t really have enough time to crack open a book next to a crackling fire with a corn cob pipe. I get my books in when I can, usually when I work. Believe me, it’s not easy to start a fire in a call center without somebody getting all uppity. So, after bargain shopping at a local supermarket chain in search of some visual entertainment, I stumbled upon George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire”.

I had already watched “Game of Thrones” religiously. I’ve always wanted to read the series and here it was wrapped up in a tiny little package. Thousands of pages that inspire the imagination and take you on an adventure into a captivating world of magic, murder, incest, and dragons. So, you know, fun for the whole family.

The books themselves are told from the perspectives of several characters, each with their own unique personalities, situations, and world views. This shows the emotional struggle of the men and women who have their stories unravel in front of you, their triumphs and their defeat. Depicted is the harshness of their world, filled with war, poverty, and disease. All of that hardens those who are able to survive, while killing those too weak to do so. This is a series that is not short on blood and dismemberment, but it is more than that.

The story is filled with so much story, lore, and fine details that you fell like you are there. It’s easy to imagine laughing with the brothers in black and dining with the lords and ladies, while sinking your teeth into crackling pig smothered with honey and spices. You actually feel these characters, an emotional attachment that doesn’t come too often from a book.

Another thing I would like to talk about are the combat strategies placed throughout the books. Believe me when I say that there are a lot of fucking battles in this story, and why wouldn’t there be? Seeing these battles rage in your mind, hearing the clash of steel and bone, flesh and fire, is enough to get a rise out of anybody. It makes your heart beat just a little faster or maybe, makes you lean a little more forward in suspense. That is what makes a good fucking book, the suspense-the wanting to know what happens on the next page. These battles are nothing short of brilliant. From single combat to epic wars, it’s like the author just sat there playing the world’s most bloody game of chess with himself.

Now don’t get me wrong. There is a lot of sitting, a lot of talking, and a lot of well…not doing much. The story itself drags out. There are scenes where you just want to skim through a page or two to see where it starts to get juicy. I’m not saying that is a bad thing. The only reason the slow pace is there is so you can soak it all in. The details put into the world, as I mentioned earlier are there. He wants you to be there, to be in that character’s head, to know their surroundings, and to immerse yourself. When those juicy little tidbits do come up, when the tale goes to a bloody twist or turn, it makes you feel that rush of excitement so much more!!!

I mentioned earlier that I had watched the series before reading the books. This gives me a different kind of perspective than someone who would have read the books first. I do see all of the small and big changes in the storyline and character’s plot line. Plus the new episodes themselves are going in almost a completely different direction than the books. This isn’t really a bad thing. I’d love to see the books play out in the story, shot for shot and word for word, but there is a completely different process when it comes to filming.

First think about what the average reader enjoys in a story and then think of how a person who doesn’t read a lot of books, but is more of a connoisseur of television enjoys a show. Those two people have a marginally different idea of what entertainment is. Producers have to work with that without making anyone too pissed off. All of us know that is going to be nearly impossible.

I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone about this story. It would be wrong to spoil even the smallest detail to someone who has never watched the series, but still plans to.

If you’ve ever considered watching the show or reading the books, then I would recommend them in a heartbeat. George R.R. Martin has mixed in a beautiful world of long seasons, a variety of cultures, good food, and a story that will leave you wanting for more. So sit back, open up a bottle of wine, and immerse yourself in one of the best stories of its generation.

You can buy the 5 book set of A Song of Ice and Fire here on Amazon. (Note: This is a referral link.)

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“Never let yourself get this sick again!”-she practically screams in my face, while letting go of my hand.

“Can you walk?”. I nod. “Get on the gurney”. I do, clumsily. I thought it would feel odder being lifted, but it it’s barely noticeable in my current state. I can’t feel my feet.

“Her blood pressure is 70 over 40”. He tries to poke a needle in my left arm twice, but only my left arm. “Her veins are small but I still need to get a central line in her!”. “I’m going to drill a hole in your leg to give you an I.V”. “I’m scared. It’s gonna hurt”. He just looks at me.

The pain, the pain, it’s searing. I smell burning. I smell MY LEG, BURNING! I’ve never been in this much pain before, ever.

“I’M SORRY, I’M SORRY”, I wail, the entire top half of my body lifting, as he drills. (I do not want to lift my leg). Now, he starts squirting fluids into what I am imagining is a giant hole. I can not look. Again, I apologize, as if this were my fault. “And now”, he says, “the numbing agent”. Now he’s gonna numb me? Now he’s gonna fucking numb me!?! One last time, for the cheap seats, “I’M SORRY!!!”.

I look out the window. We haven’t left the clinic yet. The paramedic says, over a type of cb, “ETA 3 minutes”. 3 minutes, 3 minutes??? We were 3 minutes from the actual hospital this whole time.

Within 15 minutes I’m being asked the same questions for the tenth time. As I nod and explain my leg, I am met with the same stare, over and over. One nurse even voices it, “That was unnecessary”.

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5 out of 5

Vanilla by Megan Hart

Vanilla
by Megan Hart
published by Harlequin
release date: March 1, 2015
provided by NetGalley

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When I saw that there was a new Megan Hart novel coming out, I jumped on it. She never disappoints when it comes to romance, heartbreak and realism.

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Her new book Vanilla is about Elise. Our heroine is good with numbers in her professional life and good with giving commands in her personal life. What’s great about Elise is that she isn’t a stereotype. Yes, she might like a guy to crawl at her feet sometimes but it’s not the only thing that gets her off. Elise enjoys getting kinky but she’s also not adverse to being treated softly at times.

Elise is a fully formed character. It’s not like she only focuses on her sex and/or love life. Yes, one of her hobbies is modeling for pin up photos. However she’s also a very attentive aunt. So yes, we do get to find out about her familial life and even her friendships.

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You may be wondering about the sex. Yes, there are some delicious sex scenes. When I read actual “vanilla” romances I have to settle for a little biting or scratching here and there. There is some actual bdsm in these pages. There are also some more conventional, yet awesome sex scenes as well. It’s pretty multifaceted as Elise doesn’t just have one lover during the course of the book. I am going to say that as much as I loved the book, I’m not into pegging. I didn’t skip it because it’s important to the story, so I recommend reading that section even if it doesn’t do anything for you personally.

It’s interesting to see her move through her romantic liaisons and to see how different all of them are. There’s the guy she just can’t get over. I think many of us have been there. I had the person I bothered for way too long after things were obviously over. There’s the guy that she’s tries not to give her heart to, but of course that’s difficult when sex and affection are involved. Then there’s the “vanilla” guy, the one who is potentially the whole package. But, ya know, relationships aren’t just easy.

Speaking of which, this book is definitely not an easy read, which I’m used to from Hart. I did have to stop sometimes because I’d be so reminded of something that had actually happened to me that I had to wipe my eyes (yes, I cried) and regroup.

I most definitely recommend buying this book if you think you’d enjoy reading about a strong, yet human female protagonist who lives life on her own terms.

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via Megan Hart's Facebook

via Megan Hart’s Facebook

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A pretty long excerpt from Harlequin is available here

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You know how much I adore the work of Mina Vaughn. Check out this excerpt from her upcoming 2015 release, How to Punish Your Playboy.

According to Mina Vaughn:

HOW TO PUNISH YOUR PLAYBOY is about a pin-up model and the naughty restaurateur she manages to tame. You’ll love watching her teach this spoiled playboy a lesson.

Trust me, ladies, when I say you’re going to want Aston Delano to prepare all your tasty delights. He’s got sensitive taste buds and knows how to fork.

 

I walked instead toward the man who bought the car…and the date with me, just as he was settling up with the charity. They handed him the keys and I felt my stomach clench. It was over. I placed my hand on his wrist and smiled. “Thank you. It’s a great cause.”

The suited man stood by the window of the convertible and lowered his glasses as he peered inside. “She’s a beauty,” his low voice purred. I felt my body tingle at its tenor.

“It’s a he.”
The man looked up. “Excuse me?”
“Johnny. My car. It’s a he, not a she.”
He walked behind the car and bent to look underneath. “Sorry, didn’t notice those. I’ll just pretend it’s cold out.”
I stifled a chuckle.

The man slid his glasses completely off, folded them and tucked them neatly in his jacket pocket. He stood there in the summer heat, fully dressed in a stifling business suit, and not a bead of sweat graced his forehead. I hated the way I was gawking at him—I was typically under control when it came to my hormones, but this guy was making my brain do naughty mental gymnastics.

“Allow me to introduce myself,” he said, extending his hand to me, “I’m Aston Delano.”

 

excerpt is via Mina Vaughn

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