Batman: Detective Comics: A Lonely Place of Living by James Tynion IV

detectivecomicscoverTitle: Batman: Detective Comics
Story arc: A Lonely Place of Living
Volume: 5
Stand-Alone: No
Universe: DC Universe Rebirth
Writer(s): James Tynion IV (main) & Christopher Sebela & Eddy Barrows
Illustrator(s): Carmen Carnero, Ulises Arredla, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas, Alvero Martinez, Raul Fernandez, Tomeu Morey, Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Single Issues
Paperback Release Date: April 10th 2018
Pages: 144
Genre(s): Comics, Science Fiction
ISBN13: 9781401278229

Previously on DC Universe Rebirth’s Batman: Detective Comics:
Rise of the Batmen (Volume 1)
Night of the Monster Men (Volume 1.5)
The Victim Syndicate (Volume 2)
League of Shadows (Volume 3)
Deus Ex Machina (Volume 4)

As unfortunate as it is of recent news regarding the exit of James Tynion IV as the main writer on this Batman: Detective Comics series in order to work on the new series that spun out of the Batman: Metal event, his contribution has been solid and his run, long and filled with exciting characters. With the integration of characters like Azrael and Batwing, as well as the introduction of a brand new group of villains who go by the name of the Victim Syndicate, I think it’s safe to say that James Tynion IV has done some pretty great things so far, and A Lonely Place of Living is also one of those.

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Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

kingsofthewyldcoverTitle: Kings of the Wyld
: The Band #1
Author(s): Nicholas Eames
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback
Release Date: February 21st 2017
Pages: 502
Genre(s): Fantasy
ISBN13: 9780316362474

Who said old geezers didn’t know how to have fun? I know I won’t after reading Kings of the Wyld. This book single-handedly rejuvenated every lifeless cell in my body. What Nicholas Eames brings to the table is an exquisite and juicy adventure with raw friendship sharpened by the experience that comes from doing the impossible.

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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

thegreatalonecoverTitle: The Great Alone
: No
Author(s): Kristin Hannah
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Format: ARC
Release Date: February 6th 2018
Pages: 448
Genre(s): Historical Fiction
ISBN13: 9780312577230

After her wildly successful World War II historical fiction, The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah returns with a story about love and resilience set in the 70s right in the heart of Alaska. Although she has written over 20 other books in her life, The Nightingale ultimately became my first experience of her writing style and proved to be a very atmospheric and captivating story. It’s without hesitation that I had to give her next endeavor a shot, and fortunately for me, The Great Alone was just as compelling as her international blockbuster.

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Cinedote Review – Man of Steel (2013)

manofsteelposterTitle: Man of Steel
Universe: DCEU
Rated: PG-13
Director: Zach Snyder
Screenplay: David S. Goyer
Story: David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan
Release Date: 2013
Runtime: 2h23min
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, and many more!
Budget: $225,000,000
Opening Weekend: $116,600,000
Box Office: $665,100,000

Also in the DC Extended Universe:
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition (2016)
Wonder Woman

Man of Steel, Man of Steel, Man of Steel. The movie that started everything for the DC Extended Universe. The movie that really made Zach Snyder a target of all the hate that he knows to this day. This is the reboot to all the Superman movies that fans have known and offers us Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel and an original story to kick things off smoothly. Or should I say roughly?

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Traitor by Jonathan de Shalit

traitorcoverTitle: Traitor
: No
Author(s): Jonathan de Shalit
Publisher: Atria / Emily Bestler Books
Format: ARC
Release Date: January 30th 2018
Pages: 320
Genre(s): Spy Thriller
ISBN13: 9781501170485

The odds that you’ve read about this author’s life are pretty slim. I’d probably even say impossible. Jonathan de Shalit is nothing more than the pseudonym of a former high-ranking member of the Israeli Intelligence Community. There’s something quite fascinating about an author whose books need to be vetted and approved particularly by a special Governmental Ministers’ Committee. With Traitor, Jonathan de Shalit definitely proves his experience in the field through minuscule details and delivers a decent spy thriller.

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Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

anatomyofascandalcoverTitle: Anatomy of a Scandal
: No
Author(s): Sarah Vaughan
Publisher: Atria / Emily Bestler Books
Format: ARC
Original Release Date: January 23rd 2018
Pages: 400
Genre(s): Legal Thriller, Mystery Thriller
ISBN13: 9781501172168

Sarah Vaughan takes on a timely and paramount matter in Anatomy of a Scandal as she takes out her scalpel in an attempt to meticulously examine themes of sexual assault, consent and power. After having dipped her toes in chick lit (The Art of Baking Blind) and historical fiction (The Farm at the Edge of the World), this courtroom thriller will give fans of mystery thrillers something to devour in the dark corners of their bed.

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Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar

71iPHDbB3YLTitle: Superman: Red Son
Series: No
Universe: Elseworlds
Writer(s): Mark Millar
Illustrator(s): Dave Johnson, Kilian Plunkett, Andrew Robinson & Walden Wong
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Paperback
Original Release Date: 2003
Pages: 160
Genre(s): Comics, Science Fiction
ISBN13: 9781401201913

What if one of the greatest superheroes of all time didn’t have his rocketship crash-land in Smallville, Kansas? What if he were to have it rerouted into the Soviet Union? Would Superman grow up to become the same hero we have all known and rooted for? Under the hands of the great writer Mark Millar, we are presented with one of the best Elseworlds stories that has ever been written.

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Borne by Jeff Vandermeer

borneminicoverTitle: Borne
: No
Author(s): Jeff Vandermeer
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardcover
Original Release Date: April 25th 2017
Pages: 336
Genre(s): Science-Fiction
ISBN13: 9781443449120

Widely-known for his Southern Reach trilogy (including Annihilation, Authority and Acceptance), Jeff Vandermeer is an author that I have been meaning to check out for quite some time and Borne has ended up being my entry point to what is surely to be an author that I just can’t neglect anymore.

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Age of Assassins by R.J. Barker

AoA-final-cover-666x1024Title: Age of Assassins 
: The Wounded Kingdom #1
Author(s): R.J. Barker
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback
Original Release Date: August 1st 2017
Pages: 408
Genre(s): Fantasy
ISBN13: 9780316466493

With R.J. Barker’s debut novel, fantasy lovers tag along with Girton Club-Foot and his wise master assassin in their hunt of an assassin. This coming-of-age story blooms with deceit and lies that serve to develop a teenage assassin in his understanding of the Tired Land’s culture and history, but also in his understanding of who he is and what he will become.

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Batman: Rules of Engagement by Tom King

rulesengcoverTitle: Batman
Story arc: Rules of Engagement
Volume: 5
Stand-Alone: No
Universe: DC Universe Rebirth
Writer(s): Tom King
Illustrator(s): Joëlle Jones, Jordie Bellaire, Lee Weeks, Michael Lark, Elizabeth Breitweiser, June Chung, Clay Mann & Seth Mann
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Single Issues
Paperback Release Date: May 1st 2018
Pages: 160
Genre(s): Comics, Science Fiction
ISBN13: 9781401277314

Previously on DC Universe Rebirth’s Batman:
Batman (Volume 1) I Am Gotham by Tom King
Batman (Volume 1.5) Night of the Monster Men by Steve Orlando
Batman (Volume 2) I Am Suicide by Tom King
Batman (Volume 3) I Am Bane by Tom King
Batman/The Flash (Volume 3.5) The Button by Tom King
Batman (Volume 4) The War of Jokes and Riddles by Tom King

After the newly-found quality that surged from The War of Jokes and Riddles, writer Tom King delivers another excellent volume featuring no supervillains at all. How is that event possible? Rules of Engagement is an exploration of various relationships, notably the two new lovebirds who came crashing in with a love for each other bigger than life itself.

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IQ by Joe Ide

1118_iq-coverTitle: IQ
Series: IQ #1
Author(s): Joe Ide
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Format: Paperback
Original Release Date: October 18th 2016
Pages: 352
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
ISBN13: 9780316267731

It has been such a long time since I picked up a crime novel that was this ridiculously entertaining. Nominated for best first novel for the Edgar Award, Anthony Award and Strand Critics Award, IQ is Joe Ide’s introduction to a brand new unlicensed and underground detective. And this is no protagonist that you’ll soon forget.

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The Perks of Co-Blogging

What up folks?

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now and I thought it would be a nice subject to touch base on since it isn’t exactly something that you often see out there. What am I talking about? Co-blogging, of course!

As you all might know, Bookidote is co-run by a gentleman and a lady: Me and Trang. It was created a couple of years ago to share a passion for books with a community we had not known existed. Only seen as nothing more than a new hobby for us to work on together, it has grown into something much bigger than life itself.

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A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis

Ellis_AMapoftheDark_HCTitle: A Map of the Dark
Series: The Searchers #1
Author(s): Karen Ellis
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Format: ARC
Release Date: January 2nd 2018
Pages: 290
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
ISBN13: 9781473662773

Karen Ellis, pseudonym of author Katia Lief, releases a thriller mystery tale focused on a special agent with a disturbing past and a kidnapping of a teenager. One part police procedural and one part thriller, A Map of the Dark is a fast-paced story that delivers an emotionally-charged and highly personal hunt.

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Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist

magiciancoverTitle: Magician: Apprentice
Series: The Riftwar Saga #1
Author(s): Raymond E. Feist
Publisher: Bantam Spectra
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Original Release Date: October 1st 1982
Pages: 485
Genre(s): Fantasy
ISBN13: 9780553564945

Raymond E. Feist is known for creating the Riftwar Cycle and with Magician: Apprentice, he sets the foundation to one of the most popular universes ever created in fantasy. It is hard to go around today not knowing what he has accomplished by writing up the story of a boy who became a magician. Having finally the opportunity to read this classic, I have to say: I am a fan.

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Malice by John Gwynne

malicecoverTitle: Malice
Series: The Faithful and the Fallen #1
Author(s): John Gwynne
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback
Release Date: December 3rd 2013
Pages: 656
Genre(s): Fantasy
ISBN13: 9780316399739

This is John Gwynne’s debut novel and today is the day that I finally conquer this mountain and proclaim victory upon this massive beast. The Faithful and the Fallen series has unfortunately recently concluded with the release of Wrath in 2016, but John Gwynne will soon return to war with a brand new series set in the same world but a hundred years later called A Time of Dread. Nothing like looking forward to all the good things in life, right? With Malice now under my belt, I now have a pretty good idea what the author’s style is like and what his universe introduces to readers.

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Heroes: Why I Love Them

Remember when Trang told us to embrace our dark side with her Villains: Why I Love Them post? As much as I agree that villains are amazing when done properly—I am myself a huge fan of antiheroes—I could not let heroes dwell in the shadows!

Here’s why I love me some great heroes!

1. They make the toughest decisions in life

Think about it. The pressure that these heroes go through to make the right decision. They often go through the infamous trolley problem in all its various forms. Nothing like testing their inner utilitarian to see if they’d sacrifice the needs of one for those of the many. I know I’d have a tough time!

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The Widow by Fiona Barton

thewidowcoverTitle: The Widow
Series: No
Author(s): Fiona Barton
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Format: Paperback
Original Release Date: February 16th 2016
Pages: 324
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
ISBN13: 9780143197607

Author of The Child, Fiona Barton’s debut took the world by storm in an unexpected fashion. Its popularity grew exponentially, but the real question lies in its quality. Is it any good? It is a bit odd to have read her latest book before her first novel as a writer, but it doesn’t take away the fact that I was able to enjoy this one and appreciate her ability to write a fantastic suspense story.

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All-Star Batman: My Own Worst Enemy by Scott Snyder

allstarbatmancoverTitle: All-Star Batman: My Own Worst Enemy
Series: All-Star Batman #1
Universe: DC Universe Rebirth
Writer(s): Scott Snyder
Illustrator(s): John Romita Jr., Danny Miki, Declan Shalvey
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Paperback
Release Date: September 12th 2017
Pages: 192
Genre(s): Comics, Science Fiction
ISBN13: 9781401274429

After handing the mantle of the Batman canon series to Tom King as the DC Universe Rebirth was introduced, Scott Snyder has embarked on new adventures and continues to reshape and innovate titles like no other writer has done before. Including his ongoing ambitious and mind-blowing Metal event, Scott Snyder, the very man who has written the game-changing New 52 Batman series, American Vampire, Batman Eternal and Superman Unchained, is now masterly coming up with stories for the All-Star Batman series.

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The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

thegoodaughtercoverTitle: The Good Daughter
Series: No
Author(s): Karin Slaughter
Publisher: William Morrow
Format: ARC
Original Release Date: August 8th 2017
Pages: 511
Genre(s): Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense
ISBN13: 9780062430243

Aficionados of thrillers have heard plenty of great things about Karin Slaughter. Author of Pretty Girls, the Grant County series and the Will Trent series, her ability to write captivating stories filled with wonderful characters and breathtaking mysteries is undisputed. The Good Daughter is her most recent novel that delivers a character-driven family drama centering around two women who have been struck by tragedy at a very young age.

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The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

thewayofkingscoverTitle: The Way of Kings
Series: The Stormlight Archive #1
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Tor
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Original Release Date: August 31st 2010
Pages: 1258
Genre(s): Fantasy
ISBN13: 9780765365279

I heard a lot of things of Brandon Sanderson through the grapevine. It was only a question of time till I did my due diligence and dug through his work. The instant I found out about The Stormlight Archive, I knew it was a series I had to check out. It had this pronounced aura glowing, growing and flickering relentlessly. Its irresistible lust chained me to a desire to pick it up and get caught up in the creativity and ingenuity that is often attributed to the man and his work.

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