All Consuming


Items Hippopottoman consumed in…

July, 2009



  1. Friday 3

    Finished consuming…
    The City & the City — 31 people

    Worth consuming!


  2. Sunday 5

    Finished consuming…
    Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane (v. 1) — 1 person

    Worth consuming!


  3. Tuesday 7

    Finished consuming…
    Omega Flight — 2 people

    Not worth consuming


  4. Saturday 11

    Finished consuming…
    Uncanny X-Men — 3 people

    Not worth consuming

    Finished consuming…
    The Icarus Hunt — 1 person

    Worth consuming!


  5. Tuesday 21

    Finished consuming…
    The Naming Of The Dead — 2 people

    Worth consuming!

    Finished consuming…
    Free — 6 people

    Worth consuming! Tagged: nonfiction library


  6. Monday 27

    Finished consuming…
    Exit Music — 6 people

    Worth consuming! Tagged: fiction bought used


Entries about these items

    Hippopottoman — 4 years ago

    WORTH CONSUMING!

    Sad. Not a sad story, but sad that this is the end of the Rebus books.

    The story was pretty good, but I mostly didn’t care about the whole Russian angle. We do get the usual coincidences and big web of connected people, which sometimes is fun, and sometimes grates. What makes this story, like many of the Rebuses, is the interactions of the characters we’ve come to love – watching Rebus, Siobhan, the other CID members, and even Cafferty deal with John’s impending retirement made for an excellent show.

    A review of "The Naming Of The Dead" — 4 years ago

    WORTH CONSUMING!

    A somewhat engaging story – I was actually curious about the main mystery, and anxious to see how the disparate bits would fit together in the end (as Rankin alway seems to have them do). As usual, a little more coincidence than I enjoy…

    Also as usual, the characters make the story, and we’ve been following Rebus, Siobhan, and … others long enough that just watching their interactions is a joy. I was really sucked in by some aspects of Siobhan’s story this time, perhaps appropriate as Rebus gets closer to retirement age…

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    A review of "Free: The Future of a Radical Price" — 4 years ago

    WORTH CONSUMING!

    An interesting experiment (giving the book away for free in all but its dead tree form) and also an interesting book. In many ways an extension of the concepts explored in The Long Tail, Anderson continues to explore the ramifications of digital products. Instead of focusing on the effects of near-infinite stockrooms, this time he deals with how companies can survive (and thrive) on a business model based on giving large portions of their “goods” and services away for free.

    While the topic was interesting, and Anderson’s writing style engaging, I felt let down by the lack of depth in the analyses. I felt that certain topics could have been more rigorously probed, and that only the surfaces were scratched.

    Moreover, I was annoyed by the seeming lack of attention paid to details in the book – there were a number of instances where ratios were inverted, quantities miscalculated, and other errors made. Most glaring, Anderson calling Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book” “The Graveyard”. Most of these mistakes were small, but I found they accumulated, causing me to lose a little of my enjoyment.

    A review of "Uncanny X-Men: Divided We Stand" — 4 years ago

    NOT WORTH CONSUMING

    Fairly unmemorable. In fact, sitting here 2 days after reading it, I find myself thinking, “what was it about”? Really, it seems like a bridge arc – something that was written just to transition between two larger, heavier arcs (not that I’ve read anything on either side). The artwork was acceptable – I liked Michael Choi‘s style, but not as much as Cassaday’s work on Astonishing. I did enjoy seeing Emma and Scott again – for some reason that relationship actually appeals to me, and there was some humour – Angel’s code name, for example. But that’s about it.

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    A review of "The Icarus Hunt" — 4 years ago

    WORTH CONSUMING!

    An entertaining read – the pacing was acceptable, and there was a bit of a mystery, which was kind of fun. Eventually, though, little things started to nag at me – I found the characters to be very flat (including the narrator) and the writing style didn’t really do much for me – too many "presume"s and “small wager”s. Also, the science was much too soft for my liking, and I found I had to seriously suspend my disbelief one too many times. All this combines to make the book acceptable light fare, but nothing to out of your way for.

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    A review of "Omega Flight: Alpha to Omega (New Avengers)" — 4 years ago

    NOT WORTH CONSUMING

    Really, there was nothing here for me. I’m not familiar with most of the characters, or with Alpha Flight (I’d read an issue or two a long time ago), but liked the title and so I picked it up at the library. Muddled and confusing story, with muddled and confusing art, most of which is fight scenes.
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    A review of "Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane (v. 1)" — 4 years ago

    WORTH CONSUMING!

    Cute. Not as endearing as Terry Moore‘s run, but a pretty good stage-setting. Honestly, I was hoping for a little more Peter in the first portion, but it was important to introduce MJ and the gang as people in their own rights, and the story did that. Probably not the sort of thing I’d’ve looked at if it weren’t for the fact that the characters had a history, but I enjoyed it.
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    A review of The City and the City — 4 years ago

    WORTH CONSUMING!

    Good, although falls short of China MiĆ©ville‘s best. The biggest shortcomings – uninteresting characters, and the plot quickly became boring after the initial stages. I know, that doesn’t sound like a good book. The thing is the setting! The paired cities of Beszel and Ul Qoma are one of the most interesting backdrops for a story that I’ve encountered in years. Really, it’s more than that – they are the story and the characters. MiĆ©ville’s done an unbelievable job crafting these locales, their shared history, and the laws governing their co-existence, and it’s a joy to read about, so much so that the veneer of characters and plot laid overtop fade to unimportance.

    Read this book just to meet the cities, and it’ll be time well spent.
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