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Crimson Son by Russ Linton

Crimson SonCrimson Son by Russ Linton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of the audiobook edition of Crimson Son by Russ Linton ; a book in my favorite genre, superhero prose fiction!

Crimson Son is the story of nineteen year old Spencer Harrington, the son of the world’s last active superhero the Crimson Mask. Two years ago his father’s arch nemesis the Black Beetle kidnapped Spencer’s mother and ever since that day he’s been confined to his father’s arctic bunker where he is primarily left to his own devices. Plenty of time to stew in resentment for his father and the Black Beetle. When at last an attack on the “Icehole” and an escape pod set him free he has only one thing on his mind; finding his missing mother, a task his father has failed at for two years. As he begins to delve into the world of Augments, as the super powered are called, other people begin to get caught up in Spencer’s story. There’s Emily and her wealthy doctor friend Martin, Spencer’s own childhood friend Eric; and a group of World War II veteran’s once know as Force Zero.

Fast passed and exciting, Crimson Son moves at action thriller speed from beginning to end. Russ Linton’s writing is concise and focused while maintaining the suspense of the story throughout. There are no wasted contemplations or dry parts, or thankfully cliched romance. While the story comes to a very satisfying conclusion there is certainly the opportunity for a sequel or prequel to this one. I personally would love to read more about the members of Force Zero and find out more about the world of the Augments.

Since this was an audiobook edition I’ll briefly speak about the performance of narrator  Mitchell Lucas. I’ll be honest, I didn’t warm up to his voice right away, in fact I found it mildly annoying until he got to the part in the story where he was doing other character’s voices and not just Spencer’s voice. Then I determined that this was just the way he had decided to portray Spencer, as somewhat immature? Bratish? I always struggle to describe the influence of sound that a narrator brings to the table but it certainly had some influence of the way I saw the character. He certainly is able to portray a wide range of voices well, and have all of them sound distinct from each other. I truly enjoyed the performance though and felt that he made a real contribution to the excitement of the audiobook.

“This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.”

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Dragon’s Loyalty Award


Thank you DrAwkto @ The Inky Awkto for nominating me for this book tag!  🙂

  • Display the award on your blog.
  • Announce your win with a post link the blogger who awarded you.
  • Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award.
  • Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
  • Write seven interesting things about you

Seven interesting things about me…. hmmm… I guess this is a relative question but here goes.

  1. The first comic I ever remember buying new was a Wonder Woman comic, but I didn’t end up liking it very much.  I just couldn’t understand why the Amazons didn’t want to fall in love with a man and live happily ever after.  They seemed to be a bunch of hateful weirdoes to me.
  2.  I voted in the infamous should we kill Robin poll, but because I was a little kid I was confused because I thought the Robin they were going to kill was Dick Grayson.
  3. I constantly check to make sure that the house doors are locked and that I haven’t left the stove on, if the thought crosses my mind while I’m in bed I have to get up and check or I absolutely cannot sleep.
  4. When I was a kid I would sometimes sleepwalk, and once woke up in the middle of the night laying down in the woods behind our house.  Terrifying.
  5. In grade school when my class went to Atlanta for a field trip I ditched my group, and went to the museum of natural science by myself… nobody noticed and I met back up with them at the meet up spot without a hitch…  sometimes I’m amazed I’m still alive.
  6. I’m kind of minimalist about clothing.  I only own like 4 pairs of blue jeans and a few pair of really comfortable shoes.  I have a good many shirts like superhero t-shirts I’ve collected but own only two dress up outfits — one suitable for funerals and one suitable for weddings.
  7. I love big, juicy historical romance novels that are set in the regency era, the less politically correct they are the better.

Well, that was all I could really think about saying about myself.  I don’t really know who to tag for this but if you read this and you like to do it please consider yourself tagged by me, and enjoy! 🙂

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Wonder Woman: Earth One, Volume One by Grant Morrison

Wonder Woman: Earth One, Volume OneWonder Woman: Earth One, Volume One by Grant Morrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this to be a remarkably coherent storyline considering who wrote it.

Earth One is a separate universe from the main DCU and it’s storylines. It seems like they just wanted to retell the origins of their major superheroes and have it be free of the current continuity. So these are similar to origins you’ve read before but also different.

Grant Morrison apparently pulled his inspiration from some of Wonder Woman’s more checkered history. This seems to have caused a good deal of controversy among fans. I can’t really speak to that as I only really know Diana from her adventures in the Justice League and have never followed her solo book.

I have to say I really loved the art and layouts that were in this.  Really cool looking and added a lot to the whole feel of the book.


Diana is portrayed as somewhat mischievous in the first part of the story.


And here she is facing off against the army.  I love the stars int the layout.


I received a review copy of this book through NetGalley’s read and review program.

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What Natalie is up to in April of 2016.

Hi, guys!  I wanted to thank everyone who has followed my blog recently.  Here are a few things going on with me…

So, what am I doing in April?

Well for starters I’ve started a second blog on WordPress called Beauty Adventures Blog where I talk about well you know things like nail polish, shampoo, and makeup.  What?!?  Natalie does something besides read comic books?  You know I’m a girl right?  

I’ve also been working on my little garden but they are still predicting frost this weekend so I’ve held off on getting my plants still.  If the weather is good enough tomorrow I’ll set up the last of my tomato and bean cages.

And what about comics?  Well, I’ve got 16 graphic novels that I need to post reviews for ASAP, so I will be trying to knock those out in the next few weeks.

I also got an audiobook approval for  Crimson Son by Russ Linton, a superhero prose novel that I’ve started and seems quite promising so far; –but of course I will reserve judgement until I’ve finished the book.

And last but not least over on Goodreads the Superheroes and Comic Book Club is reading The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North, Erica Henderson as our April Graphic Novel of the Month and our Prose Novel of the Month is Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain by Richard Roberts.  So please come join us over there for the discussion threads.

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Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter by Stacy King, SunNeko Lee, Crystal S. Chan, W.T. Francis, Nathaniel Hawthorne

Manga Classics: The Scarlet LetterManga Classics: The Scarlet Letter by Stacy King

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A very condensed but nicely illustrated version of the classic book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

I read the original work many years ago as inforced reading assignment in school. I can’t say the subject matter is all that enjoyable; but it is thought provoking and discussion worthy. Basically it’s about a woman named Hester who is married to an older man she doesn’t love and has an affair with another man and gives birth to his child. Everyone knows that she cheated on her husband and this is back in the time of the Puritans [Colonial America] , so it kind of goes over like a ton of bricks. The book takes it’s name from her punishment, the wearing of a scarlet letter A on her chest to remind everyone that she is an adultress.

A good introduction to the story for younger readers or for those who might be struggling with the original work.

This is Hester being made to stand in front of the community to show her shame near the beginning of the story.


Hester and her daughter some years later.  I like the impishness of the way Pearl is drawn.


I received a free digital copy of this book through NetGalley’s read and review program.

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