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The City We Became (AudiobookFormat, 2020, Hachette Book Group and Blackstone Publishing, Orbit) 4 stars

In Manhattan, a young grad student gets off the train and realizes he doesn't remember …

And What a City It Is!

5 stars

“The City We Became,” by N.K. Jemisin, reminds me a lot of Neil Gaiman’s works. Not necessarily in prose, but certainly in worldbuilding. The concept of Avatars of cities, the power of stories and belief, and using old myths to spin modern fantasies, all certainly do.

The characters are all very well done, with each having a very distinct personality and perspective, and by extension give an interesting view of New York according to the author - a place I have admittedly never been (drive-through doesn’t count, I think). They also bounce off each other in interesting, dramatic, sometimes charming and sometimes tragic ways. I find the dynamics fascinating when the Characters ARE the setting.

That was aided in how I read this book - the audiobook version - which was an absolutely fantastic experience. The reader was able to give each character a very distinct voice, mannerism, and accent, …

Secret Empire Prelude (Paperback, 2017, Marvel Comics, Marvel) 4 stars

Fascism Beneath the Flag

4 stars

I'm already aware of the general plot points throughout this story, from this prologue through the main story and afterward.

The hazards of being a nerd on the internet.

So nothing much was a surprise for me. Still, knowing is different than reading. I don't believe that good writing often suffers from spoilers. Good writing stands on its own.

In that, I feel this prologue mostly succeeds. I don't think it does any master-strokes of character work, and the plot was a touch uneven, but the themes were strong and thought provoking.

What IS the right way to deal with the violent and murderous once you have them in hand? Is changing a person's entire being less terrible than a death sentence? Is there a difference?

And of course there is a lot of groundwork being laid for the question of what is Captain America? What does/should he represent? What …