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March Photo a Day Challenge

>> Thursday, February 28, 2013

March 1st is tomorrow. A perfect time to join or continue with Photo A Day.

I post a reminder every month, Partly to try and recruit more of my friends to participate and partly to share my favorites of my photos from the previous month. The Photo a Day Challenge is hosted by Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim. I've been doing this daily photo thing since the middle of March of last year and I will complete a full 365 days on March 15th. See - you don't even have to start on the first of the month.  I'm ridiculously excited about completing a full year.  It seems like every month more and more of my online and in person friends join in. I love seeing everyone's photos and how creative folks can be with the daily prompts.

It's not hard and you can participate in so many ways. Looking back through my photos after a few months is fun and I like that it's turned out to be a bit of photo journal with all the little daily memories both small and significant that end up being included.

Every month Chantelle posts a list of subjects or prompts for each day of the month. Chantelle's post about the March list includes some extra explanation and ideas just in case any of the prompts have you stumped.

This is the list for March and Chantelle's instructions:

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How to play!

Playing along with photo a day is super easy:
♥ Check out the March photo a day list.
♥ Each day look at the daily prompt and take a photo according to whatever the prompt is. For example for day 1 the prompt is L is for…: Pick something that begins with the letter L and snap it. Love, light… whatever you please. Be inspired by a little creativity and see what you come up with. You could even take a photo of a fork in the road… let your imagination take you away!
♥ Once you’ve taken the photo it’s time to share it. There are loads of places you can share it. See below for more details.
♥ Check out other people’s photos. You can browse through them on my Facebook page. Or on Instagram or Twitter just search for the #FMSphotoaday hashtag to see them all.

Where to play?

There are loads of places to be social and share your photos with the #FMSphotoaday community:

♥ Instagram: Just upload your photo, use a fancy filter, add a caption and the hashtag #FMSphotoaday and then share.
♥ Facebook: There are a few options here. You can simply share on your own personal page, among your own friends. Or you can upload to my page’s wall, or I’ve created a Facebook group for 2013. You can join it here:
♥ Blog: If you have a blog, you could share each day or do a wrap up of all the photos at the end of the month.
♥ Tumblr: Add your daily photos to your Tumblr feed.
♥ Flickr: You can get their app {for free if I remember correctly} and share your photos there, or upload on their web version. We also have a photo a day group here.
♥ Twitter: You can share on Twitter by uploading the photo and sharing the hashtag #FMSphotoaday. Easy.

To keep this easy for me, I only use photos from my phone. Between Instagram and a few other photo applications I have plenty of options for editing photos on my phone. It's fun for me to see what I can do using just my phone and apps.

If you’d like to check out my previous photos they’re on my Tumblr blog at at Whimpulsiveness

I'm also really enjoy using ShutterCal too. You can see all of my Photo A Day photos in a calendar format. I think this is my favorite way to scan through my past photos and this is the format that ends up feeling like a bit of a journal of my year in photos. If you decide to use Shuttercal, be sure to let me know or link up with me there.

The most important thing to remember about this is don't overthink it. For me, using only photos from my phone makes it low pressure so I don't feel like I have to have a perfect shot. That helps me to just relax and have fun with it. Even with the photo prompts that are repeated it's fun to try to come up with something different. Sometimes a prompt that was used a couple of months ago can spark a totally different meaning depending on my mood or circumstances that day.

If you've been participating I hope you'll continue or give it another try if you've gotten out of the habit. Please let me know where you are sharing your photos so that I can find them.

Here are a few of my favorites from the February Photo a Day Challenge. Click on the individual photos if you want to see a larger version.

something begining with E
February 3rd -
something begining with E
February 13th - walking

where you stood
February 20th - where you stood
makes you smile
February 22nd - makes you smile
February 24th - cloud
February 27th - playing


Wordless Wednesday #176

>> Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Beach Feather
Pacific City, Oregon

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Touring my TBR – Vacation Reading

>> Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Touring my TBR Spreadsheet and Shelves

This month I'm talking about vacation books and reading.

I always say that my requirements for vacation are books and someplace where I can watch water in motion (preferably ocean, but a river will do).

I have tried a couple of times to take just one huge book on vacation and just focus on that single book but that just doesn’t work for me. I think vacation brings on my short attention span. I need to be able to read, watch the ocean, read, watch people, read something else for a bit, watch the ocean . . . repeat as needed.

When I go on vacation I take way more books than I can possibly read. I fear being somewhere without access to a bookstore or library and not having several books to choose from.

I have to say that my nook has helped a lot to ease that fear. It’s also helped with reducing the weight of my suitcase. I still take a pile of books with me when we’re driving to our vacation destination but when I fly I now manage to limit it to 2 or 3. I have to have a paper book with me on the plane because that whole having to turn off my nook during take off and landing makes me twitch with the need to have something to read at that very moment.

I like to have a variety of books and genres available to choose from when on vacation. I've learned over the years that I should stick with fiction for vacation reading. When I read non-fiction I need to have my computer readily available because I seem to constantly want to look up more information. These are a few of the books that I have on my vacation reading menu this week either in paper or electronic versions.. I won’t read all of them but these are high on my priority list and fit the types of books I tend to choose for vacation.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel: I love a big fat historical saga for airplane and beach reading. I've heard so many good things about this one and I’d like to at least start this one while I have a good chunk of time to devote to it.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson Life After Life by Kate Atkinson: This is her newest one and it’s getting a ton of positive buzz
Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear: It’s been nearly a year since I read the last Maisie Dobbs book and this newest one is definitely high on my priority list.
Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd I’ll also have my current long term re-read of Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd with me and this one will definitely be in the mix.
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz: I've been meaning to read this one for ages and I think it’ll be a nice change of pace from some other books I’ll have.
Voodoo River by Robert Crais Voodoo River by Robert Crais: I am way behind in reading the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike books. It’s time to get back to them.
These are just some of the titles I've got on my vacation possibilities list. I may read them or I may go with something completely different. That’s why I like my nook for traveling besides it allows me to have plenty of books to choose from without sacrificing valuable shoe space in the suitcase.

How do you approach vacation reading? Do you need a variety of books to choose from or do you focus on one or two?


Weekend Update February 23, 2013

>> Saturday, February 23, 2013

Weekend Update

Some of this

A little of this

A bit of this

and some of these

Hope you're having a great weekend!


Wordless Wednesday #175

>> Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The walk back home
Pacific City, Oregon

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Crashed by Timothy Hallinan

>> Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Crashed by Timothy Hallinan

Crashed by Timothy Hallinan

Genre: Mystery
Series: #1 in the Junior Bender series
Publisher: Soho Press
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 363
Source: e-galley provided by publisher through NetGalley

The Short Version:
Junior Bender is a burglar through a series of interesting circumstances he ends up working a bit as a private investigator.

Why I Read It:
The book description caught my eye and a couple of positive reviews by people I know convinced me to give it a try.

The Book:
From the publisher:

Junior Bender is a Los Angeles burglar with a magic touch. Since he first started breaking into houses when he was fourteen years old, he’s never once been caught. But now, after twenty-two years of an exemplary career, Junior has been blackmailed by Trey Annunziato, one of the most powerful crime bosses in LA, into acting as a private investigator on the set of Trey’s porn movie venture, which someone keeps sabotaging. The star Trey has lined up to do all that’s unwholesome on camera is Thistle Downing, America’s beloved child star, who now lives alone in a drug-induced stupor, destitute and uninsurable. Her starring role will be the scandalous fall-from-grace gossip of rubber-neckers across the country. No wonder Trey needs help keeping the production on track.

Junior knows what that he should do—get Thistle out and find her help—but doing the right thing will land him on the wrong side of LA’s scariest mob boss. With the help of his precocious twelve-year-old daughter, Rina, and his criminal sidekick, Louie the Lost (an ex-getaway driver), Junior has to figure out a miracle solution.
My Thoughts:
Well let me start by saying that I've purchased a copy of this so The Hubster can read it because I think he’ll enjoy it. Also I've already secured a copy of the second book Junior Bender series.

This was such fun. There’s a lot of humor mixed in with a very interesting mystery. I hope that some of the secondary characters will be back in future installments of the series. How can I not like a getaway driver nicknamed “Louie the Lost”?

Yes Junior is a burglar but he's got a sense of ethics. His job to make sure that Thistle shows up for work and that Trey’s movie gets made but the more he learns and the more he gets to know not only Thistle but some of the other people involved his sense of right and wrong is at odds with his current job.

Some of this is a bit over the top but it’s a fun ride and a mystery that kept me both entertaining and guessing. Not only was the mystery about who was sabotaging the movie it was also about how was Junior going to get out of this by doing the right thing without ending up in jail and losing any contact with his daughter.

There’s plenty of action, some great bad guys, some great good guys (some of whom are on the wrong side of the law) and some laugh out loud moments along the way.

If you like your mysteries a with a dose of humor and some likable yet flawed characters I’d recommend giving this series a try.

4 stars Rating 4/5


Weekend Update February 17, 2013

>> Sunday, February 17, 2013

Weekend Update

Since my last update:
I finished reading Crashed by Timothy Hallinan. I liked this first in a new series enough to immediately get my hands on the second book. The main character Junior Bender is a burglar with a good heart and ethics. The character of the getaway driver nicknamed Louie the Lost is one of my favorites. I will definitely be passing this one along to The Hubster. I think he’ll like it too.

I’m still continuing with my re-read of Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd this week. It’s been ages since I read this and I’m so glad I finally got around to re-reading it.

On Audio I’m still listening to The Navigator by Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos. It’s a fun adventure and Scott Brick is just wonderful as a narrator.

I’ve been waiting for weeks to read the first in a new graphic novel series. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan with artwork by Fiona Staples is every bit as good as I’d heard it was, It’s a science fiction story and most definitely for adults but it’s got a lot of great humor in it and the two main characters are fabulous. I will be stalking the library website so I can get on the waiting list early for the next volume when it is released.

I also started my reading for the Little House Read-Along. I was a kid the last time I read Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder but it’s actually fun to be reading these again. I’m looking forward to the discussion post when Lisa posts it on Tuesday.

Other than books and reading:
Well the big event for us this week was spending Friday evening in the Emergency Room. The Hubster tripped on a rough patch of asphalt pathway while we was out running. His sunglasses probably protected his eye but he ended up with a deep gash over his eyebrow from them. He’s got seven stitches in his forehead and some pretty good road rash on his knees and chin as well as a sore finger and shoulder. It could have been a lot worse but it was definitely not in our plans.

For Valentine’s Day we stuck with our tradition.

Champagne and chocolates
Nothing special for dinner and no gifts but we had a bottle of champagne and some yummy salted caramels from Moonstruck while we watched our wedding video.

Last Sunday I took advantage of another benefit of living in the Portland area. Stash Tea is based here and they have a retail store. I headed over there to check things out.
Stash Tea Store
They always have samples available to try and I picked up some teas I wanted as well as trying one that I’ll pick up another time when I’m there. My primary reason for going though was to get this chest to hold all my miscellaneous tea bags.
Tea Chest
This is so much better than a pile of boxes on my pantry shelf. I can see what I have easily and keep it all organized. Stash sells them on their website in a variety of sizes.

I work from home on Mondays and Tuesdays and on those days this happens a lot.

Howie’s favorite spot on the other hand is The Hubster’s lap.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!


The Little House on the Prairie Read-Along

>> Saturday, February 16, 2013

Lisa at Books. Lists. Life has put together a read-along that I simply cannot resist.

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A few weeks ago she posted about attending a meeting of the local History Book Club in which they talked about The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her post is really interesting and I’m not going to re-create it here so just go read it now and then come back.

Anyway, this post got a bunch of us talking about how much we’d loved the Little House books as kids and it had been ages (more ages for me than most of the other people involved in the discussion) since we’d read them. As often happens when such conversations occur among book bloggers a the idea of a read-along was born.

Lisa has come through and organized this in a fun and relaxed way. There are no formal sign ups. She’s just set a schedule of one book a month. She’ll post an introduction and perhaps some additional background and we’ll be able to read when we can and join in the discussion in the post comments or on twitter. You don't need a blog to participate. Just read the books and join in the chat on Lisa's posts on her blog.

She has set the schedule for eight of the books. She didn’t include Farmer Boy because it’s a bit of an aside in Laura’s story. I’m compulsive though so I know I’ll be reading Farmer Boy anyway. Since the first book is quite short she’s making that the February book and we’ll move on to Little House on the Prairie in March.

Here’s the schedule Lisa has put together:

February 19th: Little House in the Big Woods (I'm doing this one quickly since it's shorter than the rest, and I don't want to wait until April 1st for the second one!)
March: Little House on the Prairie
April: On the Banks of Plum Creek
May: By the Shores of Silver Lake
June: The Long Winter
July: Little Town on the Prairie
August: These Happy Golden Years
September: The First Four Years

I can’t resist. It’s been far too many years than I’d like to admit since I read these books. I never really got into watching the TV series because I was in high school when it started and too cool to watch and then in college I was too busy.

This series holds a special place in my heart because I think it’s what sparked my love of series books. I know I read the entire series multiple times and I think it was the beginning my lifelong enjoyment of series. I’m looking forward to reading them again.

I already have the first few books out from the library and I'm so looking forward to starting them.


Audiobook – Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming

>> Friday, February 15, 2013

Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming

Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming

Genre: Suspense
Series: #2 in the James Bond series
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Publication Date: 2007 Recorded Books (Book originally published 1954)
Length: 6 hours, 13 minutes
Read by: Simon Vance
Source: Library

The Short Version:
Typical James Bond story with a bit of Voodoo in the mix.

Why I Read It:
After listening to Casino Royale last year on a road trip with The Hubster we decided that this series would be good for that. When a short road trip came up we started this one.

The Book:
From the publisher:
Those Mr. Big cannot possess he crushes; those who cross him will meet painful ends -- like his beautiful prisoner, Solitaire, and her lover, James Bond. Both are marked as victims in a trail of treachery that leads from New York's black underworld to the dark secrets of the island in the sun that Mr. Big calls his own. Voodoo, sharks, barracudas, time bombs, harpoon guns, torture, and terror are the ingredients for a scalding brew that reaches the boiling point in an eruption of violence.

My Thoughts:
James Bond joins up with an American CIA agent to track the source of 17th century gold coins that have been showing up in Harlem and Florida. The suspicion is that they are part of a lost pirate treasure. Underworld leader Mr. Big has ties to SMERSH and his people fear his Voodoo powers.

Yes the story is dated and ridiculous at times but that's exactly what I expect from James Bond. As with the previous book in this series I was prepared for the 1950's political background. What was jarring (particularly in the beginning) was the 1950's racial perceptions and language. Once I was able to compartmentalize that as belonging to the times when it was written it was less jarring. It's the same way I tend to approach the portrayal of women and their roles in this kind of book.

The story was fun and adventurous as I expect from James Bond books. I haven't seen the movie version of this one and I'm not really sure that I care to but the book was a fun listen.

Simon Vance is fabulous. His voice characterizations are great and he's got just the right amount of wry humor in his voice in all the right places.

We'll definitely continue with this series and they make fun road trip books for us. One thing that I did with this one was have in on two of our iPods. I knew that the book was longer than our weekend of driving would be but after we got home both The Hubster and I had the book on an iPod and we were able to each finish it up on our own within a few days. That way of handling road trip books opens up possibilities for us. I don't have to worry so much about finding a book we can finish before we get back home because with multiple iPods we can each finish on our own time.

3 stars Rating 3/5 for the book

4 stars Rating 4/5 for the narration

SoundBytes is a weekly roundup of audio book reviews hosted by Jen at Devourer of Books.


Wordless Wednesday #174

>> Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sandpiper Reflections
Pacific City, Oregon

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Where in the World Are You Reading? - Comfy Reading Spots

>> Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Where in the World Are You Reading is a monthly themed Meme jointly hosted by Trish at Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity, Lisa at Books. Lists. Life. and Kailana at The Written World.

Where in the World Are You Reading

Click on any of the links for the posts that explain the details of the Meme. It's never too late to join in so please consider doing so.

Kailana is this month's host and February's theme is Comfy Reading Spots. You can read Kailana's full post here
This month it is all about comfort. Do you settle in to read with a glass of wine? Do you cuddle with a fur baby, or human baby? Do you have a spot that immediately comes to mind when you decide to get comfy with your book? As usual interpret the topic however you would like and then post!
This was an easy theme for me. I’ve got three comfy reading spots in my house that I’ve shared here on the blog before. I'm going to focus on the comfy spots at home because the comfy vacation reading spots are a whole different topic.

By far the majority of my reading at home happens in my corner of the family room.

family room

My comfy chair, a glass of wine or cup of tea, the fire when it’s chilly all makes for a cozy corner. There’s usually a cat or two nearby.

Sometimes I’ll retreat into the living room. If I’m reading something that takes more concentration or if I’m having a spell of short attention span I find that removing myself from the distractions of the kitchen, TV, and my computer that are all part of the family room space is a good thing.

 Also if The Hubster is watching something on TV that I don’t particularly care about, I like the quieter space.

living room
Depending on the time of day and the weather which affects what kind of light is coming in the windows I’ll either curl up on the end of the couch or in one of the leather chairs with an ottoman. Yes that's a cat toy on the floor because even when I retreat to another room I'm never alone.

I like having multiple places in my home that are comfy reading spaces.

Check out the link to Kailana's post above and join in on this fun monthly meme.


Weekend Update February 10, 2013

>> Sunday, February 10, 2013

Weekend Update

Since my last update:
Because I only posted photos last weekend I’ve got to catch up on reading since January 27th

I read the first in a new to me graphic novel series. Y: The Last Man Vol 1: Unmanned definitely captured my interest. I liked it enough to pick up the next two volumes from the library and they’re sitting on my desk just waiting for me.

I read Burning for Revenge by John Marsden. It’s the 5th book in his Tomorrow When the War Began series. The series is so well done that I hate to rush through it. I want to stretch it out so it lasts longer.

I started Crashed by Timothy Hallinan. It’s a fun first in a new series from him. The main character Junior Bender is a burglar who ends up working as a private investigator. It’s fun, adventurous and has plenty of humor. I’m enjoying it a lot. I have an egalley but if it holds up through the last third I still have to read I’m going to buy this so The Hubster can read it.

I finally got back to my re-read of Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd this week. I hadn’t picked it up for a couple of weeks. I’m now at the part where they’re building Stonehenge and I’m enjoying it.

On Audio I put listening to The Navigator by Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos on temporary hold when we went to the coast last weekend. For our road trip listening The Hubster and I started listening to Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming. I knew we wouldn’t finish it by the time we got home but it’s on two of our ipods so we could both finish it on our own. This worked out really well and for future road trips I don’t have to be so concerned about picking a book we can finish before we get home. I finished listening to it yesterday. I hadn’t seen the movie version so I didn’t know anything about the story. It’s typical James Bond and Simon Vance’s narration is wonderful. I was prepared for the 1950’s era political background but the 1950’s racial language and references were rather jarring. Now that I’ve finished that I’m back to listening to The Navigator and the escapist adventure is fun.

Other than books and reading:
As you could tell from last week’s photos we were over at the Oregon Coast for the weekend. For the second year in a row we lucked into amazingly wonderful weather for February. Seriously walking on the Oregon beach in February without a jacket is a near miracle. We had a great time in a beautiful place with good friends.

Alas – Monday meant back to reality. Work is busy this time of year but it’s normal.

Last night we finally got around to watching Iron Man. What a fun movie. My library has a good selection of Blu-Ray movies and we’re never in any big hurry so I just get on the hold list when we decide there’s something we want to watch and wait. We’ll definitely be requesting the second movie soon.

I found a new phone photo app called Instaweather this week that’s kind of fun. (I will warn you that the ads on the free version are VERY aggressive).

Instaweather and my photo
You can add current weather info to your own photos to post. It’s kind of a nice change from the phone screen shots of weatherbug though.

Abby wasn’t too happy that we left her for three days last weekend and she was happy to have me working from home on Monday and Tuesday. She takes her role as office assistant quite seriously.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!


Burning for Revenge by John Marsden

>> Friday, February 8, 2013

Burning for Revenge by John Marsden

Burning for Revenge by John Marsden

Genre: YA Fiction
Series: #5 in the Tomorrow series
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 263
Source: Library

The Short Version:
Australia has been invaded and a group of teenagers continue their battle to stay alive and cause trouble for the invaders.

Why I Read It:
This has been a well done series so far and it had been a while since I read the last one so it was a perfect choice to round out January Long-Awaited Reads month.

The Book:
Since this is the fifth book in the series it’s difficult to not give away events from previous books. If you haven’t read through book 4 in this series, you should skip on down to the My Thoughts section now.

After returning to Australia to lead a group of New Zealand soldiers the teens are back on their own after being separated from the Kiwis. After returning to their old hideout and being told via radio that it’s too dangerous for them to be picked up again and returned to New Zealand they decide to do something.

The war has taken it’s toll on their group and some of them are handling it better than others. Doing something seems better than hiding and waiting. They decide to make a daring attempt to complete the mission of the lost New Zealand troops and inflict as much damage as possible on the Wirrawee airfield.

My Thoughts:
When I first started this series I knew it had similarities to the movie Red Dawn but the first book was so much better than that movie (the original – I haven’t seen the remake). Then the second and subsequent books continued to be excellent.

Marsden does an amazing job of portraying this group of teenagers who have been thrust into a war. Their adventures are exciting but at the same time they’re kids dealing with things that kids shouldn’t have to deal with. Along with the usual relationship and growing up turmoil that comes along with being in your late teens, these kids are just trying to stay alive.

I feel like I’ve come to know Ellie over the course of the series. She narrates it and she pulls no punches as she tells the story. She has times when she’s confident and strong and she has times when she’s not sure she can go on. All of the kids face their own insecurities

As I’ve said before about this series, the story is told with brutal honesty about events as well as the feelings Ellie and her friends deal with. With only a handful of people she truly trusts and facing death or capture nearly every day, Ellie and her friends have had to mature as this series progresses. They face their insecurities at the same time they face the realities of war and survival.

This is a series that really needs to be read in order. The first one is Tomorrow, When the War Began. If you haven’t read it yet, you should.

4 stars Rating 4/5


Wordless Wednesday #173

>> Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Morning near Pacific City, Oregon

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Y: The Last Man Vol 1: Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan

>> Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Y: The Last Man Vol 1: Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan

Y: The Last Man Vol 1: Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan with art by Pia Guerra

Genre: Science Fiction (Graphic Novel)
Series: #1 in the Y: The Last Man series
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 128
Source: Library

The Short Version:
When something kills every male mammal, Yorick Brown and his pet monkey are the only ones to survive.

Why I Read It:
Kailana at The Written World has been one of the major enablers in my introduction to graphic novels. During a conversation on Twitter a few weeks ago she mentioned Brian K Vaughan as an author to check out. This series sounded interesting.

The Book:
This volume 1 is a compilation of issues 1-5 of the comic series.

From the publisher:

This is the saga of Yorick Brown—the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he's the last man on earth.

My Thoughts:
This one is fun. It’s an interesting mix of social commentary, science fiction, and humor. I guess the fact that I already have picked up the next two volumes from the library is an indication of how much I enjoyed it.

Yorick is a twenty something son of a powerful congresswoman. He doesn’t have a job but has skills as an escape artist. He’s taken on training a monkey named Ampersand to be a service animal. He’s about to propose to his girlfriend over the phone (she’s in Australia) but before he can get a clear answer out of her, things go awry.

When every male mammal (except for Yorick and Ampersand) suddenly dies society soon develops into a dystopian world and this comic follows a few key groups. In Washington, the government is reduced to the female members of congress and appointed offices. Yorick’s mother is part of the group trying to restore order. In a somewhat hilarious yet scary development a group of widows of Republican congressmen show up armed and dangerous to demand appointment to their husbands’ seats. Yorick and a secret agent set off to find a noted geneticist to try to find out why Yorick survived. In the meantime, Yorick’s sister has joined up with a group of women who are glad to be rid of men and want to revive the supremacy of the Amazons of Greek Mythology.

The artwork is good but I’ll admit that there were a couple of brief moments when I had trouble distinguishing between some of the women in the parts of the story that took place in Washington. That was my only issue, Overall it was a interesting and well done.

This volume is clearly the initial set up of the background and major story elements so there’s a fair amount of jumping around from place to place and in time, but the foundation is established and there’s a lot of directions the story can go.

There are definitely adult themes and it gets fairly violent in places but there’s also a lot of wry humor and fun along the way. I’m looking forward to continuing with this series. You really should give this one a try.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5


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