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Archie vs Predator by Alex de Campi
Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates
Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett
Carson Crosses Canada
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
Giant Trouble by Ursula Vernon
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
It Might Have Been Worse by Beatrice Larned Massey
It's a Book by Lane Smith
Kleine Katze Chi #1 by Kanata Konami
No Place for Magic by E.D. Baker
Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson
Lumberjanes, Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson
Mystery of the Midnight Rider by Carolyn Keene
Paper Girls, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
Road of Her Own: Women's Journeys in the West by Marlene Blessing
A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett
Shopaholic & Sister by Sophie Kinsella
Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman
There Are No Cats in this Book by Viviane Schwarz
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Winnebago Graveyard #1 by Steve Niles
Winnebago Graveyard #2 by Steve Niles
Woof by Spencer Quinn
Yours Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

Miscellaneous
August 2017 Reading Sources
August 2017 Reading Summary
Books on Books
Crossing the Cornfield and Saving the World: The Neddiad by Daniel Pinkwater
Greenglass House by Kate Milford: A road narrative deconstruction
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 04)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 11)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 18)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 25)
The maze isn't for you — except when it is

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Archie vs Predator: 09/28/17

Archie vs Predator by Alex de Campi

Sometimes reading is a purely nostalgic thing. Usually around the holidays as the year is winding down I get in the mood for familiar stuff: either a new book with favorite characters, or re-reading an old favorite.

I especially look for easy reads for Thanksgiving. We typically travel to spend the holiday with Ian's parents. In the past there would be a football game on. More recently some sort of marathon — the Twilight Zone or something else. I'm sort of expected to be present but I like to turn off the marathons with books or my computer (if it's charged up and if the internet connection is good).

Two years ago I saw some sample panels from Archie vs Predator by Alex de Campi, a standalone four issue comic involving Predator taking out Riverdale, and I knew it would be my Thanksgiving read. I've been an on again, off again fan of Archie comics since I was a kid. They're on the saccharine side and Predator isn't. It was just so ridiculous a concept that I had to read it. Then plans changed. For work reasons we ended up staying home for Thanksgiving and I put away the book.

The Riverdale gang wins a trip to a remote island. It happens to be the same one that Preditor is on. It sees them and gets infatuated with Betty and Veronica and follows them home to Riverdale. How better to express your feelings than killing off an entire town?

Predators thoughts, if they can be considered such, are rendered as emojis. Combined that with the visceral way he slaughters most of the main characters, it's a jarring juxtaposition.

The whole thing can be read with a television blaring in about thirty minutes. It's goofy, bloody, violent, and has the weirdest ending. If you think Predator is the horror element of this tale, you're wrong. He just lays it bare through his destruction.

Four stars

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