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Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter Morgan 1)

Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter Morgan 1) by Jeff Lindsay


The Basis for a New Showtime® Original Series Starring Michael C. Hall

Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened–of himself or some other fiend.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

After spending two weeks rewatching 60+ hours of the serial killer we love. I was still jonesin’ like a crack addicted; God I can’t wait for Season 7 to start. So I decided to read Darkly Dreaming Dexter the book that inspired the series. I usually don’t read the books that inspire television show. With nearly a month between when I finished season 6 episode 12 and season 7 episode 1, my craving would have made me start the series over again.

Okay. So when I started I expected a condensed version of the television show. This is not it. For the most part you get the broad strokes of the Dexter season 1 in this novel with several changes. Dexter Morgan seems less principled in the novel than in show. I didn’t really like that aspect of the character. His Dark Passenger is also more of an entity than an aspect of his personality. It makes him seem more schizophrenic than psychopathic.

Even Deborah seemed less confident and capable in the novel. At least the show writers still managed to bring Deborah’s foul mouth. I think that was one of the highlights of this novel. Her foul mouth is a creation of Jeff Lindsay and not the show writers.

For the majority of this book it reads like a very condensed first season of the television show. It made for a very boring read. But it does have few twists toward the end that makes it worth the read.

There are several differences but two major ones that firmly separated the novel from the series. The death of a character at the end of this book; along with Debs discover of Dexter’s secret. It changes the dynamic of the novels going forward. Debs discovery is just now only being address whereas the novels has five or six more books to deal with this complication in Dexter’s life.

After reading this novel I’m less in enthused to read the next novel but at some point I will finish the series. As I sit here and write I’m starting to ask questions that weren’t addressed. Some come from the differences in the novel and series and others come from the novel itself.

I recommend this novel to those dedicated fans that love Dexter. Casual fans may not appreciate the differences between the two. I know that the novels came first and I still don’t like some of the differences, they enriched the characters.

I give Darkly Dreaming Dexter 3 out 5 Gs.

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Reflex (Jumper 2)

reflex.jpgReflex (Jumper 2) by Steven Gould


Davy has always been alone. He believes that he’s the only person in the world who can teleport. But what if he isn’t?

A mysterious group of people has taken Davy captive. They don’t want to hire him, and they don’t have any hope of appealing to him to help them. What they want is to own him. They want to use his abilities for their own purposes, whether Davy agrees to it or not. And so they set about brainwashing him and conditioning him. They have even found a way to keep a teleport captive.

But there’s one thing that they don’t know. No one knows it, not even Davy. And it might save his life….

“Reflex (Jumper)” picks up ten years after the events in Jumper. It finds Davy and Millie married. Davy is a freelancer contractor for the NSA and Millie is a family therapist, living in Oklahoma.

When Davey is kidnapped during a meeting with Brian Cox, Millie discovers that after the thousands of jumps she ahs taken with Davey she now has the ability to jump. Confronted with this knowledge she takes it upon herself to find her husband while discovering this new ability and keeping it under the radar of NSA and the people who kidnapped her husband.

Reflex (Jumper 2) has Davey and Millie older and more mature, in a loving marriage, and the Davey in Jumper has grown and faced the emotional problems that plagued him before. It switches between Millie’s search for her husband and Davey’s treatment at the hands of his captors.

Gould makes you sympathetic to Davey and Millie’s struggles. It made me root for them to unleashed some wicked payback. Yet Gould never deviates from the core of his characters that makes them heroes but does give some satisfying.

Davey and now Millie continuing story shows flare. Jumper is one of my favorite books. Reflex (Jumper 2) is fun, fast paced and a great read. It also shows a crisper writing style. It’s so entertaining that I continually wanted another chapter to read. I hope the next book in these characters lives will come a little sooner. I can’t wait to see the continuing saga of David Rice and Millicent Harrison-Rice.

I give Reflex (Jumper) 5 out 5 Gs.

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“34”

GOD created all men equal, but man made a distinction.

That distinction is ignorance.

But ignorance should not stop you from loving any and everyone.

Remember, with loving anyone there is an inherent danger.

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“Green Arrow: The Archer’s Quest”

green-arrow-thearchersquest.jpg“Green Arrow: The Archer’s Quest” by Brad Meltzer

Best-selling novelist Brad Meltzer (The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires and 2004’s The Zero Game) brings his taut, suspense-filled storytelling to the Emerald Archer in Green Arrow: The Archer’s Quest. Collecting Green Arrow #16-21, The Archer’s Quest takes Oliver Queen on a moody, dangerous trip down memory lane as he and his former ward Arsenal seek out a series of legendary artifacts from his past, joining in the journey is the acclaimed art team of Phil Hester and Andre Parks, continuing their uninterrupted run on this new comic-book classic. –From the back cover.

Never being a fan of Green Arrow I read the graphic novel “Green Arrow: Quiver” after he debuted on the CW’s Smallville played by Justin Hartley. I found it interesting is that this follows Quiver where it saw Queen rise from the ashes of his death to be alive again. In “The Archer’s Quest” finds that upon Queen’s death his executor of his last will and testament didn’t complete his job. So fully alive now Green Arrow sets out to complete the task.

At first I wonder why these things were such a big deal and as the story progresses you realize why. It answered a question that had always been in the back of my mine when you read about superheroes dying. Being a superhero is messy business. What happens after a characters is gone, who protects their secret identity.

I can say that it was enthused to read it. DC has always promoted Green Arrow as a second tier hero in the shadow of the big three, Superman, Batman, and Woman even though he’s a founding member of the Justice League. After watching his character arc on Smallville and reading Quiver I can appreciate him more.

What compelled me to read, “The Archer’s Quest”, I wanted to know what the artifacts were and their significance to the Green Arrow. Its story was ok but nothing jumps out to make this story memorable. This story arc was more of a character develop arc. It gave the character a chance to reconnect with allies from the past, show how he has changed, and take a walk down memory lane.

The one thing that I took from this graphic novel is that Green Arrow’s mental Achilles’ heel. Oliver Queen has an almost homosexual emotional attachment to Hal Jordan’s Green Arrow and the Barry Allen’s Flash. These two deaths have and having been recently resurrected have severely left him emotional crippled in the past, with the fixation of death.

Even with this tale being about him facing his own demise, its only when he talks about these characters does the emotion resonant in the book. In the end when all the artifacts are gather and their emotional weight is revealed it didn’t resonant with me as a reader. I still say its worth a read, it gives the reader a insight into a character’s history.

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