Monday, July 13, 2020

Monday Evening

The latest news is that Scott has had a bit of a setback. He has developed some sort of deal where muscles start dissolving and release stuff into the blood stream that will significantly damage kidneys and a lot of other stuff. They think they have control of it and are working to turn things around.

While he is desperate to come home, the situation is serious so he is definitely going to be in a couple of more days and most likely longer than that. As you can see, he is now able to work his phone and do stuff and he has his iPad so that helps a little bit from the morale standpoint.

For now, despite the strain on the hospital from the pandemic, they are trying to let visitors see non COVID 19 patients from 3-5 each day. This means that, for now, I can get in there and see him each day. That helps a lot as his deal is very complicated and he is upset and overwhelmed.

And, yes, he is not masked for three reasons. Per their protocols as he is in his own room, he does not need to be masked. They also do not want him masked as they need to see his lips and the area right around them as some changes in change or color could happen there before the blood work showed it. A face shield would let air leak around it anyway so they do not do that. They also need to see him speak as, until today, he was slurring his words.

Does it all make sense? No. Since early March before the official lock down, we did everything we possible could to avoid exposure. Now, since Thursday, we both have had emergency situations which have resulted in our having to be in the worst possible environment for exposure: a hospital. I am worried about it, but we had no choice.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Sunday Evening

Sorry this update is so late, but I took another fall when I came in from the hospital and that kind of set everything back. I do not know if this is one of those falling spells I do or something else. I am very tired of it. I a, a bit banged up right now.

Scott is doing a bit better. He has been moved out of ICU and up to the fourth floor where there is telemetry monitoring. They are continuing to watch his heart and blood pressure as well as his kidney function. They continue to be giving him shots to prevent blood clots as well as seizures. They think they can start dialing that back a little IF his current lab work trends continue. He does seem to be more aware  of  his surroundings. So, I think he is on the right track at this point.

I very much appreciate all  the thoughts, prayers, and expressions of support and he does too. I  am sorry I have not been able to reply to everyone here  or elsewhere, but, right now, I am pretty worn out, in pain, and sick, and trying to cope with everything. I used to be able to handle a lot of simultaneous stuff when Sandi was still here with us. Since then, I have not been able to do so.

I have brought this up to a couple of  the nurses that were working on me Friday evening as well as a couple of ones that were treating Scott. I was told that it is not at all uncommon and is probably a direct result of grief over Sandi. More than one stressed to me that massive grief does not have an end point that I have to find a  way of  dealing with it and  need to get some help once I start feeling better and up to it. They also think that even though my normal nature is  to self isolate, being forced by the pandemic to do so as well is not helping either one of  us. The fact that I am high risk and stressed by news reports is also not helpful.

Anyway, that is what I know to this point. I am hoping we keep power on tonight and I get a better night of sleep. When I rolled out to the hospital, I saw numerous power crews scattered across the area as I made the fifteen minute drive over to the hospital. Many of those crews were still working at their same spots when I came back. Tonight I continue to see flashing lights from crews as they drive by the house. I think we were very lucky to get power back as quick as we did.

Sunday Morning

It has an unpleasant night. Around 3:45 AM we lost power. The whole area was dark as the wond blew very hard. I figured out, thanks to my iPad that a collapsing storm line was throwing massive winds and that was what had taken down us as well as many other folks across the area. I did the reporting thing and we finally came on about 6:40. So, I guess the fridge should be okay.

In the course of the darkness, I fell twice. So, the normal back and leg pain I have is way worse this morning and my neck is sore as heck. Once was on the hallway of the house. The other was when I was out in the yard around 4:30 when I was worried that the line from the ally to the house might have gone down. I can report that 6 year old carpeting is slightly softer to land on than wed covered dry ground. 

The antibiotics continue t work me over, but, I think they are doing what they need to be doing. At least I hope so. I am spending almost all my time in bed watching tv. I am a mess and just physically can not do much right now. Going down to  the hospital yesterday just wiped me out.

As to Scott.....I do not know anything from this morning as ICU is way too busy to update me. When I was in the ER with him Thursday night and again for me Saturday night, there was a constant stream of calls of Code Blue (cardiac arrest) and various room numbers in ICU. It happens every few minutes. Nearly all of the calls are COVID-19 patients they try desperately to bring back. It was not quite as bad yesterday when I was allowed in to see him, but pretty close to it. 

I last talked to him around 10 last night and they were letting him have a little snack of juice and jello. He was a little more alert, but not by much. He pretty much does not remember anything from around midnight Thursday to sometime yesterday morning. He is in tremendous pain from having the seizure which the Fire Department paramedics estimate lasted at least 18 minutes. That is count from my call to 911 when I found him to when, after they had been here several minutes, they could get him to respond as he was still in seizure when they arrived. He calls it being worked over with a baseball bat.

At this point, we still do not know why it happened. We do know that almost everything was way out of whack body chemistry wise. The MRI ruled out anything abnormal like my big fear--cancer--and some otehr stuff. They have a kidney specialists involved now as there is concern there is something wrong there. More tests are planned, but I do not know when. 

While he is more alert, as of yesterday, they were seeing things  that gave them concern that he could have a second seizure or even a stroke. I won't bore with all of it, but basically there are still body chemistry issues that are arising as they try to make things normal and  his heart rate and BP are doing funky things. So, more worry there.

Just want to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and support. I have not bee up to trying and write everyone personally back, but know it is very much appreciated. Scott appreciates it too. 

Friday, July 10, 2020

Blog Hiatus

Scott had a seizure  around 1:30 AM this morning and is currently in a local hospital ICU. Tests are being run and I know very little so far. I was sent home around 7:30 this morning over concerns about me.  I can not be with him due to Covid though  I was allowed in the ER as he was very combative and they needed me to help.

More as I know it.

12:44 AM Update..... I do not know much more other than, as of around three, he was pretty much the same. They were keeping him heavily sedated as he fights them and they continue to push fluids into him. The MRI supposedly came  back clean which means he did not stroke or something like that and does NOT have my biggest fear, cancer.

I do not know much as it is chaos there. Just spent the evening in the same ER for me. I have IBS and have had it for decades, It comes and  goes and stress is bad for it. So much of today was spent in the bathroom. I tried to eat a little but around 6 tonight and shortly afterwards things started escalating in very strange ways. I knew something was wrong and after last night, I had a fear that I could have a seizure and die here all alone. So, I called and the paramedics came and got me. Fluids were put in me, tests were run, and long story short, I have a huge infection going on in my colon. Fairly serious one and one that has been working away for awhile now and I just thought it was grief and stress flaring the IBS. So, antibiotics in an IV drip and three prescriptions to get filled tomorrow.

I am home, showered, both my bp meds are in me, and in my own bed. Hopefully, tomorrow will go a little better.

I just spent the evening in ER for me. I have IBS and things started escalating in a weird way so I called and got taken to the same hospital. After tests, it seems I have a major infection going on in my Colon on top of everything and have probably been dealing with a month now. Fluids, antibiotics, and my own bed for the night.

Update 1:30 PM Saturday... I have my meds and am taking them. First round at home of that has been a bit rough. I have talked to the hospital and Scott is the same as he has been. The body chemistry is closer to normal and he is consciousness, but he is very out of it. How much of that is the meds and how much is something else we do not know. They are monitoring his heart and there have been serious heart rate issues which may be a result of all  he has been through or some new problem. 

They will let me in to see him today between 3 and 5 as he is not Covid. So, I am going to try and pull myself together and go over. 

Thank you everyone for your comments and support. It means more than you know. 

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 7/8/2020

The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 7/8/2020

Mystery Tribune: “Blacktop Wasteland” By S.A. Cosby: Noir For A New Century by Nick Kolakowski

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Nevermore: The Big Finish, Defying Hitler, Secret...

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Lesa's Book Critiques: Marah Chase and the Fountain of Youth by Jay Stringer

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Monday, July 06, 2020

Lesa's Book Critiques: My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me by Jason B. Rosenthal

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In Reference To Murder: Media Murder for Monday for 7/6/2020

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Mrs. Jeffries Mysteries

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Markets and Jobs for Writers for 7/6/2020

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Aubrey Hamilton Reviews: Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored by Philippe Georget (Translator Steven Rendall)

Philippe Georget is a French television anchor and author of five crime novels. His debut, L'été tous les chats s'ennuient, published by Éditions Jigal in 2009, won the SNCF Crime Fiction Prize and the City of Lens First Crime Novel Prize. Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored (Europa Editions, 2013), the first Inspector Gilles Sebag book, was translated from the French by Steven Rendall.

It’s miserably hot on the French Mediterranean coast, as usual during the summer, and Inspector Gilles Sebag is tired of his job. The air conditioner at the Perpignan police headquarters breaks down with depressing frequency. The tedium of tourists and petty crime along with the heat have him sleepwalking through his days. His real interest is his family, and he’s consumed with the realization that his children are growing up. Both of them are spending part of their vacation away from the family for the first time and he misses them dreadfully. In addition, he’s caught his wife Claire, whom he loves deeply, in a lie and he fears she is having an affair. His anxiety is heightened when she decides to go on a cruise alone for part of her vacation, since she has more time off than he does.

Sebag’s mind is nowhere near work when a Dutch girl is found murdered on a beach. Then another Dutch girl disappears. Still a few days later a third Dutch girl is attacked with a knife during a failed kidnapping. The belief that a local serial killer has singled out Dutch tourists for his attentions has caused a slick Paris cop to be assigned to the force to serve as liaison between the police on the ground and the French authorities in touch with the Dutch police. Sebag despises him on sight and the feeling is mutual. The investigations flounder while leads dissolve one after another. Sebag is singled out by the kidnapper to receive a series of taunting messages, and his management wonders why. The team follows thorough but plodding police procedures with some success but it’s Sebag’s instincts that finally get them a true break.

The book is labelled noir but Sebag is far from the average noir character. He dislikes guns, doesn’t carry one unless he has to, and has to think to remember where he put his service weapon. He runs marathons; his practice sessions give Georget frequent reasons to describe the picturesque scenery of southern France. He enjoys housework. He feels great compassion for those caught on the wrong side of the law. The typical detective of crime fiction he is not.

I bought this book for its title and was rewarded with a fine police procedural. Intricate and well-executed plot; gorgeous writing, for which the translator must take some credit; great behind-the-scenes look at the operations of an investigative law enforcement team; powerful sense of place. A really good book!

Starred review from Publishers Weekly and a PW Pick.

·         File Size: 1077 KB
·         Print Length: 429 pages
·         Publisher: Europa Editions; Reprint edition (July 2, 2013)
·         Publication Date: October 8, 2019

Aubrey Hamilton ©2020

Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal It projects by day and reads mysteries at night.

Saturday, July 04, 2020

Jan Christensen on Medium: ARE YOU MAKING TIME TO WRITE?

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KRL Update: KRL This Week for 7/4/2020

Up in KRL this morning a review of "The Grim Reader" by Kate Carlisle along with a giveaway of the previous book in the series "The Book Supremacy"

And a review and giveaway of "Proof of Murder" by Lauren Elliott along with a fun Sherlock Holmes related guest post by Lauren

We also have a review and ebook giveaway of the anthology "Heartbreaks & Half-Truths" edited by Judy Penz Sheluk

And another mystery short story by Gary Hoffman

This week we posted another special midweek guest post, this one by mystery author Sue Hinkin about her new book "The Burn Patient" and you can also enter to win a copy of the book

Up on KRL News and Reviews this week we have a review and giveaway of "Trade-Off" by Maxine O'Callaghan, published by Brash Books

And a review and ebook giveaway of the third book in Kathi Daley's Island Reunion Trilogy, "Campfire Secrets"

And a review and giveaway of "Double Trouble" by Gretchen Archer, published by Henery Press

And a review and ebook giveaway of "Botched Butterscotch" a novella by Amanda

Happy reading

Lesa's Book Critiques: Favorite Books of 2020

Lesa's Book Critiques: Favorite Books of 2020

Scott's Take: Punisher Kill Krew by Gerry Duggan and Juan Ferreyra

Punisher Kill Krew by Gerry Duggan and Juan Ferreyra is a book that spins out of War Of The Realms. This graphic novel collects the full miniseries along with a connected tie in, War Of The Realms: Omega. The miniseries is basically 98 percent of the story and the tie is added as a few pages of flashback.

Basically, and simplifying greatly, Punisher goes on a journey of revenge after war criminals that had escaped justice after the War Of The Realms. The Punisher goes on a bloody revenge mission to avenge on behalf of some orphans the killings of their parents during the invasion. Punisher recruits Juggernaut and others to assist on his blood-soaked mission.

This tale is full of action and violence. This is not intended for children at all. This is adult book. I enjoyed the miniseries more than the random tie in.

The Punisher characterization is deep and very true to the character. There is humor, action, and some emotional moments that remind readers that before the Punisher became what he is now he was once a caring family man. I enjoyed it a lot. Before reading Punisher Kill Krew one should read War Of The Realms which I reviewed here last December.   

My reading copy came by way of the Prairie Creek Branch of the Dallas Public Library System by way of their “Library to Go” curbside service at Lochwood Library.

Scott A. Tipple ©2020

Friday, July 03, 2020

Texas Monthly: What to Read Now

Texas Monthly: What to Read Now

Lesa's Book Critiques: Winners and Give Me a "G" Giveaway

Lesa's Book Critiques: Winners and Give Me a "G" Giveaway

Crime Review: Crime Review Update for 7/3/2020

We feature new 20 reviews in each issue of Crime Review (, together with a top industry interview. This time it’s author Chris Whitaker in the Countdown hot seat:

We’re on Twitter at:

Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK

Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer

Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia

This week’s reviews are:

SIX WICKED REASONS by Jo Spain, reviewed by John Cleal

A controlling father is murdered during a party on a yacht. All of his children, re-united for the occasion to celebrate his intended new marriage, have motives for revenge.

ROBERT B PARKER’S BLOOD FEUD by Mike Lupica, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Sunny Randall’s relationship with her ex Richie is on again, so when he gets shot you know she is going to do something about it.

THE CURATOR by MW Craven, reviewed by Linda Wilson

When body parts start turning up in Cumbria, National Crime Agency investigators DS Washington Poe and civilian analyst Tilly Bradshaw are called in to make sense of an increasingly complex puzzle.

THE OATH by Klaus-Peter Wolf, reviewed by Ewa Sherman

Former chief of police Ubbo Heide is enjoying a peaceful seaside retirement until a gruesome package containing a severed head turns up on his doorstep. Soon a headless body is found on the local beach. However, it is not just one victim.

A GOOD MAN by Ani Katz, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

Thomas Martin is a caring, loving, reliable husband, father, son and brother. Until he isn’t.

BY FORCE ALONE by Lavie Tidhar, reviewed by John Cleal

A new and very different take on the Arthurian legend that combines detective novels and thrillers with poetry, science fiction, historicals, children’s stories and autobiographical works.

LONG RANGE by CJ Box, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett and hawk wrangler Nate Romanowski become entangled when the wife of a judge is killed by a sniper.

A CONSPIRACY OF BONES by Kathy Reichs, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Forensic anthropologist Dr Tempe Brennan is drawn deep into the murky world of conspiracy theorists and child abusers as she tries to unravel the mystery of a faceless corpse.

ASK ME NO QUESTIONS by Louisa de Lange, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

Kate Munro is convinced it was more than a random attack that put a woman in a coma – and even more so when she finds out who the victim is.

IT WALKS BY NIGHT by John Dickson Carr, reviewed by John Cleal

Prefect of the Paris city police Henri Bencolin must solve the grisly murder of the Duc de Saligny at a fashionable Parisian gaming house.

BOBBY MARCH WILL LIVE FOR EVER by Alan Parks, reviewed by Chris Roberts

When a young Glasgow girl is abducted, detective Harry McCoy is sidelined by a rival who’s been given charge of the case.

THE HAVEN: DEADFALL by Simon Lelic, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Lily is missing. Ollie and the rest of the Haven’s council vow to get her back, no matter what the cost.

INTO THE DARK by Karen Rose, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan

A young abused boy tries to save his young brother from his stepfather whom he subsequently sees murdered. As a witness he then becomes a target.

FUGITIVE 13 by Rob Sinclair, reviewed by John Cleal

Aydin Torkal has spent a year on the run from western intelligence and the brotherhood of jihadi insurgents he betrayed. MI6 agent Rachel Cox, probably the only person who believes him an ally in the war on terror, receives a coded message from him warning her not to trust her own
colleagues and must choose between her career and the truth.

THE HARD STUFF by David Gordon, reviewed by Chris Roberts

A terrorist is in town with some top-quality smack for which he insists on payment in diamonds. Joe Brody intends to steal them – twice.

THE REUNION by Guillaume Musso, reviewed by Linda Wilson

A reunion at a high-end college in the French Riviera threatens to uncover secrets that some former pupils had hoped were long buried.

THE MISSING WIFE by Sam Carrington, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

Sleep-deprived new mother Louisa can trust no one – not her husband, nor her best friend, and certainly not her ex.

PERDITION’S CHILD by Anne Coates, reviewed by John Cleal

Hannah Weybridge investigates the deaths of Australian men who have come to England to search for lost relatives.

THE MAN ON THE STREET by Trevor Wood, reviewed by Linda Wilson

When a homeless man sees the report of a woman’s search for her missing father, he thinks he might have been the only witness to a possible murder. The police don’t seem very interested in what he has to say, but the man’s daughter is desperate for help, so against his better judgment, Jimmy Mullen gets involved.

DEPARTING SHADOWS by Paul Charles, reviewed by Chris Roberts

DI Christie Kennedy investigates a hit-and-run outside the Gomorrhian Embassy and finds his path to the truth entangled in diplomatic complications.

Best wishes

Sharon and Linda

Happiness Is A Warm Book FFB Review: A Wreath for the Bride by Maria Lang

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Words To Live By

Story Idea

Crude Oil Comic (Hat Tip to Barry Ergang)

Beneath the Stains of Time: The Hog's Back Mystery (1933) by Freeman Wills Crofts

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Lesa's Book Critiques: The Last Curtain Call by Juliet Blackwell

Lesa's Book Critiques: The Last Curtain Call by Juliet Blackwell

Monday, June 29, 2020

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

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Lesa's Book Critiques: The Finders by Jeffrey B. Burton

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In Reference To Murder: Media Murder for Monday for 6/29/2020

In Reference To Murder: Media Murder for Monday for 6/29/2020

Markets & Jobs for Writers for 6/28/2020

Markets & Jobs for Writers for 6/28/2020

Aubrey Hamilton Reviews: The Great Darkness by Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly is uniquely qualified to write detective fiction: His father was a chief detective superintendent in the London Metropolitan Police Force and his grandfather was a justice of the peace and a special constable. These unassailable credentials give him nearly a century of first-hand experience and history to draw from. He initially wrote for a number of newspapers and then turned to fiction. His first book, The Water Clock, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award, and he has since won a CWA Dagger in the Library and the New Angle Prize for Literature.

His first series showcased a journalist in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England; the second is a police procedural set in Norfolk. His latest series is a historical set in Cambridge, England, during the first few months of World War II. Detective Inspector Eden Brooke is a nighthawk. Plagued with insomnia from injuries sustained during the first war, he often walks the streets of Cambridge, watching and listening to others who are abroad in the night. He is taking a forbidden swim in the River Cam when he hears a group of soldiers digging a pit. Why they are on maneuvers in the dark is a question he wants answered, since the countrywide blackout, the great darkness, is in effect. He asks questions the next day at work without receiving satisfactory answers.

His attention is soon diverted when a visiting American scientist, Dr. Ernst Lux, on assignment at the University, dies in what seems to be a bizarre accident involving the netting of a stray barrage balloon. Only Brooke notices that Lux’s shoes are on the wrong feet and becomes convinced the death is not an accident. This leads him to the clandestine group of young men known as night climbers, who indulged in a risk-laden practice of scaling chapels, towers, and other tall buildings. If discovered, they were sure to be expelled from the university, which appeared to only lend spice to their efforts. 

While Brooke searches for answers to the death of Dr. Lux, he continues to ask about the soldiers on night patrol and is sidelined by the daily reports of new crime in the city. The war has taken every able young man, and the police force is woefully understaffed. Brooke juggles a workload meant for multiple people, just like everyone else left at home does.

Atmospheric portrayal of historic Cambridge and the general anxiety over oncoming war wafts off the page. Brooke is an engaging character, not the usual loner cop but one with friends and a strong family connection. A promising start to a series set in an intriguing time and place. Recommended.

·         Hardcover: 352 pages
·         Publisher: Allison & Busby; British First edition (February 15, 2018)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 0749021616
·         ISBN-13: 978-0749021610

Aubrey Hamilton ©2020

Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal It projects by day and reads mysteries at night.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

The Rap Sheet: Bullet Points: Adios to June Edition for 6/27/2020

The Rap Sheet: Bullet Points: Adios to June Edition for 6/27/2020

KRL Update: KRL This Week for 6/27/2020

Up in KRL this morning reviews and giveaways of 6 mysteries for your summer reading-"Death by Auction": An Abby McCree Mystery by Alexis Morgan, "Marshmallow Malice": Amish Candy Shop Mystery by Amanda Flower, "Murder She Wrote The Murder of Twelve" by Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land, "And the Killer Is… "A Savannah Reid Mystery by G.A. McKevett, "Antiques Fire Sale": A Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mystery by Barbara Allan, and "Murder in Galway":
Home to Ireland Mystery by Carlene O'Connor

Also a review and giveaway of "Divide and Concord" by JC Eaton, along with an interview with J.C.

And the latest mystery Coming Attractions from Sunny Frazier along with a giveaway of "Still Knife Painting" by Cheryl Hollon

And to interview mystery podcasts, in honor of Pride we decided to interview Brad Shreve and Gay Mystery Podcast this week

For those who prefer to listen to Mysteryrat's Maze Podcast directly on KRL, here you can find the latest episode which features the mystery short story "Vengeance in Cadmium Blue" by Margaret Mendel read by Ariel Linn

During the week we posted another fun midweek special guest post, this one by mystery author Edith Maxwell where she talks about her new book, "Nacho Average Murder", research, and Oz. You can also enter to win a copy of the book 

And another one by mystery author Maggie Toussaint where she talks about summer fun and her latest book "Seas the Day." You can also enter to win a copy of the book

Up on KRL News and Reviews this week we have a review and ebook giveaway of
"Gossip in the Garden" by Kathi Daley

And a review and giveaway of "Killing Time" by Suzanne Trauth

And a review and giveaway of "Rigged" by DP Lyle

Happy reading,

Lesa's Book Critiques: Find Me by Anne Frasier

Lesa's Book Critiques: Find Me by Anne Frasier

SleuthSayers: What Went Wrong – (and pass the Scotch) by Melodie Campbell

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Scott's Take: Batman Universe by Brian Michael Bendis and Nick Derington

Batman Universe by Brian Michael Bendis and Nick Derington is a hunt to recover stolen loot. The Riddler has stolen a Faberge Egg on behalf of the immortal Vandal Savage. Batman’s quest to recover the egg from The Riddler and his allies will require Batman to enlist the help of Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and others. As part of his quest, he must uncover the secrets of the Faberge Egg and that means he has to learn more about the original owner, the legendary gunslinger, Jonah Hex. Batman will travel across space and time to places such as Thanagar, Dinosaur Island (an island full of dinosaurs that exists in the DC universe), Gorilla City (a city ruled by super advanced Gorillas), and more.

There is plenty of action, mystery, and humor to be found in this book. As Batman moves forward in his quest, Alfred makes various witty observations with his usual sarcasm. The artwork is very colorful and varied and is a visual treat to look at as one reads Batman Universe.

My one criticism about this book applies to everything Bendis writes is that he writes dialogue in his own unique way of talking. For example, Character 1 “What is?” Character 2 “Bendis speak?” Character 1 “Yes, tell me about Bendis speak.” Character 2 “Bendis speak is when one person talks in short clipped sentences…” Character 1 “With interruptions that are supposed to.” Character 2 “Normal conversations.” Character 1 “That People have in real…” Character 2 “Life.” This can make some of the dialogue clunky and unnatural sounding. Hopefully, I did a good job of explaining the way Bendis writes. His dialogue is not for everyone, but this is one of his better books dialogue wise.

If you are looking for a fun Batman book that does not require one to be up to date on the status quo of the current Batman books this is the one for you. Batman Universe by Brian Michael Bendis and Nick Derington is perfect for new readers as well as long term Batman readers. 

My reading copy came from the Grauwyler Park Branch of the Dallas Library System and was picked up thanks to “Curbside to Go.”

Scott A. Alexander ©2020