OH MY GOSH THIS IS A THING!!!!! : Andrew Schaffer’s Hope Never Dies

Yesterday I was browsing Barnes & Noble.  My barrage of midterm grading was finally behind me and I was enjoying an afternoon of meandering with nothing much to do (until chaperoning the Homecoming Dance last night).  I glanced down at a table of new paperbacks and saw a cover, reminiscent of a pulp noir novel, featuring Barack Obama and Joe Biden riding in a car.  Then I took in the title – Hope Never Dies: An Obama/Biden Mystery.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?  I can’t remember the last time I bought a book, drove home, and immediately started reading it.  But no other plans could compete with this and if it wasn’t for the previously mentioned dance, I’d’ve finished it one sitting.  This isn’t an analysis nor a review, not traditionally at least.  To paraphrase Ron Burgundy, I got excited.  I just wanted to…shout it from the top of a mountain.  But I didn’t have a mountain.  I had this blog.  Look, I write about comics, that’s what I do.  And today’s top story, in Michael Miller’s world read something like this – I love Andrew Schaffer’s Hope Never Dies and this needs to become a long-lived series! Continue reading

My Week with Captain Phasma

Last week was Force Friday and Disney began getting people hyped for The Last Jedi by dropping all sorts of new Star Wars merchandise.  There was excitement for Black Series figures and LEGOs and (of course) porgs in any possible variety.  But my Force Friday list only had one MUST HAVE item on it – Delilah S. Dawson’s new Star Wars novel Phasma.  I’ve been waiting since April for this book!  Hannah and I enjoyed our traditional mid-work Force Friday run and both excitedly bought the new novel.  I couldn’t wait to read it!  And once I started I couldn’t put it down! Continue reading