Pull List Loot: September 10, 2014

Sep 10
Pardon my shadow

When Marvel Unlimited put a month subscription on sale for 99 cents I was there. It let me discover a lot of great comics. I didn’t renew when the price went back up, but I might in the future. There are still tons of comics I’d like to get started on. But for now I think I’ve gotten enough to keep me busy. One of the series I picked up? The new run of X-Men with the all female cast. LOVE it. Also in the mix is Black Widow. I was missing #5 and my comics shop was able to get it for me. Still missing #7 so now I get to track that one down. I might break down and get it digitally just so I know what that storyline is because as far as I understand it’s the end of an arc then go back later and grab it. The last one is Elekra. I actually haven’t started this one yet, but people who have similar taste in comics have raved so I’m willing to try.

 

So have you picked up any new comics this week? What would you do if you were missing a pivotal issue that your usual store couldn’t get you?

Checking Out

Instead of lumping my library borrows with my bought gems, I decided to make a new column, Checking Out. This edition of Checking Out is one of an accidental nature. I had the second and third books of the Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch on hold. The third book had come in and the second was on its way. I went in to pick it up hoping that maybe the mail would come in while I was there. This didn’t happen. But the librarians are crafty and clever at our library and put the holds shelf pretty damn close to the New Books and Lucky Chance shelves. The Lucky Chance program is a way for people to get those high demand books without having to put a hold on it. There are no renewals on them and it’s pretty much first come first serve. I’ve gotten a few great books this way. And this visit was no different. 

 

  • The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch. The book I originally went in to pick up
  • The Red Lily Crown by Elizabeth Loupas
  • Dark Aemilia: A Novel of Shakespeare’s Dark Lady by Sally O’Reilly
  • I Don’t know What You know Me From by Judy Greer. I actually took this one back the next day and bought the audio. I love listening celebrity bios read by the authors
  • The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

 

In case you were wondering, the second book did show up, about an hour after I got back home… 

Has this happened to you? Gone in for a specific book and walked out with more?

Review at a Glance: The Woman Who Would Be King

Title: The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
Author: Kara Cooney
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Genre: Non-Fiction, History
Source: LibraryThing

Let me say, Hatshepsut should have had Cleopatra’s publicist. She needs the press that Cleo has received throughout the years. Not to tear Cleopatra down at all. They both are deserving of the attention so Cleo should have shared. There is not nearly enough out there about Hatshepsut. I vaguely knew her as a ruler who had her statues and such destroyed by the pharaoh after her. No details of her rise to rule or her reign.

I have a keen interest in Ancient Egypt. I have been since 6th grade and reading The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw and learning the ways of the Egyptians.  I even went on to read McGraw’s other book on Egypt Mara, Daughter of the Nile. Through the years I have picked up a few Cleopatra historical fictions, glanced at a few non fiction books about the era, but somehow missed the deets on King Hatshepsut. Recently I did a little unintentional theme reading when I started a historical fiction about Cleopatra’s daughter then was recommended a book based on Hatshepsut Daughter of the Nile by Stephanie Thornton. After I finished that, I realized I’d had another series on my e-reader by L.M. Ironside that focused on Hatshepsut’s life before and even after her rule. Then The Woman Who Would Be King showed up on my radar. It was kismet.

In The Woman Who Would Be King Kara Cooney thoughtfully and meticulously lays out Hatshepsut’s life and even what happens after her unprecedented rule. I felt like Cooney did a masterful job of painting what life might have been like for not only Hatshepsut, but the people who would have been around her and their relationships with her. Hatshepsut is not portrayed as manipulative or as completely selfless, but as a human being who was ambitious and from all accounts a shrewd ruler who had her faults. It is too bad there was not a lot of diary writing back in those days. It seemed the Egyptians weren’t much for the drama parts of life because it would have been interesting to know more about not only her motivations, but also the motivations of the the people around her, like her steward, Senenmut; her daughter, Neferure; or her nephew Thutmose III. I usually consume non fiction as audiobooks and this one would have been perfect.