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A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.


I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Reviews of 3 DC Super-Pets Chapter Books


204 . The Cat Crime Club by Steve Korte. Illustrated by Art Baltazar
Dc Super-Pets

Rating: (3/5)

(US) - (Canada) - (UK)

Aug. 1, 2012, Capstone Press, 56 pgs

Age: 6+

"The evil CAT CRIME CLUB plans to steal funds from a local circus, and only KRYPTO and the SPACE CANINE PATROL AGENTS can stop them."

Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

These books all follow a similar pattern and this series has been very popular with young readers.  My son has outgrown it now but he loved it earlier.  I prefer the one on one plots so found this book a bit contrived starring Krypto and the entire Canine Agents vs the Cat Crime Club (characters we've never heard about before).  Superman makes a cameo appearance which is always nice with these pet series as the owner's do not always show up.  My son used to like the ones with a lot of characters so some children may get a thrill out of the number of pets.


207 . Swamp Thing vs the Zombie Pets by Jon Sazaklis. Illustrated by Art Baltazar
DC Super-Pets

Rating: (3.5/5)

(US) - (Canada) - (UK)

Aug. 1, 2012, Capstone Press, 56 pgs

Age: 6+

"SOLOMON GRUNDY's zombie pets are taking over the swamp. SWAMP THING's bog buddies must stop them."

Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

This is a fun story that kids will certainly enjoy with zombie animals and simply plenty of action and humour.  I found it interesting as I've never read a comic containing either Swamp Thing or the villain in this one Solomon Grundy.  It prompted me to look up their character histories which I always enjoy doing and especially enjoyed finding out about Grundy as his name appears in my most favourite song in the entire world, "Superman" by Crash Test Dummies.


209 . Deep-Sea Duel by Jon Sazaklis. Illustrated by Art Baltazar
DC Super-Pets

Rating: (2.5/5)

(US) - (Canada) - (UK)

Aug. 1, 2012, Capstone Press, 56 pgs

Age: 6+

"When the evil OCEAN MASTER crashes an AQUA-FAMILY reunion, AQUALAD, and his Super-Pet FLUFFY must stop the fishy foes"

Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

I have to say *I* wasn't particularly thrilled with this entry in the series.  I'm sure the intended audience will enjoy the book as it follows suit with the overall theme of the series and this one in particular is written perhaps for the younger end of the age group.  However, I just found the story silly and the dialogue of Aquaman very un-superhero-ish.  But when Atlantis is attacked by Ocean Master and Aqualad who is away receives a distress call from Aquaman and has to come back and save the day ... um ... no.  It most certainly should have been the other way around.

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