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Pete Reviews V For Vendetta

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

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I’ve seen the Hollywood adaptation of this graphic novel. They are different versions of the same idea but the 24 years between the book and the film meant that the film was always going to that much more polished. I enjoyed the gritty nature of the book immensely and am now seeking out more of Alan Moore’s work. It raises many questions about freedom, identity, and politics. It is a must read for anyone who thinks that an individual has no influence on the government. I strongly suggest that you enjoy a Speakeasy Ales & Lagers’ Vendetta WCIPA whilst soaking in the culture of V. V’s shadow gallery is without a doubt the architectural highlight.

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Pete Reviews Kick Ass

Kick-Ass (The Complete Series: 3 volumes)
by Mark Millar & illustrated by John Romita, Jr.

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After watching the first two films I decided I was overdue to read the comic book series that it was based on. The series was not your typical comic book, despite being extreme in violence there was always an underlying humor or at least satire that made it entertaining as well as fascinating to read. I often found myself questioning myself and moral viewpoints long after putting the book down. That alone made it an extremely enjoyable read. The film, although slightly different, was honest enough to the book and I would recommend either to anyone who enjoys action and philosophy violently blended together.

Here are my recommended beer pairings for each volume.
Volume 1: Evans Ale’s Kick-Ass Brown
Volume 2: Beard Brewery’s Red Myst Irish Ale
Volume 3: Right Brain Brewery’s Naught Girl Mint Stout

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Pete Reviews Sin City

Sin City (The Complete Series: 7 volumes) by Frank Miller

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Describe it in 25 words or less. An amazing graphic novel executed in a gripping high-contrast depicting the underbelly of life of crime and chaos in a seedy city.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? I wanted to read the entire series after watching the film over a year ago.

Genre: Graphic Novel

What did you think of the cover art? The covers were just as amazing as all the artwork inside. There is something totally fascinating in the simplicity of the compositions. Frank Miller is amazing!

Who was your favorite character and why? Marv because of his honesty and courage.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Senator Roark because he reminded me of real-life Senator Joe Hockey.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It grabbed me immediately, like no other book ever has, I’ve still got the marks to prove it.

Was it plot or character driven? Very strong on both.

What did you think of the ending? I was always impressed; most had sneaky little twists at the end.

What was the moral of the story? Respect the law, even if it’s not a written one.

Would you read it again? Definitely.

Have you read other books by the same author? Not yet, but I plan to.

How does the book compare to the film? The film did an amazing job capturing the unique feel of the graphic-novel.

Who would you recommend it to? Anyone who enjoys their crime noir with a dark, gritty edge.

Number of unknown words: 0

Architectural Detail: The Maguozzi Mansion

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Beer pairing: Founders Brewing’s Dark Penance

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Brigette Reviews Embroideries

Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi

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Describe it in 25 words or less. A little peek into the sex lives of a group of Iranian women.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? Pete had read Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and really enjoyed it, so I thought I’d give this one a try. Unfortunately I did not feel the same about this book.

Genre: Graphic Novel

Who was your favorite character and why? Parvine because she was a strong, modern woman with heart.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Grandma because she was the opposite of a sweet granny.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It was immediately entertaining; almost like you were listening in on a very personal conversation.

What did you think of the ending? Harsh.

What was the moral of the story? Be careful who you marry.

Favorite quote: “One isn’t born courageous, one becomes it.” – Parvine

Who would you recommend it to? Women who like frank, slightly disturbing gossipy discussions about sex and relationships.

Number of unknown words: 0

Craft/Activity: Learn to make tea in a samovar.

How much of your sex life do you discuss with friends and/or family?

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Pete Reviews Persepolis

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

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Describe it in 25 words or less. An autobiographical story of Marjane Satrapi growing up in Iran starting in 1980 when she was 10 years-old until 1994.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? Brigette picked it out for me.

Genre: Autobiography/Graphic Novel

Who was your favorite character and why? Marji Satrapi because despite all the challenges she faced, she managed to find her feet in the end.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Frau Doctor Heller because she was a “crackpot”.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It grabbed me from the introduction and was one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read.

Was it plot or character driven? It leaned slightly towards character but in an autobiography that is probably expected.

What did you think of the ending? It left me wanting to find out more about the author and Iran.

What was the moral of the story? Be true to yourself.

Did you learn anything? I learned a lot about Iran and it’s history.

Favorite quote: “Get real! Up to a certain age, you need your parents, then later, they need you.” – Marji

What would you change? The text size…I had to use a magnifying glass to read most of it.

How does the book compare to the film? I’m yet to watch the film, but would like to soon.

Soundtrack: I’ve included songs mentioned in the book on Spotify, Grooveshark and Rdio.

Who would you recommend it to? Anyone who loves a good (true) story. It is probably the best graphic novel I’ve read and definitely in my top 10.

Beer pairing: Arash Kölsch Ale

What would you change about your childhood education?

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Pete Reviews My Friend Dahmer

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

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Describe it in 25 words or less. A memoir about serial killer, Jeff Dahmer from the point of view of a high school friend (acquaintance).

Genre: Graphic Novel/Memoir

What did you think of the cover art? Brilliant. Derf Backderf’s illustrations are awesome in their simplicity.

Who was your favorite character and why? Mike, only because he seemed to be the most level headed.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Figg because he was such a trouble-maker and very inconsiderate and mean.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It grabbed me immediately and I read it in one sitting.

Was it plot or character driven? Very much character although great lengths were undertaken to provide an accurate sequence of events.

What did you think of the ending? I already knew enough about Jeff Dahmer not to be shocked, but the book left me feeling a little nauseous and troubled by how bizarre human behavior can be.

What was the moral of the story? Don’t abandon or ignore those in need and saying or doing nothing can be sometimes be very damaging.

Did you learn anything? A large amount of insight into the life of Jeff Dahmer.

Favorite quote: “WHERE WERE THE DAMN ADULTS!?”

Have you read other books by the same author? Not yet, but I plan on reading Punk Rock & Trailer Parks (available here).

Would you like to see it adapted into a film? The rights to the book have been purchased but I’m not planning on seeing the film adaptation.

Soundtrack: Check out the songs mentioned in the book on Spotify which includes The Voidoids and The Michael Stanley Band.

Who would you recommend it to? Crime novel and graphic novel fans, however I would caution anyone who reads it that it may leave you feeling deeply disturbed.

Number of unknown words: 0

Architectural Detail: Dahmer House Bath, Ohio

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Beer pairing: Hoppin’ Frog’s Mean Manalishi Double IPA

What you would enforce on a serial killer to make them pay for their crimes?

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Pete Reviews Locke and Key: Keys To The Kingdom

Locke & Key: Keys To The Kingdom by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez

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Describe it in 25 words or less. The fouth installation of the Locke & Key graphic-novel series.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? I’m reading the entire Locke & Key series.

Genre: Graphic Novel Horror/Dark Fantasy

Who was your favorite character and why? Tyler because he is smarter than people give him credit for.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Zack because of his deceptive ways.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? An immediate attention grabber both with story and illustrations.

What did you think of the ending? Interesting enough to make me want to immediately grab the next book in the series.

What was the moral of the story? Be very careful about who you trust, some people can be very deceptive.

Favorite quote: Scientists never study the important things, like why some animals appear to have evolved the ability to gloat.” – Bode (regarding sparrows)

Would you read it again? Yes, the magic in the illustrations is enough to bring me back. I could spend hours looking at just a few pages.

Have you read other books in the series? I’m going to continue reading the remainder of the series. Already read the first four installments. Check out my reviews of Locke and Key: Welcome To Lovecraft, Locke and Key: Head Games and Locke and Key: Crown Of Shadows.

Have you read other books by the same author? I’ve read all 3 of Joe Hill’s novels. Check out my review of NOS-4R2

Would you like to see it adapted into a film? I think I would be disappointed if this was ever made into a film (unless it was animated by Gabriel Rodriguez). I’ve seen that there was an attempt to adapt it into a television series and, after watching the trailer for it, I would like to see it.

Who would you recommend it to? Comic Book, Joe Hill or Dark Fantasy/Horror fans.

Song: Taps.

Number of unknown words: 0

Architectural Detail: Key House section

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Beer pairing: Cavalry Brewing’s Article 15 Nut Brown Ale

If you could had the ability to swap bodies with someone (living) who would you choose and why?

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