September 2016 Wrap Up

October 6, 2016
September 2016, Monthly Wrap Up, InToriLex

WHAT I READ 

Invasion of the Dumb Snatchers by Scott Erickson
Invasion of the Dumb Snatchers
Something is seriously wrong in America. Growing numbers of people are embracing sustainability, efficiency, common sense, and economic sanity. The rapid spread of intelligence is ruining our country and threatening our tradition of doing everything as stupidly as possible.

Only one man knows what’s really happening. Only Miles Bennell, assistant manager at Burger King, knows that aliens are replacing our bodies with exact duplicates.

Will he save us before the aliens destroy America? Will he get Becky, the waitress at the local Hooters, to dump her idiot boyfriend Geoffrey so he can touch her boobs?

This satirical twist on the classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers humorously explores the cultural implications of our deep desire to remain stupid.

A Simple Man by Mark Bacci
A Simple Man
The year is 2078. The former United States of America is a bleak and fading memory for the few citizens of New America. Nearly five years after his wife was taken to a birthing camp by Secans, New America’s mercenaries, John Bradford is left to raise his two children alone in
an increasingly dangerous and desolate world.

Tagged by nanotechnology, their every move is tracked, limiting their ability to do anything not permitted by the new regime. When his daughter is chosen, Secans arrive to take her to a birthing camp. John swears if he doesn't let her go, they will all be killed. She reminds him of the promise he made to their mother, that he would do whatever it took to protect them.

Struggling between his promise and the real consequences of any action, the decision is made for John when his son brandishes a shotgun and kills one of the Secans. With no time to think, John grabs his children and goes on the run, but it is only a matter of time before the Secans find them and kill them. John has no choice but to return to his secret past, the only place where he knows he has a chance – The Circuit, an underground fight-to-the-death competition run by a ruthless mobster.

John’s return as one of the best fighters in Circuit history rekindles old rivalries and vendettas. With The Circuit rigged against him, Secans chasing after him, and danger at every turn, John fights his way across the country to save his children and fulfill the promise he made to his wife. This is John's fight, and it is one he cannot afford to lose.

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 1 (Black Panther (2016-)) by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Stan Lee, Brian Stelfreeze (Illustrator), Jack Kirby (Illustrator) 
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 1 (Black Panther (2016-))
Collects Black Panther (2016) #1-4, Fantastic Four (1961) #52.

A new era begins for the Black Panther! MacArthur Genius and National Book Award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) takes the helm, confronting T'Challa with a dramatic upheaval in Wakanda that will make leading the African nation tougher than ever before. When a superhuman terrorist group calling itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. As suicide bombers terrorize the population, T'Challa struggles to unite his citizens, and a familiar villain steps out of the shadows. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt — but can its monarch, one in a long line of Black Panthers, survive the necessary change? Heavy lies the head that wears the cowl!  
Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

BOOK SCOOPS

Book Scoop September 23- September 30, 2016
Book Scoop September 16- September 23, 2016
Book Scoop September 9- September 16, 2016
Book Scoop September 2- September 9 2016
Book Scoop August 26- September 2 2016

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY

Waiting on Wednesday Issue #1
Waiting on Wednesday Issue #2

DISCUSSIONS

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I'm Happy to be doing more bookish posts, that are not strictly reviews. Hoping to read MUCH more this month, starting this weekend. Work and life is always super busy in September because of new interns and work reports that are due. Thanks for reading and supporting my blog!!

Did you read all you hoped to in September?

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