Die grosse grenze (#13)

Valerian und Veronique Number 13

Zwei zeitlines. Valerian und Veronique hilfe ein andere agent von Galaxity to reisen zuruck. Irgendwie Russland und Tschernobyl sind in dieses geschicht.

Die serie hat kein benzin. Halb von die Geschichte ist nicht brauche.

Two timelines. Valerian and Veronique help a fellow Galaxity agent to journey home. Somehow Russia and Chernobyl are in the story.

The series is running out of gas. Half of the story could go away and nothing would be missed.

Apple eBooks Antitrust Settlement

Your Credit from the Apple eBooks Antitrust Settlement is ready to use

You now have a credit of $19.46 in your Amazon account. Apple Inc. (Apple) funded this credit to settle antitrust lawsuits brought by State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of electronic books (eBooks). This new credit is in addition to any previous credit you received from the settlement.

It goes on to tell me that I have six months to use it… Like it is going to take even a week!

It is like Christmas in October.

Valerian und Veronique die Insel der Kinder (#10)

Valerian und Veronique Number 10

Valeren vertrat die Erde zu Simlan. Bei Simlan besuchen sie die Hauptstaat.

Helden von vier Planeten müssen konkurrieren drei Tage lang.

Tag eins, kräften der materie trotzen.
Tag zwei, Monstern aus dem Tierreich trotzen.
Tag drei, den fallen des geistes trotzen.

In der Vergangenheit, Helden nicht zurück kommen….

Drei Tage später gewonnen Valeren. Jetzt ist er mit der “Großmutter” von filena, der neuen Gruppe von Kindern fertig.

Ein Problem. Er ist jetzt geschrumpft! Veronique und Valeren gehe zu Erde.

The comic was all that hard to read, but there were some issues trying to describe what I read. Producing the vocab necessary was TOUGH. I had to go with a few words from Google, rather than providing all of them on my own… This story, unlike the past couple, made sense and was something I could understand.

Orphelins Tome 1 Petits soldats and misc French stuff

Understand that I am learning some French and I find comics to be a simple way to start reading a foreign language. What I will usually do is learn a basic vocabulary. Then start trying to find a few comics. Later, hopefully, start reading a few simple books. With Spanish, I skipped the comics and went straight to the books. It was painful, but it did work. With German, I am still hitting the comics, and it is helping. With French, this is my first foray.

On the technical side, I tend to read comics on the full sized computer screen or my Amazon Fire.

I was looking for free French books for my Kindle on Amazon yesterday. I found quite the treasure trove with some unexpected gems. I found some interesting comics.

I ran into Valérian et Laureline, la cité des eaux mouvantes – Edition Definitive. I have read the German version, Die Stadt der tosenden Wasser, “the city of the roaring water”. This will be an excellent opportunity to dip my toe into reading French with simple known material.

I also ran into Orphelins – Tome 1 – Petits soldats. It is a comic of 192 pages. I tackled it immediately! I spent the afternoon yesterday going through it page by page. I somehow managed to get through it and I believe get more than just a “jist” version of the story! The illustrations were well done and the plot was fun. I can now say that I have gotten through my first French comic! A hundred and ninety two pages was a bit more than I planned to start with, but I made it! Well worth reading, if you get the chance! I liked it so much, I left a very positive review on Amazon. I left the review in English because I didn’t think butchered French would help…

I found Thorgal – tome 01 – La magicienne trahie. It is a 48 page comic that looks approachable. We will see.

I also ran into a few volumes of Sande BD, “Le magazine du crowdfunding BD”. Those magazines are above my level right now, but they look VERY interesting. I took a peek at their website. They have some very interesting projects in the works. There is a youtube channel that has some wild stuff! It looks like some of the French folks are leveraging crowdfunding to a whole new level. Take a look at the channel.

I found a few books as well. Lune de sang – La meute de Riverside Creek, Les Immortels (novella), La Reine du Chaos, La Figeuse du temps, Chassé-Croisé Paris SXM, Le Réveil des Dragons, Le Sceau, La Prisonnier de la planète Mars, and Esclave, Guerrière, Reine. When I get some serious confidence, which is going to take a while, I will tackle one of these.

All in all, a VERY happy weekend!

Christmas in June?

Amazon.com sent me a wonderful e-mail. The import part is:

“You now have a credit of $78.99 in your Amazon account. Apple, Inc. (Apple) funded this credit to settle antitrust lawsuits brought by State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of electronic books (eBooks).”

Good things do happen!