Basic plot: Granny rabbit sees (and HEARS) all of the electronic devices around the house and pitches them out the window in an effort to get her distBasic plot: Granny rabbit sees (and HEARS) all of the electronic devices around the house and pitches them out the window in an effort to get her distracted family to bed.
I thought this was pretty funny. I grinned through the whole thing and felt almost like I was watching a scene from my own household. I can't tell you how many times I've been tempted to chuck my hubby's phone through a window because he was texting at the dinner table. I loved the frustrated/overwhelmed expression on the granny rabbit's face throughout. Some of the little details in the drawings were also really funny. Good story, good art, good message....more
If all you've seen is the movie, get ready for a big surprise if you pick this graphic novel up! It's fantastic reading. Not only is the story completIf all you've seen is the movie, get ready for a big surprise if you pick this graphic novel up! It's fantastic reading. Not only is the story completely different, but the characters are, as well. All of the literary allusions in this graphic novel totally tickled my funny bone. I found myself reading fine print and looking deeply into the background to see what else I could catch. The story is much more "graphic" than the movie- more blood, gore, nudity, etc.- and a little more disturbing, but very true to the old "penny dreadfuls" the narration emulates. All in all, something I'd definitely recommend to others, and I'm looking forward to reading the other volumes....more
I read this back in college- a must read for any conspiracy theorist. It's a pretty trippy book; the style takes some getting used to, and it jumps arI read this back in college- a must read for any conspiracy theorist. It's a pretty trippy book; the style takes some getting used to, and it jumps around a lot. It's well worth the effort, though, and it's pretty funny. Make sure you're up on your conspiracy theories, though before reading it, or it will make less sense....more
Basic Plot: In their own words, different people from around the world tell of their experiences with World War Z and its aftermath.
The clear, strongBasic Plot: In their own words, different people from around the world tell of their experiences with World War Z and its aftermath.
The clear, strong voices of the various heroes of the zombie war shine out as examples of the many different people who helped to save the world from the zombie menace. The interviewer really did his homework on the many people who were instrumental in the various moments of the war from the Great Panic and onwards. He traveled around the globe to bring us their stories and a personal look at the triumphs and disasters of what was undoubtedly the worst threat to humanity, ever.
The series of interviews presented in this volume represented a unique view of this history, and a unique way of getting into people's heads. It was different from anything I've read in a very long time, and was very refreshing as a result. It compelled me to keep reading for long stretches, not wanting to put it down. I am really looking forward to reading Brooks's other work about the zombie war. I want to read as much as I can about this important part of history, for as we all know, those who don't know the past are doomed to repeat it.
Basic Plot: Little brother has to protect big sister from all kinds of evil nasties.
Little boys are always slaying dragons and catching burglars. HeckBasic Plot: Little brother has to protect big sister from all kinds of evil nasties.
Little boys are always slaying dragons and catching burglars. Heck, my son the superhero-knight-cowboy-wizard (his own words) regularly puts out fires (he's also a firefighter), rescues other superheroes, and even wins car races (he's also a racecar driver) just in my living room. True story. Watched it happen right before my eyes just yesterday. Legos may have been involved. This story was great because it really captured that sense of little kid adventure. The way that the story was worded showed how the sister plays along with her brother and has fun as part of his adventures.
The art also played into the sense of wonder by showing the household objects morphing into monsters, the sister's facial expressions, and the little boy's imagined heroism. The end really makes the story, though, really showcasing how much the siblings care about each other. Simply wonderful....more
Basic Plot: A professor of British Literature who specializes in John Donne discovers she has very advanced breast cancer, and then chronicles going tBasic Plot: A professor of British Literature who specializes in John Donne discovers she has very advanced breast cancer, and then chronicles going through her treatment.
This play is very moving and very funny, even through the tragedy of the main character. Rarely have I found myself both laughing and crying almost within the same breath. The use of classical John Donne poetry as a focus for the story is brilliant, especially the piece used. If you've never read Donne, don't worry, the play explains the arguments behind the poem and makes the poem (Holy Sonnet 14) very accessible and understandable. Frankly, anyone who can make metaphysical poetry this relatable to an audience impresses me as an author.
It's almost a one-woman show, as the main character is a bookish loner with no family to speak of. It would certainly be an endurance test for the actress playing the lead.
Overall, a very worthwhile play to see or read. It's deserving of the awards and accolades it's been given....more
I like this book more for a funny thing that happened to me than for the content. The book was good- a cute, little fantasy story- but nothing that'llI like this book more for a funny thing that happened to me than for the content. The book was good- a cute, little fantasy story- but nothing that'll really be remembered over time the way The Chronicles of Narnia or The Lord of the Rings will.
I was in 5th or 6th grade when a parent in the school system where I went to elementary school threw a fit about this book at a school board meeting due to two words contained therein: "slut" and "damn." Both words, I should note, were used in context (historical in the case of "slut" and non-cursing in the case of "damn"). This book was in the elementary school's library, and she thought it was an inappropriate book. My father was reading this in the newspaper and started complaining about the state of books in our school's library, getting all self-righteous about the whole thing. I listened to him for awhile, then finally heard the title of the book. I quietly left the room and retrieved the book from the bookshelf in my room, then returned and handed it to him. (oh, the look on his face...)
Well, clearly the self-righteous rant ended there, as he found out I'd had the book for years. Then I found the words in question, and discovered their contextual nature. My dad never had another word to say about what I did or didn't read, and I can't recall him ever saying anything about a book being "questionable" in a library again. :)...more
Basic Plot: Dream killed his son Orpheus, and now must deal with the wrath of the Kindly Ones...
This was one long, strange edition of the Sandman seriBasic Plot: Dream killed his son Orpheus, and now must deal with the wrath of the Kindly Ones...
This was one long, strange edition of the Sandman series. This was, oddly, not a bad thing. I was reading it in dribs and drabs, which is really not the way I generally recommend someone to read a Neil Gaiman graphic novel, so I think I didn't appreciate it the way I should have. The book probably deserved a full five stars, but my pace of reading it didn't help my enjoyment. The plot seemed to move a bit slowly, but there were so many wonderful subtle bits in it that I didn't mind at all. Again, it may also have been the snail's pace at which I read the book. Gaiman is a master at the storytelling craft, and all of the bits of the story, no matter how strange or disjointed they seemed at the moment, came together in incredible coherence at the climax. And what an ending! I'm anxious to find out exactly what will be in the 10th volume. The art was consistently awesome as usual, with fantastic subtleties that reflect Gaiman's storytelling chops....more
The plot arc of this story revolves around the granddaughter of one of the victims of the 'sleepy sickness" that afflicted the world while Dream was cThe plot arc of this story revolves around the granddaughter of one of the victims of the 'sleepy sickness" that afflicted the world while Dream was captured. Gaiman treads ground here that is suspiciously Moore-esque disturbing here. Hope you never stumble into the convention he invents in this volume......more