To my understanding, Off to Be the Wizard is a sort of expansion or spin-off of Scott Meyer's Basic Instructions web comic. I have never read the comiTo my understanding, Off to Be the Wizard is a sort of expansion or spin-off of Scott Meyer's Basic Instructions web comic. I have never read the comic so have a viewpoint completely unswayed by nostalgia or other influences.
This first novel by Meyer tells the story of Martin Banks, a disenchanted young programmer/hacker who makes the discovery that existence is really just a computer program. And he has read/write access to the files. It doesn't take Martin long to overextend his new-found powers and get into trouble. He narrowly escapes with a backup plan of going to Medieval England to become a "wizard". Low and behold, he is not the only one to have this grand idea.
Standing on its own, the book was just okay. The prose were okay. The character development was okay. I liked the premise and the nerd factor. But the plot, honestly, was a bit of a slog. I didn't care enough. Not about the characters. Not about the situation. There wasn't quite enough at stake. Plus, I was often forgetting who was who between Martin and his fellow wizard Philip. They didn't have different enough personalities or mannerisms to tell them apart except through dialogue context.
Love love love this graphic novel! Love the art, love the characters, love the writing.
Volume 3 has renegade new parents Marko and Alana visiting D.Love love love this graphic novel! Love the art, love the characters, love the writing.
Volume 3 has renegade new parents Marko and Alana visiting D. Oswald Heist, the author whose work first compelled Alana to turn away from the generations-old war between her people and Marko's. Meanwhile, the bounty hunter The Will and Marko's ex-fiance Gwendolyn are stranded on a seemingly-peaceful jungle planet until their ship can be fixed. The Will struggles with what course of action to take next as tension between him and Gwendolyn heats up, and he has a visit from the ghost of his creepy ex-girlfriend The Stalk....more
I have to agree with many of the reviews that I've read that this second installment in the Fifty Shades of Alice Trilogy is not nearly as good as theI have to agree with many of the reviews that I've read that this second installment in the Fifty Shades of Alice Trilogy is not nearly as good as the first. However, DuChamps follows in the same vein as the first with moral lessons folded nicely within the naughtiness and sexiness of the tale. Fifty Shades of Alice Through the Looking Glass follows Alice's misadventure into Looking Glass Land, ruled by an overbearing Red Queen who has commanded that her constituents may only have sex in the missionary position. But her subjects hardly pay heed to this prudish law, as Alice soon discovers. And she must open her own mind and views on what it means to be tolerant as she gets a taste for the many peculiar fetishes and preferences of the folks of Looking Glass Land.
The writing was good, the angle (tolerance) was good. The only thing that this book lacked is that all the scenes read like DuChamps had already written a million sex scenes before this and dear God, please don't make me write another one...! I also think that Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There was not all that great a book to begin with, so I'm sure it's challenging to make such a spin-off rise above the quality of the original....more
March of the Wooden Soldiers introduces readers to the tale of Boy Blue's lost love Red Riding Hood, and the fall of the last hold and gateway in theMarch of the Wooden Soldiers introduces readers to the tale of Boy Blue's lost love Red Riding Hood, and the fall of the last hold and gateway in the Fable Homelands. Then Fabletown is surprised by the miraculous return of Red Riding Hood through a gateway previously sealed from the other side. Boy Blue and Bigby Wolf must contend with what the sudden appearance of this long-lost fable means, and Snow White must lead the Fables into war against unexpected Adversary troupes.
I've really come to enjoy how in every episode but the very first, Fabletown or some of its primary members are always in dire danger. No melodrama here. I really enjoy the whole idea of rebel Fables and Fables who have betrayed their own kind and sided with the Adversary. Perhaps what I liked best about this episode, though, was the very good setup with Boy Blue's involvement with Red Riding Hood and that final battle in the Homelands, and how this story opened up many new story questions to be addressed in future episodes (view spoiler)[(mainly that Pinocchio's father Geppetto is still alive and possibly a slave of the Adversary, but also is Red Riding Hood still alive and enslaved as well and will she come back into the story later?) (hide spoiler)]. Also, the battle between (view spoiler)[Baba Yaga and the gingerbread house witch (hide spoiler)] was bad-ass.["br"]>["br"]>...more
I have owned this book for years but never got around to reading it until now. Lady Cottington's Pressed Flower Book is a fictional diary of a young gI have owned this book for years but never got around to reading it until now. Lady Cottington's Pressed Flower Book is a fictional diary of a young girl growing into adulthood, only there's something a bit unique about this diary. Meant originally to press flowers, the journal is instead used by the little girl to squash unsuspecting faeries that she finds around the grounds of the Cottington estate. Only, no one believes her when she tells her parents and their servants about the faeries. She learns to keep quiet about them as she continues to take delight in their gruesome execution. As she grows into adulthood, though, the faeries begin to take a very unexpected revenge.
All the time that I've owned this book, I always thought it was for children. I was quite surprised to discover, then, that there are actually mildly naughty bits hidden in the pages of this book! So, definitely turned into a more interesting read than I expected.
However, I have to mention that the smallness of the font (both the type and hand-written parts) is very prohibitive to comfortable reading. I had good lighting and proper eye wear and still found myself wishing for a magnifying glass. Some of the hand-written diary entries that were written over the squished remnants of the faeries (the illustrations) were also very hard to read....more