Ender's Game meets Contact, plus alien-created, Harry Potter-esque sorting hat. This graphic novel felt like it had a lot of rich detail that, in my l...moreEnder's Game meets Contact, plus alien-created, Harry Potter-esque sorting hat. This graphic novel felt like it had a lot of rich detail that, in my limited experience, doesn't often find its way into such works.
I liked little things like their selection of the code word Grampa "because he's cool"--seemed like a Card-family inside joke and/or a tip of the hat to and appreciation of Grampa Card. The nickname Nine for the character Ixchab was also very clever. The fact that Azure thinks Robbi is clumsy but that the truth is (view spoiler)[she's actually mildly abused by her step father (hide spoiler)] adds immediate depth to the character.
This is a good start to what seems like it will be a very interesting series.
Addendum June 20, 2013 - Review of audio-book version It's interesting that the authors and publishers chose to release an audiobook version of a graphic novel. For the most part, I think they did a good job adapting it. I found the present-tense a little strange, but I think it makes sense if you use the audiobook as a companion to the graphic novel and enjoy them both at the same time. (I haven't tried this yet, but I imagine it would be awesome). Since descriptions had to be added, to bring across a lot of the visuals shown only graphically in the print version, I felt like in some instances I got a lot more depth of understanding out of this version--primarily character motivations that were meant to be implied through their graphically depicted facial expressions but weren't necessarily that easy to interpret.
Addendum June 29, 2013 And Why, WHY hasn't the next installment come out yet?!?! Grr.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Persepolis is a graphic novel that charts one girl's experience of life in Iran growing up during the civil wars, Islamic take-over, and Iran-Iraq war...morePersepolis is a graphic novel that charts one girl's experience of life in Iran growing up during the civil wars, Islamic take-over, and Iran-Iraq war of the 1990s and beyond. The book is worth reading just for the history, cultural exposure, and liberal perspective. The art is also great.
However, this graphic novel felt quite long to me, where typically works in the genre are a breeze to get through. I think part of it was the translation--where word choice often rubbed me wrong. The language in the book is often rather course, which I'm a little finnicky about. I also found myself really disliking the main character. Everything she could have done wrong, she did do wrong--from chasing a kid down with a fist full of nails because of his father's position in government, getting some innocent guy arrested to take suspicion off herself, or getting super depressed after she discovers her douche of a boyfriend (view spoiler)[is cheating on her (hide spoiler)].
Part of what made my dislike of her hard to read is the fact that this is also a memoir, so I'm actually judging a real person, which is not fun and just makes me feel bad. I think it was very brave of Santrapi to write Persepolis and include all the good, the bad, as well as the not-so-flattering events of her life in it.
If you're at all interested in reading about the history or culture of Iran or Islam, this book is definitely worth checking out.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is a graphic novel adaptation of Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn. The illustrations are quite lovely, and it's fun to see another (different f...moreThis is a graphic novel adaptation of Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn. The illustrations are quite lovely, and it's fun to see another (different from the movie's) conception of the characters. But I found myself wishing that Peter Gillis, who did the text adaptation, had stuck more closely to the screenplay than the book. He used too much descriptive text for things that I thought could have been conveyed through the illustrations. I found the transition between scenes and the passage of time in the story often quite jarring. The adaptation stuck to the words of the book but lost much of its spirit. Through the choice of what dialogue was used in this version and what wasn't, and the lack of using the illustrations to convey things unspoken, I felt that all the books themes--love and loss, the hero and the journey, age and mortality--were lost. Even the part where Lir and Lady Amalthea fall in love felt glossed over and rushed.
Obviously, despite these shortcomings, I still immensely enjoyed this adaptation and will definitely read it again some time--next time focusing more on the illustrations and less on the text.(less)
I found this graphic novel fun, silly, exciting, and way too short! I can't wait for the next one.
The series follows Leah Taymore (a super hero in tr...moreI found this graphic novel fun, silly, exciting, and way too short! I can't wait for the next one.
The series follows Leah Taymore (a super hero in training who can manipulate and reshape atoms to her liking--when her powers actually work as she intends) in her first work at Liberty Vocational, a school specially formed to train new super heroes. But another of her classmates, and that classmate's villainous father have something sinister planned for Leah and her super-powered ability...
**Btw, I do not have enough experience with graphic novels for my star rating to have any relevant weight toward the quality of this work against others in the genre**(less)