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
Stumbled across this whole Fifty Shades of... erotica sub-genre while randomly looking something up about Alice Through the Looking Glass when I was rStumbled across this whole Fifty Shades of... erotica sub-genre while randomly looking something up about Alice Through the Looking Glass when I was reading it recently. Saw this Alice in Wonderland spin-off and just had to take the bait.
I actually found this novel funny, clever, and very entertaining. I loved that the whole story was about helping Alice to accept her sexuality and not be ashamed of it. There were wonderful meta-moments in the tale as well as other more sophisticated references to the ongoing dialogue about female sexuality.
Bravo! Well worth the read, if you enjoy the erotica genre....more
This is a very funny picture book about Darth Vader raising young Luke Skywalker, as a single father. Most of Vader's lines are pulled directly from tThis is a very funny picture book about Darth Vader raising young Luke Skywalker, as a single father. Most of Vader's lines are pulled directly from the movies as are many of the situations, such as Luke playing in the trash compactor. From the author note, the concept for the book came from the humorous idea of Vader and Luke spending Father's Day together. The author has since explored Vader's fatherhood further with the creation of Vader's Little Princess, which I've only skimmed. But, based on that skimming, I would probably rate it at five stars....more
I didn't actually enjoy the original version of New Spring, so I'm not sure why I wanted to read the graphic novel other than for a masochistic need fI didn't actually enjoy the original version of New Spring, so I'm not sure why I wanted to read the graphic novel other than for a masochistic need for thoroughness. From page one, the graphic novel adaptation promised no improvement but looked like it was provisioning up to be worse than the original.
The graphic novel adaptation poses similar challenges to that of a movie adaptation. The form relies on visuals and dialogue, with little opportunity for direct exposition. The New Spring graphic novel completely ignores that reality, giving us huge swaths of narrative, expository text explaining the scenes presented to the reader in each spread. In this medium, for the most part, I think the graphics should explain themselves. Yes, sometimes you miss out on a little nuance (especially depending on how long you spend looking at each illustration). But no one picks up a graphic novel expecting to read the Bible.
Suffice it to say, I skimmed a lot. Some things I did enjoy included the depictions of young Moiraine and Siuan, and some of the intricate and lovely dress details. I could not tell the Borderlandian men apart very well and relied mostly on the context of their dialogue to determine who was saying what.
One most peculiar thing was the illustration quality, which changed about two-thirds of the way through the story into a sloppy, un-detailed mess. I'm not sure if several different artists did illustrations for different segments of the book or perhaps that Jordan didn't live to quality control through the entire production, so the publisher just let things slide once he wasn't looking over their shoulders anymore? But Moiraine at the end of the book looked nothing like Moiraine at the beginning, which was odd considering the very specific and rather nit-picky emails from Jordan about character appearances, included in the graphic novel end notes....more
These Wheel of Time recaps are awesome. This first installment is a collection of blog posts about rereads of WOT books 1 - 4. Leigh Butler does a greThese Wheel of Time recaps are awesome. This first installment is a collection of blog posts about rereads of WOT books 1 - 4. Leigh Butler does a great job of recapping every single chapter in each book. I practically feel like I'm rereading the books themselves.
There are only a few downsides to this format:
One is that I wish some of the blog comments (from the original post discussions) were also included for each chapter. I'm sure the discussions were even more enlightening about the theories and some of the more nitty gritty details of this very complicated story. I definitely found myself wishing a few times that I might have the motivation to actually go onto TOR's website and scan through the comments for these posts. But wouldn't it be even better if someone else skimmed through for me and pulled out the best ones and published them in this book?!
Two is that some (okay, a lot) of the links to external websites referred to in Butler's posts are no longer online. I also wasn't very inclined to click on them because browsing the internet on my Kindle Paperwhite ain't all that much fun.
In a lot of Butler's posts, she laments how very long her recaps are. Since I'm reading in a book format and not on a blog, I wasn't at all bothered by the length. (After all, these recaps are much shorter than reading the actual chapters.) In fact, I found myself wishing that she would actually quote more from certain chapters, like about visions and prophetic dreams, etc. And delve deeper into certain hot-button issues. I feel like she often says, "But I'll wait to get into that more later," but then never really gets deep into the topic and then Poof! the book is done and where was all that promised discussion, huh?!
All in all, though, very enjoyable. Very good investment....more
This fourth volume of the graphic novel adaptation of The Eye of the World begins with the groups separated after their harried flight from Shadar LogThis fourth volume of the graphic novel adaptation of The Eye of the World begins with the groups separated after their harried flight from Shadar Logoth and ends...in just about the same place, only the groups are a bit nearer to arriving in Caemlyn. That summary kind of sums up the dragging pace of this installment. It's a part of the book that I've always found odd, too. And it might have benefited from some abbreviation in the graphic novel form. Art was better in this volume than in the third. But the whole thing still didn't give me the excitement and eagerness that I was left with after the first two installments....more
This third volume in the graphic novel adaptation of The Eye of the World begins with the group's entrance into the fallen city of Shadar Logoth and eThis third volume in the graphic novel adaptation of The Eye of the World begins with the group's entrance into the fallen city of Shadar Logoth and ends with their separation after fleeing the city--Perrin and Egwene across the river and into the company of Elyas; Rand, Mat, and Thom meanwhile hitching a ride on a river boat.
Although one could say that a lot happens in this installment, I actually felt like the pacing fell dramatically away and I didn't breeze through this one so easily. Something about the art, too, seemed less consistent and engaging. Almost as if a new artist had taken over-- though I know from the masthead that this wasn't the case--the characters didn't look consistently the same from page to page.
I enjoyed this graphic novel adaptation of The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time Book 1) quite a bit more than I expected to after my disappointment witI enjoyed this graphic novel adaptation of The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time Book 1) quite a bit more than I expected to after my disappointment with the New Spring graphic novel. The only frustrating thing is that they are being produced so slowly. I would love to "reread" the series (up to where I left off) in this new form, but despite publication of the first graphic novel volume back in 2011, there are still only four published volumes, and that's still only covering part of the first book in the series. Thought you waited long for the original series? It seems it will be decades upon decades before the graphic novel series is complete (if ever). Too bad. But I'll still enjoy reading the four that are out so far....more
Truth be told, I have never actually read Shakespeare's Hamlet all the way through, making it difficult to review Card's adaptation without being ableTruth be told, I have never actually read Shakespeare's Hamlet all the way through, making it difficult to review Card's adaptation without being able to compare and contrast with the original. So I'll just stick to a brief summary for now and I've got Hamlet in my queue for a more thorough review later on.
Hamlet's Father is essentially Hamlet but with one twist that I suppose is aimed at making us see the entire story in a new light (big hint: it has to do with his father). The problem for me was that the "twist" was heavily telegraphed from nearly the very beginning of the story so came as no shocking revelation when finally revealed at the end. Making this a pretty dull and pointless tale....more
This is the unfinished original version of Beagle's The Last Unicorn. Set in the 20th century, the unicorn leaves her forest in search of her people aThis is the unfinished original version of Beagle's The Last Unicorn. Set in the 20th century, the unicorn leaves her forest in search of her people and discovers the world quite changed in the many centuries that have past her by unnoticed. The roads are paved in black, hard and unyielding. The air is thick with smog. And even the virgins seem quite a bit less virginal than in her memories of old. Rather than Schmendrick the Magician, the unicorn's traveling companion is a two-headed demon recently expelled from the underworld by his fellows. He now carries a demonic coal with him, in hopes of founding his own hell.
As you can see from the summary above, this version is quite interesting in its own way. But, as Beagle says himself in his afterword to the unfinished piece, the story lacked direction. It grows progressively less interesting as more words fill the page without anything actually happening. I definitely had to call on willpower to get through this one. Beagle writes, "No matter how snappy the dialogue, how darkly evocative the atmosphere, if you listen closely enough you can definitely make out the sound of tap-dancing. I didn't know what the hell I was doing, so I was stalling...to cover lack of focus and uncertainty of direction."
Overall, a quick and (for the most part) interesting read, if you're a big The Last Unicorn fan. This book is a special edition with only 1,000 copies made. I had to get mine through inter-library loan....more
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 fThis 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....more
All in all, a disappointing read. Meyer stayed essentially on the surface of emotion and gave readers only a very shallow insider view of how a newborAll in all, a disappointing read. Meyer stayed essentially on the surface of emotion and gave readers only a very shallow insider view of how a newborn vampire might think and feel. Once again, she relied on the crutch of the first person point of view to help her readers feel closer to her protagonist, instead of developing this closeness naturally through strong prose, while never taking advantages of the unique opportunities that the first person POV allows....more
I made the mistake of trying to read another series companion book, with little success. (My first attempt was another by Lois Gresh, about Philip PulI made the mistake of trying to read another series companion book, with little success. (My first attempt was another by Lois Gresh, about Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.) This time, I made it through about thirty-five pages of Gresh's Twilight Companion and felt like I had actually grown dumber through my reading of it--probably because it seems to have been written for a second grade reading level. I pick these "unauthorized guides" up, expecting to learn something new and interesting about the series itself, expecting them to carry an analytical slant. Instead, I learned that Gresh has relatives with similar names to the relatives of the Twilight heroine Bella Swan. And that Gresh lives in a town comparable in size and podunkery to Forks, WA, where Twilight et al. take place. And that, because of these similarities to Bella, Gresh is highly indignant that she, too, didn't meet a paranormal, vampire dreamboat ready to sweep her off her feet. Gee, thanks for sharing! Incredibly silly but also incredibly condescending to her readers, or...just dumbed down to the extreme. I also gleaned, from the first thirty-five pages, that every girl should hold out for a boy with a "nice personality" like Edward's. Nice personality? And what exactly does that mean, Lois Gresh? As far as I can recall, all Stephenie Meyer's leading men (and Edward in particular) tend to be overbearing control-freaks who sometimes engage in emotional blackmail to get their way. I'm not knocking these guys; I just wish Gresh would get real. Even Edward isn't perfect--and no, it's not just because he drinks blood. ...more
If you are a fan of Jane Austen's original Pride and Prejudice, you may enjoy reading this version, adorned with a little undead fun. Seth Grahame-SmiIf you are a fan of Jane Austen's original Pride and Prejudice, you may enjoy reading this version, adorned with a little undead fun. Seth Grahame-Smith retains much of Austen's original language and all of her well-recognized style in his rediscovering of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy's measured fall into love. I won't give away the details of added premise, which is most of the fun of this new telling. I first began the novel while riding the bus, standing room only. But despite cramped and uncomfortable quarters, I found myself laughing out loud as I read each additional tidbit that further defined the newly revised premise of Grahame-Smith's reimagining. A read of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is essentially a read of the original, but with much silliness thrown in. (I wasn't able to do a text versus text analysis of PPZ against the original, unfortunately, because my copy is packed away in a box somewhere.) But Grahame-Smith's additions aren't essential enough to the plot to keep the new content fresh and delighting throughout, so he eventually resorts to blatant shock value--which is funny in its own way.
For anyone who enjoyed reading Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is worth reading once. For anyone who's not much of a classics reader or Jane Austen fan, there's probably not enough zombie to keep modern readers interested....more