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
As usual, another poorly mastered audiobook version of a childhood classic. In this second "episode," we follow the boy Tip as he creates Jack PumpkinAs usual, another poorly mastered audiobook version of a childhood classic. In this second "episode," we follow the boy Tip as he creates Jack Pumpkinhead, the Wooden Sawhorse, and the Gump (the flying, moose-headed couch), and befriends the Scarecrow and the Tinman, all while liberating the Emerald City from an army of gem-hungry girls and finding Oz's long-lost rightful ruler.
I'm not sure where L. Frank Baum stood on the issue of women's liberation, but this book does not suggest that he was very progressive on the subject. The army of girls who takes over the Emerald City armed with knitting needles holds, as their primary goal, stealing all the gems of the city to make pretty jewelry and also to sell so that they can each buy new dresses. Oh oh oh, WHY?! In all, not the best message for little girls. There are also no female characters in the heroes party at all.
I was interested to see where this second installment in the Oz series aligned and differed with the second Wizard of Oz movie -- Return to Oz. One of the primary differences in the movie was that the army of girls was replaced by the witch Mombi as the lead villain, whereas she plays only a secondary villain role in the book. I also loved Mombi's head-swapping antics in the movie, which were nonexistent here in the book. Also, the protagonist Tip was replaced by Dorothy. Though I suspect that the storyline of how Dorothy reaches Oz in this second movie may be lifted from the third book, Ozma of Oz....more
The patterns in this books are just darling! And although I wouldn't actually wear a lot of them out in public, they are quite a pleasure to look throThe patterns in this books are just darling! And although I wouldn't actually wear a lot of them out in public, they are quite a pleasure to look through, in this collection. From a Deer with Little Antlers Hat to Faerie Wings and a Dragon Watcher's Hood, these items--as knitted gifts--would likely go over fantastically with a younger audience....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
Like The Lost Gate, this second book in the series was just okay. The novel continues following the adventures of Danny North--a self-discovered gatemLike The Lost Gate, this second book in the series was just okay. The novel continues following the adventures of Danny North--a self-discovered gatemage (and the most powerful that has ever existed, apparently)--as he learns more about his powers, the history of the god-like mages of Westil, and the dangers that still lurk on Earth. Wad, the Westilian gate thief, also shares page-time--gaining a manmage as an ally and plotting ways to get revenge on his once-lover, Queen Becksoi. (Sorry if I misspelled this. These books made such little impact, apparently, that I can't even Google to find the correct spelling of the character names.)
As usual, Danny's storyline dragged, taking us a dull step by even duller step as he makes one discovery after another about something or other that I just really don't care about. In Card's afterward, he talks about the challenge and careful balance that must be struck when having the reader learn about magery through and at the same time as his protagonist. In my opinion, he is highly unsuccessful at striking that balance.
Wad's storyline, on the other hand, was intriguing as usual. And I enjoyed when Wad's and Danny's stories briefly intersected. I would prefer that the Mither Mages series were just about Wad. But, alas, boring they must be instead.
On the whole, the novel limps along. There are definitely some good moments, thanks to Wad and Innonoe (again, spelling, sorry). I think I've had my fill of Card and, in particular the audio reader of all Card's books, Stefan Rudnicki, for at least the rest of 2013. But I will plan on reading the next in the series, when it comes out....more