Eva Nine has spent her whole life in an underground sanctuary with her robot Muthr, until the sanctuary is destroyed and suddenly Eva is thrust into aEva Nine has spent her whole life in an underground sanctuary with her robot Muthr, until the sanctuary is destroyed and suddenly Eva is thrust into a strange new world full of creatures her Omnipod can't identify. She decides to look for the place in a photograph she has, a place she calls WondLa, where hopefully there will be other humans like her.
This was a fun adventure story that read much faster than most other 500-page books. Part of this is because about 20 pages at the end were an alphabet glossary that didn't really add much to the story, in my opinion. I was also thankful for the illustrations, because the alien creatures described were impossible to imagine. Overall this was a quick read, and the characters were fun, I just didn't feel very invested in it. And when they uncovered the ruins at the end I knew exactly what was going on with this "alien" planet. ...more
I am so excited that we are going to learn more about Clint's time at the circus, learning archery!! I also liked that Clint's hearing problems were nI am so excited that we are going to learn more about Clint's time at the circus, learning archery!! I also liked that Clint's hearing problems were not dropped from the story. I'm very interested to see where this is going....more
I was a bit leery about a new Hawkeye series missing Matt Fraction and David Aja, but when I flipped through and saw the blurry watercolor style art,I was a bit leery about a new Hawkeye series missing Matt Fraction and David Aja, but when I flipped through and saw the blurry watercolor style art, I figured I'd give it a go. Good thing I did, too, because roughly 50% of the artwork was done in a style similar to David Aja's. The softer illustrations went with a flashback story about Clint and Barney as foster children, as Clint and Kate are on a mission to find something at a Hydra laboratory.
This issue ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so I was happy I had issue #2 ready to go!...more
This volume contains 2 books: Snowpiercer v. 2: The Explorers and v. 3: The Crossing.
On Snowpiercer 2, also called Icebreaker, they perform braking teThis volume contains 2 books: Snowpiercer v. 2: The Explorers and v. 3: The Crossing.
On Snowpiercer 2, also called Icebreaker, they perform braking tests, stopping the train for brief periods ostensibly to practice stopping in the event they should hit Snowpiercer 1, but also for a team of explorers to leave the train and see what they can find out in the snow-covered landscape. Puig is one such explorer, and on his trip he finds the body of a previous explorer - thus uncovering a vast conspiracy aboard the train.
In the second book, the discovery of a signal playing music leads them to jump the tracks and attempt to cross the sea.
This was very clearly written by different people than the first volume. The existence of a second train didn't seem that far-fetched, although some of the events later on concerning the first train did. I felt like there was a lot going on here, and a lot of new characters, so the story didn't seem as clear as it did in the first volume. There were quite a few disturbing elements here but still nothing that matched the movie. Although, thankfully, the female characters were actually portrayed as fairly intelligent, which was an improvement from the first book....more
I was psyched to discover this at the library - I really liked the movie. This wasn't quite as shocking as the movie, and it was basically a differentI was psyched to discover this at the library - I really liked the movie. This wasn't quite as shocking as the movie, and it was basically a different but similar story set on the Snowpiercer train, but the basic premise is there. The art seemed a little old-fashioned. I've since discovered that this was originally published in the 1980s.
Despite all the odd differences - the train is called Olga, not Wilfred - we see one man from the tail end, making his way to the front as a prisoner alongside a woman who is from the second-class cars, a crusader for the rights of the tail car people. She doesn't quite realize how bad it is back there, but aside from a couple of the man's stories, we don't much see how bad it is.
It seems the movie took this idea and built upon it, so there wasn't much extra here, as I was hoping. Still, it was an interesting read because of the different story line....more
It was interesting writing a book from Zeke's point of view. He might be young and a bit naive, but he's smarter than anyone givesFinally it's done!
It was interesting writing a book from Zeke's point of view. He might be young and a bit naive, but he's smarter than anyone gives him credit for. Also, there are a lot of new characters in here, as well as a few old ones... hope you all enjoy it!...more
I rated this volume higher than the others because finally, at the end of it all, the story made a certain kind of sense to me. It's really a sort ofI rated this volume higher than the others because finally, at the end of it all, the story made a certain kind of sense to me. It's really a sort of sad story, after all the weirdness. Basically (view spoiler)[Doug couldn't deal with the fact that he got Sally pregnant with his child, and that his father died, and ended up with a head injury, and so all the travels through the alternate worlds with alternate Dougs seems to be his brain's way of trying to remind him about this child he "forgot" (hide spoiler)]. Once you know the reasoning behind it, all the bizarre imagery falls into place. Doug is such a lost soul. The whole journey is really fascinating......more
The story is starting to make a little more sense after X'ed Out. Tintin Doug finds himself working at the Hive and falling for one of the breeders thThe story is starting to make a little more sense after X'ed Out. Tintin Doug finds himself working at the Hive and falling for one of the breeders there. Meanwhile "real" Doug falls for Sally.
This volume builds on the storylines established in the first volume but doesn't really give any answers... just continues to be a trippy ride. On to Sugar Skull!...more
I heard about this creepy little graphic novel from a list of recommendations for fans of "Twin Peaks." This looks so cute, then it turns creepy. As aI heard about this creepy little graphic novel from a list of recommendations for fans of "Twin Peaks." This looks so cute, then it turns creepy. As an example, the story begins with a pretty little tiny girl having dinner with a prince. Then the room they're in starts melting, and they claw their way out, and the shot pans back so we can see they've been having a fancy dinner inside the dead body of a little girl.
There's a lot more where that came from. The cuteness of the illustrations makes the brutal behavior and life of the little people that much more horrifying. The only thing I wanted more of was a hint to the larger story at play, that of the dead girl and the man I assume was her killer.
When a bandaged stranger arrives in a small town, naturally, the people start talking. But soon, the man becomes nearly invisible. A young woman namedWhen a bandaged stranger arrives in a small town, naturally, the people start talking. But soon, the man becomes nearly invisible. A young woman named Vicki begins to visit him out of curiosity, but even she cannot guess the truth: the man Griffen is invisible. And a murderer.
This is apparently based on H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance, although when I first began it, I think I had it confused with Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and John Griffin's Black Like Me, mashing those two together, the title of the first and the main character here was also named John Griffin. Not having read Wells' Invisible Man, I thought this was interesting in the way the man, through his actions, makes himself disappear more than even through his actual invisibility. There remains a question at the end... although you have to wonder that an invisible man keeps on his clothes and bandages to remove an invisible body. Um, there might have been a better way to go about it, buddy....more
I heard about this title from a booklist of graphic novels for Twin Peaks fans. Well, this one sure is weird. But I knew it would be after reading anoI heard about this title from a booklist of graphic novels for Twin Peaks fans. Well, this one sure is weird. But I knew it would be after reading another book by this author, Black Hole.
Let's see, what can I even say about the plot of this? The main character's name is Doug. Sometimes he looks kind of normal, other times he looks very cartoony and mostly bald with a little tuft of hair on top, and other times he's normal Doug with the cartoon Doug mask on. He may or may not also be the old man who seems to be his father. So normal Doug likes this girl Sarah, while cartoon Doug goes through a hole in his bedroom wall and ends up in this weird other world with mean aliens.
This is very trippy and makes a loose sort of sense if you don't think about it too hard. There are similarities between all of Doug's worlds. It only took about half an hour to read this and I highly recommend having the other two in the trilogy on hand so you can just continue the the story, since it's too weird to really remember most of the details.
Ah, Christopher Pike. Still crazy after all these years...
I've had this book lying around my apartment for a while, then I saw it had been re-releasedAh, Christopher Pike. Still crazy after all these years...
I've had this book lying around my apartment for a while, then I saw it had been re-released under the title "Red Queen" and there was a sequel, "Black Night." I remember not being too interested in reading this (strange, because I love Christopher Pike!) - first off, it's over 500 pages long, and the title just seemed dumb.
The story starts off with recently graduated Jessie heading off to Vegas with all the other seniors, including her ex-boyfriend Jimmy. Jessie was devastated when Jimmy dumped her to be with his ex Kari for no apparent reason. Anyway, while in Vegas, Jessie meets a super hot billionaire named Russ who's on a winning streak and ends up back in his suite, discovering that he's a witch and surprise! So is she. He even scans her genetic code and discovers that she has witch genes. Jessie very nearly winds up in bed with Russ, but then she remembers the love of her life Jimmy.... ooops.
Well, Jessie is now a hundred thousand dollars richer, although that's not the reason why she finds herself kidnapped and waking up in a meat locker. It's freezing and she's dying... and she dies, then wakes up on the autopsy table. I mean, somehow she needs to stop her dead body from being used by the necrophiliac autopsy doctor!
Jessie returned to Russ to figure out what has happened to her. Apparently, once the witch genes are activated (which happens only by dying and coming back to life, thanks to the healing gene some witches possess), that gives them access to Witch World: what is basically a parallel universe. But what happens in Witch World doesn't stay in Witch World. After a day spent in Witch World, the next day in the real world is basically the same day.
So what's different about Witch World? Well, they play Red Queen or Twenty-Two instead of Blackjack or Twenty-One. And they call each other by their full names. So now Jessie is Jessica, Jimmy is James, and Russ is Russell.
Now that Jessie/Jessica can remember things - she remembers she gave birth to a daughter in Witch World, while in this world, Jimmy and his ex had a son named... wait for it... Huck. (I am thrilled the Pike's character naming ability continues to baffle me). But Jessie's daughter Lara was kidnapped, and Jimmy's son Huck died. In the true nature of an 18-year-old mom who didn't know she was a mom, Jessie is fiercely driven to get her daughter back, especially since her daughter has all 10 of the witch genes, making her some kind of saint.
Lara was kidnapped by the bad witches, called the Lapras. Jessie proceeds to kick some ass (lifting cars over her head, killing a man with a staff, and going on a shopping spree) and have some other random adventures (taking a road trip to a nuclear test site and finding a boy with a tail) in her mission to get Lara back. There are lots of detours through history, as pretty much every witch Jessie encounters has to tell her exactly how he/she influenced Caesar, the Civil War, and World War II.
Needless to say, this book was fairly amusing and had just enough crazy to make me nostalgic for Pike's earlier thrillers. The main character reminded me way to much of Sita from Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice, especially in the way she would have these super deep emotions one minute, then be totally devoid of emotion the next. At one point she told herself that she could never be a killer, then killed someone within the next 5-10 pages. Then 50 pages after that remembered how she had not grieved for that person.
I had to revisit a post on Forever Young Adult charting all of Christopher Pike's favorite plot devices. This particular book contained a little bit of Faked Death (everyone has to die and come back to life, but there are also other deaths that aren't full deaths because WITCH WORLD), Baby Swap (sort of... it felt that way), Arson (or lighting people on fire), Illicit Sex (how many times did Jimmy and Jessie have to go over when was their first time, because neither seemed to remember it right?), and Shootout (naturally). ...more
Florence has lived at an orphanage since the deaths of her parents, but now she learns that she has an uncle who has sent for her. When she arrives, hFlorence has lived at an orphanage since the deaths of her parents, but now she learns that she has an uncle who has sent for her. When she arrives, however, she discovers that she looks very similar to Sophie, her cousin who died just a year earlier. Her Aunt says Florence will never be as good as Sophie, and Sophie's brother James won't even come out of his room. Then Florence begins to sense Sophie's presence around her...
I always have high hopes for Mary Downing Hahn's books based on my memory of Wait Till Helen Comes. This was a good little ghost story - obviously it's not going to scare an adult like me, but there were certainly some creepy moments, and I always enjoy historical horror: there's just something about a good Gothic setting. I liked the whole element of ghosts being stronger on their death-day....more
Glory's about to graduate high school, but she has no idea what she's going to do after. Her best friend Ellie lives on a commune across the street anGlory's about to graduate high school, but she has no idea what she's going to do after. Her best friend Ellie lives on a commune across the street and doesn't even go to school, and her dad's been in his own world since Glory's mom committed suicide when she was 4. Then Glory and Ellie find a petrified bat and rashly decide to drink the remains mixed with beer, and now every time they look at someone, they see visions of the future and the past.
Glory's visions show a world at war. At first she finds these visions depressing, seeing people's children and grandchildren dying. There's also the little thing where she doesn't see any future for herself, and she begins to wonder if she's destined to follow in her mother's footsteps. But as Glory explores her own history in her mother's darkroom, the visions begin connecting, and Glory starts to see life in a new way.
This might be my favorite A.S. King book yet. I understood and felt Glory's alienation, and her friendship with Ellie as being more of a habit. Even more than the bat-drinking future visions, Glory's artistic journey leads to a change in her character. I enjoyed the magical realism here - even though Ellie is also having visions, her visions are very different and change her as a character as well. The visions became interconnected with all the different plotlines and brought them together in a really interesting way. Deep and uplifting and I can't believe I waited so long to read this! (only 6 months really, but I had an ARC even before that!).
Parental advisory: Strong language, references to sexual situations, infidelity and STDs, teens drinking alcohol....more
David has an appointment to speak with his doctor about what he believes will be a diagnosis of testicular cancer when the zombie apocalypse hits. HeDavid has an appointment to speak with his doctor about what he believes will be a diagnosis of testicular cancer when the zombie apocalypse hits. He needs to make it from his workplace in New York City to save his family... can he do it?
I kept waiting for that cancer diagnosis thing to come back, but it didn't really, other than making David a little more reckless than anyone else because he assumes he's already dying. David is basically an action hero, jumping across building, beating up zombies underwater, and facing off with thugs in a car chase. All this makes for an exciting story even if the characterization isn't very deep.
I had a bit of a problem with the first paragraph of the story, where the zombie plague is described as starting with people getting stuck with needles on the subway and brushing it off even after they got home and found a raised red spot. There are very few people I know who wouldn't freak out about this and run immediately to the emergency room.
I have no problem with a generic zombie story, so I found the author's explanation (this is a novella, and still 20% of it is the author's explanation and an excerpt) a little annoying. I didn't find a whole lot here that was super original - I wasn't expecting a fresh new take on the genre. But definitely enjoyable if you like zombies. ...more