first off, Charlie tried to unwrap the book. That deserves a star or two purely for entertainment purposes. Secondly, for a holiday concept board book...morefirst off, Charlie tried to unwrap the book. That deserves a star or two purely for entertainment purposes. Secondly, for a holiday concept board book, it had items on each page that I could expand and connect with Charlie such as explaining what something was, singing a song , counting candles, et cetera. While I can do that with most books I read with him, it was nice to find easy connections.(less)
Reviewed for VOYA. Would have probably liked it more if I had read more than the first book in the series before now. But in all honestly, me and long...moreReviewed for VOYA. Would have probably liked it more if I had read more than the first book in the series before now. But in all honestly, me and long series don't mix well together. I would have probably quit reading long before book 13.(less)
I'm trying to figure out what to say about this book without giving things away...
I won't go into a rehashing of the synopsis, anyone can read the par...moreI'm trying to figure out what to say about this book without giving things away...
I won't go into a rehashing of the synopsis, anyone can read the paragraph provided by the publisher.
The ARC of book starts with a letter to the reader asking to please not give the twists away. I appreciated it. First, it prepared me to be shocked. Second, my anticipation grew as the ending got closer.
The novel (a series opener) starts off with a horrific bang. I'd put it on the level of Lord Loss in terms of gore. The prologue was so hardhitting and good zombie entertainment that I was disappointed that the middle section of the book was steeped in the horror of real life instead of zombies. I liked how Shan talked about racism and children being raised in a bigotry filled abusive life. It was uncomfortable in places and god knows you don't LIKE B the protagonist, but still it was well done in the endeavor. I just felt that it dragged a bit in the middle since I wanted the action to get started. Boy, when it got started; it really got started.
The only thing I will say about the twists is that they were great and shocking. I didn't see one coming at all. AT ALL.
I read this at the car dealership waiting on the service department and immediately wanted the next one.
I can't wait to give this to my zombie lovin' teen who comes to the library. He'll love it.
Thanks to Victoria at Little Brown for my copy!!(less)
Reviewing for Library Media Connection journal. My personal thoughts on this is that it had an ingenious usage of colors to connect the different time...moreReviewing for Library Media Connection journal. My personal thoughts on this is that it had an ingenious usage of colors to connect the different time frames of the story, but in the long run I'm afraid it may be forgettable to most readers.(less)
absolutely amazing story and artwork. cannot wait for the next one!
Here's what I ended up blogging on my work blog: "Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owl...moreabsolutely amazing story and artwork. cannot wait for the next one!
Here's what I ended up blogging on my work blog: "Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls is not a graphic novel you can read without knowing who the characters are. But most likely if you don't know who Batman is, you aren't going to be picking this up to read anyway! I adore the Batman concept and movies, but I've never been a superhero graphic novel reader. Something about too much text and not very pretty artwork (for my tastes that is!). But I really wanted to read this one. Batman is dark and dreary and this one is totally the case.
The urban legend of the Court of Owls is, well, legendary in Gotham City. Batman has never placed any stock in it until now. Gruesome murders will make him question everything he knows and believes about his city. And he quickly becomes the next target as both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Dark, twisted, and mind blowing in different places. There's one page in my copy that is completely upside down. I think it may have been a publishing mistake, but I need to double check other copies because it worked sooo well with the storytelling. So if it's not a mistake I will think it's absolutely creative genius. :)
Some people may not love the blockiness of the characters, but I sort of like the chiseled designs. A great mystery (though beware it does end in a cliffhanger which will make you want to go and buy the single issues rather than wait for the graphic novel!) with very little superhero-y things to get annoyed at. I gotta tell you, I really loved the book. On my goodreads page I gave it 5 stars. That's only the 2nd book this year that has gotten 5 stars. Take a chance on this superhero if you like stories dark and gritty, I don't think you'll be disappointed." (less)
Okay so I'm not a huge superhero reader. I love the movies and animated series though. And Charlie adores them completely and utterly....moreLunchtime read!
Okay so I'm not a huge superhero reader. I love the movies and animated series though. And Charlie adores them completely and utterly. So I figured I should read some of the new 52 series. First up, Superman, who is I think Charlie's favorite superhero. Or at least he wants to dress as him the most.
This reboot brings Superman as a starting out hero/vigilante whose reporting style is just as vigilante. I really liked the opening arc. Bringing in Brainiac, John Corben, and Luthor all together immediately made me happy. But after that it was hard for me to follow the next story's path at times. Which is disturbing for a v. 1 to do that. I thought we weren't supposed to have any knowledge for this NEW 52! I used a heck of a lot of my TV show info in deciphering the story.
That being said, I liked the design of superman--cape, tshirt, and jeans. It's a great look. I've also always wondered about his tights get-up and why it never got destroyed. I don't know if that's a new thing Morrison added, but I liked it nonetheless.
While I don't think this will win any brand new superman readers over. I think it is an adequate starting point for people who are already familiar with the man of steel and want to get into the comics' version of him. (less)
I so want to go to Tokyo and eat at these restaurants!
While it was not exactly what I was expecting--I was thinking it was going to be a story around...moreI so want to go to Tokyo and eat at these restaurants!
While it was not exactly what I was expecting--I was thinking it was going to be a story around food not a guide to restaurants--I still really enjoyed it. I think it is because I like Yoshinaga so much that to see a little glimpse of the manga artist's real life is fun, perhaps.
Good for my lunchtime reading, but won't read again until I go back to Japan. Then maybe I'll see if any of the restaurants are still around! :) (less)