17 apr 2013: apparently the original copy is crystal clear.
13 feb 2013:
while the text is clear and readable, one can not say the same about the graph...more17 apr 2013: apparently the original copy is crystal clear.
13 feb 2013:
while the text is clear and readable, one can not say the same about the graphics themselves. this is a random page of big machinery on adobe digital editions (you can read this only on that app) set to 100%. see here:
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the low-quality resolution of the illustrations suck. big time. you can practically see every single pixel. they look like they've been drawn via microsoft paint and the artist forgot to set the right ratio or that other art/photo applications exist besides ms paint.
i wish i could say that the story is good, but i cannot, solely because i couldn't finish it and because i am an art snob. initially picked this up, because of the catchy cover. while reading the first few pages, the reader is introduced to various main characters who are getting ready for their first schoolday.
so, the moral of the story? never, and i mean NEVER try reading any graphic novels on adobe digital editions. it's not possible to enjoy them this way. you have to have a physical copy! otherwise it'll only spoil your good mood and the corners of your mouth will turn down with disgust and irritation. for obvious reasons i haven't rated this, other than that, you should see for yourself and see how you like it.
edit: apparently this was initially a webcomic that has been collected by oni press to be released into a series of books and a quick wiki search tells me that this pixel-y art style of webcomics is one of the styles that is being used since "restrictions of the traditional newspapers or magazines can be lifted, allowing artists and writers to take advantage of the web's unique capabilities". in other words: the effect might have not only been intended but encouraged, because of its popularity. and i should just leave it to those it was intended for: niche readers of this particular genre.
this oni press e-arc was provided by netgalley(less)
the “self-bully” ban has a normal enough life, and where divorced parents aren't that uncommon, her life becomes shadowed in mystery when her mother,...morethe “self-bully” ban has a normal enough life, and where divorced parents aren't that uncommon, her life becomes shadowed in mystery when her mother, suddenly brings their “distant relative” jin-whan home to live with them. ban’s mother would always avoid the topic of her family, so who is this strange boy? are they really relatives? what torturous secrets does her mother’s past hold? and what do the sudden strange happenings that follow in jin-whan’s wake mean? who is he? or better yet what is he? [animelist]
reminiscent of the the wisdom of crocodiles, let the right one in and the upcoming film vampire, nobody knows hits an emotional tone on the fragility of family relationships and doesn't gloss over vampires as (sparkly) creatures to be admired exactly. it's a quiet story. being slow-paced with intense, disturbing and skin crawling horror elements, it's probably more of a niche book. (very "emo" actually)
read in the thalia bookshop. pretty quick read, doesn't even take 3 minutes to finish from cover to cover. although shelved as "short stories" they ar...moreread in the thalia bookshop. pretty quick read, doesn't even take 3 minutes to finish from cover to cover. although shelved as "short stories" they are not, not really anyway ... more like thoughts put to paper in the format of a (black and white) graphic/illustration in each case. some were nice. but the overall concept (text + illustrations) and final product of the book was neither outstanding nor memorable. rather forgettable actually.
but it's going to have its fair share of readers and fans as it is an ongoing series(?) project that is being curated/edited/produced by joseph gordon levitt. may the odds be ever in your favor, pal, --for even though i may not like your literary projects, i will continue to look forward to your film projects. peace out.(less)
glory is a piano prodigy. after her mother died, she retreated into her music. her father raised her with the goal of playing sold-out shows at carneg...moreglory is a piano prodigy. after her mother died, she retreated into her music. her father raised her with the goal of playing sold-out shows at carnegie hall and across the globe. brilliant and lonely, glory is drawn to frank, who moves in next door frank becomes glory’s connection to the world—and her escape from reality. before long, glory is unable to play anything but the song "chopsticks"; f and g notes moving closer together, and farther apart.
artsy people will probably find the aesthetics to their liking. i know that is what drew me to this book.. what makes this different from other novels isn't the story but its execution, which ranges from letters, doodles, notes, instant messages, post cards, invitations, newspaper articles and music/music sheets depicted in photo format. an intimate snapshot of two desperate teens. [ video ][ chopsticks app ]
can i just say how glad i am bookshops exist? i can read books, decide whether they're worth my money (re-reading) or just good enough for readin...more1.5/5
can i just say how glad i am bookshops exist? i can read books, decide whether they're worth my money (re-reading) or just good enough for reading once and then forget about it. i read this quick read in the english branch establishment of orell füssli in one sitting. the visual presentation was well enough executed, the story though was pretty unremarkable. a color-blind nerdy teen girl can see otherworldly creatures and turns out to be "the chosen one".
needless to say that i will not be picking up the sequel, though i can imagine that younger readers might enjoy this.(less)