The stories in this volume weren't as entertaining as in the previous two. However, some nice interaction from Ms. Marvel and Thor, Ultron being up to...moreThe stories in this volume weren't as entertaining as in the previous two. However, some nice interaction from Ms. Marvel and Thor, Ultron being up to no good once more (and Vision getting his day as a human - or as human as a synthezoid can become), Mad Thinker and The Leader both taking the stage briefly, and Dr. Doom planning another campaign for destruction. And a rather nice sequence with Captain America getting what he's always wanted in life - only, not really.
The storytelling was a bit more fast-paced/jumpy than before. Enjoyable, but clearly geared more towards a younger audience that doesn't require build-up. Still, an entertaining read for the fans of AEMH tv show.(less)
Four comics bringing together a rather stressful week for S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Director Fury. The stories bind very subtly (or not...moreSo short, but so amazing!
Four comics bringing together a rather stressful week for S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Director Fury. The stories bind very subtly (or not so subtly) together the events of Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger (and also including a few of the short movies related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, mainly "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer").
There are some awesome little details, like how the injection of lithium dioxide may have had a nasty kick, what happened to the bird, why Black Widow may have been leery of The Hulk even before she met with Banner, what happened to Mr. Blue, and how Hawkeye didn't even get to shoot anything (plus, Coulson almost swooning).
The art was very nice to look at, the stories easy to follow when you've taken the movies to heart and enjoy every little nuance of the story.(less)
I would have perhaps hoped for a little more thorough insight at the characters and background info of the plot and events in general, but the book focused heavily on the look and design of the weapons and vehicles and the relation to the real WWII.
A nice thing to browse through; worth a look for anyone interested in the movie and wanting to glance a bit closer at all the detail that might escape one's notice while watching the film.(less)
Some brilliant concept art, design info and other great pictures are printed to these pages. Some of my favorites are in promotional photos, some of which never saw the light of day but definitely should have.
All in all the book focused a lot on the designs of Asgard and the New Mexico town, Puente Antiguo. There was a lot I missed (Darcy Lewis and Dr. Selvig, for one, and at least mentions to Coulson and perhaps even Hawkeye), and overall the shots were not all that detailed, most of them scenic and focusing on landscape.
Still a great glimpse at the movie and all the work that went to it and might go under-appreciated if you don't stop to think about it.(less)
Following in the spirit and style of The Art of Iron Man, this book delivers the exact same thing as the other "art of" books for Marvel movi...more3½ stars.
Following in the spirit and style of The Art of Iron Man, this book delivers the exact same thing as the other "art of" books for Marvel movies; storyboards, art and design, a couple glimpses at the characters.
Some fantastic concept art exists on these pages, of which many didn't make it into production and big screen but which are still wonderful to look at.(less)
The book offers a visual look at how the movie "The Avengers" was created and constructed. Some exceptionally beautiful pieces of art can be found on this pages with some back-story to scenes although there was surprisingly little "inside information" to movie facts for those of us who would like a look at the technical side of things.
A nice read for anyone interested in the movie and its visuals.(less)
While there may not be all that much "secret" information on the films and stories themselves, the pages feature some stunning art and creativity, giving insight into how sets/worlds/time-periods were created and what kind of aspects needed to be focused on to give the latest Marvel films a realistic yet true-to-comics look.
A nice set, definitely worth a look for anyone who's interested in these films and wants to get an extra look at how they were brought to life - but that's pretty much all they contain, so if you're yearning for extra information on the stories themselves, this might not be the right place to look.
A definite plus are some unique photos, concept art and poster shots that never made it to big screen or the public.(less)
Around 2½ stars, maybe... nothing to get excited about.
I'll start by saying that I'm an avid fan of "Heroes" (the tv show this book is based on, in ca...moreAround 2½ stars, maybe... nothing to get excited about.
I'll start by saying that I'm an avid fan of "Heroes" (the tv show this book is based on, in case it escaped anyone's notice). That said, reading this book was a must although it took me long enough to get down to it.
Hiro has never been one of my favorite characters, although he brought a lot of interesting elements to the show, being the driving force behind many of the people who later stepped up their game considerably.
It's been a while since I've seen season 1 (where most of this book takes place), which may have actually been a good thing, too, since it felt like this book offered very little to the actual storyline seen on screen, perhaps fleshing out a little where they had to cut to other characters' stories..
The writing wasn't bad, but not good either - yet the thing that annoyed me most was that Hiro didn't sound like himself at all, for whatever reason. It might have to do with my own head!canon, getting in the way of things, but overall the whiny!Hiro got a bit tiresome after a couple pages.
Sweet as this book was in Hiro's attempts to win the heart of the woman he fell in love with soon as he met her - and the determination to save her life, too - it just didn't win me over, much as I tried. In the end it sounded more like mediocre fanfiction, only I paid money to read this.(less)
I'm a late bloomer when it comes to "A Song of Fire and Ice"; I first started to watch the TV show "Game of Thrones" belatedly, then picked up the boo...moreI'm a late bloomer when it comes to "A Song of Fire and Ice"; I first started to watch the TV show "Game of Thrones" belatedly, then picked up the book some time after getting hooked on the show. I re-watched season 1 during the reading of this book and followed season 2, all due to the book being huge and myself being a slow reader.
It is hard to say whether I love the book because of the TV show, or if I would love it less without it. As it is, this is wonderful piece of fiction of which they've created one of the most stunning TV shows EVER.
The book is built on shifting perspectives, which is a different approach and gives an intimate look at the characters and the situations developing around them, underlining their helplessness and small size in the grand scheme of things. The tricky part about this is that the actual "voice" doesn't really change between characters, but there's no chance you'll mistake one for another and forget whose story you're following.
Something you can make mistakes on, though, is mixing up or totally forgetting characters that are mentioned in passing (there are a LOT of people, houses and places mentioned, but it is also gratifying to pay attention to them in case they pop up later in the story).
And what a story it is! A mix of medieval and supernatural fantasy, scheming and war. The book picks up the pace the nearer to an end they go, and by that time I was wanting to pick up book number 2, but decided to let it rest for a moment.
A brilliant start to a series that is no doubt going to leave its mark in history like some other great fantasy books.(less)
I've read this book before in Finnish, at least a couple of times. I remember the premise quite vividly; skinned animals and people, although the "ski...moreI've read this book before in Finnish, at least a couple of times. I remember the premise quite vividly; skinned animals and people, although the "skinning" method seems to elude even our favorite FBI agents, Mulder and Scully.
Caught between a sheriff with a secret and a reservoir of Native Americans who are not very welcoming of outsiders poking into their lives, it's time to solve yet another x-file.
The plot progresses nicely, painting a very clear picture of what is going on, and it delivers a genuine X-Files experience. Definitely worth the read!(less)
I know I've probably read this book before in Finnish, years ago. If you've enjoyed the X-Files tv-show, then you're bound to enj...moreStrong 3½ or 4 stars.
I know I've probably read this book before in Finnish, years ago. If you've enjoyed the X-Files tv-show, then you're bound to enjoy this book as well; it reads like the show.
Mulder and Scully (and their "babysitters") get to solve a case with strange murders. "Hands coming out of trees and walls" seems like the only clue, although the statements are not entirely credible. This ought to, and does, capture Mulder's attention, and leads him and his fellow agents down yet another perilous path of ill-kept secrets.
All in all, the book progresses nicely, even if the end seems to come a little abruptly. Not my favorite in the series of books, but definitely worth the read for anyone who enjoys the show!(less)
As much as I like Supernatural and the Winchester brothers, I have to admit that my feelings regarding this book are starting to run along the same pa...moreAs much as I like Supernatural and the Winchester brothers, I have to admit that my feelings regarding this book are starting to run along the same pattern as my thoughts of the show; I'm getting sick of all the demon action, and the drive to find an even bigger villain for their next stunt. (Can you really top Apocalypse without getting really ridiculous?)
The plot was fairly eventful, but I couldn't help a feeling that it was dragging a bit as well. Sam and Dean, in their struggle to find a way around the Apocalypse that Sam started, take a trip to the past to avoid saying "yes" to certain Archangels - and end up searching for a battle plan that ought to put a stopper on Big S himself - Lucifer.
I tried to enjoy this book - and that's all that really needs to be said. It was okay, but not amazing. I was left disappointed. Something important was missing, and I think it could be creativity and a fresh breeze instead of the stale stink of repeating the same thing over and over again.(less)
Unlike Volume 1, this collection of online comics had more random, irrelevant stories.
Still, a must-read for all Heroes fans because it expan...more4½ stars.
Unlike Volume 1, this collection of online comics had more random, irrelevant stories.
Still, a must-read for all Heroes fans because it expands the story and life of the characters we've seen on TV in a wonderful way.
The art varied a little: sometimes you could recognize the actor from TV, and other times you would just have to guess and wait for them to tell who they were telling about. Yet the art always came secondary to the story.(less)
It's been a long-time project for me to read the Heroes novels (short comics that are also available online), and I finally got around to doing it.
Dev...moreIt's been a long-time project for me to read the Heroes novels (short comics that are also available online), and I finally got around to doing it.
Devoured volume 1 in a few hours.
I think you need to be a fan of the tv show "Heroes" to appreciate this book, and be familiar with the characters. There are gap-fillers, background stories extending the lives of the characters we've seen on TV, plus some other random snippets, and some of them are quite amazing.
The art is sometimes very similar to the characters on TV, and sometimes it's not. I found myself not looking at the art, though, but reading with abandon and taking in the info they couldn't bring onto the show.
Not among the best novels written about the TV show "Supernatural".
There was a lot going on, without many pauses, but somehow it was hard to...more3½ stars.
Not among the best novels written about the TV show "Supernatural".
There was a lot going on, without many pauses, but somehow it was hard to get inside the writing. While the pace, the action, and the writing style were all the type I usually like, I just couldn't devour this book like I've devoured some of the others in this series.
Once again, demons are involved. I'm beginning to think that is the big downfall of the entire show, because with all the monsters roaming around, it's demons (and spirits) that they are fighting against most of the time. And it does get boring.
In this particular book, Civil War enactors start dying in rather bizarre ways: killed by fake weapons as if they were real. That's the clearest moment in the whole plot, because after that, it is sometimes a bit hard to follow what exactly was the point of the whole thing.
Not a bad book, but it started to feel a bit heavy in my hands, and I just wanted to be done with it. Sure, I'll probably read it again more than once, but I guess the same light sensation of disappointment will still be hanging in there somewhere.(less)
This book is much different from the other ones - not because it has demon activity and a ghost/damned soul business (we've seen almost too m...more3½ stars.
This book is much different from the other ones - not because it has demon activity and a ghost/damned soul business (we've seen almost too many of those in the show) - but because it was divided into three very separate parts, all taking a piece of history involving the Heart of the Dragon, Doragon Kokoro; a Samurai's spirit taken by the demons and twisted for their use - only with a small bump in the road.
We get to follow Samuel, Deanna and Mary (Dean and Sam's mother and grandparents) on their hunt. This is followed by John Winchester's account.
It's been a while since I saw any of those characters (other than Samuel) on TV, and it was hard to remember especially Mary and Deanna. That took away from the effect of their stories and scenes, and although those first two "decades" were interesting, it just doesn't measure up to the good old stuff: Dean and Sam.
While it was interesting to see how their whole family was involved in this same case, which gave the whole thing more depth and perspective, both from the point of view of the hunters and the villain, the Campbell family or John just don't measure up to the attitude, spirit and chemistry and Dean and Sam.
It felt like the end of the book came very abruptly after all the hassle before it. Very quick, very clean, and all over very fast. I was actually surprised by that, clearly not paying attention to the fact that I was running out of pages to read.
Not a bad book, though. Simply something to get used to. Definitely a different Supernatural book.(less)
**spoiler alert** 2 ½ stars I would give this. The plot is worth 3 at least, but I shall explain below why I kept the rating so low...
I finished readi...more**spoiler alert** 2 ½ stars I would give this. The plot is worth 3 at least, but I shall explain below why I kept the rating so low...
I finished reading the Death Note manga before starting this. Naturally, I was hyped about this book.
I don't know if the writer of this book is a previously published author or not (looking at his bio, apparently he is a novelist and a manga writer, go figure...). I must admit I didn't like his style of narration at all.
The story is told by Mello, whom you're familiar with in case you've read the manga. Chronologically, this book takes place before Death Note, and its contents were actually hinted at when we saw one of its stars, Naomi Misora, appear in the Death Note manga.
What really bugged me was that Mello had the "God" point of view to everything: first he was explaining something that had to do with the background of the case, a person etc. and next we are in the scene and inside, let's say, Misora's head, reading her thoughts on the case. Sometimes we were suddenly in the killer's head.
If you ignore that kind of storytelling, I guess the book's very good. The language was pretty rich and it had funny, entertaining descriptions. In the spirit of the manga, there was a lot of deduction going on, instead of hard-core evidence, and so it had a lot to do with talking and pondering instead of action.
There was also the thing about the names of the victims in this book. It's said Mello didn't want to use the "real" names in his notes, but seriously? Backyard Bottomslash? Quarter Queen? I just didn't get the name thing. They weren't funny, they weren't amusing, and fit nowhere. They just gave the book a ridiculous, far less serious sound, destroying a lot of its credibility. But I guess I just didn't get the idea behind that.
I'm not sure I liked the ending. It came very abruptly, and didn't feel all that satisfying, especially when everything was wrapped up by Mello once again.
If it wasn't for the way we went from one person's head to another's, this book would have been quite good. I'm sure people will like it. I simply found myself slightly annoyed.(less)
I didn't read this book from cover to cover since I just finished the whole series, but I gave it a good look and it seems like a handy little "dictio...moreI didn't read this book from cover to cover since I just finished the whole series, but I gave it a good look and it seems like a handy little "dictionary" to the world of Death Note.
It has creator interviews, character bios (main characters as well as those with smaller roles, which is very neat if you really want to get into knowing it all), timelines, more Notebook rules and tricks, facts and small strips of random comics (of which most were a little strange, I must admit).
It also has another chapter of manga that doesn't really connect with the Kira-storyline, but it is kind of good.
A good guidebook to the world of Death Note.(less)