What a strange book. I didn't read about the author before picking up the book, so I missed that it was taking place in Australia. I figured it was En...moreWhat a strange book. I didn't read about the author before picking up the book, so I missed that it was taking place in Australia. I figured it was England just from some of the slang, but the accent got so think I finally realized it was Australia, then double checked with the book jacket.
The main character is strong, the secondary characters interesting, but the story was a bit of a stretch. At the end I was frustrated with the whole thing, but kept reading because I had to know what happened to the characters. I really disliked the ending. It wrapped up neatly, but without really explaining anything.
SPOILER: When the strange man said, something like 'I killed your father' in his list of all the things he had a hand in I totally lost all respect for the book. It's at that point a normal person would have stopped listening to the neat little plot wrap-up and reacted with his gut. But the line was passed over and the story finished with a fizzle. Bummer, it had marvelous potential.(less)
It was interesting, but really seemed disjointed and...simple. I'm pretty sure the author didn't start out trying to rewrite His Dark Materials series...moreIt was interesting, but really seemed disjointed and...simple. I'm pretty sure the author didn't start out trying to rewrite His Dark Materials series, but there were a lot of similarities. As with that series, this book ended with a simper instead of a bang. Good build up - then...nothing. Bleh. Frustrating.(less)
I've tried to read this book three times. I started fresh each time and tried to get a running start. I only got a handful of pages further each time...moreI've tried to read this book three times. I started fresh each time and tried to get a running start. I only got a handful of pages further each time before something about the main character made me set the book down before I threw it across the room. No, really. I had the urge to throw it against a wall. It actually made me angry.
Why? I guess it all comes from me having children. That kid is just not right. Even at two my kids would have known to follow an adult rather than a dog. Want food?...'Mom' was a person who fed me...so I'm going to find another 'mom-like' being to feed me. Simple two year old logic. And yet this four year old decides to ignore the people he sees and go live with a dog? he breaks every rule his mom set for him, but chooses 'Don't talk to strangers' to follow.
I guess it comes down to this...when the kid is supposed to be smart, he's slow witted. When he's supposed to be ignorant he somehow has insight beyond his years. He's just not realistic and so I was yanked out of the story before I even got into it.
Also, I kept trying to get a grip on what had caused the people to leave, but the point-of-view was no help at all. We just don't know. Perhaps there is some event in the history of Moscow that is so well-known that most readers just tie this event to the events in the book, but I am not at all familiar with the history of the USSR. Perhaps it's explained later int eh book, but I just can't bring myself to read anymore. (less)
The original books were a good read, although the first novel was better than the second, which was a lot better than the third. I enjoyed the series...moreThe original books were a good read, although the first novel was better than the second, which was a lot better than the third. I enjoyed the series as a whole and found the character of Hatter Madigan simply wonderful. I am a fan of the medium of graphic novels, and looked forward to these with great anticipation because they were written by the original author, not another person's imagining of someone else character.
Unfortunately, I was disappointed with both the story and, even more so, the art. A lot of the story was an exact retelling of how Hatter got to this world. I understand it's needed for anyone who hadn't read the novels, but I had been hoping for a bit more...I don't know, additional information or maybe a little more drama. Instead we are told exactly what was said in the novel, now with pictures.
That leads me to the art...it's wispy, blurry, unfocused. That's the way Redd was described...and I find it annoying that the image they created of Hatter is not the focused, dark, rules-following cut and dried image that he was build up to be in the book. I was expecting something more realistic, dark and brooding, a real world feel, where the character of Hatter was thrown into the unexpected. I wanted to see how he reacted in 'our world'. Instead we got a glimpse of a fantastical world with little to tie its pieces together.
The characters Hatter meets are mostly tied to the story of Alyss, but what are the chances in a world this size they would end up meeting exactly the same set of bad guys? This graphic novel seemed disconnected, the bits fo story had little to tie them together and the story - right...what story. Hatter wonders into our world, then searches for Alyss. I guess he figures out how to navigate the portals, but that's not discussed, how else would he have been able to get from Europe to China in one page? From the story I had the image of a nomadic sort of search that took years at a time to complete. Instead we have a few moments of adventure barely tied together by the main character. He seems to have no specific plan, no real direction.
Anyhow - I ramble. The art does not suit the character. The story does not live up to its original medium. (less)