Well-presented anthology of illustrated (comic-book type) erotica with an LGBT focus. I liked the wide variety in the stories and thought most of theWell-presented anthology of illustrated (comic-book type) erotica with an LGBT focus. I liked the wide variety in the stories and thought most of the artwork was top notch. I'm generally not a fan of manga-style art; there were few examples here.
For me, this was best read in small sections — every few stories I had to give myself a break from the sex. If this anthology is weakest at anything, it's in the inherent difficultly of having the last sex-focused story impact with the same success as the first. While I thought the stories were nearly universally good, every time my eyes started skipping over the explicit panels in search of dialogue I knew it was time to step away from the book.
I wavered between giving these three or four stars and eventually settled on four. It's not a keeper volume for my collection, but I suspect if I stumble on it again in the future I'll reread it because hey, sex. Recommended for fans of this genre and theme.
This blend of fantasy, horror, and science fiction is so directly keyed to my personal tastes it’s scary, and I caShortlist: Best book I read in 2013.
This blend of fantasy, horror, and science fiction is so directly keyed to my personal tastes it’s scary, and I cannot tell you how much fun it is read a story where the main characters start off as a solidly married pair. (It’s sad that’s so rare as to be notable.)
I’m not familiar with Staples artwork, but I really liked it here. It’s so clean and effective; nothing wasted and yet so evocative. I particularly liked how distinguishable every person is, each distinctly themselves. I can have problems identifying characters in some graphic novels (I’m looking at you, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and it was never a struggle here. Also notable is Staples’ use of color: the bulk of the book is done is blues, grays, browns, muted colors, and the electric pinks, yellows, and whites really pop when they’re used. And who did the lettering for this? I loved it; it seems to pull from some of the most effective aspects I remember from The Sandman.
But, oh, it serves me right for getting invested an ongoing series that's at Volume One. I don’t know why I wouldn’t have expected it to end on a freaking cliffhanger. Fortunately, Volume Two is supposed to be out in a couple months.
Very, very good; philosophical science fiction in well-rounded, well-thought out medium. It took me a bit to get my footing in the story, particularlyVery, very good; philosophical science fiction in well-rounded, well-thought out medium. It took me a bit to get my footing in the story, particularly when jumping to different settings with the main character’s identical twin ‘echoes,’ but the extremely creative sci-fi setting fascinated me. The little mini-stories dealing with various alien races were gloriously vivid and nicely told. I must look into further work by Vehlmann.
I didn’t feel strongly for De Bonneval's artwork at first, but it began to seem perfect as the story went on. Everything’s in grey tones to an almost pastel effect; soft and yet quite direct, stark and frankly sensual.
This is not light or casual reading and many of the comics printed here are excerpts of much longer works. It's an overview work, exactly what it saysThis is not light or casual reading and many of the comics printed here are excerpts of much longer works. It's an overview work, exactly what it says on the box, but it's a work with a rather narrow audience in mind. My casual enjoyment of comics and LGBT fiction was not enough to hold me to do more than skim this book... but the comics in here that did hold my interest were incredibly moving. Four stars.
Meh. I adore de Lint's Newford series, but I find his other books hit or miss. The Wild Wood was a regrettable miss. I was bored by it and now barelyMeh. I adore de Lint's Newford series, but I find his other books hit or miss. The Wild Wood was a regrettable miss. I was bored by it and now barely remember the story.
It's notable only for the Brian Froud association and illustrations and while I agree his work is very interesting, it doesn't appeal to me.
Review specific to illustrated 1994 edition, 0553096303.
Brian Froud's Faerielands, A Collaborative Series: Something Rich and Strange by Patricia McKillip The Wild Wood by Charles de Lint The Wood Wife by Terri Windling Hannah's Garden by Midori Snyder
Finally got around to reading the first volume in this series — my series introduction was the final volume, to disappointing results (review) — and IFinally got around to reading the first volume in this series — my series introduction was the final volume, to disappointing results (review) — and I'm gonna have to admit I just don't get the hype. It seems intended to be an extended exploration of the superhero genre with a side of police procedural, but Moore's Watchmen did a similar thing and was at the very least a coherent story, which this is not. Wikipedia tells me this is also supposed to be a comedic series; frankly the humor bypassed my awareness entirely.
Everything in this story seemed so pointless. Even moreso than most of Alan Moore's works, this series appears to revolve around the premise of "This is why we can't have nice things."...more
Very introspective, even for a memoir. More about Alison's therapy sessions than about her relationship with her mother. I found myself more curious aVery introspective, even for a memoir. More about Alison's therapy sessions than about her relationship with her mother. I found myself more curious about her relationship with her father, which seemed traumatic and was mentioned quite a few times but not explored, but reviews of this book indicate that Alison wrote out that relationship in an earlier book.
Quite honestly I thought Alison whined a lot, which I know is an unfair statement to make. So much of the book is focused on her detailed therapy sessions across a spread of twenty years, which were obviously so personal, but her depicted reactions in them only circulated the statements 'I don't know', 'I broke down weeping', 'I love you, therapist', and 'I had a major breakthrough'. I've never been to therapy. I think of it as a wonderful tool that persons can find extraordinarily helpful, but my personal concept of therapy is somewhat abstract. Reading Alison's therapy made me feel like I was more in her head than I really wanted to be, like being caught in a subway with a perfect stranger who will not stop telling you every detail of her life. And Alison remained a stranger to me throughout the entire book.
Best recommended for artists and creative persons, persons who've explored their own therapy, and persons with frustrating familial relationships — not recommendations which really apply to me....more
This comic takes the memebase 'Where's your god now' to a whole other level, and I really waffled on how to rate it. On one hand, the premise was fascThis comic takes the memebase 'Where's your god now' to a whole other level, and I really waffled on how to rate it. On one hand, the premise was fascinating; on the other, the story was muddled and confusing. I couldn't comprehend the cast of characters. Who was the decaying god (singular)? He was introduced immediately after the introduction of glowing angelic god and in a very similar pose which made me at first think they were the same god, just after the angelic one had been abandoned and forgotten, but then the angelic god appeared later. The decaying god didn't appear again until after the story concluded and then only in a dustcover illustration showing most of the cast of gods (and alongside with the angelic god). Why did the Russian god act and appear like the traditional god Thor of Norse (Germanic) mythology? What did that have to do with Russia? There are lots of awesome, awesome people from Russian folklore that could have been used for an actual Russian god. And it was reiterated constantly that the mushrooms from the decaying space god(s) grew virulently and the view-point character continually popped anti-fungal medications, but the few survivors in the aftermath of the god war showed no evidence of mushroom infestation and had no such medications. The whole novel was just messy. We'll split the difference to two and half stars.
I think this is the first time I've encountered Garrie Gastonny's art, and I wasn't impressed. He seems the sort that goes for an almost photo-realism angle to his art and that's never thrilled me. If anything this art style drove home the feeling that this comic was a glossy candy bar of empty calories....more
The artwork is very lovely, even truly gorgeous in many places. I love how De Liz and Dillon's depiction of the Unicorn herself is so strongly reminisThe artwork is very lovely, even truly gorgeous in many places. I love how De Liz and Dillon's depiction of the Unicorn herself is so strongly reminiscent of her animated appearance in the movie version of The Last Unicorn; it's like looking upon the face of a friend after a long absence. And the depiction of the Red Bull in this book is the best visual representation of the Bull I've ever seen.
I found Gillis' adaptation of the the Beagle text, however, to be massively less impressive, but this interpretation may not be a precisely fair. Gillis is adapting from Peter S. Beagle after all — it's not like the text could be improved. I spent more than a little time scrutinizing the adapted text and wondering why Gillis chose to set one detail in text, rather than a second, or even a third... and why was that scene just shoved in the storyflow; there should have been finese... and, nooo, why has a part been skipped!? But I count myself as a particular fan of the original The Last Unicorn. And I possibly may have memorized some significant portions of the text. YMMV, but I found I enjoyed this graphic novel the most by disregarding entirely every bit of text, studying every tiny detail of artwork, and using only my memories to flesh out the story.
Really very good. I enjoyed the text story despite the fact I dislike the Rincewind and Carrot characters, and they had nearly top billing. I found thReally very good. I enjoyed the text story despite the fact I dislike the Rincewind and Carrot characters, and they had nearly top billing. I found the about-face of the Silver Horde a little weak, but the post-climax actions of all the characters were so well-done I can hardly fault it.
The Kidby illustrations were extraordinary beyond measure. The book's worth finding if only to look at them; the art is as much or more the heart of this book as the text.
This is not, strictly speaking, the best of the Discworld stories by any means, but it's highly recommended to even a casual Pratchett fan. And it's possibly the top-pick of the Discworld books to read in commemoration to Pratchett's inevitable death (may his health stretch to pen a dozen more novels). Fitting in so may ways....more
Huh. Well, it's a little weird. Better than I had expected, but not good enough for me to do more than skim and certainly not engaging enough to encouHuh. Well, it's a little weird. Better than I had expected, but not good enough for me to do more than skim and certainly not engaging enough to encourage me to track down the other volumes. Still, if you are a fan of hack-and-slash barbarian stories this series would be pure win for you....more
I liked the movie version better. The graphic novel was interesting, but it was narrow and constrained and left me with a resounding feeling of, 'ThatI liked the movie version better. The graphic novel was interesting, but it was narrow and constrained and left me with a resounding feeling of, 'That's it?' The longer, richer story from the movie was really a better story period.
This is worth reading, but I'd avoid purchasing it. It's so short that even if you can't find it at a library, you could find it in a bookstore and read its entirety in ten minutes. Fifteen if you are a slow reader....more
My god, the cover alone near put me in saccharine shock. This book is so appallingly cutesy I'm ashamed to see it associated with Sandman, and the artMy god, the cover alone near put me in saccharine shock. This book is so appallingly cutesy I'm ashamed to see it associated with Sandman, and the artwork is as twee as the plot.
Profoundly un-recommended to any Sandman fan.
Extremely tentatively recommended as shared-reading material between pre-literate children and parents who for some inexplicable reason wish to destroy the likelihood of the child ever enjoying Sandman proper and/or warp developing conceptions toward Shoujo-style manga.
Quite good and quite pornographic, but purposefully so. I loved the details Moore included from the original fairy tales in his interpretation, and IQuite good and quite pornographic, but purposefully so. I loved the details Moore included from the original fairy tales in his interpretation, and I loved how explicitly Moore called out the point and purposes of pornography. Very meta at times.
Extremely interesting to read; unlikely to be one I'll feel the urge to reread. So lucky I was able to borrow my friend's gorgeous hardback slipcover set....more
I'm far more enamored of the storyline than the artwork. I would have enjoyed this more if it had been written as a straight short story or novella. SI'm far more enamored of the storyline than the artwork. I would have enjoyed this more if it had been written as a straight short story or novella. Still, it was great to learn some about Mercy's background history.
Though, y'know, I don't consider myself to be a prude, but did anybody else find the skinshots in this graphic to be gratuitous? It bothered me enough that I calculated the percentage of frequency. Mercy appears in human form on 81 pages of this book (that's a tally counting every page in this graphic novel, frontispieces and end art gallery included). She's naked in 10 of those total pages. She appears in a towel in 4 of those (that's two separate scenes and a flashback to one of those scenes). She's in her underwear in 3 pages (although she was also in towel on one of those, so I ought to count that page for one or the other and not both). And her midriff showed in 30 pages.
So. Mercy has her midriff showing in 37% of the pages in which she appears and is naked, in a towel, or in her panties in 19.7% of the pages. I cannot think of any other graphic novel wherein the main character is showing skin for nearly two-thirds of the pages where he or she appears. And, yeah, the midriff thing is almost standard for Mercy, as that's how she's depicted on the covers of the novels, and the frequent nudity is defined as part of canon, it's part of how Briggs has structured the shapeshifters in her world; but I find it irking to see the nudity repeatedly splashed up in the artwork. Did I gloss over this aspect in the novels, or was lesser noticeably more a factor of Briggs' own writing style? I feel the urge to reread the books and compare.
I guess my problem seems to dwell on Mercy repeatably being drawn as ruminating while she is dressing. Why is that necessary? So she needs to be naked when shapeshifting (except not really and not even here in this book; she's even drawn once in a sort of action shot while going straight from clothed human to coyote) — Why does she also have to be naked between action scenes? Why can't she be depicted as thinking while having a cup of coffee or something, instead of while she is putting on her bra? If, say, Batman is ruminating with his shirt off, at least it's got a purpose and generally so the artist can draw his suddenly unveiled scars. With Homecoming it's just skin for the sake of skin....more
Iconic, yet unsatisfying. I'm surprised to find myself strongly preferring the film version (link).
Part of my disenchantment is that I was not, at allIconic, yet unsatisfying. I'm surprised to find myself strongly preferring the film version (link).
Part of my disenchantment is that I was not, at all, drawn to Miller's artwork here. The noir-esque, heavily drawn black and white style, effective as it was, was also very difficult for me to read. I skipped over a lot of images just reading the dialogue, and as the film was such a faithful interpretation of the graphic novel(s) I'd really just rather have watched the film over again.
Mad props to Marv's mom though. I loved her appearance in the story.
Three stars. Recommended mostly to fans of Miller's work....more