A cute story about a plucky young girl who who inadvertently adopts an orphaned young dragon one day after happening upon its nest. Entertaining and f...moreA cute story about a plucky young girl who who inadvertently adopts an orphaned young dragon one day after happening upon its nest. Entertaining and fun, this is a good book for kids in grades 4 to 6. I was a little disappointed by the fact that the entire story was done in black and white. There were a lot of fine details in the drawings, and color would have highlighted them. The book also had an interesting underlying message about conservation and care of animals. It's not clear on whether there will be Dragon Girl sequels, but I hope so.(less)
This was a little choppy, and I'm not sure whether the ultimate outcome of this story was deliberate from beginning to end or happenstance. Either way...moreThis was a little choppy, and I'm not sure whether the ultimate outcome of this story was deliberate from beginning to end or happenstance. Either way, this was delightfully creepy and filled with atmosphere. I didn't like the mix of graphic panels and expressionist painting. The paintings were odd at first, but they suited the story. The graphic panels served as a weird juxtaposition. (less)
I'm giving it four stars, only because this book freaked me out a little. I'm not sure what to think of it, but I think it might be an episode from th...moreI'm giving it four stars, only because this book freaked me out a little. I'm not sure what to think of it, but I think it might be an episode from the Twilight Zone.(less)
The all-too-brief story of an aging trans woman trying to proceed through her life as such with dignity. She meets with some grief at a corset shop. O...moreThe all-too-brief story of an aging trans woman trying to proceed through her life as such with dignity. She meets with some grief at a corset shop. One of the more affecting stories by this author I have come across.(less)
This had some holes and could have been more in-depth, but overall I found this to be a really solid read from beginning to end. I liked the character...moreThis had some holes and could have been more in-depth, but overall I found this to be a really solid read from beginning to end. I liked the characters, the atmosphere and the concept. This is the second book I've read by Brenna Yovanoff, and while I wouldn't consider her a great writer, I think she's got a lot to offer at face value. This story utilized a lot of the tropes common to Southern Gothic stories and also the wider horror realm, but I found it all worked.
Clementine has just been rescued from a 10-year "slumber" in the cellar of her home. Pulled out by a boy named Fisher who has his own dark secrets, Clementine is faced with a number of oddities and other unsettling things about the town she left behind when she was imprisoned at seven years old. She and the rest of her family possess ancient and dangerous powers, and so do a number of others in the small rural town where she lives. As the plot unfolds, Clementine comes to realize that it's not enough to try to keep the fiends who fuel these powers at bay. She and her friends must learn to control the supernatural magic that lurks on the edge of town before it consumes everyone.
I would have liked a bit more exposition about the nature of the town's supernatural state. Why this place? And, why do most people seem to either possess magic powers or know about them so readily? Additionally, even though Clementine was imprisoned as a child, she has somehow aged at the appropriate developmental level for a 17-year-old. Some of that is explained, and I can understand the rationale, but at the same time, one has to reserve a certain amount of disbelief to accept this.
In any case, these aren't huge hangups if you just accept the Fiendish as a fun ghost story. It's written well enough for what it is, and I really enjoyed it. (less)
forgot i read this too. long, long ago. i think i was 13? i don't remember anything else about it, except a girl is looking for her father or somethin...moreforgot i read this too. long, long ago. i think i was 13? i don't remember anything else about it, except a girl is looking for her father or something. kids don't know how easy they have it these days with finding books to read for their age. there was no YA years ago, so you got stuck stumbling into shit that probably had no real appeal.(less)
This was great — a graphic memoir done all in the same turquoise tone, possibly to reflect the dreamlike sense of living a life in between. Mimi Pond...moreThis was great — a graphic memoir done all in the same turquoise tone, possibly to reflect the dreamlike sense of living a life in between. Mimi Pond describes the time she spent dishwashing and waitressing at the Imperial Cafe in the late 1970s in Oakland in this book. Pond had been denied the financial aid required to finish her last year of art school, so she got a job at a degenerate's cafe. It doesn't change her life. In fact, I'd say it mostly just serves as a stopgap along the way to getting back on track. However, I don't think such stopgaps should be denigrated. There's a fine line between finding yourself and wasting away. Admittedly, a lot of the so-called friends and coworkers she makes during her tenure at the cafe are wasting away. But, there's a sense that Pond's life at this point was just as vital for its sense of drudgery as it would have been if she had continued with art school.
I would recommend this to people in college, those about to graduate college or those on the cusp of determining the next stage of their lives. It's a good look at how one can make the most of a situation. It's not exactly inspiring, but it's not meant to be. I think a lot of people go through this sort of phase in their lives, when they're not sure where they're headed because circumstances don't really allow them to take the next step. Pond hangs around a mix of fading hippies, punks, hipsters and other denizens of the counterculture world here. While many of them are more comrades than friends, there's a sense of dysfunctional family about it that somehow still provides comfort during a discomfiting time.
I don't love cartooning, because I think sometimes it comes off as just doodling, but this had a certain aesthetic that grew on me after a while. The green tone really lent a great sense of listlessness to the proceedings. A quick read and a nice reminder of a certain time of life. (less)
Really excellent illustrations that gave power and depth to the story. However, the manner in which the narrative unfolded felt contrived. The first h...moreReally excellent illustrations that gave power and depth to the story. However, the manner in which the narrative unfolded felt contrived. The first half of Lewis' narration to the "visitors" in his office on the morning of Barack Obama's inauguration at least made sense, because he told it to those people. After the visitors left though who was he talking to?
I didn't know much about the intricacies of a lot of the lunch counter boycotts, and it was interesting, but the story felt rushed and could have included more exposition, given that the intended audience is probably upper-middle grade and above. The ending was also abrupt. Still, I'm curious about Part Two.(less)
This was inane. Not unpleasant and certainly fun in its way, but it made little sense. I can't even describe it, because to the sane human mind, it wo...moreThis was inane. Not unpleasant and certainly fun in its way, but it made little sense. I can't even describe it, because to the sane human mind, it would have little validity. I don't know what possessed this writer to create such a premise: Cleopatra (the real queen of Ancient Egypt) is depicted as a teen who talks in a completely modern teenage manner; she is magically transported to the future and lives in a space. It goes on. She is destined to save the galaxy and goes to a future school where she learns to use ray guns and all that other space stuff the pop culture world is well-acquainted with. Not a lot of dialogue or explanation for such a premise. Some talking animals and random allusions to Ancient Egypt exist in the future. Very bizarre. On its own merits, it's fun and everything. But, I can't event...(less)
I forget how I found out about this book. I think it was on a "you might also like this" list that kept cropping up periodically throughout the last f...moreI forget how I found out about this book. I think it was on a "you might also like this" list that kept cropping up periodically throughout the last few months. Either way, I'm glad I gave it a shot, because it was awesome. Skylark is a misfit teenager living in a rundown neighborhood with her well-meaning but alcoholic father and her sweet brother with special needs. Sky's father runs a dying record business, and her mother is MIA in Japan. She's bored and lonely, so much so that she thinks she might be in love with her only friend, Nancy, but she's not sure. Sky's not sure of much of anything, and that's the beauty of the story: finding out what she is sure of.
Sky spends her days listing in and out of school and household maintenance no one else is inclined to perform. She waits eagerly for the smallest sign that Nancy might drop by and allow her to tag along on whatever adventure she's currently having. At the same time, Sky is afraid Nancy might be in some kind of trouble. Threaded throughout the story is a mystery involving the death of a girl not unlike Nancy, a runaway who lives a wild and unfettered existence that unfortunately leads her down a bad path. Sky becomes embroiled in the mystery when the girl's brother winds up working at her father's store. Luke shows up hoping to find out more about his sister's death, and Sky is wary of this interloper and yet fascinated by him.
Following a series of typical teen occurrences involving legal and illegal parties, drinking, sneaking out and just combing the neighborhood, Sky learns a lot about herself, her family, Luke and Nancy. I really enjoyed the whole thing. This is perfect for music fans, because it's littered with references to all kinds of stuff. I also liked the descriptions of the neighborhood. It felt like a novel with a real sense of place. The novel ended just shy of tidily. Sky begins a new chapter following a series of large and small revelations. I don't know what else this author has done, but I'm very curious now.(less)