It's just a cute very little picture book intended for a very small audience of people. Of course if corgis aren't your breed you still might enjoy flIt's just a cute very little picture book intended for a very small audience of people. Of course if corgis aren't your breed you still might enjoy flipping through it, but it doesn't have much to offer even die-hard breed fanatics other than some grins and giggles. So if you aren't a either a really huge fan of dogs in general or a big corgi fan, this isn't the book for you. But corgi people should enjoy the smiling faces and cute scenes the author arranged. My interest in the book came from a review having seen a review in a magazine. I was looking to see if there were similarities between the dogs in the book and my little mutt, who has some strong corgi-like features. It could explain her coloring, length, nubbin tail (which looks exactly like a corgi I saw at a breeder's site online), fairy saddle, and her smiling face. Her pointy ears with one floppy (that seems to be a typical mutt thing?), freckled body under her hair, height and slim legs, are a mystery. Some days I'm sure she's corgi/terrier/lab. Others it's beagle/pug (she snores too). Then I think it's definitely terrier/greyhound or whippet. Or some jumbled version of all that or none of that. What she is is perfection.But that's really the theme of the book, we all think our dogs are perfection. And many corgi lovers will probably be getting this in their stockings this Christmas. ...more
This isn't what I expected at all. I thought it was going to be another one of the very short but fun add-on books to the Jackson series that has someThis isn't what I expected at all. I thought it was going to be another one of the very short but fun add-on books to the Jackson series that has some pretty pictures but not much substance. Yes, it definitely has pretty pictures, the art is stunning, but it's huge, both in actual size and also in how much story it conveys. It's coffee table book sized, don't plan to fit it into anyone's Christmas stocking. And the idea is that a publisher in New York convinced Percy to write down what he knows about the gods, so it's his modern and witty retelling of the myths. I haven't read a book of Greek mythology in a while, but I used to pour over them in elementary and junior high. But I still found a lot of things I'd forgotten when I was looking over these stories, especially in the first story of the Titans. Despite the very (very!) irreverent tone, Riordan is not at all casual about imparting the details of these classic tales. Kids or adults who've picked up pieces of the stories here and there from reading his books or others like them would probably enjoy brushing up on the full stories by reading this book. It's definitely a different option than Bulfinch's Mythology, that's for sure. ...more
3.5 stars rounded up to 4. This started out great, then faltered a bit as it tried to fit a gigantic print novel between the covers of just one very l3.5 stars rounded up to 4. This started out great, then faltered a bit as it tried to fit a gigantic print novel between the covers of just one very large graphic novel. There's a lot of energy and emotion between the covers of this book and that's what made me round up to four stars. The writing and art combined to create something very good, even though adapting such a long novel wasn't a perfect success.
I read the novel several years ago. I liked it, but not enough to get the next two books right away, which is very unusual for me. They've been on my to-read book ever since. I love Weeks' Lightbringer series, but even reading those books didn't drive me back to picking up the other books in this series. I was hoping reading this would, and it actually did, some for the best reasons, and some for the not so great reasons. It's really tricky adapting novels to comic books. These guys chose the strategy of releasing their adaptation all at once as one big, beautiful volume instead of trying to put out smaller issues with parts of the story and later collecting them into a big volume. Or, perhaps what might have worked, doing it in two separate parts each of about this size or somewhat smaller.
So for one thing, that's probably why it's black and white. I don't know that much about this industry, but I think that a color book of this size released without having been released as separate issues would have been way too expensive. But I think the black and white actually worked very well for this stark and dark story. Again, I haven't read the novel in a long time, so my ideas of the characters weren't as firmly formed as a lot of fans, but they all looked about how I expected them to. Most importantly, they all looked really distinct. My eyes aren't so great and it can be hard for me to follow an all black and white page. But I knew exactly who all of these people were and what they were doing, thinking and feeling. I tried to read the adaptation of A Game of Thrones recently and couldn't even get through the first volume. Everyone looked exactly alike, I couldn't tell them apart enough to tell what was going on. Even though that one was in color, it didn't help it at all. This artist was much more successful in creating real looking, expressive and distinct people. Durzo was especially good. A couple of the full page scenes of the cities that were chapter breaks in the place of covers were really beautiful. I thought the art was very successful.
The problem was that the story got a bit confusing as it went along. The beginning was fine, very good even because it was focused on Azoth's childhood and his initial interactions with Durzo. But after Azoth grew up and the story had to widen to include many more goings on in the city, suddenly things got very rushed. I have a terrible memory so I really didn't have much of an advantage over new readers, just a little bit, but I'm grateful for the bit I had or I'd really have been lost as some new characters were introduced very quickly and in this context didn't make almost any sense at all. Azoth seems very upset about the Godking at the end, but I have no idea who that is. The ka'kari stuff was super confusing, not really cool the way it should have been. I don't get why he's a night angel, whatever that is, and what I do get about the devices, if that's the right word, is from what I remember form the novel combined with reading this. Everything with Dorian and Feir made no sense at all, total confusion. They're just stuck in a few places so awkwardly and I have no idea why or what the import of their role in the story was. I kind of remember them being really import and pretty cool in the novel, but that's an adaptation for you, you can't fit everything in, and oh my goodness were they awkward and awful here. I think the Godking thing is the worst part though, I have no idea what the big overarching point of the series is. What's Azoth fighting against? I know what he's fighting for, he's all about Doll Girl, that is very clear. But I didn't get the politics at all. Logan was so marginalized, I barely got a sense of him at all too much less what his role in the whole thing is. It was apparent that they were struggling to fit at least the most necessary story elements into the space allowed and it just didn't always work.
What was there worked. Azoth and Durzo worked. Durzo and Mama K, Mama K and Azoth, Azoth and Elene/Doll Girl, Mama K and the Sa'Kage, the battle for power in the underworld and in the kingdom, they all worked. What we saw of Logan, which was very focused to the most key elements, was good. They brought in the other elements as much as possible and necessary. I'm sure they wish they could have made the book double its size and fleshed out all of the things that were confusing and too short, or the things that fans are going to complain that got cut altogether. But it's still an exciting story. Azoth's story is still moving, going from abused street kid in desperate and dire straights to a young man with seemingly some power and control over his life. There's a lot of life and power in this book, energy and palpable emotions that comes from the powerful story combined with the terrific art. It's a really good combination. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with the next book. And it did remind me of the best parts of the story from when I read the novel and made me interested enough again to want to read books two and three of the print series. So overall I think it's a success. But I'm not sure how people who haven't read the book will feel, if their confusion will overwhelm the more positive parts, or maybe they'll be able to just hone in on what's here and not be bothered by the issues that bothered me. I'm not sure, I think this might be a book just for fans....more