My boys (9, 6, 4) and I read this together. All three were captivated by each page, and loved the interactive aspects. We all learned a lot about tribMy boys (9, 6, 4) and I read this together. All three were captivated by each page, and loved the interactive aspects. We all learned a lot about tribal cultures from across the globe. This book contains so much detail, in such a delightful package, that I'm sure we could go through it several more times and still find interesting things we didn't notice before. Bravo MacKillian! ...more
>>>before this review...read mine for Blackest Night: Green Lantern....
Okay. Confession: I misunderstood the order of the graphic novels and>>>before this review...read mine for Blackest Night: Green Lantern....
Okay. Confession: I misunderstood the order of the graphic novels and read BN:GL first. Wrong! Don't do that! Like any series, reading it out of order messes it all up.
I read all the preludes and buildups first. And while I appreciated the grand setup for the large event coming...i've got to show my crankiness. Specific subtleties aside: every one had the same basic plot = new color in the spectrum revealed, Hal Jordan comes in contact, of course he is taken over by the new color, back to green. Every. Single. Time. Except for the Star Sapphires, they are all women. hmm...oh yes! Long time staccacto-girlfriend: Carol Ferris.
One more bit of crankiness: I stand by my opinion that these graphic novels needed a better editor. Like I said, I read these two out of order. However, there was several times that if I hadn't read the GL one first, I wouldn't have understood parts of Blackest Night. The scope of this story was the entire DC Universe. Every character was involved. Old and new. I may not understand the difficulties of putting together a cohesive main story...still, I can claim it should be better. Its so easy to be a sideline critic!
Complaints over. On to compliments.
There is no way that I could include every amazing aspect here...that would take a page-by-page "look at this!". and, I'm not kidding. You open it. That page is amazing. Turn. Amazing. Turn. Amazing. And, that's just the art! Anyone who claims that comic-art isn't REAL art...has never read one, and definitely has not looked at this one. The detail, textures, color, full-spreads, small-panels...every single penstroke and paintcolor was beautiful (even the black lanterns). I've seem some comics where the artist was good...but, the characters each had a similar feel. The women looked the same, in different outfits. The men all had the same face. Not here. Every single character was their own character - with very individual looks, costumes, mannerisms, implied movements. It was truly amazing. The black lantern designed-look of each was so cool. There were so many that I would proudly use as art on our walls. I can not express enough how impressive the art in this series was.
Now, the danger with this kind of story was that it could easily have devolved into a facile zombie/slasher/b-movie-esque type tale. That danger wasn't realized. Johns wrote a brilliant, interesting, emotional epic. Even if the art wasn't fantastic, if the story was superficial, this would've failed. It didn't though. It was carefully crafted, emotionally-involving, detail-oriented, GL-mythology-involving, expansive story. The larger view was enthralling, but, it was the characters who kept my addicted. I've said it before, and it bears repeating: some of the best modern writing is found in comic books. (I am TRYing to describe how great it was, without giving anything away!). And, I have to say, FLASH IS SO COOL. He stole the spotlight in every single scene. I jammed through this so fast, I couldn't get enough. Now, I need to read it again - taking my time to enjoy the myriad of details.
One more thing. As dark as this tale got, it was laced with lighter details: i'll just say "zombie sharks".
GJ Hal Jordan: "A poet once said "carpe diem quam minimum credula postero", which meant, "seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future." Most people only know the first part -- "carpe diem" -- probably because not trusting tomorrow is too damn cynical. It is to me, anyway. Sure you can't rely on tomorrow, we're not guaranteed we'll have it -- but we can't be afraid of it either."
Black Hand: "Why? Life was an accident. It has no meaning. It has no purpose." Flash Barry Allen: "LIFE doesn't give US purpose, Black Hand. WE give LIFE purpose...I don't know why the earth or sky or people exist. And the fact is, i'll probably never know...We are the ones that give life purpose...We all live for different reasons, Hal. It's up to us to figure those out."
My daughter gave me this hard bound book for Christmas. She was thrilled, because we'd had several talks about several types of mythology, and the rolMy daughter gave me this hard bound book for Christmas. She was thrilled, because we'd had several talks about several types of mythology, and the roles it plays in varied societies. Plus, it was a cool looking book. She also got me a flowered leather bookmark.
What she didn't know at the time she bought it: I'd had a cheap paperback version of this when I was younger. I'd read it several times. I loved the fascinating mythical tales, combined with what those tales revealed about ancient Greek and roman lifestyles, belief systems, and values. ...more
I just read this series for the second time. As good as it was the first time, I enjoyed it even more the second time. Compelling concept, characteriaI just read this series for the second time. As good as it was the first time, I enjoyed it even more the second time. Compelling concept, characterially interesting, quick action, also thoughtful. ...more
After years of ignoring the history of polygamy in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I decided to learn about it. The more I learn, theAfter years of ignoring the history of polygamy in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I decided to learn about it. The more I learn, the more abhorrent I find it. As a friend of mine described it: "spiritual blackmail". Reading this book, discovering the details of the lives of the wives of Joseph Smith, the most apt descriptive word I can think of: nauseating.
The women were instructed that being a "spiritual wife" would bring themselves and their families salvation...and if not - not. Numbers vary from 33 (documented, confirmed wives) up to 49. A full third of them were already married - and stayed married to, and living with, their previous husbands. He married a number of teenagers (the youngest being 14)...which can only be described as pedophilia. Too many of them were maids or nannies in the Smith home, who he them secretly married, and then were kicked out by Emma when she found out.
Secrets. Lies to hide. None of them were well-cared for by their "celestial husband"...they struggled with poverty and even having basic shelter and necessities. The only help and protection they received was from brothers and sons. And that's just a very basic synopsis. The nitty-gritty details are just making my heart hurt for these women and the lives they led.
Simultaneously, I am reading "Under the Banner of Heaven" by Jon Krakauer. A focused look at episodes of violent faith, with a detailed investigation into modern polygamy and the ramifications of it. If possible, the researched events in this book are even more painful.
After spending my life ignoring the "flecks of history" that church leaders don't want the members to focus on, I find it painful learning the truth. But, as painful as the truth can be, I'd much rather face it than be comfortable in ignorance....more
I'm reading this with my 6 year old son. Right now, he is enthralled with Captain America. I bought him this book as a reward for an excellent reportI'm reading this with my 6 year old son. Right now, he is enthralled with Captain America. I bought him this book as a reward for an excellent report card and teacher meeting. He's "read" it uncounted times since. I've read it to him twice...going on three......more
Interesting book for giving a basic guide to "getting into" anything - from creating a rock band to becoming a yogi. Takes every goal seriously and prInteresting book for giving a basic guide to "getting into" anything - from creating a rock band to becoming a yogi. Takes every goal seriously and provides direction for accomplishing it....more
I just finished this book by Dawkins in May. And i'm reading it again for my book club. I think it will be fascinating to discuss this with those exceI just finished this book by Dawkins in May. And i'm reading it again for my book club. I think it will be fascinating to discuss this with those excellent people with whom I am clubbing...
2011 Nov: the club quit before we even got started. However, I read it again anyway. Brilliant. Enlightening. Fascinating. Disturbing. Educational. Entertaining. I'm keeping it on my Kindle for reference, and I'm sure I'll read it again, thoroughly.
Hannah and I've been looking at this together. She thought the interactive element was so cool that we've been designing and creating a similar styleHannah and I've been looking at this together. She thought the interactive element was so cool that we've been designing and creating a similar style book about her life and family....more