Okay, so I absolutely loved The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye. It was my first graphic novel (so I think that pretty much guarantees that it's alOkay, so I absolutely loved The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye. It was my first graphic novel (so I think that pretty much guarantees that it's always going to be memorable) and it was just amazing! While I did like Volume 2, I don't think it compares to the pure awesomeness that is Volume 1.
First things first: the plot. It was basically the same as the first one. I don't really have a problem with that (now anyway) as the plot is just so enjoyable. However, the whole pairing off, as another reviewer mentioned, did make Miles Behind Us seem more soap-operaish than the first one. It's just very unrealistic (I know that it's sort of a "Duh!" that a zombie graphic novel would be a bit unrealistic, but still) that people would be feeling particularly amorous while running from zombies. I know if I were in that situation, I would never be in the mood, being busy running for my life and all.
Another thing that I noticed was that the artwork was different. I didn't really pay attention to who the illustrators were for the first one or for this one, but I kept thinking that something about the drawings was a bit off compared to Volume 1. Firstly, all of the women (with exception of Lori and the later newcomers) look the same. I kept confusing them. There just wasn't a lot of attention to detail. The drawings here were more dark and gritty (which I guess isn't too bad considering the subject matter was dark and gritty) and just weren't as great as the first volume. So when I (finally!) noticed that there were two different illustrators, I thought "That's what was bothering me!"
Other than those minor flaws, I still enjoyed Miles Behind Us. The characters are still all in despair and still have to battle with their own humanity (and I love crap like that) and of course there is still all of the zombie goodness that zombie books/comics/films need. So I thought this was still good, just not as great as the first one. However, I am still looking forward to picking up volumes 3 and 4 (they're waiting for me at the library along with Y: The Last Man Vol. 1: Unmanned) and to watching the AMC show....more
Okay, so I've never read a comic book or graphic novel in my life. It just didn't seem like my type of thing and I've always thought that I would neveOkay, so I've never read a comic book or graphic novel in my life. It just didn't seem like my type of thing and I've always thought that I would never get into reading something like that. But I figured since the TV show is coming out soon, I love zombies/horror/apocalyptic books and movies, what better way to branch out of my reading comfort than to about things I usually enjoy. And I must say that it was far from a mistake because I loved the first volume of The Walking Dead.
Zombie fan that I am, I had assumed that the only thing I would like about The Walking Dead would be, you know, the zombies. However, while I liked the zombies, I was completely enthralled by the characters and the whole dire situation that they were in. I was also very into the drama of their lives: the love triangles, the spats between the non-judgmental with the actual judgemental, etc., etc. The way humanity was portrayed just seemed very real to me. In times of crisis, people's true colors come out whether those colors happen to be pleasant or not (and most times they aren't pleasant). There was no sugar-coating of the human spirit. It was what it was.
Like I've mentioned before, I've never read a comic book before so I'm not sure what's considered to be "good" comic book art and "bad" comic book art. The illustrations seemed pretty well done to me (Sure, I confused Rick and Shane a couple of times until I remembered "Okay, Shane is the bulky one with the scowl permanently attached to his face and Rick is the string bean one with the heroic facial expressions"). The zombies seemed zombie like and brutal (of course not as they look on TV or movies but still pretty damn good).
It did take me a few pages to follow who was saying what (the bubbles got a bit confusing for a minute) and to get used to the comic book format in general. But it wasn't too bad for a complete and total newbie like me. And I did laugh when the zombies "Ugh"-ed and "Glak"-ed since apparently that's all the zombie vocabulary requires; in fact it's practically a staple.
So, I did love The Walking Dead. It was brutal and gory but most importantly it had heart. It's about a man trying to protect his family. That was heartwarming. In the interest of full disclosure, I am going to say that this comic book did make me cry, not only once, but twice. This was just very entertaining and really great. I have Volume 2 waiting for me and I've already put volumes 3 and 4 on hold from my library. Yay! for me finding a new form of reading. Can't wait to seek out more comics/graphic novels. ...more
I really have no idea what to rate this. I mean, Let's Go Play at the Adams is one book that I truly regret reading. I'm intentionally ignoring TwiligI really have no idea what to rate this. I mean, Let's Go Play at the Adams is one book that I truly regret reading. I'm intentionally ignoring Twilight and Companions of the Night (they were two of the worst books I've ever read) because those really didn't make me feel physically ill while reading them. Let's Go Play at the Adams did. I don't regret reading it because it was terribly written or because it was complete and utter crap, but rather because it was just so disturbing and horrifying.
I read The Girl Next Door about 8 months ago and I feel the need to mention that book in this review because it and Let's Go Play at the Adams sort of go hand in hand. They deal with the same premise: a young woman who gets captured and tortured by a bunch of children. While The Girl Next Door was disturbing, I think Let's Go Play at the Adams was even more so. I had seen The Girl Next Door movie before I read the book so I didn't go in there blind. I knew what was going to happen. And while I was shocked and horrified, I didn't have that sense of apprehension because the movie stuck very close to the book. In Let's Go Play at the Adams' I was a total wreck. I was literally shaking. I couldn't take the not knowing what was going to happen that I read the last few pages to see what happened and then went back and finished. And I NEVER do that. It's just that the not knowing what's going to happen is worse.
I guess another reason why this book traumatized me more than The Girl Next Door is that in TGND while the kids were also terrible, you have to understand that a big reason they were inflicting this cruelty is because they had the permission of a sadistic adult whom they trusted. In Let's Go Play at the Adams' you have kids who know what they're doing is wrong, who know they could get in trouble by doing this, yet do it anyway. It's chilling. And I couldn't help but wonder with the captive "Why? Why? Why?" I guess what's even more terrifying was the underlying message. If children are capable of this cruelty than, really, who isn't? Are we all just ticking time bombs? Once an opportunity to inflict pain presents itself, would we do it? These are doubts that I really try not to dwell in when it comes to my "pleasure" reading.
So, Let's Go Play at the Adams was terrible. It was superbly written and the author suprisingly got into the inner psyches of the children really well. Due to this, I'm rating it four stars. I can't rate it five because it was too disturbing for me. I finished it about a half hour ago and I'm still shaking. I haven't sufficiently calmed down yet. I was mess while reading it and I'm a mess even though I finished it. I suspect that this will be one book that will haunt me for a long time. Do I recommend it? I don't really think that I do. If you're disturbed easily or even semi-easily I suggest you stay far, far away from this book....more
I'm just going to come right out and say it. This book scared the living shit out of me! I really didn't think it was going to be that scary or affectI'm just going to come right out and say it. This book scared the living shit out of me! I really didn't think it was going to be that scary or affect me as much as it did. I started reading Naomi's Room yesterday night around 8pm. I put it down at 9:30pm after reading 60 pages because I was just too terrified to continue in the dark. This is truly horror at its absolute best.
My favorite type of horror stories are not those gross out gory ones that try to outdo a crapload of other novels to see which one is the grossest, but rather the ones with the simplistic plot of a haunted house. There's nothing scarier for me than the thought of an old, creepy haunted house. If you add in an atmospheric and gloomy premise as well as a story that's fast paced as all get out, then you pretty much have a book that's a total win with me. Naomi's Room did all of this and more. It started out with the creepy and didn't let up until the brief end. Things went bump in the night most of the time and the times that things weren't going bump in the night, they were just shocking the hell out of you. I didn't see anything that happened in this book coming! Just one shock after another until I literally had to pick my jaw up off the ground.
So, if you're in the mood for a creepy, scary, Halloween read, look no further than Naomi's Room. One thing though: Not for the faint of heart at all. There is some gore in here even though there isn't much graphic detail in it, but it is bizarre, shocking, and absolutely terrifying. If you're one of those people who's not really into horror but want to get a brief taste of it to see if you can continue, DON'T read Naomi's Room. Instead read another creepy read that is highly recommended (not just by me, but countless others) called Come Closer. But if you already have a few horror books under your belt and absolutely know with every fiber of your being that it's the genre for you, pick up Naomi's Room and scare yourself silly....more
Ahh, vampires! Seriously, who doesn't love them? They have this alluring sensuality to them. Either that or they're down-right vicious. Needless to saAhh, vampires! Seriously, who doesn't love them? They have this alluring sensuality to them. Either that or they're down-right vicious. Needless to say, that the vampire has undergone a transformation as of late. They are no longer that alluring (to me anyway) and definitely not vicious. Not only have the Twilight books skewed the vision of the brutal and vicious vampire, it has made them sparkle. This is atrocious. Vampires aren't supposed to sparkle! They're supposed to kill you or turn you. Not walk along professing their "love" for a mortal. (Although, Edward was controlling as old-fashioned vampires are, so there's that). It's not only the Twilight series which has changed the vampire. Buffy (as much as I loved the show), took the award for the most angsty vampire with Angel. Whoever heard of a vampire with a soul before that? Then, they go and give awesomely vicious and brutal Spike a soul, too! Gah! But I'm happy to say that Dracula's Guest takes us back to the glory days where vampires were evil, not pretty boys with angst to rival that of teenage girls.
So, okay, these vampires aren't like those vampires in the film 30 Days of Night (weren't those vampires just scary as all hell?), but they're still pretty creepy. Dracula's Guest is an anthology of classic, victorian, vampire stories. Granted, I haven't read every single story, yet (I like to dip into short stories rather than read them in one go), but I've read more than half of them and most of them are pretty damn great. At first I thought I'd have trouble reading these stories since they are classics and those are sometimes pretty dry, but they ended up being page-turners. So much that I ended up reading way into the night without realizing it and then had to watch Andy Richter Controls the Universe to get vampire thoughts out of my head (which didn't really work considering that as soon as I was drifting off, my smoke alarm went off, for no apparent reason, and I jumped up and looked out the window to make sure there wasn't a creepy, pallid, face peering into mine. There wasn't, FYI).
I have to say that my favorites (so far) have to be The Family of Vourdalak by Alexsei Tolstoy and Wake Not the Dead by Johann Ludwig Tieck. The first just has the creepiest vampire who would look into his family's windows with a, you guessed it, creepy, pallid, face. Wake Not the Dead had the most vicious, manipulative, and FEMALE vampire. Add in numerous people telling the douche-bag husband "wake not the dead" and you have a story that's all types of win. Plus, there are numerous "true stories" that just really make the anthology not only scary, but interesting because you get to see what vampire customs (the garlic, the whole "they must be welcomed in" theory, etc.) started where or how they started.
So, again, while I haven't finished every single story in Dracula's Guest, the good ones seem to outweight the clunkers from what I have read. And I for one rejoice in the return of the viciousness of vampires. The angsty ones can just take a hike and take there melodramatic and pathetic girlfriends with them.
Edited to add that I actually finished the whole anthology today (a mere day after submitting my partial review; so much for dipping into it occasionally) and while I liked the first half better than the second half, I still think that the four star rating should stand. The stories that I thought were particular gems were What Was It? (Though not really a vampire story, I just thought it was weird and bizzare), Good Lady Ducayne (while not scary at all, it really was interesting and I liked that there were parallels between this story and the Elizabeth Bathory history), and And the Creature Came In (I don't know what it is with vampires and windows, but I don't think I'll ever look out the window with a sense of comfort ever again). I didn't really find any stories that I clicked with in Part III, but I think that's because there were only four of them while there were more in the previous parts. But still really great anthology and I have no doubt that I'll re-read my favorites when Halloween rolls around.