Although I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, I've always been picking up the issues monthly from a local (aAlthough I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, I've always been picking up the issues monthly from a local (and several non-local) comic book stores with my fiance. Because this is Warren Ellis writing James Bond. Could there be a more perfect match?
I hope that VAGR is the start of a long and twisted relationship between Ellis and Bond, and not simply because it seems Ellis had been wanting to write this for some time. Ellis captures the mad world of Bond beautifully. He captures the heartlessness, the humor, the twisted techno-fetishism ad exotic beauty of each locale. He captures the maddening pace of Bond, while simultaneously tipping his hat to the things that made Bond great in the first place.
It's been joked that a good Bond story contains three things: a villain fetishizing something to an absurd degree, a torture sequence, and great food. VAGR hits upon all three, though substituting food for coffee and bourbon.
The characters felt right to me, in particular Moneypenny was delightful. The settings were great, and in particular the ending of the prologue (which I'm lucky enough to have as the cover of my first issue) was breathtakingly beautiful in its rendering. Similarly, the cover of issue #6 is gorgeous off the coast of Norway. The artwork is great, stylized to just the right degree, and it complements the story so well it feels like you're watching a film.
I received this comic for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It'll be available through 30 April under the "Read Now" option if anyI received this comic for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It'll be available through 30 April under the "Read Now" option if anyone is curious. :)
This is the first collection in a series of comics called "Klaw." The comics revolve around a boy named Angel who discovers that he is part of an ancient series of totemic warriors who have the ability to transform into certain animals at will. Couple this with astrology, government conspiracies, first-loves, and mafia gang wars and you have Klaw. It seems like a lot, right? Well, it is. Surprisingly, the comic does a really good job of keeping all the storylines in order and prevents them from becoming too baffling.
Around the end of the first issue the comic began to hold my interest. The romance plot was a little bit baffling to me, but the action kept me engaged. The writing was good, but the artwork was really where the comic began to shine. I loved the rendering of the various monsters, and the color palette itself fit for the kind of dark and dreary tone of the comic itself.
I would happily recommend this to anyone looking for a decent quick read, and think it's worth it to look it up while it's up on Netgalley and give a review. It's one of the more original storylines I've seen, and I'm curious where the comic will go next after the big reveal at the end of the first cycle. It's good fun, and definitely improved with each issue....more
**spoiler alert** I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The plot was fa**spoiler alert** I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The plot was fascinating, the mystery a joy to unravel, and the characters engaging enough to want to read more of. It reminded me a fair bit of Veronica Mars in its better days, in terms of pacing and tone. The book kept me engaged and thinking about it after I'd set it down. I rushed through it at times to find out the ending.
The books weakness, for me, laid in the pacing. While the breakneck speed did make for an exciting read, I think at times speed sacrificed deeper character development. This lead to some volatile reactions that even with the later explanation in the book felt a bit out of character. If there was a bit more behind her reaction to figuring out she was adopted, then perhaps her freak out would make a bit more sense? Or a bit more offered behind her earlier black outs?
The ending of the book left a great deal open. It left me hankering for a sequel, or at least a bit more set within the world to tie up loose ends. I was wondering how the assassin got into the line of work at such a young age, what was behind Shelley's black outs, how many others were out there, etc... There was quite a lot to delve into, even after this story was done. Hell, I was hoping Shelley might meet up with other's who had survived this cull like her to attempt to bring down whatever shadowy organization was doing this.
But that's another YA trope, isn't it? Either way, the story was a good one that I think could easily grow. Winston was interesting, if unappreciated by the protagonist until the end. Hell, the protagonist was pretty much the only thing that suffered in the book, and that was by virtue of her shaky sense of identity.
Jonas had fond memories of reading these while growing up, and upon hearing I hadn't read them, took it upon himself to get me the originally trilogyJonas had fond memories of reading these while growing up, and upon hearing I hadn't read them, took it upon himself to get me the originally trilogy for Christmas. He bought them at the Church bazaar, a charming set of old library books complete with the filing card in the back noting who checked them out when. I happily filled my name in, and the date, each time I started reading them. Whenever I lend them out I'll likely ask the person to do the same. I love old library books. :)
A Wizard of Earthsea is a worthy classic. It reads like what it is, a fantasy book written by an anthropologist who isn't afraid to show that specialty. This is a world that makes sense, and a magical system that's drawn logically from what to many cultures is sacred. There's an explanation and logic behind everything that's beautiful to see and the very monster being fought in the first book is the Jungian concept of the Shadow. It's a heavy book, but a beautiful one. Hell, Sparrowhawk did in one book what it took Harry Potter seven to do. That has to count for something, right?
This is the sort of book I'd happily recommend to any kid growing up, and one I wish had been set into my hands when I was younger. I might get a copy for my nephews for the holidays. :)...more
Fire Watch did an excellent job of establishing the Oxford Time Travel series. It did an even better job of bringing home just how terrifying WWII EngFire Watch did an excellent job of establishing the Oxford Time Travel series. It did an even better job of bringing home just how terrifying WWII England was, and how largely damaged and broken London was by the experience. Connie Willis does a beautiful job of bringing morality and feeling back into history, and breathing life into the experiences and statistics so commonly touted about.
It's chilling and heartbreaking, and makes the rest of the series that much more moving to read....more
I swear I originally heard of Wool through a fantastic review that it got on GoodReads. Or maybe someone had mentioned it briefly in another revieHuh.
I swear I originally heard of Wool through a fantastic review that it got on GoodReads. Or maybe someone had mentioned it briefly in another review? Either way, it looked interesting and the concept intrigued me. The comparison to The Passage truly drew me in, as that book is one of my all-time favorites and certainly one of the best books I've ever read. I didn't happen to see much of a comparison there once I did read it, aside from the superficial likenesses that could be drawn from the social arrangement in the silo and the social arrangement in Justin Cronin's last holdouts for civilization. Both authors seemed to have done a decent amount of historical research there, though perhaps Hugh Howey's class distinctions and analyses come from a more personal place due to his maritime history.
As a book, I found Wool to be incredibly entertaining. I didn't form any terribly close attachments to the characters themselves, but I was interested in what was going to happen to them. The bigger interest for me came in the world that Hugh Howey created and the way that it worked. I wanted to learn more about the silo, the world beyond, and what choices were made there and why. The revolutionary plot didn't hold my interest as much as past choices did. I wanted to sink into more of the history, more of the technology, more of the structure of things than what was happening in it.
The actual plot, characters, and other such features struck me as something a bit hurried. The pacing was good, and reminded me a great deal of the Mystery Shows such as Battlestar Galactica and Lost. At times it was as dry as the failed FlashForward, but at least it didn't halt right when it got interesting.
What drew me in more, made me finish the book and will see me reading the other two collections in the series was the way the book was written. A serialized novel is an interesting beast, and shouldn't be as harshly judged as other works. Looking at it through that lens you could see where the author responded to criticism, how the writing changed and the focus was altered. It's fascinating watching an author transform in that way, and Wool was all the more interesting for it. I'll probably see the inevitable film or mini-series, will read the other books and watch where the story goes.
So for me? It was nothing worth comparing to The Passage but something interesting, quick, and worth a bit of a dig into. It just very much isn't for everyone, and is very much a product of the way it was written....more
Dogsbody was first laid before me by my first librarian in elementary school. She offered me the book, what with the cAh, well, we meet again my love.
Dogsbody was first laid before me by my first librarian in elementary school. She offered me the book, what with the chilling rendition of the cold dog on the cover. Fur as white as snow, ears as red as blood, in mid leap towards the front of the cover. I devoured the book more quickly than anything, and left with a part of me stolen by the story. I could relate to Leo, to Sirius, to whatever you choose to call him. I had my rages, had my temper. Rereading it all these years later, yes, I've had my ill-chosen love. I felt I understood him, and understood the love that Kathleen had for him and the emptiness she felt towards the end.
Rereading it now, I understand the subplot of the Irish Troubles, the prejudice that I missed completely when I first read it innumerable times. I understood the mythology of the Hunt, and better the desire to chase and destroy and mourn and love that was all wrapped up within it. I understood the difference between the wild and the tame, the intelligence and the cruelty. There is so much in this book that just... it's almost like we were given only a brief snapshot of what could have continued on for ages. The world built was beautiful, cruel, confused and haunting. We were given so much in this book to explore, and so much was just viewed through inadequate eyes.
I think I'll always love this book, and I know it will always have stolen a large part of who I am. It's my favorite for a reason, and I spent years trying to find it for a bigger reason still. This book is an under-appreciated classic, and one I'll always hurriedly recommend to anyone who asks me. ...more
Roald Dahl is one of those authors omnipresent during childhood, but slowly fading into obscurity as the years go by. We all know the books he's writtRoald Dahl is one of those authors omnipresent during childhood, but slowly fading into obscurity as the years go by. We all know the books he's written, the films and plays made of them. We all know the basis of the stories, but have we actually read the books? I hadn't, unfortunately, but I've been slowly amending that over the years and trying to understand what exactly I missed during my childhood. Unfortunately, what I missed seemed to be rather a lot. Fortunately, I'm making up for it now and able to more greatly appreciate what would have flown a bit over my head had I read them all during childhood.
Matilda I mostly remember as the film that came out when I was younger and constantly playing on television. I had a distinct image of a child being thrown through a window by her pigtails, and sure enough that did end up happening a bit later on during the book.
The writing in the book is good, wry and told with a bit of a smirk. While the classic idea of children versus adults is at the heart of the story, so is the notion that good adults can and do exist. The nurturing of Matilda's teacher, and the constant seeking of knowledge on her part were refreshing themes that resonated for me at least, as I'd been a child reading at a rather higher level than the rest of my classmates for some time. I also was rather touched by the fact that the children never resented Matilda her knowledge, but rather liked her. She was humble about it, quiet about it, helpful and sweet.
The book was touching, illustrations grand, and the story funny without being too harsh or too vulgar, as some children's books can be. Roald Dahl well reserves his status as a classic children's author....more
The premise was fantastic, and I was well with the writing up until the second half of the book. Somewhere in the second half the characterization begThe premise was fantastic, and I was well with the writing up until the second half of the book. Somewhere in the second half the characterization began to fall apart. I am all right reading books with unsympathetic main characters (think The Magicians or The Secret History) but the characters have to be believable in their motivations and adhere to said motives. In the Alpha section of the book that really didn't happen. Theo's sudden switch into "darling" and "my dear" just wasn't believable, nor was Julian's attachment. What the hell happened? ...more
I think this book would serve far better as a standalone than as a proper part of the Wrinkle in Time movement. Aside from Sandy and Denny, the otherI think this book would serve far better as a standalone than as a proper part of the Wrinkle in Time movement. Aside from Sandy and Denny, the other characters are pretty much only mentioned. It isn't as involved with Meg and the family as A Swiftly Tilting Planet managed to be, and really only tangentially dealt with the science aspects that dominated the other three books. The idea of something only existing when it is observed, however, is one that's fascinating and worth a bit of a think.
So, Many Waters basically has Sandy and Denny travel back in time to hang out with Noah and his family in antedivulian times and deal with Seraphim and Nephilim. Yeah, it is overtly Biblical fiction, and although the author butchers Neanderthals a bit in her depictions of them all in all the ideas of how people survived in that time aren't terrible. It would do to interest people in prehistoric times, perhaps?
I didn't like it as much as I enjoyed the other books. I did enjoy the fact that as a coming of age story it dealt more directly with ideas of budding sexuality and how sometimes what you want isn't necessarily what you should have. The importance of family is emphasized, as well as the importance of following one's instincts and in general doing the right thing even if it isn't the easy thing to do. The ending felt a bit rushed, and I think the book would have done better to not be written for a YA audience, but that might just be the fact that I'm older now.
This used to be my favorite installation in the Wrinkle in Time series. I adored Charles Wallace, enjoyed the trip through history and seeing differenThis used to be my favorite installation in the Wrinkle in Time series. I adored Charles Wallace, enjoyed the trip through history and seeing different time periods... Rereading it, some of the twists were rather obvious and a bit insulting. The repetition of the rune got trying. Realizing when it was written, what was happening... well, it gave the book a context that made its message rather clear. It would have been interesting to see what kids thought of it at the time it was released with the very real threat of nuclear annihilation looming.
Good to see some Welsh mythology creeping in, as it doesn't tend to get looked at nearly often enough. The witch hunt was a bit annoying, but so it goes....more
Out of what I read of the Time Quintet originally this was the book I had the scantiest recollection of. I reread A Wrinkle in Time and A Swiftly TiltOut of what I read of the Time Quintet originally this was the book I had the scantiest recollection of. I reread A Wrinkle in Time and A Swiftly Tilting Planet many many times, but this one? Not so much. My memory of it was very shaky and I think it got mixed somewhere over the years with some Magic School Bus episodes.
Nevertheless, rereading the book I found a lot of charming parts of it. I don't feel that it was nearly as strong as A Wrinkle in Time, but poking around I discovered that for a great many people this book was really their favorite. The author's speculative biology was both misinformed and predictive, interesting and thematic. It's a bit heavy, but all of her books are. I think my main problem was that the book came off as more rushed than the others for me.
Progonoskies is a fantastic character, but Blajeny and Sporos both didn't seem fully developed. Calvin could have been emphasized a bit more, too, considering what part he and his family play in A Wrinkle in Time and A Swiftly Tilting Planet but that might just be my own bias speaking.
Man, I wish this universe had been more fully fleshed out....more
This short story came up as free on my phone the other day and I of course jumped at the opportunity to get some more Neil Gaiman. I think this stoAw.
This short story came up as free on my phone the other day and I of course jumped at the opportunity to get some more Neil Gaiman. I think this story might have been collected in Fragile Things, but either way it had been a while and I was up for a reread. Gosh, I love this man's writing.
It's amazing how much of a character you can grasp through a few simple sentences, how amusing a response to a bizarre situation can be. I adore Neil Gaiman's ability to take an ordinary man, set him into extraordinary situations, and have him react in a believable way. Neverwhere achieved this brilliantly, and this short story really highlights his capability as well.
Funny story, brilliant reread, I don't think I'll ever grow tired of this author....more
Yeah, I think I finally truly love Kurt Vonnegut and his writing style. I think I finally get it. Then again, Slaughterhouse Five probably wasn't theYeah, I think I finally truly love Kurt Vonnegut and his writing style. I think I finally get it. Then again, Slaughterhouse Five probably wasn't the best way to start. I should've taken a hint with Welcome to the Monkey House that I'd come to love and adore the author, but I was in high school and thick skulled. Oh well.
I picked this book up at the used bookstore for my boyfriend, knowing that he was a fan of Kurt Vonnegut and science fiction. Why not mix the two and give him the only overtly sci-fi novel that the author wrote? Well. I did. And he enjoyed it. Well, I think he enjoyed it. I probably should talk to him about it a bit. He did pass it on to me when he was done and said I'd probably like to read it, so, there's that.
This book was pretty darn hilarious. I didn't feel terribly kindly about the final arc of the novel, but I greatly enjoyed the rest of it and found it more amusing than I should have. Laughter was had, grins were grinned, and the book was eagerly devoured in a relatively short period. It was an entertaining read, a very fun one. The philosophy wasn't terribly deep, the message wasn't anything stunning or remarkable as one might perhaps expect and hope from the author... but the book was fun. It was fun, it was good, and what more do you want from some fine fiction?...more
"I got you a present." My boyfriend said. "It's The Walking Dead game."
Yeah, he never was too great at surprises. Well, I thought to myself, I guess i"I got you a present." My boyfriend said. "It's The Walking Dead game."
Yeah, he never was too great at surprises. Well, I thought to myself, I guess it's time to whip out the old Zombie Survival Guide for tips. When is a better time to look over the advantages of rural fighting to urban, of machetes to semiautomatic (or fully automatic) weapons, or the ever present knowledge of just how many undead may be forzen in the tundra?
Correct answer: Now is the best time. If a Class 3 or Class 4 attack is happening and you're only just picking up this book... it is already too late....more
You know when a book tries to tackle big philosophical/sociological questions and just falls flat?
I picked this book up hoping it would be a funnYou know when a book tries to tackle big philosophical/sociological questions and just falls flat?
I picked this book up hoping it would be a funny short read and instead was greeted with a mix between Technopoly and Questionable Content. It was awkward, to say the least.
A man falls in love with Siri, but then realizes that perhaps he needs human connection in his life. Funny premise, indeed. He also has a smart-talking robot dog as his sidekick and every page was pretty much a different 'blog post'.
I was given this book by the author, Russell Mardell, when he had an extra left from the Goodreads First-reads giveaway. So, I suppose I won this oneI was given this book by the author, Russell Mardell, when he had an extra left from the Goodreads First-reads giveaway. So, I suppose I won this one through the give-away. Once more, I am extremely happy that I had a chance to read this book.
The comment on the back reads "Long live misanthropy!" and the book is comprised of twelve short-stories that take place in a "town a bit to the left of reality." Mewlish Lull, said town, is indeed just a bit to the left of reality. The stories occupy the same sort of space that the more realistic Jonathan Carroll stories do... everything makes sense, and then it doesn't. You think this is realism, but it still feels slightly off... by the time I was on the third story, "Farringdon" I was madly in love with this book and the strange feeling reading it gave me. This is very British, very odd, and not a little sad. It left me feeling a bit chafed, a bit off, and yet grinning like a fool. The book is not without is humor, though its humor tends towards the morbid.
For the record, the title story is also one of the creepiest stories I've had the joy of reading....more
I feel as if I need to read this over again. This is the sort of book, like most Grant Morrison works, that needs to be read slowly and digested. It wI feel as if I need to read this over again. This is the sort of book, like most Grant Morrison works, that needs to be read slowly and digested. It would significantly help, having someone to talk to about it, but as that is currently lacking I fear that I shall forever remain wrapped up in confusion as to what I just read.
The transitions were a bit jarring, and at times I struggled to figure out what was flashback and what was present action. I realize that context clues reveal these things for the most part, but I still feel that it could have been a bit more fluid or clearly defined. I felt a few pieces of plot were never adequately explored, and thus.. well.. it was terribly confusing.
Anyone care to discuss this with me and help me out a little? I feel as if I missed some things I shouldn't have......more
**spoiler alert** I won this book through the GoodReads first reads program.
Wolf Dawn is an interesting blend of sci-fi and fantasy. It's philosophy**spoiler alert** I won this book through the GoodReads first reads program.
Wolf Dawn is an interesting blend of sci-fi and fantasy. It's philosophy interwoven with the hero's journey. The author is well versed in sociology, and it comes forth in the way that mind-touch affects Ash. The author is well versed in some basic religious principles as well, and that comes forth in how the Temple of Jana works on each of the free worlds, what it means to the people, and ultimately in the very history of the Temple of Jana itself. There's a lot beneath the surface of this book that's really quite good.
Ultimately Wolf Dawn didn't quite work for me. The book suffered from too much repetition. Motives were reiterated constantly, which in the end only seemed to lessen the characters resolve rather than heighten it. Perspectives shifts meant to give a wider view of the world made too many scenes feel redundant - Part 1 itself seemed to be simply reading the exact same events from every character's perspective. If the book stayed with Ash for the whole of Part 1, or only shifted to his mother's perspective when she met Forseth rather than shifting to Forseth and his father's view as well it might have worked better. Likewise, I felt later in the book Neopel was focused on a bit too heavily. His motivation would have come clear through the torture scene even without focusing on his perspective.
There's a great universe created in Wolf Dawn, compelling characters and a captivating story. The book just ultimately needs a bit of work to tighten it up and make it more readily apparent. ...more
I really love short stories. I especially love collections of short stories that all follow around a bI won this book through the first-reads program.
I really love short stories. I especially love collections of short stories that all follow around a basic theme. The Memory Eater is a truly great collection of short stories based around the central premise that a machine exists that can delete selected memories. This Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind like principle is then taken to varying extremes by the contributing authors. It's just fantastic.
Some write from the perspective of those who have had the procedure, some from the technicians who perform it. Some examine the myth of what would allow memories to be stolen, and some implant false memories in others. The play on memory and how malleable it can be is strong, but none of the stories come off as redundant or boring. The book makes you think, and that's the most you can ask of any book.
Also worth noting is that each story begins with a piece of original artwork, also contributed to the book. The art is great, and some of the pictures are really chilling.
These stories were not amazing, but they were extremely fun. The artwork is fast and loose, and the humor is extremely tongue in cheek. These remindedThese stories were not amazing, but they were extremely fun. The artwork is fast and loose, and the humor is extremely tongue in cheek. These reminded me of earlier comics, and adhere to a lot of the Golden and Silver age conventions.
Also, can I just say I quite enjoy the idea of a super hero team made up of all the characters the other teams wouldn't accept?...more
This novella - vignette? - cunningly mixed sci-fi and fantasy fiction. It melded some general tropes inWalker is available to read free on GoodReads.
This novella - vignette? - cunningly mixed sci-fi and fantasy fiction. It melded some general tropes in interesting ways that reminded me a bit of Dead Space and the prologue of Spin the Sky. Just a bit, though. Not too much. While some of the tropes are common, I'm not entirely certain that this hasn't been done before. I'm not well enough read in scifi to say such.
While the concepts were interesting, I wasn't too fond of the execution. The piece read a bit too much like an outline or a rough draft for my taste. While the expansion potential was very high - there's a novel, or even a series hiding in there - I had trouble getting into the style and understanding what was going on from scene to scene. The piece would benefit from a rewrite expanding the ideas and focusing more on each character.
I wanted to feel in the piece rather than an outside observer. I wanted to be more attached to each of the characters and truly understand the system that the Watchers, Walkers, and Hybrids were forced into and make sense of the social structure. There's enough to be drawn upon to make this something much bigger, and I hope that Chad Schimke realizes that and works with it.
If GoodReads allowed for half stars, I believe this book would be around a 3.5 for me. As it is, fourI won this book through the first-reads program.
If GoodReads allowed for half stars, I believe this book would be around a 3.5 for me. As it is, four stars will have to do - I've not the heart to round down, and really, some of my gripes with this book may be solved by reading something other than a proof copy of it.
I really liked this book, but I didn't love it, and a large part of that comes from my intense dislike of the main character. Lev Grossman's The Magicians was able to get into my favorites list in spite of my hate of Quentin Coldwater because of my love of his writing, the world, and the intrigue that other characters offered. I couldn't find that in A Working Theory of Love. I found Livorno, Erin, Jenn, Rachel, and Laham about as despicable as I found Neill Jr. to be. At times I thought that maybe, just maybe, Neill would begin to change. Then he didn't.
The AI aspect of the book I greatly enjoyed. I found Neill's talks with his father fascinating, and the more it developed, the more interesting that it got. The ultimate reveal of 1976, however, I felt was a bit of a cop-out. The fact that Libby responded as she did to it also seemed a bit hollow to me. I wanted there to be more, but there just... wasn't. This was almost salvaged by Trevor, but then it didn't happen.
All of this, once more, could have been saved. The writing was solid, and the premise a great one. The setting worked, the plot worked, and the sci-fi aspect of it was brilliant. I had no complaints about that. The new age stuff, however, was troubling. Further troubling was the way that Neill just sacrificed some of his own beliefs for it. I question how and why he did this, and I wonder why Neill didn't a) change to believe more in it, or b) at least like the girl enough to sacrifice some of his own integrity to participate in it all.
Maybe someone wiser than me can explain some of these aspects of the books in a way that would help me understand it. Maybe I just need more coffee and will rewrite my review later. As it is, I would certainly read another book by Scott Hutchins and as far as a debut novel goes, this one is well worth the four stars. I think this author is going to have quite the successful career....more
Well, this book made me even more of an Alan Moore fangirl.
The title story was simply fantastic. I'm generally not a huge fan of Supes, but Alan MoorWell, this book made me even more of an Alan Moore fangirl.
The title story was simply fantastic. I'm generally not a huge fan of Supes, but Alan Moore captured what it was to be Superman as a person, rather than simply a hero. All of the old villains returned, and one by one, the loose threads were tied up. The introduction nicely covered the point of the story... to end the golden age of Superman, essentially. This story did just that, and not wanting to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't yet read it, it did it splendidly.
In some ways, it seemed like Superman's equivalent to The Dark Knight Rises film...
The second story was another Superman-near-death tale. In this one, Superman was saved by the Swamp Thing. The writing of this story was beautiful, and the artwork (showing both Krypton and Earth) was predictably great. It was interesting to see how Superman dealt with the idea of dying, and it was certainly a fascinating introduction to Swamp Thing which I've not yet read.
The final story (Superman's birthday... and Mogul bringing a rather sinister gift) brought Wonder Woman, Batman, and Robin into the mix. The question of whether contentment is something one wishes to live with, was an interesting philosophical one. What is your true heart's desire? Would you be happy if you got it?
In this story Krypton wasn't destroyed... Bruce Wayne's parents weren't killed. Seeing how Bruce and Supes dealt with these situations was enlightening as to their characters, and I loved the way that Moore narrated the fights.
So, all in all? A must read for comic books fans. Alan Moore always cuts to the quick when it comes to important character development. I hope that the new Man of Steel film deals with these questions as well as these comics did. ...more
This book did for the Dark Ages what Fire Watch did for WWII. It brought a human element into the loss that the black plague created, and it put a facThis book did for the Dark Ages what Fire Watch did for WWII. It brought a human element into the loss that the black plague created, and it put a face and feelings to those that are now gone. To have a book so compellingly bring home the scope of this sort of tragedy is a truly amazing thing, and to do it in such a novel way is even better.
While certain aspects of the book are date - notably the lack of cell phones - it doesn't really take away from the story so long as you step back and suspend your disbelief.