A decent story, but when they start talking about all the existential stuff, my mind wandered.
If the stories are real, are we a story? What was the trA decent story, but when they start talking about all the existential stuff, my mind wandered.
If the stories are real, are we a story? What was the true meaning of the Leviathan? Does it represent all human consciousness working together to suspend disbelief in stuff n things. Is the whale really just a whale, or does it fart the secrets of the universe out of its blowhole...yadda, yadda, yaddda.
Shut up, Neo. It was cool when you were dodging bullets, but now you're boring me.
The best part of this title (so far) has been the mystery of whatever/whoever Tom is in relation to this secret cabal thing is, and what their plans are for him and the world. What is Tom's actual power?! It better be something cool, because so far all he seems to be able to do is conjure up and enter stories. And that's pretty neat! But unless that translates into the real world... At any rate, a lot of this volume concentrates on Moby Dick, which (surprise!) I've never read. Maybe I missed out on some of the inside jokes because of that, but nothing that happened made me want to seek out this little gem and remedy my ignorance.
I really liked the introduction of this creepy puppet lady. She's fuckin freaky, and shit happens that will (maybe) have an impact later on in the story.
Oh, and you also get to see a bit more about Tom's past with his crazy-ass father. Cool bedtime stories, bro!
The whole my BFF is a vampire thing, plus the sexy-times with the crazy girl thing were both very cool, as well. And then it ends with another one of those awesomely fucked up rabbit stories, which was a nice way to go out.
Honestly, the time he spent on the ship and in the whale bored the shit out of me, but everything else was interesting enough to sort of cancel it out. Still looking forward to the next volume!...more
Warning: Mild (ish) spoilers for the first 2 books
I like the way Grossman tells stories. I mean, none of the books in this trilogy are told in the samWarning: Mild (ish) spoilers for the first 2 books
I like the way Grossman tells stories. I mean, none of the books in this trilogy are told in the same way, which just gave it a little extra sumpin-sumpin, in my opinion. In the first one, everything plods along in this somewhat linear way with Quentin first discovering magic is real, moving through his education at the magical Brakebills, then finding out Fillory is real, which leads to losing everything and giving up magic, and finally (in a cliffhanger twist) becoming a king in that magical land. Hogwarts, then Narnia, then home, the Narnia again? I mean, it's all over the place!
In the second book, it's mainly a Fillory adventure story. Sure, some of it happens on Earth, but the core of the plot is finding the key to a special place in Fillory, and saving all magic. But what makes this one special is the way Julia retells her story. Told in flashbacks from her point of view, you find out what she went through while the rest of the cast of characters were farting around in school or traipsing through the Neitherlands.
And this last book? The first bit of the book is told by flashing back and forth between the past and the present, the rest is linear (but split between several characters) and, towards the end, an important chunk of the story is told through the diary entry of long-dead character. Maybe it was just me, but I liked that Grossman didn't use the same formula every time.
Ok. I'm not going to give any spoilers, but I will say that I really enjoyed the conclusion to this trilogy. Quite a few things happened that caught me off guard (in a good way!), the addition of Plum was a nice bonus, and getting a peek into some of the other characters' psyche was a lot of fun! But one of the best things about this last book was seeing how much Quentin had grown up. No, he wasn't perfect, but he was definitely more mature and less of an ass. Oh, and speaking of Quentin being an ass? There was that one character I had been dying to find out about, and (thankfully) The Magician's Land didn't let me down!
So, how does it all end? Well, I can't really tell you without ruining it, but I will say I was satisfied with the way it all turned out.
Also, if you are a fan of the Syfy show, don't go into this expecting it to be anything like what you're used to seeing. I'm not a rabid fan who's seen a lot of it, bu I can tell you from the few episodes I've watched this is not like what's on tv. I don't think that's a bad thing, but several of the characters have been changed quite a bit from the book (although I like the way they were changed), and it looks like there might be some characters who aren't even in the books. Again, not a bad thing. Just go into it knowing that you're getting a different story....more
Pretty average story, and probably the best thing I can say about it was that I didn't hate it as much as everyone else. It was readably meh.2.5 stars
Pretty average story, and probably the best thing I can say about it was that I didn't hate it as much as everyone else. It was readably meh. I'm thinking that may be the reason for all of the low ratings here. I mean, you're kind of expecting somethingBIG with the first volume of Justice League's Rebirth title, you know? And it's not. It's just a passable story that keeps hinting there's an important change coming somewhere down the line. BUT IT'S STILL A MYSTERY... echo, echo, echo, etc.
The first half of of the volume sort of leads you to believe that maybe, just maybe, you're going to see something worthwhile. Something Rebirth-y! And while there are veiled hints and whispers of EVENTS yet to unfold, you're still pretty much sitting in the dark when you close the book.
I still like the new Superman. I think the role he played in this was one of the more interesting parts of the story - what with being an unknown to the rest of the Justice League, and also having to decide (initially, at least) how much of his quiet family life he wants to risk. Aquaman (probably thanks to the upcoming movie) is at least being utilized as an important part of the plot, as well. Wonder Woman, Batman and Flash were pretty much the same as always, and the new Green Lantern team of Simon and Jessica were (slightly) better than I expected. Cyborg. sighs Why is it so hard to write an interesting version of Cyborg? He deserves better, and I hope he gets to be more than just the Computer Guy with Boom Tubes soon.
The art wasn't bad, but it wasn't good enough to make up for the lack of resolution at the end of the volume. I don't know. I honestly didn't have high hopes for this title, so I wasn't as disappointed as some of my friends. Eh. Unsatisfying, but not unreadable.
Oh, and even though this is Volume One, I wouldn't recommend anyone use this as a jumping off point for this team. I can only imagine how confusing it would be to try and unravel what the hell is going on here without any sort of background information....more