Black Orchid is more or less the same kind of thing I've come to expect from Gaiman. In other words, if you love his Don'tNeedToExplainEveryth3.5 stars
Black Orchid is more or less the same kind of thing I've come to expect from Gaiman. In other words, if you love his Don'tNeedToExplainEverything style of storytelling, then this will more than likely be a winner with you. I prefer to be told or shown what the author is trying to convey, and quite often I think Gaimen likes to leave things to the reader's imagination a bit too much for my taste. I'm not saying that this story was particularly confusing or that it leaves you hanging when the volume is over, but something about the way it was told just left me wanting more. And not in a good way.
But. I thought the art was stunning. The faces were drawn with so much detail and emotion in them, that it's hard to describe without showing you what I mean.
I know, right?! Whoa!
It starts with the death of the 'original' Black Orchid, a crime-fighter who had been undercover in one of Lex Luthor's companies, and was subsequently killed by his right hand man. Her death triggers the next Orchid's birth, and although she is initially confused, some of the original Black Orchid's memories start to surface. (view spoiler)[Turns out, she's a genetic hybrid of a woman that Philip Sylvain (a botanist) had loved since childhood. The woman's name was Susan Linden, and she had fled an abusive marriage to an arms dealer who worked for Luthor. She ran back to childhood sweetheart, Sylvan, only to be gunned down by her ex-husband shortly afterwards. Sylvan had been working on a project to give humans the ability to filter air like plants (or at least, I think that's what he was doing). So when Susan died, he used her DNA to make...hybrids. (hide spoiler)] The majority of the book is Orchid trying to figure out who and what she is, while at the same time trying to avoid being captured by Luthor (he wants to experiment on her) and Susan's ex (he can't stand to look at her).
As a bonus, quite a few characters from the DCU make an appearance, including Poison Ivy, Batman, and Swamp Thing.
I didn't love it or hate it, but I certainly found it interesting. It was cool to read about one of origin stories for the Black Orchid, especially considering she's now popping up in the New 52's Justice League Dark. If you're a fan of Gaiman's graphic novels, I think you'd love this one. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I quit. Sandman is not for me. I can honestly see why so many of you love it, but... I can't force myself to do this any longer!
I don't like the art. ItI quit. Sandman is not for me. I can honestly see why so many of you love it, but... I can't force myself to do this any longer!
I don't like the art. It reminds me of some scratchy shit that one of my kids drew. The difference is, the artist isn't one of my kids, so I don't feel the need to put this up on my refrigerator. Sorry, I know a lot of you love this style.
There are few different stories in this one, and I didn't like any of them. First one is about a writer who rapes a muse over and over again for inspiration. Delightful! Next up is some weird team-up between Dream and William Shakespeare. ZZZZZZZZZZ After that, it's the story about some ex-agent of some government sponsored superhero group. At least, I think that's what they were. It was honestly too bizarre/boring for me to actually claim I knew what was going on. Somehow, Ra (the Sun god) made this woman into Element Gal!...or something. Long story short, she's ugly and wants to die. Death showed up to give her some advice, which was the only bright spot in the whole book. Ironic, no?
I'd like to pretend I'm cool enough to get it, but that would mean I'd eventually have to read more of these. And that's not gong to happen. Ever....more
I had forgotten why I stopped after volume 1. Now I remember. I see why everyone loves and reveres this title, I really do. It's2.5 stars...possibly 3?
I had forgotten why I stopped after volume 1. Now I remember. I see why everyone loves and reveres this title, I really do. It's just not my cuppa. It's just too dark and trippy for me, and the art isn't something that I actually enjoy looking at. I'm not saying it's awful...I just don't like it! I really wish I could say that I got all the deep introspective stuff that Gaiman was saying, but... Truth? I'm a few tiny steps away from being completely shallow and silly. Especially when it comes to reading material. Although, I figure that it has to count for something that at least I'm self-awareish enough to know it, and honestish enough to admit it. Or that's what I tell myself.
Anyway, Dream is hunting the vortex, who in turn is hunting for her little brother. Her little brother is being kept in a basement by hillbilly relatives who only want to collect a check. The Corinthian is a serial killer that Dream...well, dreamed up. And he's currently en route to a convention being held by like-minded individuals. All the while there are all of these little side stories about other crazy people/things playing in the background. Death (the only character I really liked) wasn't in this one, so that was a bit of a downer.
I already have volume 3 sitting beside me right now, and I'm sort of curious to see how things progress, but I'm just not sure if I'll end up reading it. I have to say I didn't hate it, and I'm trying really hard to step outside of my box this year... Maybe? ...more
I'd definitely recommend this version to reluctant readers. Yeeees. The real book is...a REAL book, but I'm talking about those kids who don't like toI'd definitely recommend this version to reluctant readers. Yeeees. The real book is...a REAL book, but I'm talking about those kids who don't like to read. I've got one of those, and she loved this thing. My feeling is that if you can get them hooked on a good story, no matter how you do it, it's going to show them the possibilities between the pages of a book.
The graphic novel tells the same story as the book, but with the added bonus of pictures. Duh. Who doesn't like pictures? Blind folks and snobs, that's who.
If you're blessed enough to have a voracious little reader, by all means hand them the novel. Otherwise, try this. Good story + creepy (yet child-friendly) art = unicorns farting rainbows!
I liked the beginning, when Dream was captured. The mystical elements held my attention. However, the middle of it kind of grossed me out. EspeciallyI liked the beginning, when Dream was captured. The mystical elements held my attention. However, the middle of it kind of grossed me out. Especially the part in with Dee in the diner. EWWWW. The end of Preludes and Nocturnes totally made up for it, though. I loved Death! How cool is she?! Whoever came up with the idea to make Death a peppy little goth girl was a genius! ...more
High 3.5 maybe 4 stars? I can't say this is one I would recommend to everyone, and I certainly won't be shoving it down people's throats. But I liked iHigh 3.5 maybe 4 stars? I can't say this is one I would recommend to everyone, and I certainly won't be shoving it down people's throats. But I liked it. Now, somehow I ended up with the extended 10 year anniversary edition. So, maybe that's why it took me forever to finish this. But I don't think that was entirely the issue. It's just a loooong fuckin' book. And not much happens in it action-wise, so you're not exactly flipping the pages with any intensity. There's not even really (in my opinion) a slow-build up to anything super-exciting. And what I mean by that, is that I never once thought to myself, Oh! Something GOOD is gonna happen in the next few pages!, you know? Thing is, it's got everything I could want in a book. Half-crazy gods, zombie ex wife, tarnished-but-decent hero, missing kids, and unlikely friendships. However, it's also got everything I usually despise in a book. Trippy/hallucinogenic dream sequences, random quotes from other pieces of literature, plodding storyline, and no action. But Neil Gaiman just oozes so much talent that somehow I still liked it. Which is saying a lot, because I'm normally a real asshole when I feel like a book needed to be chopped down by about 400 pages.
Although, unless someone can tell me that Anansi Boys is an Awesome-Not-To-Be-Missed-Roller-Coaster-Thrill-A-Minute-Ride, I'm gonna have to say no to that one. ...more
My kids really liked it. My eight year old son read it and thought it was good. He thought the illustrations were cool because the people had "spooky"My kids really liked it. My eight year old son read it and thought it was good. He thought the illustrations were cool because the people had "spooky" eyes. I read it to my six year old son and my four year old daughter, and they liked it also. My little girl actually made me read it to her twice. Her only complaint was that the wolves were just regular old wolves and not werewolves. Go figure. I think some younger kids might find the story a little bit scary, so be careful if your kids spook easily. ...more
**spoiler alert** I had a hard time deciding between four stars and five stars. In the end, it was the ending that pushed it down to four stars. The G**spoiler alert** I had a hard time deciding between four stars and five stars. In the end, it was the ending that pushed it down to four stars. The Graveyard Book sucked me in after the first page and kept me interested throughout. It opens with a man killing Bod's entire family with a knife. Nothing graphic, but for younger children it would probably be too scary. The family's toddler son (Bod would later become his name)escapes harm becuse he has crawled out of his crib to wander around. The little boy wanders into a graveyard, where the flickering ghost of his panicked mother begs another ghost to save her son. The entire graveyard accepts, and so begins the adventure. The only thing I disliked was the ending. Maybe this book has a sequel and I just don't know about it. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad ending. It just left me feeling like...Well, like there needed to be more....more
Reread 2014 I read American Gods not too long ago, and while I liked it, it didn't turn out to be a favorite. So I wondered if maybe I shouldn't go bacReread 2014 I read American Gods not too long ago, and while I liked it, it didn't turn out to be a favorite. So I wondered if maybe I shouldn't go back and check this one out. You know, see if it was really as good as I remembered? Huh. It was actually better. Hilarious! The 5 star rating stands!
Original review 2009
Good Omens is going to have to go down as one of my favorites! I wouldn't say that I laughed out loud, but I snorted once or twice and smiled the whole way through! Who would have thought the apocalypse could be so funny?! Evidently Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Personally, I thought it was a great "coming of age" story about a boy named Adam Young.
Warning: If you are one of those people who wear a "What Would Jesus Do?" bracelet and believe that the purple teletubby really is gay, this is not the book for you. Just put it down and grab something by C.S. Lewis.
The story centers around an angel and a demon who have spent thousands of years on earth together, and have quite a good working relationship. Everything is running along smoothly until Crowley (the demon) is charged with delivering the antichrist to his new family. In other words, handing over the Spawn of Hell to a bunch of (satanic) nuns who will switch him out with a human baby who has just been born. Once the deed is done, Crowley decides to enlist Aziraphale (the angel) to help him stop the coming apocalypse. They have eleven years before the boy reaches his "full potential"... ...more