A brief description. The Sandman a.k.a Morpheus, the king of dreams, has been kidnapped and stripped of his tools. After he escapes captivity he huntsA brief description. The Sandman a.k.a Morpheus, the king of dreams, has been kidnapped and stripped of his tools. After he escapes captivity he hunts down his assailants and those in possession of his dream equipment in order to reclaim his power and realm. Prepare yourself for graphic violence and nudity.
I picked up The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes while I was reading Neil Gaiman's other book The View from the Cheap Seats which I reviewed here. In TVFTCS Gaiman says Sandman is really what made him well known in the writing world and therefore I obviously had to read it. He describes his process of creating the comic and how people responded in the chapter called "Some Reflections on Myth (With Several Digressions onto Gardening, Comics and Fairy Tales).
Sandman was, in many ways, an attempt to create a new mythology - or rather, to find what it was that I responded to in ancient pantheons and then to try and create a fictive structure in which I could believe as I wrote it, p. 56
He continues to talk about the character Death whom many people are ironically most drawn to. Death is portrayed as a gothic sixteen year old girl who, I'd say only based on my reading this comic, takes her job seriously, but with a compassionate and friendly approach. She's Morpheus' sister and, yeah, I like her too.
I'm glad I have experienced this comic and can add it to my Neil-Gaiman-works-read. This was something he wrote early in his career (when I was about 5 years old) and TVFTCS is his most recent piece of work. So far I think he's stayed true to what he really wants to do in life. Make good art.
I rated Vol. 1 three stars, because there are some confusing chapters. Also some of the artwork is weird (totally my opinion of course). Like on page (oh wait there are no page numbers, grrr) why does Morpheus's palace look like an erect penis? Why does Morpheus look like an 80s version of Neil Gaiman? Why does his hair get longer and then shorter without him ever visiting a barber? I may never know. I'll probably continue with the series, but at a leisurely pace. There are some other Neil Gaiman works on my to be read shelf I'll probably get to first. ...more
I've read a couple of Neil Gaiman's books: The Graveyard Book, Coraline, The Sleeper and the Spindle, Sandman Vol.1 and now The View from the Cheap SeI've read a couple of Neil Gaiman's books: The Graveyard Book, Coraline, The Sleeper and the Spindle, Sandman Vol.1 and now The View from the Cheap Seats. The latter book is a collection of speeches, essays, and book introductions all written by Neil Gaiman over the course of his writing career, which I think he stated was thirty years. These works are not comprehensive but just what has been collected and put into the book. I chose to listen to the audio version with him narrorating, because (if you didn't know) he has a wonderful British accent and a resonant voice. Check out this short video to see what I mean.
First lines: The night Kate Harker decided to burn down the school chapel, she wasn't angry or drunk. She was desperate. Burning down the church was
First lines: The night Kate Harker decided to burn down the school chapel, she wasn't angry or drunk. She was desperate. Burning down the church was really a last resort; she'd already broken a girl's nose, smoked in the dormitories, cheated on her first exam, and verbally harassed three of the nuns, p.1.
First line: When she was eight years old, Bridget Barsamian woke up in a hospital, where a doctor told her she shouldn't be alive, p. 1.
Rebecca SteaFirst line: When she was eight years old, Bridget Barsamian woke up in a hospital, where a doctor told her she shouldn't be alive, p. 1.
Rebecca Stead is one of my favorite authors. Her stories always have awesome twists (that I don't see coming!), short chapters with great titles to puzzle over, and authentic characters. I put this book off for far too long. In fact, I got this book some time last year and was so excited to read it, but for some reason chose not to until now. That seems to happen often.
I really think Stead secretly spies on middle school students, because she just gets them. Their dialog, their behavior, their weirdness. Many of the conflicts that arise in Goodbye Stranger happened in the school I worked at: pictures sent on cell phones, girls being cruel to other girls, and quirky talent shows. It was kinda creepy the similarities.
What I loved was watching Bridge struggle with whether or not she had a purpose for being alive. Pretty heavy stuff for a 7th grader.
"Thirteen broken bones and a punctured lung. You must have been put on this earth for a reason, little girl, to have survived, p. 3.
Stead weaves three different narratives into one story about life, friendship, love, pain, heartache and purpose. Do we each have a purpose in life, or are we just skating around trying not to run into anything?
"They don't know who we are. Not really. They don't know what we've done, what we've manage together." Kaz rapped his cane on the ground. "So let's g
"They don't know who we are. Not really. They don't know what we've done, what we've manage together." Kaz rapped his cane on the ground. "So let's go show them they picked the wrong damn fight," p. 420.
If you haven't read Six of Crows then you need to make it happen, so you can read Crooked Kingdom. So much action, betrayal, twists, and pain. This is a book comprised of awful characters that you love and no matter what you find out about them you still want to see them succeed in their plots. I want Bardugo to keep writing in the Grisha world for my own selfishness! Prepare yourself to be left wanting more and the end. ...more
First lines: I’ve read many more books than you. It doesn’t matter how many you’ve read. I’ve read more. Believe me. I’ve had the time, p. 1.
A frienFirst lines: I’ve read many more books than you. It doesn’t matter how many you’ve read. I’ve read more. Believe me. I’ve had the time, p. 1.
A friend of mine recommended this book to me back in May 2016. I wasn’t eager to start reading. Probably due to the description on the inside flap of the dust jacket: I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. Pa….lease! I’m so sick of love. That sounds horrible, I know, but I’m tired of YA novels being about some teen falling in love with some other teen. My teenage self would disagree with my adult self, of course, and would have loved all the lovey dovey his-breath-smells-like-chocolate-and-spice crap. My cynical adult self thinks breath smells like stale air and plaque and whatever was last put in there, ugh, shutter.
Obviously, I finally decided to read it, well listen to it actually. And.... I was delighted! In fact when I was finished listening I sent my friend a text that read “OMG I just finished everything, everything! So, so, so wonderful. I liked it more than I’ll give you the sun.” She responded with, “I’m glad! Happy endings are getting rare in YA, but this one is satisfying yet realistic! Now, read Serpent King!” (Hope you don’t mind me put this in here, friend.) And look, now I have another book to read. Pure happiness.
Here are my top 7 reasons why you should read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
1. The cover! LOOK. AT. IT. It’s so so pretty. 2. This quote “You’re not living if you’re not regretting,” p. 186 3. The illustrations (by Nicola’s husband) 4. There’s a twist 5. Carla (a nurse with a teenage daughter who always knows what to say. See #2.) 6. It’s more about self discovery than teenage love. Imagine never leaving your house for 17 years, because it could kill you! 7. This word: humuhumunukunukuapuaa.
First lines: Mr. MacInerney drives way too slow, which is weird for a man who spends his life running into burning buildings, p. 1.
Burn Baby Burn isFirst lines: Mr. MacInerney drives way too slow, which is weird for a man who spends his life running into burning buildings, p. 1.
Burn Baby Burn is another finalist for the National Book Award (NBA) for young people’s literature, but that may not mean a whole lot to you if you don’t know what the NBA is. The easiest way to explain it is it’s an award given to American writers by other writers or experts in the literary field such as librarians, critics, or booksellers. The winner in each of the four categories (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature) receives $10,000. Ten thousand dollars!!! They also become a member of the National Book Foundation, and more importantly get all the publicity that comes with having won the award.
I loved this book! It takes place in 1977, and though Medina did an amazing job of capturing many details of that time, I felt like it could be taking place right now. And that is why I think Burn Baby Burn deserves the NBA recognition and possibly medal. Medina was able to connect this reader with a year I wasn't even alive in, and help me see that history is not just dates and names. History is fluid connecting all of us together whether we are aware of it or not. And we really should make an effort to be aware of it. 1977 New York was miserable. Miserably hot, miserably bankrupt, and miserably in the dark, literally due to a blackout, and to the identity of a serial killer calling himself Son of Sam. This is the backdrop the protagonist, Nora Lopez, is trying to understand her life. She's turning 18, might be interested in going to college, and has a terrifying home life. Luckily there are some amazing characters in this book that will not let her face life alone. What a awesome book! ...more