I had read The Alchemist before, in Spanish, a few years back, and I have to say I read at a good time in my life when, much as the book describes, I...moreI had read The Alchemist before, in Spanish, a few years back, and I have to say I read at a good time in my life when, much as the book describes, I was in pursuit of my personal legend. So, when I saw there was a graphic novel adaptation of the book, I was very interested. I think the adaption by Derek Ruiz does a good job of bringing the novel to life for readers. The art by Daniel Sampere is well suited to the tale. The art is colorful, and it brings the setting of the tale to life. The graphic novel is a very easy book to read; it took me a couple of hours to get through it, and it is book you may want to reread again that still captures Coelho's message pretty well. I think also that some readers may want to find the full text novel to better savor the prose as well as take more of Coelho's message in. Overall, a nice inspirational tale and a nice reading experience. It is the tale of shepherd Santiago who has a dream and then goes forth on a quest to find a treasure, but what will he find, if anything? And who will he meet along the way? I can tell you he will meet various people along his journey, each with lessons to offer. And on an interesting note about the art, the artist used the likeness of Paulo Coelho for one of the characters, so be on the lookout for that.
Libraries with graphic novel collections will probably want to add this one. I would say teens and up would be a good audience for the book. If you have not read the novel before, this is a good way to do it. If you, like me, have read the novel before, this adaptation may help you appreciate it a bit more. (less)
I had read this years ago, and after rereading it this year, I remember how good this novel was. Yes, I am aware that Haldeman was writing this in par...moreI had read this years ago, and after rereading it this year, I remember how good this novel was. Yes, I am aware that Haldeman was writing this in part as a response to the Vietnam War and all that other academic interest. But this is just a very good science fiction novel as well. It is fast paced once it gets going, and it is a very quick and easy read. Haldeman does well in character development, especially looking at Mandela's character who goes from private to major in the space of a few years, or a lot of centuries, depending on who's counting on what calendar. This is thanks to the wonders of time dilation and space travel. There is some science and physics involved, but it is just the right amount to make the novel work and give us the image of a soldier who stays eternal and fights on.
If you have not read it, I will not reveal the ending, which is not only interesting, but it makes a nice twist. The novel also makes some interesting social commentaries including issues such as evolution of the human race and even heterosexuality and homosexuality. If you don't read it for the adventure, you may be interested in those angles of the book. I think the novel, given the current war on terror, gains a new relevancy, and that may be another reason to read (or reread) the novel. It is a classic of science fiction, an award winner, and if you read it, you'll see why. (less)
I am actually re-reading the series in preparation to read Black Dossier. I can't believe I did not add this volume before; I have the second volume a...moreI am actually re-reading the series in preparation to read Black Dossier. I can't believe I did not add this volume before; I have the second volume added in here. So, I am going to reread it and then write my impressions from the second time around. I did like it the first time, so looking forward to revisiting.
* * * Now that I am done with it for a second time, I certainly recall one of the things I liked about it, and that was the Victorian feel it has. Yes, I know it is set in the Victoria era, but what I mean is that Moore captures the feel of that era very well in this tale. Add the steampunk elements, and you have a very good and entertaining reading experience. The premise of bringing these characters together is pretty good, and the art is well done, enhancing the story. This is a work that leaves the reader wanting more. And as a word of warning, if you watched the movie, but did not read this, you are missing a lot. The movie, entertaining as it may be (or not depending on your view), is very different. They barely took the premise, and they created a very different product. Overall, this is one I highly recommend. (less)
I was actually fortunate enough to read it, and then see it performed during the same semester back in graduate school. In my journal back then, I did...moreI was actually fortunate enough to read it, and then see it performed during the same semester back in graduate school. In my journal back then, I did write that I thought the play as I read it was better than the performance itself (however, I should note we had gone to see a "preview" performance). But it was still a good experience. There are a lot of ironies in the play, and it is a very moving piece. Again, my journal notes are mostly academic, so I will leave them out. (less)
You can find my full review of this on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Simply click (or copy/paste to your favorite browser) the link below to read...moreYou can find my full review of this on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Simply click (or copy/paste to your favorite browser) the link below to read the full review.
I have posted my full review of this book on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Click (or copy and paste to your browser) the link below to read the re...moreI have posted my full review of this book on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Click (or copy and paste to your browser) the link below to read the review.
Another great collection. By now, Mafalda's little brother Guille is old enough to be mobile, talk a little, and get in trouble. The fun ensues, and w...moreAnother great collection. By now, Mafalda's little brother Guille is old enough to be mobile, talk a little, and get in trouble. The fun ensues, and we still get some things to think about and ponder now and then. This is definitely one of my favorite comic strips. (less)
Though it deals with zombies and vampires, I tagged it for my "mystery and detective" shelf because it is more of a mystery tale than an actual horror...moreThough it deals with zombies and vampires, I tagged it for my "mystery and detective" shelf because it is more of a mystery tale than an actual horror tale, plus the gore factor is pretty minimal. Considering the crappy way zombies and vampires have been handled lately, this is actually a pretty good tale that offers a pretty refreshing take on both. The premise is this: during the reign of Queen Victoria, a zombie outbreak occurs. England is now segregated with zombie areas, human areas, and then higher class vampire areas separated. Yes, you see, in order to avoid becoming zombies, the higher classes have voluntarily taken "the cure," a.k.a. becoming vampires. So, we have the vampires (known as "the Young"), the zombies (known as the "restless"), and everyone else (called "Brights"). In the midst of this we have our protagonist, a young chief inspector from Scotland Yard who is the last detective assigned to the Murders Desk. After all, with most of the population undead somehow, there are not too many murders happening.
But a murder does happen when a Young is found dead in a river shore. How is that possible? The corpse does not show the usual causes of vampire death: decapitation, impalement of the heart, or burning, and he is missing a hand. What is going on? As our vampire detective strives to find the answers, he finds that the case touches on the highest echelons of British society and government. Some do not really wish for him to learn the truth. Abnett puts together a pretty good Edwardian era murder mystery. At the same time, he also does some very good world building, and we get a very good picture of what this new chaotic world is like. Vampires here are handled pretty well and in a pretty humane way. Our protagonist pretty much shows the price of being immortal.
Overall, this is definitely a must read graphic novel. It is labeled for mature readers, probably due to some brief nudity scenes. (less)
Once I started on the final volume of this great series, I found that I could not put it down. I was up until the late hours of the night just to find...moreOnce I started on the final volume of this great series, I found that I could not put it down. I was up until the late hours of the night just to find out how the story ended. It does not disappoint. The tension, the drama, and the action are all revved up as the number of survivors is down to the last few. And just when you think things may be wrapping up, you get a twist. And yes, the inevitable confrontation between Kiriyama and Souma happens in here as well. The scary thing is not so much the horror and thrills of the story, but the fact that it happens in a near future. To be honest, we may well be a few steps away, given how reality television shows and certain sporting events (MMA anyone?) happen now, from something like The Program becoming popular. Bread and circuses. And that commentary from the series may be the scariest part. As for the story itself, excellent thrill ride.
In terms of reading appeal, if you like works like Orwell's 1984, Burgess's A Clockwork Orange, and a lot of violent action, this is certainly for you. I should note that it is not just violence for the sake of violence, but it goes along with the story, thus adding to the horror. The series overall combines plenty of action, violence, a good dose of sensuality with the commentary and substance of good dystopian fiction. Definitely one of the best manga series I have read. And a series worth rereading also. However, I will note, this is not for the faint of heart or the puritanical. Those folks should read something else. Otherwise, if you like an edge to your reading, hop right in.
The body count keeps piling up as The Program continues. There are a few left, and some are determined to win. This volume reveals new twists about th...moreThe body count keeps piling up as The Program continues. There are a few left, and some are determined to win. This volume reveals new twists about the remaining characters, and the struggle for survival remains very fierce. The pace on this one is extremely fast. It grips the reader from beginning to end, leaving you wanting more. I am moving right along to the fifth and last volume to see how it ends, but this series is one worth revisiting. The author has packed so much detail sometimes you feel like you miss something. Great art. The story is one of the best I have read. I cannot recommend this highly enough, but it is not for the faint of heart. Who will make it to the end? I will leave one hint: only the true hardcore players and the lucky are remaining at this point. By the way, these ultimate editions are very good. Nice hardcovers with some good supplemental material at the end of each volume, adding to the reading experience. (less)
The story continues, and it is as bloody as ever. There are new twists and revelations as the number of survivors continues to decrease. This particul...moreThe story continues, and it is as bloody as ever. There are new twists and revelations as the number of survivors continues to decrease. This particular volume had some very intense scenes and surprising twists. Not to be missed. This series continues to be one of the best mangas I have read with a solid plot, depth of character, and plenty of action. I am definitely looking forward to the next volume. (less)
**spoiler alert** The thrill and the horror of the game continues. By now, there are only 20 students remaining. And the game continues. Two students...more**spoiler alert** The thrill and the horror of the game continues. By now, there are only 20 students remaining. And the game continues. Two students plot to do major damage, but then a kink comes into their plans. And so it goes. The character development in this is outstanding. The plot is tight, and the action is fast-paced and just takes the reader in, not letting go until the very end. This is dystopian literature at its best, but it is also a great manga and work. Definitely a must-read, and I will be reading the rest.
Now if only certain reality shows would grow some balls and be more like this, we would really get "must-see tv, hehe. Just a thought. (less)
This is an excellent example of a dystopia for one. But it is also a great story. Take the best of Lord of the Flies, 1984, The Running Man (King's st...moreThis is an excellent example of a dystopia for one. But it is also a great story. Take the best of Lord of the Flies, 1984, The Running Man (King's story, not necessarily the film), and add some more violence, sex, and suspense, and you get this story. It grips you from the beginning, and it does not let you go until the last page. I will definitely continue reading this series. This collector's edition offers some extras in terms of an interview with the author, a short essay by a psychologist, and extra sketches. This is definitely not for little kids, but for adults who like a good adventure with suspense and shootings and so on, this is highly recommended. 42 ninth graders go in, and only one will survive.
I used to joke around that the show "Survivor" was not violent enough. I always joked that the show should be give the participants weapons, let them kill each other, and one walks out. This series is kind of how I envisioned that dumb reality show should have been, only on steroids, so to speak. Great series, and one I will gladly follow. (less)