I've been both a Sherlockian and a Ripperologist since childhood, so learning this book existed filled me with both excitement and worry. It had the p...moreI've been both a Sherlockian and a Ripperologist since childhood, so learning this book existed filled me with both excitement and worry. It had the potential to be as fantastic as I could imagine, but it also had a chance - a greater chance, even - of failing miserably. I knew about a couple chapters in that the latter wouldn't be the case.
It's not a perfect pastiche, if you're looking for perfection in either field, this probably isn't for you. What it is is a lot of fun. The voices are close enough that few will notice the Americanisms and slight imperfections - which are slight; her research is clearly extensive, down to minor details, including secondary characters; the fact that Sherlock would never call Watson 'John'; and studies Holmes has done on the 243 types of tobacco ash.
Even more impressive to me was her Ripper knowledge. I've struggled for years over maps of Victorian era Whitechapel, and her navigation of the streets was excellent.
I very much enjoyed this book as a combination of two of my favorite subjects. I couldn't wait to see how she wrapped it up, and appreciated her solution as not just a rehash of the top five theories (and conspiracies) you see over and over again.(less)
Wow, some pretty dramatic events happen to Harry Dresden and Co. in this installment of the Files, but it's an unequivocal reminder that behind all th...moreWow, some pretty dramatic events happen to Harry Dresden and Co. in this installment of the Files, but it's an unequivocal reminder that behind all the supernatural glamour, that these are still old-fashioned mysteries, albeit with a great twist. I love seeing how things from the past 12 or so novels are starting to come into play, and can't wait for more!(less)
I just love this author and this character! An excellent follow up to Changes, Butcher doesn't disappoint in giving us more mysteries while solving ol...moreI just love this author and this character! An excellent follow up to Changes, Butcher doesn't disappoint in giving us more mysteries while solving old ones. I loved seeing old characters return that hadn't been seen in awhile, and while I couldn't wait to find out what would happen to Harry, it was a perfect example of the journey being worth more than the destination. The book's pacing was excellent, moving neither too fast, nor too slow, and although we don't see as much of some of out favorite supporting characters as we might like (and some hardly, if at all), the interactions that did occur were perfect, ultimately satisfying, and yet still gave us somewhere to go and something to look forward to in future books.
It was worth the wait... now please bring us the next one!(less)
It always amazes me how little we really know about events that occur, even during our lifetimes. Author Dave Eggers follows the Zeitoun (Zay-toon) fa...moreIt always amazes me how little we really know about events that occur, even during our lifetimes. Author Dave Eggers follows the Zeitoun (Zay-toon) family through Hurricane Katrina. Their story is heartbreaking in ways you cannot anticipate if you don't know what's in store for them - specifically, for father and husband Abdulrahman Zeitoun, who stays behind in New Orleans to help his neighbors. But no good deed goes unpunished, and my only complaint is that there's no real resolution as of yet. My personal sense of justice wants to know if those responsible were held accountable for their outrages. I wish the Zeitoun family all the best, and I hope that the wrongs committed against them will someday be redressed. (less)
A moving, heart-wrenching account of life as one of the Sonderkommandos of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The author interviews six men who managed...moreA moving, heart-wrenching account of life as one of the Sonderkommandos of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The author interviews six men who managed to live through the nightmare of the Third Reich's death factory, forced to do the Nazis' dirty work for them.
These men survived to tell their story. The least we can do is make sure that story is never forgotten.(less)
This book, you'll pardon the pun, is a marvel. Ostensibly a simple origin story for one of the most beloved villains (or is he an anti-hero?) in comic...moreThis book, you'll pardon the pun, is a marvel. Ostensibly a simple origin story for one of the most beloved villains (or is he an anti-hero?) in comic history, this book surprised me by being so much more. Author Greg Pak (who is fast becoming a recognizable name among peers in the industry and fans) and his creative team do a superb job of not only telling an origin story that has never been told before, but making it work within the larger context of one of the greatest events in recent history.
And it all works, too. Smoothly and believably. Here's an example - I'll try to do it justice.
Magneto is here given the birth name Max - which immediately foreshadows one of his future pseudonyms, Magnus. Max runs through a crowd during the early days of WWII, and sees his Uncle Erich (another foreshadowing of a name Magneto will assume in later years, Erik) badly beaten and surrounded by German men and wearing a sign that says, in German: "I dishonored a German woman". This image is almost an exact replica of a photo from that time period, right down to the lettering on the sign. The only difference, which is explained in the author's notes at the end, is that the word "woman" was changed from the original, "girl", in order to avoid cultural confusion.
A brief scene, but so layered and profound. A tiered cake of context - fiction, history, fiction, history, and it works beautifully without missing a beat.
I thoroughly recommend this Graphic Novel to fans on Magneto, comics in general, or to anyone who doesn't think that "comics" have anything important to say.(less)