Brrémaud and Bertolucci are back with the fourth installment in their Love series of graphic novels, this time tackling a day in the life of a group oBrrémaud and Bertolucci are back with the fourth installment in their Love series of graphic novels, this time tackling a day in the life of a group of dinosaurs as they navigate trying to survive in the prehistoric world. As with the other volumes in the series, the story is presented with no text accompanying Bertolucci's beautiful illustrations. I continue to be wildly impressed with this series of graphic novels and hope that they continue to develop further volumes in the future.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher thru NetGalley for a fair and honest review....more
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
In a city where creativity and inventiveness is considered illegal,I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
In a city where creativity and inventiveness is considered illegal, what do you do with an inquisitive mind? Welcome to the hidden city of Cove.
In J. Scott Savage's first installment of his Mysteries of Cove series, Fires of Invention, we're introduced to Trenton Colman, a curious 13-year-old boy who loves anything mechanical. He knows that he can make the machines that run the city of Cove, hidden away from the outside in the center of a mountain, but the only problem is that creativity is considered a crime in Cove. The city was built inside the mountain to escape the dangers that technology created in the outside world, so everything that deals with how Cove is run and managed is very carefully regulated, and anything that is considered an invention is against the law and the inventor is subject to "retraining".
Immediately at the opening of the book, Trenton in trying his hand at building a mechanized swing, thinking that this can't be that bad. However, when it appears that Trenton's creation causes a power outage in the city, his punishment to fix the problem leads to the discovery of a tool that he is unfamiliar with. Instead of giving it up to the authorities, he decides to try to discover what its purpose is, which leads him tp Kallista Babbage, the daughter of a disgraced inventor. Together, they start to piece together the clues that Kallista's father left her and begin to assemble the machine that is unlike anything seen in Cove.
I think this will be a great book for kids. Filled with plenty of action, mystery, and great characters, Fires of Invention is a great blend of a dystopian and steampunk world. The plot continues to develop at a nice pace as we discover each clue along with Trenton and Kallista, and I think kids will really be intrigued to see how the story unfolds. I'll definitely be checking out the next book....more
So... I don't even know where to start with Ishbelle Bee's The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath. This will probably be ranking asSo... I don't even know where to start with Ishbelle Bee's The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath. This will probably be ranking as one of my favorite books of the year, but I can't tell you a think about it! I'm not entirely clear I understand what I read or understand what was going on, but I loved every minute of it. The story follows the strange events surrounding Mirror (who may or may not be dead) and her shape-changing protector, Goliath Honey-Flower, who are trying to figure out what it wrong with Mirror, since she has been altered since her grandfather locked her in a strange, coffin-shaped clock. Then there is John Loveheart, who may or may not be wicked, and his "adopted" father, Mr. Fingers, the lord of the underworld. Throw in the personification of Death, time travel, an Egyptian princess, eccentric serial killers, quirky Victorian sensibilities, and a secret group trying to live forever, and you've got yourself a rather unusual cast and series of plot points.
The writing is beautiful (tho slightly choppy in some spots), and the imagery is quite vivid (plus, I love when Bee plays with type size and spacing in certain scenes to give a sense of the action going on using the typographic structure of the sentence - nice touch!). Ishbelle Bee doesn't rely heavily of overt description on how the magic works in her world; we, as the reader, just accept that's how it is and move on with the story. These elements reminded me of Susanna Clarke or even Neil Gaiman; the world they create is strange, dangerous, and beautiful, but we don't need to slapped over the head with heavy descriptions, it just is what it is, and Bee conjures that same sense of suspended reality in her book, and I'm anxious for more from her.
And let us take a moment to appreciate the cover to this book, shall we, because it is gorgeous....more
Picking up after the events of the movie Prometheus, Paul Tobin's Fire and Stone event is running through the entirety of 20th Century Fox's scifi proPicking up after the events of the movie Prometheus, Paul Tobin's Fire and Stone event is running through the entirety of 20th Century Fox's scifi properties: Prometheus, Alien, Predator, and AvP. Prometheus provides the opening chapter, as a survey/salvage crew have been dispatched under the pretense of reclaiming a lost research vessel in order to make some decent money on the salvage. What they don't know is that this is really a cover up in order for part of the crew to complete the Prometheus' original mission. However, things on LV-223 have changed dramatically in the time since the Prometheus disappeared there.
This was a pretty decent follow up to Prometheus, even if it did read more like a Alien comic. Tobin did an admirable job of answering some of the questions from Prometheus (is that even possible, though?), but of course, being the first chapter in a four part series, there are now also plenty of other questions related to this story that haven't been answered...
My only problem with the book is that there are far, far too many characters. Basically, there are three different crews involved in this mission, and you barely have time to figure out who everybody is before the story takes off and people start dying; characters show up towards the end of the book, and I honestly had no idea who they were. I think this story would have benefited greatly by paring down the number of characters and keeping it a tighter knit group, but that's just me.
I'm curious to see where Tobin will be taking this story, and will more than likely be picking up the rest of the volumes as they are release. For fans of the various franchises, I think this would be a great addition to your library. ...more