The only reason I gave this four stars was because it is simply too short. In some ways this book is a wonderful transition to reality after finishing...moreThe only reason I gave this four stars was because it is simply too short. In some ways this book is a wonderful transition to reality after finishing The Chronicles of Prydain. Lloyd Alexander graciously gives us just a little more time in the world he has created. However, these stories occur before the first book in the series proper. Reading this book is somewhat like getting to spend time with one of your favorite people before you ever met them. You get a chance to see what their life was like when they were younger. I don't know if I'm explaining that well, but it is a gift nonetheless.
Due to the size of each story, the tales come across as a bit more moralistic than any of the Chronicles of Prydain, but Lloyd Alexander manages to fit in some nice storytelling as well.
This is truly the end of The Chronicles of Prydain.
This book was primarily concerned with the passage from child to adult as Taran comes to grips with all the questions of his origin and attempts to di...moreThis book was primarily concerned with the passage from child to adult as Taran comes to grips with all the questions of his origin and attempts to discover who he really is. The story was compelling despite the lack of mythology present in the other books. By that I mean to say that everything in this book is basically stand alone despite some references and some familiar characters.
There were several bad guys in the book. One in particular I would have liked to spend a little more time with, but still appropriately terrifying.
I think the next book will be an emotional one was the Chronicles of Prydain finally come to an end.(less)
In the second volume, I began to see more of the storyteller Neil Gaiman I know and love emerge. As with the first volume, there is one violent issue...moreIn the second volume, I began to see more of the storyteller Neil Gaiman I know and love emerge. As with the first volume, there is one violent issue that tends to be incredibly disturbing. Not so disturbing that I had to stop reading, but disturbing enough that I don't think it would be a pleasant section to revisit.
Neil Gaiman also does a fair amount of world-building and character building which is lovely and wonderful. For as disturbing as that man's imagination can be, he does create some incredibly lovely characters. The character of Rose Walker I felt may have inspired Rose Tyler somewhat, but I could also just be making that up entirely.
I was going to take Sandman on vacation with me, but at this rate...I don't know if I will last that long. I have the third volume in hand with holds placed on all the others so...we'll see.
At the end of the day, I love the way Neil Gaiman tells me stories and I am greatly looking forward to the rest of this series.(less)
This is essentially a transition volume after the War of Fabletown has been fought. As such it sets the stage for the second phase in Fables which cou...moreThis is essentially a transition volume after the War of Fabletown has been fought. As such it sets the stage for the second phase in Fables which could be very boring, but instead is rather exciting! Here are the three stories contained within:
Cinderella Libertine: A fantastic one shot that basically spins off into a short lived series featuring a fun, pulpy version of Cinderella as a secret agent. LOVED THIS!!!
War Stories: I'm not the biggest Bigby fan, but this was ultimately a pretty engaging story featuring some background on the Big Bad Wolf. It of course escalates into a classic B Movie Horror trope that is as enjoyable as it is ridiculous:-)
The Mean Seasons: This arc is a return to proper Fables continuity. Without revealing too much, this is a game changer for sure. We see a changing of the guards with respect to leadership and pieces are set in motion for the next several volumes. The excellent thing about Bill Willingham is that he is a planner and all of his story lines feel very organic. This is no exception. This is a very solid story that could have been easily dismissed as filler before the big war with the Adversary. Thankfully, it wasn't.(less)
So despite what I believe to be the majority opinion, I'm not totally over the moon about Bigby. I get it. He's Wolverine. Basically, and Wolverine is...moreSo despite what I believe to be the majority opinion, I'm not totally over the moon about Bigby. I get it. He's Wolverine. Basically, and Wolverine is not my favorite X-Man either. So here we have a volume that is dedicated to the romance of Bigby and Snow and while I thought it was well written, it just isn't my favorite thing to read about in Fables. Hmmm...this does not sound like a four star review that I am writing so maybe I'm gonna knock it down to three.
Finally got my hands on this limited run comic by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely and it did not disappoint, although it did shatter my heart.
The pre...moreFinally got my hands on this limited run comic by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely and it did not disappoint, although it did shatter my heart.
The premise essentially is that a dog, a cat, and a rabbit have been genetically engineered into weapons of mass destruction.
This story is about their journey home.
As for the content, it is an extremely violent story not gratuitously so but violent nonetheless. In addition to Grant Morrison, who is in exceptional form, Frank Quitely also does some beautiful stunning artwork in this story.
It is hard to read for any animal lovers out there but it is a well done short story with horrific implications for man's desire for war.
At this point, I can hardly remember the time when I loathed Grant Morrison. (less)
I had seen this cover several times but never really picked it up for one reason or another until now. Due to my grad school comic project, I am tryin...moreI had seen this cover several times but never really picked it up for one reason or another until now. Due to my grad school comic project, I am trying to read through as much literature as possible.
This is one of the first pairings of Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly, both men I have come to appreciate over the past year.
Like Grant Morrison do, he pulls an obscure nugget of comic lore out and builds an entire story around it. This tale revolves around the Crime Syndicate of Amerika which takes place an a mirror universe of our own where an Earth exists not unlike our Earth except EVIL reigns supreme and GOOD is seen as some sort of crime.
On this Earth, there is a team just like the Justice League but not quite. This story is what happens when those universes collide!
Overall, it was a very fun enjoyable summer blockbuster type story. There is some interesting discourse about the nature of good and evil, but it is minimal.
Grant Morrison though is a force to be reckoned with because for reals, where does his imagination come from!(less)
I enjoyed this volume more than the first. I don't really want to get into spoilers here but I will say some events occur in this volume that will lik...moreI enjoyed this volume more than the first. I don't really want to get into spoilers here but I will say some events occur in this volume that will likely color the rest of the series. Also, Kitty Pryde=Buffy the Vampire Slayer.(less)
I'm losing some steam with this series. The Hellfire Club and Breakworld stuff are not really my bag, and unfortunately that is the meat of this story...moreI'm losing some steam with this series. The Hellfire Club and Breakworld stuff are not really my bag, and unfortunately that is the meat of this story. There were some interesting character choices in this third volume and it ended with a decent twist, so I will finish reading the fourth volume...even though I probably won't like it:-/(less)
There were parts of this book I didn't love which accounts for the 4 star review. However, those parts were likely intended for a younger audience say...moreThere were parts of this book I didn't love which accounts for the 4 star review. However, those parts were likely intended for a younger audience say around the ages of nine or ten. That isn't to disparage the book any as I continue to love it, but just not as much as book one. Rick Riordan continues to be too clever for his own good and for as comical and wacky as this book gets, ish gets real too! The reader is definitely marching right along with Percy as he gets closer to fulfilling a prophecy that will not end well. Speaking of endings, this book's ending leaves me no choice but to rush to Half-Price Books tonight to get my hands on the next in the series and hopefully I will find all the books there in a pretty row waiting just for me...for that is my destiny!(less)
I finished the first of three volumes of the Knightfall Saga. Overall, it was well done and ambitious, but I felt like it was lacking that special qua...moreI finished the first of three volumes of the Knightfall Saga. Overall, it was well done and ambitious, but I felt like it was lacking that special quality. The concept is solid, but I don't necessarily believe in the origin of Bane or why the hell he has out for Batman or wants to control Gotham City. It was hard to suspend disbelief a bit for me. Also, I found the multiple shots of Batman pushed to his limit became somewhat laughable and ridiculous at some point. The reader is just hit over the head so hard with it. Less could have been more in this particular scenario.
Funny story: This is the second book I've read by Brandon Sanderson. The first one, another book club book, was "Way of Kings" which I greatly enjoyed...moreFunny story: This is the second book I've read by Brandon Sanderson. The first one, another book club book, was "Way of Kings" which I greatly enjoyed but couldn't bring myself to love. In fact, I waffled between a three and a four star rating. My final sentiment in my review was something to the effect of "if this book were about half the size I would probably love it". Well, here we are...another book by Brandon Sanderson that just so happens to be about the half the size of "Way of Kings" and I. Absolutely. Adore. It.
The main problem I had with Way of Kings was that I felt it was very redundant and I could have easily eliminated a fourth of the book which would have produced a much slicker, faster paced read. Funnily enough, I didn't have to because he gave me the gift of Mistborn.
What works about this book is that Brandon Sanderson has a very linear plot moving the entire story along. We essentially stay with two main characters through out and a very manageable cast of supporting players. There are definitely opportunities for Sanderson's imagination and creativity to shine, but in a very pleasing and well paced way. The start was just a teensy bit slow for me, but there was a lot to take in at first. Once I became familiar with all the characters and the world, reading became a Breeze.
The actual plot of Mistborn is endlessly fascinating to me. What happens when the hero fails? What are heroes? What constitutes God? What is religion? What is legend? What is government? Are there perfect forms of any of these? Really really heavy stuff that he grapples with in just the right amounts. He doesn't really provide answer, but the book itself is very provocative. In particular with the character of the Lord Ruler and the books exploration of religion.
I would love someone to write a paper examining the Mistborn Trilogy and His Dark Materials side by side.
As for the actual characters, I feel in love with them. Their relationships were absolutely the foundation of the book and the reason I kept reading. I also admire Brandon Sanderson for not being afraid to kill off characters despite how much I may want them to live.
He also does an incredible job of making me want to continue the series by planting the seed for future plot developments and raising questions about concepts introduced in the first book. How Brandon Sanderson manages to create so much content is beyond me. It appears he also has corresponding notations for this book which I haven't even begun to read. I'm clearly only good at producing content in my Goodreads Reviews and nothing else:-)
Well done, Brandon Sanderson, well done! While initially this felt like a template for "Way of Kings", it far surpassed it in my eyes becoming the book I wanted "Way of Kings" to be!