First of all, the artwork is GORGEOUS!!! Every page is practically worthy of display!
However, Luke Pearson is an artist first and an author second whiFirst of all, the artwork is GORGEOUS!!! Every page is practically worthy of display!
However, Luke Pearson is an artist first and an author second which does come across in the first of these Hilda stories. The presentation of this book is a hardcover that appears to be more like a child's picture book than it does a child's graphic novel. Even the pages are quite a bit bigger than we usually see. None of this is necessarily a problem except that the story also feels like the length of a children's book and so with all of the graphics, this volume feels a bit slight.
If say, all the Hilda stories were released in one big volume like this then...I'd probably want to own it. However, I'm not quite sure what to make of this presentations.
All of this is being somewhat nitpicky though as I thought it was a gorgeous and charming story!...more
Here is the truth: Noelle Stevenson is a superstar and you should do yourself a favor and read everything she has ever touched!
I first cameHere is the truth: Noelle Stevenson is a superstar and you should do yourself a favor and read everything she has ever touched!
I first came to know the name Noelle Stevenson from the ongoing comic series, Lumberjanes which is AMAZING!!! So amazing that it actually got picked up to be an ongoing series instead of just a limited series because the world demanded it! Unfortunately, Noelle Stevenson couldn't commit to staying on Lumberjanes because she already had worked lined up for after Lumberjanes.
That brings us to Nimona which is a collected edition of her original webcomic featuring a young woman who joins forces with an evil genius to wreak havoc on the world...
Except it is so much more than that.
As I've often said, I have nothing but loads of respect for creatives who can write AND illustrate their stories. When those stories are funny, engaging, fantastical, and moving! Well, then I am just beside myself. Nimona was all of those things! Noelle Stevenson is doing so much to change the landscape of literature and entertainment. I can not wait to see what she does next.
No seriously, because it is called "4 Wizards" and it looks AMAZING!!!
One more note about Noelle Stevenson, she is the creator of The Hawkeye Initiative. If you haven't heard of it, The Hawkeye Initiative began as a way to call attention to the ridiculous poses female characters assumed in comics by redrawing those same poses with Hawkeye. It soon took on a life of its own because of the Internet and she was just in grad school when that started.
Anyway...remember the name Noelle Stevenson because she is going to change the world for the better. ...more
I bought my copy of this book in a small bookstore in Ellensburg, Washington on the weekend of my brother's graduation from grad school.
It has a smallI bought my copy of this book in a small bookstore in Ellensburg, Washington on the weekend of my brother's graduation from grad school.
It has a small stain on the book cover from where I set it in its paper bag on his counter. At the time the stain was quite pronounced, but since then the stain has all but faded.
I like buying books in unusual places, though I don't get the opportunity that often to do so. It personalizes my relationship with my book and it feels as though we had to go through a very specific set of circumstances to find each other. Though I know that I could have easily gotten this book a number of places.
This is my second Ishiguro novel.
This is his seventh novel.
I've only read this and his previous novel, "Never Let Me Go", which I can barely remember although I reviewed it very favorably.
It was read for a book club to which I belonged.
This novel called to me. Pleaded for me to read it and eventually, once my brain was in the proper space to be able to handle an adult novel while raising a wee babe, I bought it and decided to give it a go.
Almost immediately upon reading the first chapter, Ishiguro cast a spell on me. His mastery of the language is remarkable. The text felt...Shakespearean in its heightened drama. I'm not the only one who was reminded somewhat of "King Lear" while reading this book. Though the cast of characters is relatively small, Ishiguro does well to create an intriguing and mysterious cast of characters to fill out his complex tale of memory.
What is worth remembering?
What should we forget?
Admittedly, he has grappled with this question throughout much of his work. I'm taking him at his word on this as I've only read two of his seven novels. Memory is something I find quite fascinating though in my own life.
One of the reasons I came to Goodreads initially was to keep track of my thoughts on the books I read because years, if I'm being kind, or months, if I'm being honest, after reading a novel...I can only really remember how it made me feel. It is very difficult, nearly impossible for me to recall very specific plot points.
So there is something very appealing to me about the problem of memory that lingers in "The Buried Giant" that is at once, deeply personal, but also much larger than the relationship between Axl and Beatrice.
In subsequent researching upon completing the book, Ishiguro revealed that he attempted to tackle the personal problem of memory as well as the societal problem of memory. How as a nation, do we decide what to remember and what to forget?
It is an incredibly apt discussion to have at this moment in time for any number of current events, but Ishiguro weaves the tale so subtlety that the reader may deal with the real world applications days, weeks, or years upon completing the novel.
Much as also been made of Ishiguro subverting the fantasy genre for his latest novel though he is deemed by critics as a literary author. Much has been made of this debate and all of it is endlessly fascinating as well as somewhat meaningless.
I will say that Ishiguro does have a rather unique gift in using all resources available to him to tell the story he wants to tell. I absolutely understand why he made the choices he made with this book and I believe they completely worked. Being a reader who enjoys fantasy probably didn't hurt, but I also sometimes question the use of genre.
I'm not saying much about the plot of this book because I believe it is better left approaching this book with as little knowledge as possible about the actual text.
What I will say is that this is a book that is definitely worth your time...and even your memory....more
I started reading this within days of finishing the first book in the series. While I still enjoyed it greatly and finished it quickly, I was left witI started reading this within days of finishing the first book in the series. While I still enjoyed it greatly and finished it quickly, I was left with a twinge of disappointment. Cimorene was not the POV character in this book, although she was very much a main character in the book. I also was bothered by the fact that she seemed like somewhat of a less powerful character when compared to Mendenbar and his particular brand of magic. While this series is wonderful for its equal representation of male/female characters in terms of narrative, I feel that the women are playing the slightest second fiddle to the men. ...more
This is the penultimate volume of Fables. The final volume will actually also be the final issue. Issue #150 which was intended to be the final issueThis is the penultimate volume of Fables. The final volume will actually also be the final issue. Issue #150 which was intended to be the final issue of Fables ended up being 160 pages long and so it is being released as the final volume, which will be Volume 22.
But this review isn't about Volume 22, but rather Volume 21.
I didn't love it as much as Camelot, but I did enjoy it. The "Last Story of..." shorts were mostly interesting ranging from nice twists (Beauty and The Beast) to obnoxious (Jack who is perhaps one of my least favorite characters ever.)
There was also a lot of violence in this volume, which felt at times gratuitous. The body count was also high which seemed unnecessary and also a little confusing because do Fables not come back anymore? Although now that I'm thinking about it...I guess he addressed some of the reasons why dead is dead for some of these.
Regardless, there is a symmetry to Fables that I can appreciate it in that Fables started with Snow White, Rose Red, and Bigby and now it is ending with those three.
I'll reserve judgement until I read the very end but part of me wishes he would have stopped at issue #75 like he originally intended. ...more
I did not enjoy this as much as Volume 2, but I clearly enjoyed it more than Volume 3 so I'm going to give it a four but it hovers between a 3 and a 4I did not enjoy this as much as Volume 2, but I clearly enjoyed it more than Volume 3 so I'm going to give it a four but it hovers between a 3 and a 4 for me, so maybe 3.5 is more accurate. ...more
This was definitely a labor of love for Chris Northrop and I can really appreciate that and I'm glad he finally got to realize his story in such a gorThis was definitely a labor of love for Chris Northrop and I can really appreciate that and I'm glad he finally got to realize his story in such a gorgeous volume!
I didn't LOVE it as much as I wanted to, but I enjoyed it a great deal! ...more