Came across this book while checking in a crate of new items and was immediately attracted to the cover which was gorgeous and then read that it was aCame across this book while checking in a crate of new items and was immediately attracted to the cover which was gorgeous and then read that it was about multiple Londons.
So I read it and although it is technically adult (for some minor language and sexual innuendo I'd imagine) it reads much more like YA, which doesn't surprise me because that is this author's background.
The book was very fun and I look forward to see what she comes out with next....more
Fresh off the heels of finishing "Elantris", I wanted to read more Brandon Sanderson. In keeping with my loose goal of this year to read books that IFresh off the heels of finishing "Elantris", I wanted to read more Brandon Sanderson. In keeping with my loose goal of this year to read books that I own, I actually owned another Brandon Sanderson book called Warbreaker.
This book was initially a very different experience from other Brandon Sanderson books I had read. In fact, it was as if I was reading "Game of Thrones" if Brandon had written it. By that I mean, that it was very focused on court politics and who was the rightful king as well as being the BS book in which he most openly discusses sex.
While Warbreaker is nowhere near the graphic content of GRR Martin, it did feel slightly different as a novel. Upon further reading, there are some reasons for that which Brandon explains on his website. However, what is most interesting is that he considers "Warbreaker" somewhat of a companion novel to "Elantris" in that they are both different explorations of the same idea.
As far as the book, it was fantastic and Brandon Sanderson continues to amaze me with the breadth and depth of his imagination. What an inspiration! In addition to incredibly complicated and unique magic systems, I also really enjoy what he does with religions.
This book, moreso, than Elantris definitely ends with an eye to a sequel.
Having a baby to take care of is challenging and time-consuming. It is fantastically marvelous and amazing and miraculous too, but my reading this booHaving a baby to take care of is challenging and time-consuming. It is fantastically marvelous and amazing and miraculous too, but my reading this book is not necessarily about those things. My son was born in June of last year and this is really the first non-graphic book I've read since he was born because my brain just could not handle it before now.
Also in keeping with making reading decisions based on having a son, I'm definitely more conscious of the money I spend what with baby things to buy and daycare costs to pay. Prior to June 2014, I bought a lot of books and many of them I just wanted to own and was going to read them someday but didn't always get around to it. Well this year I've decided that my reading goal will be based on reading the books I actually own and, in some cases, have owned for quite some time.
So first up was reading Elantris, Brandon Sanderson's first novel which I was expecting to fall somewhere in between "Way of Kings" and "Mistborn" for me. The former I greatly enjoyed while the latter I loved SO MUCH I may have claimed it was perfect;-) After reading Elantris, I can say that it very much lived up to my expectations. I enjoyed it more than "Way of Kings" but not as much as "Mistborn". Mostly because there are a lot of ideas that Brandson Sanderson attempts in Elantris that I feel he perfects in "Mistborn".
However, I'll tell you that about a quarter of the way into Elantris, I was totally hooked. So much so that I binge read my way through hundreds of pages this past weekend. I can't tell you the last time that happened! Brandon Sanderson is such a world builder and I often find myself enchanted by the worlds he creates! Elantris is no different!
I will say that I am surprised at how much carnage there was in this book and maybe it existed in Mistborn as well, but the violence in this book seemed a little more blunt and a little more graphic. Additionally, I do not turn to Brandon Sanderson books for sexy sexy romance. While relationships happen in his books, there is a very chaste and somewhat clumsy quality to them. Not a bad thing necessarily, there was just one moment in this book that kind of made me wince a little bit because I understand why he put the line in, but I think the book could have done just fine without it. He handles that particular situation a bit more deftly in Mistborn.
Elantris was a wonderful stand-alone novel although I hear tell he has plans to write a sequel! I would too after constructing such a world! Brandon Sanderson's imagination is a national treasure and god bless him for being as prolific and diverse as he is!...more
The film version of this book was one of my staple films growing up, but it wasn't until just now that I actually read the book.
It was as good if notThe film version of this book was one of my staple films growing up, but it wasn't until just now that I actually read the book.
It was as good if not better than the film, which should come as little surprise because the author wrote both the book and the screenplay.
Peter S. Beagle wrote a fairy tale that was self-aware and offered subtle commentary on other fairy tales. All of this I enjoyed. This was the first book in my female led fantasy series and I have to say that although the titular character is definitely featured prominently (as is Molly Grue), I feel like this is mostly Schmendrick's novel by just a hair.
If anything, this book is balanced between Schmendrick and Prince Lir (as dudes) and Lady Amalthea and Molly Grue (as ladies).
I loved this and it was a great book to read to my son at bedtime....more
So I really articulate a specific reason I started reading "The Neverending Story" to Ozzy as the first bedtime book. It just felt right. Now, Ozzy waSo I really articulate a specific reason I started reading "The Neverending Story" to Ozzy as the first bedtime book. It just felt right. Now, Ozzy was way to young to even comprehend the words I was reading or follow the story in anyway. The important part of reading to him was that he was hearing me speak and read and learning verbalization each night before bed. I, on the other hand, had something new to read each night as we would make a few pages or so each night before putting him to bed.
As you can see, it took a very long time to finish this book but it was totally worth it. I really do love this book and I think Michael Ende does a fantastic job of telling a story about stories.
I look forward to reading this again with Ozzy once he is older:-)...more
The sad truth is that there are years of my life that did not have Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston in them.
The silver lining is that Zorgamazoo by RoThe sad truth is that there are years of my life that did not have Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston in them.
The silver lining is that Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston is part of my life now!
This was a recommendation that came from a co-worker because she felt it seemed like my kind of book. I was intrigued by her description. Later I went on to Amazon because they had a preview of the book and I read it out loud to my wife, who was just as intrigued as I was!
From just reading the preview, I couldn't get Zorgamazoo out of my head. I was baffled as to why Robert Paul Weston and ANY of his books were not in my life. Upon closer inspection, in addition to Zorgamazoo, he wrote another fantasy book in rhyme (Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff), a hard-boiled fairy tale noir (Dust City), and a book that Buzzfeed described as “Stunning…a bit like if you took Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Monsters Inc. and shoved them in a TARDIS.” (The Creature Department).
After this little investigation it was clear to me that Robert Paul Weston had access to my brain and wrote all the books that I would dearly love to read! So I decided to buy all of his books for my birthday because even though I had read only the preview for Zorgamazoo, I had a hunch that this guy would become one of my favorite authors of all time!
So then...what did I think of Zorgamazoo???
Well, I actually started reading in the hospital of all places. My wife needed to get a RhoGAM shot to prevent her O- blood from attacking our baby like it was a virus. Her shot was scheduled for a Sunday which was weird because the department that usually takes care of RhoGAM shots was closed that day. Long story short-ish, we did a lot of waiting in the hospital room on Sunday...my birthday.
But I brought Zorgamazoo and so I asked my wife if I could start reading it out loud to her to pass the time and because we were anxious to see what this book was like and so I started reading out loud a story that was "stranger than strange". For those that don't know, Zorgamazoo is a nearly 300 page fantasy written entirely in verse. I don't feel the book truly comes alive until each and every word is spoken. Within minutes my wife and I are deeply in love with this book.
Also in love with this book is our tiny baby who was kicking and spinning around to show his love for this book as his mom and dad took turns reading each chapter out loud. It was a fantastic way to spend the morning! It was hilarious as well as from time to time, a nurse would come into the room to give us a status report and we would stop reading...mid-rhyme...only to continue again immediately upon the nurse exiting the room.
We continued to read chapters from Zorgamazoo out loud each night that week before going to bed. All of us excited to hear more. I don't want to spoil any of the plot points but I do want to say this about the book.
Katrina Katrell, one of the heroes of this book, is a wonderful and much needed character in children's literature. She is a strong, quirky, fiercely independent girl who instantly has your heart! Robert Paul Weston creates a great female character by simply telling a fantastic story that features an amazing character. There is nothing contrived about the story he is telling.
Mortimer Yorgle, the other hero of this book, will have your heart for a different set of reasons. Among them is that Robert Paul Weston again thwarts reader expectations by presenting a very different male hero in a fantasy story. And don't even get me started on Morty's relationship with his father! Do you know what a strange sensation it is to be speaking in verse AND crying at the same time!!!
But that is the magic of Zorgamazoo!
You would think that writing a nearly 300 page fantasy story completely in verse would produce, at least in parts, a story that felt contrived in some spots but that is not the case. The particular brand of genius that is Robert Paul Weston's mind has created an organic story with such heart that you will laugh, you will cry, and you will sit in awe that someone has produced this book which deserves to be a classic right alongside the books of Roald Dahl and Dr. Seuess.
So what are you waiting for???
Go read this book right now! Out loud! To strangers...or friends...or just to yourself, but do yourself a favor and bring Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston into your life!!! ...more
So I met Francesco Francavilla at my first and only Comic Con experience at Emerald Con. He was sitting at a table right when I walked in the door andSo I met Francesco Francavilla at my first and only Comic Con experience at Emerald Con. He was sitting at a table right when I walked in the door and there was an employee trying to get people to get his work signed. It seemed...a little humiliating for him. Additionally, in the state of awe and wonder I was in I got him accidentally confused with Francis Manupal, who was the artist on the New 52 Flash.
So I got a signature from Francesco Francavilla...it must still be with my Comic-Con stuff...even though I didn't realize at the time who he was. In the year that followed, I realized who he is and how amazing his art was. For example, he worked on Scott Snyder's "Black Mirror" and is currently drawing "Afterlife with Archie".
Simply part, his artwork is lush, evocative, and deeply cinematic.
The Black Beetle is his creator owned comic featuring a character that is a pastiche and homage to pulpy noir classics of the 40s and 50s. While the writing is a little thin, the story is more than carried by Francavilla's artwork. On each the covers which are definitely frame-able prints, he writes "Written and Directed by Francesco Francavilla" which I think is entirely accurate. Artist/writers are such visual beasts that the story is truly told just as much with words as it is with art.
Jeff Lemire is another great example of this.
In the end, the overall plot of The Black Beetle which, as I said, was a tad bit thin is the reason this is not a five star review. That being said, the Dark Horse hardback of this work is gorgeous and I don't regret buying it for even one minute! ...more
Kevin Eastman is doing some interesting tricks with the narrative to kind of acknowledge the original TMNT sThis was as enjoyable as the first volume!
Kevin Eastman is doing some interesting tricks with the narrative to kind of acknowledge the original TMNT series that came before this reboot.
Familiar characters are getting set up: Casey Jones, April O'Neil, Baxter Stockman and the Mousers.
I will also say that he is doing a good job at establishing the dynamics of the turtles themselves as well as sowing the seeds of conflicts to come. I never realized the emotional truth of each turtle, and to be fair they may not have been as evident, but I'm really enjoying what Kevin Eastman is doing especially with the inherent conflict between Leonardo's blind faith in Splinter and Donatello's pragmatism and reliance on science. Michelangelo is developing into the heart of the team while Raphael hasn't really gotten to explore his issues yet.
Even thought I've finished reading this gorgeous thick volume reprint of Elephantmen, it is hard for me to articulate exactly how it made me feel.
OnEven thought I've finished reading this gorgeous thick volume reprint of Elephantmen, it is hard for me to articulate exactly how it made me feel.
On one hand, the concept and commitment to the concept is incredibly audacious! The images of these large anthropomorphic animals is hypnotizing and I can't seem to get them out of my head. The actual story itself is engaging enough although all the reviews I've read suggest this first volume is essentially a warm-up to what is to come.
The only turn-offs for me are that the sexual aspects of the series makes me a tad uncomfortable. It wasn't actually anything more than implied but it still makes me scratch my head a bit.
I'm willing to give the series a try still because when Elephantmen is good, it is fantastic!...more
I loved him as a kid when he appeared on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cartoon and I love him now! Stan SakaThis was fantastic!
I love Usagi Yojimbo!
I loved him as a kid when he appeared on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cartoon and I love him now! Stan Sakai does an incredible job with his art in that one panel, it is adorable and cutesy and in the next panel, Usagi is looking like a bad-ass cutting off villainous heads!
I had attempted to read Grasscutter before which is actually pretty late in the series and I think I felt a bit lost or at the very least, I know that I missed a lot of things that Sakai does with his world-building.
This volume starts from the beginning and it was AMAZING!!!
Fortunately, I heard Neil Gaiman himself read an excerpt of this when I saw him in Lexington/became best friends with him.
It is a delightful romp thatFortunately, I heard Neil Gaiman himself read an excerpt of this when I saw him in Lexington/became best friends with him.
It is a delightful romp that almost seems entirely written for adults to read them to small children. Fortunately, I have a small child on the way to whom I am very much looking forward to reading this.
I do wonder if he was working on this at all while he was writing one of two scripts for Doctor Who because it is very timey wimey and the father does say lines that it is very easy to hear Matt Smith's Doctor say. Fortunately, I am a Whovian so time travel in stories doesn't really throw me.
I enjoyed this very much and Skottie Young was wonderful as always with the illustrations. I would have loved to see a colorized version, but fortunately, the black and white illustrations were just as dazzling....more