If I had to describe this to someone, it would be The Handmaid's Tale meets The Hunger Games meets the old exploitation 'Girls in Prison' films.
The arIf I had to describe this to someone, it would be The Handmaid's Tale meets The Hunger Games meets the old exploitation 'Girls in Prison' films.
The artwork isn't the prettiest, but the story makes up for it. I do like the retro elements of the pages of 'advertisements' in each chapter/issue that remind me of the ads in the seventies comic books.
The summary of the book would be something like: in a future where the right-wing has taken control, and women are basically second-class citizens, women who do not meet the standards for looks and behaviour are labeled 'non-compliant'. The worst of those are sent to a prison world often referred to as 'Bitch Planet'. And for various reasons, a woman in the newest batch of prisoners to arrive is told to set up a team for a very popular sport (only played by men, of course).
I liked the characters, and the story was appropriately brutal for the setting. Definitely worth reading, unless you are freaked out by the idea of feminists in prison....more
A gorgeously illustrated book about three women famous for studying three primate races (and all encouraged by Louis Leakey). I particularly like theA gorgeously illustrated book about three women famous for studying three primate races (and all encouraged by Louis Leakey). I particularly like the fact that while some adult themes were lightly sketched, they weren't completely ignored. Namely, Birute's divorce and marriage to a local man, and Diane Fossey's murder by the poachers who did not appreciate her trying to stop them from hunting the endangered gorillas.
Needless to say, it didn't go into extensive detail, but it gave a great overview, and a bibliography for extended reading by kids who want to know more.
As soon as I finished the book, I passed it on to my 12 year old niece, who was quickly engrossed. We'll see if her 9 year old sister is interested in reading it after her....more
A brilliant story. In a vaguely medieval, high-tech kingdom, Ballister Blackheart and Sir Goldenloin are former friends, now rivals (after the incidenA brilliant story. In a vaguely medieval, high-tech kingdom, Ballister Blackheart and Sir Goldenloin are former friends, now rivals (after the incident that led to Ballister losing an arm). They spar back and forth, but nothing really changes.
Then a young woman named Nimona goes to Ballister wanting to be his sidekick. She's a shapeshifter, and rather violent (and maybe even insane). With her arrival, Ballister finds himself with stronger plans that go further, which annoys the Institute that turned Goldenloin into the kingdom's champion and Ballister into his nemesis, and appears to have nefarious purposes.
The art is very evocative, and the story is great. My only complaint was that some of the early chapters should have been relettered, since the lettering is small enough and fine enough to make reading it a bit difficult for my middle-aged eyes....more
This volume collects the stories that really cemented my love for Fables (and the tv shows Grimm and Once Upon a Time are pale immitations in my booksThis volume collects the stories that really cemented my love for Fables (and the tv shows Grimm and Once Upon a Time are pale immitations in my books).
The first part was printed as a special volume, not part of the numbered issues in the series. It gives the reader a better idea of what drove the Fables into our world, telling the story of the last city to hold out against 'The Adversary' and his armies, and the last boat to escape. We see the sacrifice of those who stayed behind to delay the enemy so that the last ship can get away. There is the tragic love story of Little Boy Blue and Red Riding Hood. And finally, the grief and guilt of those who were on that last boat out.
This leads directly into the first move of the Adversary against Fabletown, and the discovery that Ghepetto is building armies of wooden soldiers for the Adversary. But is he doing it willingly or not?
Red Riding Hood shows up out of the blue, apparently having survived as a slave, and finally managing to escape through a gate in Canada. Bigby is suspicious and goes to investigate, which leaves the very pregnant Snow White to lead Fabletown against the army of Wooden Soldiers. Meanwhile, Prince Charming is trying to oust King Cole as mayor and take the job for himself.
This volume has death and blood. Characters die who are from Fairy Tales not well known enough for them to recover. The story ends with a funeral for those who died.
My favorite character in this volume has to be Frau Tottenhaufer, who was the witch in Hansel and Gretel. Her fight proves her to be a total bad-ass. And poor Boy Blue, who gets his heart broken all over again. Oh, and is so badly tortured that he goes into battle with his sword taped to his hand....more
Despite Goldilocks and Bluebeard teaming up to take control of Fabletown, this volume turned out to be a little lighter weight than the ones before anDespite Goldilocks and Bluebeard teaming up to take control of Fabletown, this volume turned out to be a little lighter weight than the ones before and after it.
The most important plot element is that while under a spell, Bigby Wolf and Snow White get together and as a result, Snow White ends up pissed off and pregnant....more
Okay, I'm not even going to try to explain this one. A group of heroes (?) used to work for a government agency (sorta) that was really funded by a grOkay, I'm not even going to try to explain this one. A group of heroes (?) used to work for a government agency (sorta) that was really funded by a group that is involved with terrorism (I think). They go rogue, and are being hunted by the organization, while trying to shut down said organization.
There are enemy robots that are part brocoli, attack koala bears and crabs, corrupt cops, and a lot of swearing (covered over by little skull and crossbones icons).
Oh, and a male-shaped robot wearing an oversized bra.
A lot of fun if you have a slightly twisted sense of humor....more
This volume continues in the vein of the first one, with Watanuki working for the witch Yuka (despite the fact that he doesn't want to, and there's noThis volume continues in the vein of the first one, with Watanuki working for the witch Yuka (despite the fact that he doesn't want to, and there's nothing really forcing him to). He pines after a girl at school, who is really cute and slightly clueless.
From there we go into a summer story with ghost stories, and are introduced to Watanuki's nemesis, a handsome man from the archery team who lives at the local temple and is far cooler than Watanuki can ever hope to be. Worse yet, it turns out that when Watanuki attracks a ghost, his rival would be able to banish them. If he can bring himself to ask.
Especially handy are the guides at the back of each volume, which explain characters, origins, and cultural backgrounds.
The art is very interesting, since it doesn't seem to be the usual artist from the group. However, it may also be a deliberate change of style to go with the story....more
This is the second of four omnibus editions collecting the entire series of Cardcaptor Sakura, although towards the end, you might think that this wasThis is the second of four omnibus editions collecting the entire series of Cardcaptor Sakura, although towards the end, you might think that this was actually the conclusion.
The last few cards are collected, Sakura goes through a test of her right to be the master of the cards, we get to find out more about the background of various characters, and hints are advanced of greater trials to come.
One of my favorite parts was the school play (other than the creepy romantic bits between the teacher and one of the 10yo students, continuing from the last volume), where roles were assigned randomly, so Syaoran ends up as Sleeping Beauty, and Sakura is the princess who rescues 'her'.
The art, as usual, is gorgeous, and I love that they included so many of the colour pages from the original publications....more