Obviously this worked well for me. Especially since I read this onI really, really, really like A Christmas Carol. And I really, really like Batman.
Obviously this worked well for me. Especially since I read this on Christmas eve.
Also kind of amazing that both the art and story were done by the same guy! And talk about great art. The entirety of this piece is so atmospheric its great. All around a fabulous volume for fans of Batman and Dickens....more
I think this may be one of my, if not one of my, favorite Batman graphic novels. And not just because they were good or action packed or kept me guessI think this may be one of my, if not one of my, favorite Batman graphic novels. And not just because they were good or action packed or kept me guessing (I had Batman: Hush for that), but because there was so much going on in these two stories.
And also genius for putting these two stories together. Seriously. I didn't quite get it at first, but after completing the book, I definitely saw why.
Both have such ties and such emphasis on Gotham and, in particular, Gotham with superheroes (including Batman, har har), and both are so interested, even if they don't say so directly, on the influence of superheroes in creating supervillains. Both, also, give homage to the Batman/Gordon split seen in Miller's Batman: Year One, though this time with Gordon actually trusting Batman since the first story in this collection seems to happen very soon after Batman: Year One, while the other happens much later down the road, but still reflecting on Gotham's place as the birthplace of superheroes. Both pieces bring such a sense of legacy, of place to their stories, its utterly fascinating to examine the worlds the stories show us. It's extremely lovely to someone like me, who just can't help but analyse everything, to see how the comics showcase Gotham with and without Batman, and how much his influence shapes the world around him.
Basically, this collection is worth reading. Worth having. And worth thinking about, over and over again. ...more
So I actually picked this up on a whim at Value Village (aka thrift store). Well to be honest I picked it up put it down picBravo little book, bravo.
So I actually picked this up on a whim at Value Village (aka thrift store). Well to be honest I picked it up put it down picked it up put it down and then settled it lovingly in my arms along with whatever else I was adopting that day.
And I'm really glad I did.
This book was like a cross between Beautiful Creatures, The Raven Boys, and Unspoken, but with the setting of Creatures (which is why you know I dug this book), a touch of Raven, and the atmosphere of Unspoken. Plus add some Revolution in there for spice (view spoiler)[and ghosts (hide spoiler)]. It also, strangely, reminded me of Charles de Lint's urban fiction in that the fantasy elements of The Splendor Falls were never as obvious to the real world as some of the titles above; which was something I really liked because it tied up things nicely, but also created a sensation of realism to a plot in which a teenage girl can fix/stop this dangerous thing, while preserving the feeling of isolation (a theme that resounds on every page of this book) we inevitably associate with the town Sylvia lives in during the course of the novel.
Basically, this novel actually felt realistic. It wasn't a fantasy with redemption/uncovering-the-past-and-therefore-yourself elements, but a story centered on Sylvie, her faults, courage, and heart with fantasy elements that help her change and accept herself.
While there were some parts of the book I didn't care for, (the ending was a bit rushed, I wish we could have gotten more answers about Sylvie's dad, and what was that epilogue???), I really did enjoy this little gem. It may not make it into my top 5, but I don't think it will be leaving my mind anytime soon. And I hope that is praise enough. 4-4.5/5
P.S. OMG I can't believe I forgot Gigi in my review. I loved Gigi. I'm seriously thinking of making a bookshelf just for awesome dogs because of her (similar to my sassy feline one). Of course only her and the Disreputable Dog would be on it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Urg. So sad this is the end of the dream team for this series. Still debating picking up volume 5 (and trying the new guys) or just picking up the issUrg. So sad this is the end of the dream team for this series. Still debating picking up volume 5 (and trying the new guys) or just picking up the issue that deals with the end of this story arc....more
I actually read this book a few weeks ago. But being slightly more than a little weary of it, wasn't quite sure what to think of it. I mean I obviouslI actually read this book a few weeks ago. But being slightly more than a little weary of it, wasn't quite sure what to think of it. I mean I obviously liked it, at least according to my evidence: read in like a day, was wayyyy too involved in the romance, and was praising it internally for quite a few things.
But I had really, really, REALLY had issues with The Demon's Covenant and felt like I could never like this author because of it.
So I debated for like a week or two, maybe three. And, yesterday, started talked a friend about it, and how I was just weird about the whole thing. She just looked at me, and proceeded to clearly state it was pretty obvious I liked the book.
She was right. I liked it. The romance was swoon-worthy, the plot was fun, and there was a Nancy Drew/Veronica Marsish to it that made me happy. It could have maybe have been longer, but I tend to want everything to be longer (though not The Pickwick Papers at the moment). So yeah I liked the book, and maybe I even like Breenan again.
Elements of traditional (or at least how I see traditional) scifi? A super duper hellobabycanyouplease romance? Also conspiracy?! And aliens and thingElements of traditional (or at least how I see traditional) scifi? A super duper hellobabycanyouplease romance? Also conspiracy?! And aliens and things and omg.