As most of those who have read the previous graphic novel adaptations will probably guess, this one is pretty much garbage as well. If you haven't staAs most of those who have read the previous graphic novel adaptations will probably guess, this one is pretty much garbage as well. If you haven't stay clear. The writing, artwork, and overallness of the piece is just as crappy as the first two were. THERE IS NO IMPROVEMENT. IT DOES NOT GET BETTER. JUST READ THE BOOKS. THE MOVIES ARE CRAP. THE GRAPHIC NOVELS ARE CRAP. READ THE BOOKS AND LOOK UP FANART TO GET YOUR PERCABETH NEEDS MET.
I really don't understand how a franchise that has and continues to make Riordan so much money (happy to give it to ya btw, clearly way too in love with your work) has CONTINUED to screw it over with terrible TERRIBLE adaptations. The guys who did the Artemis fowl GNs were better.
Anyway, here's some examples of the artwork in the book as further evidence. I think I'm pretty much done reading these horrible things.
WHAT ARE THOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Much, much, MUCH better than the first book's adaptation, but still mediocre compared to the wonderful graphic novels made out of children's books likMuch, much, MUCH better than the first book's adaptation, but still mediocre compared to the wonderful graphic novels made out of children's books like Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel or The Amulet of Samarkand: A Bartimaeus Graphic Novel. I don't know if its Riordan's writing (let's face it this series only gets good in book 3) or the editors or what, but I'm really glad I got this for 99 cents. ...more
Also this series is really hard to explain to someone:
It's about this world that has a religion that kind of revolves aroConsider me a fan for life.
Also this series is really hard to explain to someone:
It's about this world that has a religion that kind of revolves around prostitution. But it's really cool and totally makes sens....
and that's usually when they walk away or ask me if it's erotica.
It's a bloody good series though. A bit long, but wonderful in its incorporation of history, its character development, and its political intrigue. Oh and the use of language, definitely calling out to the French in me, Carey. Keep it up.
My first encounter with you was through your highly depressing and more than a little annoying Hades' Daughter a few months ago. WhDear Mrs. Douglass,
My first encounter with you was through your highly depressing and more than a little annoying Hades' Daughter a few months ago. While I found the book enjoyable to a degree, it did annoy me regarding its portrayal of 'good' girls vs evil ones, aka the whiny limp string noodle of a heroine and the evil, sexy, and powerful villain, and the apparent lust filled characters you filled it full of that were more than a little possessive.
Plus there was that really awkward sharpening my knife villain sequences that made me facepalm more than a few times.
(of which I'm very grateful didn't occur in this novel)
So I must admit I did start Wayfarer with some trepidation. I wasn't pleased with a lot of your choices, but I thought at the very least, considering this was recommended to me by my BFF, would be somewhat entertaining on the same level or higher that HD was.
There were a lot of things I found wrong with this novel. The writing, the prophecy names/categories, your presentation of the elvish characters (who were passive to a degree that pissed me off), the romance, the 'manipulation' of the god-like characters. Even your mythology made me a little angry.
But. I have to admit the thing that broke any respect I had for you or this novel was the fact that the main heroine's purpose was solely to marry the man she hated to save everyone.
The main heroine's job was to get married so no one would get jealous over her.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
I mean I'm not a big feminist by any means. Sure I believe in equality and I hate sexism, but I am not an active part of that community. But this disgusting plot point and obvious let's-keep-the-lovers-apart part of the story disturbed me to a degree I didn't know I could feel.
Yes, I did finish your book. Because my friend recommended it and because I love her, and I hoped to god it would get better. Which surprising it did. The last 50 some pages were somewhat interesting.
But you can bet I won't be reading any more of your work. I'm sick and tired of heroines who are so beautiful the world moons over them and who's main problem comes from their jealous admirers. This is not women taking power. This is treating women like a sex symbol, a prize to be won.
And you can bet I won't be standing for it.
Also what the heck is this scene about?
When the Mother joined her in the water She brought with Her fragrant soap. Slowly She washed Faraday, Her fingers soothing and gentle as they traced over Faraday's body. Faraday closed her eyes and leaned back into the Mother's arms in the water, letting both water and the Mother's hands support her as she floated. "Mother," she whispered, unable to believe the sensations that the Mother's hands caused her, "that feels so good!" The Mother smiled and lifted Her hands to massage the girl's scalp, soaping her hair and rubbing Her fingers softly yet firmly across the girl's temples. "You have known only the awkward touch of your husband, Daughter. I have the hands of love."
So did the mother goddess of this novel just have a sexual experience with one of her devotees or what?
I honestly have no words. This book blew me away page after page, chapter after chapter, and word after word. I wasn't sure how to recover after readiI honestly have no words. This book blew me away page after page, chapter after chapter, and word after word. I wasn't sure how to recover after reading this.
This was both a book/series recommended to me, (thanks Em!), and a series I had been interested in after reading a short story set in this world in myThis was both a book/series recommended to me, (thanks Em!), and a series I had been interested in after reading a short story set in this world in my grandmother's (and now mine) Winter Moon anthology years and years and yeaaars ago. The two reasons why I read this are not connected, but it was an interesting collide of fate when my friend suggested I read a series I just happened to have a short story set in, and also the single short story she had NOT read and had been meaning to read for like ever.
There was a lot of squealing, I assure you.
Urban Shaman was an interesting novel. Like many novels in the urban-fantasy-fey-inclined-mythology-persuasion, it was a nice mish-mash of all sorts of fun, freaky, glowing-eyes things, legends, and myths from all over, including not only typical English fairy tales, but some American aboriginal traditions, and few other things even I didn't recognize. And surprisingly it performed reasonably well in spite of the array of mythological elements it was dealing with.
Which doesn't always happen.
It also weaved said mythological elements in a plot that made sense and had me wondering throughout the damn thing what the heck was going to happen to my heroine.
(Yes, Jo is my heroine. I love her to bits. She is bitchy, sarcastic, and really good at this whole hero stuff. Sign me up, I want more.)
There was, however, a bit of a downside to the mix of mythologies that were included. Namely the chaotic kind of way they were presented/introduced. So, in most novels, you have this terrible thing called infodumping. And yes, it can be done good or bad. In Urban Shaman, however, I felt like it wasn't done at all.
No, seriously. No info-dumping. More like random-here's-something-we'll-just-insert-it-in-this-paragraph-without-a-context-or-anything.
And Carissa? Not quite pleased about that method, thank you very much. I mean I know nobody WANTS to get another lesson about the bloody freaking fairy realm, (I'm sure we've all read enough novels on that subject), but integrating elements of that otherworld in a way that seems plausible is preferable than...well whatever this was. Even the way this otherworld was explained to other characters, and their reactions to it dampened the realism of the novel as well.
In spite of this, I did take into account the fact that Urban Shaman is Murphy's first novel, and that its protagonist is running on coffee and no sleep whatsoever; elements of the novel that excuse, a little at the very least, the often jumbled inner monologue. As this is also the first of an ongoing series the fact that most of the mythology isn't revealed/explained makes a little more sense.
That doesn't mean I liked it, though, and you can bet I'll be looking for improvements in Thunderbird Falls. Whenever I get down to reading it...
Putting aside my complaints regarding the integration of the mythologies Murphy is working with within the narrative, I did enjoy a good portion of Urban Shaman. The plot, as I've said, kept me on my toes, and guessing where things were going to end up for Jo's little scooby gang. I admit I wasn't too keen on the whole shamanistic multi-world things, but that's because I I'm not much of a fan of that kind of power/creature/idk. It's kind of why Charles de Lint's novels sometimes throw me off.
Murphy's characters, however, was where I utterly fell in love with Urban Shaman. I've already spoken of my adoration of Jo, but equally up there is Gary and Morrison. I'm not keen on anybody else, per say, but those two I definitely liked. Spunky, sarcastic characters are my thing, and I can't wait to see the development and obvious romance progress with those two characters.
Wait, I didn't mean with with those two characters. I'm not a Gorrison/Mary shipper! I just meant, oh never mind.
All in all, I definitely liked Urban Shaman, and am slowly progressing towards loving it. Just give me a few more novels. I'll get there. 3.5/5...more