I'm a major Jim Butcher fan, so when I heard he was going to put Harry Dresden in graphic novel form I was thrilled.
Sadly, the art is really lacking.I'm a major Jim Butcher fan, so when I heard he was going to put Harry Dresden in graphic novel form I was thrilled.
Sadly, the art is really lacking. It has a quickie, dashed off effect that makes the entire enterprise seem cheap. The same artist is doing the comic versions of early Dresden Files novels, so I'm not even bothering with them.
To be honest, I can barely draw a stick figure, but I know good comic art when I see it, and this could just be better.
And also, to be fair, the story isn't all that great either. It's just not fully realized. Especially when held up to Butcher's other work. The whole thing seems carelessly put together. Maybe it's the fact that we have a graphic novel devoted to a few DC Comics superheroes sitting out and I can't help but compare them. No contest. Every little frame of the DC Comics book is carefully and confidently rendered.
More time needs to be taken with these, IMO....more
This is one of my favorite book series. It was one of those odd things where a book cover just grabs you and you just have to buy it. I'm so glad I diThis is one of my favorite book series. It was one of those odd things where a book cover just grabs you and you just have to buy it. I'm so glad I did.
I read The Thief a couple of years ago and I'm not exaggerating when I say that I always leave all three books in this trilogy out and accessible for a quick fix. They sit on my desk and they don't get moved unless I pick them up to read them. I'm so thrilled they've come out in e-book form because I miss them when I travel.
It's actually kind of difficult to get people to read this series for some reason. Maybe because it's not a romance -- or rather it's not an obvious romance -- and the first book is written in the POV of a young teen. A thirteen-year-old boy (age is a guess -- we're never told) named Gen tells the story and he's a great narrative character.
But it's so worth reading them. But don't looking at the back covers. Seriously, you do NOT want to be spoiled with these books. The twists and surprises are excellent.
This is the first book of Turner's YA Queen's Thief series, followed by The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia.
It's actually a quick read if you sit down to it. Her self-created mythology is engaging, and challenging. Some have said they had trouble 'getting into it.' To that I can only say 'stick with it.' If you read all three books, I can nearly guarantee you'll want to go back and start over at The Thief to see all the subtle clues as to what was going to happen later.
Um ... have I mentioned I really love this series? ;^)
UPDATE: I recently found that this series is finally available at Audible so I downloaded all of them (there are five now) and started listening to this book. It's amazing how much you pick up listening that you don't when you're reading. Even if you've read the book multiple times like I have. Such as, Gen telling a story that includes promises from the moon that aren't worth anything. In a later book, a character says something like, "don't give me your moon promises." I love that!!!!! And I never noticed the connection before.
Just a quick review since I left a gushing one for The Thief which is the book that begins this outrageously wonderful YA series by Megan Whalen TurneJust a quick review since I left a gushing one for The Thief which is the book that begins this outrageously wonderful YA series by Megan Whalen Turner.
This book could easily be spoiled, so I won't say much. It's darker than its predecessor, but the payoff is excellent. Exciting, suspenseful and emotional, it's the first book I literally walked around the house reading while continuing to try to do my chores. I could not put it down.
While The Thief is told in the first person, this one is told in the third person from a couple of different POVs. The switch works well, considering the progression of the story line.
Yes ... I do love this series. Yes ... I do want you to read it.
This is the third in Megan Whalen Turner's "Queen's Thief" series and it's many people's favorite. It's an amazing book. If you've read the first twoThis is the third in Megan Whalen Turner's "Queen's Thief" series and it's many people's favorite. It's an amazing book. If you've read the first two books of the series -- The Thief and The Queen of Attolia -- you might think nothing can surprise you, but you'll be wrong.
And I highly recommend reading these books in order. It enhances the experience immeasurably. Those who have read them out of order always say they wish they hadn't because each story sets up the next one so eloquently.
Each of these books is a fairly quick read. What will take time is you going back to reread all the wonderful dialogue and starting over at the beginning to catch every little bit you might have missed.
I'm such a fangirl of this series it's embarrassing. Turner takes years in between books, but they really do seem to be worth the wait. The next in the series is coming out in spring of 2010. Needless to say, I can't wait.
If you have teenagers who love to read -- especially girls -- this fantasy series might be a good bet. Especially if you've had your fill of sparkly vampires.