After having this book on my TBR shelf for several years, it is finally done. I bought the book, so I absolutely had to read it. Final verdict? Okay.After having this book on my TBR shelf for several years, it is finally done. I bought the book, so I absolutely had to read it. Final verdict? Okay. So-so. Not a complete waste of time. If you like long Victorian novels and want some lit cred for reading a lesser known author, by all means read this. If you are stuck in an airport and seriously bored, have a go. I did basically enjoy this novel, as I did the other Trollope novels I've read. ...more
This is a story of a young woman, Meiko Inoue, her boyfriend, Naruo, and their circle of friends as they struggle to make their way in the world afterThis is a story of a young woman, Meiko Inoue, her boyfriend, Naruo, and their circle of friends as they struggle to make their way in the world after college, reconciling the nebulous dreams of happiness and success with the reality and constraints of the adult world. Stuck in dull poorly paid jobs and uncertain of their futures, Meiko, Naruo and his man-child band mates struggle to figure out what they want and how to get it. After tragedy strikes one of their group, the band must find a way to keep the music playing.
While not brilliant, this is a good example of a graphic novel being a proper novel and not just a long form comic book. In keeping with the manga tradition, the book reads right to left, which can take a bit of getting used to. For anyone interested in trying graphic novels, this would be an good place to start.
Outside of Toronto, a famous actor, Arthur Leander, collapses from a heart attack in the middle of a performance of Shakespeare's King Lear. Shortly tOutside of Toronto, a famous actor, Arthur Leander, collapses from a heart attack in the middle of a performance of Shakespeare's King Lear. Shortly thereafter, a deadly super-flu quickly spreads and wipes out approximately 99% of the world's population. The novel switches back and forth in time, before and after the pandemic, and centers on the lives of Arthur and people connected to him in one way or the other. In the years after the Fall, one of these people, Kirsten, join a group of traveling actors/musicians who are determined to keep a modicum of culture alive and take as their motto a line from Star Trek: Voyager: "Survival is insufficient".
This is an excellent example of a post-apocalypse novel done right. The story starts off well, taking hold of the reader and never letting go. The novel maintains just the right level of pace and tension, until the very last page. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in reading a post-apocalypse novel but are turned off by zombie novels or the tiresome slog that is Cronin's The Passage. In fact, I would recommend this to just about anyone....more
I am fascinated by alternative history and always looking for good examples of this genre. This was an OK novel with a somewhat interesting premise. SI am fascinated by alternative history and always looking for good examples of this genre. This was an OK novel with a somewhat interesting premise. Set in 1865, Abraham Lincoln and a number of other real historical figures are fighting a tyrannical U.S. government that had long ago politicized the army, making it the strong arm of a regime dominated by southern slave interests. While the premise was so-so, its 98 page length made speed reading it quite palatable. Would that there were more decent alternative history novels/novellas/etc written. I would have thought this would be a endless source of fascination and inspiration for writers, but good examples are hard to find. Turtledove doesn't count (bloated, poorly written and conceived, etc.). Alas, the quest continues....more