A short graphic novel that illustrates the story of Gunter and the original downfall that cursed his descendants to a life of seeking and bad fortunesA short graphic novel that illustrates the story of Gunter and the original downfall that cursed his descendants to a life of seeking and bad fortunes. The story was originally told in dream sequences and a journal within the Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father game in 1993. In the 2013 release of the 20th anniversary edition of the game, this graphic novel was included as part of it. The illustrations were suitably dark and the artwork commendable....more
This is a splendidly-written book! I was drawn to the book by the ratings and it was every bit worth it. It was set in a "China that never was", and bThis is a splendidly-written book! I was drawn to the book by the ratings and it was every bit worth it. It was set in a "China that never was", and being of Chinese descent I was delighted by the way the book wove in the myths, folklore, celebrations, traditions, and customs. The writing was humourous and witty. The book doesn't take long to finish, yet manages to convey an epic feel and an epic plot.
The story is narrated from the point of view of one the main characters, and the plot is told in the form of a fairytale, right down to the happy ending. It is obvious that the plot is the main focus of the story, as even the two main characters tend towards the shallow side of things when compared to other more traditional epic fantasy literature. Nevertheless, the plot is where the book shines - the people are all supporting casts.
Right from the start, a series of seemingly unconnected events and quests happen one after another, drawing you into the story and getting you to love the obviously ridiculous and unbelievable situations the characters get themselves involved in. Everything draws creatively and neatly together towards the end of book - no loose ends at all.
I was thoroughly delighted by the book even when I hadn't even reached the halfway point yet. Definitely ranks right up there for me. ...more