I really wanted to enjoy this. I have liked a lot of the other things that Clamp has written/illustrated, and for the most part I did like this. I enjI really wanted to enjoy this. I have liked a lot of the other things that Clamp has written/illustrated, and for the most part I did like this. I enjoyed the illustrations, which were in most cases life like instead of cutesy. I also enjoyed the theme of the book, and felt that in view of the subject (love), Clamp had created a honest and real to life book.
However I feel that there was too much going on for the length of the book. Many of the stories were very sweet and the characters were likeable, but as soon as you began to get involved in the plot, the story was over! There are 12 short stories all condensed in 125 pages. Although it would have taken much longer for Clamp to have put them together, I think the stories could have benefitted from a more in depth plot line, by creating a short series of love stories and focusing on two stories related to a specific theme of love in each book. That being said I think that teenage girls who are interested in romance and what it entails, will enjoy this book....more
I was first introduced to this graphic novel after talking to the author, Amy Kim Ganter at the Teen Book Festival last Saturday. She’s grew up in IroI was first introduced to this graphic novel after talking to the author, Amy Kim Ganter at the Teen Book Festival last Saturday. She’s grew up in Irodequoit, a suburb of Rochester NY, and left for NYC when she was sixteen. After talking to her I knew that I needed to get her book, Sorcerers & Secretaries. Of course I had her immediately sign it! After getting home, the first thing I did was read the book. There were only a couple of things that disappointed me: one was that I would have to wait until January to read the next installment, and second was that the series is only two books long. The characters are interesting and likeable, and the storyline allows for some interesting plot development, but only if the series were a couple of books longer. In some sections, mostly in the flashbacks of how the two main characters met, I felt that Ms. Gantor was trying to cram in too many details in order to further the plot line.
I think this series will definitely be a good one for all those that are still uncomfortable with the manga format, but need an introduction to the style. Since she’s American, she writes her comics from left to right, but the way she actually creates the comic is very similar to Japanese-style manga. During her presentation she explained: American comics are very static, and similar in style to a tv sitcom. Everything is seen from middle ground, and the camera moves very little. Manga, on the other hand, moves with the emotion going on, the way a movie is filmed. When there is a very intense emotion being shown, the camera zooms in on the one character. When there’s a scene with lots going on, the camera zooms out so that you can see more. This is how Amy’s comic is more like manga, however quite a few times during the festival, she stated that it wasn’t a manga, because it doesn’t deal with Japanese culture, or in the style more like that of other manga.
Whatever it is, Sorcerers and Secretaries was a hit with me. I loved the plot line, the main character was very likable, and I loved how the images physically flowed. The main character is a very sympathetic and imaginative. She gets caught up in fairy tales and forgets about everything around her. However when she is aware of the world around her; she’s lonely. When a guy takes a liking to her, she isn’t really sure of how she should act, because she’s afraid that she’s just another conquest for him. This is a great graphic novel that deals with relationship issues in a way that’s safe for all libraries to add to their collections. This is HIGHLY recommended for everyone!...more
This book really surprised me. I started reading it and I absolutely COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! When I started it, I thought, eh… it’ll be a fun quick reaThis book really surprised me. I started reading it and I absolutely COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! When I started it, I thought, eh… it’ll be a fun quick read. Fortunately, its so much more than that.
North America goes to war with itself and is divided into twelve dirt poor districts, each one more poor than the next, with the twelfth district being the poorest of all. At the center of it all is the capital, where they flaunt their wealth with outrageous food, extreme body art and technology everywhere.
Each year, a boy and girl between the ages of 12-18 from each district are chosen to play in the hunger games. It has been many years since someone from district twelve has won, and unfortunately for our main character, she comes from district twelve. The kids in districts one through four train all year to be in the hunger games, but for the kids in district twelve they are fighting every day to stay alive due to lack of food.
In the hunger games, the 24 teens are thrown into a different terrain with weapons and food in the center of the group that they have to fight for in order to get. The hunger games are televised for all of Panem to see. If those in charge like what they see and you can get sponsors, you might get food, weapons or medicine dropped down to where you are. If they don’t like what they see, they can cause all sorts of other havoc… thunderstorms, fire, incredible heat or cold. You name it, they’ve got it.
Do you think you would have what it takes to survive the hunger games? For the winner, it means never having to go hungry again and to live in absolute comfort. For the 23 losers, it means death. Sometimes a very brutal and horrible death…...more
This is not the Joker that I know. It was interesting, and I liked the colors... there was a lot of red. Except for the two female characters, most ofThis is not the Joker that I know. It was interesting, and I liked the colors... there was a lot of red. Except for the two female characters, most of the characters looked... lumpy? The Joker in this book is an absolutely cruel psychopath, which I guess he's supposed to be, however I think there's something more to this Joker. I'm not sure where to go with this review. It was a fascinating book, but there was also something deathly wrong with it. Maybe I'll start in on some other Joker comics and see how I feel about it then....more
I just finished volume 14. The last volume. I was a little melancholy afterwards, sort of how you get after a(Written on my Blog - February 15, 2007)
I just finished volume 14. The last volume. I was a little melancholy afterwards, sort of how you get after a long vacation. Sad to be going, glad you went, happy to have a conclusion. After 12 long years of writing, the series is over. The author/illustrator mentions this in one of her many sidebars. She says that people were always writing/emailing her because they want to know when the next installment was coming out, and she felt so awful that she couldn’t write them sooner. When you think about it, there were 14 volumes over 12 years. That’s less than one a year! You wouldn’t think anything of that if it was a novelist, and she has to illustrate everything too! Still, I’m glad that I only had to wait a little while since: 1) I hadn’t heard of this series up until a year or so ago and 2) I’m not Japanese so I only have to wait the time it takes for the English translation to come out.
The end of the book gets a little strange with lots of talk about the light and dark, but its still very sweet, not counting the people who get killed, or have “evil bits” (my term, not their’s) oozing out of them. It ended very tightly, with every character being covered.
I cannot stress this enough. BUY THIS SERIES! This is a tender little series about an owl, named Owly and his best friend who is a worm named Wormy, oI cannot stress this enough. BUY THIS SERIES! This is a tender little series about an owl, named Owly and his best friend who is a worm named Wormy, of course. Owly has big adorable eyes and little tiny wings, that don’t know how to fly. He likes going to one of the local gardening shops to look at new plants and look up information in the oodles of books they have.
The best thing about this series is (and you are going to think I’m sick in the head perhaps)… there are NO words! How great is that! For younger kids who can’t read yet or for kids who have trouble reading, or kids that want to use their imaginations, this is the perfect series. This way they can make up the conversations, the voices and expand on the emotions of the character. They can think about how the characters are feeling and how they imagine the characters would express these emotions.
This is also great for libraries with high populations of people that do not speak English, or do not speak it well. They are not burdened with having to know the English language and they can still enjoy it. If they have a very limited understanding of English, you will still be able to discuss the book without fear of them missing anything. Plus the series is something entertaining, and not purely educational (which can sometimes be boring).
I am no teacher by far, but I imagine teachers everywhere exclaiming in joy over this series. According to an article put out by ALA, wordless picture books promote language development, they allow you to concentrate on the illustrations, allow you to think about the feelings of the characters, and discuss how the story is moving along.
In conclusion, I repeat BUY THIS SERIES! Thank you....more
I’ve read the first volume of this series, and I must admit I’m not completely taken with it. I like the premise: tarot card reading woman helps mythiI’ve read the first volume of this series, and I must admit I’m not completely taken with it. I like the premise: tarot card reading woman helps mythical beings such as vampires and fairies. However the illustrations, which are the very soul of a good manga, aren’t very appealing to me. In many of the manga series, the men have a tendency to lean towards the effeminate, however in this series it feels way over done. The men are practically dainty and the female characters have a stronger more commanding presence.
That being said, while its not my cup of tea, I think that there will be a lot of teenage goth loving girls that will love it. It will definantly appeal to those who love pretty vampire boys....more
Wow. I wanted to hate this book SO much. The topic is so so awful. However when you can't stop crying even though you're at work (at a break of courseWow. I wanted to hate this book SO much. The topic is so so awful. However when you can't stop crying even though you're at work (at a break of course!) reading it, you know its a good book. Well, good isn't the word for it. I guess its even harder for me because 1) I have a small child and 2) I'm pregnant. Drug abuse, sexual abuse, binging and purging, alcoholism, death, and everything else imaginable....more
I like this series because all the characters are fleshed out and human. They aren’t all good or all bad. Each one has their flaws, which makes the seI like this series because all the characters are fleshed out and human. They aren’t all good or all bad. Each one has their flaws, which makes the series a more desirable read. Noriko freaks out, but she isn’t the ditsy kind of girl that needs a guy to do everything. Izark is dark and mysterious, but he’s also got a sense of humor.
The plot moves quickly and stays interesting throughout the series. Read this series! Read it now!...more
Let me start out by saying WOW. This is an intense piece of work. I read this a while ago, but it is still pretty vivid in my mind. Before going any fuLet me start out by saying WOW. This is an intense piece of work. I read this a while ago, but it is still pretty vivid in my mind. Before going any further, I should let you know a couple of things:
1. It is VERY violent 2. There is some sexual tension, that is eventually… released.
Knowing this, I probably definately wouldn’t suggest it to school libraries. I have the series in my teen collection, but it has a big OT (older teen) sticker on it, so that people don’t “accidentally” come upon it and read it. In all honesty, I think it is probably meant for adult collections. However, besides the sex and gore it still really holds up on its own.
A big reason that I knew that this series was going to be really good was due to the dedication on the first few pages. The author dedicates the book to George A. Romero, who is a god among horror purists (or I think that he should be). I won’t wax poetic about Mr. Romero for too long, but one of the reasons that his movies are so amazing, is because while there may be a lot of violence and gore, his movies also make you THINK. Not possible? I beg to differ.
I will use Romero’s original movie, Night of the Living Dead as an example. The movie was made in 1968, the year that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. There were obvious tensions in the air because of civil rights and equal rights for African Americans. So what does George Romero do? He casts Duane Jones, an African American as the lead. According to IMDB, “This was the first time a black actor was cast in a lead role of a major motion picture that did not specify the part had to be played by a black actor.” I would say that this is not small potatoes.
He also used the opportunity that flesh eating zombies gave him to show how society can break down quickly without order. It breaks down even more when you are running for your life from flesh eating zombies.
Take all of this into consideration when you read the review and when (because you really should) read this series....more