Love, love, love this book! There are so many great inspirational tidbits within the text of the book. And the pages displayed from his notebooks areLove, love, love this book! There are so many great inspirational tidbits within the text of the book. And the pages displayed from his notebooks are incredible. I can't help but want to go on Guillermo del Toro film watching binge every time I look to this book to get some creative juices flowing which is both a blessing and a curse.
If you want to know more about del Toro and inspiration of his movies, I highly recommend this book. ...more
Night Broken was another fantastic entry into the Mercy Thompson world. Although I absolutely HATED Christy and the way Mercy seemed to let her walk aNight Broken was another fantastic entry into the Mercy Thompson world. Although I absolutely HATED Christy and the way Mercy seemed to let her walk all over her - it seemed rather uncharacteristic. I loved the additional information about the relationship and connection between Mercy and Stefan. ...more
This book is such a great idea. It uses actual passages from the books to pick out different dishes and even creates meals for every different regionThis book is such a great idea. It uses actual passages from the books to pick out different dishes and even creates meals for every different region in the seven kingdoms. It provides medieval and modern versions of the different foods.
And of the recipes I have tried, I have loved every single one. I always look forward to trying more....more
For some people, it can be intimidating to start reading comics. There is a long, rich history and many great new stories coming out all the time. I wFor some people, it can be intimidating to start reading comics. There is a long, rich history and many great new stories coming out all the time. I want to share some of the more well-known and seminal titles to help you become more aware of the variety of narratives that exist within the comic realm.
Today we are talking about the first several issues of Hellblazer, the volumes collected into the first volume known as Original Sin. If you’re watching Constantine on NBC but haven’t read Hellblazer you might want to give it a try. As you learn a lot about who John Constantine is and why he is the way he is. Plus, there’s Papa Midnite…
You may have first heard of Constantine from the 2005 movie starring Keanu Reeves. Or maybe from the young version in the New 52’s Justice League Dark or Constantine books. Or maybe you discovered him through NBC’s show (watch it if you aren’t!). But John Constantine was actually introduced by Alan Moore in Swamp Thing in 1985. After the favorable response to the character, he was given his own title, Hellblazer, in 1988. Hellblazer has actually run continuously until 2013. But today I just want to focus on the first nine issues which are collected in a volume known as Original Sins.
Original Sins begins with Hunger (Issues 1 and 2). We are introduced to Gary Lester and Papa Midnite as John attempts to deal with a demon named Mnemoth. We learn that John is a haunted man with ghosts in his past, literally and figuratively. And we see how tortured he is as he deals with Mnemoth, and by extension Gary Lester. I’d like to point out that episode four of NBC’s Constantine actually does a beautiful job of bringing this story line to life. From Hunger we move into a very progressive and timely story (when it was published) dealing with stockmarkets and politics. And here we start to see some of the understated horror that makes Hellblazer brilliant. It is disturbing without being overly graphic (though it does do that too at times).
Just ponder this for a second and let the horror sink in. We also meet Zed and begin a long story arc dealing with her mysterious past and the fight between good and evil, between the Resurrection Crusade and the Damnation Army, and the control for souls on Earth. It’s brilliant in the way it depicts the extremists on both sides and forces you to think about what is good and what is evil. And it does it with feeling. There are truly horrifying and heart-breaking aspects, but there is also humor (like John referencing Katherine Hepburn and the African Queen).
Original Sins ends (if you don’t count the Swamp Thing issues) with an issue where John is dealing with his 35th birthday. This is significant because over the run of Hellblazer, John Constantine actually aged in real time. Pretty interesting right? And Hellblazer gets better too. In fact, in the next volume, The Devil You Know, we learn what happened in Newcastle. But that is a discussion for another day….or you can pick it up and read for yourself (which I highly recommend!)....more