This second volume was very much in line with first. I don't have many comments to make a side from the fact it could have been condensed in some plac...moreThis second volume was very much in line with first. I don't have many comments to make a side from the fact it could have been condensed in some places and expanded in others. Very curious to see where the next volume takes us. (less)
The Night Bookmobile is a book best stumbled upon. Originally a short story written by the author of The Time traveler's Wife this graphic novel is ma...moreThe Night Bookmobile is a book best stumbled upon. Originally a short story written by the author of The Time traveler's Wife this graphic novel is made for us devoted readers. Because it's so sort and sweet I don't want to spoil anything. Fantasy and reality collid between the shelves of the night bookmobile as a young women spends her entire life chasing the memory of the mysterious place that holds every book she's ever read.
I think this was the perfect graphic novel to start the year because it really makes me value what I have here on GR. Read is MRE than just goals and reviews, it is truly my own night bookmobile full of memories and moments that are captured for the rest of my life.
As for the book itself, the art is lovely fitting the mood of the story perfectly. The only let down was the ending which could have used a little bit more of The Library and a little bit less glamorising of a serious issue.(less)
Alice in the Country of Hearts is like Ouran High School Host Club set in Wonderland. I would best describe this as a shojo fantasy manga that is real...moreAlice in the Country of Hearts is like Ouran High School Host Club set in Wonderland. I would best describe this as a shojo fantasy manga that is really all about a romance with multiple suiters with the world acting a backdrop. It's good to make this clear right off the bat, if you're expecting an adventure manga set in a sprawling Wonderland you won't find that here.
In this adaptation, our Alice is well in her teen years when she's kidnapped by a white rabbit who takes her to Wonderland to play out a mysterious game where her subconscious disiares are manifested. Needless to say Alice isn't too happy with the results. Turns out her subconscious is frilly, lonely, and pining for the boy she lost to someone else. But in order to go home she has to navigate Wonderland's many characters as each of them fall helplessly in love with her much to her dismay.
A lot of the classic characters from Wonderland are re-imagined as the classic male archetypes you'd expect to see in shojo. This is part of the reason I'm so quick to compare it to Ouran Host Club. We have a straightforward female character surrounded by romantic, eccentric men with a strong dash of humour.
From this first volume I'm incredibly interested to see where this goes. I found that there was a surprising amount of times I laughed and I'm looking forward to seeing these characters more fully explored. I am a huge fan of Alice retelling and adaptations, from Disney, to the live action adaptations, to Syfy's Alice, so this is right in my wheel house! I am one happy ducky to have found this series and am seriously surprised I hadn't come across this sooner! (less)