Had I realized when I met him that this was the person who did Bullpen Bits, I probably would have fangirled out and been escorted from the premises.Had I realized when I met him that this was the person who did Bullpen Bits, I probably would have fangirled out and been escorted from the premises. As it was, I simply thanked him for the ARC and told him that teens and kids in libraries adore comics and graphic novels and that it is nice to see more geared toward them.
This volume has the same humor as Bullpen Bits/Mini-Marvels, fully fleshed world and characters, but silly almost slapstick jokes and situations. It's pretty much a delight. This volume includes an origin story, several short vignettes and one longer plot (involving alternate universes and other classic comic tropes!)
The nature of child superheroes that act both like heroes AND like normal children make it a perfect read for children, but the riffs on comic cliches make it a great read for comic fans of all ages. It would be interesting to read this along with Scott Pilgrim in a Teen program, so you can explore "geek culture" in everyday life, what is an homage and what is a parody, discuss if something works ONLY if you know the source material or if it is successful as a cold read etc....more
It gets a two star because I did finish it, and you know it's going to be a silly book, it's not as if I expected something else. This is (I think) myIt gets a two star because I did finish it, and you know it's going to be a silly book, it's not as if I expected something else. This is (I think) my first time reading a Harlequin Presents, so I know that many of my problems with this book are due to the limits of the line. It was short and tied up MUCH too quickly. The idea of a prince marrying a poor Hispanic chick from the Bronx is supposed to be an obstacle, but it is ignored the second all love is professed and the book ends. There was just so little there. The choice to put the beginnings of the romance in retrospect was an odd one, it left me connecting much much less to the couple. I didn't like Alex (but then, I'm never a big fan of alpha Heroes) and I didn't see why the heroine liked him either.
I think reading it on the beach and mostly for giggles made me enjoy the book much more than the average reader, and I still didn't enjoy it much....more
I'm glad I became familiar with Mr. Jacob's work through mental floss, and not through Esquire, if these essays are any indication. In Mental Floss, hI'm glad I became familiar with Mr. Jacob's work through mental floss, and not through Esquire, if these essays are any indication. In Mental Floss, he had brief moments, enough for me to catch glimpses of his writing style (charmingly self-effacing, clever with words and switches in writing style), enough to get me interested in reading his previous two books, in which he had enough space to explore his topics. These essays, collected from previous material with added codas that give a much needed look at the reaction to the piece, are just the wrong length for me to truly enjoy the writing.
Mr. Jacobs is at his best when he is insightful, when he looks at actual studies and data to influence what he does such as in the rationality experiment or the "do as your wife says" experiment. In both of those, he is lighthearted and humorous, but manages to make a good point about the way we live our lives. ...more
There's definitely a market for this, the same teens who like Tithe or Wicked Lovely etc. These stories aren't necessarily "dark" but they deal with dThere's definitely a market for this, the same teens who like Tithe or Wicked Lovely etc. These stories aren't necessarily "dark" but they deal with death and torturous emotions and the other horrible things that teens in the throws of life are obsessed with.
I liked the first two stories better than the last, longest one. That one involves elaborate mythos and backstory, which isn't my preference.
The first story involves Kizzy, a girl who craves popularity and the football star boyfriend. She is embarrassed of her old world family, and while she has friends, she can't help but stare at the skinny blonde popular cheerleader. In short, Kizzy is exactly the kind of girl the goblins crave. This story really showcases Ms. Taylor's talent for capturing teenage speech, and her talent with the raw wanting that teens and young adults feel. The desperation to be something else.
The second story, my favorite, involves a woman named Estella, who must travel to the Hindu underworld each day and bargain with a demon for the lives of the innocent. One of these bargains results in her placing a curse on a baby, that if she should ever speak, all who hear her will die. Estella also puts a silence on the baby, so that she will have to make the decision to speak, not make some baby gurgle or cry. The girl grows up, her family not believing the curse, her servants deathly afraid, and only she can decide if her voluntary muteness is worth it.
The last story is the epic one, all about a race of fairy type creatures and a mother and daughter. One morning, Esme wakes up to find that one of her ordinary, boring, brown eyes has turned blue.
Each one has something of a frontispiece, an easy few paragraphs of a hook that would be great for booktalking.
The art is beautiful and adds a very interesting element to the stories. I wish my ARC had the sketches for the two later stories. ...more
I thought this graphic novel was very cute, whether you think that is a good thing or not. It's very much a slice of life for Skim, a girl who is dealI thought this graphic novel was very cute, whether you think that is a good thing or not. It's very much a slice of life for Skim, a girl who is dealing with high school, being heavy, Asian American, Wicca, her parent's divorce, losing a best friend, gaining a new one, the suicide of a local boy, possibly being a lesbian. There isn't much of a plot, even though there are all these aspects in a short book. Everything is very fluid and seems as though told through Skim's head, with the adolescent girl concept of flitting from one idea to the next. The image boxes are also very fluid, and occasionally full page or two page spreads have one large picture, often dwarfing the teen girl in the larger world, or Canadian forest behind her school. My one art complaint is that most of the girls look exactly alike, it is black and white, and shading the hair can only do so much.
All in all, I think both teens and adults can enjoy this, and really connect with Skim, as long as no one expects a really wrapped up plot that ties together....more