4.5-5 stars, but really, only because it's Mercedes Lackey, who is my ultimate comfort food novelist. While there was a great deal of STORY, there rea4.5-5 stars, but really, only because it's Mercedes Lackey, who is my ultimate comfort food novelist. While there was a great deal of STORY, there really wasn't any conflict until the last quarter or so, and the Big Bad Guy(s) was fairly non-fleshed out. Wasn't really a complex story, but it was, as I said, comfort food fluff, and I'll be reading it again. Of course. If you're new to ML, I wouldn't start with this book, as it doesn't show the awesomeness that is Misty, but then, if you're new to an author, you shouldn't be starting at book SEVEN(?) of a series....more
I've been staring at my courser blink for the last few minutes, trying to think of *something* to say about this one. About all my brain is coming upI've been staring at my courser blink for the last few minutes, trying to think of *something* to say about this one. About all my brain is coming up with is "meh?" I really don't get the hype these GNs generated. The first story in this novel was fun, although (as the author said) a retelling. As I was already familiar with the basic story, I wasn't too impressed with the writing, although the illustration wasn't bad. The second story arc was original, well written (with one exception,) and probably the best illustrated in that series thus far. The only complaint I had was the end, where they show Bluebeard crying, which I didn't find consistent with his character. I think the illustrators/writers overuse crying. The third story arc wrapped up the second novel, although I have a feeling that we haven't seen the last of Goldilocks. Like Bigby said, "the Mundies wouldn't let her die easily." I'm also hoping that Bluebeard isn't completely out. He might be an evil jackass, but I liked him. Certainly liked him more than I do Prince Charming. Finally, the last story was pretty much just filler, and it was obvious. I wasn't impressed with the story, wasn't impressed with the illustrations, and wasn't impressed with it being the ending story. It didn't *add* anything to the series, and I feel it was kind of one of those episodes where the publishers go "crap, we need to produce something for this edition - here, put this in."
So. For four story arcs, one was recycled but decent, one was original and enjoyable, one was original but killed off a character I liked for no reason that I could see, and the last was simple filler. I didn't hate the book, but I'm not convinced it's the best graphic novel, either (that honor still goes to Neil Gaiman's Sandman series.) But, I'll be getting at least the next book....more
Second book in the series, and definitely NOT my favorite. That might have something to do with one of my absolutely adored childhood favorite storyboSecond book in the series, and definitely NOT my favorite. That might have something to do with one of my absolutely adored childhood favorite storybook character being turned into a bad guy. It might have something to do with me agreeing with the revolutionaries more than the others. Either way, I felt that the second book was lacking. I'm continuing the series, mostly because I already bought the third book....more
Ever read a book where the main character is utterly intolerable, the author recognizes the fact, and seems to, instead of trying to redeem the characEver read a book where the main character is utterly intolerable, the author recognizes the fact, and seems to, instead of trying to redeem the character, delight in the fact the character is intolerable? That's this book. I thought, having read the first book, that Sabrina would have gotten over herself and start to be a likable character in this novel. I was quickly disabused. Instead, she becomes even brattier and bigoted. She's a powderkeg ready to blow at the least provocation. And she GETS AWAY with it. It was maddening. The other characters consisted of a cavity-sweet Daphne who was almost nauseating, a Puck who seemed far more like Peter Pan than the great Puck, and an inept Grandmother Grimm. While I will always and forever love all versions of Puck (and Peter Pan) even this version's glitter started to fade after acting simply like every other 11 year old boy. The Black Hat in this one was obvious from the get-go, but seeing as this *is* a children's novel, I'll let that slide.
The writing in this story was actually better than in the first book. Buckley actually gave us a description or two of the characters, and the action scenes were enjoyable. Except for when he had fire erupting from the exhaust pipe of the car, and described a decrepit car managing to exert "G-force." I'm still fuming over those.
The plot was linear and managed to convey from point A to point B in an uncomplicated fashion, sure not to lose any kids, while putting any adults who might read this to sleep. About the only thing that frustrated me about the plot was the ending - it ends on a cliffhanger, making me half tempted to get the third book, just to see how it ends. For that reason, I give it one more star than I'd normally give it, because obviously, even if I disliked almost everything to do with it, I had some sort of sick emotional attachment to the story....more
Before I say anything, let me point out that the recommended reading level of this book is "Grade 4-6." As it is, I would say that, if I were a childBefore I say anything, let me point out that the recommended reading level of this book is "Grade 4-6." As it is, I would say that, if I were a child reading this book, I would probably rate it as a five star. HOWEVER, I got this book because Audible was having a sale and they had this and a second book in the series on sale for one credit instead of two, and I needed two books in a young adult series to read for a reading challenge. So, I read it, as an adult. The main character was a complete brat of a kid, and that's not something that I find amusing. Thus making this book a three star.
There were some "Easter Eggs" in this book, like having the Big Bad Wolf be "Mr. Canus," and the Three Little Pigs be cops, that I'm not entirely certain a child would appreciate, but for the most part, this book is for the kiddies, folks. If you're an adult reading for your own pleasure, there are better Young Adult books to be read....more
"I have no idea how to rate this." "Oh? Why not?" "Because this was a FANTASTIC book, up until the end, where it just COMPLETELY pissed me off." "Then sa"I have no idea how to rate this." "Oh? Why not?" "Because this was a FANTASTIC book, up until the end, where it just COMPLETELY pissed me off." "Then say that." "But how many stars should I give it?" "Average."
In I, Coriander, we have Gardner, a self-professed believer in fairies and fairy tales, who obviously knows that the original stories aren't as Disney puts them out to be, and she's built a world upon that darker fairy realm. This book has the tone of a "true fairy tale" throughout the story. Throughout this story, we're treated to a showcase of wordsmithing that is, while maybe not rare, certainly exquisite. We're presented with a main character who ISN'T involved with a relationship (or multiple,) which is SO rare in this genre. The plot, while plodding in a few places, is written in such a style that even the few lagging places don't stand out *too* badly.
And then, we get to the ending. After this wonderful story, we get to the ending. WHICH HAS SEVERAL HUGE PLOT HOLES, THE CHARACTER COMPLETELY CHANGES, AND IT GENERALLY SEEMS LIKE IT'S WRITTEN BY SOMEONE ELSE. The ending made me want to throw things, stamp my feet, and throw a temper tantrum. It was ...like seeing someone's five year old finger paint over a Monet....more
I think it's an amazing read. Wonderfully written, amazingly balanced, fantastically paced, and lovingly worded. It's probably the best modern fantasyI think it's an amazing read. Wonderfully written, amazingly balanced, fantastically paced, and lovingly worded. It's probably the best modern fantasy that I've come across - twisting the Disney and Grimm Brothers in such a way that make it feel like something unique and familiar at the same time. Needless to say, I love this book. The ending was the ending that I think epitomizes a fairy tale: bittersweet. One half Narnia, one half reality, spiced with just enough hope to give it sweetness without sappiness. Wonderful, wonderful book....more
For a graphic novel, this was nicely done. The story wasn't too deep (of course, it's hard to get a really deep plot in 125 pages) but that can be oveFor a graphic novel, this was nicely done. The story wasn't too deep (of course, it's hard to get a really deep plot in 125 pages) but that can be overlooked with an acknowledgement that this first volume was more to allow us to get to know the characters.
I didn't really like how many times Snow was shown crying - she just doesn't seem the type. I DID enjoy the interaction between her and Bigby. Then again, EVERYTHING having to do with Bigby, I enjoyed. I have questions about why the Pig was shown so many times in this one, but I have a feeling it was part of the set-up for next volume.
The illustrations are great. The characters are great. The plot was mediocre. Overall, it was a good to very good graphic novel....more