Since I'm a big fan of Yang's, I expected to love this one too. His previous graphic novels have moved me: to tears, to much laughter, to learn somethSince I'm a big fan of Yang's, I expected to love this one too. His previous graphic novels have moved me: to tears, to much laughter, to learn something...and often some combination. This one only disappointed. Granted, I'm not the target audience. My 14-year old son experienced a similar reaction to the book. I will still recommend it to kids that want to get into coding and also like graphic novels.
I respect the goal of integrating basic programming instructions into a story, though I didn't care about the story, or what the kids were doing. I found the 'humor' to be painfully eye-rolling but again, not the target audience. Some reviewers disliked the abrupt ending. This didn't bother me at all; it felt like a comic book cliffhanger. Clearly this will be a series, plus it gives kids time to work on their coding.
Finally, while the illustrations were fine, I strongly didn't like the black-and-white plus shades of green coloring. Way too much green for me, ugh. I won't be reading the next installment....more
Closer to 3.5 stars. I had written a review, but it got eaten by digital demons, or something. Years later (it's now 1/22/16), I wanted to read it agaCloser to 3.5 stars. I had written a review, but it got eaten by digital demons, or something. Years later (it's now 1/22/16), I wanted to read it again in order to write more than this non-review, but my library system no longer carries it. I recall it was brightly colored, engaging, energetic, and silly....more
My library hold for this came at just the right time. I've read a string of books that range from completely unsatisfying to good...but nothing that IMy library hold for this came at just the right time. I've read a string of books that range from completely unsatisfying to good...but nothing that I couldn't WAIT to get back to, until The Infinite Sea.
This one picks up nicely where The 5th Wave left off. In the beginning, things are a bit slow. There's a lot of talk, some bickering, and much indecisiveness. Then Ringer strikes out on her own to check out a potential place for the group to stay, and the book picks up steam.
While some of the chapters (like the last book did) alternate character perspectives, the heart of this second-in-the-series is all Ringer, and I'm glad for it. We get to know her better, a lot better. Once again Yancey knows how to develop a character, set the backdrop for a story, and then put everything in motion all at once. I could not read fast enough to satisfy my yearning to find out WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!
I didn't like it as much as the first one; this is more of a 4.5 than a solid 5-star rating for me, and that's largely because of the plot twist. I'm not exactly sure what happened, but either I understand it and it's super hokey, I'm confused and it's hokey, or I'm confused and it's going to be incredible.
It's a very good middle book, but gosh, now I can't wait for the next one. *swoon*...more
I stopped at chapter 25, which is 35% into the book. I'm a social media user, I love nifty tech, and I live in the Bay Area, so I figured this was theI stopped at chapter 25, which is 35% into the book. I'm a social media user, I love nifty tech, and I live in the Bay Area, so I figured this was the best free Prime Kindle book of the month for me.
Initially, it was. Then the drama starts, and there's danger, there's possible conspiracies, and there's implausible situations. It wasn't too long before I felt like I was reading the early screenplay of a made-for-television movie.
I read this aloud to my 14-year old son; I give it closer to 3.5 stars and he gives it 3, but I'm rounding up due to general enjoyment, and that we'reI read this aloud to my 14-year old son; I give it closer to 3.5 stars and he gives it 3, but I'm rounding up due to general enjoyment, and that we're going to continue with at least the second title.
The basic premise has appeal: magic is commonplace, yet waning. Instead of hiring a plumber to unclog your drains, or fix your roof, etc., one can hire a sorcerer, and get it done much more quickly.
Then a dragon enters the picture, and more history of magic (and dragons) is discussed, all the while there are the requisite power-hungry power mongers and a bunch of greedy townspeople.
Fforde injects a good amount of wit into the story. The dangers are fairly tame, and the evil types...not that terribly evil. Jennifer Strange is a solid main character, and my son and I both admired her dedication to the dragon. In all, this makes for an enjoyable romp, even if the plot lines are a bit thin, and the ending feels haphazard.
We both liked the Quarkbeast, and since that's in the title of the next book, my expectations are high....more
Teen Boat---a teenager that turns into a boat! Imagine the trauma such a physical trait could add to your high school years. Or, just read this book aTeen Boat---a teenager that turns into a boat! Imagine the trauma such a physical trait could add to your high school years. Or, just read this book and live it vicariously, along with assorted other really strange things in a high school setting. Your prom was never this awkward, I'll venture.
The good: The illustrations are detailed and engaging, and you can actually tell that you're looking at a boy transforming into a boat. The drawings are brightly colored. The columns of drawings are the right size, the font is spot-on, the sound effects and actiony words are appropriate. Basically, it's a fine piece of graphical work.
The bad: The novel part of this graphic novel. I enjoy quirky and weird things, to a degree. This was just too out-there for me. My bigger issue with the book is how groan-inducing the storyline and jokes are. I still find Beavis & Butthead (and some equivalent current shows) funny, so I can laugh at juvenile humor. Yet this just left me shaking my head. My teenage son (14) didn't much care for it either, granting it 2.5 stars....more
Five stars to Wil Wheaton for his outstanding narration, with perfect timing and ton, of this book! In fact, he's the first reason I chose this one frFive stars to Wil Wheaton for his outstanding narration, with perfect timing and ton, of this book! In fact, he's the first reason I chose this one from the pages of options on the Audible shop. The second is xkcd. While I'm not a regular reader, I'm familiar enough with the comic to give this one a try.
So I listened to it for a few weeks while I prepared dinner, or cleaned the house. The chapters are brief, which makes sporadic listening easy to do. Admittedly, I zoned out during a fair bit of the more sciency-explanations. While all of the explanations and answers to bizarre hypothetical questions did not capture my interest, I liked listening to them all, if only for background noise.
My favorites were the ones I could relate to, like when will there be more dead people with accounts on Facebook than people who are living (or something like that), and what would happen if each person really did have ONLY ONE perfect mate for them.
There's something here for most people to like, and I highly recommend the audio book. Learning while being entertained is a huge win, even if you forget all the answers....more