I really liked Bizenghast! I recognize the title, but never picked it up until now, and I'm glad I did. There is a very gothic feel to the book, and iI really liked Bizenghast! I recognize the title, but never picked it up until now, and I'm glad I did. There is a very gothic feel to the book, and if I had to pick what genre it falls into, I'd say it's gothic/horror. I have a tendency to not think of manga in terms of genre, for some reason.
I did like the story, but it did randomly jump ahead to different points, and I think the pacing could have been a little slower and been fine. I also liked the artwork and it had a good balance of light and dark. I also liked the newspaper articles and telegrams before each chapter, and they gave you such a great idea of the world and what was going on. I do wish we know a little more about Dinah and why she can see the ghosts and why she's the one who can help them, but that is something that we might learn more about that in a future volume. We do know enough about them, though, to stay interested in what will happen next.
A really good read-alike is The Dreaming by Queenie Chan, and I think anyone who likes one will like the other. It has a very similar feel to The Dreaming, and while the artwork in Bizenghast is a little lighter than the art in The Dreaming, I think the art (and story) have the potential to be at least a little more dark than what we see in this volume.
My Rating: 4 stars. I really liked it, and I can't wait to read the next volume to see what happens next!...more
Like Wolf's Rain, I thought the overall idea of the story was interesting (but not as interesting as Wolf's Rain) and a little confusing. I felt likeLike Wolf's Rain, I thought the overall idea of the story was interesting (but not as interesting as Wolf's Rain) and a little confusing. I felt like I was missing something, and while the fight scenes were pretty cool, there was something about it that felt a little...lackluster? The story just didn't catch my interest, and I felt like we didn't get the whole story. I mean, I know it's the first volume and all, but I feel like I learned more about the characters reading the summary than I did reading this volume. I did like the art, but it wasn't enough to make me want to keep going.
My Rating: 2 stars. I liked the artwork, but the story was okay. ...more
I thought Wolf's Rain was a little weird. The story seemed interesting enough, but I also felt like I was missing something. It, apparently, is an aniI thought Wolf's Rain was a little weird. The story seemed interesting enough, but I also felt like I was missing something. It, apparently, is an anime, and the manga is based on it. I wonder if that's why I have these feelings of missing something. You definitely have to take the world as it is, because you don't really get the how's or why's- it just is. I really like the the story, and the art is okay. It was a little blurry, particularly at the beginning, and I'm not sure if the copy I have is just weird, or if, for whatever reason, that part is just blurry. It is kind of entertaining, and the characters did seem to have an interesting relationship, but I don't think I'm invested in the story or characters enough to read the second volume. As a story, why they were trying to find paradise didn't make a lot of sense to me, which is a little disappointing because I thought the story itself was a really interesting idea.
My Rating: 2 stars. It was okay for me. I thought the artwork was fine, and while the overall idea was really interesting, I found it a little confusing....more
This is the book where we learn what's really going on with Maria! I don't know why I didn't see it coming, because I feel like I should have. There'sThis is the book where we learn what's really going on with Maria! I don't know why I didn't see it coming, because I feel like I should have. There's the deal between Yuki and Maria and Kaname is pretty awesome. And I feel for Zero, even though he still has a lot he needs to work on. And he's pretty sulky too. But I still love him, and I still feel for him. I also love the side bars she has throughout the book (and the ones in volumes 2 and 3 are equally as awesome).
I am having trouble keeping the characters who aren't Yuki, Zero and Kaname apart, but hopefully as the series goes on, I'll be able to tell them apart! I really want to learn more about the Purebloods and their powers. I feel like it's going to come up again in the series.
My Rating: 4 stars. The story is really starting to get interesting, and the artwork is getting better and better!...more
I really liked Volume 3! We learn more about the characters, especially Yuki, and I really liked the flashbacks! Kaname, Zero and Yuki are all very coI really liked Volume 3! We learn more about the characters, especially Yuki, and I really liked the flashbacks! Kaname, Zero and Yuki are all very connected. And the new transfer student, Maria...there is more to her, and I'm curious about where her story is headed. It seems a little random, a new transfer student but I feel like there's a purpose behind it. New students don't randomly show up for no reason. We are getting deeper into this world and how things outside the school are affecting things inside the school. And the concept of the Senate is introduced in volume 3. I'm wondering how much of a presence they'll have in future volumes. I really liked the art, and both art and story are getting better with each volume.
My Rating: 4 stars. I like that 3 volumes in, we are learning so much more about this world. I can't wait to see where things go....more
I really liked it! I am amazed at how she can tell a story with so little words and such detailed artwork! Yuki and Zero really stood out to me, and II really liked it! I am amazed at how she can tell a story with so little words and such detailed artwork! Yuki and Zero really stood out to me, and I love how kind Yuki is, even knowing that Zero is coming to terms with being a vampire. I liked seeing more of the vampires in this world, and I feel like as we get further into the series, we're going to learn a lot more about the vampires! I'm really curious about whether Yuki offering her blood to Zero will come again, and what sort of effect it will have on things. Zero is definitely brooding in this book, which I totally understand but I also wonder if he'll start to move on at some point. And his former vampire hunter teacher is around, so I can't wait to see where that goes.
My Rating: 4 stars. I really liked the story and some of the things that come up, because I'm really curious about where things are headed. ...more
I am so glad I read this book! I don't know where to start with Immortal Life, because there were a lot of interesting things in it.
I think what madeI am so glad I read this book! I don't know where to start with Immortal Life, because there were a lot of interesting things in it.
I think what made her story so fascinating was that they took her cells without asking. I mean, it's not surprising, given the time period (not that I'm trying to assume anything, because assuming isn't good) but it's hard to believe. Her own family has trouble getting good healthcare, and I really felt for them, especially her one daughter, who wanted to know more about her mother.
Immortal Life is really two stories- HeLa cells, which are very really important in the science world. A lot of advancements made seem to be based on the cells they took from Lacks. The other story is of Lacks herself (only a little) but it focuses more on her family and how what happened to Lacks had such a huge effect on them.
Not only that, but I was horrified by how Lacks name was attached to the cells, and that her name was attached to her medical records...and that they just randomly handed it off to people. I work in medical records for my day job, and I kept having to remind myself that this was way before HIPAA and that there weren't federal privacy laws. At least some states had them, but unfortunately, Maryland wasn't one of those states. That has since changed, but I was so taken aback by that. And the fact that they didn't even have the right name!
I can't help but wonder so many things. Like, how would things have been different if they did get informed consent. Was her race or socioeconomic status a factor?
And she is definitely a real person, which the researchers seemed to forget. It did seem like they saw her as just cells, and it also felt a little bit like that with her family too. I don't blame her family at all for wanting their mother to be recognized for her huge contribution to science. It's such a balanced look, and you see so many different pieces of the story.
It's definitely a non-linear story, and Skloot herself does appear in the book. But it's only when it's absolutely necessary, and I can't imagine the story being told in a linear way.
I feel like it's so hard to do this book justice, but it's such an amazing look at the ethics of research and consent and trying to find the truth.
My Rating: 5 stars. It's an awesome book, and if you haven't read it, you really need to....more
So, when I checked out MeruPuri, I didn't realize that it was the same person who did Vampire Night! There are things I liked about MeruPuri, but I diSo, when I checked out MeruPuri, I didn't realize that it was the same person who did Vampire Night! There are things I liked about MeruPuri, but I didn't like it nearly as much as Vampire Knight. I thought the curse on Aram was interesting- it makes me wonder about his relationship with his brother. Even though it is explained later on in the manga, I still can't help but wonder about it. And the magical mirror that leads to the world Aram is from! I liked that part of it, but I couldn't tell you much of anything about the characters. Although I could tell you a little more about Aram and his brother than I could tell you about Airi. She's a little bit forgettable, considering it's her mirror.
The artwork is pretty awesome, which isn't surprising, considering how much I liked it in Vampire Knight. I just didn't find the story as interesting or compelling as Vampire Knight, but I may pick up the other volumes sometime in the future.
My Rating: 2 stars. There were some things I liked about MeruPuri (like the artwork, and a couple of the elements of the story) but it didn't capture my attention the way I thought it would....more
I really liked Vampire Knight! I randomly picked it up at the library, because the title caught my eye, and it seemed really intriguing. It was definiI really liked Vampire Knight! I randomly picked it up at the library, because the title caught my eye, and it seemed really intriguing. It was definitely a good choice on my part, because I really liked the idea of a day class and a night class really interesting. And two students who attend the day school but also know about the Night Class and are doing everything in their power to keep the secrets of the Night Class. Zero reminded me of Kyo from Fruits Basket. I have no idea why I am suddenly reminded of Fruits Basket characters in some of the manga I've been reading, but I am.
It was a little darker than I expected, with vampire-hunters and revelations- mostly the one surrounding Zero, which I want to know more about. Certain things were repetitive, like Zero being from a vampire-hunter family and the only survivor of an attack on his family, and Yuki being saved from Kaname. They seem to have an interesting relationship, as do Yuki and Zero.
It also felt like a prequel of sorts, because we were introduced to the school and characters. I know that's what first books do, and even though it's volume 1, something about it felt more like a prequel than a first volume. It was still enjoyable, and I can't wait to get into the story a little more. I really liked the shading and detail for the artwork. It's something I'm also impressed with, mostly because I can't draw if my life depended on it. But the detail, especially in black and white is really impressive.
My Rating: 4 stars. I really liked the story, but certain things were pretty repetitive, and that got to be frustrating. But overall, I would definitely recommend it....more