Simple graphite pencil illustrations flood this 90-page picture book, aided by beautiful words to conveCompletely in love with Bruce Whatley's #Ruben.
Simple graphite pencil illustrations flood this 90-page picture book, aided by beautiful words to convey a young boy's survival in a futuristic derelict city, a kid who dreams of escape - or, at least, used to.
Shaun Tan, Mel Tregonning and Brian Selznick fans will embrace Ruben, Whatley's biggest and most imaginatively complex story....more
I'm a huge fan of the Gone series (just go have a read of my reviews of the latter books in the series and you'll see why). I was excited for this newI'm a huge fan of the Gone series (just go have a read of my reviews of the latter books in the series and you'll see why). I was excited for this new series, and I can say Monster is a solid introduction to the post-FAYZ world, but the real threat has yet to hit.
Grant shows how easy it is for power to influence an individual's sense of right and wrong. I enjoyed how he found a way following the climactic and emotional end of the Gone series and the powers of the characters there as a launching pad for this new trilogy; I felt it became too "out there" but yet it reminded me so much of why I loved the Animorphs series for which he co-wrote. There's a very hungry caterpillar. And Starro- and Te Ka-inspired monsters. And a heck load of action.
Dekka, our black, gay girl, kicks major ass and there was a touching moment in Perdido Beach (a few pages in length) between her and Diana. And although it took a bit of the book to connect to the new characters (Shade, Cruz, Armo and others) there's going to be a huge change coming for them going forward.
If there's more appearances of FAYZ characters in next instalments - if the final sentence of the book is anything to go by - then I'm here to stay. (Drake can go to hell.)...more
I read the final line and simultaneously cried and smiled. It's heart-achingly tragic but it's also beautiful, full of heart and humour, moments of saI read the final line and simultaneously cried and smiled. It's heart-achingly tragic but it's also beautiful, full of heart and humour, moments of sadness and moments of greatness, that together weave in and out to tell the incredible tale of Cyril Avery, a man faced with prejudice and bad luck yet who always manages to find ways to redeem himself, whether by chance encounter or purposefully sought... a man who remained constantly humble and genuine on his quest for happiness regardless of what challenges he faces as a gay man from a homophobic (and sexist) Ireland to the expressive society of Amsterdam to AIDS-affected New York City. ...more
It may have been initially presented to me upon investigation as "women's fiction" (whatever that means) but it perfectly suited to me as I'm h4.5 / 5
It may have been initially presented to me upon investigation as "women's fiction" (whatever that means) but it perfectly suited to me as I'm heading into my final year studying film and animation.
Sharon and Mel are a young award-winning animation duo who seek inspiration from their own lives, relationships and experiences. Shortly after the success of their first film about Mel's dysfunctional childhood and family, Sharon suffers a stroke, which leads them to her rural Southern childhood home where relationships are reconciled, trust is broken and buried memories and truths resurface. It's about the sacrifices made by a need to create and the strains that has not just on the individual but on the relationships with those closest to them. Both Sharon and Mel are flawed and intriguing women who were worth reading about. The Animators does not have the same level of emotional impact as A Little Life had but it still manages to offer fans a similar read about art, belonging and the sacrifices we make to define ourselves....more