You know what inspires me most? People who have a deep, in their bones, unrelenting passion for what they do and they share that passion with the worlYou know what inspires me most? People who have a deep, in their bones, unrelenting passion for what they do and they share that passion with the world. It oozes off of their being and into the lives of others, inspiring them in turn. Scott McCloud is one of those people.
Before this I'd only read one book by McCloud, Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, and that book was enough for me to see his passion. I wanted to hand that book to every person who's never read a comic, a graphic novel, and say, 'Here. This! This is what it's all about. This is what's so special about the medium.' Every medium has its own reasons for existing, that when a story is done well you know it could have only been done in that medium, utilized in that way, to speak to the audience in that way. And Scott McCloud is a master of understanding the medium of comics, of what they're capable of, and The Sculptor is proof of that.
Honestly, I can't even write a review (though I'm not sure if this 'qualifies' as a review and I don't really care) without tearing up. This story is just so profound. So beautiful. So tender. It's no surprise it took McCloud five years to write and no surprise he got a blurb from Neil Gaiman stating it to be the best graphic novel he's read in years.
It just spoke to me. I didn't want it to end and I did because I wanted to see how it ended. I connected so much with this story, with the characters, and... it just...I'm am at a loss for words as to how it made me feel.
I'll just say, read it. Take your time. Reading isn't a contest. It's not a race. In the end it doesn't matter how much you've read. What matters is what you've read and how it's played a role in your life. Let each story take its time to seep into every fiber of your being. Let it breathe into who you are, forcing you to dig deeper within. For that's what story is all about. Connecting. Looking. Reflecting. Being.
Read it. Don't read what it's about, just read it. ...more
Who knew one could become so attached to a crippled torturer? A barbarian? A bald old wizard?
What can IThese characters. These. Freakin'. Characters.
Who knew one could become so attached to a crippled torturer? A barbarian? A bald old wizard?
What can I say, I like my characters a bit rough around the edges, as flawed and as fucked up as can be. Our flaws are what make us humans interesting after all.
Even in the moments where the plot lagged for me, I still wanted to know these people. Hell, I could read a chapter on Glokta eating his porridge if it meant learning how he ticks, why he is who he is, and what more there is to that poor bastard. Even the pathetic nobleman, Jezal, has me hoping and wondering that maybe there's more to him, that only he'll find out by leaving his pristine status for an uncertain and dangerous future.
Fuck, I guess I have some more reading to do .... book two.
I've been wanting to read a Chuck Wendig book since coming across his blog and laughing my ass off at his excessive, but never redundant, explicit remI've been wanting to read a Chuck Wendig book since coming across his blog and laughing my ass off at his excessive, but never redundant, explicit remarks and/or jokes. Call them what you will, they're hilarious. And this book was no exception to his love of the word motherfucker, and man does that fucker know where to place those mothers.
This isn't a book to pick up if you've read other books on writing and are looking for 'new and exciting' tips to help unleash your inner writing beast. This book is to remind you of the things you should know, while laughing enviously at how Wendig so easily writes such witty content. His tips both beat around the bush (take that how you wish) and get to the point with such brevity. Now maybe I'll getting around to reading his fiction, especially with him being selected to pick up the newest upcoming Star Wars books. Fuck ya!...more
Just one of those books that felt a bit overhyped for something a bit undercooked. I love a good bit sex in my books, when done well, but this one, weJust one of those books that felt a bit overhyped for something a bit undercooked. I love a good bit sex in my books, when done well, but this one, well, what's the saying, if you don't have something nice to say, don't say it at all......more
I've only recently given audiobooks a chance, this one being my third. I much prefer the experience of reading the written word, but when it came to dI've only recently given audiobooks a chance, this one being my third. I much prefer the experience of reading the written word, but when it came to driving 44 hours cross country in 4 days, I figured a good audiobook would be a great way to alleviate the exhaustion. So, wanting something a bit familiar, I decided 'Veronica Mars' would be a treat to listen to, and boy was it like hanging out with an old friend - especially with Kristin Bell narrating it. For that I couldn't help but enjoy it. For that I might give audiobooks more of a chance, especially now living carless and soon using public transportation to get around. But I'll still have one a many paperbacks at my bedside to curl up with. :)...more
A beautifully written, delightful little tale, highlighting the spirt, wonder and imagination within all children. A bit of Narnia, Willy Wonka and thA beautifully written, delightful little tale, highlighting the spirt, wonder and imagination within all children. A bit of Narnia, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and classic fairy tales, with a heavy dose of whimsy. An oddball of a story tied up in the most delicate orange bow. ...more
A quick and entertaining story set between Steelheart and Firefight, showcasing a showdown between Epic, Mitosis, and, Reckoner, David. A nice setup fA quick and entertaining story set between Steelheart and Firefight, showcasing a showdown between Epic, Mitosis, and, Reckoner, David. A nice setup for the next book, while still giving itself importance in the story as a whole....more
A clever and exquisite work this is. It's clear and concise, transcendent and touching, but mostly, beautiful. I loved this story so much! It's no wonA clever and exquisite work this is. It's clear and concise, transcendent and touching, but mostly, beautiful. I loved this story so much! It's no wonder it's a Hugo Award Winner and no surprise that when asked what are some of his proudest works, Sanderson lists off 'The Way of Kings' and 'The Emperor's Soul.'
To think, I couldn't find it anywhere. My local library devoid of its presence, nearby bookstores sold out. Instead I must thank the good old world wide web for this grateful little purchase.
Sanderson writes some of the best female characters in fantasy that I've ever read and Shai is now one of my favorites. I could list all of the many descriptive things about her that I love but what I love most about her is her ability to see, to see people, to see things. To read into them, beyond their presentations, but instead seeing their underlying truth. Gosh what a capability. What a gift.
Ugh I just want to hug this little story, from beginning to end, including Sanderson's insightful 'postscript,' providing a bit of history into his writing of this story. Oh what a delight this was.
*Additional note: Be sure to follow this book up by reading 'The Emperor's Soul Deleted Prologue: Imperial Fool' on Sanderson's website, here* ...more
A devout supporter of abandoning books one isn't enjoying for those more enjoyable (because life is too short), I had put this one down after about 10A devout supporter of abandoning books one isn't enjoying for those more enjoyable (because life is too short), I had put this one down after about 100 pages in. But because I had already ordered a book (The Emperor's Soul) set in the Elantris world I figured I should probably finish reading Elantris before diving into 'The Emperor's Soul.' I'm glad I did.
Granted, the issues I had in the beginning I still had later on, but on the same token I enjoyed myself overall. I don't know if I'll ever read a Sanderson book and give it less than three stars (three stars on Goodreads meaning 'liked it') and that's why I'll continue to pick up the rest of his books. It is interesting to read some later works of an author first and then read their first work later, or in Elantris' case, his first published work (though his sixth written novel). You can see his growth, as a writer, in Mistborn since Elantris - which I find pretty cool, to see the 'beginnings' of an author and where they've come since. I wouldn't recommend this as a first book, for those wanting to get into the writings of Sanderson, but I'd still recommend reading it.
And while the magic system wasn't as fleshed out, vital or interesting as Mistorn; the premise/main conflict (of converting all to said religion or otherwise conquering if not converted) wasn't my cup of tea, and, like with the later Mistborn books, there was too much repetition of fact and/or description and dragging at times (and a bit heavy handed in the politics, for me), what got me to enjoy it were the side characters. This was the first time I've read a book where the side characters were those I connected most with, rooted for, loved and made me laugh. That and I thought Elantris, its mystery, its history and the idea of it is pretty fascinating. Worth it for those latter reasons. ...more