I admit that when I first discovered the series, I was a little skeptical. It had a fair place of prominence at my local comic book store and came higI admit that when I first discovered the series, I was a little skeptical. It had a fair place of prominence at my local comic book store and came highly recommended, but it just seemed so unassuming next to the glitzy covers for various mainstream and indie titles. Reassured by the salesman that I'd enjoy the read, I purchased the first two issues and took them home. A few days later I rushed into the store to get the next issue like an addict needing their next fix and was dismayed to find that they'd sold out. I was equally amazed when my comic book peddler told me about how the comic book is created. (More on that later.)
What you need to know first and foremost is that the story here is top notch. Taylor tries really hard to turn a lot of conventional horror tropes on their head by not only making our lead character a murderer, but he also goes so far to make her a fairly normal one at that. She wasn't abused or kept in a dark dungeon somewhere, nor is she without human emotions. Aside from her extremely strong need to kill, Zoey is otherwise a fairly mundane, even laid-back character with family and friends that she loves and is loved by in return. In the first issue she even goes so far as to talk about how conflicted she felt about a murder she committed prior to the series' start. She's actively trying to restrain her inner nature, which causes her no end of conflict with the people around her. Because she's so normal it's easy to empathize with Zoey at times, especially since her first murder was due to fairly traumatic circumstances. She's kind of a female Dexter, but with far more emotions.
The artwork in this is pretty good and what makes all of this so amazingly awesome is how much work is put into it. Larime Taylor, the series' author, was born with a disability that leaves him unable to draw using conventional means and uses his mouth to create everything for the series, from its initial sketches to the shading and lettering. The quality of the artwork here is very good and his control and skill is top notch- better than even some of the more mainstream artists out there. There's a wide variety of character types and styles, but it doesn't feel like he's trying to make your typical "token" characters. (IE, making a character of each gender, color, size, etc to create a multicultural rainbow like you see with some books, movies, and comics.) It's kind of inspiring to see how much work and effort went into the series' creation, which gave me some much needed oomph to keep going during my last semester of my Bachelor's Degree.
I honestly can't recommend this enough to anyone that loves a good story and doesn't want your typical horror movie comic book. I'd compare it to the Wet Moon series as far as it's slow buildup and character development. It's the epitome of the comic book series that isn't very well known but really deserves to be far well known- in other words the typical "Best Comic Book You're Not Reading" sort of fare. I'd even go so far as to say that if you're interested, buy the first volume outright and then buy another one because you'll be handing that extra copy to your friends and telling them "you HAVE to read this!"...more
If you haven't read Scott Sigler's book version of Infected, you're missing out. No worries, you don't have to have read the book before picking up thIf you haven't read Scott Sigler's book version of Infected, you're missing out. No worries, you don't have to have read the book before picking up the graphic novel but like any book to comic adaptation, you can only translate so much between mediums.
Let me just say that so far, issue one was fantastic. No, it was more than that. It's fucking fantastic.
The artwork here is really terrific and overall Sigler's story translates very well to graphic novel format. There's a wonderfully slow buildup of dread here that fans of the full length novel will really appreciate. Now if you're the type who loves a little of the old "ultra-violence" from the start, you'll love the direction that this series will eventually go towards. You'll also appreciate the short scene of carnage in this issue.
Parents, if you don't want your kids to read about blood, violence, and things along those lines, you'll want to skip this series if you or they are overly sensitive. Perry's big finale at the end of the book will have you wincing. That said, I feel that as long as you read this along with them (and you will/should want to read it because it's Scott Freaking Sigler) there won't be too much here for you to quibble at. ...more
This was one of two Davis books that I read within a twenty four hour period this weekend, with the only reason I didn't finish the third one being thThis was one of two Davis books that I read within a twenty four hour period this weekend, with the only reason I didn't finish the third one being that at some point I did have to sleep. These books were that addicting.
This book picks up where the last left off, with Sophie trying to help her sister Leah while also attempting to win back the affections of Anatoly, the guy she mistook for a homicidal murderer in book one. (Hey, a girl can make a mistake, right?) I'm going to be somewhat spoilerish and say that this book has one of the the cutest sex scenes I've read in a while and that for Anatoly to have that type of equipment, I can see where Sophie gave in. (Once you read the book you'll understand what I'm talking about!)
Part of what I've liked about this series is that Sophie isn't your typical heroine. It's not easy to find a series with a character that's Jewish with a mixed heritage of white and black parents, but what makes this so good is that at no point does Davis really throw it in our faces in this series or put anyone on a platform. Sophie has nothing to prove about her heritage and her acceptance of herself is as simple as breathing. I've read books that try to pen a character with a varying degree of uniqueness, but so many of them make these things something that seems to be the most important thing to the character despite whatever else is going on. Davis doesn't do that, which is why I could see Sophie stepping out of the pages into real life.
The mystery here is fairly good and despite seeing her as annoying in the previous book, I adored Sophie's sister Leah in this entry. She goes through a lot of changes as a character and you can't help but cheer her on.
You could probably read this without having read the first book in the series, as I originally started with the fifth book (Vows, Vendettas and a Little Black Dress) without much difficulty. You'll miss out on some of the character details, but the mystery is self-contained enough to where you can still have fun reading it. This is absolutely worth putting on your TBR pile. ...more
I'd discovered Kyra Davis through the Amazon Vine program, which prompted me to purchase the first three books in the Sophie Katz series. This past weI'd discovered Kyra Davis through the Amazon Vine program, which prompted me to purchase the first three books in the Sophie Katz series. This past weekend I finally got the chance to catch up with my TBR pile, with this being one of the books on top. 24 hours later I've finished the first one and worked my way through the second one. This series kicks major butt.
What do I like about this series so much? How about it's fabulous main character, Sophie? She's smart, funny, and is snarky without seeming unnatural. (As much as I love the snarky gals in books, we all know that no one can have that much snark on tap 24/7 without being too much of a fictional character.) Sophie's the kind of gal that you'd not only expect to meet in real life, but you'd probably also get a kick out of having a few drinks with her. It also doesn't hurt that her love interest is a pretty smooth and drool worthy guy.
The mystery was nice and while I admit that it doesn't match the ones we get in the later books, it's engaging and it kept me reading because I just wanted to know what happened next. There's a good plot here and this is a nice setup to the rest of the series.
Overall, this is one of those books that's best when not taken too seriously. (The title includes coffee references, so if you're looking for And Then There Were None then you're barking up the wrong tree.) This is pretty much up the alley of readers looking for a good chick lit read along the lines of Sophie Kinsella, mixed with a heaping dose of mystery. It's earned a place on my permanent bookshelf, that's for sure. The used bookstore isn't getting this one....more
I got this at the same time as I did volume 2, so I dove into this immediately after finishing the previous one. (Now I just have to wait for my otherI got this at the same time as I did volume 2, so I dove into this immediately after finishing the previous one. (Now I just have to wait for my other volumes to get here!)
The artwork in this is just as good in the previous volumes, so if you've been a fan of the artwork then you're going to love this volume.
Where this volume really shines is in the further character development. If you've been waiting for lots of great action scenes, this is the volume you'll definitely want to read. Emp has a lot of kick butt scenes and the volume ends on a pretty awesome one. I can't elaborate without getting too spoilery, but it's probably her coolest one so far and it emphasizes the mystery of the suit and what it's capable of doing. We get a little explanation towards the suit's tendency to short out on Emp as well as more background on Thug and Ninjette. It's a really great volume and it really makes me impatient for the next volume.
This is one that you definitely have to get, although unlike the previous volume it's not one that you could easily and instantly get into without having read anything prior. You could if you really wanted to, but you'd be missing out on quite a bit of story. ...more
I have to admit that I'm a big fan of indie comics in general. Hopeless-Savages, Koko be Good, and Blue Monday... I love them all. Friends With Boys cI have to admit that I'm a big fan of indie comics in general. Hopeless-Savages, Koko be Good, and Blue Monday... I love them all. Friends With Boys can now be added to this list. I literally sat and devoured this in one night, flipping back to scenes and images that I particularly loved, especially Maggie's interactions with her family.
One of the best things about this comic was that the main character isn't some picture-perfect character with flawless skin and great hair. (You know the ones I'm talking about- the characters who are supposed to be outcasts but look like models instead.) Maggie does have good skin, but most importantly she isn't perfect. She has hair that sticks straight up and a huge nose, which I found refreshing. It makes her that much easier to instantly relate to as an average person. I also loved Maggie's expressions throughout the book. She's a very expressive character and it shows through her facial features. Another thing that I loved about the artwork is that it reminds me of so many different artists without actually copying their style. Hicks might have potentially been inspired by them, but her artwork style is all her own. (Especially reminds me of Koko be Good and Blue Monday.)
The story line here is pretty interesting, although I'd like to warn people that the ghost part of the story is never fully explored. I'm not sure if that means there will be another volume, but if you're hoping for a big ghost story then you'll be disappointed. She (the ghost) does factor into the story, but not as the main grab. No, the biggest and most basic focus of the story is Maggie growing up and adapting to life outside of her comfort zone. Hicks does a good job of showing this off, from Maggie's awkward first day to her attempts to deal with some of the more major issues of her life.
This is only a brief glimpse into Maggie's world and I hope that this won't be the last I see of her, but this does work as a stand alone book for the most part. People wanting a definitive ending will undoubtedly get frustrated at it and I won't entirely blame them. This doesn't have the clear cut ending that I normally want my stories to have, but it's satisfying enough that I won't begrudge it. I loved this manga and I would love to see more like it, if not more of Maggie herself....more
Honey badger might not care that it's become an internet sensation and now a must-read book, but you absolutely will! I had pretty high hopes for thisHoney badger might not care that it's become an internet sensation and now a must-read book, but you absolutely will! I had pretty high hopes for this book and I have to say, it didn't disappoint. If you aren't aware of the youtube video "Nastyass Honey Badger", then you absolutely should. (Be aware, there is adult language in this video.)
If you've seen the video, you know what to expect. If not, then I'll clue you into the awesomeness that this book contains. While you probably won't hear Randall narrating his own show on Animal Planet anytime soon (although we can hope), this book is full of wonderful humor and great insights on animal life. Frankly put, this is a book about animals that's written for those of us who aren't into the long Latin names or dry paragraphs about animal habits. Randall condenses all of these facts into a few pages per animal and it's incredibly fun. If I wasn't won over by the honey badger entry at the beginning of the book, I was won over by the hilarity in the following ones.
I do have to warn parents that they'll probably want to read through this to go over the language and some of the phrases in the book. (One entry suggests that Don Knotts had erm, illicit relations with a bat, but in a non-malicious way.) It's all in good fun and none of it is malicious, but this won't be appropriate for some younger readers.
This was just awesome to read and would make for an excellent late-late Christmas gift. (Or a late Boxing Day gift. Or a Valentine's gift.)
I'll admit that this is one of my favorite parts of the series for reasons I can't really divulge due to spoiler reasons. (There's got to be at leastI'll admit that this is one of my favorite parts of the series for reasons I can't really divulge due to spoiler reasons. (There's got to be at least 4-5 people who haven't seen the anime or read the Wikipedia synopsis.) I'm going to review this in two parts: the artwork and the story.
First the artwork: It's gorgeous. This is a pivotal time in the series, so the artwork gets both dreamy and serious accordingly. The splash pages at the beginning of the manga really are fun to look at. A great addition at the end of the manga was the inclusion of several character designs for both Usagi (one being a slightly different haircut!) as well as uniform designs. The sailor fuku uniform wasn't the first choice- there were several different ideas, ranging from skimpy armor to long sleeved sailor suits. I have to say, they made the right choice in the long run.
Story-wise, this was awesome. I loved it. There's still an element of playfulness to this volume but overall the tone here is serious. The romance in this volume is also excellent and I couldn't help but love the finding of the silver crystal. (My favorite part in this arc.)
Overall you can tell that this volume was very lovingly put together by Kodansha. It was clearly designed with the Sailor Moon fanbase in mind, which I whole heartedly appreciate. The translations are also a little easier to read this time around, something that tripped me up in the first volume. This is absolutely a must buy for manga collectors. ...more
I have to say, I've really enjoyed the Sailor V manga. It's such a great look into the thought processes of Takeuchi. In the first volume she played aI have to say, I've really enjoyed the Sailor V manga. It's such a great look into the thought processes of Takeuchi. In the first volume she played around with character designs that would later appear in Sailor Moon. In this volume we can see where she had fun fleshing out the world from the first Sailor Moon arc. (This series ended about the same time as the Sailor Moon manga did, so all of this was drawn way after the Dark Kingdom arc ended.)
It's really neat to see manga like this, where you not only get to see the creator play around with character designs but to also develop their art and storytelling styles as well. It's a pretty fun experience, to be honest. (And of course the artwork is spectacular.)
As far as storyline goes, I found that volume 2 had a tighter plot. You can tell that Takeuchi had a better idea of how the story was going to end, so as a result the characters were better defined and the stories were faster paced. I was a bit sorry to see it end, but it wouldn't have fared well if there were more volumes to the series.
This is an absolute must have for all Sailor Moon and shoujo fans. ...more
I'm reupping the date of the review since I finally got the actual book itself!! :)
It took me a long time to get my hands on a copy of this due to theI'm reupping the date of the review since I finally got the actual book itself!! :)
It took me a long time to get my hands on a copy of this due to the first printing selling out, but it was worth it. This volume is awesome. There's so much going on in this volume that the pacing is actually a lot faster than in previous volumes. (And this is just what Zahler managed to get into it! There's more to the series...)
In this volume we're shown what it's like for Abby and Mark to be married as well as all the typical things of superhero and normal life. There's death, love, and taxes. Lots of taxes. Let me just say that Abby's never had to be around Mark during tax time, so while the idea of watching a fictional character do taxes might not sound entertaining, Zahler makes this a pretty funny bit to read about. The romance between Amazonia and Darkblade is actually the best part of the series, I have to admit. I initially wasn't as into her character as I was for the other characters, but the romance does bring out a lot more to her personality. She's a lot more insecure and naive than previous chapters have let on. (What her people are supposed to wear when meeting the parents is pretty funny.) The volume ends on a great tone that leaves the series open for more volumes to come out. (Oh, and as a bonus most of the chapters have alternate covers drawn by someone other than Zahler, which were pretty fun to look at.)
Overall this was just awesome to read and this is definitely worth tracking down if you're a fan of the series. ...more
I'd heard a lot about the Sailor V manga and let me tell you, it's all true. Not only can you see where Takeuchi started toying around with the characI'd heard a lot about the Sailor V manga and let me tell you, it's all true. Not only can you see where Takeuchi started toying around with the character designs for Sailor Moon, but you can also see where some view it as close, but not quite as good as Sailor Moon. (Still worth reading, though!)
First I just have to say that like Sailor Moon, the artwork is gorgeous. It's a little rough in places compared to her later work (especially since the new [[ASIN:1935429744 Sailor Moon]]), but it's still incredibly fun to look at. The story is also interesting since it's both a standalone manga as well as being linked to the SM universe. I have to warn readers that they should take this manga with a grain of salt as far as how it fits into the SM world since you'll see various things that don't match up with what we know about the Sailor Venus in Sailor Moon. This is because Sailor V was initially released before Sailor Moon was and eventually sparked the idea for what is now her best known series.
The most fun of this volume is to look to see where Takeuchi started playing around with character designs. Minako (Sailor V) was quite obviously a springing board for Usagi, as she shares many of Usagi's characteristics and surroundings, most notably Usagi's parents and a few of her classmates. It's interesting to also see how the story changed over time, as the Sailor Moon series started up not long after Sailor V started up and ran alongside the Sailor V manga. (Sailor V releases started coming out more sporadically.) You can see some of the Sailor Moon characters (most notably Usagi), which was pretty neat.
Translation-wise, this isn't bad. I did spot a grammatical error in the volume and at times it does suffer from awkward translating, it's pretty well done and actually flows a little better than the Sailor Moon translation did. (Possibly due to it being potentially less scrutinized by the fanbase as the SM manga would be.)
This isn't as strong as the Sailor Moon manga is, but it's still very fun and it's a must buy for fans of Sailor Moon. For those who aren't as die-hard? Well, personally my gut reaction is to collect everything and tell everyone else to (hey, I'm a completist), but some might find that this just doesn't grab them as much as the Sailor Moon series does (or vice-versa). For them it might be worth checking out in the bookstore before buying it....more
Ever since the ill fated Mixx/Tokyopop lost their license to the series I've been hoping that Sailor Moon would eventually hit these shores again andEver since the ill fated Mixx/Tokyopop lost their license to the series I've been hoping that Sailor Moon would eventually hit these shores again and they have. Happy day!
Fangirl gush aside, I really enjoyed this volume. The artwork is gorgeous, which is what you'd expect for a mangaka of Takeuchi's caliber. It's interesting to flip through the pages and let my eyes slide over the illustrations.
The translations are a little awkward at times, though. One of the things that Kodansha really hyped up was that they were going to be as faithful as possible, which included the honorifics. I was actually looking forward to this since I enjoy reading honorifics for the most part. I enjoyed much of the honorifics but I'd be lying if I said that some of them just felt really silly to tack on. Things that sound fantastic in Japanese with the untranslated word just sound clunky here, such as Hime-Sama being turned into Princess-Sama. (As one reviewer so aptly put it.) I think that Kodansha just tried a little too overly hard to stay faithful to the original translations, possibly due to all of the complaints over the Tokyopop translations. This just doesn't come across as organically as it should, which might bore a few readers.
I can't really hate the Sailor Moon manga for this and I waffled over giving it 4 stars and giving it 5 stars. I eventually had to concede that while the flaws didn't ruin my experience as a whole, they were definitely noticeable and kind of interrupted my reading at least slightly.
For the Sailor Moon fans, this is an absolute 100% must buy. For any new readers or those on the fence, I'd still recommend it. It's worth having in my opinion and the awkward translations should ease up over time as Kodansha gets used to what they do and don't have to add. ...more
I've really come to adore this series, having bought and re-read the first volume over and over again. (I'll never forgive myself for not buying the eI've really come to adore this series, having bought and re-read the first volume over and over again. (I'll never forgive myself for not buying the entire set from Borders when I had the chance!)
The artwork in this really is my favorite part of the volume and I really enjoyed that this was done in pencil and wasn't as slick and all inked up as the Marvel and DC issues tend to be. There's nothing wrong with that, mind you, but the pencil work in this volume really pushes home that this is done by one guy and it emphasizes the differences between the superheroine Empowered and the bigger super heroes. (One of which is that she's considered to be a D-lister, so the lack of glitzy color pages helps to emphasize this.)
The stories in this are decent and I admit that not all of them dragged me in like the first volume did, but they're still pretty good. There's hints of future plots as well as further development with the Willy Pete plot element, which will end up exploding into a huge scenario in a future volume.
This really is a fun volume overall and if you're a fan of the previous volume you'll want to check this one out. In good news, if you haven't read the first volume, you should be able to check this one out. You'll feel like you've missed out on a little story, but overall this is a pretty user-friendly series that is easy to catch up with. ...more
If you're like me, you probably never knew that there were different types of zombies other than "dead" & "really dead". Ignorance of the differen If you're like me, you probably never knew that there were different types of zombies other than "dead" & "really dead". Ignorance of the different species can not only be deadly but it can also lead to the extinction of several rare & intriguing zombie kinds. By shooting first & asking questions later, you might be missing out on the chance to watch the the well choreographed Dancing Zombie. Or you could anger a Revenant, which is insanely hard to kill & will most likely end with you being a greasy smear on the pavement.
Fortunately for you & I, this book covers at least 20 species of the undead. We're given not only a brief synopsis of the specific species's history but also images telling us where they can be located & how plentiful they are. (Joining a zombie sight seeing tour is discouraged without properly checking their credentials, year the company was formed, & their CorpseFax, which details all of the skirmishes, fatalities, & infections they've had. More than one person has lost their lives by signing up with a fly-by-night zombie tour!) The book also lists which humans (living ones, not dead ones) you should try to avoid if you're trapped in a zombie attack. If you're reading this book (or this review) then your chances of survival are already far better than that of the uninformed citizen.
We're also treated to a brief but highly informative history of the zombie race in general, starting from its ancient beginnings to the present day. Author Payton also treats us to a bright, hopeful vision of the future where zombie science will eradicate death, illness, & enable us to lead better and happier lives.
However if you're one of the skeptics who insist that zombies aren't real & that this book is nothing but a novelty item, you might still find this guide useful for role-playing games. It's a valuable resource that you can use to heighten your game playing experience. It might also save your life when the "fictional" zombies break in during your Friday gaming night.
Ever read A Series of Unfortunate Events & thought "It would be really cool if instead of focusing on a trio of orphans & mysterious events, iEver read A Series of Unfortunate Events & thought "It would be really cool if instead of focusing on a trio of orphans & mysterious events, it'd be cool if Snicket wrote about conjoined twins?" If you've ever thought that, then you're in luck. Dresden Dolls genius Amanda Palmer has you covered in spades. (Oh yeah, and Jason Webley. I'm not too familiar with his stuff.)
Fans of Amanda Palmer won't be surprised at how completely twisted & strange this collection is. A story like this can really only be properly told by someone as wickedly unique as her. It's not PC, but that's not the point of this story. The point is to showcase two talents that have been here all along.
The storyline of the book is quite frankly very dark. If you saw this & thought "oh how cute, a kid's book" then you'll be incredibly mistaken. There's nothing in this that's appropriate for children. The book starts off with the twins' sad beginning & from there goes through a pretty tragic course of events. I don't want to spoil the book for you but there's stuff in here ranging from child abuse to pedophilia. None of it is especially graphic. You never see it "on screen" or directly called out for what it was by the twins, but it is there. People who prefer not to read books with this sort of material will probably want to steer clear or at least get this for a library read. (Hey, nothing wrong with that. I avoid overly tragic movies for the same reason.)
Artwork-wise, it really fits the tone of the story. The artwork is sad and depressing, but intentionally so. After all, it's not like this is a story about two happy-go-lucky girls fighting evil with magical powers given to them by a stray cat. There was a lot of time & care put into the art in this book & I can't help but admire it even as I wince at some of the things inferred in it.
Overall this was a pretty great read, but I think it'll really only appeal to a specific group of people. It's definitely worth reading but I recommend this as a library read first for anyone who is on the fence about purchasing this book. There will be people for whom this will be an absolutely buy immediately book, but others will be content to read this once, bask in its glow for a while, then remain content to keep up with the twins via the internet.
(By the way, if you haven't checked them out on youtube, do so. It's worth the watch. By the time the video is over the musical stylings of Amanda Palmer & Jason Webly, erm... I mean Evelyn Evelyn will have stolen your heart away.)
(Note: This review was originally based on the first two issues, but I've since read the full volume and the ratings stand.)
Wow. Just wow. Richelle Me(Note: This review was originally based on the first two issues, but I've since read the full volume and the ratings stand.)
Wow. Just wow. Richelle Mead has been on my list of authors to check out so Sea Lion Book's offer to preview one of her comics was pretty exciting. After all, thousands of screaming fans must mean that she's doing something right, right? Well, those thousands of screaming fans have to check out the graphic novel adaptation of the first book in her Dark Swan series because then they'll have a little something to scream extra loud about. Storm Born is a perfect example of what you should do as far as book to comic goes. I haven't read the books (although that's going to change very, very quickly) so I'm not sure if there's any big alterations from the novel, but this was easy to get into and follow along with. I absolutely love-love-LOVE the artwork. It's so beautifully done. It doesn't hurt that I love artwork of redheads. Hamann does a very good job of bringing the characters here to life. Some of the artwork reminds me of the comic series Fables, which is a good thing considering the quality of work you see in it.
Sea Lion Books was gracious enough to allow me to post some of the covers as well as a few pages from the comics. Eugenie (aka Odile) has such wonderful expressions that it's easy to get wrapped up in the story. I do have to warn that there are some adult situations in this volume, although they are very tactfully done. You won't see any full nudity in these comics and any "extracurricular activities" aren't overly graphic. Parents might want to preview this before handing it over to their teens, but this is rather tame in comparison to some of the things seen in other graphic novels out in the market. (Although there is a risk to teens of getting their libraries raided so the parent in question can read the novel format of Storm Born and find out what happens next.)
Story-wise, my curiosity is piqued. There's been a lot of different things in the urban fantasy world, but shamans are rather under-represented. Necromancers or witches? Plenty. Shamans? Not so much. There's a lot of room for Mead to expand in & showcase Eugenie's talents in this series.
So far I've got my theories as to what's going on with certain characters, but I'll have to wait until I finish the graphic novel or book to find out. I'm also sort of predicting some future romantic entanglements, or perhaps it's just wishful thinking on my part. (Eugenie's roommate is pretty intriguing.)
My two issues ended on a very big cliffhanger so I'm really looking forward to reading the full volume when it comes out in October. I've been informed that volume 1 will cover the first half of Storm Born, with volume 2 completing the novel.
Fans of Mead will also be happy to know that her much loved Vampire Academy series has also gotten the graphic novel treatment, with the first book coming out this August.
5 out of 5 stars
(Reader copies provided by Sea Lion Books)
I've read the full volume now, and it is awesome. So awesome, that I ended up deciding to purchase the volume itself from Amazon only seconds after finishing my review. (So I guess my reviews do work to help sell books!) Still five stars, all the way....more
This has to be one of my favorite books as far as Hollywood history goes. It's incredibly easy to read, has great photos, & really shows me that tThis has to be one of my favorite books as far as Hollywood history goes. It's incredibly easy to read, has great photos, & really shows me that today's starlets don't have anything on the wild child actors & actresses of the past.
There's a lot of this book that's debatable as far as accuracy goes, but it's so much fun to read that you don't care that this is pretty much the book form of the National Enquirer. It's the literary form of a candy bar. You know it's probably not good for you, but it's so sinfully enticing that you keep going back.
My recommendation is to read this, embrace it, then go out and read the books that might be more accurate as far as Hollywood's past goes. This really isn't something you should miss. ...more
It's coming down to the wire now, folks. After this book there's only 2 more books left to the series, with the potential of a bonus book afterwards.It's coming down to the wire now, folks. After this book there's only 2 more books left to the series, with the potential of a bonus book afterwards. I ended up getting this through eBay and I have to say, it was money well spent. Harrison is worth spending money on.
Things are heating up in this book and I mean that in multiple ways. First off, the tensions between the Inderlanders and certain factions of humanity are heating up. There's always been a portion of humanity that hated the Inderlanders and wanted them wiped off the face of the earth, so it's no surprise that Harrison would eventually revisit this idea. What's being done in this book is actually pretty chilling, and HAPA (Humans Against Paranormals Association) is a pretty lethal force here. I've never wanted to reach through a book and slug someone as much as I did in this book.
Secondly, things are heating up between Trent and Rachel. I know that none of us forgot the kiss from Pale Demon, and neither has Rachel. Her hormones are kicking in big time, but I'll warn you: there's not a lot of progress on this front in either direction, but then any progress is good progress. I have a feeling that whatever might ultimately come out of this relationship, it'll probably happen in book 12 and not a page sooner. There is some friendship brewing here, which is good since Rach needs someone who can keep up with her and understand where she's coming from. But regardless of whether or not they end up in a relationship, the tension between the two is so palpable that I'm beginning to think that they'll have to end up in bed together just to relieve it and get it over with. However, there's also the introduction of another potential interest in this book, although I'm not sure what chances he'll have against the Rachel/Trent combo. (Then again, I'm a fangirl of Rachel and Trent, so I tend to think this way about any other guy that comes into her life.)
There's a definite feel of loose ends beginning to get tied up and it's a good feeling. Harrison might have had a bit of a slump mid-series, but this is the Hollows that I fell in love with early on in the series and couldn't get enough of. It's good enough to make me want to re-read the series and is a worthy successor to Pale Demon. Oh, and the minor characters in this book rock. Hard. We finally see Rachel get her pack tattoo (a mild spoiler, but one we all knew was coming) and her tattoo artist is interesting enough to get a spinoff book of her own. (A tattoo artist that works on Inderlanders and humans? There's some material for you right there!)
And before anyone asks, yes Al is in this book. And of course he's awesome. Al is always awesome, even when you want to punt kick him across the room. His interactions with Rachel- and especially his last actions of the book- make me wonder where Harrison is going to go with his character next. There's a lot of potential here for him to be bad in the future, all with incredibly interesting results. I honestly can't wait for the next book to come out so I can see what'll happen next.
If you loved the last book, you'll really love this one. It's a fun ride and I had a blast reading this book.
I procrastinated a little bit on this book, but the cover kept calling to me saying "Read me- I won'tI received this for free via a Goodreads contest.
I procrastinated a little bit on this book, but the cover kept calling to me saying "Read me- I won't be like all of the others here on the shelf". Wouldn't you know that the cover was right? This isn't like any of the other books out there.
This is a very smart and slick story that grabs you from the very first page and doesn't let you go. I know that sounds like a cheesy blurb line but it's the truth. I loved that Charley Davidson both broke and embodied the idea of the gritty supernatural heroine. She's not afraid to get hurt and she's not afraid to go after whatever it is that she's currently set her mind on. I loved that she wasn't really all that stupid either.
Story-wise this was a pretty decent read. I loved the one liners and I liked the slow buildup in the story. It does occasionally suffer from first-book-itis, but this is an exemplary first book from a new author.
Few game creators are as recognizable as American McGee is. Even people who have never played his Alice game recognize the artwork (such as myself- IFew game creators are as recognizable as American McGee is. Even people who have never played his Alice game recognize the artwork (such as myself- I watched a friend play it), so it makes a lot of sense that McGee would eventually venture back into the insane world of Alice. And because of that there's all new glorious artwork to behold!
Legendary game designer American McGee created one of the most visually arresting games of all time in Alice. Eleven years later, McGee returns with a sequel just as groundbreaking as his critically acclaimed classic—Alice: Madness Returns!
Just in time for Madness Returns, Dark Horse and Spicy Horse studio invite Alice fans to take a journey through the wonderland of American McGee’s imagination for an unprecedented look at the creation of this magnificent and disturbing world. With an introduction by McGee, The Art of Alice offers an intimate look into the stunning and terrifying artwork behind this blockbuster reinterpretation of Lewis Carroll’s enduring masterpiece!
Just like with the original game, the artwork in this is just incredibly beautiful & freaky to behold. There's just so many different art styles here to look at & all of them are wonderfully detailed. Also included in the book are several explanations behind the characters, the ones that made it in & the ones that didn't. This is about the closest you can come to picking McGee's brain without pulling a Hannibal Lecter on him!
The only downfall about this book is that now a whole slew of people are going to be eagerly awaiting the new game's release in June. This is just a gorgeous book & I can't wait to see what this all looks like in action. Seriously, this is one of the more beautifully laid out artbooks I've seen.
If you’ve ever watched a superhero movie or read the comics, you’ll know that the villains usually make the piece. You can’t have a good hero without If you’ve ever watched a superhero movie or read the comics, you’ll know that the villains usually make the piece. You can’t have a good hero without a good villain & some of my favorite heroes are the ones who had a bit of a dark past. (Gambit FTW!) This book takes a look into the life of a lower ranking villain, giving us a book that’s several flavors of awesome.
Where do I start on what I liked about this book? I loved how the book started off with action, yet still gave us a good look into the minds of the characters. It made me think of the book Soon I Will be Invincible, which I liked but wished it had a little more action to it. This book delivers the adventure in spades, which (let’s be honest) is what draws so many of us to the superhero genre. If I wanted to see a bunch of heroes doing nothing but spouting exposition I’d re-watch Ang Lee’s Hulk.
The pacing of the book moves pretty quickly, which works well for it for the most part. The only flaw I really saw in the book was that at times I wanted a little more of everything & I felt that the ending was a little too rushed. I just felt like it could have been fleshed out a little & more could have been done with it.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book & I can’t wait to read more of Bernheimer’s work. This is a great read for both the casual & the more die-hard fans of the superhero genre. I honestly can’t understand why Bernheimer hasn’t had his big break yet. This was an awesome read.
Doctor Rockzo. That's why I liked this collection so much. Granted he's not in it as much as some of the other characters, but he's still pretty heaviDoctor Rockzo. That's why I liked this collection so much. Granted he's not in it as much as some of the other characters, but he's still pretty heavily featured here, to the delight of rock & roll clown fans everywhere. (I still LOL every time I hear him do his "I do cocaine" line.)
I'm going to rate this on story & art separately since well, the art is sort of one of the things I had a bit of an issue with. First off, the story. As Small was involved with the making of this comic, these stories easily fit in with the feel of the series. All of the stuff we love is in here: clueless antics by our anti-heroes, metal songs, & Doctor Rockzo. There's a few different stories in here, one of which is the Dethklok Versus The Goon storyline, which is actually pretty good despite my not knowing who The Goon is. I could easily see these being lifted from the pages into the cartoon, so if you're worried that the humor won't translate into the comic then rest easy- it works.
Unfortunately the part I sort of had an issue with was the artwork quality. Excluding the artwork for DVTG since that was obviously drawn by several different people, the artwork here sort of varies in quality. It's well done for the most part & the characters are instantly recognizable, but occasionally it just seemed like the artist got a little bored & as such, some of the panels felt a little sloppily done. I probably wouldn't have noticed if not for the higher quality artwork that was done earlier on in the volume, but the fact remains that I did notice it.
Overall this was still a fun read & for die-hard fans of the series it's a definite must have. For the people in the middle it's still not a bad investment for the most part. Despite the occasional artwork mishap this is still one of the stronger "tv show/movie into comic book" transitions out there. Metal.
I was eagerly awaiting this from amazon & trust me, I was almost ready to purchase the individual issues on back order so I could find out what waI was eagerly awaiting this from amazon & trust me, I was almost ready to purchase the individual issues on back order so I could find out what was going on. Big things happen in this volume, after all.
This volume not only covers the showdown between Frau Totenkinder & Mr. Dark but also Rose Red's past & re-emergence into the world of the living. There's also a few extras at the end in the form of the game "Escape to Wolf Manor" & other goodies. (My personal favorite was a Q&A with some of the biggest non-major questions of the series.) Of course some of the goodies requires that you desecrate your volume by cutting it up, but they're still cool to look at.
Now for the review. This volume was excellent. I was eagerly awaiting Rose Red's eventual return as well as the eventual fight with Mr. Dark. I'll admit that I was surprised by some of the plot points of the book & I'm now insanely curious to know what will happen as well as what the outcome will be of some of the more surprising turns at the end of the volume. I can't elaborate without spoiling it, but the next volume holds the potential to be even more exciting than this one was!...more
This isn't just a book, it's an experience. When I first mentioned this book in a previous blog, I hadn't fully appreciated exactly how detailed thisThis isn't just a book, it's an experience. When I first mentioned this book in a previous blog, I hadn't fully appreciated exactly how detailed this book really was. I knew it was interactive, but I didn't realize how much work O'Brien had put into this. It's pretty cool, to be honest.
Each chapter has links to various websites, all of which are "in universe". I'd tell you what they're all like but that would ruin the surprise. I'll just say that it was pretty neat to see a website correlating with various different plot points of the book.
How is the book itself? Well, it's incredibly entertaining. O'Brien has a very good writing style that was easy to follow along with. I'm not really a reader of sci-fi anymore but then this book doesn't entirely fit within the genre. The story goes where it will & becomes whatever it wants to be at any specific point in time & it works. I loved the characters, especially the genxters themselves. It was just fun to follow their stories as they grew up & tried to discover exactly why they were put on earth to begin with.
The story is great & I have no doubt that it'll find a nice wide audience. This is a wonderfully polished book, to be honest. Sci-fi fans will adore it & non-fans will still love it because it's such an approachable read.
If you're curious, there's two ways to get the book. Either you can purchase the entire book up front or you can purchase it episode by episode. Both cost about the same amount so it's pretty much up to you as to how you go about it. You can find the first episode (for free!) on the author's website (click on the book image to go there), so there's really no risk involved in at least checking it out.
I have to give a brief disclaimer at the start of this review & say that while this novella can stand on its own for the most part, to fully underI have to give a brief disclaimer at the start of this review & say that while this novella can stand on its own for the most part, to fully understand everything that is going on here you'd have to have read Afterlife. That's where Banning gets his demon (singular, not plural) from & parts of the novella have him speaking to the main character of Yasmine.
Overall this was a pretty good tale. There's a decent mystery here & Clark does a great job of making you guess as to 'whodunit' for most of the book. I also liked how we're shown Banning suffering under the weight of the demonic presence in his body. He has to literally "feed the beast" by doing some pretty awful stuff or run the risk of the demonic voice gaining more power over him. Oh, and I absolutely love some of the new characters introduced here. The priest kicks butt.
Unfortunately it took me a little while to get into the book. I did eventually get into the book & get carried away, but it just took a little longer than Clark's previous works did. I'm not sure if that's because I'm used to having female lead characters narrate in my UF books or not. It's a very different experience, having a male voice narrate rather than a female voice. In any case, I still loved the book & look forward to more Banning tales, but it was just a slow beginning. I have no doubt that for people used to male narrators will have no problems with the beginning, however. (I didn't realize that 99.9% of my UF was all female narratives until this review.)
Final Diagnosis: This is a fine novella & well worth reading, but to get the full story you have to have read the previous book. This may discourage new readers, but the quick pacing in later chapters will keep them wanting to read more!
We're finally here. This is the start of the answer arcs of Higurashi, so be on the lookout for all sorts of clues as to who the perpetrator is. (AssuWe're finally here. This is the start of the answer arcs of Higurashi, so be on the lookout for all sorts of clues as to who the perpetrator is. (Assuming you haven't already gone to wikipedia or one of the many fansites out there & looked everything up or watched the second season of the anime.)
This arc concerns itself with the Sonozaki sisters Shion & Mion. It picks up a few years before the series normally begins (with Keichi not yet appearing) & we get to finally meet the possibly ill fated & mysterious Satoshi. We discover Shion's infatuation with him & how this turn of the Higurashi wheel will eventually spiral into a painful & sad ending.
I know I've said this before, but I love how each arc of the series has a different artist. It captures how similar yet different each turn is & manages to keep the reader from becoming too overly adjusted to the look & feel of the various characters. I have to admit, I didn't know if I'd like this arc due to the pretty strong themes of abuse & neglect that run through it. This isn't as hard to read as some of the other volumes in the series, but I'll warn people that it's pretty heartbreaking to see the interactions between Satoshi & Satoko, knowing what the inevitable conclusion to this arc will be.
For fans of the series, this is a must buy. For those who see the "Vol 1" on the title, be aware that this is only volume 1 of this particular arc & not the beginning of the series. (It's actually about volume 11, if I'm not mistaken.) To really know what is going on you'll have to start at the beginning with the Cotton Drifting Arc....more
I'm going to have to tone down my geekthusiam while writing this review because quite frankly, I thought this book was awesome. It's one of the best iI'm going to have to tone down my geekthusiam while writing this review because quite frankly, I thought this book was awesome. It's one of the best in the Past Midnight series so far, in my humble opinion.
If you couldn't guess from my earlier statement, I loved this book. I loved that it was such a quick & easy read. Also great was that we get a deeper look into the character of Bliss, someone that many will recognize as the former Queen of Mean that she used to be in some of the previous books. We get a better look into her character, showing us things that really help explain how & why she's acted like she has in the past. It really was a good look into a character that could stand to have a series of her own eventually. (After you read this book you'll understand why this could work.)
What really impressed me was that there weren't a lot of punches pulled in this book. People who are a little squeamish will probably wince at the ending since it can get a little on the gory side. You also have to have read the previous books in the series in order to really appreciate everything that's going on here. Enough is explained that new readers will be able to keep up but it probably won't be as fun for them as it would for someone who has read the entire run so far.
I'm not sure if this is the last book in the series or not, to be honest. There's a definite "ending" feel to this book & if Purnhagen did decide to end the series, this would be a terrific ending. I hope she continues the series in some form or fashion (whether with Charlotte or with another character) because there's still a whole world here to explore, especially the world of the Protectors, a group of people whose entire purpose is to protect people like Charlotte.
This is definitely one of my top 10 books of the year. If you haven't read any of Purnhagen's previous books, you need to get them & read them just so you can read Beyond the Grave. It's that good. I have to say, this book is making me want to start over at the beginning of the series & re-read them all, including 1.5.
This is a must read for anyone who loves supernatural fiction! Not a teen? Don't worry because you don't have to be under 18 in order to love this book.
5 out of 5 stars!
(ARC provided by Netgalley)
P.S. I read on the author's blog that this has been optioned for a TV series! I'm definitely crossing my fingers that the bigwigs at CBS realize that they've got a good thing here!...more
This book in the series really seemed to strike a chord with me. Maybe it's that I've become a huge fan of this series or perhaps it's because I was bThis book in the series really seemed to strike a chord with me. Maybe it's that I've become a huge fan of this series or perhaps it's because I was bullied in school, albeit not to the extent that Jake was. Maybe it's all of the above, but let me tell you- this was easily the strongest book in the series so far. (No pun on Jake's abilities intended.)
You don't have to have been bullied to appreciate how Arthur approaches it. She doesn't get preachy, nor does she make Jake out to be some frail creature that never reacts or only acts ineffectively. Jake gives as good as he gets. Aside from the obvious addition of supernatural powers & evil forces, this was a pretty honest portrayal of what bullying is & was like for so many of us out there. This part of the book was extremely easy to get into & Jake's emotions were also easy to relate to. I think everyone's been a Jake at some point in their lives.
Now as far as the series as a whole goes, this is literally the turning point in the series for just about everything. We finally get more answers to the questions & although I can't divulge them without spoiling anything for you, this really was fun to read. I just couldn't put it down! We've got about two more books in the series & things are really building up to an explosive finale. I'm more excited to read the finish than ever! (Plus there's awesome Jake/Krystal goodness in this book!)
One thing I do want to note is that while there is cussing in this book, it was censored in my copy via asterisks. This might just be because it's a galley, but it could end up being censored in the final product. I actually don't have a problem with this & the main reason I'm mentioning it is because I know that there's a lot of people who don't like reading curse words in their YA books.
With all of the various teen series getting made into TV shows, I'm really mystified (lol) that this hasn't been picked up by someone. This book series really is a winner!