I haven't yet finished reading this series but the first 5-6 books are fascinating.
The artwork is wonderful and am hoping the remaining books I have oI haven't yet finished reading this series but the first 5-6 books are fascinating.
The artwork is wonderful and am hoping the remaining books I have ordered will come through soon so I can find out what happens to Dr Tenma!
The story does a great job of building the tensions, and the characters are unique and interesting - the 'Monster' of the story is believably chilling in a subtle and inhuman way.
This series is definitely worth reading, especially for those who write off manga as kid's books or girls with big eyes and pastel coloured hair. It shows that manga is a medium not a genre of it's own, and manga can just as easily handle a tense psychotic thriller story, with fabulous black and white lineart which captures the atmosphere in a realistic manner, with nary a unicorn or fairy wing in sight.
Later - After a long and difficult search (the series is out of print, and everybody seems to be missing some books in the middle of the series as if a box fell of a ship at some point and was never replaced) I finally managed to purchase the rest of the series. The artwork remains flawless throughout the entire series, and the series is tense right up until the end. The finale might be a teensy bit flat, but overall I still enjoyed the series, and the unique characters is has created (even if they can be a little stereotypical at times).
But fair warning - DO NOT start this series unless you are sure of being able to purchase/acquire the rest of the series. While the books at the beginning and end are easy to buy cheaply, starting around volume 7 they are very hard to get, even second hand. I managed to get the missing volumes for around $30 each second-hand, but it took a few months of searching, and their condition wasn't great. The better quality second hand books are selling for over $100 each. So be sure of your supply before you start reading or you might find yourself caught out mid-series. ...more
This book is amazing. I would recommend it to anyone any everyone. All the more amazing is the fact that this entire story is told without a single woThis book is amazing. I would recommend it to anyone any everyone. All the more amazing is the fact that this entire story is told without a single word or even a recognisable character of text!
This book should be in every library in the world. It is the story of a migrant moving from a troubled land into a strange new place and how he tries to settle in - told through a series of astoundingly wonderful illustrations. Cute creatures, epic sci-fi landscapes and heartfelt touches are everywhere.
(I read this again in November 2014 - just picked it up off the shelf and had to read it all the way through again. It really is that kind of book. It's lovely to have a copy just there so I can read it any time I wish)....more
All I can say it it made me look at my life more closely and also gave me an incredible desire to grow more plants on my patio (and now the tomatoes aAll I can say it it made me look at my life more closely and also gave me an incredible desire to grow more plants on my patio (and now the tomatoes are doing very nicely!). Grindingly depressing, but the dust and darkness in the lives of these characters may just well help the light shine in on your own life....more
How important is colour in your every day life? To the people in 'Shades of Grey' colour is everything - your job, your social standing and even yourHow important is colour in your every day life? To the people in 'Shades of Grey' colour is everything - your job, your social standing and even your purpose in life. In this book an amazingly different world is created - with a dash of familiar settings and objects that only serve to make it even more bizarre.
I was a little frustrated at the end of this book as it seemed to spiral off uncertainly into the segue to the next book rather than finishing with a satisfying gersplont! followed by a tantalising whivver of the story continuance. The ending seemed a little rushed, but the book more than makes up for it by the fabulous world-creation which will make you see colour in a whole new light, and also make you wonder whenever you hear an old phrase that uses a colour and how it could be incorporated into this new world....more
Although the book is an interesting examination of a boring, self-absorbed, snobby paedophile, it suffers from the main character being a boring, selfAlthough the book is an interesting examination of a boring, self-absorbed, snobby paedophile, it suffers from the main character being a boring, self-absorbed, snobby paedophile. Some chapters are long-winded and incredibly dull and I even skipped some sections entirely (they seemed to be long featureless descriptions of places visited, about as exciting as the 'so-and-so begat so-and-so' passages in the bible).
I think the point of the book is to show that yes, young girls can manipulate older men with sex (no suprises there) but, although not necessarily evil demons, paedophiles are hardly blameless and just as (if not more) manipulative themselves. And they can be insufferable prats too....more