A shortened and condensed graphic novel version of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novel told from the perspective of Jamie. I've been having some Outlande...moreA shortened and condensed graphic novel version of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novel told from the perspective of Jamie. I've been having some Outlander withdrawals lately and the book has been on my mind a lot. Before I resorted to going back and simply re-reading the series again (which I'm seriously contemplating doing now, especially after this little refresher) I decided to pick this up. I was left satisfied but wasn't completely blown away by this. Considering the fact that Outlander is over 600 pages and The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel is a mere 200 there were some definite goodies left out.
I enjoyed the illustrations despite a few problems I had. Firstly? The character renditions were nothing like I had pictured this for some long in my head. And second, why did all of the woman have ENORMOUS boobs? Seriously. I felt like I had picked up Playboy a time or two. Was it a fun read though? Sure. But I was definitely left wanting the complete story.(less)
This is definitely one that fans of the Fever series will not want to miss. It doesn't necessarily add much to the series, it can almost be treated li...moreThis is definitely one that fans of the Fever series will not want to miss. It doesn't necessarily add much to the series, it can almost be treated like a novella, but it definitely satisfied a craving that is forever hiding beneath the surface for most of us fans (and left me even more eager for Iced: A Dani O'Malley Novel). It was really awesome being able to envision the characters despite the fact that I didn't exactly agree with their interpretation of Barrons. For me, Barrons is more of a David Grady type. But instead he came out more like this:
Ehh... just wasn't what I pictured. Was it still awesome? You betcha. 5 big stars for the awesome artwork done by the late Al Rio, 3 stars for the story itself. (less)
Expected publication: November 27th 2012 by Archaia Entertainment Tales of the Macabre was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Archaia Entertainmen...moreExpected publication: November 27th 2012 by Archaia Entertainment Tales of the Macabre was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Archaia Entertainment.
The cover of this collection caught my eye on Netgalley and I actually wanted to check it out before I even knew that Poe was involved. Once I knew that though, I was sold. This was a fantastic collection of macabre stories from the illustrious Edgar Allan Poe. Stories included are: Berenice, The Black Cat, The Island of the Fay, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Oval Portrait, Morella, and Ligeia. This was a real treat for me as I hadn't read any of these except for The Fall of the House of Usher. There was also an essay written by Charles Baudelaire on Poe's life and works. In addition to these short stories there are fantastic illustrations from Benjamin Lacombe that (if possible) managed to make the stories even creepier. This is one collection that I would love to own. I loved the illustrations and love Poe, it's a fantastic combination.
The fact that Benjamin is a fan of Tim Burton is definitely evident in his personal works. You can even find a depiction of Edward Scissorhands he's done which I love. I highly recommend checking out his website, it's is well worth the visit to check out his other works. Amazing, to say the least.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Source: Library Checkout
"Today we are going to talk about where the human race may be headed. We have the power to improve ou...moreMy rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Source: Library Checkout
"Today we are going to talk about where the human race may be headed. We have the power to improve ourselves, if we wish to do so. We can become anything we wish to be."
After the postman fell in love with a raven they had a child, a child that looked like a normal human being except for the fact that she could not speak (only caw) and she had an extreme longing to fly. She traverses life as easily as any normal girl but she's constantly living a life that is lacking. When a doctor, a Dr. Moreau type, tells her that he has the ability to give her the wings she's always dreamed of she feels the stirrings of hope.
This story actually came to be after Audrey was asked to collaborate with the Royal ballet in order to a dark fairytale type story to life on the stage. With it's haunting subject, dream-like qualities and gothic undertones I can definitely see this being a beautiful stage production.
The artwork was gorgeous and the creation process of the illustrations was far more complex than I would have normally guessed. Using a procedure called aquatint, it's a process that was intended to imitate watercolors but it's an extremely time-consuming process. To learn more about aquatinting, Audrey discusses it in detail in this video on youtube: http://youtu.be/oO4v9miJLxY
The Raven Girl is an obscure tale of a metamorphosis of sorts. She underwent an artistic transformation because after living with knowing she was different for so long she finally became who she was always meant to be.(less)