My new obsession with graphic novels has begun in full force. I've had brief flings with them before as it were but never a steady thing, not wantingMy new obsession with graphic novels has begun in full force. I've had brief flings with them before as it were but never a steady thing, not wanting to jinx it but I think I may have found my type and this book started it off.
As it says above it all starts with a postman falling in love with a raven, he has taste though she's not just any old raven she's the raven princess. Before anyone goes but wait, wait, that's some bestiality stuff going on there, please stop. This is Audrey Niffenegger going riiiiiiiight back to the oldest school in fairy tales there is. Grimm style. This is when magic and love was so highly believed in that there is nothing wrong in this. It works. Hopefully if you can get past this you can see the truly stunning story that is to come.
The Story- It itself is written in the classic format and carries it off so well you could easily believe that it was truly a lost Russian tale. It's dark twist and deception for such a short story is unexpected and a good surprise.
The Illustrations- For a graphic novel this is obviously key, getting the right pictures to flow with the words is a tricky task though. Get it wrong and it jars leaving you like the author is telling two separate books but get it right and it adds so much more to the words that the author can establish more of a link to the reader I feel. They can visually show the world they wish you to see as opposed to one you create, making the whole thing more personal I believe. The fact that Audrey Niffenegger illustrated this book as well really interested me, it completely cut out the middle man. What went on inside the authors head was there on the page. I loved it, took such enjoyment in witnessing the inner imagination of someone elses mind.
The Overall- A beautiful wandering in an authors mind...... ...more
What a totally charming, heatwarming tale which proves that you don't need guns death to make an adventure. This is a lovely change for somone who seeWhat a totally charming, heatwarming tale which proves that you don't need guns death to make an adventure. This is a lovely change for somone who seems to only find these things in adventure novels nowadays..... (yes, I'm a tad cynical about adventure books).
It has lesbian balloonists, moustached artists and many many more great characters who you can't help but adore because of how well they're written. But Barnaby Brocket's family are the best literary family I have ever come across, strange and definitely normal but brilliant because they were so horrible and yet totally plausible. To be fair to the kids of said family they were the exceptions of the "horrible" since by some second miracle they turned out to be alright.
Oliver Jeffers' illustrations need a mention because they're divine. They encapture exactly what I was picturing mentally but at the same time
The fable-like narrative mixed with the modern setting and characters makes me feel that this is a modern fairy tale which I'm going to recommend to any and every person to read. Just because I love it that much.
But what I totally love most about this book though is that it celebrates breaking out of normality and expanding your imagination to the fullest. All this whilst revelling in others who do the same.
Straight off the bat it has to be said that this book is gorgeous! The different coloured writing, the black outline illustrations, the full colour ilStraight off the bat it has to be said that this book is gorgeous! The different coloured writing, the black outline illustrations, the full colour illustrations and finally, the gold cover. In all its package it is just a stunning book and I already saw the danger of faliing irrevocably in love in it.
But now onto the story itself. It was cleverly set into 4 different "sections", Oliver alone, Delilah alone, them together and the actual fairy tale. Not only did I love every section but I didn't have a favourite which is really strange for me in a multi-voiced story. This was mostly down to the beautiful characterisation of each character, no matter how minor they were.
The illustrations as I mentioned before is quite rare for a YA book now, to this extent at least. But I do hope they are making a comeback because they just emphasised the fairy tale message of the book whilst triggering nostalgia for those old fairy tale tomes we had when little. At least it did this for me.
To mention Picoult's collaboration with van Leer is important I beleive as it really was a joint venture in my reading of the book. I've read some Picoult books before and loved her style and grasp of realism which is ever present in these books but the touch of the magical and whimsical I like to think is van Leer's influence. In which case they were the perfect match to write this book and I am ever grateful they did so, it's cheered me up no end.
That and delicate back stories which just made you love the story even more gave an overall effect of a real fairy tale for the ages.
I do not understand this blurb at all. It doesn't fit with the book, I personally beleive that they've over-Twilighted it when it really didn't need i I do not understand this blurb at all. It doesn't fit with the book, I personally beleive that they've over-Twilighted it when it really didn't need it! It was fine on it's own it didn't need to ride on Twilight's back like some other books have done (and needed to do)! Plus it was a Cabot book so why did it even need Meyer-ing? Not that I'm dissing Twilight, I liked them, I just don't like a perfectly good book being shoved into a pigeon hole that it doesn't fit the whole point of literature is that it's diverse and this is something I celebrate especially.
The Greek mythology element I just LOVED it was new, different and a new turn on the Hades and Persephone tale. John was a nice Hades I thought Cabot wrote about him well, especially as he was never gonna be a goodie goodie like any other YA novel, he's a death deity therefore complicated but not tortured which was a pleasent change. Pierce although a weird name choice I think, I liked it but just not common in the Home Counties, was a different kettle of fish. I empathised with the being considered nuts by everyone you meet but I didn't really understand her and Cabot didn't explain so I'm just gonna have to read the next one....which I was going to anyway but now I've got to.
I liked the island and it's history but apart from that I can't really say anymore, there's probably more to say but I'm too exhausted to think about it, what with exams and all.
The pure evil falling in love with the pure good is a love story just waiting for someone to take and make a beautiful tale of it. Just to challenge can someone do it please? Because as much as I like this, I would like something great.
As I knew we had to study this next year for A Level I decided just to buy it, read it and see what I had let myself in for. Turns out, it isn't so baAs I knew we had to study this next year for A Level I decided just to buy it, read it and see what I had let myself in for. Turns out, it isn't so bad, I mean I think I could analyse the hell outta these stories just looking at the descrptive language. All of the stories are adaptations of fairy tales, slightly twisted I have to say but interesting, she definatley puts a new spin on them and makes you think how the fairy tales could've been told.
The Bloody Chamber was the best story out of the book I thought, it was typically gothic which was helpfull for my course next year which studies the gothic. The characters I thought were interesting and there was enough of mystery to keep the gothic theme going. The chamber sounded like something that might send me into the blind piano tuner's arms, what with the dead people around, then again I kinda guessed what was going to be in the chamber. However the description was excellent and I loved the story.
The Courtship Of Mr Lyon was suprisingly sweet and adorable, I wasn't expecting it at all right up until the end. It was gothic but brilliant and was a good short story to read. It also had a moral to it kind of, the vanity and the easiness of how Beauty fell into the wealthy lifestyle. Then again, her father was easily forgotton when she met Mr Lyon....funny that...
The Tiger's Bride started off well, and I thought it was going to be brilliant so I blitzed through the first pages and then slowly..grinded...to..a..halt. I got to the end and found..disappointment, it was just not a good ending I hated it, I was so disappointed I passed right onto the next.
Puss-In-Boots was a pretty cruddy one too, basically about a woman having an affair, killing her husband and all with the help of a cat....not much more to say really...
The Erl-King was another one which I didn't particulary enjoy and I hope I don't have to study it next year, it just wasn't interesting. Nothing was definate and there was so much description that it swallowed the story and ended up as almost a cycle of description with no action in the story at all.
The Snow Child was brilliant, my class have already started analysing it and I've found it really interesting every sentence has a subliminal meaning and the more you read into it the more meaning it has. It was the shortest story but definatley a force to be reckoned with.
The Lady Of The House Of Love had a different idea, I loved the idea of a vampire Queen locked away from the world who just replays her tarot cards again and again just to wish for a different future than the one that seems set in stone. The cyclist is just the catalyst for her eventual demise but Carter makes it seem a positive ending rather than the sadness which normally comes with death.
The Werewolf I liked because she referenced back to the origin of many fairy tales......Russia. A lot of people are actually unaware that Russia had a) some of the most goriest tales b) most of the famous tales that we tell today. But it was clever of her to do this as it worked well, however she put all the Red Riding Hood tales together which I didn't like and by the end found incredibly boring.
The Company Of Wolves was surprising in the fact that it stuck to the original story much more than any of the other stories. Carter kept a lot of the famous aspects of Red Riding Hood, such as "what big eyes you have" and yeah..you know the story moving on, she kept her original spin on things of course but she kept original detailings which I thought worked well.
Wolf-Alice coming from aspects of the original to getting rid of the original completely this was just about influenced by Red Riding Hood but it really confused me at first, then after a bit it was brilliant I really liked it just bcause I liked the idea of a completely savage girl who tried to become human, thus scaring away her supposed rescuers or attackers of The Duke by making them think she was a ghost. It was clever and different and I appreciated it.
To sum it up, it was a good book and although I will probably hate it by the end of the year, as I always seem to with our set texts for now, I would recommend it.
Not a very in depth blurb but the cover was more than enough to entice me, gorgeous gorgeous cover. I was lent this book by my friend who informed meNot a very in depth blurb but the cover was more than enough to entice me, gorgeous gorgeous cover. I was lent this book by my friend who informed me that if this didn't make me feel any better than all hopes for literature is lost. I'm glad to say that hope is not lost because I loved it, filled with the magic of childhood fairytales it made me beleive in miracles. There were quite a lot of sisters and maybe it was due to the painkillers but I got quite confused, there were so many names and personalities that it made my head swim. However Galen was a perfect soldier come prince, brave, clever and hot to boot it was everything he was meant to be. The princesses were the best level of helplessness, mixed with independence and I loved the idea that the King kept the Folly for his Queen alive even though she was dead.
All in all a very sweet book and surprising too because I'd never heard of Jessica Day George but she is definatley one I'm going to watch out for.
All I can say is I LOVED this book, I ADORED it. A modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast and it worked so so well, keeping it realistic but still hAll I can say is I LOVED this book, I ADORED it. A modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast and it worked so so well, keeping it realistic but still had fairy-tale elements. Kyle/Adrian was a brilliant character who I hated, sympathised and loved in the end as Flinn had intended, he had such a brilliant, full of life character it was hard to beleive such a person couldn't belong in the real world. Linda was also very well done and wasn't a simpering wimp which is one thing I dislike about the princess idea.
The chat room idea was brilliant and a good break for the book, with cute little sub-plots, however SilentMaid was different then I expected but I won't give anything away. I'm hoping Flinn may follow the other story lines into other books, I think it would be really interesting to see how he writes other tales.
The relationship between Kyle and his Dad was a sad part of the book but one I think which is only too easy to happen nowadays. I was hoping for them to have a happy ending but then again even I can see that perhaps it would be better not to force something no one wants. My family are somewhat in a similar boat, my parents have been "seperating" for the last 7 years, together splitting up getting divorced etc. and even when I feel that it would be good to have some sort of relationship with my Dad sometimes I think that it's just not going to happen. You can't make someone form a relationship with you however much you try.