I first picked this up in Audio Book format at a thrift store. Turns out the 3rd cassette had some issues, and wouldn't play. I saw it on the shelf atI first picked this up in Audio Book format at a thrift store. Turns out the 3rd cassette had some issues, and wouldn't play. I saw it on the shelf at another store this week, and picked it up.
While I definitely missed the fantastic voice of John Glover, it was still his voice I was hearing in my head as I read along myself.
The book itself is a fantastic work of Young Adult fiction. I'm honestly surprised I hadn't ever heard of it before, because 12 year old me was very much interested in Clive Barker's The Hellbound Heart and Cabal, having read them both after watching the movies that had been made of them.
The story itself is a fresh take on the whole "Pleasure Island" arc of Pinocchio's story. I think it really worked well, because, although you feel like you know what's coming, you're still interested to read it.
Obviously, since the target audience is pre-teens, it is a very easy, quick read. It's well written, and just dark enough to interest that age group.
I give the audio book 5 stars, because adding John Glover into the mix just made it that much better. I wish I had been able to finish the audio book. The book itself is a solid 4 stars, but I'm fairly sure had I read it when it released in '92, when I was the target age, it would have been the full 5....more
This is a solid enough soft reboot of a series I knew nothing about. The Eternals are a race of immortal beings created to guard and protect the EarthThis is a solid enough soft reboot of a series I knew nothing about. The Eternals are a race of immortal beings created to guard and protect the Earth from whatever various threats, from both without and within.
Take one part The Fifth Element, one part Ancient Aliens revisionist history, and just a dash of The Highlander... the story's premise was interesting. I enjoyed the characters greatly. Gaiman's dialogue was sometimes serious, sometimes light hearted, and worked over-all. Unfortunately, it's an introduction story that didn't really get picked up. So several questions go unanswered.
As far as the art is concerned, I'm not generally a fan of Romita Jr. However, since these were characters I didn't have an attachment to, nor an expectation of how they should look, I found the art to be good at worst and--in some places--actually pretty great.
One of the biggest setbacks of the story, was how this grand premise is not only shoehorned into the Marvel Universe, but also manages to get jammed square in the middle of their "Civil War" fiasco. Interestingly, Zuras, at one point, effectively tells Iron Man "I don't give a shit about your Civil War." which is precisely how I felt about Marvel Comics at the time this launched.
I'm not sure of the history on this book, but it's just good enough that it's disappointing it didn't get picked up for more after it's intro-arc finished....more
I really enjoyed this mini-comic. It still feels weird to call it a mini-comic, though. I mean, it's 30 pages without ads. Most comics today are maybeI really enjoyed this mini-comic. It still feels weird to call it a mini-comic, though. I mean, it's 30 pages without ads. Most comics today are maybe 30ish pages, with ads, right? Oh well, it's not as large as a comic book in page size, so I guess it still fits.
Anyway, this book was a great one-shot story. It has some wiggle room in the narrative for interpretation, which is always interesting. It's well written, and very enjoyable.
The book really is well crafted. The panels flow together nicely, making it a very smooth read. The water and scenery are fantastic, they have a real feeling of depth when you look at them. The characters's faces show great ranges of emotion. Anna's cold and vacant on the cover is amazing. Cloonan is rapidly becoming one of my favourite artists in comics.
When it comes to kids books, if they're not something I was exposed to when I was the target audience, I try to weigh them out against how I feel abouWhen it comes to kids books, if they're not something I was exposed to when I was the target audience, I try to weigh them out against how I feel about them as an adult, and how much my, now 2 year old, daughter loves them. This usually ends up in a 3 star review, because I would despise them, if she didn't love them so.
That's what we have here. In my opinion, "Tooth Fairy" has pretty poor illustrations, a pretty poor story, and the tooth fairy's palace is just about the most disgusting place I could ever imagine. (It's a palace made of old lost teeth. Ugh) I wish I could put my finger on exactly what it is about the writing and illustrations that bother me so much, but I can't. I think it's that I don't get the feeling that any care, or attention, went into the creation of this book.
But as usual, how I feel about it doesn't truly matter in the long run. This somehow became one of my daughter's favourites last year, and gets dragged out pretty regularly. The last few weeks, she's been carrying it around, plopping down on the ground and reading (not really, she's just got it memorized) it to herself regularly. It is exceptionally cute.
So once again, her 5 star rating, and my no-not-this-book-again-please-okay-because-you-asked-nicely 1 star rating even out to a score of 3/5....more
**spoiler alert** It took me several attempts to finish this book. I just didn't feel like it was giving me what I wanted out of a Vampire Chronicles**spoiler alert** It took me several attempts to finish this book. I just didn't feel like it was giving me what I wanted out of a Vampire Chronicles novel. I still can't quite put my finger on why that is, though.
It's not like I went into the book expecting anything that I didn't get. The series had constantly questioned about God, the devil, and humanity and vampires' lot in existence. The title here outright introduces us to Memnoch the Devil. Clearly this book is going to answer, or at least outline the origin of the above question. Knowing Rice's work, it obviously has to involve a long, beautiful described mythology, just slightly altered from what we may have already heard about. And I did like Memnoch and Lestat's journey through the origins of creationist evolution.
So, if that's what I expected, and I liked the story I got, why didn't I like the book? I guess it's just not what I wanted the book to be. I really feel that I wanted to be surprised by the turns creatiolution took. Or that I wanted Lestat to find some way to shockingly challenge the rules of God or the Devil. Or to see or hear more of the other vampires. I honestly can't pinpoint what I would have liked the book to be. I just know I didn't want what I did get.
This book seems to be one of the most divisive titles in the Chronicles. It makes sense though. Many people were disappointed, like myself. However, seeing how this book does ask and answer questions that have been prominent themes through out the series, I totally understand why some might hail it as the best of the series. The Vampire Chronicles touch on many themes, and they're not all for everyone. So when an entire novel gets dedicated to one that you might not care so much about, it ends up disappointing. ...more