Despite some (read “a lot”) of meandering and a great deal of repetition, I still have to rate this book reasonably highly, because JSF has 3.5 stars.
Despite some (read “a lot”) of meandering and a great deal of repetition, I still have to rate this book reasonably highly, because JSF has essentially written the book on why I continue to be a vegetarian, and I feel he does so eloquently, and with great sensitivity. I have never, as a vegetarian, believed that everyone should be a vegetarian, or even that it is a better choice than being an ethical omnivore (assuming such a thing exists). I have always believed that when it comes to ethical or moral choices, it is less about what we personally deem to be ethical or moral: that matters to us as individuals, but not as an overall response. It is that certain issues require something of us in form of an investment, both in the time we give when reaching a decision, and then the behaviour that follows decision-making. Whatever answer we come to in regards to the food that we eat needs to matter enough to ask the question, and I think that this is a book that will require readers to do so (and if you don’t ask the question, then that is your failure, not the book’s).
That said, and perhaps because I’ve read other books like this and watched the documentaries, etc., that it didn’t feel like a lot of new information, and frankly, I am so done with watching, reading, hearing about, etc. horrible things happening to animals, and it began to feel gratuitous. (Perhaps not so if this were your first romp through the park, so to speak.) I enjoyed – and found refreshing – the various perspectives. Too often, these texts are so one-sided as to be meaningless. I also enjoyed JSF’s personal feelings, especially because they were framed as such and not as be-all-end-all truths.
I do feel that it is necessary to take off at least half-a-star for the rather hilarious assertion that America is the only country that celebrates Thanksgiving (they are, however, the only ones to celebrate it on the last Thursday of November, so I guess that’s somehow special and relevant… How? I’m not sure). WELL DONE.
I won’t rate the book down for being American-centric, because obviously that is what JSF is writing about (and presumably for), however, for non-Americans, I think this is less relevant as a text. Factory farming regulations differ in various countries, as do percentages, and this book is less useful to non-Americans when gauging the state of your nation’s food and animal ethics policies. I have yet to find any book that actually looks at Canada in any depth, and I am getting pretty frustrated with this lack....more
Edition not available – listened to this via a dramatisation by Charlotte Jones on BBC Radio 4. Not sure how (if at all) this differs from the book, bEdition not available – listened to this via a dramatisation by Charlotte Jones on BBC Radio 4. Not sure how (if at all) this differs from the book, but the audio was great fun....more
This series is so wonderful. I am not a poetry fan per se, but the artwork and retelling of these classic works makes them appealing, especially for fThis series is so wonderful. I am not a poetry fan per se, but the artwork and retelling of these classic works makes them appealing, especially for fans of the works as collectors items. Ryan Price's illustrations are brilliant.
That said, I do feel that this book falls a bit short of Jabberwocky (from the same series), which deviated so far from the original purpose of the poem that it was entirely new. This one is along the same lines, but with less deviation. Regardless, in both cases the artwork offers a new - and much darker - interpretation of the poems, which I personally love. I look forward to reading more books from the series....more
* Received this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway programme.
First and foremost, this graphic novel has really engaging artwork, althoug* Received this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway programme.
First and foremost, this graphic novel has really engaging artwork, although I did feel that Elijah Twain felt a bit out of place. Everyone else had a similar aesthetic and he was a bit of an oddball. Perhaps that was purposeful to make him stand out as the protagonist.
The story itself is not only intriguing, but also about intrigue, and I found that to be captivating. The decisions and actions of the characters are questionable throughout, but most of it is resolved. Mostly, I felt that there was a lack of character development that you would expect in a juvenile novel, while this is clearly intended for an older audience.
I love graphic novels, but found this one a bit hard to follow. Maybe I read it too quickly, but some of the jumps back and forth in time were confusing and some of the scene transitions were awkward. The ending was a bit abrupt and I felt like I had missed something - I plan to reread this in order to see if this was because I moved through it too quickly.
I suspect that the online serialisation of the novel would add to the story rather than having it all together in one place. Because there isn't a great deal of text, it's an extremely fast read, and I think there is a lot more in this novel if you were to take your time with it.
Thanks for First Second for this beautiful book!...more