I decided to read the comics after finishing both the Buffy and Angel TV series. I started with this volume because after the series finale of Angel,I decided to read the comics after finishing both the Buffy and Angel TV series. I started with this volume because after the series finale of Angel, how could you not want to know what happened? I am a comic book noob, so the medium is taking a little bit for me to get used to. I tend to get confused a little between some of the panels, so hopefully once I've read a few more issues I'll be able to rate this higher.
Story wise, the comics take place a few months after the end of the series. The writer has done a good job writing for the Angel and Spike characters so I didn't feel any disconnect there. The others don't feel quite the same as they did in the show though....more
I picked up this book because I'd heard amazing things about the recent film adaptation that premiered at Cannes this spring. With movies adapted fromI picked up this book because I'd heard amazing things about the recent film adaptation that premiered at Cannes this spring. With movies adapted from books, I always like to read the source material, and I am really glad I decided to follow through with this one.
My initial infatuation with this book was for its prose. It is wonderfully written. It had a very poetic feel. I even enjoyed the difficulty of the reading, which took around 50 pages for me to get the accustomed to, (given that most of my reading has never required THAT extensive a vocabulary) but after that it didn't feel burdensome. Even the style, written as a series of letters, was a nice change from the normal. It even added something more interactive for me. Given that Eva is recounting these events from her perspective, I would find myself at times doubting her accusations.
There was also no short of thought-provoking material. Shiver touches on many themes from patriotism to accountability to ostracism to the nature vs. nurture debate, amongst many other topics. I found myself not being able to read lot in one sitting because I'd catch myself thinking over something that was brought up pages before, and realizing that I hadn't absorbed anything I'd read from that point.
This is a book that I do feel deserves multiple readings. Many of the musings of Eva throughout most of the beginning of the novel would benefit from a second read, once we know the whole story, given that the events are presented in a non-linear fashion. I look forward to re-reading this in the future.
Having just finished this, the film has now been pushed to the top of my Must See list for the remainder of the 2011 year. I am interested in how they decided to adapt Eva's insights into the film instead of just showing the physical events that take place in the novel.
And if it means anything. I did shed a few tears at the end of the novel. That isn't an easy thing to come by for me....more