This is fun times. I had never read a Hawkeye story before, and I liked this. Bows and arrows! Purple! Amusing narration! Hawkeye doesn't know any oth...moreThis is fun times. I had never read a Hawkeye story before, and I liked this. Bows and arrows! Purple! Amusing narration! Hawkeye doesn't know any other languages! Kate Bishop! Doggies!
I like the minimalist art a whole lot and that was only confirmed when I read the last story, which is a Young Avengers story done in a completely different style which I like much less. I like that the art in most of the book doesn't put Kate in Escher Girls positions or emphasize her body unnecessarily.
Looking forward to reading vol. 2 because I hear it has a story from the dog's perspective.(less)
This book is so cute! It's retellings of classic literature starring the "Ghastly Dandies," who seem to be big black fuzzy monsters with good taste. A...moreThis book is so cute! It's retellings of classic literature starring the "Ghastly Dandies," who seem to be big black fuzzy monsters with good taste. All the stories are only a few pages long and have happy endings. I'm not sure how well kids who don't already know the stories would like it, but I thought it was adorable. My favorite is Pride and Prejudice, which is probably the most accurate retelling of the bunch.(less)
This is a higher caliber of historical fiction than I've been reading (mostly referring to Philippa Gregory's latest works). It uses actual metaphor,...moreThis is a higher caliber of historical fiction than I've been reading (mostly referring to Philippa Gregory's latest works). It uses actual metaphor, rich and detailed language, and interesting characters. That said, most of it didn't grab me and make me want to keep reading. There were definite high points--Matilda's escape from Oxford is super badass--and I liked the characters, but it was a bleak time in English history, so it's not exactly a fun and rollicking read. There's a lot of pain and grief waiting for these characters.
One thing I didn't expect is for this book to be told from multiple perspectives. I assumed we'd stay on Matilda the whole time, but we also get scenes focusing on Adeliza of Louvain, Brian FitzCount, and William D'Albini, and even a few peeks into Geoffrey and Henry II's perspectives. It's a good choice for this novel, because lots of the action takes place away from Matilda, and seeing her through others' eyes is interesting. I especially liked Brian's perspective. He's portrayed as someone who loves Matilda deeply but knows he can never be with her, and when he fights in her defense, he is horrified by warfare and develops something easily recognizable to modern readers as PTSD. Adeliza and Will's unlikely romance was delightful, and it was interesting to see two people basically on opposing sides of a political struggle forge a loving relationship with each other.
One complaint about the ending: (view spoiler)[I didn't find Adeliza's departure to be all that realistic. Why she would want to die surrounded by strangers instead of at her home with her loved ones is a mystery to me. I understand that she didn't want her children to see her wasting away, but she seemed so anguished about leaving them and Will that I kept going "why don't you just stay?" She says it "could be no other way," but that's not true at all. I'm glad we had the scene of her and Will reconciling at the very end, though. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)