Well talk about throwing Galder Weatherwax underneath the bus! I cannot believe that Granny will be happy with the substitution of Trymon. I understand that in graphic novel adaptations there is a need to not have too many extraneous characters, but I always felt that a lot of what I liked about the Discworld and The Light Fantastic is based around the politics within the Unseen University and that is lost by just subbing out the ambitious Trymon for Weatherwax. But oh well... I suppose they retained most of the heart of the story anyway.
This book suffers from the same issues as The Colour of Magic: Graphic Novel, mainly beautiful artwork suffering from the lack of Pratchett's witty asides and wider vision. The loss of the capitalisation of Death's vocals (well they are capitalised, but so is everyone else) loses a lot of what really makes Pratchett's Death who he is.
It's still not the Rincewind of my mind (that hasn't changed since the first book) but then as I said in that review, you can't really complain if people visualise characters differently to you.
An enjoyable diversion of a book, but please do NOT judge Terry Pratchett's entire Discworld series on these graphic novels, because they really are not a patch on the actual novels.(less)
The things I liked about this book: 1. The artwork - it really is quite pretty in most cases, I especially like the use of purple through the pages concerning the Temple of Bel-Shamharoth. 2. The story - the vast majority of it is there. I was worried that in order to cut the book to a sensible size that a lot of the story would be lost. Whilst there is a few losses, they are not so bad as to lose the whole plotline and the feel of the original. It does suffer from losing Pratchett's wickedly insightful asides though.
The things that I disliked about this book: 1. The capitalisation of all the text - this wouldn't usually be an issue, but it really does impact on the character of Death. Though that is more obvious in The Light Fantastic: The Graphic Novel than The Colour of Magic: Graphic Novel. 2. The title pages every time the book starts a new 'chapter' - Yes, I know this was originally published in four parts, but I really think it could have been edited out. I just found it a little bit annoying to have the same people's names listed prominantly every 20 pages or so.
The things that I wasn't sure about: 1. Rincewind - I still don't think I have found a visual adaptation of him that I am happy with. Though this was closer than the Sky 1 adaptation with David Jason. I did however like Twoflower. I don't think I can really complain about people visualising characters in a different manner to me. 2. Women - It's a real thing that I have seen in graphic novels, that women are always skinny and busty. Now I have no issue with it if it is specific to their character, but even the cut-away to the Agatean Empire 'mother' had a frock which is skintight and very nearly showing off her ladybits!
All in all, I did enjoy it and it's not as bad as some graphic novels that I have read. The original source is not my favourite Discworld novel, so it was always going to be a bit difficult to please fully, but I think it worked just about well enough for me. If you've never read the actual novels, don't base your full opinion on them from just this though. I'd read it again, mainly because it doesn't really require me to engage my brain.(less)
This is a truly delightful little book which I very much enjoyed reading. It's more of a novella or an extended short story for me, though that might...moreThis is a truly delightful little book which I very much enjoyed reading. It's more of a novella or an extended short story for me, though that might just be the proliferation of huge fantasy tomes trying to make a grab for my attention.
The book is very well written, dialogue flows nicely - as always I would like a bit more characterisation on some of the players, I'm still not sure what the craic is with 'Jake'. It feels like it should be one of a series of probably surrounding heavier and longer novels. But that's me just being fussy.
I think this book probably works for both adults and young adults, older teens, not sure that I would recommend it for anyone younger. There is a bit of what I shall jokingly call 'sexy time' but there's nothing graphic and I read a lot worse when I was younger!
If I gave out bonus marks I would, but I don't so I can't, but I will give K.C. Shaw credit in that she, or her publishers, manage to avoid putting the condensed plot on the back cover - hurrah for some retained plot twists!
All in all, a lovely wee book.
I am obliged to say that I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads competitions, however I would like to thank K.C. Shaw for the opportunity to read the book and for the kind message inside! (less)
I came across this free short story whilst having a nosy around kickstarter and goodreads and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. As a concept f...moreI came across this free short story whilst having a nosy around kickstarter and goodreads and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. As a concept for a larger set of novels, I think it's great. It feels very film noir whilst sat in a fantasy system that reminds me of a cross between D&D and Deadlands, with a splash of Discworld seasoning on top.
I found the ending raised more questions than it answered, but I am intrigued enough and understand that this is the start of a very intriguing concept. There's a lot of potential stories to come whether it be the background of Sig, Ames and Max or the wider setting and politics of Dragon City including Henrik Bricht.
Terry Pratchett is one of my favourite authors, I just think he's brilliant; and what I have read of Neil Gaiman I have enjoyed, so I knew that this b...moreTerry Pratchett is one of my favourite authors, I just think he's brilliant; and what I have read of Neil Gaiman I have enjoyed, so I knew that this book was going to work for me. What I can't explain is why it a) took me so long to get around to reading it and b) why it took me so long to read it when I started.
For b) I am going to blame work. I have no excuses for a).
Good Omens is a book about a book about Armageddon and how to stop it. It has witches, witchfinders, angels, the asp from Eden and the anti-Christ. I am sure this book has the potential to offend some people because of the content. Those people shouldn't read this book. Everyone else should. It's very funny after all. And who doesn't need a giggle now and again?
I don't have enough knowledge of Gaiman's writing to comment on where this book sits in his collected work, but for Pratchett you can see a lot of similarities between his Discworld works especially. Death speaks in CAPITALS, but he didn't express an opinion on cats so maybe there are some differences! There are also some characteristics in people that have carried through into the discworld as well; but I will let people have their own opinions on similarities and differences.
I'm looking forward to having some time free to re-read this, because it's well worth it. It's a very clever tale with a lot of funny and a lot of thought-provoking moments as it reflects on religion and the commonality between 'good' and 'evil'.(less)
Finally these novels have started to pick up and things seem to be happening. Sadly there still just isn't enough and the plot jumps around a little,...moreFinally these novels have started to pick up and things seem to be happening. Sadly there still just isn't enough and the plot jumps around a little, leading to a real sense of dissociation between strands and characters sadly.
Whilst I have enjoyed it, I'm still a little saddened by the differences between the cover artwork and what's inside. That and my huge bugbear at Jareth and Sarah not really resembling themselves any more - though at least Sarah is now gradually looking more how she should.
I was glad to see some growth for some of the other characters such as Spittledrum, he suddenly became less pointless and irritating as his story progressed and I'll be intrigued to see how he impacts on the final installment. The same can be said for Skub. I'm hoping that we hear a bit more from him next time out.
In fact it makes me wonder if there could have been enough plot about the goblins and the labyrinth to justify these sequels being based on them instead of bringing in Mizumi as an antagonist. Who knows though, I'm not Jim Henson and I'm sure he had good reason to trust Jake T. Forbes with his story.
I picked out this set of books to read between bat surveys as I knew from when I last read them that they didn't take a whole lot of concentration; an...moreI picked out this set of books to read between bat surveys as I knew from when I last read them that they didn't take a whole lot of concentration; and this one didn't let me down.
Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with either the story or Trudi Canavan's writing - indeed I wouldn't return to the books if there was - however I feel the book is pitched to young adult level, something to move onto from Harry Potter, I would say. And indeed, there are a lot of familiarities in the stories.
This book sees Sonea grow up and deal with bullying from her classmates as well as exploring the darker side of events occurring within the Magician's Guild. The book also gives much needed further characterisation to Dannyl, although that involves sending him off for adventures abroad and confronting the prevalent prejudices from Kyralia when contrasted with the far-more-liberal Elyne. In fact this book actually finally gives you more of a sense that the world doesn't begin and end at the city limits.
It's a nice easy read, and very enjoyable for it - and so I picked up the next one straight away. And that has to be all that a review really needs!!(less)
There is a line at the back of this book in a letter from the editor asking if the reader is still reeling from the ending. I won't spoiler it, but wh...moreThere is a line at the back of this book in a letter from the editor asking if the reader is still reeling from the ending. I won't spoiler it, but what I will say is that nothing in this book seems to make sense. Yes the Labyrinth film was a bit bonkers, but this second book in the series seems to jump around all over the place and has a cast of characters as long as your arm, and I can't see how they all fit together yet. I'm hoping for a big, justifying reveal at some point.
And Jareth still doesn't look anything like David Bowie. Sigh. (less)
I love Jim Henson. I love David Bowie. Safe to say I loved Labyrinth. It was amazing. I'll quite happily watch it any time. So I was surprised when I...moreI love Jim Henson. I love David Bowie. Safe to say I loved Labyrinth. It was amazing. I'll quite happily watch it any time. So I was surprised when I found out that I had missed out on a sequel, even if it was in a different format. And then I found that the company that printed it had gone bust or wrapped up... irrespective they were no more. Cue a lot of internet shopping and failure. If I wanted them in the UK I was looking at near-as-damn-it £50 a book. Sigh.
And then I was informed that the first two volumes were online. I'm not sure whether I can actually put the link down, but they're googleable, provided that you know that they are manga, that term helps in your searches. So I read them online. And then because I thought that maybe the kind soul who had scanned the first volume had maybe missed something, I had all four volumes imported from America (for decidedly less than the price in the UK).
Well Volume 1, the one I thought was maybe missing pages in the scan, turns out it wasn't. Which was disappointing for me as I didn't feel any of the chapters were quite long on detailed enough. There's a fight scene which didn't really make a whole lot of sense because I felt that it needed a few extra frames to just flesh it out a little bit. These jumps can make the story feel a bit strobe-lit instead of flowing nicely. The artwork varies quite considerably as well. Sometimes its really quite detailed and then other times it just goes far too simple, almost like a doodle whilst you're speaking on the phone. And as many people have pointed out, it in no way matches what is on the front cover. Nor do Jareth or Sarah actually look like themselves. I know that this is a stylised cartoon format, but I would have liked to have been able to recognise them instantly, especially as it was so easy for other characters such as Hoggle. And yes, cartoon Jareth does lilt considerably towards looking female for a lot of his appearances... that was never an issue with Bowie and his tights...
There is a story here, and it intrigues me. I want to know what happens to Toby. But more I want to know about Moppet and the politics of the wider world as well as the Labyrinth. I even quite like Hana the fairy and the way that she plays with a standard fairy tale. So the potential is there for this to be excellent, but it just doesn't deliver to my standard. But then it is the first of a set, so I will give this a chance, because a set up book is always difficult to master and get right. But I do feel that the characters were too flat and childlike in this book. I have big hopes for the next three books though. And seeing as Mr Henson had faith in the authors, I will try to as well. They better deliver.(less)
I think that the third book in a trilogy is always the most difficult, and I ave commented on it before - it's the easiest to be judgmental about. It...moreI think that the third book in a trilogy is always the most difficult, and I ave commented on it before - it's the easiest to be judgmental about. It can kill a series very easily and completely wipe out any goodwill that the author has built up during the series.
Thankfully Trudi Canavan doesn't do that. Yes the ending is very trite and that annoyed me a little. But as a whole book, I think it finished the series off nicely, though I can understand why the characters are being revisited in a future (or currently even present, I'm not sure) series. The tension through the battles is well portrayed and I think that people will get quite a bit of closure and enjoy how this book goes.
As a whole, I've enjoyed the series and that's why it retains a 4 even though the last chapters and the epilogue really frustrated me. (less)
I wrote a review of this when I finished the book, about half an hour ago. As the Internet appears to have eaten it, you will just have to take my wor...moreI wrote a review of this when I finished the book, about half an hour ago. As the Internet appears to have eaten it, you will just have to take my word for it that it was long, witty, balanced and insightful. What you will be left with is the rantings of a cross scotswoman who just lost her work.
And I still liked it. Yes the plot has been done before - "Yer a wizard Harry"... I mean "You've got magical powers Sonea", but Trudi Canavan has put in enough detail in the world and characters that I'm intrigued enough to see where we go next. And seeing as I have read these books before (my receipt tells me that this one was purchased in 2006 for £2.96) I vaguely remember a few of the details, but know that the story really kicks in to a higher gear.
Characterisation works in a starter novel even if at over 400 pages you'd like a bit more on some of the character, such as more detail on the Dannyl vs Fergun history, but as for teenage mood swings exacerbated by destructive magical powers, I felt that Sonea did reflect well as a girl of her age. Cery, not ever having been a teenage boy, I'm a bit less experienced to comment, but he worked for me as a confused but besotted lad with a lot of growing up quickly to do.
Enjoyable and intriguing. Just what you want from book 1 of a trilogy. (less)