Loverboys isn't a book about love but desire. Certainly a great deal of the desires are tied up in the wanting and longing for another but much of itLoverboys isn't a book about love but desire. Certainly a great deal of the desires are tied up in the wanting and longing for another but much of it is concerned with desires of other sorts. Desires to understand or to be understood, for knowledge, for change, for more than you have or are. And most of all, desires to get what you want. It's also a book about other people's business, which in a small town like Lágrima, everyone is bound to end up knowing about.
Hernández's pared back illustration style captures his passionate and panoramic story in a crisp and erudite package. ...more
An interesting graphic to read through both for its graphic content and the story it seeks tell. For me it doesn't quite succeed in having a strong enAn interesting graphic to read through both for its graphic content and the story it seeks tell. For me it doesn't quite succeed in having a strong enough hook in either of these elements for me to really say I enjoyed it.
The story itself sounds compelling enough, a werewolf myth that weaves together Mexican-American boarder politics with some government-corporate corruption and a family-in-crisis. There is plenty of potential and content to work with there, and it's not as though Feeding Ground doesn't make use this. The issues arise more with the style of storytelling which is one that feels a little disjointed. This results in the reader feeling somewhat cast a drift in the story at times.
The graphics of the book suffer from a similar problem at times, it's not always clear what exactly is trying to communicated. When coupled with ambiguities in the writing it only serves to further discombobulate the reader. I was also disappointed the art of the book lacked the colour and vibrancy that the cover suggested. Those shortcomings do not however detract from the beauty of the books art, which fitting with the fast moving pace and violence of the story is wonderfully evocative and charged. They show a fantastic potential to capture emotional intensity and the inert potential for violence. The style lacks the slickness found in most graphic novels, which while offering a point of difference unfortunately quickly comes to feel tired as the book progresses.
Overall the book comes across as one of impressions. It is necessary to piece together a great deal from what the reader is shown with much left unsaid and unseen. What we do see are often moments of taunt action that hold what has preceded and what will proceed within the moment. Risks were taken in how the story was chosen to be told and presented, and for me, they didn't quite pay off.
Not so much a sequel as a pendent narrative that occurs after the event of I Am Not Esther, it is a thrilling and captivating story in its own right.Not so much a sequel as a pendent narrative that occurs after the event of I Am Not Esther, it is a thrilling and captivating story in its own right.
We are given a clear and erudite first person account of the challenges faced by Rebecca, her sister and her family as she comes of age as part of their religious sect. Through her descriptive, honest and non-judgmental insiders perspective we see how and why she follows the life prescribed for her despite knowing hat greater freedoms may lie outside the sect. The book builds to a gripping end as Rebecca wrestles with a decision that will impact not only her life, but her family's as well.
A fantastic read whether you have read I Am Not Esther or not. ...more
Set in a frontier America, Thirteenth Child offers up this familiar scene with a major difference; Magic. Some men and women of this world enjoy the aSet in a frontier America, Thirteenth Child offers up this familiar scene with a major difference; Magic. Some men and women of this world enjoy the advantage of magical talents. However this also allows for the additional challenges of the magical flora and fauna of the frontier, not to mention the survival of megafauna such as mammoths pushing back against the westward advancement in this magical alternate history.
Our protagonist Eff is the thirteenth child, apparently cursed by birth order to herald doom, ruin and bad luck wherever she is until she eventually succumbs to her inherit evil nature. Her twin brother Lan however is the opposite. The precious seventh son of a seventh son, he is blessed by this birth order to enjoy enormous talent and potential along with every opportunity to exercise them. While Lan is uncomfortable and uncertain in his position, particularly when set against his twin's, Eff struggles is so much greater. She grapples with her per-ordained destiny as she navigates prejudices raised against her and her own fears breed from these. Eff's journey to a place where she is able to throw off these fears and prejudices in order to defend the frontier settlements is one that subtly deals with issues around class, gender, race and religion (through magic - sort of). It's nothing revolutionary or explicit but Eff is a girl and then young women that is trapped within a society that won't allow her to be the best she can be, and Wrede manages to gently probe these issues as much as her narrative allows.
I came to this book only being familiar with Wrede's The Enchanted Forest Chronicles which I loved for their humor, fun and unconventional characters. The Thirteenth Child lack these (well at lest the first two) which isn't a criticism as much as a warning to those thinking about reading it. Rather than losing itself in the excitement of magic and frontier adventure Wrede offers us a more mundane story that lets us gently explore some societal issues form the safety of an alternative past. It is still a good read, an exciting adventure and something I haven't quite encounter in a young adult novel before.
A note on race(view spoiler)[ No, Indigenous Americans and First Nation peoples are not presence in this novel. As I began reading and the setting was established I was curious to see how we would encounter them, particularity once we encountered people of African decent with their own magical traditions. Indigenous American's never showed up. It wasn't until I came to write this review that I became aware of a furore that surrounded this novel's publication due to this. As this is a series, and given a few comments dropped throughout the book, I suspect (and hope) that this is less an erasure and more a concealment to be revealed in the later installments. I guess I'll have to track down the rest of the series to find out. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Moral of the story: Magic mushrooms wont solve your quarter life crisis. So when a skeletal band show up at you workplace you'll only have your self-iMoral of the story: Magic mushrooms wont solve your quarter life crisis. So when a skeletal band show up at you workplace you'll only have your self-induced existential crisis to blame.
Seconds is something like a contemporary fable. A fable about selfishness, desperation and wanting more. About the dislocation that comes from not owning your actions and decisions by choosing to indulge by living in your never-weres. And ultimately it is about consequences, in their many guises.
Katie, our petulant adult-child protagonist, is dispirited by the loss of her blithe lifestyle and obstacles that stand in the way of having it again. Her pursuit of happiness goes from careless to desperate as she makes herself willfully blind to the damage and consequences that ripple out around her, and eventually turn back to engulf her. O'Malley gives us a great story, what begins as fun and frivolous soon become dark and revealing with uncomfortable truths.
O'Malley's continues to offer an attractive illustration style. He shows a wonderful ability to offer panels with a clean, clear style that offers both an inviting fun simplicity with complexity and detail that draws you further in. His illustrations are bought further to life when coupled with colour, which breathes vibrancy and spirit into their already animated lines. Story aside, it is a beautiful book to visually explore.
Plans and schemes continue in this volumes as new allies and enemies are revealed. The fortitude of a number of individuals are tested as a number ofPlans and schemes continue in this volumes as new allies and enemies are revealed. The fortitude of a number of individuals are tested as a number of are asked to take on new roles and push themselves to places they never thought they would have to. Meanwhile, he Survey Corps as a whole face what could be their wholesale annihilation.
The politics of the walled world are revealed to be even more brutal and severe and the faces of the real keepers of power and their enforces are also revealed. Likewise, the nature of the titans and titan-shifter are also fleshed out further, which only goes to put Eren in more peril. ...more
The pace picks up in this volume as the fallout of the last few are dealt with and new plans and schemes are put into action. The tone becomes darkerThe pace picks up in this volume as the fallout of the last few are dealt with and new plans and schemes are put into action. The tone becomes darker too, as the story begins to focus on the political intrigues of this world and evils become those that humans do unto each other, rather than he dangers of the titans.
We get some revelations as well, or at least some of our suspicions are confirmed. The source and identity of the titans that appeared within the walls are located, Krista/Historia past is revealed in further detail and Eren's titan power is explored further. Overall the story is shaping up to be darker and more bloodthirsty than before. ...more