Girl power is nothing new these days. I grew up in the slow surge of it, reveling in the gradual increase of spunky princesses and superheroes who tooGirl power is nothing new these days. I grew up in the slow surge of it, reveling in the gradual increase of spunky princesses and superheroes who took no shit from nobody, be they man, woman or monster. I saved the world and kicked butt with Sailor Moon and the Powerpuff Girls. You can even throw in some kind of Spice Girls reference in here, but I'm not sure how to word it (in a way, they had the Elements of Harmony before My Little Pony). I'm actually reading Wrede's Dealing with Dragons at the same time, and the parallels are uncanny. I really wish that I had Princeless and the books like it when I was younger, when the Girl Power movement was just starting to get its running legs. Because I think it would have progressed that much quicker. Princeless is excellent. That said, it doesn't trash boys, which makes it even better. True feminism is not about squashing males and being dominant over them; it's about freakin' gender equality. And some boys are shown in a rather unflattering light here, but that's not because of their gender. It's because they also happen to be evil. Adrienne's dad for one.. not the best guy around. But her brother? Love him. He could totally be a fighter, and he's proven that he can handle it. But as he watches his father and how he treats his daughters, he realized he doesn't want to become his father. Way to go, Devin; way to not fall into the mold. These serious themes, though, are wonderfully covered with great comedy. You will not be bogged down with glorious purpose. You will be laughing at all the exploits of both Adrienne, her blacksmith friend, her trusty dragon, and even the bumbling knights who try to save her before she saves herself. This story is one great combo. I can't wait to read volume 2....more
EL. OH. EL. This is one hilarious and awesome series, and it's only the beginning. Imagine if My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Gravity Falls hadEL. OH. EL. This is one hilarious and awesome series, and it's only the beginning. Imagine if My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Gravity Falls had a love-child.
Heard such great things about Lumberjanes from countless library journals and booklists, so I'm really glad it stood up to such high praise. Can't wait to read more of these characters. So much potential. ...more
3.5 Stars. Very strong start. I've heard such great things about this series, and I was not disappointed in this first volume. I have high hopes for t3.5 Stars. Very strong start. I've heard such great things about this series, and I was not disappointed in this first volume. I have high hopes for the rest....more
As a whole, a good start to what I hope will be an interesting complete arc. As a starter, it was still a good story, just not fanta3.5 Stars Overall.
As a whole, a good start to what I hope will be an interesting complete arc. As a starter, it was still a good story, just not fantastic-great. Thanks to a recent road trip, I was able to listen to Legend in two chunks, and I think that played in its favor. I am not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if it were broken into a few chapters here and there. Either way, it was a rather quick read, and the action sequences were excellent. Many of the characters moves and the plot advancements were predictable, but I will hold out for more surprises in the sequels. They better be there...
For me, the character of Day is the main character in this series, not June. I honestly liked him better and looked forward to his perspective. June obviously has an important role to play in this story, but if Day hadn't come into the picture, I doubt she would have had the drive we see at the end. She very much went with the flow of things, but I can see why. Heck, she grew up believing everything the Republic told her, and being on the top of their Celebs list didn't hurt. She did what came easy to her, and that was being part of the elite. However, I am glad she had an inquisitive nature. Protagonists who don't ask questions bug me, but June took the time to look at both sides. I still don't have a solid image of her, though,.. perhaps I missed it? Day has more development over the course of Legend. He already knows where he stands, so we only see that getting stronger. And by the end, his convictions are even more strongly rooted. It would be weird to see that back-track. His only major flaw, for me, was the insta-love for June, but I'm willing to let that slide just a little bit. He kind of has that Dread-Pirate-Roberts feel. As for both characters, it honestly irritated me that both were supposed to be insanely beautiful. Why did they have to look perfect? Just so they'd for sure notice each other? I dunno.. could have given her buck teeth or something.
I am interested in this world, and the building of it was sort of put to the side in favor of the characters. I will cross my fingers for more expansion in book two, especially looking into the Colonies and some more intricate mapping of both the Elite and the Slums. Is there a reason other than the tests that the world is separated from Rich and Poor? Why not middle class? Is the plague simple for germ warfare to to keep the poor subdued? Lu left many questions unanswered, so that alone is a good reason to continue.
Oh, and as for Mathias' death? CALLED IT! (early on)
Something about a tween adventure book in which a boy and girl discover a new species of flying cat while fending off pirates in an awesome airship thSomething about a tween adventure book in which a boy and girl discover a new species of flying cat while fending off pirates in an awesome airship that tickles the fantasy buttons. Imagine if Peter Pan and Stardust had a baby. I knew I liked Oppel's style from This Dark Endeavor, so I was not disappointed on that front. Airborn is such a different story, and it is still written so excellently. Yay. Read for great characters; read for vicious flying kitties; read for the sheer enjoyment of a high-flying adventure. ...more
I was not expecting to really enjoy this book. I read Pride & Prejudice and Zombies and didn't much care for it. Okay, I honestly didn't finish itI was not expecting to really enjoy this book. I read Pride & Prejudice and Zombies and didn't much care for it. Okay, I honestly didn't finish it. I never really cared for Austen, though, so the style was really an up-hill climb for me. And while I do think Graham-Smith is a good writer (I love Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), I thought his mash-up was a little too serious. That's right. Zombies and Elizabeth Bennett was too serious. Because when you take a classic like Jane Austen and put something somewhat insane into its pages, you really cannot keep a strong hold of that serious tone. You have to be willing to ease up and make it silly. Winters did a great job of keeping this world balanced between serious and silly. His characters had more feeling to them, if you ask me. While they are entirely in danger of being consumed by monstrous Man-of-wars, they still hold bonfires on the beach and cook giant pots of crawfish as their own manner of revenge against the sea-living enemy. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters worked where Pride & Prejudice and Zombies failed to connect with the audience (for me).
As I said before, I never got on board the Austen train. I know many girls out there loved her stories, and fell instantly in love with Darcy and such. Me? No, thanks. What are they thinking? Darcy's a jerk. Anyways, the only Austen that I have previously liked was a mini TV-series called Lost in Austen. It takes the modern world and puts it back into her stories. Quite literally, actually, as our main girl is a common-day Brit who gets transported to the Bennett household through a magic portal in her shower. But, because she knows Austen inside and out, she tries to keep the story as-is.. and screws up fantastically. Including having to deter Mr. Bingley's advances by convincing him she's a lesbian.
Lucky me, this book had the same "rip-off" feel. Winters is very dedicated to this new world of England, in which anything water-dwelling is hell-bent on eating Man. The survival aspect doesn't dampen the "Fun" our main characters attempt to have, and they are even adding "good lung capacity" to their list of desirable traits in a suitor. The base of Sense and Sensibility is still there -- finding a charming match with whom one can live and love while also having enough money to live comfortably -- Marianne and Elinor simply have a more interesting backdrop. (I never read the actual story before.. but I get the gist).
So, we have Mr. Willougby, your dashing A+ specimen. Of course, there's going to be something wrong with him.
At least this proves that every age had players.
And, our main opponent, Colonel Brandon. He's old, yes.. and happens to be cursed by a sea witch and has a face full of tentacles.
I can't help myself.. there will be more Zoidberg gifs to come. Anyway, he's obviously the underdog, and not just because of his appendages. He's shy and reserved and knows what the young ladies must thing of him. However, he may be the best option simply because of his malady. He can breathe underwater, swim most excellently, and has more experience with the enemy than Mr. Willoughby (who is a treasure hunter with a pet monkey).
Dating in this time must have been terribly confusing.
Once I was able to get into the rhythm of the Austen-language, the story flowed rather nicely. But a lot of time is spent sitting around talking about possible suitors and what they're doing about it. So, that's still a little boring for me, but these ladies at least know how to pine away the day by at least going on an adventure or two. This includes our trip down to Sub-Station Beta, an underwater living community that is the forefront of technology against the enemy. Also, giant lobster fights.
Characters manage to grow, we are introduced to many a road-block, and all-in-all come out on top, despite a few deaths along the way and an attack by the largest cloud of mosquitoes you've ever seen. You will be treated to pirates, tribal warfare, crumpet-and-jam-flavored-gelatin-loaf, being digested by jellyfish juices, near-death by sea scorpions, and the rising of an ancient god. So, if you have trouble slogging through the Austen like I usually do, know that this one is at least amusing to read, once you get past the style. And, by the end,..
Back in high school, my friend and I watched Inuyasha religiously. We would plan entire weekends to binge watch the newest DVDs, staying up into the wBack in high school, my friend and I watched Inuyasha religiously. We would plan entire weekends to binge watch the newest DVDs, staying up into the wee hours of the morning. I bought plushes and action figures; I did my best to draw fanart (and yes, some was sadly posted online). Said friend cosplalyed as Yura of the Hair for Grand Rapids' JAFAX convention one summer (I went with her, of course, but had problems putting together my Kagome costume). We freakin' painted our nails to look like the tips were bloodied. We drew black holes in the palms of our right hands for a Wind Tunnel. We were Inuyasha fangirls before the term 'fangirl' was really a thing. That said, during that time, I only read the first 3 volumes of manga. It is finally time to rectify that. I know the story line and I know the awesome characters, but reading the manga "for the first time" brings all the hype back into my giddy fangirl heart. I love everything about this story. I could go on and on about the little things, but what anybody needs to know if they're considering starting this series is this: Rumiko Takahashi is one of the best storytellers ever. She knows how to build relationships and sprinkle them with just the right amount of drama, softness and cruelty. She knows exactly where to put that glimmer of hope. She knows how to make you feel for everybody and every thing. And don't get me started on her world building. THE WORLD BUILDING! The little things on the surface work so well because they float on an incredibly deep sea of a concrete system. Any successful fantasy has to have a strong foundation and a base for its reasoning. Takahashi rules. As an added bonus, her art style is incredibly unique and amazing. That is all. I am extremely looking forward to omnibus-ing my way through one of my favorite stories....more