I now know more extensively of Noelle Stevenson than I do of some of my friends. Via her tumblr and facebook, I've learned little bits and pieces of tI now know more extensively of Noelle Stevenson than I do of some of my friends. Via her tumblr and facebook, I've learned little bits and pieces of the comic artist who makes the person and vice versa. But when I started Nimona, I had no idea who Noelle was, and this was essentially the perfect introduction to her world.
Nimona is fantastic.
There's not really another word for it. I found myself laughing, crying, staring at pages where I just wanted HAPPY ENDINGS WHY NO HAPPY ENDINGS, and I could see how lives could go off the rail, and how heroes become villains and villains become heroes, and how the whirlwind actions of a woman with an equally awful and amazing life can become a comedic graphic novel that ends with me blubbering big fat whale tears all over the place.
You should read this novel. Stop, put down your a million and one things you have to do right this second, and take an hour or two to read through this fantastic story that turn you in circles and take you to the stars and down into the pit and then right you the up against the ground again.
And now I'm going to go reread this and wallow in the fantasticness of it all. ...more
I went into this fairly excited, because it seemed like a fresh take on the usual disease-threatens-world, and I came out... well, I came out going 'hI went into this fairly excited, because it seemed like a fresh take on the usual disease-threatens-world, and I came out... well, I came out going 'huh.'
The story is of Hazel Hayes who gets pregnant during a time of a rabies-like epidemic that ONLY affects blondes, even those who are bottle-blonde. Curious how this works? There's theories abound, but no explanations. The story is part satire, part biting-commentary, part serious fiction... or at least, it tries to be. This sounds harsh, especially considering the fact that I did enjoy the book. But the satire and commentary never reach any kind of conclusion, and we're given far too little of other female characters that are affected by this; we spend most of the novel obsessing about Hazel's paramour, and the crux of why that centers in her story.
That's pretty much what I can say about it. The book was good, it was, but it left almost no impression on me. I generally cleave to details, and the details for this book escape me. I had little feeling for any of the characters, even though I recognize that I'm not supposed to like Hazel, not immediately. But I definitely didn't want to like her at any point, so that, I believe, is a failing of the book.
I actually would recommend reading it; it's a well-written novel. The idea in it is incredibly original and there are multiple scenes that access the very thin veneer that block us from realizing how stratified we are within our own gender, and how an obsession with beauty locks us all in. ...more
This is gorgeous. It's also sad, funny, ethereal, and full of grief.
This duo has really created the entirety of a summer in one graphic novel; you caThis is gorgeous. It's also sad, funny, ethereal, and full of grief.
This duo has really created the entirety of a summer in one graphic novel; you can feel the water they're swimming through, the tension that permeates the household, and the moments of levity when they forget that they're grieving, they forget that they have burgeoning adolescent emotions; those are all the more bittersweet when reality come crashing back down.
Utterly amazing piece of work, and I can't wait to see what else they do in the future. ...more