Just when I thought CHS wouldn't get any better (not that it's bad, or I wouldn't have read this far), I read this volume... brilliant. Absolutely bri...moreJust when I thought CHS wouldn't get any better (not that it's bad, or I wouldn't have read this far), I read this volume... brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Hayashida falls down a manhole and is sent to the subterranean Empire of the Apes. Hence, "Hayashida and the Subterranean Empire of the Apes". Aforementioned title heads every chapter concerning this "movie-like episode", in the classic slanted Star Wars font. I honestly don't think that I will be able to think about the Chosen One the same way again.
Also, Kamiyama has more or less slipped out of the picture. He comes back later, but all our favorite characters are pretty much sharing the spotlight. Except Freddie and Hokuto, who only appear sporadically now. But the thoughtful, moving, intelligent conversations among enlightened badasses continue with the same brilliant level of brilliace (maybe even more), Mechazawa keeps doing his thing, and Eiji Nonaka somehow manages never to run out of ideas that make me laugh out loud and think "What the heck..." at the same time.
My favorite of the Flight anthologies so far. I love them all, but each new one seems to be at least a bit better than the last.
There were one or two...moreMy favorite of the Flight anthologies so far. I love them all, but each new one seems to be at least a bit better than the last.
There were one or two stories I didn't care much about, but I still liked them. The art is beautiful. I particularly love Michel Gagné's style in "The Broken Path". "The Aqueduct" was an interesting blend of fantasy subgenres. "The Dragon" has an interesting story and striking art, and is perhaps my favorite in the book... along with "n", "The Chosen One", and "Scenes In Which the Earth Stops Spinning and Everybody Flies Into a Wall", and numerous others...
Any lover of fiction, art, and/or graphic novels should definitely check this book out. I eagerly await the release of the next anthology in July.(less)
"The Underneath" is a beautiful book. The story is set in a more or less modern-day world, in a forest along the Sabine River between Texas and Arkans...more"The Underneath" is a beautiful book. The story is set in a more or less modern-day world, in a forest along the Sabine River between Texas and Arkansas. Suspense and intrigue are built with the aid of a legend, an event from a thousand years past which seems to have little relevance to the actual story, at least at first.
This is not a dialogue-driven book--the lines of dialogue may not even total to ten--and the only other such book I've read is "Raptor Red", with no dialogue at all. This allows for the book to be driven by its flowing story and for the animal characters to feel less anthropomorphized, a trait I value in a story.
This book is great for general reading as well as reading aloud. It is a highly original and characteristic book, and the writing style will certainly influence my own. Something similar would be perfect for what I'm writing right now.
I'm so glad to see more and more quality fantasy(ish) books being released. This, "Promise of the Wolves", and "The Art of Racing in the Rain" all compete for my favorite books of last year.(less)
If I were to choose one thing I liked best about this book, I would probably choose the way that Ogiwara takes a bucket of fantasy tropes (magical swo...moreIf I were to choose one thing I liked best about this book, I would probably choose the way that Ogiwara takes a bucket of fantasy tropes (magical swords, Chosen One types, Light and Darkness, etc.) and dumps it upside down. At first glance it seems like a rather cliché story, but read it and you will discover something strikingly original and beautiful. Or I might choose the fact that this book struck me in the same way Ratha's Creature did. Original, interesting, a roller coaster of action without a visible path. I read something and thought "Oh! This will happen!" Of course, "this" did /not/ happen. Which was amazing.
The book starts out a bit slow, and the dialogue seems a bit forced. But once the plot picks up, everything else soars up into an amazingly colorful, intricate pattern that isn't really a pattern at all. The writing--not just the translator's writing--is vivid, filled with strong imagery and emotion, and the characters are all very strong and unique. I truly enjoyed this book and hope that the sequels are published, and soon.(less)
Wow, I can't believe I forgot to add this book to my "read" list. "Marley & Me" is an absolutely adorable book. It's heartwarming at some times an...moreWow, I can't believe I forgot to add this book to my "read" list. "Marley & Me" is an absolutely adorable book. It's heartwarming at some times and heart-wrenching in others. I think I cried a bit when I read it. I also laughed out loud. I love dogs, so naturally I was interested in reading it. My dad got me the Barnes & Noble special edition, with a red linen-esque cover and full-color photos throughout the book. They're great. I read the book and fell in love with it, Marley, everything. (Well, I was a bit apprehensive of the "adult" scenes, but I was in middle school then. I still can't exactly appreciate them, but I don't mind them now.) If you love dogs, want a touching non-fiction, something you won't want to put down, I recommend this book strongly. It's an unforgettable story. And Hollywood had better not trash it with their movie adaption!(less)
What do you get when a dog develops an almost human brain? Enzo, a dog who loves pancakes, television, and race cars.
As I read this book, I had to kee...moreWhat do you get when a dog develops an almost human brain? Enzo, a dog who loves pancakes, television, and race cars.
As I read this book, I had to keep reminding myself that it was fiction. The whole thing is written so realistically. What makes the story really interesting is the point of view: the whole story is written in first person, with Enzo the dog as the narrator. The life and times of a Seattle racer is chronicled by his own dog, who in the meantime is waiting for his time to come so that he can be free from his limiting canine body and come back as a human, as in Mongolian belief. (He learned that on a TV documentary.) This book offers some new and very interesting views on the world and human society.
"The Art of Racing in the Rain" is an incredibly beautiful novel. I smiled, laughed, even cried as I read it. I had trouble ever putting this book down, and I was more enticed to pick it up whenever I could than with most other books I've read. I guess I'm more used to fantasy, so reading a book about a kind of normal life in the real world was an interesting experience. But I loved it. Enzo is a brilliant character. I want to see more books like this.
Normally I don't like paying a lot for my books, but once I started reading this I didn't care that I had spent $24 on it, which for me is considerably more than the $17 or so I'm used to. The money meant nothing. I had given it to one of my favorite bookstores anyways. It was gone. What I had was the book, and I wanted to read it.
I'll have trouble seeing my dog as anything less than a mindless creature now. With the way Enzo acts, it seems as if anything could be possible with dogs.
This book has some adult content, and much of the plot is centered around things that anyone below teenagedom may not understand. I recommend it for anyone 14 and up who has the ability to appreciate the novel for its voice. It's definitely a book for people with open minds.(less)
This book may sound cliché when you open the cover flap and read the blurb. So maybe it is, but the story is so well-woven and brilliantly written tha...moreThis book may sound cliché when you open the cover flap and read the blurb. So maybe it is, but the story is so well-woven and brilliantly written that I didn't care at all. It felt totally fresh and original. And it is. The wolves truly feel like wolves in this book, as much as they can when anthropomorphized. While it doesn't have the grand story arc of David Clement-Davies' "The Sight", the story was more natural and the wolves more like wolves. The characters are stronger, I believe. I could tell that the author has put much time into her research. The story is told from the first-person perspective of a low-ranking pup, which provides a very interesting view into the ancient world Hearst has crafted. The characters who seem "evil" on the outside (this isn't a "good vs. evil" story, by the way) have recognizable motives and I could understand their positions, even feel pathos for them. At the least, "Promise of the Wolves" is certainly deserving of its striking cover, and I hope it starts to see some good attention soon. As noted by "The Wolf Chronicles" *cringe* tag at the bottom, this is the first of a series, and I look forward to the release of the second book. (less)
Hilarious. The characters are amazing... I can't decide on a favorite. I also love the reference to the Charge of the Light Brigade. :D This is a great...moreHilarious. The characters are amazing... I can't decide on a favorite. I also love the reference to the Charge of the Light Brigade. :D This is a great, creative manga, and I checked the first book out from the library, but if it stays amazing, I might have to buy it all. (less)
This book is technically sci-fi, I guess, but it feels like fantasy. "The Sky Village" has an intricately woven plot set in an intricately woven world...moreThis book is technically sci-fi, I guess, but it feels like fantasy. "The Sky Village" has an intricately woven plot set in an intricately woven world full of rampant beasts and meks, basically animals and renegade robots, in a war-torn world as the humans, beasts, and meks all fight for control. The two main characters are connected only through the Tree Book, which they use to write to each other. They haven't actually met. One lives in the Sky Village, an airborne tangle of hot air balloons and ropes floating over China, and the other in a sort of post-apocalyptic Las Vegas overrun by beasts. The ideas in this book are very original--the whole thing with the Sky Village and the demons and kaimira and Animus. Rather than being hurtled at you, these things are hinted at and then slowly revealed, creating a strong sense of mystery and giving the world of "Kaimira" a strong depth that makes you want to keep exploring it and seeing what all these things are about. A brilliant story, and I look forward to reading the second book.(less)
xxxHolic is an original manga with a bunch of great ideas. And Yûko is amazing. I thoroughly enjoy reading about her... antics, and I can't wait to re...morexxxHolic is an original manga with a bunch of great ideas. And Yûko is amazing. I thoroughly enjoy reading about her... antics, and I can't wait to read the sequels. Oh, and if the title sounds or the covers look weird to you, don't let them scare you. I was a bit nervous about the series at first, since it kinda looked and sounded like it was a book about druggy people or something, but when I read about Yûko in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, I really wanted to read more about her. She's such a cool character. <3(less)
The short stories in the back were weird. I didn't really like them... but ignoring them, this is by far the most hilarious manga I've ever read. Oh,...moreThe short stories in the back were weird. I didn't really like them... but ignoring them, this is by far the most hilarious manga I've ever read. Oh, Raenef... please don't mature. You're too great as you are. XD I feel so bad for Eclipse. I'll definitely be reading the rest of these. ^^(less)
By far the superior of the Graystripe graphic novels. "The Rise of Scourge" has a great story and really good drawing. (I refuse to admit that this is...moreBy far the superior of the Graystripe graphic novels. "The Rise of Scourge" has a great story and really good drawing. (I refuse to admit that this is manga, but this art is much more befitting of a book called manga.) I love the art. I don't like to buy these books because they're so short--this one only has 79 pages of actual story--but I liked this one enough that I might have to get it for myself. I was very impressed with this book. Scourge is one of my favorite characters from Warriors, so reading this is really interesting. It makes so much of The Darkest Hour just click. Pros: great art, story, etc. Cons: so short :( And there isn't a sequel. Waah! Poor book just lost a star. Hopes and Dreams: More character singles such as this will be drawn/written, e.g. Yellowfang, Tigerstar, Spottedleaf.(less)
It's BEAUTIFUL. The art of Ammy on the cover is in SHINY GOLD FOIL, and the rest of the book is in glorious full-color print on pages slightly narrowe...moreIt's BEAUTIFUL. The art of Ammy on the cover is in SHINY GOLD FOIL, and the rest of the book is in glorious full-color print on pages slightly narrower but about an inch longer than a piece of printer paper... and it's almost 300 pages long... it's MASSIVE and AMAZING and totally worth $40. :D Not to mention that they kept the book in its original Japanese format, so it reads like manga. Very nice.
It's really interesting to read everything the game's creators wrote about the game design process. It's funny to look at the concept art of familiar places and characters and wonder "What the heck happened?!" Plus I loved reading more of each character's background. I learned some things about the game that I hadn't noticed yet in my five playthroughs. :P While I was familiar with most of the art, there was also quite a bit that was published only in here (at least to my knowledge), so that was great to see. I also found it amusing to read familiar text with a different translation, as you will find in the "Providence Image Scroll".
This is a very high-quality book that all Okami fans must get. All the images and text stuffed in here is almost overwhelming, especially the large images that span entire pages, or even two. Even the bosses look glorious. Another bonus is that the cover already has a beaten feel to it, so I actually wanted the spine to fold and crease. It looks more worn and loved that way. <3 Oh yeah, and the publishers added little side notes in various entries relating them to specific tracks in the Okami Original Soundtrack.
I suppose that if I had to complain about one thing, it would be the smell. It has that 'new fancy book' smell, which makes me a bit lightheaded. But hey, it'll air out in time. :P Also, there are a few inconsistencies... e.g. 'Takamagahara' appears three times in the book, and each time it's spelled a different way: "Takamagahala", "Takamagahara" (the right way), and finally "Takaramagahara" or something.(less)
If I could give this book more than five stars, I could. I don't usually read books multiple times--there are very few ones I've read even twice. But...moreIf I could give this book more than five stars, I could. I don't usually read books multiple times--there are very few ones I've read even twice. But I've read this one at least... six times, maybe? Perhaps even more. It's short, but sweet, and I love it very much. I first read this many years ago. I don't know when I first read it. The ending is quite sad, but kind of happy at the same time, and perhaps that's why I love it so. It only takes me about an hour to read, but each hour is a sweet hour. Recommended to fans of Kate deCamillo, and those who would like something short and sweet to fill the time, or perhaps read to younger children. I've always been amazed by how such a simple-seeming book has impressed upon me so...(less)