This is a fantastic book, I absolutely fell in love with the narrative style, the characters, and the art. Seconds would be my first port of call nowThis is a fantastic book, I absolutely fell in love with the narrative style, the characters, and the art. Seconds would be my first port of call now if I wanted to recommend Bryan Lee O'Malley. There's a small story at the heart of this, but the great depths of magic and wonder that blend so seamlessly into this is what kept me coming back (I've read this four times now). I cann't stress how good this is, and only urge that if you are thinking of picking up a book to snuggle down with when it's cold, with a warm cup of something, and have not only a good laugh, but also make you think about how you conduct your own life, this is what I would recommend....more
If you like great characters, and want a taste of great writers in different genres than perhaps you're used to, this is most definitely the place toIf you like great characters, and want a taste of great writers in different genres than perhaps you're used to, this is most definitely the place to start. The wealth of talent within this anthology is amazing, and the distinct voices and narrative styles of each writer is utterly captivating. Take for example,(this is only a minor spoiler) the story about a boy and an old man, who teaches him to fight. I was convinced I'd want to skip this, but after the first few pages, and then finding more about the back story that gets the characters to their current place, I was so intrigued I finished it in about an hour. What Gardner Dozois and George R. R. Martin have put together is a really great set of stories. That alone should sell it to you. However, what I feel it it's strongest point, and it's most obvious, is the fact that all these tales revolve around women. Directly or indirectly, women are written as flawed, as brave, as ballsy, as sexy, as mature, as out of control, as psychotic, as damaged, as crass, as humorous, as emotional, as wilful, as... well, I could go on, but I'm sure I've made my point. These writers make reading women interesting. Women are not one dimensional, straightforward, or easy to read, which in my book is a reflection of the complexity of women in the real world. They are as convoluted as their male counterparts, and sometimes even more so. To understand the diversity of female personalities is to understand more about good story telling. These stories of women are as layered as the lives of women are in real life. They are each a demonstration of how dangerous every women is, in her own way, and they are wonderful....more
This is a really interesting concept, and it draws you in straight away. Lots of questions asked, lots to look forward to. The general storyline is gooThis is a really interesting concept, and it draws you in straight away. Lots of questions asked, lots to look forward to. The general storyline is good, the premise is fresh and there is a lot of potential. However, it never seems to move much further than potential. There is a lack of description about places, people, feelings. Things just happen, and just are, because the story so demands it. This is a shame because there could be so much taken from this tale, but it just doesn't deliver on the details. SPOILERS: The one thing I had the hardest time relating to and being convinced by was the love story side, and the potential love triangle. Nathan just falls in love with Annalise, even though there is no spark, and they barely see or know each other. They just do, because it's a plot device. There is nothing to draw you into rooting for them, and it reads poorly. Likewise, while it's nice to see a little diversity in a book like this, Gabriel's infatuation with Nathan comes from nowhere and again seems totally unwarranted. This would be far more original if these people all care for each other simply because they care about the people,with no romantic agenda.
That said, the pacing is nice, and you don't get tied down to a location too long.
That all being said, it's a good way into fantasy for younger readers looking for something easy to read but with some potential to grow into something darker....more
As ever with Gaiman, this is a master piece. He writes it as a child's voice, a child's mind and perspective so wonderfully. The innocence and the purAs ever with Gaiman, this is a master piece. He writes it as a child's voice, a child's mind and perspective so wonderfully. The innocence and the pure emotion of being seven, the simple pleasures and the total fears. This is a book I will read again and again, for the way it made me feel like a child again. We forget how much the shadows scare us, how much good food eases us and the presence of adults both comforts and terrifies. I read this in two sittings, and have listened to the audiobook. Gaiman's voice is perfect, not just because you know exactly the tone it was intended to be read in, but his easy turn of phrase flows the way all good story tellers should be able to master their words all aspects, in the writing and the telling. What makes this tale so refreshing is the scale. It takes the familiar, the cosy, the usual, and transforms it into a world that is strange, and wonderful and monstrous. It recalls what, as a child, would be so easy to imagine, and the frustrations at the limits of youth. The lack of understanding of the other worldly beings, of the real nature of things, was so easy to accept, because the Hempstock's and all their powers and adversaries are so alien, so far off, that the child's perspective is just as unknowing as out own- more so for this story, due to the fact that so little makes sense, or needs to make sense, when you are seven. And it is all the better a story for it....more
I love Jason Aaron and everything he's need involved in. Wolverine is a fan favourite, and to have a collection of work spanning across different poinI love Jason Aaron and everything he's need involved in. Wolverine is a fan favourite, and to have a collection of work spanning across different points in the Wolverine canon, with such great artists and some dark, but always fun stories, a great starting point for anyone interested in both writer and character....more
A brilliant insight into just a fraction of the work that goes into making a film like the hobbit. A wonderful array of art from some of WETA's artistA brilliant insight into just a fraction of the work that goes into making a film like the hobbit. A wonderful array of art from some of WETA's artists and designers, and the insights from Alan Lee and Jon Howe were particularly interesting. One for those interested in the world of Middle Earth, and in film making....more