I finished reading this and then immediately started re-reading it once more, and enjoyed it just as much the second time round!
At first, honestly, tI finished reading this and then immediately started re-reading it once more, and enjoyed it just as much the second time round!
At first, honestly, the whole rabbit/human bit just made me think of Matt Groening, but the further on we went, the more adorable I found their little noses and :3 expressions. The very simple line work and coloring scheme worked perfectly with this graphic novel. It was especially well-depicted when Cece Bell used fading font and blank speech bubbles to show the inability to hear. I never thought an empty shape like that would be so painful to see...
While El Deafo herself didn't always do things that I agreed with (I'm not quite sure if her use of her superpower fulfilled the whole Spiderman motto, but I suppose she was going more by Batman's rules, anyway), I loved how she interacted with her inner hero. A great way to show her standing up for herself and I can see many readers commiserating with the thoughts in your head not always matching up with what actually squeaks out of your mouth (me included. Eek.).
Overall it was a lovely read and I would highly recommend it! Especially, I'd think, those who enjoy Raina Telgemeier's graphic novels would equally enjoy and appreciate this book. ...more
"Maybe we're making new selves all the time." Hauling them in as we make choices, good or bad, as we screw up, step up, lose our minds, f
"Maybe we're making new selves all the time." Hauling them in as we make choices, good or bad, as we screw up, step up, lose our minds, find our minds, fall apart, fall in love, as we grieve, grow, retreat from the world, dive into the world, as we make things, as we break things.
Gripping, mysterious, entertaining, and saddening, I could just do a deluge of descriptors rather than review the book itself.
A tiny little bit of the rating taken off for when the narration at times got too abstract and I had to reread it to make sure I knew what Noah and Jude were saying. Such as some of the art scenes with Jude or when Noah sunk so far into himself that it all became chaos. That being said, I did like the narration from both twins and their voices were wonderfully done and instantly engaging. It let me leap right into the story and the action in an almost cinematic method. I did prefer Noah at first, but that could have been because of the time he was narrating, as the further we went in the book (and the closer the two time periods got to each other), I didn't feel as much preference.
He stands up, rests the candlestick on the table, then smiles the most crooked smile I have ever seen, like Picasso made it.
I liked the romance in it but more than that, I found the drama and relationships between the characters to be the most engaging bit of it. The relationship between Noah and Jude and their twins to the respective "favorite" parents was the puzzling part where I just had to keep on reading to find out what exactly happened to cause everything to go KAPOW. And the theme of different sorts of beauty was interesting, although I've never really thought that much about crowded features or symmetrical ones, for that matter.
I make a fist but can't remember if you're supposed to keep your thumb inside or outside of it when you punch. Why did Dad teach me to wrestle? Who on earth wrestles? He should've taught me how to make a freaking fist. And what about my fingers? Will I still be able to draw after this is over? Picasso must've gotten in fights. Van Gogh and Gauguin fought each other.
Yup, I do prefer Noah as a character in both instances of himself, whether younger or older. Jude I didn't feel as close to, I suppose? Maybe because we got to meet Noah first and his impression of his twin sister, that I immediately bonded with him. It could also be due to my personality being closer to his as well... But I did like Jude and had to find out what caused such a personality twist with her! While I did get a feel for the parents through their relationships with the twins, I still didn't have a great grasp of the parents as individuals, which could have been the point of it all.
He's the kind of man who walks into a room and all the walls fall down.
I really liked Guillermo and how he was immediately fascinating and erratic. His role as mentor was wonderfully done and I just found him a great character even if I couldn't pinpoint why.
Oscar, on the other hand, seemed like he was trying too hard to be different and ended up like a British cliche. I did like his humor and the banter between him and Jude, but something about him was off (maybe the author was aiming for Etienne St Clair?).
An overall great (fun & quick!) contemporary read and I thank my coworkers for nudging me towards it!
Some more quotes before I give up the book and put it in the shipment:
"For the sun, stars, oceans, and all the trees, I'll consider it," I say, knowing she'll never agree.
There are times when [Noah's] slumped in a chair, lying on his bed, curled up on the couch, and I wave my hand across his face and he doesn't even blink... Where is he during those times? What's he doing in there? Because I suspect he's painting. I suspect that inside the impenetrable fortress of conventionality he's become, there's one crazy-ass museum.
Talk about mixed signals; he's like a roller coaster that talks.
Have I calmed down enough from finishing this amazing trilogy to write a review? Perhaps. Perhaps not. But I doubt that my reviews are all that coherent in the first place. So I shall babble on!
June and Day's characters felt even stronger this third time around. Their individual voices and motivations rang true and I love the politics that impact their lives and how they work within the politics and their governments and... well, I liked them both. Rather than preferring one alternating view point to the other, I enjoyed both chapters equally (no GoT POV skimming, here!) and could empathize with both of their actions, thought processes, and decisions.
The writing style...the present tense... I can't pinpoint specifics about Marie Lu's writing that made me devour these two books, but I did. And it is gripping and touching and emotionally draining since you get so enamored of the characters and the hard decisions that they have to make for the good of the people. The themes that Lu covers in the book are difficult to handle and she handled them amazingly and gave them the impact that they deserve.
And here's where I lose coherency.
The further I got through the book, the more I dreaded what would happen at the end. I kept holding the remaining pages, gauging how much heartbreak that could get squeezed in. The ending... I was tearing up. The epilogue, I have to admit I was crying. Not bawling, perse, since I wouldn't be able to continue reading. But there were tears! The ending was wonderful, well done, realistic, and a lot of other positive adjectives that I can't think of because I'm too busy thinking of the epilogue!
So you haven't heard of this AMAZING series yet? It's known as Hagane no Renkinjutsushi or Full-Metal Alchemist. Or FMA. Edward and Alphonse Elric lo
So you haven't heard of this AMAZING series yet? It's known as Hagane no Renkinjutsushi or Full-Metal Alchemist. Or FMA. Edward and Alphonse Elric lose their mother to illness and use alchemy to bring her back to life. The repercussions of this decision throw the brothers on yet another journey...
In order to change the world, you must first change yourself.
This has been one of my favorite series ever since I first read it. But having recently read Silver Spoon, I kept wanting to re-read it. And I did! All 27 volumes and I was just as gripped and invested (and biased towards the manga versus the anime...sorry Brotherhood!) in the characters and how they developed within the overarching plot.
The people that Edward and Al meet on their journey are so diverse and yet I (mostly) cared for them all. How Arakawa keeps track of all the characters, ties their histories and journeys together...and doesn't just toss them by the wayside. And the cast doesn't feel exhausting but realistic, as if you were truly going along with the Elric brothers, hoping that they can fulfill their goal. Another favorite aspect of this manga is the growth of the characters that isn't simply due to an evolution of drawing style. Just hold up volume one Edward next to the final tome!
No matter how often we get beaten down, become discouraged, lose our way, come close to falling..and even if we know that it's for superficial reasons, we keep fighting on. We find strength in each other.
FMA isn't just a fantasy shonen manga. It has heart and an applicable discussion of human nature, whether it's war, love, family, revenge, friendship, or the basis of what is a human being. There's politics and manipulation as well as slapstick humor that'll make you snort with laughter right before worrying for your favorite character's life.
Even if you usually read shojo or haven't read much manga and are intimidated by the format, I'd still say give this a try. It's a classic! It does cover, as previously stated, difficult subject and has quite a lot of violence and trauma to the characters. But it's just... epic! ...more
Just finished the series. I enjoyed the humor and characterizations, although I didn't enjoy the Yamada chapters as much as the Morita ones. The drawiJust finished the series. I enjoyed the humor and characterizations, although I didn't enjoy the Yamada chapters as much as the Morita ones. The drawing style was great in its simplicity and ability to portray so many emotions with so few strokes. Despite the ending, I like this series and would reread it. ...more
Love this series (including the Farseer trilogy, of course) even more each time I reread it. I love the characters,Can I rate it higher than 5 stars?
Love this series (including the Farseer trilogy, of course) even more each time I reread it. I love the characters, even when I shake my head about their decisions and actions. The world that Robin Hobb built is so powerful that when trying to read her Dragon series or the Soldier Son, all I can think about is "It's not the Six Duchies!" or "That's not Fitz!". Honestly, I mostly read the Mad Ship trilogy hoping for a glimpse of familiar characters. (view spoiler)[And when I found out Amber was the Fool, I madly reread the whole thing again. (hide spoiler)]
Revisiting this world is both relaxing and thrilling, since I now know that there's another book on the way...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Enjoyable writing style and entertaining characters. Just as fun on the second read but still unsure about if i could recommend it for teens with certEnjoyable writing style and entertaining characters. Just as fun on the second read but still unsure about if i could recommend it for teens with certain scenes at the end......more
I haven't read Astroboy (yet!) but I really loved this spin / homage to him. It was gripping, amazingly drawn, and the plot dragged me from volume toI haven't read Astroboy (yet!) but I really loved this spin / homage to him. It was gripping, amazingly drawn, and the plot dragged me from volume to volume. Well, willingly dragged. I don't always like sci-fi but it was intriguing. I had no idea what was going on (re: predictability) but in a mystery / thriller / sci - fi series, it wasn't a bad thing! Think I may want to reread it later to see if I missed anything. Atom!!...more
I highly preferred this book to the Uglies. The combination of the past with the future, as Westerfeld states in the end notes is amazingly done, as iI highly preferred this book to the Uglies. The combination of the past with the future, as Westerfeld states in the end notes is amazingly done, as is the system of cursing that has me muttering "barking spiders!" now and then. Since Wheel of Time seems to be the only other series that has me doing that (blood and bloody ashes!), I loved it. The protagonists are strong and I like the camaraderie between them. While the majority of the Clanker explanation went over my head (all those gears and whatnot) I appreciated the attention to detail, that it isn't a silent transforming robot but a mechanical beast. And I wonder if any of the airman would have a sense of smell after being aboard so long......more
Really enjoyed this book much more than the Red Pyramid series. Maybe it's because of the consistent POV or because I enjoy the mythology more in thisReally enjoyed this book much more than the Red Pyramid series. Maybe it's because of the consistent POV or because I enjoy the mythology more in this one. It also reminded me of Gaiman's American Gods, journeying about and visiting stores on the wayside that happen to hold horrors and remnants of mythology living with alongside mortals. Much better than the movie. I think if they had not aged the cast, Riodan's series could have been the next Harry Potter movie extravaganza. ...more
Sometimes, son, you have to help the heroes along.
I listened to this book on audio in preparation for Firefight, which I am now raring to12/11/2014
Sometimes, son, you have to help the heroes along.
I listened to this book on audio in preparation for Firefight, which I am now raring to read. I loved the world that Sanderson created even more when hearing it the second time round. Newcago, the Epics, the Reckoners, and the plot just blended together so well that it drew me right in as it had previously. The issue of pacing didn't come up this second time either, which could have been through the great voice narration by the reader. The new cursing system that the characters used, however, felt flat, possibly due to how often they were used (Sparks! Sparking! Calamity!) and didn't have the same true ring to it as my favorites (Barking spiders! Blood and bloody ashes! Burn me! etc).
She can shoot like a dream and she carries tiny grenades in her top, a bit of my addled mind thought. I think I might be in love.
David I enjoyed more on audio, and his lame metaphors didn't cause me as much pain as while reading it. I enjoyed his narration and his dedication to taking down Steelheart. While he still was a rather juvenile character compared to the rest of the Reckoners, I liked seeing him grow and improve and build relationships. Seeing him learn to live not just for revenge was sweet. I did want to perhaps have flashbacks or more detail regarding his life in the factories, since it would give a better glimpse on how the city actually ran.
It was the teaching itself that I loved. At least, I loved it back when I thought it would be enough to change things.
Sorry, David, you're not my favorite character. Realizing how much I liked Prof by the end of my first read, I loved being able to "reread" Steelheart with this different scope in mind. And I may have sounded slightly fangirlish in the car (view spoiler)[when Prof beats up Enforcement with his bare hands (hide spoiler)].
The plot and pacing, as previously mentioned, felt stronger the second time hearing it, and I didn't sense the drag even in the plotting and training stage.
Am I the only one who can visualize this as a movie?
12/20/2013 Up to about halfway the book seemed to drag, which is understandable since it's the plotting, preparation stage. The last half really sped up and while the final fight was a tad convoluted in description (suppose it was supposed to be) I couldn't stop reading and at times skimmed just to see what happened. So overall, this was an enjoyable book with an entertaining narrator despite his penchant for irritating metaphors that went all the way through to the final fight. Who has time to think of witty comparisons while escaping death? Think while I kept on being reminded of mutants and the Fantastic Four throughout the book, I did like the final twists. And my favorite character is Prof, who was mysterious and yet entertaining and wise throughout. I want to read the next book!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
4.5 stars. While I wish the ending was a bit less rapid (felt like I got lost there at some point), but I loved the world building and the way the wor4.5 stars. While I wish the ending was a bit less rapid (felt like I got lost there at some point), but I loved the world building and the way the worlds were organized (reminded me of Midgard etc). By the midpoint, the characters were strong and the angel much less stalkerish after the whole explanation. Speaking of which, I think I enjoyed the explanation / reverse time skip part the most, as it gave insight into that world. ...more