I liked this book, but the segments felt disconnected. The art is great - when I got to the variant covers in the back, I really appreciated the way tI liked this book, but the segments felt disconnected. The art is great - when I got to the variant covers in the back, I really appreciated the way that Black Widow had been drawn throughout - not nearly so specialized as several of the variant covers. I want to read more about her (and see her get her own movie!!!), but this collections seemed unfocused. Concepts of home, being alone, of making amends... I didn't see a resolution beyond letting that car into her apartment. Good, but not great....more
An interesting story with some amazing artwork. Amy Reeder is always awesome with her work, and she makes the 80s shine in this time-travel story. I lAn interesting story with some amazing artwork. Amy Reeder is always awesome with her work, and she makes the 80s shine in this time-travel story. I liked the concept well enough - teen cop from the future (2013!) travels back in time to 1986 to stop a corporation that gets too greedy and too powerful from making a mysterious device... but is this all just a series of events that ensure the corporation comes to power in the future? Paradox alert! But the pacing of this story is off. Things happen too quickly, with DaYoung (Rocket Girl) suddenly appearing in 1986 and then being taken in by the very scientists she's supposed to stop. There's a lot of shouting for dialogue and not much in the way of character development. I found myself more interested in what was happening in the 2013 that's supposed to become the past, since the story took a little more time to unfold there. I think there's potential here, but the storytelling has to take a deep breath, slow down, maybe calm down a bit, and give us more to like about these characters....more
**spoiler alert** Normally I'm not a big fan of Jeff Lemire's art, but I loved this book. I've reread it, done the decoding thing, and I'll probably g**spoiler alert** Normally I'm not a big fan of Jeff Lemire's art, but I loved this book. I've reread it, done the decoding thing, and I'll probably go back and read it through a little more. The storytelling is just my favorite kind of science fiction, weaving together multiple characters and storylines. The second part of the story, with the shared/split pages, could've gone on longer in my opinion, drawing out both William and Nika's alternate lives in greater detail. There was one element of this story, though, that didn't really work for me; I didn't feel that it was a romance. I can see it on the page, but it never felt like William and Nika were in love. Instead, I started to think of them as one and the same. Maybe it was the shared resemblance or the way they switched into the other's existence. But it never seemed so much romantic, as it did a sense of companionship. Both characters were so alone until they met each other.
I like a story that gives me an ending to mentally chew over, and this one certainly does that. I mean, spoilers aheads, but the two of them have gone into a black hole, and their sense of time and being is at a standstill. They're on the verge of death, but also always there.
I'll definitely be recommending Trillium to other readers, and it's a great science fiction work that should be easily accessible to people who don't normally read sci-fi....more
I had fun reading Cleopatra in Space. It's a good, quick, action-y comic with a healthy dose of humor. The art is fun, though everyone looked much youI had fun reading Cleopatra in Space. It's a good, quick, action-y comic with a healthy dose of humor. The art is fun, though everyone looked much younger than teens to me. ...more
This is a Neil Gaiman book and, as such, if you like Neil Gaiman, there's a good chance that you'll enjoy it. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Did I love it? NotThis is a Neil Gaiman book and, as such, if you like Neil Gaiman, there's a good chance that you'll enjoy it. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Did I love it? Not really. I tried reading this earlier this summer and nothing came of it. I got about halfway through and really didn't care for our unnamed main character. For some reason, I'm really put off when authors try to insert themselves into their stories. While Gaiman ends by saying that this is not actually his family, it was obviously his childhood and very much himself. And yet, this character was somehow to ambiguous to me. Lettie Hempstock was much more intriguing and I think I would've enjoyed the story more had it come from her perspective.
So I got stuck with the book and didn't try again until I got my hands on the audio copy. Maybe something had changed with how I read books over the years, but I'm much more into audio now. And if it's read by Neil Gaiman, then yes please! And things went much faster and I really did like the story, even if I didn't care about the main character. I guess if you're building a story about friendship and sacrifice and having a life well-lived, then I feel that there needs to be more substance to our hero. And he just... wasn't. I don't think it's helped that I've been in the midst of reading Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series, which I feel the Hempstock family would be very much at home in. Lettie reminded me so much of Tiffany that I wanted to hear more from her, and less from the narrator.
All that being said, the writing itself is beautiful. Ursula Monkton is horrifying and the Hempstocks are the sort of people everyone wishes they had as neighbors. I love that Gaiman can make something like a scrap of canvas into an object of terror... and I will never look at an empty shirt the same way again! And once again, a book makes me crazy for food - Gaiman's descriptions of the Hempstock meals will make you desperate for raw honey, oatmeal, bread... basically you'll want a lot of carbs. I think that's a trend in writing now - make people want to eat what you're writing about! And then terrify them with stories about worms in feet. Yeah!
So, if you like Gaiman's writing, you'll want to read this book. But it may just leave you wanting to read Terry Pratchett at the end. ...more
When Klaus Voormann wanders into a seedy Hamburg nightclub, he discovers the most amazing English band and has to share the news. He brings his long-tWhen Klaus Voormann wanders into a seedy Hamburg nightclub, he discovers the most amazing English band and has to share the news. He brings his long-time friend Astrid Kirchherr, a photographer and art student, to the club, where they listen to a new band called The Beatles. From these first few sessions, Astrid and Klaus quickly become friends with John, Paul, George, and Stuart Sutcliffe, the bass player. Astrid influences the band's look with her photos, her sense of fashion, and, of course, the haircuts she gives them. At the heart of this story is the romance between Astrid and Stuart, the fifth Beatle. Told in short narrative bursts, this book documents their brief but powerful relationship, up until Stuart's death. Readers will learn a bit about the history of The Beatles, and their time performing in Hamburg. We see the run-down clubs the band played in, the seeds of The Beatles imagery, and the relationships between band members. Told in black and white, this graphic novel's art is warm and has the feel of a charcoaled page, ready to smear under your fingers. I didn't know much about The Beatles' history when I read this, but I came away wanting to know more about Astrid, Stuart, and the band's time in Germany. While the story can make leaps in time that are a little difficult to follow, it's still an interesting read that tells a story not commonly known....more
I felt a bit awkward with the whole mushroom/Brother Bullfrog scene. Just kind of... wacky... even for a Bloody Jack book. But I loved the time that Jacky spent traveling with the gypsies. And, as always, Katherine Kellgren is amazing when reading the audiobook....more
This is actually my first Libba Bray book and I loved it! I tried listening to the audio of Going Bovine and really hated it. Libba Bray reads this onThis is actually my first Libba Bray book and I loved it! I tried listening to the audio of Going Bovine and really hated it. Libba Bray reads this one (no weird man voice!) and I loved the voices. Some of the accents were a little off, but all of the main girls were amazing.
Okay, so the basic plot... teen beauty queens, on the way to the Miss Teen Dream pageant, find themselves marooned on an island when their plane crashes. A handful of the 50 contestants survive the crash and are led by Miss Texas to survival. Well, it's a sort of survival. Because Miss Texas is so sure that they'll be rescued that she sets the group to practicing their pageant routines instead of trying to find food or shelter. But no one will be finding these girls because the island they've crashed on is a base for The Corporation (sponsor of Miss Teen Dream), where they are secretly planning a weapons deal with the sanctioned Republic of Cha Cha. Also, there are sexy pirates. And grub-eating. And snake explosions. And mustache remover for ladies. And a dance number. Seriously.
There's a lot going on in this book. A LOT! And I know that's driven some readers away, and I understand. This is a hectic book that wants to accomplish so many things. And really, I didn't mind that. I liked it. It meant I got to read about feminism, girl power, femininity, lesbians, transgender characters, racism, overachievers and nonconformists. And it was pulled off with humor, wit, and still left me really attached to these characters.
I really liked the twist on Lord of the Flies - one of the girls mentions that, while being stranded on island turned those boys into savages, it took being on this island for the girls to really discover and be themselves.
Fans of Christopher Moore's Christopher Moore books may really enjoy this one. Or Tina Fey fans.Tina Fey There's a similar level of snark and awesomeness.
I'm not really doing this book justice in my review. It's just... amazing. Go read it. Give it to girls in your life. ...more
I'm on the fence with Incarceron. Some things I liked, others I didn't. The scenario is excellent - this description reads like a checklist of all thiI'm on the fence with Incarceron. Some things I liked, others I didn't. The scenario is excellent - this description reads like a checklist of all things Bonnie should get excited about in a book - a living, expansive prison, a mythical figure who once escaped, all-powerful keys, a society trapped in time (and a little reminiscent of steampunk), strong heroine solving a mystery and trying to get out of an awful arranged-marriage. Yes, all those things are good. Great, even!
But with all that, I still had a hard time getting into Incarceron. I felt like I was missing bits and pieces about the characters. That's not a great thing to complain about, since the characters are supposed to have an air of mystery to them. Part of the fun of this book is supposing if a character is who we really think they are. But still, I felt that many of the characters weren't well-defined and that they acted oddly. For example, why did Finn feel any sort of attachment to Keiro or the Sapienti (I forget his name)? Events felt a bit disjointed and I had a lot of trouble picturing the world of Incarceron.
And then there was the character of Incarceron itself, which I felt was left out for the most part. I'm wondering if Sapphique will explore the prison in more depth.
Still, for a book I had problems enjoying, I was still riveted by the ending. I'm just wondering if it was worth it to wait through 80% of the book to get to an exciting conclusion - which is also a cliffhanger.
Give this to fans of dystopian futures, lots of adventure (for girls and guys), and maybe steampunk. There's a nice mix of historical setting as well as gritty sci-fi....more