The New Deadwardians: 50 Word Friday

 The New Deadwardians

Title: The New Deadwardians
Author: Dan Abnett (Author), I.N.J. Culbard (Illustrations)

Summary:

In post-Victorian England, nearly everyone of the upper classes has voluntarily become a vampire in order to escape the lower classes who are all zombies. Into this simmering cauldron is thrust Chief Inspector George Suttle, a lonely detective who’s got the slowest beat in London: investigating murders in a world where everyone is already dead! When the body of a young aristocrat washes up on the banks of the Thames, Suttle’s quest for the truth will take him from the darkest sewers to the gleaming halls of power, and reveal the rotten heart at the center of this strange world.[1]

Review:

I wanted to love it. I settled for liking it. Maybe a bit too much mystery for my “meh on mysteries” tastes. Or maybe not enough time to develop the story / characters so I was not invested enough. The conclusion was satisfying, the art was lovely but I left unenthusiastic.

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The Lost Boy: Fifty Word Friday

Apparently I still do not know how to manage my auto-post. So here it is better late than never.

 The Lost Boy

Title: The Lost Boy
Author: Greg Ruth

Summary:

Nate’s not happy about his family moving to a new house in a new town. After all, nobody asked him if he wanted to move in the first place. But when he discovers a tape recorder and note addressed to him under the floorboards of his bedroom, Nate is thrust into a dark mystery about a boy who went missing many, many years ago. Now, as strange happenings and weird creatures begin to track Nate, he must partner with Tabitha, a local girl, to find out what they want with him. But time is running out, for a powerful force is gathering strength in the woods at the edge of town, and before long Nate and Tabitha will be forced to confront a terrifying foe, and uncover the truth about the Lost Boy.[1]

Review:

I liked the back and forth of the story and the creepiness of the mythic woods. I’m a sucker for under/otherworld journeys. Boys are not often lost so this is wonderful. Simple ink drawings make the story more important while still adding lovely dimension to the tale.

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2014 Challenges 1-5

2014challI am working the rest of this week on signing up for challenges. I have decided for the most part to pick ones the I am really interested in and to only commit to the lowest levels. Many of the challenges I am doing I picked last year and completed the “reading” for but did not do the reviewing. So this year I will be reviewing more in the style of my 50 word Friday on GoodReads for everything and posting the best of those here on Fridays and saving Wordy Wednesdays for ARCs and books that really deserve detailed reviews.

1. I picked this one last year and listened to 6 and then some. Looking forward to using my Audible credits for 6 more this year.

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2014 AUDIO BOOK CHALLENGE

Flirting-Listen to 6 Audio Books

2. Again one a participated in last year, did the reading for and slacked on the reviews.

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7TH ANNUAL GRAPHIC NOVEL & MANGA CHALLENGE 2014

Modern Age: read and review 12 books
during the year (that’s only 1 book a month)

3. This one is new for me. It sounds fun and since I can easily hit 50 books might give me the push I need to hit 75 this year.

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2014 ALPHABET SOUP READING CHALLENGE

Make a list on your blog from A-Z.
Throughout the year, as you go along,
add the books you are reading to the list.
Towards the end of the year, you can check
and see which letters you are missing
and find books to fit.

4. Last year I epic failed on this but I want to combine this with the finish the series challenge I will be signing up for and I hope that will kill to birds with one stone.

DYSTOPIA READING CHALLENGE 2014

Level 1: Recruit (1 to 6 books)

5. Since I purchased my Color Nook, I have used the library less and my Nook more so this year I split my Library challenge number and my eBook number in half.

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2014 EBOOK CHALLENGE

DVD – 25 ebooks

 

 

Tale of Sand: 50 Word Friday

A Tale of Sand

Title: Tale of Sand
Author: Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl, Ramon Perez (Illustrator), Chris Robinson, Stephen Christy

Summary:

Join us as we explore this missing piece of Jim Henson’s career in a celebration of his creative process. Discovered in the Archives of the The Jim Henson Company, A Tale of Sand is an original graphic novel adaptation of an unproduced, feature-length screenplay written by Jim Henson and his frequent writing partner, Jerry Juhl. A Tale of Sand follows scruffy everyman, Mac, who wakes up in an unfamiliar town, and is chased across the desert of the American Southwest by all manners of man and beast of unimaginable proportions. Produced with the complete blessing of Lisa Henson, A Tale of Sand will allow Henson fans to recognize some of the inspirations and set pieces that appeared in later Henson Company productions.[1]

Review:

Not a fan of wordless stories. Visuals were amazing and I’m sure I would have loved to see the movie Henson would have made from this. But as a book, even a graphic novel, it had trouble holding my attention. Wish I was able to focus on purely visuals.

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Waiting on Wednesday (4/27/11)

Hosted by Breaking the Spine, Waiting On Wednesday is all about highlighting books we can’t wait for.  My pick this week is:

Hera: The Goddess and her Glory (Olympians) 
Hera: The Goddess and her Glory (Olympians) by George O’Connor.
The product description from Amazon is:
The story of Hera, Queen of the Gods, and the heroes who won her favor.
Volume 3 of Olympians, Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory, introduces readers to the Queen of the Gods and Goddesses in the Pantheon. This volume tells the tales of the many heroes who sought and won Hera’s patronage, most notably Hercules. In Olympians, O’Connor draws from primary documents to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren’t sedate, scholarly works. They’re action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama adventures with monsters, romance, and not a few huge explosions. O’Connor’s vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to undeniable life, in a perfect fusion of super-hero aesthetics and ancient Greek mythology.

Review: Epileptic by David B.

reviews

Epileptic
Title:
Epileptic
Author:
David B.
Series:

 

Rating:
Publisher:
Pantheon
Year Published:

2002
Genre:
Graphic Novels, Comics, Memoir, Biography
Why Picked:
I was at the library and picked ti up to read while waiting for my daughter to finish her writing workshop.
Number of Pages:
368
Fiction/
Non- Fiction:
Non-Fiction
Summary:
David B. was born Pierre-François Beauchard in a small town near Orléans, France. He spent an idyllic early childhood playing with the neighborhood kids and, along with his older brother, Jean-Christophe, ganging up on his little sister, Florence. But their lives changed abruptly when Jean-Christophe was struck with epilepsy at age eleven. In search of a cure, their parents dragged the family to acupuncturists and magnetic therapists, to mediums and macrobiotic communes. But every new cure ended in disappointment as Jean-Christophe, after brief periods of remission, would only get worse. Angry at his brother for abandoning him and at all the quacks who offered them false hope, Pierre-François learned to cope by drawing fantastically elaborate battle scenes, creating images that provide a fascinating window into his interior life. An honest and horrifying portrait of the disease and of the pain and fear it sowed in the family, Epileptic is also a moving depiction of one family’s intricate history. Through flashbacks, we are introduced to the stories of Pierre-François’s grandparents and we relive his grandfathers’ experiences in both World Wars. We follow Pierre-François through his childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, all the while charting his complicated relationship with his brother and Jean-Christophe’s losing battle with epilepsy. (From Shelfari)
Review:
This is probably one of the few 2 star ratings you will see here. I have to little time to read thing I do not enjoy.
I found the art to be complex and visually interesting but not emotionally evocative. It was dizzying in it complexity and often so full of detail it was overwhelming.
I found the telling of his life to be pretentious and overdone.  I know intellectually that his childhood must have been very sad.  The story of growing up in a family where someone is chronically ill is tragic, but I did not emotionally connect to any of the people here.  The brothers are both unappealing and cruel.  The parents are dazed and clueless.  The sister virtually invisible.
If you want to read a fine example of graphic biography I recommend Persepolis, not this.
CymLowell