Returning Soon

It has been so long since I’ve really been present here. I do plan on returning soon. Not only with the book reviews but some mommy stuff as well. Mostly I have been working full time (3-4 days a week) and being a full time mom of an 11 year old and a 7 month old. I am almost always tired but I do miss doing this blog. I’m not sure when exactly I will be back to regular posts, most likely after the holidays, but it will be soon. Thanks for your continued interest. Now I will insert the picture of my cute little men.

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Sin City, Volume 1: The Hard Goodbye

by Frank Miller
Paperback EditionRead August 5, 2015

Original Release Date: June 1992

Length: 208 pages

Official Description:

The first volume of the crime-comic megahit that introduced the now-infamous Marv and spawned a blockbuster film returns in a newly redesigned edition, with a brand-new cover by Frank Miller-some of his first comics art in years!

It’s a lousy room in a lousy part of a lousy town. But Marv doesn’t care. There’s an angel in the room. She says her name is Goldie. A few hours later, Goldie’s dead without a mark on her perfect body, and the cops are coming before anyone but Marv could know she’s been killed. Somebody paid good money for this frame . . .

My Take:

Much like reading 300 I watched the film, the first one, before reading this graphic novel.  Set in a noir style world with only black and white art, Frank Miller’s Sin City was a ground breaking novel. Or so I’m told, I don’t really know that much about all the comic world stuff. I like Marv. I like that the book is all about Marv and his desire for his version of justice for Goldie, a woman that he just met. I enjoy a good noir every now and then, as well as a good anti-hero. I love that this sticks with the noir grittiness and the rough around the edges, with a non PC approach. I also find it great the Miller not only wrote the story he also did the art work and lettering, which is fantastically impressive, that’s a lot of immaculate work. Noir is almost always more violent than expected, this graphic novel is no different, along with the violence we have unrealistic nudity. I mean it’s a graphic novel, so we can pretend that people look like that. It has been a few months since I actually read this so, I am a little short on detail. The book draws you in, it is a quick read and you care about Marv, and his obvious rage and insanity. It is amazing how quickly he thinks he falls for a woman, I mean, he goes on a rampage after a one nighter, that’s some crazy commitment. Though I have a pretty good idea how the next comics will go, I still look forward to delving into the insanity that is Basin City and all the residents.

Quote:

“Hell’s waking up every goddamn day and not even knowing why you’re here.”

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Into the End

 

by Bonnie R. Paulson
Kindle EditionRead July 31, 2015

Original Release Date:  March 10, 2012

Length: 297 pages

Official Description: (This is book #1 of Into the End series)

***America’s end is near.***

No one knows why, but the great country is under attack.

After being weakened by countless natural disasters, America opens its airspace for aid. But instead, what is left of the devastated west coast finds itself nearly obliterated from above. The key may belong to tests designed by a Pacific Northwest psychologist, Rachel Parker.

Rachel loses the love of her life in a house fire as they escape with their children to the nearby Rocky Mountains following the first round of air raids. In refuge, she faces her husband’s best friend, Joshua, but doesn’t want to face his ill-harbored feelings or her own inability to face fear.

Her sister, Brenda, escapes the fallen city, and, mistaken for Rachel, is captured. Terrified and alone, Brenda is protected by the enigmatic Daniel even while he helps keep her captive. Through torture and mind games, Brenda discovers information about her sister’s work that could spin the free world into a tumultuous frenzy where the unknown is safer than reality.

Can one woman’s inability to feel fear destroy a nation?

My Take:

Into the End takes a quasi realistic look at what would happen if America was invaded. First of all I found the description a bit misleading, it seems that it is describing the series instead of just this book. Most of the book is spent in the chaotic aftermath of invasion, and trying to understand rather than finding out any real information. First America is invaded when it is at a weak point, it was riddled with natural disasters and whomever invaded decided this was the opportune time. As to the who, what and why, we just see the tip of the iceberg here. Overall the book is back story, lots of flashbacks, not a lot of momentum forward. It isn’t bad, but it’s not captivating until the end. There is so much potential in the story that I’m not willing to write it off, but it just doesn’t come forth in this book. There are many interesting side bits, lots of mystery, it’s just the back stories and momentum that bring everything down. I will read more, eventually, to see if the story moves but I remain cautiously optimistic.

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A Game of Thrones Volume 1

by George R.R. Martin, Daniel Abraham (adapted), Tommy Patterson (Illustrator)
Hardcover EditionRead July 27, 2015

Original Release Date:  March 27, 2012

Length: 240pages

Official Description:

This graphic novel adaptation contains more than fifty pages of exclusive content not available in the original comic books, including

• a new Preface by George R. R. Martin
• early renderings of key scenes and favorite characters from the novels
• a walk-through of the entire creative process, from auditioning the artists to tweaking the scripts to coloring the final pages
• behind-the-scenes commentary from Daniel Abraham, Tommy Patterson, and series editor Anne Groell

You’ve read the books. You’ve watched the hit series on HBO. Now acclaimed novelist Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson bring George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy masterwork A Game of Thronesto majestic new life in the pages of this full-color graphic novel. Comprised of the initial six issues of the graphic series, this is the first volume in what is sure to be one of the most coveted collaborations of the year.

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.

Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.

Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.

My Take:

I feel like a terrible human being. I have watched Game of Thrones I have read this adaptation, I have only read the first half of the first book. One day I will buckle down and actually read the whole series. After all it is just sitting on my shelf waiting for me to read them. Anyway, let us talk about this graphic novel. I liked it. It brings new depth to the story that we are familiar with, and gives a visual element that neither the show nor the book can bring. It is different, it is drawn beautifully and adapted well. In my opinion. I think my favorite part was the forward by George R. R. Martin. He goes into his history of comics, and gives reasons why everything is different. He also says he enjoys all the formats. I imagine it is fun, yet difficult, to see your hard work adapted and changed to so many different forums, the following that his epic world has gained. The comic was well done, the art was beautiful. I half expected the artist to draw each character as the actors portraying them on TV. I am glad that they did not, it gives the creators that much more of an edge. Anyway if you enjoy GOT then you’ll probably want to get your hands on this. It is just a fun way to enjoy a great series.

My Favorite Quote:

“The comic book is not the book; the graphic novel is not the novel. The same, of course, is true of films and television. When we move a story from one medium to another, no matter how faithful we attempt to be, some changes are inevitable. Each medium has its own demands, its own restrictions, its own way of telling a story.”

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