Friday, May 29, 2015

Like Water On Stone

Author: Dana Walrath
Info: Delacorte Press, copyright 2014, 368 pages

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts):  "We eagles sing no soothing songs.  Our throats can only whistle.  Instead, we hunt them down, take them from others."

It is 1914, and the Ottoman Empire is crumbling into violence.

Beyond Anatolia, in the Armenian Highlands, Shahen Donabedian dreams of going to New York.  Sosi, his twin sister, never wants to leave her home, especially now that she is in love.  At first, only Papa, who counts Turks and Kurds among his closest friends, stands in Shahen's way.  But when the Ottoman pashas set their plans to eliminate all Armenians in motion, neither twin has a choice.

After a horrifying attack leaves them orphaned, Shahen and Sosi flee into the mountains, carrying their little sister, Mariam.  Shane keeps their parents' fate a secret from his sisters.  But the children are not alone.  An eagle named Ardziv watches over them as they run at night and hide each day, making their way across mountain ridges and rivers red with blood.

~Goodreads Description

Historical fiction can be difficult when you're unfamiliar with a time period, culture, or event.  There's often not a lot of time to familiarize yourself with what's going on...especially if the historical fiction novel is in verse.  And that's where I started with this particular title, trying my hardest to figure out what was going on.

The Goodreads description gives the low-down about as well as can be done.  There is a family who loves their home stuck in the middle of an ancient war.  Shahen is a boy who yearns to be a young man, to make his own decisions, find his own way in the world.  Sosi, his twin sister, longs to be in love, to settle down, to build a life that is all her own.  Unfortunately, these two will have to grow up much faster than they should.

You don't get a lot of context, but that's okay.  In the end, this is really a coming-of-age story about family and courage.  The verse isn't flower-y, which can sometimes happen.  It's gritty and heartbreaking and an excellent, human introduction to studies on the Ottoman Empire.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sew Awesome finale...Skirt #4

Well the day is here, the day for the last skirt that I agreed to make as a part of the kooky project thought up by Kendrabookgirl.  Whew.  I can't imagine making thirty-one skirts.  If you haven't noticed, she's not only "sew awesome," she's pretty awesome in general.  Four skirts was PLENTY for me.

The pattern package said this wrap skirt was "easy" and supposed to only take "1 hour."  The designers apparently did not have me in mind.  Yeah, sure, the skirt part itself was a breeze (at first), but then the straps thing happened.  And my confidence in reading a pattern started to waiver.  And things got dicey.  There were some choice words, a little tantrum, and then a decision to wing-it which is really not the recommended way to go when you're an inexperienced sewer.  Thank goodness you can't see the top of the skirt :)  It's all wrong, and I mean ALL wrong.  But I'm going to just power through this day.  I'm going to walk confidently and secretly chuckle to myself that if I make it through the day without the whole thing falling apart it will be a miracle.

Chances are, despite all the hiccups along the way, I'll continue sewing.  By golly I bought myself a little table to permanently keep my machine out.  This won't be the end.  But I might take a wee break from skirts.  Maybe I'll learn to make shorts?  That's probably harder.  Maybe curtains.  Yeah.  Maybe I'll tackle curtains next.

Have a sew awesome day!  And please excuse the so-not Emily pose.  It was bound to happen eventually.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday

Author: Ernest Cline
Info: Crown Publishing, 368 pages
Release Date: July 14, 2015

A cinematic, inventive, heartwarming, and completely nerdtastic adventure from the bestselling author of Ready Player One.

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman.  He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he an make it that long without getting suspended again.

Then he glances out his classroom window and spots a flying saucer.

At first, Zack thinks he's going crazy.

A minute later, he's sure of it.  Because the UFO he's staring at is straight out of the video game he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada - in which gamers just happen to be protecting earth from alien invaders.

But what Zack's seeing is all too real.  And his skills - as well as those of millions of gamers across the world - are going to be needed to save the earth from what's about to befall it.

Yet even as he and his new comrades scramble to prepare for the alien onslaught, Zack can't help thinking all of the science-fiction books, TV shows, and movies he grew up reading and watching, and wonder: Doesn't something about this scenario seem a little too..familiar?

~Goodreads Description

Yes!  This is the one I've been waiting for FOREVER.  And we're getting so close to the release date. Ready Player One was a nerd's fantasy novel, and I can only hope that Cline delivers again.  Now if only Erin Morgenstern would release something new...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

10 Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer

10 Books I Plan to Have In My Beach Bag
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

A convenient post since I'm leaving on vacation in a week and a half.  Hello beach...I'm coming!  Here's what I'm taking with me:

1) Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

2) First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

3) The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

4) The Martian by Andy Weir

5) Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

6) Soulless by Gail Carrier

7) Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

8) The Grace Keepers by Kirsty Logan

9) Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

10) Tangled Webs by Lee Bross 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Me and Earl and...the movie made of awesome

A big thank you to Fox Searchlight Films for free passes to an early screening of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl last night!  In case you haven't seen the trailer...

Let's start with the book.  I wasn't a HUGE was one of those, it's good, but I don't necessarily LOVE it, especially coming right off of The Fault in Our Stars, kind of books.  I'll be honest.  I kind of forgot about it a few weeks after reading.  It didn't stick. (See review here :)  After re-reading said review things started to come back.  The relatively absent "dying girl", the cool setup of social classes that seemingly disappear, cancer.  But now, having watched the movie, I realize I kind of missed the point.  So, yeah, pretty cool when the movie gives you something the book didn't.  Doesn't always happen.

In my book review I mention the awesome Greg Gaines as one of my favorite parts.  The everyman teenager who is self-deprecating and observant.  And it is that character that makes the movie spectacular...and in my own opinion, better than The Fault in Our Stars movie.  Greg Gaines is real.  He's a kid that's lost.  He's a kid that's scared.  He's a kid that loves when he doesn't realize he loves and tries when he doesn't realize he tries and is far more than he'll ever realize he can be.  And actor Thomas Mann kills it.  For a character that goes to lengths to fit in with everyone, this guy totally stands out.  

And then there is "co-worker" Earl (RJ Cyler) who would make a great best friend, Mr. Gaines (Nick Offerman) who might just be the craziest person on the planet, Mrs. Kushner (Molly Shannon) who creeps you out at first but shows a vulnerability in the end, and Rachel (Olivia Cooke) who withers away before our eyes in a sort of beautiful way.  But it's not Rachel's story.  This isn't a story about cancer.  It isn't a story that ends in romance.  This is a story about a boy who finally figures out what group he belongs in.

Oh!  They also work in the cool chapter titles which was awesome and gave the film a very Wes Anderson feel which is never a bad thing.  And the soundtrack was pretty awesome.  And the dialogue was fantastic.  "Respect the research!"

Now excuse me while I go plan a summer program where teens make spoofs of their favorite films and books.  Because that would be awesome.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May #TeenTalk

Teen Talk time!  This month we're sharing ten books on our summer to-be-read (TBR) list!  What are you looking forward to reading this summer?

And a late post, but check out our new series #TeenTalk2 and meet our friend Bella who is an avid reader and friend of the library.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Top 10 Tuesday Freebie!

Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the 1st Time
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

Some books are magic.  They truly transport you to a different world, a different time.  They play vivd games with your imagination and leave you yearning for the chance to explore and dream.  Yep, some books are just magic.  And I often wish I had the chance to revisit some of these worlds, some of these places and time periods again for the first time.  Sometime I go back and re-read books or parts of books or reviews of books, but it's never the same.  Occasionally it's better.  You see and understand more than you did the first time around.  But it's different and a little piece of the magic is gone.

So here are ten books that I wish I could re-read again for the first time.  What's on your list?

Happy reading!

1) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
No surprise here.  This is one of my favorite books of all time.  Talk about magic!  Each chapter led me through a mysterious circus, entertained by mysterious and quirky characters.  Oh to visit again for the first time!

2) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This man got me.  I'm not a huge gamer, but I got him too.  I really wish I could read again and feel the same excitement for each pop culture reference I knew and truly appreciated.  I keep meaning to listen to Wil Wheaton's audiobook narration...maybe that will feel like the first time?

3) The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
I would make a terrible detective, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't love another shot to solve the mystery (which I really didn't the first time around).

4) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
AHHH!  This book.  I just.  I wish.  Deep breath and let's try this again.  This book crushed me to my very core.  And despite that, I want to relive it all again.

5) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
It's the end.  The hardest literary end I've ever had to face.  It broke me and it gave me hope all at the same time.  What Potter lover wouldn't want to relive it all again for the first time?

6) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
If you've never visited before...I love this book.  And if you've stopped by a time or two, this really can't come as surprise.  I've not hidden my affections for this series and it's author.  A great read with a spectacular twist, and characters that I want to fall in love with all over again.

7) Here, There Be Dragons by James Owen
Surprise ending!  Such a great connection of new fantasy to classic literature.  Would love to relive that moment!

8) Unwind by Neal Shusterman
This book blew my mind.  It terrified me and challenged me and and left me thinking and pondering weeks after I read it.  I've been meaning to reread it so that I can continue on with the series.  Will it have the same effect again?

9) We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I missed so that it took me forever to figure out what was happening.  And then, when I did figure it out...mind blown!  I'd like to think that maybe I learned to keep my eyes open reading, but I'm pretty sure I'd be clueless the second time around.  It would definitely be worth it for that "wow" moment again though.

10) The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
I loved this book.  I loved the connection with fairytales, the terrifying characters, and (maybe a little strangely) the loss of innocence.  It's a story about the power of stories, and for that I love it.  And maybe I've waited long enough that a re-read will still be magical.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sew Awesome and some tasty guacamole

I've successfully survived skirt #3!  And I even got to wear it with the one and only Kendrabookgirl out on the town tonight.  It was a great evening of tasty tacos and the best guacamole in town!  If you live in the Indy area and haven't been to Bakersfield yet, you totally should go as soon as possible.  I frequent quite often, but this was the first time I got to check out the "downstairs" or what I will fondly refer to as the cellar. 

Skirt #3 actually fit, wasn't see-through, and included some really useful pockets.  A success!

One more skirt to go!  And then I probably won't wear another skirt for a very, very long time :)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sew Awesome: Take II

Is May over yet?  I know I'm not allowed to complain...I'm only making four skirts and my friend Kendra (kendrabookgirl) is making thirty (which you should TOTALLY check out because they are amazing!), but all this crafting is kind of stressing me out :)  Sewing isn't really easy in my house.  My dog feels like I'm shunning her which encourages mischievous behavior throughout the house, and my cat sits on the fabric as I'm trying to cut the pattern, on my lap when I'm at the sewing machine, and has, on occasion tried to actually climb through the sewing machine as I'm working.  There are a lot of distractions.

And another thing...I'm not a confident skirt wearer, and for someone who is constantly climbing on things or crawling all over the floor at work for any number of reasons, skirts are a bit inconvenient.  I'm pretty sure, by the end of the month, I will have worn more skirts in one month than I did in all of 2014.  

But I can say my stitches are getting straighter, my ability to read a pattern is improving, and projects that seemed so daunting a month ago seem almost possible with my limited skills.

So here we go, skirt #2 in this month of skirt craziness.  It should look familiar if you've visited before, and if you recall, it might be a little see-through.  Fingers crossed the measures taken to avoid embarrassment work!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Ten Authors I REALLY Want to Meet

Ten Authors I REALLY Want to Meet
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

I've been very fortunate to meet several of my favorite authors.  Last year's YALLfest in Charleston got me up close and personal with Sarah Dessen, E. Lockhart, and Stephanie Perkins.  It was an awesome weekend.  While there wasn't a lot of time to chat, all were super gracious and awesome, and I'm convinced that given time we could definitely be best friends.  Then there's Kenneth Oppel, Neal Shusterman, Libba Bray, John Green...yeah, author's are totally rock stars, and I've been fortunate to shake hands with a few.  The list of author's I REALLY want to meet, however, is always growing.  Each new book brings a new relationship, an opening of the imagination, and I would so like to sit down with the authors and pick their brain about what they've created.

Here we go.  Ten authors I REALLY want to meet.  Who is on your list?

Happy reading!

1) Maggie Stiefvater
I just heart her.  It's that simple.  I heart her amazing storytelling abilities, complicated characters, and crazy tweets.

2) Erin Morgenstern
I sometimes find myself wondering if she is as whimsical as her book.  And then I, once again, find myself wishing I was at the night circus.

3) Sarah J. Maas
Any woman who can write a kick-butt character like Celaena Sardothian deserves attention and a place on this list.

4) Daniel Handler
a.k.a. Lemony Snicket, a.k.a. the author who renewed my love of reading, a.k.a. a gentleman and excellent storyteller.  Fingers crossed on a meet since he's coming to Indy in November!

5) Ruta Sepetys
Yes, Ms. Ruta, I have questions.  I have questions about your research, your passion, and your characters.  Let's talk.

6) Rainbow Rowell
This lady is just fancy, and I want to meet her.  I said hi to her on the sidewalk in Charleston, but we're not counting that.

7) Stephan King
While I have yet to actually read a Stephen King novel, this man is absolutely mesmerizing.  I want to ask him endless questions about he got from point A to point B with his creepy imagination.

8) Brian K. Vaughan
Wasn't sure what would come out of my graphic novel binging over the last couple of years, but a love for Brian K. Vaughan's storytelling seems to be the end result.

9) Jasper Fforde
This man's imagination is WILD!  I hope every conversation with him would be equally interesting.

10) Ernest Cline
Is it weird that I just want to lounge around somewhere with Ernest Cline talking about obscure 80s references and totally geeking out over technology and games and movies and general awesomeness?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Graphic Novel Round-Up

It's time for this week's graphic novel-round up.  It's kind of amazing how this is keeping me focused on reading.  Three graphic novels to every one book read each week, but not bad at all.  Any suggestions on what I should read next?

Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike
Author: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Info: Image Comics, copyright 2014, 120 pages

Death's daughter rides the wind on a horse made of smoke and her face bears the skull marks of her father.  Her origin story is a tale of retribution as beautifully lush as it is unflinchingly savage.

~Goodreads Description

This one is still up for debate.  I liked it...but I'm not really sure I understood what was going on.  I'm hoping more will be revealed in later volumes.  There's Death's daughter, a young girl (who I believe was born in hell???), a guilty Mason trying to atone for his sins, and a new reaper in town.  It's kind of complicated.  But definitely interesting enough to keep me reading!

Black Widow, Vol. 1: The Finely Woven Thread
Author: Nathan Edmondson
Info: Marvel Comics, copyright 2014, 144 pages

You've seen Black Widow as an Avenger and even an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.  But on her own time she searches for atonement for her passing as a KGB assassin - in ways of which those teams just wouldn't approve.  The Black Widow goes undercover in Russia, but from its cold streets the Hand of God reaches out to crush her...and it is as merciless as its name implies.  Outmatched by the brute force of a powerful new villain, Natasha faces her deadliest test, and discovers a deadly plot unfolding that spans the entire globe. 

~Goodreads Description

I don't usually pick up superhero graphic novels, and I generally prefer DC to Marvel, but after seeing Age of Ultron, I thought I'd dive in and see what has happened to the characters throughout the years.  Black Widow is an interesting character.  Again with the theme of atonement, but raised as a killer, she now works for the sole purpose of providing for those she has wronged.  Kind of interesting.  I think I'm going to tackle Hawkeye next :)

Author: Joss Whedon
Info: Dark Horse Books, copyright 2003, 216 pages

Hundreds of years in the future, Manhattan has become a deadly slum, run by mutant crime-lords and disinterested cops.  Stuck in the middle is a young girl who thought she had no future, but learns she has a great destiny.  In a world so poisoned that it doesn't notice the monsters on its streets, how can a street kid like Fray unite a fallen city against a demonic plot to consume mankind?

~Goodreads Description

This one had Joss Whedon's name on it, so I felt like it was a necessity.  It's really Buffy in the distant future.  A slayer is needed to rid the world of a serious evil.  Fray is a spitfire.  She fights hard and lives harder, but down deep she has a good heart.  Much like Buffy, she doesn't believe she's a slayer, but eventually steps up to the plate to save the world.  Unlike Buffy, there is no "normal" to contend with.  Lots of action and interesting characters.  And it's Whedon, so there's great humor along the way.

Friday, May 8, 2015

A Time to Dance

Author: Padma Venkatraman
Info: Nancy Paulsen Books, copyright 2014, 320 pages

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): There is a beauty in imperfections and hope in the darkness.

Veda, a classical dance prodigy in India, lives and breathes dance - so when an accident leaves her a below-knee amputee, her dreams are shattered.  For a girl who's grown used to receiving applause for her dance prowess and flexibility, adjusting to a prosthetic leg is painful and humbling.  But Veda refuses to let her disability rob her of her dreams, and she starts all over again, takin beginner classes with the youngest dancers.  Then Veda meets Govinda, a young man who approaches dance as a spiritual pursuit.  As their relationship depends, Veda reconnects with the world around her, and begins to discover who she is and what dance truly means to her.

~Goodreads Description

There was research that needed to be completed before fully understanding Veda and her love for dance.  First, what in the world is bharatanatyam?  The extent of my knowledge of Indian dancing comes from Bollywood movies.  So there was extensive YouTube watching to immerse myself into the beauty of the dance form.  And it is that.  Beautiful.  Those skilled at bharatanatyam not only use their body to express emotions, stretching and bending in impressive directions, but there is a focus on rhythm, subtle movements, and storytelling.  So much of the dance has to do with balance, which makes Veda's passion and determination after her accident so impressive.

Along with the dance itself, I had to look up Shiva.  It had been years since I studied world religions in college, so I definitely needed a quick refresher.  While Shiva has many forms, the Nataraja, or the dancing form of Shiva, is symbolic of the harmony of life, creation and destruction, life and death.  Quite interesting when you think of Veda's life, death, and rebirth in conjunction with her accident.

Veda is a strong, resilient young lady.  While she grieves for the loss of her dreams, strong body, and hard earned skills, she preserves, learning humility and kindness throughout.  She loves her family, even her mother who wishes for a different life for her daughter, away from poverty, and she opens herself up to love and friendship when they can both be hard, emotionally and culturally.

Not only are you taken on a journey with Veda, but you get a glimpse into a different culture, a different world that appreciates beauty, spirituality, and respect.  A solid read that works well as a novel in verse.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Extraordinary Means - Tag, You're it!

Friend, librarian, and fellow blogger Julia, from Stylish in the Stacks, invited me over to participate in author Robyn Schneider's Extraordinary Means tag video to celebrate the upcoming release of her new book!  If you love both fashion and reading, then Stylish in the Stacks is the blog for you.  Julia loves to create unique outfits and activities based on the books she's reading, and whether she'll admit it or not, she's just as geeky as me :)

So tag, you're it!  We challenge you to participate in the Extraordinary Means tag video.  What are your answers to these hard-hitting questions?

Happy reading!  And if you haven't already, be sure to check out Robyn Schneider's The Beginning of Everything.  It's up next on my to-be read list!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: Winter

Author: Marissa Meyer
Info: Feiwel and Friends, copyright 2015, 800 pages
Release Date: November 10th, 2015

Here is the stunning conclusion to the national bestselling Lunar Chronicles, inspired by Snow White. 

When Princess Winter was thirteen, the rumor around the Lunar court was that her glamour would soon be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.  In a fit of jealousy, Levana disfigured Winter.  Four years later, Winter has sworn off the use of her glamour altogether.  Despite her scars, Winter's natural beauty, her grace, and her gentleness are winning admiration from he Lunar people that no amount of mind-control could achieve.

Winter despises her stepmother, but has never dreamed of standing up to her.  That is, until she realizes that she may be the only one with the power to confront the queen.

Can Cinder, Prince Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne, Princess Winter, and the palace guard Jacin find their happily ever afters?

~Goodreads Description

Even though I haven't finished Cress quite yet, I'm still super excited for this cover reveal and conclusion.  It's gorgeous!  And fits so well with the others. The 800 pages thing really makes me hesitant, but I can do it.  Yes.  I can.  It might take me an exceptionally long time, but it will be done.  I've loved the series and can't wait to see how Meyer pulls it all together!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

10 Books I Will Probably Never Read

Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

I feel as though I need to preface this list with a statement that, as a librarian, I often recommend books that I'm not really crazy about.  Sometimes it can be hard.  Sometimes it can be VERY hard, but you never know what will be the connecting factor between a reader and a book.  But these books/authors just have not connected with me for one reason or another.  If you love them, I respect that completely, just as I ask for your respect in enjoying poorly written, cheesy teen chick-lit.

So what's on your list?

Happy reading!  (Ahem...books that you look forward to reading! :)

1) A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
2) Another Day by David Levithan
3) Winger by Andrew Smith
I'm not really a fan of either Patrick Ness, David Levithan, or Andrew Smith.  I recognize that they all have a unique voice and talent, but I just don't particular like the voice.  Maybe it's the hype.  I don't know, but I can't get passed that all three seem to be trying too hard.  Too hard to be edgy.  Too hard to be poignant.  Too hard to be "real."  I always just come off annoyed.

4) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
I tried to read this once, and it didn't take long for me to throw in the towel.  I'm very familiar with the story so I'm content leaving it there.  I also madly love Jasper Fforde's interpretation of Heathcliff in the Eyre Affair (sending him to anger management with Miss Havisham :) so I kind of want to keep my affection there.

5) Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
1,168 pages.  Um....1,168 pages.  As much as I would like to it's 1,168 pages long.  Doubt very strongly that it's ever going to happen.

6) A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
7) Anything by Jodi Picoult
I read to escape.  While I accept that some books will upset me or make me cry, I try very hard to stay away from those that I know will devastate me.  Tis why my favorite books usually have fairies.

8) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The movie terrified me, and by terrified I mean seriously messed with my brain for several days post-viewing.  I'm good.  My imagination can be even more wicked than the silver screen, so I don't need any added images to be swimming around my easily traumatized brain.

9) Insurgent/Allegiant by Veronica Roth
I'm going to count this as one, because it feels like cheating otherwise.  This just happens to be one of those series that I don't feel any need to continue.  And don't kill me, but I'll probably just watch the movie.  (Read Divergent before seeing the movie...just to quell any books only hate fire)

10) Redwall by Brian Jacques
Talking animals.  Talking animals with human characteristics.  I know many LOVE this series, and I understand that it is considered extremely well-written, but I just can't do talking animals.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Because...why not? Happy Star Wars Day!

Skirt 1 of 4:  Sew Awesome Project

As I sit here, in my homemade Star Wars skirt, I'm kind of thinking I should have gone with something a little more traditional to wear on my first Sew Awesome outing.  I'll admit it, I'm feeling a little self-conscious.  Not because it's Star Wars fabric (well, maybe a little because it's Star Wars fabric), but because it has just occurred to me that if you look close enough, you can see an uneven hem, lopsided pockets, and maybe a few tear stains created during the sewing process.

So here you go Kendrabookgirl, my crazy friend who tackles crazy projects.

Happy Star Wars Day!

Other posts:

Sew Awesome: Nerd Chic
Spring Project

Friday, May 1, 2015

Graphic Novel Round-Up...Again

It would appear that I read graphic novels in threes.  So that's what I'm going to continue to do.  I'm going to give you these here round ups as they happen :)  Graphic novels really are a great distraction from the reading doldrums.  If you get into a funk, you should check a few of these out!

The Wrenches
Author: Farel Dalrymple
Info: First Second, copyright 2014, 304 pages

They're strong, powerful, and if you cross them, things will quickly go very badly for you.  Only one thing scares them -- growing up  Because in the world of the Wrenches, it's only kids who are safe...anyone who survives to be an adult lives in constant fear of the Shadowsmen.  All the teenagers who come into contact with them turn into twisted nightmarish monsters whose minds are lost forever.

~Goodreads Description

I didn't get that at all from this one.  In fact, I didn't get anything at all.  I had absolutely no idea what was happening.  There were kids.  There were monsters.  There were strange people living in bunkers.  Don't know.  Maybe you will?

Peter Panzerfaust, Vol. 1: The Great Escape
Author: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Info: Image Comics, copyright 2012, 128 pages

A coming of age tale told through the eyes of a group of French orphans during World War 2 who are saved by a brave and daring American boy named Peter.  As they travel together, they get tangled up in the French Resistance in Paris, fighting a growing German presence under the leadership of a fanatical SS officer hell bent on wiping them out!  Using the Peter Pan story as a touchstone, Peter Panzerfaust reinvents familiar characters and plot elements in a unique and creative way.

~Goodreads Description

I don't like Peter Pan, but I do like Peter Panzerfaust.  The historical elements meld well with the fantastical as we meet a man named Peter who is brave and loyal to his friends.  A group of orphans is trying to get out of Calais, France and an evil German commander is his Hook.  The artwork is beautiful as well.  I can't wait to see what happens in the next volume.

Lazarus Vol. 1
Author: Greg Rucka
Info: Image Comics, copyright 2013, 106 pages

In a dystopian near-future, government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and possession is 100% of the law.  A handful of Families rule, jealously guarding what they have and exploiting the Waste who struggle to survive in their domains.  Forever Carlyle defends her family's holdings through deception and force as their protector, their Lazarus.  Shot dead defending the family home, Forever's day goes downhill from there...

~Goodreads Description

I need a little more backstory to really understand what's going on.  From what I understand though, a Lazarus is a robot of sorts that can rejuvenate (Lazarus...get it).  They're kind of a blunt object for the Families to use to rule.  Forever is kind of apart of a sucky family from what I gather, and I'm hoping she maybe fights back in future volumes.

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