15. December 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Tammy · Tags:

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle , 167 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/13/2014

last unicorn

A beautifully illustrated graphic novel version of the story of the last unicorn. I first encountered this story as a movie inspired by the story also by Peter S. Beagle. The story leads our heroes to question what their purpose in life is and what is worth fighting and possibly dying for.

15. December 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Tammy · Tags: ,

Favole: Stone Tears by Victoria Francés, 48 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/12/2014


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An English translation with beautifully detailed Gothic illustrations. Victoria Frances relates the memories of a vampires and the ladies that haunt him including his one true love through time. Full of forbidden love, magic, lost innocence and longing.

11. December 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Deadpool: Dead Presidents by Brian Posehn, 136 pages, read by Brian, on 12/11/2014

deadThe fun loving wisecracking superhero from the Marvel Universe, Deadpool, is back in a new adventure.  A well meaning necromancer summons up the dead presidents of the United States but these guys have been underground too long and are in a foul mood.    The usual Marvel heroes can’t handle the situation, they need someone who is fearless and easy to blame if things go wrong, enter Deadpool.

 

08. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Courtney, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Teen Books

Deadman Wonderland, Vol. 4 by Jinsei Kataoka, Kazuma Kondou, 200 pages, read by Courtney, on 11/07/2014

Ganta is recruited into the Scar Chain, an antiestablishment group planning a mass prison escape. After a brief meeting with Shiro, he stands at a crossroads, but Nagi persuades him to take part in the escape. However, a traitor has already leaked the plan to the Undertakers, a unit specially formed to stamp out the rebels.

08. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Teen Books

Deadman Wonderland Volume 3 by Jinsei Kataoka, Kazuma Kondou, 200 pages, read by Courtney, on 11/07/2014

Ganta enters the Carnival Corpse, a battle between two Branch of Sin users. Ganta’s next opponent is a timid girl; can he even take her on? Meanwhile, deep in the bowels of the prison, the warden stands face to face with the Red Man. Who really murdered Ganta’s friends?

08. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Teen Books

Deadman Wonderland Volume 2 by Jinsei Kataoka, Kazuma Kondou, 200 pages, read by Courtney, on 11/07/2014

While on the hunt for the Red Man, Ganta is thrown into a battle exhibition called the Carnival of Corpses, in which he is matched up against the powerful Senji. The battle is intense, but even if Ganta wins, is he prepared for the consequences?

05. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Fairy Tales and Folklore, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Teen Books

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll, 208 pages, read by Courtney, on 11/21/2014

>Through the Woodsb kicks off with an introduction that evokes the age-old fear of the dark and things that go bump in the night, which effectively sets the tone for the rest of this illustrated collection. They’re a gorgeously illustrated set of short stories with a distinctly disturbing vibe. Many of them feel like they could be fairy tales, but there are assuredly no happily-ever-afters here. From spiritualism gone wrong to fratricide, the themes of the stories are dark and uncomfortable though the tales are never gory. It’s an ideal collection for dark and stormy night and it’s short enough to actually be read in one sitting (just be sure to leave the light on).

05. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Teen Books

Deadman Wonderland, Vol. 1 by Jinsei Kataoka, 215 pages, read by Courtney, on 11/04/2014

A teen, Ganta Igarashi, finds himself the lone survivor of the mass slaughter of his middle-school classmates. He alone saw the “red man” that laid waste to his peers. Needless to say, he is utterly shocked when he is accused and then convicted of the crime of killing all of his classmates. In this version of the future, Tokyo was previously destroyed by a giant earthquake, leaving the country devastated both functionally and economically. Somehow this lead to the construction of the first-ever, for-profit prison, Deadman Wonderland. There, prisoners are forced to run deadly gauntlets and engage in fights to the death (or debilitation) with their fellow inmates, all for the entertainment of the masses. In essence, Deadman Wonderland is not just a prison, it’s a demented amusement park where the prisoners are the main attraction. Prisoners have no choice but to participate or they’ll be poisoned by the suicide collars around their necks. Only by earning enough CPs (company points)can the antidote be obtained. Ganta quickly finds himself fighting for his life.

This is a truly bizarre and violent manga series, but it’s equally engrossing. Sure, the setting requires some suspension of disbelief, but it never fails to simultaneously entertain and horrify. It gets bonus points for introducing the concept of Foucault’s panopticon to manga readers. Definitely one of the more original manga series I’ve come across in recent memory.

30. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Tammy · Tags: ,

Edward Scissorhands # 1 by Kate Leth , 23 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/29/2014

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This beautifully illustrated comic book written by Kate Leth picks up many years after the end of the Tim Burton movie. Eli has shared her stories of the man living in the haunted mansion on the hill with her granddaughter who believes her grandmother. Unfortunately, Eli’s daughter thinks her mom was crazy. This is the first comic in a series. Don’t miss the illustrations by Drew Rausch.

20. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel

El Deafo by Cece Bell, 233 pages, read by Angie, on 11/20/2014

El Deafo is a semi-autobiographical account of the author, CeCe Bell’s childhood. Cece was born a normal kid, but at age four she got meningitis and lost her hearing. This fabulous graphic novel details Cece’s struggles through childhood as she learns to deal with being hearing impaired. Besides her struggle with hearing aids, Cece also has to deal with all the same things other kids her age do: friends, boys, school and growing up. Cece was able to hear and speak before she became ill so she still retained some ability after losing her hearing. She was able to manage day-to-day life by learning to read lips and wearing a couple different hearing aids. The book does a wonderful job of describing Cece’s difficulties in making or keeping friends and how she was treated differently because of her disability. Some of the kids thought she was weird because she was deaf, some over-compensated and treated her differently, but a few were actual friends. In order to overcome her difficulties, Cece created a superhero alter-ego named El Deafo, which the author also did in real life. El Deafo could do all the things Cece couldn’t do and was able to overcome the difficult situations that sometimes defeated Cece. Fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile and Drama will appreciate this book. Bell does an excellent job of recreating her childhood and making it accessible to young readers. Like Telgemeier’s Smile, I think this one is going to be really popular and very seldom on the shelf.

17. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Explorer: The Hidden Doors by Kazu Kibuishi, 128 pages, read by Angie, on 11/14/2014

This is the third Explorer book from Kazu Kibuishi. In this book the theme is hidden doors and each of the stories explores different aspects of this theme. You have stories about doorways to a mind, a doorway to the giant’s kitchen, a door that makes you cool, a door a boy and girl must enter together, a haunted door, a door into a tomb, and a door that is not a door. The stories explore friendship, bullying, survival, self-confidence and much more. I enjoyed this collection and love that all the stories while by different authors and artists really fit together as a whole.

15. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Deadpool the Complete Collection Volume 1 by Daniel Way, 472 pages, read by Brian, on 11/16/2014

deadWhat do you get when you pit Deadpool against Wolverine?  A mess.  Deadpool is hired to rub out Wolverine.  Both dudes can regenerate, so how could you win? I dunno, read the book.

 

13. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Children's Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Kristy

Chi's Sweet Home, Volume 4 by Konami Kanata, 152 pages, read by Kristy, on 11/13/2014

In this volume of Chi’s adventures, Chi moves to a new home. At first she isn’t thrilled with the place, but she slowly warms up to the idea. Chi meets fellow animals in her apartment complex, and I can foresee that these animals will play a big role in some of her next adventures.

Like the last books, Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 4 was fun, simple, and delightful. These books always put me in a good mood!

08. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Contemporary Fiction, Courtney, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Teen Books

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), 320 pages, read by Courtney, on 10/19/2014

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It’s their getaway, their refuge. Rosie’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. It’s a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

In This One Summer two stellar creators redefine the teen graphic novel. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, the team behind Skim, have collaborated on this gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of her teen age—a story of renewal and revelation.

08. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Fairy Tales and Folklore, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Vol. 8 by Bill Willingham, 232 pages, read by Courtney, on 10/17/2014

Flycatcher is drawn into the spotlight as he discovers the startling truth about his own past as the Frog Prince. At the same time, he learns that the Adversary plans to destroy his foes once and for all. How can the meek Flycatcher stop this deadly foe?

This deluxe edition collects Fables issues #60-63, 65-69

08. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Transmetropolitan, Vol. 10: One More Time by Warren Ellis, 144 pages, read by Courtney, on 10/02/2014

The final volume in the saga of outlaw journalist Spider Jerusalem written by comics superstar Warren Ellis.

At last, it’s the final showdown between Spider and the absolutely corrupt President of the United States in this new printing of the finale to the classic dystopian saga from Vertigo.

03. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Kristy

Chi's Sweet Home, Volume 1 by Kanata Konami, 168 pages, read by Kristy, on 10/21/2014

Chi's Sweet Home, Volume 1Chi’s Sweet Home is easily the cutest thing I’ve ever read. Chi, a tiny kitten, gets lost from her mother and siblings, and is found and taken in by a small family- The Yamadas. The Yamada family is comprised of a mom, a dad, and little boy named Yohei. Yohei and Chi have an instant connection, and the Yamada family keeps Chi despite living in an apartment that doesn’t allow pets.

Though Chi initially misses her cat family, she slowly forgets about them and learns to love her new home and family. Chi is constantly getting into trouble, both exhausting and amusing her new family.

The cuteness and humor of this little graphic novel is overwhelming and amazing. Love it.

30. October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Katy

How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal), 131 pages, read by Katy, on 10/29/2014

indexA hilarious, brilliant offering of cat comics, facts, and instructional guides from the creative wonderland at TheOatmeal.com.

23. October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Vol 1 by Bill Willingham, 264 pages, read by Brian, on 10/23/2014

fables1Fables is the beginning on long list of books written about characters from all the different fables who now live in secret in New York City.  These magical creatures have created their own secret society called Fabletown.  These fable characters had to leave their fairy tale land when the “Adversary” conquered their land.

 

16. October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Prelude to Infinity by Spencer Hickman, 152 pages, read by brian, on 10/16/2014

preludeAvengers, Vol. 3: Prelude to Infinity is the three book of the trinity.  There is a threat from another galaxy, requiring the Avengers to recruit more superheros to fight this Infinity.