03. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Lisa, Teen Books

Tales From Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan, read by Lisa, on 06/05/2014

Breathtakingly illustrated and hauntingly written, Tales from Outer Suburbia is by turns hilarious and poignant, perceptive and goofy. Through a series of captivating and sophisticated illustrated stories, Tan explores the precious strangeness of our existence. He gives us a portrait of modern suburban existence filtered through a wickedly Monty Pythonesque lens. Whether it’s discovering that the world really does stop at the end of the city’s map book, or a family’s lesson in tolerance through an alien cultural exchange student, Tan’s deft, sweet social satire brings us face-to-face with the humor and absurdity of modern life.

03. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Lisa

Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey: A Parody of Downton Abbey by Camaren Subhiyah, Kyle Hilton (Illustrations), read by Lisa, on 06/01/2014

The hit series Downton Abbey, upon which this parody graphic novel is based, has been nominated for 16 Emmy Awards in 2012, including an acting nomination for Brendan Coyle, who plays valet John Bates (a.k.a. Agent Gates). Our book will release in January 2013, in time for the premiere of season 3 in the U.S.While the Granville family dutifully entertain their guests at Devonton Abbey, an ace team of Secret Service agents camp out as unsuspecting household staff, protecting the Royal Crown and her citizens from impending world war.

Who is aware of the international intrigue concealed below stairs? Will Agent Gates save Britain from her enemies while ensuring Devonton Abbey’s reputation is upheld? Will Lady Margaret secure a proposal from Martin Crawhill, the heir to the estate? Will Thompson and O’Malley ever get lung cancer?

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

Drama by Raina Telgemeier, read by Kristy, on 06/20/2014

PLACES, EVERYONE!

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can’t really sing. Instead she’s the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!

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

Smile by Raina Telgemeier, read by Kristy, on 06/15/2014

From the artist of BSC Graphix comes this humorous coming-of-age true story about the dental drama that ensues after a trip-and-fall mishap.

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.

01. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Romance

Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh, read by Brian, on 06/10/2014

blueI have read the graphic novel and seen the award winning movie of Blue is the Warmest color.  I found both to be great in so many ways.  In it’s basics, the novel is about love and friendship and how others react to the relationship.  Clementine is a junior in high school and trying to figure out her life.  The boys she meets don’t really have a connection for her and she is looking for more.  At a gay bar, Clem meets an electric artist named Emma.  Clem are drawn together instantly a connection some people never have and their relationship grows into a friendship and then a sexual one.  The characters are charming and the story has so much feeling it is beautiful.  The book ends differently than the movie [I liked the movie}.

 

26. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Apocalyptic, Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Lazarus, Vol. 1 Family by Greg Rucka, read by Brian, on 06/25/2014

lazarusIn the future, there is no government and no countries.  The families with the most win.  Each family has Lazarus a family member brought back from the dead to protect the family.

 

26. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman, read by Brian, on 06/26/2014

signalSignal to Noise is a book that needs to be read twice.  This a story of a dying man trying to create his legacy.  Dave McKean’s illustrations are not only spellbinding but confusing.  This is art mirrors life.

 

07. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Teen Books

Sunny, Vol. 2 by Taiyo Matsumoto, read by Courtney, on 05/28/2014

The latest manga masterpiece from the Eisner Award-winning creator of Tekkonkinkreet.What is Sunny? Sunny is a car. Sunny is a car you take on a drive with your mind. It takes you to the place of your dreams. Sunny is the story of beating the odds, in the ways that count. It’s the brand-new masterwork from Eisner Award-winner Taiyo Matsumoto, one of Japan’s most innovative and acclaimed manga artists. Translated by Tekkonkinkreet film director Michael Arias!

07. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Courtney, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Locke & Key, Vol. 6: Alpha & Omega by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez (Artist), read by Courtney, on 05/26/2014

The shadows have never been darker and the end has never been closer. Turn the key and open the last door; it’s time to say goodbye.

The final arc of New York Times bestselling Locke & Key comes to a thundrous and compelling conclusion.

An event not to be missed!

Collects Omega #1-5 and Alpha #1-2.

07. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Courtney, Fiction, Graphic Novel

The Tale of Brin and Bent and Minno Marylebone by Ravi Thornton, Andy Hixon (Visual Art), read by Courtney, on 05/20/2014

Brin and Bent are poolkeepers at The House for the Grossly Infirm. Their days are spent abusing the House residents with bleach and chlorine, spying on them through holes they have drilled in the walls. They do not know that someone else comes to the pool at night: Minno Marylebone, a child like no other.

Pure and beautiful, every night the child enters the water and becomes celestial, laughing and riding the currents as the pool turns into a sea. Then one night Brin and Bent find the wax that has spilled from Minno’s candle and decide to lie in wait…

With this dark yet achingly beautiful tale, Ravi Thornton takes the graphic novel to a new level. The combination of her deft and masterful writing with the stunning artwork of Andy Hixon creates a wondrous and dark experience.

07. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Courtney, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley, read by Courtney, on 05/18/2014

Raleigh doesn’t have a soul. A cat stole it – at least that’s what she tells people – at least that’s what she would tell people if she told people anything. But that would mean talking to people, and the mere thought of social interaction is terrifying. How did such a shy teenage girl end up in a car with three of her hooligan classmates on a cross-country road trip? Being forced to interact with kids her own age is a new and alarming proposition for Raleigh, but maybe it’s just what she needs – or maybe it can help her find what she needs – or maybe it can help her to realize that what she needs has been with her all along. This special hardcover edition of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s classic coming-of-age graphic novel includes previously uncollected shorts and extra bonus material.

07. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Courtney, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator), read by Courtney, on 05/13/2014

Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean present their masterpiece in a completely remastered and redesigned edition overflowing with bonus material!

Somewhere in London, a film director is dying of cancer. His life’s crowning achievement, his greatest film, would have told the story of a European village as the last hour of 999 A.D. approached – the midnight that the villagers were convinced would bring with it Armageddon. Now that story will never be told. But he’s still working it out in his head, making a film that no one will ever see. No one but us.

Serialized in The Face in 1989, expanded and revised into a graphic novel in 1992, and adapted for radio in 2000, Signal to Noise has never stopped evolving. The bonus material in this first-time hardcover edition captures every leg of the journey, including three related short stories unseen in nearly two decades, an additional chapter created for the CD release of the radio drama, and a new introduction by Dave McKean along with the original by Jonathan Carrol and the radio drama introduction by Neil Gaiman.

07. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Apocalyptic, Courtney, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Teen Books

Attack on Titan, Volume 01 by Hajime Isayama , read by Courtney, on 05/01/2014

I picked up this series because my teens are massive fans and our anime club has watched several episodes. The premise is interesting enough: a race of massive humanoid creatures known as Titans have destroyed enough of humanity that the entire remaining population lives within the concentric walls of a single city. One hundred years goes by without any attacks and humanity has developed a false sense of security. Eren Yeager joins the guardians of the wall and dreams of a life outside. Then the Titans return. Destruction and bloodshed ensue.

I didn’t really get into the manga and a lot of that might have been due to the translation. Unless the writing wasn’t very good to begin with. Sometimes it’s hard to tell. I kept stumbling across lines like “Your father, Dr. Yeager, said…” and unless there’s something seriously wrong with Eren, I’m guessing he knows that Dr. Yeager is his father. I might have forgiven it once, but it happened multiple times alongside other examples of clumsy translation. I’ll leave this one to my teens. 

05. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Lisa

Vader's Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown, read by Lisa, on 05/25/2014

In this irresistibly funny follow-up to the breakout bestseller Darth Vader and Son, Vader–Sith Lord and leader of the Galactic Empire–now faces the trials, joys, and mood swings of raising his daughter Leia as she grows from a sweet little girl into a rebellious teenager. 

Smart and funny illustrations by artist Jeffrey Brown give classic Star Wars moments a twist by bringing these iconic family relations together under one roof. From tea parties to teaching Leia how to fly a TIE fighter, regulating the time she spends talking with friends via R2-D2′s hologram, and making sure Leia doesn’t leave the house wearing only a skirted metal bikini, Vader’s parenting skills are put hilariously to the test.

05. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Kristy, Teen Books

Blankets by Craig Thompson, read by Kristy, on 05/26/2014

Blankets is a graphic novel that focuses on a young adult named Craig as he explores and ultimately denounces his faith in Christianity. Blankets weaves Craig’s playful yet sad tale by displaying his sibling rivalry with his brother and his first passionate romance. The illustrations are beautiful and do a great job or portraying the erratic emotions of this adolescent boy.

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

MirrorMask by Neil Gamain, read by Tammy, on 06/05/2014

mirrormaskThis is one of those rare books that comes after the movie. Neil Gaiman wrote the screenplay for MirrorMask which was directed by Dave McKean. The book contains images from the film as well as original art by Dave McKean. This novella tells Helena’s story in her words.

Helena was raised in a family of circus performers so she’s used to things being a bit unusual. However, when an unusual tune draws her into a different realm her place is stolen by a runaway from this other world. To earn her way home, Helena must first rescue the realm. A visually stunning story.

01. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Tammy · Tags:

Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman, read by Tammy, on 05/22/2014

signal to noiseA graphic novel that tries to express emotion through visuals of sound. What is the signal and what is just noise in our life? How do you tell the difference? What gives life purpose? What is a good life? All of these questions are addressed in this unique work. I recommend you read the introductions first that explain the growth of this work and it’s main story from a few pages in a magazine, to a radio play and back to a full-color graphic novel.

01. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Tammy · Tags:

Violent Cases by Neil Gaiman, read by Tammy, on 05/14/2014

violent casesGraphic novel telling one man’s memories of an event that happened in his childhood when he met a mafia leader.

 

01. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Horror, Tammy · Tags:

Harlequin Valentine by Neil Gaiman, read by Tammy, on 05/10/2014

harlequinHarlequin sets out to win the heart of his next valentine, but with Harlequin there’s always a trick. Also includes a brief history of Harlequin character.

 

01. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Autobiographies, Graphic Novel, Memoirs, NonFiction, Tammy

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney , read by Tammy, on 05/21/2014

marblesCartoonist Ellen Forney tells her personal story of confronting that she is bi-polar the best way she knows… through comics and sketches. She openly shares about her struggles to accept the she is bi-polar and the difficulty of finding just the right blend of medication and therapy so she can still be creative.