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.

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

The Facts In The Case Of The Departure Of Miss Finch by Neil Gaiman, read by Tammy, on 05/24/2014

miss finchA spooky tale of three friends and a new acquaintance, Miss Finch attend a unique circus performance.

 

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

Doctor Who Series 3 Volume 3: Sky Jacks by Andy Diggle, read by Tammy, on 05/15/2014

doctor who 3After the Tardis goes on the fritz the eleventh Doctor interacts with pilots from World War II. Another rollicking adventure with the Doctor and Clara.

 

01. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Tammy

Doctor Who Series 3 Volume 2: The Eye of Ashaya by Andy Diggle, read by Tammy, on 05/12/2014

docor who 2The eleventh Doctor, Rory and Amy have three adventures in this Doctor Who collection.

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

Doctor Who Series 3 Volume 1: The Hypothetical Gentleman by Andy Diggle, read by Tammy, on 05/08/2014

doctor who 1Collected in this volume are two 11th Doctor adventures with Rory and Amy. The first story, “The Hypothetical Gentleman” sees the Doctor trying to visit the Crystal Palace in London for the Great Exhibition. 
The second story, “The Doctor and the Nurse”, is a comedy where Amy, frustrated that the Doctor and Rory seem to bicker with each other a bit too often, orders the two to spend some quality “guy time” together in a Victorian pub. However the Doctor and Rory have other ideas.

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

Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time Volume 1 by Scott Tipton, read by Tammy, on 05/06/2014

doctor who prisonersVolume one in a special 50th anniversary comic book series featuring Doctor Who, all 11 of him. You get to experience an adventure with each of the first five Doctors and their companions in this volume.

01. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Tammy

Batgirl, Vol. 2: Knightfall Descends by Gail Simone, read by Tammy, on 05/10/2014

I didn’t enjoy this one a much as volume one. One of the plot batgirl 2lines seems to just stop and then pick up later. I’m wondering if I’d have to read a comic in the Batman series to get my answers.

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

Batgirl, Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection by Gail Simone, read by Tammy, on 05/04/2014

batgirl 1Volume one of DC Comics “New 52″ event that started in September 2011. Darkest Reflection starts a new vision of the Batgirl story after her back injury. Barbara Gordon has to deal with secrets from her past and determine if she can still be Batgirl. Her first major challenge comes in the form of a brute named Mirror. This volume collects issues 1-6 of Batgirl.

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

A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 2 by George R.R. Martin, read by Tammy, on 05/30/2014

Continuing story of the seven kingdoms of Westeros. I don’t want to give any details away. So, I will just say, a fast-paced fantasy story that pulls in and keeps you wanting to know what happens next.

01. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Tammy

A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 by George R.R. Martin, read by Tammy, on 05/27/2014

game of thrones 1A comic version of the Game of Thrones novel. As the author explains: this is the same story as the novel but it may be slightly different, just as the TV show is different. He feels each medium has it’s own challenges and rewards and as long as the main core is the same it is the same story. This shorter version has made me even more curious about the popular novel series.

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

Hedge Knight (The Tales of Dunk and Egg vol 1) by George R.R. Martin, read by Tammy, on 05/25/2014

hedge knight gnA Pre-story to the Game of Thrones series. This tale follows Dunk, a squire as he tries to became a Hedge Knight and his squire, Egg. Set in Westeros there’s plenty of adventures and a lively joust.

23. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Tammy · Tags:

Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale by Joss Whedon, read by Tammy, on 05/02/2014

serenityThe third graphic novel in the Serenity series. The Shepherd’s Tale gives the back story of one of my favorite Firefly characters, Shepherd Book. The high points and low points of his life are told from childhood to where he joins the crew of Firefly. To say anymore would give too much away
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