04. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Courtney, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Mystery

Kill My Mother by Jules Feiffer, 150 pages, read by Courtney, on 01/06/2015

This is actually a difficult one to write a review of. I enjoyed reading it, but I’m not 100% certain I caught all the nuances. We’ve got multiple time periods, a trio of femme fatales the all kind of look alike, perpetually drunk private investigators, old Hollywood, a whip-smart heroine and her angry-crazy daughter. It begins in the ’30’s and ends up a decade later during WWII. It’s a very involved story and any synopsis I could provide would do a disservice. In fact, there were many points where I wasn’t sure what was even happening. The vibe is distinctly noir and the tale is plenty engaging. I have never read anything by Feiffer before, so I was unfamiliar with his extremely sketchy style of drawing. For me, it was difficult to discern which character was which and what exactly was happening in many of the scenes. Thus, I can’t say that this graphic novel worked all that well for me, though I still enjoyed reading it.

04. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Fairy Tales and Folklore, Graphic Novel

Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Vol. 9 by Bill Willingham, 368 pages, read by Courtney, on 01/04/2015

This is clearly a pivotal point for the characters in Fables. It’s the battle we’ve all been waiting for: the Fables versus the Adversary. It’s every bit as epic as you’d imagine.

04. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Courtney, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Saga, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan, 144 pages, read by Courtney, on 01/02/2015

The best comic book series of this decade continues as Alana and Marco seek out their mutual literary hero while still on the run from mercenaries.

03. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Teen Books

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), 320 pages, read by Angie, on 02/02/2015

Rose and her family spend every summer at the beach. There she has her summer beach friend Windy. This summer the girls are somewhere between being kids and turning into teenagers. Rose’s family is also having a difficult time this summer. Her parents are fighting and her mom is not acting like she usually does. Rose gets irritated with her mom throughout the summer. There is a also a teen boy that Rose has a crush on. He works at the store where the girls go to get candy and horror movies. Unfortunately the teen boy has gotten his girlfriend pregnant and this is causing all kinds of drama with the kids at the beach and jealousy from Rose.

First of all this is a beautifully drawn book. I love the fact that it is not in your traditional black and white but colored in shades of blue and purple. I love that there are a variety of panels to tell the story depending on what is needed at the time. The story itself was a bit boring to tell the truth. There is drama and some interesting bits, but it is mostly Rose and Windy hanging out and talking about things like boys and boobs and babies and parents and such. It is exactly what two preteen girls would probably talk about, but it doesn’t make for exciting reading. There are a couple of bigger issues going on with the teen pregnancy and the mom’s miscarriage but they weren’t the focus of the story. I really wanted more growth from Rose and Windy. They seemed like the same immature girls at the end of the summer that they were at the beginning.

30. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Harley Quinn: Night And Day by Karl Kesel, 192 pages, read by Brian, on 01/30/2015

quinnHarley, has a problem, she is fed up with crime and wants to switch sides.  The bat crusaders are none to happy with this idea and when Harley dons a batgirl cape, the world implodes.

 

20. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Harley Quinn Hot in the City by Amanda Conner, 224 pages, read by Brian, on 01/15/2015

quinnIn DC Universe the New 52, Harley Quinn returns in her first novel.  In this novel, Harley has encounters with various heroes and villains.  Come see the new Harley Quinn.

 

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Fairest, Vol. 4: Of Men and Mice by Marc Andreyko, 144 pages, read by Brian, on 01/15/2015

fairiestLook who’s back.  Cinderella!  Cin, must stop a terrible plot to destroy Fabletown.  If she can figure out what the plot might be.

 

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind (Serenity #4) by Zack Whedon, 152 pages, read by brian, on 01/13/2015

serenity4This installment of Serenity takes place right after the movie, Good Storyline and great characters..Good read.

 

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Serenity: Better Days and Other Stories (Serenity #2) by Joss Whedon, 126 pages, read by brian, on 01/13/2015

serenity2In this story of Firefly, the crew sets out to take job the promises a huge payout but a crew member is captured and changes which changes the whole mission.

 

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Serenity: Those Left Behind (Serenity #1) by Joss Whedon, 96 pages, read by Brian, on 01/12/2015

serenityFor fans of the short lived Firefly tv show and the movie Serenity, this graphic novel is fun gives us a lovely memory the original show.  I love reading about the misfits on Firefly and how they travelled the galaxy looking for loot and running into adventure at every stop.

 

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Tammy

Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: War Cry Collection (Jim Butcher's Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher, 136 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/12/2015

war cry  A new story in the Dresden Files that was not previously told in one of the novels in the series. This graphic novel collection tells the story of Dresden as a Warden during the war with the Red Court and a pivotal assignment that he and his young green recruits receive. Introduces some background for these future wardens that appear in the novels and their relationship to our hero, Harry.

08. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Courtney, Graphic Novel

Snapshot by Jock, Andy Diggle, 104 pages, read by Courtney, on 12/17/2015

Jake Dobson is your typical nerd; works at the Near-Mint Rhino comic-book store in San Francisco. But when he finds a lost cell phone, he’s horrified to discover it’s full of snapshots of a murder victim. Suddenly he finds himself hunted by a vengeful hitman who wants his phone back… and Jake in a body bag! And then things start to get *really* complicated.

Description from Goodreads

08. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Courtney, Graphic Novel

FBP Vol. 2: Wish You Were Here by Simon Oliver, 144 pages, read by Courtney, on 12/14/2015

The mind-bending science fiction series FBP returns to the strange phenomena all over the world-and beyond.

Federal Bureau of Physics agents Rosa and Adam are invited to take part in an experiment that will test their limits and blur their concept of reality. And after a beautiful moment is shattered, Rosa and Adam get to see firsthand why Nakeet is known as the strangest town north of the 48.

Description from Goodreads

08. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Courtney, Fairy Tales and Folklore, Graphic Novel

Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman, 56 pages, read by Courtney, on 12/08/2015

  How well do you remember the tale of Hansel and Gretel? I thought I recalled it pretty well, but then I read Gaiman’s version and realized how much of it had slipped my memory. I won’t likely forget how the story played out again though, because Gaiman’s take on it is exceedingly memorable. It’s one of the traditional variations on the tale, which are all fairly creepy to begin with, but the addition of Lorenzo Mattatti’s chilling black-and-white painted scenes add an even more ominous tone. Blurbs on the cover describe this as a “definitive” rendition, an assessment I can’t find any fault with. Notes at the end of this slim volume tell readers about the history of this classic tale, as well as some of the variations in the narration.
08. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Apocalyptic, Courtney, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Hinterkind Vol. 1 by Ian Edginton, 144 pages, read by Courtney, on 12/08/2015

In this post-apocalyptic wasteland, humanity has been stricken by a terrible and virulent virus. The remaining humans live in isolated pockets. When a group living in Manhattan loses contact with a group from Albany, a search and rescue party is sent out to see what the trouble is. Turns out that the the rest of the world is populated with fairies, trolls, and a wide variety of other “monsters” previously thought to belong solely to the realm of fiction. With humanity in decline, these creatures can now take back the land that they once ruled.
Considering all the one- and two-star ratings for this book, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t, you know, terrible. It wasn’t all that great either. I really wanted to like the comic that was billed as “Fables meets Walking Dead”. While that’s not entirely inaccurate, it also sets a pretty high bar that this comic ultimately can’t reach. The characters are hit or miss and the transitions between storylines are abrupt, even jarring. The artwork leaves a bit to be desired, but it’s not as bad as other reviewers on here make it out to be. All in all, it’s a clever premise with mediocre execution.

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

El Deafo by Cece Bell, 233 pages, read by Kristy, on 12/23/2014

20701984Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.

Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher is in school–in the hallway…in the teacher’s lounge…in the bathroom! This is power. Maybe even superpower! Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. But the funny thing about being a superhero is that it’s just another way of feeling different… and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend?

This funny perceptive graphic novel memoir about growing up hearing impaired is also an unforgettable book about growing up, and all the super and super embarrassing moments along the way.

(goodreads.com)

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Horror, Marsha, Paranormal, Thriller/Suspense · Tags:

American Vampire Vol 3 by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, 288 pages, read by Marsha, on 12/31/2014

download (2)This third installment in the American Vampire series takes place during World War II in the 1940s.  Follow Pearl and Henry as well as Cash and Felicia as they battle for their very lives.  Again, Skinner Sweet, the first American Vampire makes an appearance, though he doesn’t figure as prominently in this volume as the other 2.  Still, he does not disappoint.  Ever wonder what would have happened if the Nazis had vampires?  Find out in American Vampire Vol 3.  The story is beautifully written and the art is amazing.

 

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Dystopia, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Horror, Marsha, Thriller/Suspense · Tags:

American Vampire Vol 2 by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, 160 pages, read by Marsha, on 12/30/2014

download (1)Skinner Sweet is back in a second volume of American Vampire.  This volume takes place during the 1930s and has more about Pearl, the vampire Sweet created, and her lover, Henry.  The art is wild in the volume and Albuquerque has really outdone himself with showing vampires as they look in battle.  Enjoy this second installment.  Like the first, it promises to not disappoint!  Skinner is as sneaky as ever.

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Horror, Marsha, Thriller/Suspense · Tags:

American Vampire Vol 1 by Scott Snyder and Stephen King, 200 pages, read by Marsha, on 12/29/2014

downloadFrom times even before he died and rose from his grave, Skinner Sweet was never what one might consider a “good guy.”  Now, with new powers, including being powered by the sun, he seems almost unstoppable.  Stephen King and Scott Snyder bring the suck back into vampires in this series.  Gone are the days of nice vampires.  Sweet, a new breed of American vampire is bad through and through.  Beginning in the old west and taking place mostly in the 1920s vampire lovers everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief.  This series will not disappoint.

 

22. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel · Tags:

The Complete Adventures of Johnny Mutton by James Proimos, 160 pages, read by Angie, on 12/19/2014

Johnny is a sheep who is left on the doorstep of Mrs. Mutton. She takes him in and raises him like any child. He goes to school and even though he is different he is basically treated like a weird child. This is a collection of three adventures, but really includes several short chapters that can all be read on their own. Graphic novels are extremely popular in the library and I am sure this one is going to find its fans. It is more geared towards beginning chapter book readers than some of the other graphic books I have read. Johnny is in kindergarten and dealing with first year of school type issues: friends, bullies, teachers, parents, etc. It was a light, entertaining read.