11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Courtney, Fiction, Graphic Novel

The Unwritten, Vol. 4: Leviathan by Mike Carey, read by Courtney, on 04/11/2012

This fourth volume in the acclaimed series sends Tommy Taylor into the world of Moby-Dick!

After the shocking return of Tommy’s father, best-selling fantasy author Wilson Taylor, the mysterious Cabal audition a new assassin and Tom seeks out “the source.” The source of what? He’s not really sure, but it looks like a whale, and apparently it can be found in the Nantucket farmhouse where Moby-Dick was written. What he finds is a path into a whole different ocean, with more trouble (and more whales) than he could possibly imagine.

11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Courtney, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Hellblazer, Vol. 2: The Devil You Know by Jamie Delano, read by Courtney, on 05/29/2012

To Hell and Back
It’s been a long and difficult road for John Constantine – one that’s left him with demon’s blood in his veins and dead friends’ voices in his head.

Still, with his sharp tongue and unequaled shrewdness, the sorcerer from Liverpool has manged to raise himself to a position as rarefied as it is dangerous: being the magician of last resort for a world under constant siege from the forces of chaos and evil. That same rough path has also sharpened his mind, and taught him a thing or two about ruthlessness. Now, with the outcome of an ancient prophecy hanging on his actions, it’s time for Constantine to bring the scales of justice back into balance – at Hell’s expense.

11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Courtney, Fiction, Graphic Novel

DMZ, Vol. 5: The Hidden War by Brian Wood, read by Courtney, on 08/28/2012

Collecting issues #23-28 of the acclaimed series from writer Brian Wood (DEMO). The world and characters of the DMZ are expanded and enriched in this volume as Matty Roth turns his attention to several locals — a guerilla artist, a former ally who’s now worse off than a homeless person, the powerful head of an organization within the DMZ and more

11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Courtney, Fiction, Graphic Novel

DMZ, Vol. 4: Friendly Fire by Brian Wood, read by Courtney, on 08/28/2012

America’s worst nightmare has come true. Having neglected the threat of anti-establishment militias, the U.S. government is in danger of losing control. Middle America has violently risen up, coming to a standstill at Manhattan or, as the world now knows it, the DMZ. Matty Roth, a naïve, aspiring photojournalist lands a dream gig following a veteran war journalist into the heart of the DMZ. Things soon go horribly wrong, and Matty finds himself lost and alone in a world he’s only seen on television.

In this volume, Roth reluctantly lands an interview for Liberty News with an enlisted U.S. solider who’s found guilty of a massacre within the DMZ. What follows is a look at how the DMZ came to be, from the perspective of a kid who came from the Midwest and walked right into a nightmare.

11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Courtney, Fiction, Graphic Novel

DMZ, Vol. 3: Public Works by Brian Wood, read by Courtney, on 08/27/2012

Having neglected the threat of anti-establishment militias, the U.S. government is in danger of losing control. Middle America has violently risen up, coming to a standstill at Manhattan or, as the world now knows it, the DMZ. Matty Roth, an aspiring photojournalist for The Liberty News, lands a dream gig following a veteran war journalist into the heart of the DMZ. Things soon go terribly wrong and Matty finds himself lost and alone in a world he’s only seen on television.

In this volume, Matty severs his ties to The Liberty News and becomes a free agent. He soon finds himself in over his head as he goes undercover and infiltrates a terrorist cell determined to disrupt any and all construction sites trying to rebuild the city.

11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Teen Books

Tegami Bachi, Vol. 10 by Hiroyuki Asada, read by Courtney, on 09/30/2012

Amberground is locked in darkness. A man-made star casts only a dim light over the land. The pitch-black wilderness is infested with Gaichuu–colossal insects with metal exoskeletons. The Gaichuu make travel between the cities of Amberground extremely dangerous. But thankfully the Letter Bees, a brave corps of messengers, risk their lives in order to keep the hearts of Amberground connected.

The Shining Eye

With Lag out sick, Aria Link, second in command at the Beehive, takes over the job of delivering his letters. But even with Niche at her side, Aria finds that Amberground has become a dangerous place. Can she defend herself armed with nothing but a violin? Meanwhile, Lag’s illness takes a strange turn.

11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Teen Books

Tegami Bachi, Vol. 9 by Hiroyuki Asada, read by Courtney, on 09/30/2012

Amberground is locked in darkness. A man-made star casts only a dim light over the land. The pitch-black wilderness is infested with Gaichuu–colossal insects with metal exoskeletons. The Gaichuu make travel between the cities of Amberground extremely dangerous. But thankfully the Letter Bees, a brave corps of messengers, risk their lives in order to keep the hearts of Amberground connected.

The Dead Letter Office Lag’s hero, Gauche Suede, has returned to the Beehive; but not in the way Lag had hoped.While Gauche lies injured and unconscious, two mysterious government operatives show up to take him away, arousing the suspicions of the Beehive staff. What is the Amberground government trying to hide from the Letter Bees?

11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Teen Books

Blue Exorcist, Vol. 1 by Kazue Kato, read by Courtney, on 09/30/2012

Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth – the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin’s veins! Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself. Can Rin fight demons and keep his infernal bloodline a secret? It won’t be easy, especially when drawing his father’s sword releases the demonic power within him!

11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Teen Books

Tegami Bachi, Vol. 8 by Hiroyuki Asada, read by Courtney, on 09/24/2012

Lag has now found Gauche, but Gauche is not himself. Under the moniker of “Noir” he has joined the rebel organization, “Reverse”. Hot on his trail and armed with a letter bullet, Lag infiltrates a convent that he is convinced may be connected to Reverse.
As charming and tragic as ever.

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New Deadwardians by Dan Abnett, read by Brian, on 02/09/2014

It is post-Victorian England, most of the upper class has voluntarily become vampires to fight off the poor who are zombies.  Chief Inspector George Suttle, investigates murders, of course almost everyone is already dead, so go figure.

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11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

The Silver Six by A.J. Lieberman, Darren Rawlings (Illustrations), read by Angie, on 02/10/2014

In the year 52,740, the earth has become a series of bubble cities. Oil has been replaced by hydro-2 which is destroying the landscape and eating up all available space. Craven Industries and its evil CEO is the richest man on earth because he controls hydro-2. Phoebe is an orphan living on her own for the past year since her parents were killed in a shuttle explosion. All she has left of them is her robot Max and her moon certificate. When she is picked up by Child Protective Services and sent to the orphanage she meets five other orphans whose parents were also killed in the shuttle accident and who also have moon certificates. They escape from earth and travel to their moon which they discover is paradise. They are brought back to earth when Craven tracks them down. They must inform the world of their parents’ discovery which could lead to a new fuel source for earth.

This graphic novel was surprisingly complicated and detailed. The story could have easily translated to a novel format, but was completely enhanced by the graphic format. I thought the kids were all well thought out and each had their own personalities. I did think Craven was a little one dimensional, but a lot of bad guys are just drawn that way. I think kids will really enjoy this action-packed adventure.

11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel

The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth, read by Angie, on 02/10/2014

This is an eerie, spooky story about a boy who was lost and then found. The story starts when Nate moves into a new house and discovers tapes under the floor of his room. The tapes tell the story of Walt who lived and disappeared 50 years ago. Walt discovered a world outside of the normal world with talking animals and magical trees that act as gates to this other world. Nate starts seeing the same things Walt once did and with the help of new friend Tabitha sets out to figure out what is going on. They must travel into this other world and defeat the Vespertine and save the word.

This is a complicated story that might be more appropriate for upper elementary students instead of the younger ones. I think if readers stick with it they will find the magic and wonder of the story interesting, but some might get turned off by the complicated dual stories. I loved how this was illustrated in simple ink drawings. They really brought the action to life. You have to really pay attention to get all the details out of this one, but you will be rewarded if you do.

10. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Kira · Tags:

Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman, read by Kira, on 02/08/2014

Black Orchid tells or retells the story of one of DC comic’s superheroes (or superheroines).  The Black Orchid had appeared in DC Comics of the 1970′s.  Neil Gaiman performs a twist on the usual narrative of a superhero.  The story begins with our superhero getting killed in the beginning pages.  Then a former friend uses the woman’s DNA to create a plant/human hybrid, that has different superpowers.  It is a very violent story, with death upon death of the both the good and the bad guys.  Lex Luther is the main bad guy, while other superheroes/villains make cameo appearances.  This title is credited with helping to break the way for lessindex traditionalimagesBlackO graphic novels.

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

The New Deadwardians by Dan Abnett, read by Courtney, on 08/23/2013

In post-Victorian England, nearly everyone of the upper classes has voluntarily become a vampire in order to escape the lower classes who are all zombies. Into this simmering cauldron is thrust Chief Inspector George Suttle, a lonely detective who’s got the slowest beat in London: investigating murders in a world where everyone is already dead! When the body of a young aristocrat washes up on the banks of the Thames, Suttle’s quest for the truth will take him from the darkest sewers to the gleaming halls of power, and reveal the rotten heart at the center of this strange world.

07. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Courtney, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Stickman Odyssey, Book 2: The Wrath of Zozimos by Christopher Ford, read by Courtney, on 08/25/2013

Greek tragedy has never been so funny

Zozimos’ journey to the kingdom of Sticatha has been anything but smooth. He’s survived enslavement, battled golems and a ravenous Cyclops, and generally served as plaything to gods and goddesses looking for a good laugh. All for the sake of reclaiming the Sticathan royal throne–stolen from him by an evil witch, aka his stepmother.

You’d think that a stickman would catch a break after all that, but you’d be wrong. Arriving home only brings crazy family members and a return trip to sea, where mercenary centaurs and giant boar gods keep Zozimos questing and readers laughing. It would all be an epic tragedy if it wasn’t so funny.

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

Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 5 by Kiiro Yumi, read by Courtney, on 08/25/2013

In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves–the Library Forces!

Iku is about to face her most difficult challenge–her parents are coming to visit the library where she works! When she joined the Library Forces, she told her parents that she was just going to be a librarian Now they might discover that she’s on the ultra-dangerous Task Force. Can her parents ever accept that she’s a library warrior?

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

Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 6 by Kiiro Yumi, Hiro Arikawa, read by Courtney, on 08/26/2013

In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves–the Library Forces!

It’s Valentine’s Day, and Iku’s hopes are dashed when Dojo, the guy she’s been crushing on–and who’s her Library Force superior!–receives an elegant box of chocolates from another woman. Romantic intrigue strikes the whole team as Shibazaki meets a would-be suitor and confides in Iku about her tortured love life. And it seems that Hikaru is being followed by someone from his past.

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

PLUTO: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 008 by Naoki Urasawa, read by Courtney, on 08/30/2013

A new vision based on Astroboy – “The greatest robot on earth”. Final Volume!

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

American Vampire, Vol. 4 by Scott Snyder, read by Courtney, on 08/30/2013

AMERICAN VAMPIRE flashes back to two very distinct points in American history. The first tale comes from the early 1800′s with the “The Beast in the Cave” featuring art by the legendary Jordi Bernet (Torpedo, JONAH HEX). Learn about the original American Vampire, Skinner Sweet, and his involvement in the brutal Indian Wars, and an ancient evil hidden in the heart of the Old West. Plus, more about the man Skinner used to call his best friend – James Book!

The second tale comes straight from 1950s America, where AMERICAN VAMPIRE is terrorizing the suburbs with hot rods, teenyboppers and fangs! “Death Race” focuses on ferocious new vampire hunter Travis Kidd – but what is his connection to Skinner Sweet? As the story comes to a violent end, a sworn enemy’s identity is finally revealed, and lots of blood is spilled!

Writer Scott Snyder (BATMAN, SWAMP THING) and artist Rafael Albuquerque bring together even more threads to the complex tapestry that is the world of AMERICAN VAMPIRE.

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

Stargazing Dog by Takashi Murakami, read by Courtney, on 08/30/2013

Translated from the Japanese bestseller, this story centers on Oto-san, a man who finds himself abandoned by his family and friends with nothing in his life happening the way he had planned. He embarks on a road trip to escape it all, and he soon discovers the only one he can count on completely is his faithful, recently adopted dog, who helps him see the light at the end of the tunnel. Illustrating the valuable lessons of friendship and loyalty, this is a heartwarming tale of two endearing characters and their shared adventure into the unknown.