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review 2017-12-31 00:00
V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta - David Lloyd,Alan Moore It took me several attempts to finish this, and this time around I managed (finally) but it took almost two months. I thought it was really just me, but after skimming over some reviews, I see I'm not alone in being a bit underwhelmed by this one.

I saw the movie when it came out, and I love it. It's one of our few traditions that we (or at least one of us) watches it ever November 5th, and we've done so since the first November 5th it was on DVD.

Anyway, I didn't actually know it was based on a graphic novel for about 2-3 years, then immediately snagged a copy when I found it in a bookstore. I've been trying to read it ever since, but kept failing to get very far. Part of that, possibly the biggest part, is that I wasn't really thrilled with the art. It's not really bad, it just left me feeling pretty "meh" about it. I also had a hell of a time reading and following the story because of the font style (I had to squint and re-read bits on almost every page because I couldn't make out what it said) and some of the dialogue that was written sort of phonetically to convey the accent or whatever. That kept pulling me out of the story and minimizing my interest.

The story itself, though, was really great. I think I would have liked it better with some changes (like text that was easier to read), and I doubt I'll be re-reading it anytime soon, but I didn't hate it and I'm glad I've finally read it. I was really surprised by how closely the movie followed the graphic novel. Usually there are a lot of changes, or at least that's what I've noticed from my limited experience reading comics and graphic novels, and seeing the movie based on them. This one, though, was pretty similar. The movie was so well done, I would go so far as to say to not bother reading the graphic novel if you don't have a very strong desire to, because there weren't many changes, and most of them were so insignificant it doesn't change anything major.
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review 2017-11-29 20:13
Smoke Through the Pines (Night Fires in the Distance, #1.5)
Smoke Through The Pines (Night Fires in the Distance Book 2) - Ruben Moule,Sarah Goodwin,Alan Moore

This novella is set between the first and second books in this series and starts up right where the first book, Night Fires in the Distance, ends. Laura and Cecelia are heading north after the disaster that laid waste to the prairies, hoping to start over. They have no plans, just a grim determination to get away from their former life and the sorrows they left behind there. They eventually decide to try their luck in Minnesota, where the loggers are destroying nature for profit. Where's Treebeard when you need him? *clears throat* Anyway, things don't go as planned and they have yet more troubles to face as winter comes on. And Laura and Cecilia finally get to have some sexy times. <3

This still needs an editor, but other than that, I really enjoyed this. I did see in reviews for the second book, One Nation Afire, that it ends in a cliffie and focuses more on Laura's daughter Rachel, so I'll hold off reading that one until book 3 is out.

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review 2017-09-17 15:10
Well, you see
From Hell - Eddie Campbell,Pete Mullins,Alan Moore

I was going to use this for a square.  But since I skimmed the last 200 pages, I'm not really comfortable using it.  (Undoubtedly because I have so many books that qualifiy for squares).


Moore's story telling is good and I love the historic notes. So why two stars to this good look at the Ripper? While the nudity is equal (ie both men and women), it seemed as if it was there too much. I do not think Moore was sexualizing or objectifiying anything or anyone. And it is the Ripper there is going to be violence. It just seemed over the top to my tastes. 

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review 2017-09-02 00:00
Batman: The Killing Joke
Batman: The Killing Joke - Alan Moore,Brian Bolland,Tim Sale,Richard Starkins Eh...I'm not sure what to say or think about this because I haven't read many Batman comics :/ I read a few when I was a kid, but most of my Batman exposure came from the films from the 80s/90s, the cartoons, and the first two Nolan films. I mean, I've read a lot online, but I realized while reading this that most of what I've explored hasn't actually been about Batman. Or the Joker. So, I'm not going to review this because I'm really unqualified. That said, I enjoyed it, but wasn't blown away by it. I can't believe I haven't read more comics from this universe, so I'm going to look into remedying that ASAP.
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text 2017-05-10 15:07
Reading progress update: I've read 88 out of 296 pages.
V for Vendetta - David Lloyd,Alan Moore

I'm so glad to finally be reading the original. I love the basic premise--and some of the scenes and even dialogue--which made it into the film intact, but this is better. and that's saying something, because I do love the film. I think this may be turn out to be my "you can have one, on a desert island" graphic novel...

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