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review 2018-08-06 07:36
Nimona (audiobook) by Noelle Stevenson, performed by a full cast
Nimona - Noelle Stevenson,HarperAudio,Rebecca Soler,Marc Thompson,Jonathan Davis

Nimona started off as a free fantasy webcomic and has since been published in graphic novel form (only the first three chapters of the webcomic are still available for free). I read it back when it was a webcomic and remembered enjoying it. I was excited when I heard about the audiobook, but also wary. I mean, it's a graphic novel. How do you turn a graphic novel into an even halfway decent audiobook?

In the case of Nimona, it was turned into something like a radio play, complete with sound effects, a full cast, and a narrator filling in whatever the sound effects and dialogue couldn't get across. For the most part, I thought it was reasonably successful, although I still missed the artwork.

Let me back up a bit. Nimona stars Lord Ballister Blackheart, a villain who wants to cause trouble for the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics but who doesn't actually want to hurt anyone, and Nimona, his new sidekick. Nimona is a shapeshifter who thinks being a villain sounds cool, and she's overenthusiastic about her new job. She has a tendency to kill people if Ballister doesn't watch her and rein her in. Ballister's nemesis is Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, the man who blew off his right arm.

When Ballister learns that the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics is involved in a project that may be poisoning the country's crops, he decides to intervene. The situation is complicated by Nimona's secrets and Ballister and Goldenloin's painful history

(they used to be friends, and it's strongly hinted that they were once lovers).

(spoiler show)


If the names didn't make it clear, there's a good bit of humor in this. I enjoyed Ballister's enthusiasm for the Science Fair, Dr. Blitzmeyer's complete obliviousness to anything that wasn't her area of research, and anything that poked fun at Goldenloin. The story did take a turn for the serious, though, when the full story of Nimona's past was revealed.

For the most part, the voice acting was pretty good. I was iffy about the casting decision for Goldenloin, but I loved the rest of the main cast. The attempt to have sound effects and narration fill in for the original story's artwork mostly worked, although I'm guessing that my past familiarity with the webcomic probably helped. That said, there were a few times when even I had a little trouble following what was going on, usually when Nimona was doing some of her more rapid-fire transformations.

Story-wise, the pacing was a bit weird. As much as I loved Ballister's reaction to the Science Fair, for example, that part came at an odd time in the story. Also, the ending was extremely unsatisfying. I can't remember if I had the same issue with the webcomic, but I recall a few extra illustrations that at least gave the illusion of more closure. And did the webcomic let readers at least know more about

Goldenloin's ultimate fate? Unless I missed it, the audiobook didn't - the last thing that was said about him was that he might not ever wake up again.

(spoiler show)


All in all, this was better than I expected, but I'd probably still advise newbies to the story to start with the graphic novel and listen to the audiobook only if they love the original work and want more.

 

Rating Note:

 

This is my 3-star "I don't even know" rating. I'd probably have rated it higher if it hadn't been for the ending.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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text 2018-03-31 00:36
March wrap-up 2018 part 2
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli
Emma in the Night - Wendy Walker
Radio Silence - Alice Oseman
Mature Content - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
Moxie: A Novel - Jennifer Mathieu

6 audiobooks 

2 librairy 

1 re read 

1 ebook

5 physical  books

I read lots of great books here are the star ratings

1 3 star

5  4 stars 

10 5 stars

 

Total read this month 16

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review 2018-03-28 18:59
The Shoe on the Roof / Will Ferguson
The Shoe on the Roof - Will Ferguson

Ever since his girlfriend ended their relationship, Thomas Rosanoff’s life has been on a downward spiral. A gifted med student, he has spent his entire adulthood struggling to escape the legacy of his father, an esteemed psychiatrist who used him as a test subject when he was a boy. Thomas lived his entire young life as the “Boy in the Box,” watched by researchers behind two-way glass.

But now the tables have turned. Thomas is the researcher, and his subjects are three homeless men, all of whom claim to be messiahs—but no three people can be the one and only saviour of the world. Thomas is determined to “cure” the three men of their delusions, and in so doing save his career—and maybe even his love life. But when Thomas’s father intervenes in the experiment, events spin out of control, and Thomas must confront the voices he hears in the labyrinth of his own mind.

 

Will Ferguson once again creates a very readable novel with so many ideas going on in it that it left my brain whirling! And yet, it all worked together and wasn’t confusing or overwhelming. All the ideas that he played with fit together nicely—what is mind? Is religion still relevant? Is science where its at? He even threw in that old “nature vs. nurture” idea.

Thomas Rosanoff is our main character—raised by his father as an experiment after the death of his mother. (There are echoes of the urban legend about B.F. Skinner’s daughter). Thomas is maybe-brilliant, but definitely one of the most self-centred characters I have ever met, but I felt that he meant well. He did want to help people, if only for his own ends.

The coming together of the three mental patients, all of whom believe themselves to be Jesus Christ, could have been very sacrilegious, but despite Thomas’ very materialist views of the world, the mind and the soul, it remains human and even funny. There was a point, when Thomas’ domineering father became involved, when I almost quit reading—I found it painful to see him being overwhelmed yet again by the great man. I’m glad I pushed on and finished the novel, however, as it left me with a glow of good feelings.

Read for my 2018 PopSugar Challenge, a book about mental health.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-27 23:19
Book Review : Radio Silence Alice oseaman
Radio Silence - Alice Oseman

March 16-18


You probably think that Aled Last and I are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and I am a girl.

I just wanted to say—we don’t.

Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying. When she’s not studying, she’s up in her room making fan art for her favorite podcast, Universe City.

Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As. But no one knows he’s the creator of Universe City, who goes by the name Radio Silence.

When Frances gets a message from Radio Silence asking if she’ll collaborate with him, everything changes. Frances and Aled spend an entire summer working together and becoming best friends. They get each other when no one else does.

But when Aled’s identity as Radio Silence is revealed, Frances fears that the future of Universe City—and their friendship—is at risk. Aled helped her find her voice. Without him, will she have the courage to show the world who she really is? Or will she be met with radio silence?


Review : 
I loved this book it was beautifully written This about Frances she loves this podcast universe city . Then one night she goes out one night with her friends . She runs into aled her former friends twin brother and she finds out Aled is the creator of universe city he's so drunk he didn't remember telling her but the thing is . Universe city contacted frances to do art for it but she uses a different name on twitter . She takes Aled to her home cause he was drunk and forgot his house keys the next morning Frances tells Aled that she knows he created universe city and then they kinda start a really sweet friendship I love Aled he's kind and sweet and I love that this deals with a friendship with no romance in it . Frances sees how cruel Aled's mother is to him. when his sister ran away she wouldn't tell Aled where she is . She finally tells Aled that she is the artist from tumblr . Aled doesn't want to go to college and on the night of Aled's birthday Frances see's him and henry kissing and then Aled's secret comes out about him being the creator and Aled goes to college and stops talking to her . When Frances doesn't get into her school of her dreams she's unhappy but she knows she has to find Aled's sister cause he stopped making universe city his mother killed off his dog crazy fucking bitch . Frances finds her and she agrees to see Aled so Frances , Henry, Aled's sister and Frances friend go to Aled cause frances is worried about him and she finds him and talks to him and tellls him he doesn't have to continue with college he can drop out and they can get jobs together and work on universe city and he agrees to it and frances dyes his hair pastel pink and Aled explains to Henry he's demisexual . then we see them at a con and Frances got a letter she got accepted into art school.

Quotes:
And I’m platonically in love with you.”
“That was literally the boy-girl version of ‘no homo’, but I appreciate the sentiment.

“I wonder sometimes whether you've exploded already, like a star, and what I'm seeing you is three million years into the past, and you're not here anyore. How can we be together here, now, when you are so far away. When you are so far ago? I'm shouting so loudly, but you never turn around to see me. Perhaps it is I who have already exploded. Either way, we are going to bring beautiful things into the universe.”



I wonder- if nobody is listening to my voice, am I making any sound at all?”


I think everyone’s a bit bored with boy-girl romances anyway,” he said. “I think the world’s had enough of those, to be honest.”

 

 

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text 2018-03-18 07:03
Reading progress update: I've read 400 out of 400 pages.
Radio Silence - Alice Oseman

Beautiful

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