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text 2017-09-14 21:09
I didn´t watch Alien...
Aliens 30th Anniversary: The Original Comics Series - Mark Verheiden,Mark A. Nelson

... but I should have. Instead I have watched the movie Life. If you don´t know that movie, it´s the one were Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhall and others are acting like complete morons, even though they are supposed to be scientist. These idiots picked up an ancient life form from Mars, whose main objective is to kill them all (and to get to earth). Due to the stupidity of the astronauts / scientist and the survival instict of the alien, all hell breaks loose on the ISS.

Honestly, I cheered for the alien, which is so wrong because it was so boring and non-threatening. The people in this movie were just so dumb, I was on the verge of throwing stuff at my tv and don´t get me started on the ending. I hated the ending.

 

Coming back to the one and only Alien, the real deal, threatening in all it´s glory. I´m reading the graphic novel for the halloween bingo. The story takes place after the event of the James Cameron movie Aliens, Newt and Hicks have survived and are forced to go after the Alien again. I´m about halfway through and I´m enjoying the story and the artwork with its drawings in black and white.

 

   

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review 2017-03-03 13:28
The Exile ★★☆☆☆
The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel - Diana Gabaldon,Hoang Nguyen

I’m really not familiar enough with the graphic novel format to judge it on its merits as such, so I’m only going to remark on how well I enjoyed it, or more accurately, did not enjoy it.

Although the story is told primarily from Murtaugh’s POV rather than Claire’s, it seems very much like the story I remember from reading Outlander many years ago. Of course, we get how much Murtaugh distrusts her and disapproves of Jamie’s relationship with her, but we already knew that. There’s also a new character added, who doesn’t seem to add much to the story. I didn’t find the artwork very impressive. At least, it didn’t especially help me to connect with the characters or the story. Overall, the book was okay. I’m not sure how someone who isn’t already familiar with the story would have enjoyed it.

I read this for the 2017 Romance Bingo. It would fit several of the squares:
Insta-love: Jamie desperately wants Claire and is willing to risk death to be with her within a few hours of meeting her.
Blown Away: The characters on the cover are certainly windblown, and in several of the panels the characters appear to be battling a high wind, although that just may be how the artist portays action.
Key to My Heart: If I’m interpreting this square correctly, Jamie and Claire are soul-mates, and their love enables them to share dreadful secrets that they hold very close.
Man in a Kilt: Every freakin’ panel has plaid or kilts, although there is a disappointing lack of hairy dude-knees
Eyeshadow and Heaving Bosoms: Claire’s boobs seem to swell and shrink throughout the book, but at times she could give Dolly Parton a run for her money. The artwork also seems to have gifted them with their own independent motion. They might even be sentient, they’re so lively.
Virgin Best First Time: This time, it’s the guy who’s the virgin, and the panel of them mid-coitus is hilariously captioned with a white thought-bubble over Jamie’s head, “Holy God!”
Wedding Bells: The whole plot revolves around the forced marriage trope
Historical Romance: Time-travel to the 1700s

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review 2016-09-17 16:31
"This One Summer" by Mariko Tamaki
This One Summer - Mariko Tamaki,Jillian Tamaki

I read this last night after dinner. It's a 346 page YA graphic novel - a shorty.

 

Rose and her parents spend part of every summer in a lake cottage at Awago Beach, a small, somewhat rural summer tourist village. She and her summer friend, Windy, who has been her vacation friend since the age of 5, reconnect after a year of being a part and discover all the ways they've both changed in the last year. Meanwhile, Rose's parents are struggling, she stumbles into some town drama, and has to sort out her own feelings of attraction.

 

It would be hard for me to recommend this to anyone - on one hand, I appreciate how good it is at nailing some adolescent feelings and emotions against the back-drop of some heavily adult situations but where some teens would gobble this memoir-like story up, others would likely be turned off by it.

 

There's not resolution, no driving story, and some uncomfortable moments during Rose's summer at the lake cottage with her friend, Windy. Touching moments are made real with some great splash pages. Honestly, the art is what lifted this book to another level and gave it the emotion it needed to carry it through to the end.

 

As a parent, this is the type of book that I'd want to read first before handing it off to my kiddo because I'd want to ask questions/open a dialogue. While nothing graphic occurs, and while seen through very innocent eyes, it does deal with teen-pregnancy and like issues. The protagonists are 14-15, a precarious time for girls who are not quite children and definitely not adults.

 

I will put here that there should be a trigger warning for miscarriage and infertility.

 

So, I'm torn. I didn't really enjoy it but I appreciated that it was created in such a way that we get to explore complex feelings of growing up and maturing without having to see our protagonists suffer through life altering choices.

 

This One Summer was my real life bookclub selection for September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2016-06-30 14:41
Pretty Deadly
Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1 - Kelly Sue DeConnick,Emma Ríos,Jordie Bellaire

The art work is nice, but the story is pretty deadly boring.

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review 2016-06-18 06:19
what happens in Vegas...
Still Life Las Vegas: A Novel - James Sie,Sungyoon Choi

Really good writing with a graphic novel layered in, creating a story within a story.  I have recently enjoyed a few graphic novels, and while they are not my favorite medium, I do appreciate them.  That said, I really liked this author's writing and I would really like to experience it as just the written word. 

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