In true Ghibli-style artwork, every turn of a page reveals a brilliant new set of colors. This would make a stunning animated film, maybe Studio Ponoc could do it or Dreamworks based on their amazing CG sand work in Rise of the Guardians. It was a little difficult at first to get into the story with so many different words unique to this universe thrown about and there is so much put in bold that if it's supposed to be the character's emphasizing all of them in one speak bubble, it makes the dialogue sound off. There was a lot of that, but the artwork - for me - makes up for it, it's a graphic novel and a wonderfully crafted one at that. Can't wait to read the second volume!
TITLE: Ocean Worlds: The Story of Seas on Earth and Other Planets
AUTHOR: Jan Zalasiewicz & Mark Williams
DATE PUBLISHED: 2014
From the blurb:
"Water, water everywhere?
So it would seem, and not ust on our home planet, but across the Universe, In this exciting exploration of oceans, Jan Zalasiewicz and Mark Willimas take us to the beginnings of oceans on the hot, young Earth and show the critical role oceans have played in plate tectonics, in the development of the Earth's climate, and in the evolution of life on the planet. There is much we still have to learn about the depths of our wold;s oceans.
Beyond the Earth, we explore possible oceans past on Mars and Venus, the ocean below the icy carapace of Euopa, and the water jets of Enceladus. Will the Earth become another Mars or Venus in the future, when its oceans have boiled away? Do the oceans of Saturn's moons harbour life - at least microbial life? And the tantalizing possibility of finding another Earth-like world with oceans beckons. Understanding oceans is central to understanding our planet, managing its future, and seeking life on other worlds."
Ocean Worlds is a well written science book that covers information and theories about the history, evolution and future development of the Earth's oceans, and then takes a look at other ocean worlds. In short, the book is as described on the "tin". The narrative is clearly written, fast paced and easy to understand but not overly simplified. Numerous illustrations, diagrams and colour photographs are included.
- Ocean of Life by Callum Roberts
- The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels by Brian M. Fagan
- The Worst of Times: How Life on Earth Survived Eighty Million Years of Extinctions by Paul B. Wignall
- The Goldilocks Planet: The Four Billion Year Story of Earth's Climate by Jan Zalasiewicz & Mark Williams
I got this for $1 at the Metro Library Book Sale. I had no idea they ever made a graphic novel of Redwall, so I was excited. But given how thin the book was I had my worries. And it turned out to be what I feared. They condensed this far too much. Numerous characters were glossed over or left out. They didn't even mention otters, who are major creatures in Mossflower. Moles, especially Foremole, was only seen on one page. Some dialogue was hard to understand, and some panels were convoluted. This really needed to be at least 50 pages longer to fully flesh out any Redwall tale. We even cut the ending rather short so you didn't even have time to fully grieve for those lost in the final battle. Just a neat bow on things.