"WHERE THE LIGHT FALLS: A Novel of the French Revolution" very much lives up to its billing. Upon turning the page, the reader quickly finds him/herself in Paris during the winter of 1792. The deposed King and Queen of France are imprisoned, awaiting trial for treason. The city is in tumult as men with radical ideas and a penchant for dispensing violent, retributive 'justice' have taken control of the national government. Along the streets in a horseborne tumbril are several condemned persons being taken to the Place de la Revolution. Despite the bitter cold, thousands of people eagerly await the spectacle soon to take place before their very eyes. "They sound impatient, shrill with the heady prospect of fresh blood to wet the newly sharpened guillotine blade." The spectacle then takes shape as - one by one - each condemned person is prompted to walk up onto the stage where 'le guillotine' awaits. The condemned person's head is placed within the guillotine's clutches. The audience views the scene with bated breath and fevered anticipation. A blade forming the top part of the guillotine set above the condemned person's head is released and with a swish, swiftly severs the condemned person's head, sending it into a basket set close by. Charles Dickens could have taken some lessons from the 2 writers of this novel, in terms of conveying a real, tangible sense of the early stages of what came to be known as 'The Terror', the darkest period of the French Revolution.
The novel then goes on to relate the stories of Jean-Luc St. Clair, a lawyer from Marseille who moved with his young family to Paris, where he works in an office handling claims involving deposed nobles; Andre Valiere, a young army officer of the ancien régime who has forsworn his noble heritage to join the Army of the French Republic; and Sophie de Vincennes, a young widow living under the close eye of a vindictive uncle who has powerful connections within the government. Her fate would later become entwined with Andre's.
The reader is carried from the depths of The Terror to the steady rise of Napoleon Bonaparte, who first made a name for himself as a military commander without equal, leading French armies to resounding victories against the Austrians in Italy and later in Malta and Egypt. All the while, France is in turmoil with the demand for justice breeding more paranoia and instability. "Jean-Luc, Andre, and Sophie find themselves bound together in a world where survival seems increasingly less likely - for themselves..."
This novel has all the hallmarks of a Class A thriller. It'll leave the reader breathless, a little dizzy, and glad to have read it.
This series has many flaws but since I have read the first few books I am going to see it through. While it is true that I have been spacing them out, so I could have missed it but I kept searching for a bigger picture or an overarching plot in these books. However, I couldn't find one.
Another thing that bugs the heck out of me is the so-called protagonist. She is bitchy, whiny, and TSTL. She acts without thinking of the consequences. The guy in love with her keeps jumping in to rescue her and ends up facing those consequences. Also, I have NO idea why guys keep falling for her left and right even with all the bitchiness.
The ending was another letdown. It seemed as if the author wanted to ensure that the readers would read the next book. After all the torture that the hero suffered for the girl, he was mind raped by a supernatural being. The outcome was that he forgot he ever had feelings for her. I am guessing the next one is going to be about the girl trying to undo that. Fortunately, that book is the last in this series. So yaay!
The same sense of loneliness pervades the comics that you'd find on the show. We catch a glimpse of Kamala doing her thing.
Below, you can see a huge twist that had me shocked:
Two good issues. My fave scene was the kid who could physically snap his parents' necks -- the mother is an evil scientist out for revenge while the father isn't a lightweight either with his body fused to a suit of armour -- being told off by them for being mouthy:
Oh and the poor Frankenstein's Monster finally gets some well-deserved rest:
I liked how the kid is able to relate to the monster and even tries to connect with him. Who knows he might have succeeded if his bloodthirsty mom hadn't butted in.
Another one that failed to leave an impression. I don't think I will be continuing with this one.
So far, so good. I will be reading the next one.
This is one freaky graphic novel. I dunno why it feels so visceral and just yucky yet I finished the whole thing. I was on the lookout for the White Man's Burden trope while reading it. But, I think the "white" people (Humans) are even more screwed up than the ones colonized (Aliens). Let's see, some of them are junkies, others are murderers, not to forget the ones who are cheating while in a relationship. The only thing that stank was the violent belief of the natives of the planet: In order to be reborn, they must get high and slaughter innocent animals. Take a look at the carnage:
I don't think this could be the end though. Do you?
The art resembles Peter Capaldi so closely...I mean look at those brows!!
The alternate covers are amazing!
The same creepy stories make you feel right at home i.e. in the TARDIS lol
The Doctor is usual unrepentant and spoiler-throwing self:
There were pop-culture references to enjoy when Bill Potts arrived on the scene:
Almost as good and fun as the show used to be:
Just freaky and sad. I don't think I'll be following this one.
One of the best things about an Ilona Andrews book is how family-centric they are. It is refreshing to see a character derive her strength from her family. The humor in these books is just my kind of humor too. I also like the time they dedicate to developing the relationship between the protags. This installment was fun to read!
Now this one was a pleasant surprise! If nothing else, the humor was very HP-ish. Look for yourself:
I found all the things that turned off other readers worked for me. For one, how can we expect the kid who grew up with a part of Voldemort inside him to be a functional adult? Why would he think he'd make a good parent? Then there is Ron who has spent his life being overshadowed by his siblings. He made a best friend who eclipsed even his brothers and married someone like Hermione. He wasn't a good student or ambitious while his wife worked her way up to the Minister for Magic's post. In what world would there not be a strained relationship between such individuals? Draco had been a Death Eater. In an ideal world, people would forgive him for erring but this play wasn't set in the perfect world that we are used to.
And these people just went ahead and had kids of their own. Try to think about how hard life must be for Draco's kid or even Harry's!
As I said, I liked it!
If I remember correctly, according to the readers, this is the book in the series where it all started going downhill. It is true that these books have always been completely random. When I pick up a THGTTG book, I don't expect anything from it but that it will be a fun read. This time though, the randomness was a bit much. There was no Marvin to keep things morbidly funny and the humor seemed forced. Moreover, after the previous books made such a big deal out of Earth's destruction, the planet suddenly bounced back into existence. Why?! The good thing is there is just one more book for me to suffer through.
Fun and silly just like the cartoons themselves! Here are some scenes from the comics, including Dexter's really bad puns:
This time though, the bad guys did come up with a great plan. They made evil clones of the good guys to fight them! Of course, they didn't count on the three Eds ruining their plans. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Look, I don't read reviews of things before I read the book, so I never really know what I'm getting into. But this looked cute and was sort of highly rated when it came out so I wanted to give it a shot. I like when we get strong female leads in comics.
But dear God, was this supposed to be a rip-off of every popular girl's program out there? Sailor Moon, My Little Pony, you name it. Was this intended to be a mocku-comic? Or did it just happen that way? Because wow.... I know Magical Girl is an entire genre, an that's fine. But these chicks literally transform just like the Pretty Guardians and have astrological symbols on their heads. And Taurus looks shockingly like Rainbow Dash from MLP, down to the color of her hair. Even has the personality.
I am so disappointed in this. As an author, I know being original can be hard, but damn, this is just ridiculous. Am I missing the joke? Is this a woosh moment? Did it go over my head?
There's really not much I can add to the boatload of reviews of this volume. So I'm just going to say that this was my favorite volume so far and that I'm heartbroken. HEARTBROKEN!
As irreverent as PREACHER was, but with more humor, (and humor that appeals to a wider variety of people, in my opinion), SAGA may just turn out to be my favorite graphic novel series of all time. (SANDMAN will be hard to beat, but it's going to be damn close!)
If you enjoy comics & graphic novels, and you're not reading SAGA, you're missing out. Period.