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review 2019-09-23 19:34
Queen of the Sea - Dylan Meconis
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I absolutely loved this book. When I saw this at the library, I was initially intrigued by the lovely cover and interesting title. I didn't really know what it would be about, but always love reading new graphic novels.

This whole book is just fantastic. For starters, the artwork is gorgeous. It is a lovely mix of the fantastical and the mundane, seen through the eyes of a young girl.

Likewise, the story is amazing. Before I even knew what was going on, I fell into the pages and became wrapped up in the superb storytelling. Meconis did such an amazing job of capturing Margaret's innocence and growing independence.

The book is loosely based on some of the events and details of Queen Elizabeth's life, but with a wholly new story. Mixed throughout are various non-fiction elements such as the basics of chess and rituals in convent life as well a religious stories and mythology.

A wonderful book with a captivating story and memorable characters, all expressed in the art of beautiful illustrations and fantastic storytelling. A real pleasure to read. 
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review 2019-06-24 22:37
Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis
Queen of the Sea - Dylan Meconis

'Queen of the Sea' is a superb blend of Tudor fan-fiction and YA coming-of-age graphic novels. Margaret lives in an isolated convent on an island near Albion, an alternate England. Raised by the kind nuns she expects she will become one herself someday. Things begin to change when an exiled noblewoman is brought to the island with her son, a boy close to Margaret's age. They become friends and a chain of events begins that leads to Margaret seeing the island, her community, her world, and herself in a new light.


The majority of the book deals with the arrival of another exile - the former Queen Eleanor - and with her more radical changes to her home. Margaret is caught up in the great events of her day, but a part of her wants things to be what they used to be. As she comes to terms with the changes in her life and new facts, Margaret has to make some important decisions.


This is a beautiful book. The illustrations are bright with color and full of period detail that enhances the story. There are asides in the text about embroidery and chess that are educational, sure, but thematically contribute to Margaret's story. Graphic novels are always a fast read, but these 400 pages went by far faster than they should have. 

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review 2019-03-09 21:53
The Nobel Lecture by Bob Dylan
The Nobel Lecture - Bob Dylan

This book is actually the acceptance speech that Bob Dylan gave when he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016.


I was talking with a friend about Bob Dylan and his Nobel Prize came up and he loaned me his Kindle and I read The Nobel Lecture by Bob Dylan.  Later I found it on YouTube and you can listen to it here.  I cannot call it inspiring but it is worth time reading or listening to just like other recipients of any Nobel Prize.  Some people call it rambling, while others call it extraordinary, but it does reveal, at least according to Dylan why he became a songwriter and folk singer.


Dylan talks about four influences of his career, Buddy Holly, and the books Moby Dick, All Quiet on the Western Front, and The Oddessey and how they influenced his writings, either knowingly or not.


I guess I'm going to have to listen a little differently when I listen to Tombstone Blues and Maggie's Farm in the future, to see if I can hear some of these stories in his songs, but I've never found the interest to read Remarque, like a journey I don't want to travel. I guess I know what I'll be listening to on my commutes to work next week.


If you're a Bob Dylan fan take the time to read or listen to his speech.  It does give you an insight into some of his influences.

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review 2018-12-28 01:12
The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid
The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid - Dylan Thuras
The information inside this non-fiction children’s book was very interesting and it made me want to pack my bags and hop on an airplane. I would love to go see the Capuchin Catacombs in Italy and Ho Thuy Tien Water Park in Vietnam, they both sound like great destinations. The book provides just enough information to intrigue my interest in each of the destinations as I travel around the globe. This was such a fun and educational read.
Each two-page spread features a region where two unique, places are highlighted. With 50 regions, you get 100 different places to explore that are described in a few paragraphs. There is Kolmanskop, The Odyssey Shipwreck and Skeleton Lake, just to name a few, there is bound to be a destination for everyone. I was intrigued with all these unique places around the globe. With a terrific index and glossary, it’s easy to find what you are looking for.
This book is filled with 50 different destinations across the globe. Since this is a children’s book, I can’t see children using this to plan a trip unless they live close to the destination that they chose. So, the “100 extraordinary places to visit” that was written on the front of the cover was hard to believe for this children’s book. I also was disappointed in the illustrations. After all the work the author did to find such great locations, I would have thought the illustrations would have been more life-like. They would have added more to the excitement of the destination than the illustrations that did make its way to the book’s pages.
This book provided entertaining and fun information that I really enjoyed but the illustrations were a disappointment for me. I think older children will enjoy reading about these destinations, as will adults but to plan a trip, children will have to “dream” while adults might actually be able to pack their bags. It’s a book worth looking into.


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review 2018-11-20 17:54
Fitting end for this series
Cosmic Ghost Rider (2018) #5 (of 5) - Donny Cates,Dylan Burnett,Geoff Shaw

I got less and less impressed: less funny, and felt this went out with a bit of a whimper.   Kinda like the 'it was all a dream' ending let down, although it wasn't that trope.   


Hoping DD holds up more. 

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