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Books 12-16

It's been a busy couple of months. Here's what I've read so far.

Summaries taken from back of books.

12. Watchmen by Alan Moore

Summary: This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.

Genre: Graphic novel

Thoughts: Umm, O.K. I bought this book under the pretense that it's one of the best novels. That it's this phenomenal exciting Fantastic was good... O.k. maybe because of all the hype I set ridiculously high expectations. I did like it. Dr. Manhattan's story was especially interesting. And so was Nite Owl's.

However I didn't care for Rorschach or the Comedian they just didn't do anything for me. And the story in some aspects felt very dated in the Reagan years. Not that there's anything wrong with story encompassing a time. I guess it comes back to my expectations. I thought that it was going to be a story that transcended a time and place but was instead very much about the thoughts and feelings about that time.

I also really liked the continuous narration of the Robinson Crusoe-type comic book. That was interesting and in general the way the story was put together and written was just phenomenal.

I think the main reason why I didn't love it as much as I thought I would was because I went into thinking it was something completely different.(was that sentence even in english?)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

13. Glass Books of the Dream Eaters Volume 1 by Gordon Dahlquist

Summary: Here begins an extraordinary alliance-and a brutal and tender, shocking, and electrifying adventure to end all adventures.

It starts with a simple note. Roger Bascombe regretfully wishes to inform Celeste Temple that their engagement is forthwith terminated. Determined to find out why, Miss Temple takes the first step in a journey that will propel her into a dizzyingly seductive, utterly shocking world beyond her imagining-and set her on a collision course with a killer and a spy-in a bodice-ripping, action-packed roller-coaster ride of suspense, betrayal, and richly fevered dreams.

Genre: Victorian mystery, suspense, thriller, science fiction and slew of other descriptions.

Thoughts: OMG...I LOVE THIS BOOK(s)!!! I get chills just from re-reading the summary. It does start with a simple note!! This story is just unbelievably fan-tastic! Celeste Temple, Cardinal Chang and Dr. Svenson!! love them!!

Ahem, O.K. must control myself and post a coherent review. First off, I broke the book up into two volumes because well that's the version I own ;) Their two separate books though I know originally it was one massive novel.
This book has everything...political intrigue, adventure, suspense, sex! The first volume essentially introduces us to the characters. You must pay attention to all the characters even the ones that appear to be tertiary. It's allllll interconnected.

I tend to favor the first volume over the second one, only slightly because the author did such a phenomenal job introducing us to this world and that gave volume one a slight edge for me.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

14. Glass Books of the Dream Eaters Volume 2 by Gordon Dahlquist

Summary: In which the astonishing adventure to end all adventures continues-and the excitement doubles.

Like every other honest man, an assassin has his reputation to consider. So it is with Cardinal Chang. A brutal killer with the heart of a poet, Chang is no longer able to trust those who hired him. Disconcerted, he sets out on the trail of a mystery like no other, in a city few have traveled to-featuring three unlikely heroes with a most intriguing bond.

Genre: Victorian mystery, suspense, thriller, science fiction and slew of other descriptions.

Thoughts: So as I was saying before, there were moments in the second part that weren't as exciting. I think what happened was that in the original novel there was a small chunk of the story in the middle that kinda lags and it just happened when they broke it up into two books that's what opens up volume two. It's only a small part and I think in most books you wouldn't even notice it but because the rest of the story and pacing was just perfect it becomes more obvious. You guys, have probably noticed how I haven't mentioned any plot points...I can't without giving anything away. I want to though!!! I found the ending to be so satisfying and I can not wait to read, The Dark Volume, the sequel that came out a few months ago.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

15. Silas Marner by George Eliot

Summary: Gentle linen weaver Silas Marner is wrongly accused of a heinous theft, and he exiles himself from the world-until he finds redemption and spiritual rebirth through his unselfish love for an abandoned child who mysteriously appears one day at his isolated cottage. Somber, yet hopeful, Eliot's realistic depiction of an irretrievable past, tempered with the magical elements of myth and fairy tale, remains timeless in its understanding of human nature and is beloved by every generation.

Genre: British fiction, Classics

Thoughts: And now for something completely different... You see that summary up there? How much of the story is described in that summary?? Hmm, what do you think?? Well, let's take a look. Silas Marner is wrongly accused of theft and he is CHAPTER 1!! Eppie, the abandoned child shows up oooooh 120 pages later where we speed through to the happily ever after. Now let me mention that the book is only 170 pages!! What happens in the rest of the book you ask...nothing!

The book focuses on two brothers, both morons in their own ways. One is selfish, weak, conniving and other is the "bad seed". The ending is bittersweet for Silas and Eppie because of a big reveal. The entire plot of the book is centered around this small town where everyone's lives are connected and I guess it's supposed to be seen as an example of community but good and bad. But I couldn't help picturing the neighborhood in the movie Dogville with Nicole Kidman.

Maybe my big city mentality is showing through here but all the conversations about how weird and evil Silas was because he came from up north and how the author made excuses for the characters to think that. And the way the town viewed the brothers as one good, one bad when in actuality they were both shits.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

16. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

Summary: The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers' attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger's new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock's Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

Genre: Children's fiction, Fairy tales

Thoughts: This book I read while I was doing research for a story I was working on. I've never read a single Harry Potter book, and I don't think I ever will. However, that being said I really really liked this book. It's a collection of stories (5 to be exact). They're very interesting alternative fairy tales. Really great stuff that kids I'm sure would love but also really great vehicle to get kids talking about themes in fairy tales and folk tales that most of these stories subvert. I was really impressed. Though I did find the commentary after each story a little boring but that could just be because I'm not into the whole Harry Potter thing.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

That's all for now.

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