By Brian Ralph
This book was very strange. (yeah, I know, strange can be a good thing, but... I'm not sure if this was a good or bad kind of strange... just not sure.)
It opens with the main character addressing you, the reader- he's not narrating, tho- YOU are one of the characters.
That's what makes it so ODD to read- you're taken through the book, a post-zombie-apocaylptic scenario, and you have to survive... yet you're the passive reader, so how much can you do? This isn't a choose your own adventure, after all!
It's just a little disturbing, to be IN a story you have no control over... as if you were in shock, just following along as you're told.
Altogether, the artwork is good, and the storyline makes sense, more or less... but it's an awkward little thing. Different.
Try it, perhaps you'll like it. :)
I gave it a four stars out of five, for it's especially unique treatment of a common theme, and some really interesting pen and ink work.
"James Sturm's America: God, Gold, and Golems"
By James Sturm
I first read James Sturm, and really liked his work- so I tracked down this book through an inter library loan- and I was not dissapointed!
This is a three-story volume, containing one that I had already read ("The Golem's Mighty Swing") and two more that I had not. ("The Revival" and "Hundreds of Feet Below Daylight")
In "The Golem's Mighty Swing" we get a taste of 1920's baseball and what it was like to be a traveling jewish team, matching up against any locals who would pay to have them.
In "The Revival" we see a single instance of a family going to one of the common 'Revival' festivals held in 1801- a common thing in the 1800's when folks would gather to hear someone speak on the bible or such, and do healings, etc... very poingnant.
In "Hundreds of Feet Below Daylight" we visit a mining town in 1886, and explore what it was to live in that time and place... when mines were the thing that held people together- and tore them apart!
The facinating thing about this book, is how it is, in essence, a perfect picture of american history... and yet told in scrawls and sketches, ink and paint... you see it through the artist's eyes, and you see a tiny SLIVER of it, through the specific characters he has created.
I am rapidly becoming a huge fan of his work- it has a certain something... realism, and yet artistic. I truly appreciate it.
This is one of those rare books I would reccomend owning. I certainly would! A great addition to one's library!
I give it the full five stars out of five! A wonderful read!
"Salem Brownstone: All Along the Watchtowers"
By John Harris Dunning and Nikhil Singh
What a very ODD book.
Covered in purple and black linen, with labels affixed to it, it seems to have come from another world... an ODD world.
It reminded me in many ways of the current trends in 'Goth' art- reminicient of Tim Burton and Edward Gorey, and a dozen other popular artists... stories like the Lemony Snickett ones, and just... yes. ODD.
Oh so very ODD.
...and I liked it.
I can't really describe the story here, save to note that it involves a fellow who inherits a house (and a mission in life) from a VERY bizzare man who was in fact, his Father. As he inherits this strange situation, he also befriends a local carnival performer and her many friends as well.
So very ODD.
You just can't describe it any other way.
And I like it.
I gave it a five out of five stars. What a clever, bizzare adventure.
In the wee hours, too tired to fall asleep, I finished reading Osprey Men-at-Arms #164: The Canadian Army at War from the ebook reader. Although I was aware of their activities in WWII and later, it was especially interesting to read the early chapters when their armed forces came into being once the British Army left them to defend themselves. Nice overview.
Blood of the Fold
by Terry Goodkind
Book 3 of the Sword of Truth Novels
This is my least favorite book of the series so far. If I hadn't borrowed it from the library and needed to get it back I probably would still be working on it. It just wasn't as interesting as the last few I didn't really care about the supporting cast just the main characters from previous books. Once I slogged through the middle section there was a nice twist at the end that makes me consider reading book four but for now I am done.