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Honestly, overall I wasn't that impressed. Although the premise behind the book is great, and some of the images were amazing, there were too many that just didn't fit the original at all. It's a good book to use as a conversation-starter, but it's not something I would have bought on my own.
Having come to Les Miserables with only a North American osmosis-knowledge of the musical, memories of the 1998 film, and a lifetime of sermons referencing the encounter between Jean Valjean, the Bishop and the candlesticks, I am surprised by what I actually found here. Maybe it was all the times I've seen high-schoolers perform "Do You Hear the People SIng?", but somehow I got it in my brain that this was about the French Revolution. Maybe I conflated it with" A Tale of Two Cities" (wouldn't be hard to do). But instead, we find ourselves in 1830 for the most part, dealing with a France recovering or revolting from the post-Napoleonic return to monarchy. While I know a lot about what was happening in England from 1790-1840, French history of this period is pretty much a blank for me. As a result, every time Hugo spent a couple chapters recreating the battle of Waterloo blow for blow or profiling specific royalist publications vs republican barroom conversations, I couldn't help but feel a bit lost/bored. Because here's the charming/enervating thing about Hugo's writing. You notice early on that every time a new character is introduced or even a new building entered, you are regaled with 40 pages detailing the history of everything leading up to the moment at hand, or sometimes ending twenty years in the past, with connections to the present only to be made 700 pages later. At first, especially when pertaining to the Bishop and his sister, these pastoral expansions of narrative-background help the reader gain a wide sense of the world inhabited by the characters. But by page 1030 when Hugo decides to spend 6 chapter sections on the history of Parisian sewers and how France would flourish financially if it used human waste to fertilize farmlands, you can't blame yourself if you decide to skim a bit. Ultimately, any adaptation of Les Miserables is plot-focused: Jean Valjean's journey of atonement/rehabilitation or the love story between Cosette and Marius. But when you read the novel, it's pretty clear that plot was just a means for Hugo to ruminate on a changing France and the forces which altered her. The book is far more history text than novel. Further, Hugo appears a bit cagey in how he's actually portraying his protagonists. It's often difficult to discern when he's praising their actions or mocking their self-delusions. Most surprising was the narration of the riots and barricade. Unlike the stouthearted portrayals on film and stage, these scenes from Hugo most often read sardonically and mockingly. He seems to treat all the characters with a fair bit of irony and often patronizes their noble intentions and celebrates their ineffectualness. This is not the anthemic battle cry of a Broadway show; it's a deliberation on mankind's folly and the ever-eroding nature of time. Hugo's ostensibly playful, ironic style also comes through rather delightfully in his obtuse chapter names, such as: "V. It's Not Enough To Be A Drunk To Be Immortal," "XVI. Where You Will Find The Words Of An English Tune Fashionable In 1832," or "IV. Mademoiselle Gillenormand Winds Up Deciding It Is Not Such A Bad Thing That Monsieur Fauchelevent Came With Something Under His Arm." Previously, I've never understood how people are willing to read an abridged version of a book. With Les Miserables, it makes sense. But then again, that leaves readers with the impression that Hugo only wrote a dramatic plot about identity and escape. If you're going to tackle this epic, might as well read the one Hugo wanted you to know. Like Moby Dick, though, don't beat yourself up if you skip 10 pages here and there.
Just started it today... so far, so good. I have 11 days to finish it before my bookclub meets, so I'm off to read! Here's the update on In the Fall - I have not finished it, I barely made it through the first Part. From what I've been told, all I need to read is the first Part and then the last 10 pages. I think I'm going to put it down. It's rare I give up on a bookclub book.
I would consider this Graphic Novel to be a companion piece to the novel Ender's Game. I don't see how you could understand some of the action and images if you have not also read the novel. So as a stand alone Graphic Novel I wouldn't rate it to high, there are too many pieces of information and ideas that have been cut out, or are hiding in the back ground of images. That being said, as a companion piece, it is very good. There are plenty of little things that make this a joy to read and admire. Slimming half a novel down into a relatively thin Graphic Novel obviously requires some cuts, and in general they did a good job, but again only if you have read the novel do I think you can really follow what they have done and understand what has been cut and where. The art and coloring are both well done, the style is easy to follow, flowing, and very detailed when it needs to be. Though I was at first glance not enamoured with the cartoonish style, once you get into the book it works well; even if sometimes the characters are a little hard to tell apart.
I’m really glad I kept reading this, because the beginning was not exactly my cup of tea. There were a couple graphic sex scenes, and some mentions of bodily fluids, and well, I sometimes get a bit squeamish. But I persevered, and was happy that I did. The Salt Roads consists of three main narratives that are connected via the experiences of the goddess Ezili. In Hopkinson’s tale, Ezili is brought forth one night as three slave women bury a stillborn child in the French colony of Saint Domingue (modern day Haiti). Ezili sees how her people, the Ginen, are suffering, and wants to help them. I loved hearing how Ezili learns who she is and how to harness her powers. I’ve never read anything similar describing the birth of a goddess. The full review is on my blog, Wandering in the Stacks.
As a YA book this one would be pretty good. Not too technical and when it does have some technical stuff she explains it through some of the characters. A little bit more sci-fi than I'm used to with Reichs but not too far fetched to make it silly. Almost reminded me of some Scooby Doo episodes with the kids breaking into places and trying to solve the mystery and then taking down the bad guy at the end. Will have to see how the second book fairs.
As someone who grew up around Christianity, this book was a breath of fresh air. Although I didn't agree with everything, it's a book that makes you think and challenges many of the religious doctrine and norms today. A great read for anyone.
Alex has watched every person he has ever loved die by the hands of angels. He has nothing left except his job, he is an angel assassin. Willow is a psychic, who along with her thrift store wardrobe, has a less than stellar reputation at school. When the most popular girl in school comes to her for a reading she discovers that angels are here on earth and they aren’t the good beings that they portray themselves to be. When Alex is assigned to kill Willow he goes to check her out and he immediately knows something is not right. Willow is half human, half angel. She doesn’t have an evil aura like the other angels and he can’t bring himself to kill her. He starts to question why he was sent to harm her, could the angels have infiltrated his program and be calling the shots? Do they want Willow dead just because she is an anomaly or is it something more? This book is completely NOT what I was expecting. From page one I was hooked on the adrenaline and suspense. Angels are a really popular theme in YA right now, and it’s nice to see an original plot even though the ending left a lot to be desired. I guess we will just have to keep an eye out for Weatherly’s next book. ARC courtesy of Candlewick and NetGalley
Danh sách sách miễn phí Cristina Benito được coi là lý tưởng để đọc trong năm 2017-2018, ban biên tập của cổng thông tin "Trực tuyến Người đọc" mạnh mẽ đề nghị xem chúng.