So recently I’ve read some graphic novels and I thought I’d share my thoughts. If you want to find out more about the book, click the cover which will take you to its Goodreads page. Seeing as these books are for the most part not originally English, I’ve had some trouble finding the English pages on Goodreads/ covers in English. I tried, I swear, but some things can’t be helped.
Saga vol. 1
So I’ve seen a lot of very positive reviews on this graphic novel so I thought it was about time I looked into it. And when I came across the book in my local library, the time had finally come. But if I’m completely honest I really wasn’t blown away by this graphic novel. The artwork was amazing, the basic storyline was also good. But it just felt a bit all over the place to me. Maybe this is because I’m not really used to reading graphic novels that it felt a bit haphazard with all that jumping around from one seemingly random scene to the next. I also found that it lacked a bit of depth, and I think this ties in with the way the story jumped around. Some things were just very blatantly put down in writing and I lacked a little of the subtle art of storytelling. There were just a lot of things that were so vulgarly said that I felt drawn out of the story, because in my experience people seldomly communicate like this. I might check out the second volume if I come across it in the library but I won’t go looking for it. But you never know, maybe if I read more of the book it will redeem itself a little on those sore points.
The glass swords (book 1, 2 and 3)
In my same library-run that brought me Saga, I also came across this series of graphic novels and it looked interested so I took them home. These three books did end up sitting better with me than Saga because it just felt like the storyline felt more structured. It was going places that my mind could follow. The dialogue was sometimes a bit over the top which took away from authentic feeling dialogues. Sometimes things were being said that I felt could be shown instead. But I liked the story, and the characters. The fact that the main protagonist is a strong female just makes the whole thing cooler also. I will definitely be looking for the next books in the series to see how the story continues.
Largo Winch series (books 1-19) *
This was actually a re-read for the most part, because I read a good part of these when I was younger. But I was hoping that by re-reading them I would understand the economic issues better this time around. And I have to say that I really did understand the economy better and it really did help to make the story more interesting (if you’ve read these books you will definitely understand why this is the case). Because understanding the big lines is ok, but there’s definitely enough explanation to really understand the magnitude of the events that take place. This does mean that at times there is a lot of dialogue going on in these books, but I don’t really mind (though this might be because I’m just so used to reading novels that I am used to an abundance of text). I liked how these books are actually all paired up (you can even tell by the cover because the titles will be in the same font if they are part of the same story arc) though I will say that I’m very happy to be reading them a while after they came out (so I don’t have to wait forever with a giant cliffhanger in my mind).
*So far I’ve technically only read the first 16 books in this series, but I will soon be reading the other three and I’m fairly certain the quality of the graphic novels won’t disintegrate at too steep a pace ;)
The Wise Man’s Fear
(The Kingkiller Chronicle #2)
Kvothe’s adventure continues and how! So much happens in the course of this book! Kvothe apparently had a really full and most interesting life. It’s a great one to read about, though I’m not so sure that I would want to be a part of it. Maybe as the part of the best friend or something, that way I’d hear about everything while not being in the midst of it all.
I really loved that we got a much wider scope of the world in this book, that’s not to say that we didn’t have this in the last book as well, but there is just even more expansion here. We got to meet a lot of different cultures in this world, all with their own customs, currency and even fashion. It was really enjoyable to find out more about the whole world in which this story takes place and it just gives the whole book a nice depth to it. And I didn’t really feel any conflicting logic in this world-building. Maybe that’s me not being critical enough about this, or maybe it’s just true.
We also meet a lot of new people over the course of this book and this too is a lot of fun. Through them we don’t only get a better view of what the world and its inhabitants are like, we also get to see more of Kvothe because of how he interacts with them. To be clear, the new characters are more than just a way to find out more about Kvothe, they all have their own story and motives and it really adds more to the book to have them there.
It’s good that the Wise man’s fear didn’t feel like a weak reiteration of the first book, nor just a set up for the third. This was definitely a book that stood its own wonderfully. Though I will say that during this book at times I felt just a tiny bit lost. This was usually due to the fact that Kvothe just got so utterly absorbed by a situation he was in, he seemed to forget about the rest of the world. This just felt a bit strange to me as it made the story feel like it was taking a short detour every now and then. I’m not saying that these parts in the book were less interesting to read about, but it did feel slightly out of whack with the story as a whole. Maybe it’s just because I’m not used to living in the moment (without any regard as to what might be happening back home or that I really should be getting back to something, my education perhaps) that it felt odd to me to have these parts in the book. There’s definitely one part where I think it really wasn’t odd that he wasn’t thinking about what he left behind (and if you’ve read the book you might agree with me that the magic inherent to that situation would be the cause), but there’s more than one instance after that as well. It feels like Kvothe’s just a leaf on the wind, letting the wind just guide him wherever.
In any case, this book was still a very fun read, and even though it’s not a short book by anyone’s standards, I read it in a pretty short period of time. The third book is definitely on my TBR-list now, though sadly we don’t even know when it’s getting published yet! But when it finally does come out, I will be reading it for sure!
Furies Of Calderon
First Lord’s fury
Alera is a realm where people are able to use elemental furies to their advantage. Everyone except for Tavi that is. Rebels kick start chaos in their plans to usurp the power of the First lord. And suddenly Tavi is dragged in the middle of conflict with nothing but his mind to protect him and those he loves.
The world building in this series is great, I love how layers are added all the way through the six books. There’s no massive info dump at the start of the book (though you are dropped straight into the story) but the information is swiftly braided into the storyline. At the end of the six books you have a very complete and complex universe. The magic, the furies, in this world was a lot of fun to read about and I really loved the concept of it.
Characters in this series are a lot of fun to read about. Especially with the multiple points of view you get close to different characters in the books. Though the switching of view points was interesting, at times it was also a bit irritating (but in the best possible way) because so many exciting things were happening with a certain character and then it switches! Because of the time that takes place in between the books it also allows everyone to grow and mature throughout the course of the story, this makes it so that the progress also becomes more believable.
Writing-wise this book was also strong. There was no dillydallying about in these books. Instead there was a lot of action, plot and character development and world building. The combination of all these things made these books highly enjoyable to read. There were also many plot twists that allowed a continued interest throughout all six books. And the war-tactics in these books are very clever as well, from both sides of the battle. It made for many interesting battles where the outcome was never certain.
Only one thing was a slight letdown for me in this series. And that’s the ending. It’s not so much that the ending was bad, it’s just that some things were perhaps too neatly tied up. It’s very clear that Jim Butcher really cares for the characters he writes about and it shines through in the books and even more so in the ending.
Previous books in series:
Book 1: Vampire Academy
Book 2: Frostbite
Seeing as I always have less and less to say about consecutive books in a series, mostly to avoid spoilers, I have decided to group up these reviews(catch up on my discussion of series reviews here).This way I still review the books and I don’t have these tiny posts or feel like I have to fill up the review with nonsense.
In general I really enjoyed this series a lot, I liked the characters and the world was interesting. I will say that after the third book parts of the story got a bit predictable. But seeing as there were still some twists thrown in there, it wasn’t too bad in general. Though I liked the first three books better, there was still some good stuff going on in the later books. I loved getting to know the world outside of the institute and the politics that developed in the second half of the series were also interesting.
Something I also really thought was a strong point in this series is that you could really see the characters grow throughout the books, because of the new things they learned and what happens to them in their adventures. I thought this growth also seemed very realistic and had a natural feel to it (as much as anything can feel normal within the context of a vampire centered series).
Can I just mention that I’m not at all a fan of these covers? I like the silhouette of the gates but I don’t like the girl. There’s nothing wrong with her but it more the fact that I’m not a big fan of close ups of people. I like more abstract or artsy covers better and I wish this series had some.
New girl is the story of Jess who is in need of a new place to live after a bad break-up with her boyfriend (catching him in bed with another is bad right?). She ends up in an apartment with three single men. Nick is the law-school drop-out, Schmidt is a well-earning businessman and Winston is a former professional basketball player. These three guys will have to find a way to cope with all the ways of Jess who is quirky and “adorkable”.
This is a very light series, sometimes it touches on slightly larger themes, but usually the tone of the episodes is quite airy. I like this about the show, because it’s just pure entertainment. To me there is just nothing to think about, no real intrigues, no hard storylines to keep up with etc. There’s just these four people trying to live together. It’s one of those shows you can just come home to after a bad day and just tune out the world with.
I really love the characters in this show! They are just so human and memorable. They all have their very own personality with their own quirks and there is just such a chemistry between them. And even though they are al very different, they just balance each other out. The actors are great as well because you just believe that they are the characters.
For the rest I just don’t have a lot to say about this series, I just find it really enjoyable and can watch it without thinking. I love that in a TV show at times, because we all have our moments when we just don’t feel like using your brain.
The newest season started airing on : 25 September 2012