This book is so whimsical it almost flew out my window. But seriously, this is manga with a splattering of pop-surrealism that is sure to please any anime or manga fan. The art is drawn by Camilla d'Errico. I actually used to have one of her paintings as a wallpaper back in the day.
Full of steampunk flare, fairy tale creatures, and chimera illustrations, it gives more than enough for the eye to relish. You won't want to use pencils for this one. Vibrant and jewel toned pens or markers will have to do the trick. Anything less and the pictures won't fully realize their potential.
All pages are double-backed and made with sturdy paper. All details are left empty to give the best coloring experience-even smaller spaces and objects. I would definitely recommend this to someone searching for a unique coloring book.
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-I received a complimentary copy from Blogging for Books for a honest review-
The Vegetarian is told from three points of view: Yeong-hye's husband, her lover, and her sister. The book spans a number of years, showing Yeong-hye's first declaration of vegetarianism to an eventual, but inevitable, ending. This story isn't for the light of heart. There is some sexuality and violence sprinkled throughout the book- but everything that happens is for a reason. Every line, or action taken by a narrator, is used to explain Yeong-hye's eventual spiral into her obsession. This is literature at its finest. Once I started I couldn't stop.
The first section of the book, doesn't mention the protagonist's name almost until the end of the segment, alluding to the fact that each character involved in her life doesn't view her as her own person. To her husband she is a willing servant, complaint in everything until she won't cook or serve meat. To her lover she is something to be desired and lusted for, but never fully realized. To her sister, she's guilt personified, as Yeong-hye's actions have had, in one way or another, always impacted her own well being.
I don't want to spoil anything, but this story is so layered with thoughts on patriarchal society, individual rights, and familial bonds that it takes more than one look to get to the bottom of it. I loved this book, but I can also see how someone who is not into literary works may be turned off by it. There is a lot of vague dream dialogue, and art is used to describe some of the character's inner turmoil. The work is short at 160 pages so I was able to read it in one sitting at night. It left me feeling void and angry. It left me wondering why. Isn't that what all good books do?
I received a copy of this title from Blogging for Books for an honest review.
Although published in Korea in 2007, this book is now available in the US in paperback and hardback. It has received numerous awards including the Man Booker International Prize.
Hey! I'm going to be taking a short social media break to refocus on reading and writing for a bit. I feel like everything is a little disorganized too, so hopefully this break will help me reorganize my posting on IG and on my blog. Thanks for all of the reads-you guys have been awesome!!!
I finished Monstress last night in one sitting. It was Aaaamaaazing.
Art Deco, steampunk, anime, and Asian design flavor this beautifully drawn graphic novel. The mashup of genres seems like it would be overwhelming, but instead creates something utterly unique.
In a female lead society, where witches are in charge and otherworldly ancients have passed down odd characteristics to generations of their offspring, a churning tension tightens. Small disputes turn larger and higher ups plot to turn to full scale war once again.
Maika Halfwolf has struggled through a massive war, slave camps, and eventual release. But her stir craziness over holes in her memory pertaining to her mother's death, and an overwhelming hunger, push her to come up with an elaborate plan to find the woman who was on expedition with them when her mother died.
I get edgy when there is a lot of explanation and walking in stories. This comic jumps from major event to major event-which I really appreciated. It's fast paced and doesn't let up, giving a shocking twist at just the right moment.
My favorite thing was the cat teaching pages between chapters (this sounds weird, but if you read the book it makes sense). The cat seems to be teaching her children the history of the land, and the tidbits were really helpful in understanding a lot of the more political nuances of the story.
M-A lot of very graphic/horror violence, multiple instances of harm/violence against children, and buckets of blood.
I stayed home from school that day. I had been attending the local junior college and decided to not go in because I was being lazy. All it was was laziness. I ended up stumbling into the living room and onto the couch just to flop down and wake up to the news.
It wasn't unusual that the news was on, my mom liked to watch it, but I wasn't sure what I was seeing or where it was. I'm pretty sure I asked my mom what was going on, then settled back into the couch to absorb it, when the second plane hit. I don't think it had sunk in yet. Towards the end I remember being worried about two other towers near the Trade Center they were scared would fall. Everyone was worried about a domino effect. I don't remember people jumping and I don't remember the news focusing on there still being people inside the towers. I do remember what chilled me the most though, and it actually happened the next day.
The next day there was nothing in the sky. It was empty and quiet. I had gone to school and stopped on the sidewalk to look up and marvel that there could be nothing floating above us. I had grown up in a world so full of tech that this was amazing. No one else was looking up, but I think we all knew everything had changed.
Now that I'm older, and so much time has passed, it's hard to think of what I was watching on September 11, 2001, how many lives went down with a plume of smoke. I'm sure I watched people jump in terror and pain, I just didn't really know it at the time, or maybe I've blocked it out.
The thing about 9/11 is that it brought everyone together, it didn't tear them apart by their differences, it united them. Now that we have come this far it seems as if everything has blurred, and politicizing a war has divided our country, for the better of our politicians. It's time to put our glasses back on and get to work. It's time to unite and fight for our rights and for equality. It's time to vote out people who don't have our best interests at heart. It doesn't matter what side of the aisle we're on, we can all do this together.
I'm glad you got special FB buttons today
But more than that, you opened the door for Scifi, diversity, and space adventures on tv.
Without you I think we'd be a little lost in media land.
RIP Gene Roddenberry & Majel Barrett
This post will probably be long and droning, but if you love Killjoys as much as I do, you might agree with some of the sentiments.
From the first episode it's pretty much laid out that Dutch is in charge, the Jacobis are just in for the ride. I love it. She's stronger because she's a little detatched, but from this season it's obvious she keeps the brothers around because they "feel so damn much". They're her emotional buffer, they keep her human. I love that the gender constructs have been flipped, and I also appreciate that they haven't relegated the boys to just support roles either. Everyone has a role to play, and they fill it beautifully. Who knew D'avin would be the one to be the anchor in the group?
The Fan Service
It was super amusing when Lucy got to have her way with Johnny. It was also super fulfilling to have Pawter tell off Jelco in a way only she could. Fancy getting a smug "you're a six not a ten" from D'avin. Khlyen and D'avin switching bodies. There are lots of tit for tats in this show, some of them you only notice if you've been there for the whole season. The emotional and personal dynamics are always at play. That makes certain one liners funnier and retribution that much sweeter when it happens.
I have no words for the season two finale. Everyone got what they wanted, they just took a path they didn't want to take to get there. I have to say Khlyen's demise this early in the story put me off, he's literally one of the best bad/good guys on tv in a while. Dutch's reaction to his death, along with Johnny's final FU to a major side character, shows how entangled everyone's emotions have become.
Oh my god. This show can be so cheesy sometimes. But I love it. I get into it. Who can really resist punk rock over some bounty hunter fighting or space flights?
This show has so many comebacks. I have to admit as soon as I'm about to say that was too much, or way too cheesy, like right before they lose me, they put in a quick line for me to know they know it's bad. A quick wink to the camera in verbal form. It makes me like it all the more.
Usually the fights are clever, sometimes badly choreographed, but they're never boring.
I had the arc for the season almost spot on, until that last Khlyen reveal. They keep you on your toes, and the one off episodes are still there to keep you amused.
Dark Matter VS Killjoys
This shit is crazy. It's the first time I've seen something like this happen with a SyFy show. There is a huge deal about Dark Matter and Killjoys. Usually a fan of one is not going to be a fan of the other, and boy, do they usually, and passionately, let you know.
For me, I really don't like Dark Matter that much. It's overplayed tropes and a storyline I couldn't care less about. I also have no attachment to any of the characters (keep in mind I've watched all of season one and part of season two, so I'm not just talking to talk here). They aren't even funny. I just don't get it. I get why other people may like it, but I just don't.
-The characters are boring
-The plot is mediocre
-There's hardly any humor
-They wanted a Firefly rip-off
See, I can do it too.
See you next season Killjoys
Elka has loss after loss until she meets Trapper. He's quiet, deadly, and is reminiscent of the wolves that prowl the cold winter nights, but he's the only one that she's ever considered father. After a chance meeting leads her to discover Trapper's true identity, she heads north, in search of the family she had lost. She knows Trapper won't let her go without a fight; but will the price of running be worth it when all she leaves behind her is a trail of blood?
I have to admit I was concerned that the dialect would throw me off and take me out of the story, I can say for certain it just added to the atmosphere of the novel. It's like Laura Ingalls meets dystopian-but trust me-Elka is no Laura. Tougher than grit, she battles with old demons, and new ones, as she makes her way up north. I would definitely recommend this if you like dystopian, westerns, and horror all mixed into one.
I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
This book is available now at major retail stores.