Tuesday, February 23, 2010
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Friday, February 19, 2010
Although this is obviously a love letter from one of the comics medium's
premiere talents, the volume will appeal more to readers well-versed in Batman's
continuity than Gaiman's normal legion of fans As the finished story only
amounts to two issues of material, this hardcover is padded out with
lesser—though not badly written by any means—stories teaming Gaiman with Simon Bisley, Mark Buckingham, Kevin Nowlan and Bernie Mireault, plus a sketchbook by Kubert. (July)
I felt this sketchbook and the different styles of art was worth looking at. It's so visually stunning! Plus, the art and writing together so clearly defined the unique presence of Gotham, its characters both good and bad that we've come to know and imagine. It completely captured my mind to realize all the reasons I've loved Batman over the years. And in the end, I feel I don't really want it to end. I would love to see Gaiman and Kubert team up again, oh, pretty please let them have another issue. It truly was fantastic and not to be missed for loyal fans. One for halls of nostalgia and classic comic heroes always.
If you're not a Batman fan then you might at least browse through this shadowy work of art in the bookstore. It's glowing!
128 pages, DC Comics (July 21, 2009), My rating: 4 stars
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Thursday, February 18, 2010
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Monday, February 15, 2010
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
This novel really depicts two stories in which one is about murder through the hands and the maddened mind of H.H. Holmes. That part is truly terrifying. On the other hand you have this magical part of the story of the World's Fair and all the components necessary to pull it off. I marvel that this was probably the start of the creation of Amusement Parks like Walt Disney World. I found these details fascinating. It was intriguing how all of these components and people came together working so hard to achieve this unique venue. In some ways they triumphed and in other ways they even failed. They were tenacious and disbelieving that they could actually pull this off. It was sheer madness to even consider at that time period what they dreamed up, i.e. a GIANT wheel that transports people into the air just for fun to give them the sensation that they are flying and also made completely out of steel! Really? A Ferris Wheel. So insanely amazing!
On the back of my book cover I found these two quotes about this book that really caught my attention before I read it:
So good, you find yourself asking how you could not know this already.
A wonderfully unexpected book...Larson is a historian...with a
novelist's soul. ~Chicago Sun-Times
As I read this book, I found out exactly the truth of what these quotes meant. I'm glad that I did as well. I did find myself wondering and realizing how little I know about this time period. I also like the fact that one, as Larson did, can present facts in a vitally interesting way which made me feel as if I was reading and being entertained as a fiction novel does for me. To me as one who values writing, this represents a work of art. I also feel that I've retained many facts from reading this book so I think that it will be something that will stay with me. Finally for me, this so-called staying power is also a work of art.
447 pages, Vintage; Reprint edition (February 10, 2004), My rating: 4.5 stars
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Goal: 25 books
1)Goodnight, Mr. Tom by Micheal Magorian
2)Dancing at Midnight by Julia Quinn
3)The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
4)Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg
5)A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
6)The Mammoth Cheese by Sheri Holman
7)Pandora's Daughter by Iris Johansen
8)When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
9)The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
10)Winter in Morning by Janina Bauman
11)The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
12)Death of Valentine by M.C. Beaton
13) The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
14)Wish You Well by David Baldacci
15)True Blue by David Baldacci
16)Simple Genius by David Baldacci
17)Silent Sea by Clive Cussler
18)The Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg
19)Stalemate by Iris Johansen
20)Impulse and Initiative by Abigail Reynolds
21)>Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris
22)Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy by Abigail Reynolds
23)Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen
For 188 pages it is a wonder how very little there was to the actual story but the book seems so full. There's scandal, romance, heartbreak and tragedy all wrapped up in these pages. There are long boring sections, and I was a bit confused at times wondering where the story was going. I know that this is considered a great masterpiece by all, but I was not that impressed
Belle loves to walk in nature and to read, and one day she wanders onto the adjacent property where she meets Lord John Blackwood, a wounded war hero who's planning to farm the modest estate he's recently bought Not only is John's leg wounded (he limps) but his heart is wounded from a trauma in his past. Feeling unworthy of Belle physically, socially, economically and morally, he keeps pushing her away.
But Belle will not be stopped now that she's found the only man she's ever loved Lord John Blackwell is new to his title and his lands he has acquired for participating in the military. All his life, the seventh child of an Earl and pretty much forgotten, he has made his own way. Until one fateful day in the army, he has kept a secret hidden from everyone. If it ever got out, he would be shunned. Wounded and battered, both physically and mentally, John has no time or patience for an innocent girl who thinks he is 'too mysterious' to pass up. But Belle's persistence makes him see he can love and he deserves to love. The only thing holding him back is his dark past and someone who wants him dead for it.
I found Belle rather spoiled, and the story a bit long. I was not prepared for an intimate scene between the two and felt uncomfortable.
The story is about a small boy named Willie Beech who is evacuated to Little Weirwold to live with an older man, Mr Thomas Oakley. Tom is not used to children. His only child died as an infant.But he is very kind to Willie. Willie is a malnourished, abused and deprived child who is afraid of everything. With Mr Tom’s help he slowly starts to think on his own and becomes acclimated to the town people, learns to read and write, and makes friends. Mr. Tom begins to love Willie as his own child. Then a telegram comes and Willie must return to his abusive mother in London. Weeks past and Willie doesn’t return so Mr Tom goes to London in search of the boy he has come to love so much. I loved this book and would recommend it to others. A bit of caution though,, the episodes of child abuse and neglect are rather strong, and may not be suitable for all ages...at least the abuse is not described in action, we just see the end result