Sunday, January 21, 2018

Noble Vol. 1: God Shots

Noble Vol. 1: God Shots
author: Brandon Thomas
name: Wayne
average rating: 2.96
book published:
rating: 2
read at: 2018/01/21
date added: 2018/01/21
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Noble Vol. 1: God Shots' written by Brandon Thomas with art by Roger Robinson, Jamal Igle and Robin Riggs seemed like a promising start to a new series, so I decided to give it a shot.

Astronaut David Powell was on a space mission when everything went wrong. His wife thinks he died, which is what she is led to believe. Instead, David has become something more than human. He is also under the control of forces he can't fight. He lives in Mexico under an assumed name, and tries to stay unknown. With global media and his powers that may be harder than he thinks.

The story jumps around a bit and it's not always clear where in the timeline things are happening. The art has moments where I really liked it, and moments where I was really underwhelmed. I like the concept, and I also like this person as a hero. I hope in future issues, the writing can be clearer and the art direction moves in a positive direction.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Lion Forge, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.


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Wonder Woman Vol. 4: Godwatch

Wonder Woman Vol. 4: Godwatch
author: Greg Rucka
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.78
book published: 2017
rating: 4
read at: 2018/01/21
date added: 2018/01/21
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Wonder Woman Vol. 4: Godwatch' ends the run by Greg Rucka with this volume collecting the even numbered issues from 16-24. That's part of the problem.

The main story arc is about Veronica Cale and her daughter Isadore who has been defaced by Phobos and Deimos. Phobos and Deimos want Isadore to find out where Themyscira is, in exchange for the return of her daughter. Now Veronica must depend on the person she dislikes, Wonder Woman, in order to help her daughter. Along the way, Circe shows up to offer her brand of help, and Barbara Ann Minerva becomes the Cheetah.

The story jumps around in time a bit, but I had no problem following the events. I liked the story and most of the art, but some of it felt a bit lacking for the title. The alternating issues idea will hopefully end soon because it's strange to keep hopping back and forth. I loved the story "And Then There Were Three" from the Wonder Woman annual which shows how Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman all came to be a force to be reckoned with. It's clever and shows all of these characters on equal footing.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.


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Abraham Lincoln: Friend of the People

Abraham Lincoln: Friend of the People
author: Clara Ingram Judson
name: Wayne
average rating: 5.00
book published: 1950
rating: 5
read at: 2018/01/21
date added: 2018/01/21
shelves: non-fiction, children-s
review:
'Abraham Lincoln: Friend of the People' by Clara Ingram Judson is a reissue of the Newbery Honor book from 1950. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I think a young audience wanting to learn about one of our greatest presidents would also.

From his humble beginnings, amidst hardship, Abraham Lincoln rose to the presidency. Before he got there, there was a lot of hard work doing whatever he could find to do for money. He earned a reputation as likeable, with his easy going demeanor and storytelling. He became a lawyer and ran a law office, and made his way into politics. His humility and eloquence were put on full display during one of the countries darkest times.

I love how Abe and his family speak in the early years. It helps illustrate how far he went to find education for himself. This is a well told story, and it's hard to believe it was written almost 70 years ago! The additionals pictures and material add to the narrative rather than detracting. I'm glad to see a book of this quality getting a reprint as a digital book.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Quarto Publishing Group and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Second Generation - The Things I Didn't Tell My Father

Second Generation - The Things I Didn't Tell My Father
author: Michel Kichka
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.80
book published: 2012
rating: 5
read at: 2018/01/16
date added: 2018/01/16
shelves: graphic-novels, non-fiction
review:
'Second Generation - Things I Didn't Tell My Father' by Michel Kichka is an autobiographical graphic novel. The subject is fairly heavy with some lighter moments. I'm hoping it was quite cathartic for the author.

Michel's father survived the holocaust, but it looms over his life and the life of his family. They live in Belgium at the beginning of the novel. The kids just want to be kids, but they are constantly reminded of the horrors of their father's generation. Years later, Michel has moved to Israel. His father has written a book about his experiences and leads tours to Auschwitz. He invites Michel many times, but Michel is reluctant.

This book reminded me a bit of the famous graphic novel Maus, and the author even says it was an inspiration for him. How this differs is that the focus is much more on the second generation of survivors, those with parents that were traumatized by life in the camps. It's a poignant story with incredible art. I am thankful I got a chance to read this story.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Europe Comics and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.


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Monday, January 15, 2018

Striking The Balance (Pico Bogue, #4)

Striking The Balance (Pico Bogue, #4)
author: Dominique Roques
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.25
book published:
rating: 2
read at: 2018/01/15
date added: 2018/01/15
shelves: children-s, graphic-novels
review:
'Striking the Balance (Pico Bogue #4) by Dominique Roques with illustrations by Alexis Dormal is a series of comic strips about a boy named Pico with outrageous red hair and his little sister Anna. I think this is a case of something getting lost in translation.

First off, the illustrations are simply great. There is lots of motion and color and I loved looking at the art.

The gags is where this often falls apart. Since this was originally published in Europe, I assume it was translated into English. Some of the gags work because they are simple and cute. A few, perhaps because of differences in culture, are a bit strange. It's obviously targeted at kids, but some of the humor will probably just go right over their heads. It's fun to see stories about familiar holidays, and the emotional trauma that Anna goes through over finding out if Santa Claus is real or not. I just had a hard time feeling this is something I would recommend.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Europe Comics and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.


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Wolfie and Fly: Band on the Run

Wolfie and Fly: Band on the Run
author: Cary Fagan
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.00
book published:
rating: 3
read at: 2018/01/15
date added: 2018/01/15
shelves: children-s
review:
'Wolfie and Fly: Band on the Run' by Cary Fagan with illustrations by Zoe Si is another chapter book adventure with two strange friends with wild imaginations.

Renata "Wolfie" Wolfman is ordered to join the school talent contest. She has no interest, but decides to try to take up dance. She doesn't have the patience, so when her friend Livingston "Fly" Flott shows up at her doorstep with a song he wrote and a plastic guitar, she decides that being in a band with him, while still not a thing she wants to do, is better than her other options. Before long, Wolfie is putting together a drum set of household objects and the two start practicing and imagining what it would be like to be really famous....

I think I liked the first book just a bit more, but these are still pretty likeable characters. Oddball Fly doesn't let anything faze him. Not even comments from Wolfie. She doesn't know it, but he's just the friend she needs. The imagination bits were on full display here and helped Wolfie get over a bit of stage fright. I think that kind of visualization is a good lesson for young performers.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Tundra Books, Penguin Random House Canada, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.


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Tilly and Tank

Tilly and Tank
author: Jay Fleck
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.76
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2018/01/15
date added: 2018/01/15
shelves: children-s
review:
'Tilly and Tank' by Jay Fleck is a picture book about a most unusual friendship between an elephant and a military tank. The book teaches lessons about pursuing friendship and peace.

One morning, Tilly is out taking her walk when she sees a shape in the distance that kind of looks like another elephant. She wants to meet it. Meanwhile, Tank sees a tank shaped object in the distance and feels threatened. Tank reacts with noise and explosions. Is this any way to start a friendship?

I'll be honest and say that I thought the anti-war message would beat the reader over the head, but that's not what happens here. Besides being a book about choosing peace over violence, it's also a book about reaching out to make unusual friends. War may be a subject that is hopefully unfamiliar to the young readers of this book, but the pursuit of friendship is always a good lesson. Jay Fleck's story and illustrations are really nice.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Tundra Books, Penguin Random House Canada, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.


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