Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Bunch of Jews (and other stuff)

A Bunch of Jews (and other stuff)
author: Trina Robbins
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.75
book published:
rating: 5
read at: 2017/07/23
date added: 2017/07/23
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'A Bunch of Jews (and other stuff)' by Trina Robbins is an adaptation of a book her father wrote in Yiddish in the 1930s called A Minyen Yidn.

An introduction by Robbins talks about how the book was found by her daughter. It is translated here in English and illustrated into graphic novel form by a series of artists including Ken and Joan Steacy, Jen Vaughn, Steve Lealoah, Anne Timmons and others.

Many of the stories are about a shtetl in what is Belarus called Duboy. The stories are about stern rabbis, devoted dogs and everyday life. There is food as women bake matzos and a young boy yearns for a chance to eat something called kotletn (the recipe is included after the story for those curious to know what it is).

The book finishes with a short Yiddish glossary and artist bios for all the creators. I really enjoyed reading this book adapted from another time and place.

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


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X-O Manowar (2017) Volume 1: Soldier

X-O Manowar (2017) Volume 1: Soldier
author: Matt Kindt
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.09
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2017/07/23
date added: 2017/07/23
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'X-O Manowar Volume 1: Soldier' by Matt Kindt and Tomas Giorello follows a soldier who doesn't want to fight anymore. Will he get that chance?

Aric of Dacia was born in the time of the Roman Empire. Now he is far from that time and planet. He is known as Aric of Earth. He wants to live at peace and raise crops. He wants to never use the X-O Manowar armor ever again, but when he is captured and forced to fight against impossible odds, he might have to rethink that. He and his fellow prisoners are given impossible objectives which will surely kill them. Can Aric rise above this and survive?

I wasn't familiar with this character, but I had no problem jumping right into the story. The backstory wasn't included, but it was enough to know the character. Matt Kindt's plot is very good. Tomas Giorello's art is fantastic. I had fun reading this one.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Valiant Entertainment, 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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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Doom Patrol (2016-) Vol. 1: Brick by Brick

Doom Patrol (2016-) Vol. 1: Brick by Brick
author: Gerard Way
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.65
book published: 2017
rating: 5
read at: 2017/07/22
date added: 2017/07/22
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Doom Patrol Vol. 1: Brick by Brick' by Gerard Way with art by Nick Derington is a reboot of a classic DC series. It's part of the new Young Animal imprint and I really liked it.

Casey Brinke drives an ambulance with her partner Sam. Her life is pretty crazy, but it's about to get even more surreal. She finds a broken up robot with a human brain. She meets up with his teammates too, a man wrapped in bandages, and a talking ambulance for starters.

This is a weird comic, and as reviewer states states, it's more to be experienced than read and understood. It's best to just jump in and enjoy the ride. The art by Nick Derington is some of my favorite, and I really like how the main character is so upbeat. The funny thing is, I'm more familiar with Gerard Way from his work on comics than his musical fame. I've enjoyed everything by him I've read, but I think this is my favorite.

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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Lucifer, Volume 1: Cold Heaven

Lucifer, Volume 1: Cold Heaven
author: Holly Black
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.51
book published: 2015
rating: 3
read at: 2017/07/22
date added: 2017/07/22
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Lucifer, Volume 1: Cold Heaven' by Holly Black is a continuation of a series about a character who was spun out of the Sandman series. That there are things that have gone before should be understood before you dive into this one.

Lucifer, cast out of heaven, has also seemingly been cast out of hell. He has a new nightclub on Earth, and all seems to be going ok. Except someone has killed God, and angel Gabriel is pretty certain that Lucifer did it. These two unlikely partners team up to find out who really did the crime.

It's as weird as it sounds, and as sacrilegious too. It's hard to know who is sympathetic here. Perhaps it's the young girl adopted into a family and treated like crap in one of the subplots. The book also includes a backup story about a death in a satanic church and a strange young man who has shown up in town.

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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Friday, July 21, 2017

Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume

Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume
author: Jason Wachob
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.58
book published: 2016
rating: 3
read at: 2017/07/21
date added: 2017/07/21
shelves: non-fiction
review:
'Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume' by mindbodygreen founder Jason Wachob is a self-help book.

The author talks about his life and how he came to make life choices. He talks about how wealth isn't nearly as important as well-being. The reader is encouraged to build a healthy life that includes gratitude and mindfulness.

I've read a number of these type of books. This one feels a lot more autobiographical than others. I learned that the author was an athlete and had a good paying job on Wall Street. The book feels like it's telling more than showing. While it's important to know how the author came to have this viewpoint, there was just too much backstory to most things. Also, while this advice seems good, I felt like I was being shown the magic formula. This may be the author's magic formula, but it's not everyones.

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


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Dog Night at the Story Zoo

Dog Night at the Story Zoo
author: Dan Bar-el
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.18
book published:
rating: 3
read at: 2017/07/21
date added: 2017/07/21
shelves: graphic-novels, children-s
review:
'Dog Night at the Story Zoo' by Dan Bar-el with illustrations by Vicki Nerino is about a night at the zoo unlike any I would have imagined.

At night when the zoo closes, the animals come together for an interesting event. They gather together in a swanky nightclub and have story slams.

On this night, as you can guess from the title, it's time for the dogs to tell their stories. There are 4 different dogs that tell their tales. One loves playing fetch. One likes to bark. One is good at solving crimes.

The book is a fully illustrated graphic novel. The art is pretty good. The stories are good for younger readers, although the idea of a story slam or a night club might go over their head.

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


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Wendy Project

The Wendy Project
author: Melissa Jane Osborne
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.03
book published: 2017
rating: 5
read at: 2017/07/20
date added: 2017/07/20
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'The Wendy Project' by Melissa Jane Osborne with illustrations by Veronica Fish is a story about loss and grief. I found it to be beautiful and moving.

When Wendy crashes her car into the lake, her two younger brothers, Michael and John, are in the back seat. Michael can't be found, and Wendy thinks he is still alive and lost. Wendy finds herself with a therapist who wants her to keep a journal. She also finds herself getting in to trouble at school and with a boy. Will she find Michael?

The names of the kids are no accident as Peter Pan is heavily involved in the story. The art is mostly black and white with clever uses of color. The art is free flowing and feels like sketching done in one sitting.

I absolutely loved this story. Grief has it's stages. This story is about denial as well as forgiving yourself. The story tells it so well, that you don't even realize it as you are reading.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Super Genius, Papercutz, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for allowing me to review this graphic novel.


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