Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Graphic Classics Vol. 16: Oscar Wilde edited by Tom Pomplum

Graphic Classics Volume 16: Oscar WildeGraphic Classics Volume 16: Oscar Wilde by Alex Burrows
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is Book 16 in this series of Classics adapted into Graphic retellings, but it is also my last book to be read in the series. I've now read the entire series and eagerly await the new volume. I've read a fair bit of Wilde, seen some movies and plays, read about the man and so was looking forward to this one. I knew it didn't include the Importance of Being Ernest which is my favourite work by him, so hopefully that will turn up somewhere in the future of this series (perhaps one dedicated to classic plays? hint, hint). This volume is much like the last one I read, the latest edition of HG Wells, in that it concentrates on four larger pieces of work rather than being a collection of more shorter pieces. I must say I do prefer this format than the rapid succession of short stories. The four main pieces start off with the two which I was very familiar. "The Picture of Dorian Gray", which was very well done, true to the original and Lisa K. Weber's illustration is delightful. The the Canterville Ghost, which I must have read but am more familiar with the old classic movie. It is a fun ghost story with Americans not putting up with the nonsense of a British ghost. Lord Arthur Saville's Crime I had not heard of before and was my least favourite in the volume but it was still an entertaining tale and I enjoyed the angular art. Finally the book ends with the famous play, Salome, which is Wilde's overly sexualized retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist. I knew the basics of this play but had not actually read it before. Another well-done volume in the series and up there with the best of the lot.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Dragon Ball Vol. 10-11-12 by Akira Toriyama

Dragon Ball (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 4: Includes vols. 10, 11 & 12Dragon Ball (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 4: Includes vols. 10, 11 & 12 by Akira Toriyama
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Vol. 10: The 22nd Tenka'ichi Budokai: I love Dragon Ball!. Surprisingly this volume starts off by very quickly finishing off the quest for the 7th dragon ball and Goku's wish. Then it is three years later and everyone has separated and trained to meet up for the next Strongest Under the Heavens contest. So there are tons of fights and this was lots of fun. We end up in the quarter finals. (5/5)

Vol. 11: The Eyes of Tenshinhan: The contest continues and this volume is 100% battle action! Goku and Kuririn end up facing off against each other and then the winner takes on the last contestant in the final round. And what a battle it proves to be. Battles usually aren't my favourite part of shounen but this action is just plain awesome. When the volume ends it seems to be a matter of life and death, who will be the winner? (5/5)

Vol. 12: The Demon King Piccolo: Oh My Gawsh!! This is my favourite manga ever! The contest ends and the winner is a shock. Then ... then ... then someone is killed! {sob} And finally the demon king Piccolo arrives on the scene! And this is all only a few chapters into the volume. Things go really fast as our guys race (and fight) against the bad guys trying to collect the Dragon balls once again. Next volume come soon ... (5/5)

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Hiatus

CURRENTLY ON A BLOGGING HIATUS

I just need a break from blogging after 7 years with no down time (and that doesn't include my other blogs pre-book blogging!)

I AM STILL READING AND REVIEWING, though, and if you want to keep up with me your two best options are:

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