Sunday Sum-Up

SundaySum-Up

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!

This Sunday I am actually going to include a few reviews from the week before last, as my recent break has set me back a touch. But it was much-needed and I want to thank everyone for the many thoughtful comments and messages. It went well and I feel somewhat rested.  I have decided to taper off of the seizure medication as it is no longer curbing the tremors, so I am suffering a few increased headaches and pains. I may be slow to return, but I am happy to be back!

This past week I also managed to age a year and the blog turned 1. In the midst of being under and my son leaving, I had honestly forgotten that my blog birthday and actual birthday coincided. I will have to come up with a small way to celebrate this week 😉


Mini Review

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Creepshow
By Stephen King-Story, Bernie Wrightson -Adaptor, Illustrator, Michele Wrightson -Illustrator
Publisher: G13
ISBN13: 9781501163227
Pages: 64
Genre: Graphic Novel/Horror

Synopsis:

The graphic novel adaptation of the classic horror anthology film written by Stephen King, with art by Bernie Wrightson!

Now back in print: the graphic novel adaptation of Stephen King’s Creepshow, based on the 1982 horror anthology and cult classic film directed by George Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead)—and featuring stunning illustrations by the legendary Bernie Wrightson and cover art by the acclaimed Jack Kamen! A harrowing and darkly humorous tribute to the controversial and influential horror comics of the 1950s, Creepshow presents five sinister stories from the #1 New York Times bestselling author—“Father’s Day,” “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill,” “Something to Tide You Over,” “The Crate,” and “They’re Creeping Up on You”…unforgettable tales of terror to haunt your days and nights!

My Thoughts:

I think I must have told everyone in May (and now I am doing it again) that I was beyond the moon to discover this classic anthology of campy horror stories being re-released. I immediately pre-ordered my copy and scrambled to the door like a child on Christmas when it arrived. Within minutes, I was molded into the couch with wine, popcorn and my new shiny edition. The end result was a blissful Saturday evening, BVT style.

A lover of all things King and horror (they do coincide after all), Creepshow fully delivers. This small graphic depiction of the original screenplay packs a nice punch of campy nostalgia in a truly unique manner that it not to be mistaken for your run-of-the-mill GN. While the 5 original tales are slightly condensed, hosted by a ghoulish narrator, there is no shortage of fun to be found. My favorite remains The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill. Fans of the film and horror alike, will find enough value within this to make it a must have.


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Long Black Veil
By Jennifer Finney Boylan

Synopsis: 

Long Black Veil is the story of Judith Carrigan, whose past is dredged up when the body of her college friend Wailer is discovered 20 years after her disappearance in Philadelphia’s notorious and abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary. Judith is the only witness who can testify to the innocence of her friend Casey, who had married Wailer only days before her death.

The only problem is that on that fateful night at the prison, Judith was a very different person from the woman she is today. In order to defend her old friend and uncover the truth of Wailer’s death, Judith must confront long-held and hard-won secrets that could cause her to lose the idyllic life she’s built for herself and her family.

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The Waking Land

By Callie Bates

Synopsis:

Lady Elanna Valtai is fiercely devoted to the King who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder and must flee for her life.

Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reckon with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange, deep connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied or disdained as superstition powers that suddenly stir within her.

But an all-too-human threat is drawing near, determined to exact vengeance. Now Elanna has no choice but to lead a rebellion against the kingdom to which she once gave her allegiance. Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage to confront a destiny that could tear her apart.


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Aside from the above and the break announcement, I have a lot to catch up with. I currently have about 8 reviews to be written, because when you cannot blog, you read 😉 Hoping you have all been well and looking forward to catching up! For now I leave you with a small favorite..

“Not all who wander are lost.”
-JRR Tolkien, Fellowship of the Ring

Cheers,

Danielle ❤

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Low Vol. 3: Shore of the Dying Light

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Low Vol. 3: Shore of the Dying Light
By Rick Remender (Writer), Greg Tocchini (Artist), Dave McCaig (Colourist)
Publisher: Image Comics
ISBN13: 9781632157089
Pages: 128
Genre: Graphic Novel/Science Fiction

Blurb:

Stel Caine rises from the depths to the surface of the Earth, the first human in millennia to walk on the sun-blasted wasteland. Her daughters aren’t far behind, and not everyone shares Stel’s hopeful outlook for the future. Will this family reunion reveal the key to mankind’s salvation… or snuff out the light forever?


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*This title contains explicit/graphic content that may not be suitable for all readers.

I am generally very good at avoiding spoilers and will keep this brief since it is the conclusion of my time with Low for now. However, to err on the side of caution you might skip this final review if you have not began the series and intend to.

I am not sure how to go about this review to be honest. I do not want anything I say here to negatively affect anyone’s decision to read this series. I love Low! From volume 1-3 it has delivered a satisfying story that scratched my sci-fi itch in the best of ways. The watercolor artwork has continually delivered an engaging experience that pairs exceptionally well with the post apocalyptic setting. As I have mentioned, it presents an almost nostalgic air.

I normally include a few shots of the art and illustration at this point in my review. However, I feel that I am unable to do so with this volume as it might lead to potential spoilers. 

I do admit that I have a few minor concerns at this point:

  • We have hit a more depressing and desperate part of the plot that makes this volume a tougher read (not necessarily bad, but some might find it harder to appreciate).
  • Character development feels as though it has stalled to a degree.
  • I have some trepidation in regards to possible conclusions.
  • I can find no clear date on the possible release of volume 4. I believe that the next 4 issues of the comic shall be released by mid June, so I am hoping a new volume will follow at that time.

Positive elements of note:

  • Remender continues to expand on this immersive, aquatic setting which feels truly unlimited and without bounds.
  • We are exposed to an endless supply of new and interesting species that provide even more depth and richness to the story arc.
  • The potential is wide open for Stel Cain, our devoted optimist. She pushes onward and remains a beautiful and courageous heroine that is easy to admire and follow.

Low remains an effortless recommendation for fans of sci-fi and dystopian reads. Visually pleasing and atmospheric, it truly has a lot to offer. It easily commands attention and leaves the reader wanting more. Which is unfortunately the case, as I sit impatiently awaiting the next and possibly final installment.

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Black Hole (Black Hole #1-12) by Charles Burns

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Black Hole (Black Hole #1-12)
By Charles Burns
Publisher:  Pantheon
ISBN13: 9780375423802
Pages: 368
Genre: Graphic Novel/Horror

Blurb:

Suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the out-set that a strange plague has descended upon the area’s teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested in any number of ways — from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) — but once you’ve got it, that’s it. There’s no turning back.

As we inhabit the heads of several key characters — some kids who have it, some who don’t, some who are about to get it — what unfolds isn’t the expected battle to fight the plague, or bring heightened awareness to it , or even to treat it. What we become witness to instead is a fascinating and eerie portrait of the nature of high school alienation itself — the savagery, the cruelty, the relentless anxiety and ennui, the longing for escape.

And then the murders start.

As hypnotically beautiful as it is horrifying, Black Hole transcends its genre by deftly exploring a specific American cultural moment in flux and the kids who are caught in it- back when it wasn’t exactly cool to be a hippie anymore, but Bowie was still just a little too weird.

To say nothing of sprouting horns and molting your skin…


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*Warning – This GN includes heavy elements of sex, violence and drug use.

Where do I start with this whirlwind of a read that left me with an unexpected and odd sort of satisfaction? I admit that I jumped into Black Hole almost fully blind. I had to make myself slow down and read through the synopsis. As someone who is developing a rapidly insatiable appetite for graphic novels, the deal was solidified when I noted the literary awards attached to the work and its author.

Black Hole is set within the high school scene of the 70’s in Seattle. Needless to say there are drugs, alcohol and sex involved. We are thrown right into the lives of several teenagers who are not only tasked with the challenges of becoming young adults and self-discovery but doing so in the midst of a plague. A plague that happens to be transmitted through sexual contact. Yes, I think you can see where this is headed..

The sexually transmitted disease is spreading rapidly and causes mutations that range from minor to extreme abnormalities. During the course of the story, there is no cure. Students who acquire the disease become outcasts that are quickly ostracized by their peers upon discovery. Some have chosen to hide their subtle afflictions, while others have moved to isolated areas in attempt to achieve a safe and “peaceful” life. What ensues is a graphic tale of love, hate, sacrifice and violence.

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I want to address the artwork of Black Hole first because it was a huge success with me. Depicted solely in black and white, the illustrations still manage to provide a surprisingly rich and somewhat noir experience. No amount of detail has been sacrificed with lack of color and each scene transitions beautifully. I found this to be a strangely, aesthetically pleasing journey that set the appropriate atmosphere. I really cannot share too much due to the graphic nature of the concept – plus why spoil the fun of discovery?

The plot falls together quite well and manages to accomplish something remarkable in the end. If you are going to choose to write a graphic tale centered around drugs and a plague transmitted through sex, I can think of no better setting that high school during the 70s. The concept brilliantly increases in effect as you dive further into the story, connecting with the main characters and grasping the reality of just how catastrophic such an event would truly be while placing a new spin on the real alienation and self-consciousness that is being a teenager.

“I felt like I was looking into the future… and the future looked really messed up.”

Dripping with teenage angst, rebellion and exploration that is on a one-way collision course with a total nightmare, Black Hole delivers a welcomed experienced that infected me the very moment I picked it up. Solid dialog, atmospheric art and smoothly transitioning narration bring to life a surrealistic combination of youth in the throes of a terrifying plague that has quickly climbed the ranks to one of my top graphic novel experiences to date. Yet, I am not recommending this to all. Why? Simply and only because of the nature of the content.

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