Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Mrs. Yingling had this to say about our recent review of "Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins (to see the review click Here): "It was with great reluctance that I turned over Catching Fire to one of my students before I read it. Maybe he'll turn it in late on Friday afternoon and I can take it home for the weekend..." Well, Mrs. Yingling, I hope you get hold of it soon because dare I say, I do, I do, it may be even better than the first book!!!!!!!
G-Man: Learning to Fly by Chris Giarruss - This is a great Graphic Novel featuring G-Man and his brother Great-Man and all their superhero buddies.They're superhero friends (all kids also) such as Billy Demon, Tan Man, Sparky among many others. Also in this Graphic Novel are special appearances by "The Mighty Skullboy Army," Santa Claus, a Psychotic Christmas Tree, "The Savage Dragon" and more. Enjoy such epic storylines as the Origin Stories of G-Man and Great Man and The Crisis of Multiple Dimensions. This is definitely one of the most fun Graphic Novels dealing with Superheroes I have read in a long time. The artwork is too cool and the stories are hilarious so you really need to check this book out (literally)!!!! As a side not I met Mr. Giarruss at Heroes Con this summer and he drew me this great picture of Spider-Boy (from Mini Marvels) who both fights crime and delivers papers and you would be surprised at the challenges posed by both occupations. Great stuff from a great guy!!!!!!
Amulet (Book 2): The Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi - This is the second book in the Amulet Graphic Novel Series (The first: Amulet: Book One, The Stonekeeper I reviewed on this blogs 3/27/2008 posting - Click Here to see that review. This Graphic Novel has brother and sister Navin and Emily continuing on their quest to save their sick mother. At the start of this book the elves are in hot pursuit of the new Stonekeeper (Emily), who must travel via walking house to the city of Kanalis (where people are cursed to slowly turn into animals but they do retain their intelligence and ability to speak). In this city they pickup an ally in the swashbuckling fox Leon Redbeard. When they find a doctor in the city, he tells them that the only way their poisoned mother can be saved is through the fruit of the Gadoba Tree which grows at the peak of Damon's Mountain. The only problem with this is that anyone who has taken this journey has never returned from it. Also Emily finds the Magical Stone that grants her magical abilities trying very hard to take control of her. Leon Redbeard offers to train her how to use the Magic Stone, but can she trust this mysterious mercenary? The artwork and story in this Graphic Novel are breathtaking. You really should tag along in this great quest full of action, strange machines, stranger creatures and all manner of good and evil characters. Highly Recommended!!!!!!!
Artemis Fowl, The Graphic Novel: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin and Giovanni Rigano - In three simple words: Artemis Fowl Rules!!!!!!!!!! This is the second Graphic Novel adaption of the second book (duh....am I stating the obvious????) "The Arctic Incident." The highest praise I can give to this Graphic Novel is that it is just as good as the book (which is excellent)!!!! The story starts with Artemis discovering that his father who he thought was dead showing up alive, but there is one small catch. He is being held hostage by the Russian Mafia. While this is happening underground where the creatures of fairy live an uprising is taking place in the form of a goblin revolution. Through a misunderstanding Artemis (a teenage criminal genius) and his bodyguard Butler are arrested by Captain Holly Short (an elf) of the LEPrecon fairy police. After the misunderstanding is cleared up Commander Root (a cigar smoking, short tempered elf), head of the LEPrecon fairy police, and Holly agree to help Artemis and Butler rescue his father. Things quickly go from bad to worse for Artemis and company, as soon as the reach Russia, Commander Root is betrayed by a disgraced former associate and ally Cudgeon (an elf) and the brilliant, but not very stable scientist Opal Koboi (a Pixie). Let's just say things really just go to heck from there. This Graphic Novel is a great read so what are you waiting for???? Read it already!!!!!! Oh I just remembered that although I did not review it, I also read the first Artemis Fowl Graphic Novel that deals with his first encounter with the fairy folk that you should definitely cheek out also. Artemis Fowl Rules!!!!!!
Well that's all for now yea scallywags!!!!
Until next time this is Blackheart Bill saying,
Monday, September 21, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
Too into reading to snack!
Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
Hard copy or audiobooks?
Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
Rick Riordan, Kaza Kingsley, Loren Long and Phil Bildner (8 words--sue me!)
All right, guys, see if you can answer these questions in five words or less. Oh, all right--ten words or less! Zack, Bill, how about you?
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The Zack Man and his lovely wife Laura!!!!
Congrats from Darth Bill and wishing you a very happy future together!!!!
And Congrats from the CARLMAN! We're both very happy for you and I join Bill in wishing the two of you a long and happy life!
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, Issue 53 (All Ages) by Paul Tobin & Matteo Lolli - I didn't plan on doing a review of a Comic Book again this soon, but I just got finished reading this one and was very impressed. This story gives a recap of how Peter Parker became Spider-Man no thanks to some mind probing by the very mischievous Emmy Frost (X-Man with telepathic abilities). Her friend Chat (mutant with the ability to talk to animals) does not like Emma's intrusion into Peter's life but with Emmy what can you do. In the end a new soon to be important character (whose name is not given) is introduced into the Spider-Man mythos; along with Chat developing a crush on Peter and her asking Emmy if she can use her mental powers so she can become a student at the school. This was a very cool story showing a slice of life in Peter Parker's world. If your local library does not have it, you may want to think about picking it up at your local comic shop (We do carry this title at ImaginOn). Most Excellent indeed!!!!
Lastly I want to remind everyone that on September 24th at 6:30 the Comics Camp Program starts back at ImaginOn after breaking for the summer. Check it out:
Hello one and all!!! Comics Camp is back and the next event will be held at ImaginOn in the Round on 9/24/09 with registration starting on 9/10/09. Come join local artists & comic book creators John DaCosta and Eraklis Petmezas (Herc) as they present this awesome workshop that focuses on many different areas of Comics, Graphic Novels and working on creating your own. The only requirement is that you be between the ages of 8 to 12 years old. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. and last approximately 1 1/2 hours. John and Herc will answer any questions you have about how Comics and Graphic Novels are made such as writing, drawing, the process and what ever else you can think to ask!!! Also a continuing part of the program will be creating from your own ideas and art your own comic stories. These workshops have limited space so be ready to sign-up starting 9/10/09 to attend. The number to call and register is 704-416-463.
<--Artwork by Eraklis Petmezas (Herc)
Peace until next time all,
Monday, September 14, 2009
Somewhere under the earth, there's a city is lit by floodlights and powered by a giant generator. It was made by the Builders to ensure that some of humanity would survive the great holocaust they expected. But it's 250 years later and the generator is wearing out. So is the food and all the other supplies. Two kids, Lina and Doon, believe the city is dying but have trouble getting anyone to believe them. Then they accidentally come across the old instructions for getting out-but half the instructions have been torn up! Can they put together enough of the instructions to understand? And can they lead the rest of the people to safety? This is one terrific book! Lots of suspense and a slam-bang finish. And you won't forget what it's like to live in that undeground city. Jeanne DuPrau has a real gift for meaking you feel what it's like to live in a completely different environment.
The people of Ember escape the undergroud city but are totally unprepared to live on their own. Fortunately, they come to the village of Sparks and find some help. But the people of Sparks are also unprepared to assit that many people for long. Both groups worry that there won't be enough to go around and they almost start a war over it. This one is every bit as good as the first one. Ms. DuPrau also has a gift for building up tension in a story until it explodes.
I'm sorry, but I was bitterly disappointed. The publishers advertise this as a prequel to The City of Ember. That lead me (and Bill) to think this would be a story about the events that made people go into the underground city. Well, that's sort of what you get, but just barely. It would have been a much better story if she had written such a book. The events in this one are so distantly realted to the building of Ember that they're hardly connected. Not that this is a bad book--Ms. DuPrau is a powerful writer and this book also has a lot of tension that builds to the end. I just wish they had advertised it as a book in the Ember series instead of a prequel (BTW, I have one other complaint--this is one of those books, like The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, that tries to say that those who believe in absolutes of right and wrong are control freaks trying to impose their will on others. It happens, yeah, but not always)
A return to the tension-and-action-packed books in this series. The people of Sparks and Ember are having a very tough winter. Many are sick and half the food supplies have been ruined. Lina and Doon return to Ember to find supplies but instead they find---well, you'll just have to read to find out! Let's just say that they find something worse than they could have ever expected! I really enjoyed this one. A fitting end to a terrific series.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
"A Blind Man Shall Lead Them"--Daredevil leads the FF against Dr. Doom. "The Alien, the Ally, and Armageddon!"--Dr. Doom has to help the FF against The Overmind!"Impossible As It May Seem...The Impossible Man Is Back In Town!"--The FF and the Impossible Man meet the Marvel writers and artists (in 1976) "Terror In a Timy Town"--The Puppet Master teams up with Dr. Doom (sheesh, that guy always shows up!) to shrink the FF into...oh, I can't spoil it for you! And "Remebrance of Things Past" (the 2002 version)--This one takes Ben Grimm back to the rough streets of his old neighborhood.
I can't say enough good things about this collection. The stories and the artwork are all first-rate! And it's fun to see how the artwork changes over the years and how the look of the characters changes, especially The Thing. If you have any interest in graphic novels or comics at all, this on is for you! (and if you want to find out about other graphic novels, click on the "graphics novels" label under this post)
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
My sons and I listened to and LOVED all of the Henry Huggins books by Beverly Cleary. They are read by Neil Patrick Harris and he does a fantastic, hysterical job. My oldest son (6th grade) even commented on how even though the books are older this same kind of stuff could happen today. We are currently listening to Stormbreaker (the first Alex Rider book) and are loving the action! Lastly, we listened to Where the Red Fern Grows on a long trip, another great one!
Thanks, Jana! Yes, those Henry Huggins books are older but those same sorts of things could indeed still happen. Even if technology changes, guys don't change and the same funny stuff that happened then still happens now. Go get those books or audiobooks, guys! You'll love them, just as Jana's boys did!! And let us know how your boys like Stormbreaker--or, better yet, get them to write and tell us! And did you like Where the Red Fern Grows? Was that a "dead dog" story--you know, the type where the dog dies at the end? Bill wrote about a great book called No More Dead Dogs--check out his review here.