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The Troll King
The Troll King
by Kolbeinn Karlsson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.45
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Did I Just Read?!?, August 17, 2010
This review is from: The Troll King (Paperback)
I mean this in the most positive way possible... What the heck did I just read?!? I enjoyed it. But I have no idea what it was about. It's kind of like a strange dream.

This book is NOT for children. It's not because of the (loose) plot of two gay men (trolls? beast? things?) having and raising children in the woods. Nor for the cartoon nudity, that for the most part is very tasteful. This book is not for children because of the display of sexual acts. There is also a scene where the men, who are never given names, give birth to their children. Yes... it is as weird as it sounds. The men give BIRTH!

Also, integrated into the story are short... I guess you would call them fairy tales, that are even more strange and not-for-children as the main plot.

Again, I very much enjoyed this book. The art work is wonderful, very personal... I've never seen anything like it. The limited, flat, color pallet is used for a wonderful graphic effect. My only problem with the book is that it took me no time to read, less then an hour. It left me wanting more of it's very, very strange world. And I'm not sure what message I was suppose to walk away with... but maybe there wasn't one to "get".


Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation
Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation
by Ray Bradbury
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.10
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Adds Nothing, July 28, 2010
The story is very good. But it's the same story that is in the original novel. Nothing is added to it by making it a graphic novel. The ambiguous ending of the original novel is lost. Many other small elements are lost as well. The art is okay, I don't really have any problem with it. It feels stiff in places, but nothing to noticeable. The use of color is done very well.

I'm a long time comic book reader, I love them. But just because something CAN be turned into a comic, doesn't mean it SHOULD be. Especially when when it adds nothing to the story. In short... go read the original novel.


Buddy Does Seattle: The Complete Buddy Bradley Stories from "Hate" Comics (1990-1994) (Vol. 1)  (Hate)
Buddy Does Seattle: The Complete Buddy Bradley Stories from "Hate" Comics (1990-1994) (Vol. 1) (Hate)
by Peter Bagge
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Case Study of Gen X, July 28, 2010
Peter Bagge's "Hate" comics are wonderful examples of Gen X culture. In case you couldn't tell from the title, the stories take place in Seattle. Where Bagge did and still lives and works. This collection holds the first 15 issues of "Hate".

Buddy is a twenty-something year old slacker. He lives with two roommates, one of which sleeps in the pantry. In the course of the book, Buddy goes through relationships and many different jobs. There is no over arching story connecting the different stories, besides characters and city.

Bagge has a wonderful cartoony art style that mixes brush and cross hatching. Everything looks dirty and gritty, but always well composed and easy to read. The stories are funny and often leave you rolling with laughter. You will find characters that you hate, love, and seem like people you know in your own life... often at the same time.


Hey Princess
Hey Princess
by Mats Jonsson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.15
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Swedish Autobiography Comic, July 27, 2010
This review is from: Hey Princess (Paperback)
"Hey Princess" is drawn in a crude, zine like, drawing style. And is very much like the slice-of-life autobiography comics of the 90's. Which is when this book happens, and when most of it was drawn. But it takes place in Sweden.

The book is more of a collection of short stories, that's sum is bigger then it's parts, then a straight up graphic novel. It chronicles Mats life as he moves to Stockholm in his 20's to find himself, love, work, and music. But mostly love... or more to the point, sex. Mats exposes some of the most embarrassing moments of his life, which makes what could easily be a sex journal, into something heartfelt.

People who enjoy the works of Jeffery Brown, Dan Clowes, or any other autobiography comic creator will enjoy this book as well.


Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 6: Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour
Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 6: Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour
by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.18
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And So..., July 26, 2010
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We come to the end of what might be the best comic series of the last decade. At the very least it's the work that people will point to when they talk about this generation (20's to 30's).

It didn't end the way I thought it was going to, but was very happy with it none the less. All the characters evolved in there own way. Even the secondary characters. ESPECIALLY the secondary characters. The twist with Stephen Stills made me slap my head and wonder why I didn't see it coming.

Some of the artwork felt a little rushed at times, but nothing to bad. The writting is good, but even after two reads I'm still not a hundred percent on how 'the glow' works.

This was a great book. It is sad to see the series end, but I'm glad I no longer have to wonder if Scott will get the girl.
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Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 5: Scott Pilgrim vs The Universe
Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 5: Scott Pilgrim vs The Universe
by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.90
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reread Review, July 16, 2010
I started to read the series some years ago, with book three's release, and have been following ever since. With the final book being released, I'm rereading and reviewing the earlier volumes.

This volume does not work at all on it's own. As part of the over all story it is fine, but is NOT a jumping in point. There is less humor then before, but when it's there it's good. The action is fun to read. This volume is much darker, and serious then the others. To build up to an epic final in the last book it kind of had to... a darkest before the dawn kind of thing.

This book, and the series as a whole, is perfect for the 17 to 25 year old range, that are growing up in the same culture and going through the same experiences as Scott and his friends. Anyone their 30's can get a kick out of the series as well, being able to look back and laugh about that time in their lives.


Scott Pilgrim, Vol 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together
Scott Pilgrim, Vol 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together
by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.90
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reread Review, July 15, 2010
I started to read the series some years ago, with book three's release, and have been following ever since. With the final book being released, I'm rereading and reviewing the earlier volumes.

This is the funnest of the volumes, it's also one of the best. Scott really comes of age in this volume, and finally grows up... well starts to grow up. The action scenes are better, the humor is great. there are subplots that start to form, not that I don't love the main story... it's just nice to help form the world better.

This book, and the series as a whole, is perfect for the 17 to 25 year old range, that are growing up in the same culture and going through the same experiences as Scott and his friends. Anyone up into their 30's can get a kick out of the series, being able to look back and laugh about that time in their lives.


Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness
Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness
by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Edition: Paperback
Price: $6.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars The One Where It Becomes GREAT, July 13, 2010
I started to read the series some years ago, with this book's release, and have been following ever since. With the final book being released, I'm rereading and reviewing the earlier books.

The humor, action, and drama have finally come into perfect balance in this volume. O'Malley's line work has come to the high level that we'll see through the rest of the series. The characters are more flushed out and well-rounded. I believe this is the volume that turned the series into a phenomenon.

This book, and the series as a whole, is perfect for the 17 to 25 year old range, that are growing up in the same culture and going through the same experiences as Scott and his friends. Anyone up into their 30's can get a kick out of the series, being able to look back and laugh about that time in their lives.


Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 2: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 2: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reread Review, July 12, 2010
I started to read the series some years ago, when there was only three books and have been following ever since. With the final book being released I'm rereading and reviewing the earlier books.

Though still funny, this book is much more action and story centered then the last. We learn more about Scott's (and his friend's) past, giving the series the 'epic' feel that follows throughout the rest of the series. The artwork is much better, but still not as good as the later volumes.

This book, and the series as a whole, is perfect for the 17 to 25 year old range, that are growing up in the same culture and going through the same experiences as Scott and his friends. Anyone up into their 30's can get a kick out of the series, being able to look back and laugh about that time in their lives.


Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life
Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life
by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.31
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Reread Review, July 12, 2010
I started to read the series some years ago, when there was only three books and have been following ever since. With the final book being released I'm rereading and reviewing the earlier books.

This first book stands up pretty well. The artwork is a lot rougher and dirtier (in look, not subject matter) then later books. O'Malley was either using inferior tools, or hadn't learned to use them effectively. His use of black and white space, and a wonderful understanding of composition shines through.

The story is funny and page turning. The wit and characters are not as developed yet. This first book is more reality based then later volumes, which I feel gives the series a point of reference for readers. This book, and the series as a whole, is perfect for the 17 to 25 year old range, that are growing up in the same culture and going through the same experiences as Scott and his friends. Anyone up into their 30's can get a kick out of the series, being able to look back and laugh about that time in their lives.


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