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Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly (Mercy Thompson Novels) Hardcover – Illustrated, June 30, 2015
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"And he changed, dropping his glamour. This Zee was a good ten inches taller than mine, and his skin was POLISHED TEAK instead of age-spotted German pale. Glistening hair that could have been gold or gray..."
In Silver Borne, when he drops his glamour for Mercy and Samuel and Jesse, to open Elphame, he is described as follows:
"One moment he was the tallish skinny old man with a little rounded belly and age spots on his neck and hands, and the next he was a tall, sleek warrior with skin DARK AS WET BARK. Sunlight tinted his hair gold. It hung in a thick braid that flowed over one shoulder and hung lower than his belt. The Last time I'd seen him, his pointed ears had been pierced many times, and he had worn bone earrings in the piercings. There were no decorations at all."
- so from these vivid and fierce images, we get instead his 'true image' in Hopcross Jilly illustrated like a pointy-eared Thor-look-alike. Pointy-eared Thor would be fine, as another glamour - but WHY do this - why slight Zee's true image as written - through a sloppy color choice. This threw me right out of the story. Disappointing.
I am still not a massive fan of the "graphic novel." Not sure why they don't call it a comic book. I read it on my Kindle Fire so I at least can enjoy all the colors. But I am not sure sometimes if I am reading things in the right order. Nope, I never read comics as a kid. I enjoy the artwork, and I like seeing how Briggs pictures her characters. I agree with another review that the picture of Zee is off compared to his description. But I can use my imagination, and I would have preferred to have this as a short story because honestly $9.99 for this is steep in my opinion. But I support Briggs so I won't return it.
I enjoyed the story, and it fits right in with the fae letting out some of their nastier creatures to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting humans. This one is pretty bad. What is with the Fae and preying on children?
I am giving Hopcross Jilly 3.5 Boundless Stars, and this is a very short story. Although the artwork is excellent, and the story is sound. I don't appreciate "graphic novels' enough to feel like I got my money's worth.
***Spoilers*****If you have not read the story don't read on.
Did they ever recover the bodies of Kayla and her boyfriend? Did they find them before they died and was Jesse's name cleared? What was the whole reason for the north south east west thing? I know that Adam said that it was possibly to keep visitors out but she still had visitors, she had the Girl Scouts come to her house so was that really the reason? or was it to keep other Fae and Supernaturals out? The two little boys that were caught smoking did they fall in a hole or did she drag them off while everyone was looking? I'm a pretty observant reader and I'm quite good at reading graphic novels, it is possible that I missed all of these things but I don't think so. And this Darryl looked a lot different from the Daryl in the first graphic novel The first graphic novel gave him dreadlocks. And that one, it seemed, that they collaborated more with Patricia Briggs then they did this this one
The mystery was obvious and predictable. The only anticipation was how long before someone figured it out and how many people would die first. The artwork was too dark for my taste but it conveyed the atmosphere of the story nicely.
Overall, a good but not great addition to the Mercy Thompson canon.
I really love the world of Mercy Thompson. It's dark and scary. I'm a fan of the novels, but recently decided to pick up a few of the comics. This side-story takes place between Frost Burned and Night Broken. It shows a lot of Jesse's public life. You don't really get much of her view in the novels. This story is dark. This really added to my view of Jesse and the relationship with her, her father Adam, and Mercy.
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This is a story about missing children and it gives us a chance to spend some time with Adam's daughter Jesse which I really enjoyed. I really hate that she is treated so badly at school just because her dad is a werewolf but considering how ruthless teenagers (and humans in general if we're honest!) can be towards anyone different I didn't find that at all surprising. When Adam's pack finds a bunch of very old skeletons and then children start to go missing they immediately become suspects in the eyes of the public and Jesse becomes a convenient target for the missing teenager's friends. Fear and ignorance is never a good combination and we see that in spades here.
Things have definitely got interesting in the series since the fae decided to stop hiding how dangerous they are, especially since they seem to be deliberately letting the worst of their kind out of the reservations with the sole purpose of reminding humanity that they are a force to be reckoned with. I hope that means we're going to see lots more interesting fae creatures from here onwards.
I think the graphic novel format worked really well to tell this story, it doesn't give the same depth of characterisation as a normal book but now we're at a point where we know the main players so well it was fun to see them in a more visual manner. I absolutely love this series though and will happily devour as many stories as Patricia Briggs can write no matter what format they come in!
Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
(Just in case you'd like to get an idea of what the main characters look like in Hopcross Jilly I've included in image showing Mercy, Adam and Jesse)
Alcuni libri sono stati trasposti in graphic novels e diversi artisti si sono cimentati offrendo il loro punto di vista sull'aspetto dei protagonisti e dei luoghi delle loro avventure.
In un paio di occasioni sono state pubblicate graphic novels non tratte dai volumi della serie benché armoniosamente ambientate nello stesso universo e Hopcross Jilly è una di queste.
Qui si ritrovano infatti molti dei personaggi conosciuti: la coyote mutaforma Mercedes sposata all'alpha dei lupi mannari, suo marito e la figliastra su cui si impernia la vicenda.
L'apprezzamento dello stile grafico e della sceneggiatura sono sempre questioni soggettive e devo ammettere che ho trovato alcune tavole molto cupe ma poiché l'avventura tende all'horror direi che ci sta. Mi è piaciuto molto l'aspetto dei nostri eroi e anche l'attenzione posta sulla diversificazione dei lupi del branco in modo da renderli riconoscibili.
Potrebbe essere un pochino difficile seguire la storia se non si conoscono, perolmeno a grandi linee, le vicende personali dei protagonisti della serie (e consiglio a chi non ha mai letto nulla di partire dal primo volume per non incappare negli inevitabili spoilers).
Per quanto mi riguarda è stata una degna aggiunta alla mia collezione.
Eine Kindl-Version macht keinen Sinn, da das Gerät die Grafik nicht vernünftig darstellt.