Angel: The End – Book Review

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Finished reading

Angel: The End

by David Peter et al

★★

 

Expectation

I’ve had this book for years now. I bought it before some other editions that came before it in the order of reading. This is a chubby and quite heavy omnibus edition collecting Angel After the Fall graphic novel series 7-9. Additionally there are few short stories.

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I’ve wanted to read this book just to get to the ones that go after it. I was actually fussing over two different graphic novel series that come after it: Buffy season 9 and Angel and Faith I’m really interested in! Both of them I’ve already have two volumes ready and waiting on the shelf.

Summary

The first thing that put me off during reading was the artwork. It’s not as bad as Buffy Season 8 but it’s very close. Problem with graphic novels that have a TV show or a movie is that people will often expect from artwork to be at least similar to the way the actors who portray the characters look like.

Here is a part of the artwork that I actually liked 🙂

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Just like with Buffy it took me a while to start making differences between the characters. And right when I did – BAM !– next chapter has a different artist who has a different style and characters again look even more different…

Bill Willingham who did the story for Immortality for Dummies and Crown Prince Syndrome ha has great talent for writing stories and after the initial grumpiness I really liked the story. It had flair and I think he gave characters depth. He made some things go with a bang without much explanations which I thought felt good for the story arc in the future. Same thing sometimes made me feel nostalgic and sad for the TV show and how quickly it was wrapped up.

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Angel Yearbook was different than I expected and delved into past of the characters that was only hinted at in the TV series.

Rest of the short stories were OK but the constant change in artists and artwork styles did not sit well with me.

At the end was a rather impressive artwork gallery with many cover variants.

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Conclusion

What gave me most grief about this edition is the pain in my wrists from holding the book for more than 10 minutes. This hardcover baby is heavy! I’m actually having second thoughts for future buying plans when it comes to omnibus editions like this one. Apparently the require a book holder of some sorts!

Now I’m torn between starting on Buffy Season 9 and Angel and Faith graphic novels and buying more volumes so I don’t end up forgetting the story until I have the chance to read the next volumes I don’t already have. I read them fast and getting into the story after a long pause can be daunting.

Monthly reading review – October 2016

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Monthly reading review -October 2016

This October I have read:

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey ★★★★

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li ★★★

Angel: The End by Bill Willingham, et all ★★★★

Angel, Volume 1: Immortality For Dummies ★★★

Angel, Volume 2: The Crown Prince Syndrome★★★★ 

Angel, Volume 3: The Wolf, the Ram, and the Hart ★★★

Angel Yearbook ★★★

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1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

This October I’ve read two books and one graphic novel omnibus. I’m not pleased by the amount. It could have been better but at least I’ve made some progress with books long overdue.

2.  What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

I had some issues with getting my hands on the books I’ve wanted to read. Angel: The End graphic novel omnibus was a heavy hardcover edition with around 450 pages and made my arms hurt from holding it more than 10 minutes.  Also for the first time ever I’m having eyesight issues. I’m not cooping with it well. I read less and also watch less movies and TV shows. It has made me agitated and unfriendly.

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3.How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I did one RL book club reading and the second one was pushed for November (not by my choice). I’m glad I pushed myself to finally finish Angel: The End. It opened up options for some other graphic novel editions to get to the top of my TBR by the end of the year. 

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4. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

This is a second month I’ve been MIA with my book series. If I keep this up I’m going to have to start reading them anew for I won’t remember then good enough.

Final thoughts on October reading:

My October reading had one  drama short story collection I’m still wrapping my mind around of. It has made me think and try to learn more on Chinese culture and life in modern China. I’m even watching some TV shows for a specific reason to learn more about it. Having finished Angel graphic novel omnibus has liberating of sorts.

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My book series dry spell has mad me appreciate stand alone books more. I’m very happy with having read The Girl With all the Gifts. I’m still hoping to watch the movie version soon but I’m a bit confused with finding out the release date for it in my country.

I have some reading at the moment books that I’m close to finishing but that is a topic for another post 🙂

Fables, Vol. 2: Animal Farm – Book Review

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Finished reading

Animal Farm (Fables vol 2 )

by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialcha  ★★★★

Expectation

It has been almost a year I’ve read the first graphic novel in Fables series. I always wanted to keep reading it trough and that still stands. I want to learn more on Fables and their lives on this side of stories.

“It’l happen Snow, one of the advantages of near immortality is that we can learn to accept and adapt to almost anything.. eventually. “

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Summary

I’ve actually read Animal farm by George Orwell last year and it was a bit scary connecting these two works for me. The original classic was something I didn’t really enjoy reading but I agree it should be on the mandatory reading lists for everyone. It’s value should not be underrated. This version where some of my favorite things meet in this revolutionary light got me worried. I love fairy tales more than anything and dragging them into serious classic literature was no picnic for me.

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In this Fable series second volume we get to learn more about The Farm – secluded place where all Fables who cannot adapt to living among human unnoticed or pass as human live.  Among many metaphors to life the one that stood out most for me was the one about life choices we need to make on our own. Some of it, like Goldielocks for one,  is just really confusing…

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Conclusion

I will keep reading this graphic novel series at my own pace. Since every volume so far. including the Fairest spin off series I adore had some really cool side stories I will probably enjoy it at a slower pace.

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Monthly Reading Review – March 2015

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Monthly Reading Review – March 2015

In March I have read:

A Momentary Delay by Reha Camuroglu ★★
Delayed Penalty (Dartmouth Cobras book 5) by Bianca Sommerland ★★★
Pretty Guardian Sailormoon (Short Stories vol 2) by Naoko Takeuchi ★★
No Second Chance by Harlan Coben ★★★
The Spinster and the Earl (Gentlemen of Honor: Book 1) by Beverly Adam ★★★
Legends in Exile (Fables: Book 1) Bill Willingham (Author), Lan Medina (Illustrator), Steve Leialoha (Artist), Craig Hamilton (Artist) ★★★★

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1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?
March was especially busy month for me, but I managed to read 6 books and start two that I will continue reading in April

2. What was the book that made a best reading for you last month? Any scenes or character that made a lasting impression?
The best read of March for me was Legends in Exile (Fables: Book 1) Bill Willingham (Author) et all. I gave it four stars as an interesting intro to a new graphic novel series. I loved the almost any scene with Bigby Wolf! This fairy tale retelling will be continued!

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?
Pretty Guardian Sailormoon (Short Stories vol 2) by Naoko Takeuchi was kinda dissapointing. Plotholes could not be atributed to strange Japanese culture quirks anymore. Sadly I still like the characters and the general idea but I hate to admit that I might have outgrown this manga series….

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?
Lately my reading plans consist of trying to fit the books that are already on my TBR pile into reading groups and book club monthly challenges. So far I get to squeeze one or two per month. My “reading in the moment” is suffering a bit tho

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?
I’ve finished the last volume I had avaliable from a few series I’ve been reading. These include: Sailor Moon manga series and Dartmouth Cobras series. Also I read two books that were first in the series, one of which I will be continuing. Last but not least I finally got to start reading Pale Demon from The Hollows series by Kim Harrison – next book of the series is waiting on my shelf for a few months now.

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?
I have two recommendations from March:
First a graphic novel series Legends in Exile (Fables: Book 1) Bill Willingham (Author), Lan Medina (Illustrator), Steve Leialoha (Artist), Craig Hamilton (Artist) Interesting for all who like fairy tale retelling. You can find my review HERE
Second is The Hollows series by Kim Harrison
Excellent urban fantasy series with many interesting characters!

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Continuing reading for April:

Pale Demon (The Hollows book 9) by Kim Harrison
Gerard’s Beauty (Kingdom Series (Hall): Book 2) by Marie Hall

 

Legends in exile – Book Review

legends in exileFinished reading:

Legends in Exile (Fables: Book 1) by Bill Willingham (Author), Lan Medina (Illustrator), Steve Leialoha (Artist), Craig Hamilton (Artist)

Expectation:

I have been planing to read this graphic novel for a long time now. I have liked every Bill Willingham work I have ever read so far. I am a great fan of fairy tale retelling and this was something I was sizing it up for reading on more than one occasion. I have read Fairest the spin-off graphic novel series that came out after Fables were already worldwide accepted as a work of art. Fairest centered on female characters in fairytales and made them look really badass.

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The story was an excellent introduction in to the Fable backstory. I liked how characters interacted and the idea that every character no matter how big or small once had its own kingdom, title and story. Snow White is the executive major of Fabletown – a place for Legends in exile. Her sister, Rose Red is missing and presumed dead. Snow White’s ex husband Prince Charming is back in town as well. The only one who can solve the mystery might be the Big Bad Wolf.

fables_1This graphic novel now counts 20+ volumes, some stand alone editions and even an encyclopedia edition!

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There were some laughs and some deep thoughts on the pages of this graphic novel.

“…you know what they say. The only easy day was yesterday.”

Bigby Wolf: Fabletown’s Sheriff in Legends in Exile (Fables: Book 1)

 

 

 

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt – Part Seventeen

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt – Part Seventeen

Find a hardcover book without a jacket – Angel: The End by Bill Willingham and all.

kr Strangely this hardcover did not come with a jacket. It is quite the chubby one at that! Most of hardcover edition from some of my favorite Croatian publishers come out without jackets. I was surprised to see it on my shelf that most of my hardcover books in English do have jackets!

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What I like about this is cool cover art and Bill Willingham as an author!

This is hardcover collection of Angel”s final three volumes: Immortality for Dummies, The Crown Prince Syndrom, and The Worf, The Ram, and The Heart includes Angel Yearbook.

Last month I have read all Angel graphic novel editions that chronologically precede this edition so I’m all set to start reading it.