Posts Tagged: Graphic Novel

Early Review – Tales of the Macabre by Edgar Allan Poe, Illustrated by Benjamin Lacombe

October 26, 2012 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Early Review, Read in 2012 1 Comment

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Early Review – Tales of the Macabre by Edgar Allan Poe, Illustrated by Benjamin LacombeTales of the Macabre by Benjamin Lacombe (Illustrator), Edgar Allan Poe
Published by Archaia Entertainment on November 27th 2012
Pages: 224
Genres: Poetry
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: The Fall of the House of Usher, The Raven

five-stars

 

A luxurious edition of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s best works, lavishly illustrated with macabre style by Benjamin Lacombe. From The Black Cat and the Tell Tale Heart to The Fall of the House of Usher, along with Charles Baudelaire’s essay on Poe’s life and works.

 

 

The cover of this collection caught my eye on Netgalley and I actually wanted to check it out before I even knew that Poe was involved. Once I knew that though, I was sold. This was a fantastic collection of macabre stories from the illustrious Edgar Allan Poe. Stories included are: Berenice, The Black Cat, The Island of the Fay, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Oval Portrait, Morella, and Ligeia. This was a real treat for me as I hadn’t read any of these except for The Fall of the House of Usher. There was also an essay written by Charles Baudelaire on Poe’s life and works. In addition to these short stories there are fantastic illustrations from Benjamin Lacombe that (if possible) managed to make the stories even creepier. This is one collection that I would love to own. I loved the illustrations and love Poe, it’s a fantastic combination.

The fact that Benjamin is a fan of Tim Burton is definitely evident in his personal works. You can even find a depiction of Edward Scissorhands he’s done which I love. I highly recommend checking out his website, it’s is well worth the visit to check out his other works. Amazing, to say the least.

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Graphic Novel Review – The Exile (Outlander #1.5) by Diana Gabaldon

February 4, 2012 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2012 2 Comments

Graphic Novel Review – The Exile (Outlander #1.5) by Diana GabaldonThe Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel by Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander #1.5
Published by Del Rey on September 21st 2010
Pages: 224
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Time Travel
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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Also by this author: Written in My Own Heart's Blood

three-stars

Diana Gabaldon’s brilliant storytelling has captivated millions of readers in her bestselling and award-winning Outlander saga. Now, in her first-ever graphic novel, Gabaldon gives readers a fresh look at the events of the original Outlander: Jamie Fraser’s side of the story, gorgeously rendered by artist Hoang Nguyen.

After too long an absence, Jamie Fraser is coming home to Scotland—but not without great trepidation. Though his beloved godfather, Murtagh, promised Jamie’s late parents he’d watch over their brash son, making good on that vow will be no easy task. There’s already a fat bounty on the young exile’s head, courtesy of Captain Black Jack Randall, the sadistic British officer who’s crossed paths—and swords—with Jamie in the past. And in the court of the mighty MacKenzie clan, Jamie is a pawn in the power struggle between his uncles: aging chieftain Colum, who demands his nephew’s loyalty—or his life—and Dougal, war chieftain of Clan MacKenzie, who’d sooner see Jamie put to the sword than anointed Colum’s heir.

And then there is Claire Randall—mysterious, beautiful, and strong-willed, who appears in Jamie’s life to stir his compassion . . . and arouse his desire.

But even as Jamie’s heart draws him to Claire, Murtagh is certain she’s been sent by the Old Ones, and Captain Randall accuses her of being a spy. Claire clearly has something to hide, though Jamie can’t believe she could pose him any danger. Still, he knows she is torn between two choices—a life with him, and whatever it is that draws her thoughts so often elsewhere.

Step into the captivating, passionate, and suspenseful world of The Exile, and experience the storytelling magic of Diana Gabaldon as never before.

A shortened and condensed graphic novel version of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novel told from the perspective of Jamie. I’ve been having some Outlander withdrawals lately and the book has been on my mind a lot. Before I resorted to going back and simply re-reading the series again (which I’m seriously contemplating doing now, especially after this little refresher) I decided to pick this up. I was left satisfied but wasn’t completely blown away by this. Considering the fact that Outlander is over 600 pages and The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel is a mere 200 there were some definite goodies left out.

I enjoyed the illustrations despite a few problems I had. Firstly? The character renditions were nothing like I had pictured this for some long in my head. And second, why did all of the woman have ENORMOUS boobs? Seriously. I felt like I had picked up Playboy a time or two. Was it a fun read though? Sure. But I was definitely left wanting the complete story.

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