When Halloween meets Christmas

What do you do when you see a bookish version of one of your favorite movies? You reach for it and start reading hoping it will be good, which is exactly what I did when I’ve seen Nightmare before Christmas on NetGalley.

disney-manga-tim-burtons-nightmare-before-christmasDisney Manga Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas by Jun Asuka

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If you know the movie [and you really should] you’ll know exactly what this manga is about. If however, for some strange reason, you have never heard of Nightmare before Christmas here’s what it is about:

Jack, the Pumpkin King, the scary master of Halloween is pretty much having a breakdown ;). By an accident, he discovers doorways to other holidays, especially the upcoming Christmas and decides it would be wonderful to change profession and become Sandy Claws (also known as Santa). Obviously, now everything goes according to plan [I sooo wrote that with a Corpse Bride tune in my head]. Continue reading “When Halloween meets Christmas”

More Dresden and freaky Fey

There’s one word that comes to my mind after reading this: FUN! Yet another Dresden graphic novel I enjoyed a lot. Although I somehow imagined Thomas differently, but I can live with that.

dresden-files-wild-cardWild Card (The Dresden Files Graphic Novels)
by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, Carlos Gómez

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A set of strange murders stirs unease among Chicago’s strongest forces. Once again Harry has to use his magical diplomatic skills to help save everyone ;P. We all know how good diplomat he is, right?

As pretty much every Dresden story this one is also entertaining, filled with action and near-death experiences. Some magic casting, a glimpse into Murphy’s past and tough negotiations (although they might’ve ended up surprisingly fast) will keep your attention. We’ll even meet Harry’s fairy godmother :). Continue reading “More Dresden and freaky Fey”

Fantastic artwork and monsters in and out

Here’s a story worth reading even if only for the graphic. Luckily the plot was also interesting and it had a nice cast of characters with the main heroine leading the way.

MonstressAwakening (Monstress #1) by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda

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Maika, a one-armed girl, with hidden powers, is searching for answers about her past. She’s willing to be enslaved by her race’s enemies to get them. But she’s not willing to die just yet.
While she’s fighting for her life and piecing the puzzles of her mystery, a dark power awakens inside her. Now she’ll have to learn to control the demon before he’ll take over her own body.

Let’s face it, the most appealing thing about this novel is graphic. I adore it! The details, the style, the colors – everything is perfect. Yes, it’s a bit brutal, but it fits. Continue reading “Fantastic artwork and monsters in and out”

Sand magic, split world and new story to follow

white-sandWhite Sand (White Sand #1) by Brandon Sanderson, Rik Hoskin, Julius M. Gopez

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The story starts with Kenton – a young, stubborn man who needs to prove his father and himself that he deserves a proper rank among Sand Masters. With his weak sand-mastery and a rather unusual fighting skills, he’s throwing himself to a trial, that only strongly-gifted are supposed to survive.

Even though it’s supposed to be the whole volume, it felt more like an introduction to the world, the characters, the situation. The first meeting of certain people that will make a mark further in the story, everyone with their own goals and distinct personalities. There’s still plenty going on – the trials Kenton goes through, the attack on his homeland, seeing the city, and more of the barbarians. Full of action with some breaks that slowly reveal the plot and character’s reasoning and goals. Overall – nicely done, but I want more :D. Continue reading “Sand magic, split world and new story to follow”