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Slaughterhouse Five GN

Slaughterhouse-Five, or the Children’s Crusade by Ryan North, based on Kurt Vonnegut’s work. Pub Date 15 September 2020.

Look at this, a Graphic Novel of the classic science fiction novel. It is a very bold, and in my opinion, successful adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s. The GN doesn’t just simply repeat the story, it enhances it with its well-drawn graphics. Vonnegut’s weird witticism and dark humour are transferred well to the new format.

Definitely a gem among the GN.

5/5 Goodreads stars

Steampunk expedition to Mars?

Castle in the Stars: A Frenchman on Mars by Alex Alice, Pub Date 08 September 2020.

This is the fourth part of the steampunk graphic novel series by French Author Alex Alice. The Knights of Ether are on their way to Mars, to find the King and rescue Seraphin’s father.

On Mars they not only get separated, but they encounter mysterious creatures, an ancient dying civilisation on Mars.

The painted backgrounds and the pictures of the space ships are exquisit.

As always, we are left with a cliffhanger. I’m looking forward to book 5.

4/5 Goodreads stars

TBR Recalibration

About a month ago I had big plans for my June reading. As it turns out, I can reuse most of them for this month as well. Hooray for the opportunity to give you an easy update, but a big eye-roll from my ever-growing stack of unread books.

I didn’t manage to make a lot of progress on The Stand or even start A Conjuring of Light. But to cut me some slack, I decided to look at them as more of a long term goal. So let’s just say I’m pretty sure I can finish them until Christmas.

My focus this month will be on our buddy read of The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again and also on Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. Yes, that’s another huge doorstopper in addition to The Stand. No, I don’t know what has gotten into me. I borrowed it from a colleague, so now I feel compelled to get through it rather quickly.

Another book I will definitely pick up this month is the highly anticapted third Adventure Zone graphic novel, Petals to the Metal. I just got the shipping confirmation and I am really excited. If you are not (yet) familiar with The Adventure Zone, it’s a wonderful actual play podcast that starts with an epic Dungeons and Dragons campaign called The Balance Arc. Every graphic novel so far is an adapation of a single Balance quest.

To avoid another TBR recalibration, I won’t make any other predications just to throw them overboard anyway.

The Greek Mythology Fanfiction You Need

This is a public service announcement for anyone who – like me – has listened to Stephen Fry’s Greek Mythology books Mythos and Heroes multiple times and needs more while waiting for the release of Troy.

Some weeks ago I fell down a Goodreads rabbit hole and discovered Lore Olympus, a WEBTOON comic by Rachel Smythe. I’m usually not a big fan of romance stories, but you have probably never seen anyone tear through more than one hundred episodes as fast as I did.

It is a fun way to scratch that Greek mythology itch, although it does not strictly follow the original lore. I enjoyed the different take on Persephone and Hades’ story that manages without abduction and Stockholm syndrome. There are still some triggers, but there are always warnings in place if you prefer to skip those scenes. In the later episodes, trauma and grief are handled in a very delicate way.

While life on Earth takes place in the time of Ancient Greece, everything on Olympus is very modern – think smartphones, night clubs and Gods driving sparkling sports cars. It makes for a very entertaining contrast. I could go on and on about how I love to see all those mythological personalities portrayed in a very human way. Persephone and Hades have such a sweet dynamic, Hermes is the buddy we all need and a certain someone will forever be Asspollo in my mind. No, that’s not a typo.

Season 1 is done and the next season starts on August 2. So if I got you interested, right now would be the perfect time to jump on the bandwagon and start with episode 1.

Spies and Aliens in Cold War East Berlin?

That’s basically what made me request the ARC for this GN Strange Skies Over East Berlin by Jeff Loveness and Lisandro Estherren, publisher Boom!, publishing date: August 18th, 2020.

The premise was very interesting, 1973 in East Berlin, a hot-spot of spies from both sides of the Cold War. Some of these spies so deep undercover that they themselves don’t remember who they really are. Into this keg of powder crashes an alien.

This is where the tropes start. Spies distrust each other and everyone else. Aliens are bad and drive the humans crazy. We never get to know why the alien crashed here on Earth, nor how it can and why it would draw out the secrets from a human’s mind.

It feels like two different stories, forced together; or one story where a large part of the plot is missing.

The story doesn’t contain any fresh elements to the tropes mentioned. The artwork is okay-ish, but nothing outstanding. There is nothing new here but the setting.

2/5 Goodreads stars

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