Friday, 12 March 2010

Challenge Catch Up and I Need a Partner….

This is a post to catch up on some of the challenges that I am taking part in as they require a link. I am having a great time reading from my library this year and as such I have decided to use it for my Graphic Novel challenge as I want to use the library more.

So once a week the boys and I walk up to the library, one son and I have a great time searching the shelves and other one stands at the library door and pace and eat junk food…..

So here are my Graphic Novels books so far

 

In the aftermath of the events of the novel Dracula, a now disgraced and divorced Mina Harker (née Murray), is recruited by Campion Bond on behalf of British Intelligence and tasked to assemble a league of other extraordinary individuals to protect the interests of the Empire. Together with Captain Nemo, Mina travels to Cairo to locate Allan Quatermain, then on to Paris in search of Dr. Jekyll; finally in London she forcibly recruits Hawley Griffin, The Invisible Man, who completes this incarnation of the League.

Meeting with Professor Cavor, the League are sent against Fu Manchu in his Limehouse lair, who has stolen the only known example of cavorite and plans to use it to build an offensive airship, against which Britain would have little defence.

Having eventually retrieved the cavorite, the League deliver it into the hands of their employer — none other than Professor Moriarty, who plans to use it in an airship of his own, with which he will bomb his adversary's Limehouse lair flat, taking large parts of London and the League themselves with it.

An aerial war above London commences, and the League eventually triumphs. Mycroft Holmes replaces Moriarty as the League's employer, and the extraordinary individuals are tasked to remain in service to the Crown, awaiting England's call.

© The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

 

Placed during the events of H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, Volume two opens on Mars, where John Carter and Lt. Gullivar Jones (of Edwin Lester Linden Arnold's Gulliver of Mars) have assembled an alliance to fight against Martian invaders. When the invaders are forced off Mars and land on Earth, they begin to build their tripods. Griffin under cover of invisibility leaves the League to form an alliance with the invaders.

Mycroft Holmes deploys Nemo and Hyde to defend the capital by patrolling London's rivers in the Nautilus. Meanwhile Murray and Quatermain meet up with Dr. Moreau in his secret hideout in the forest, and tell him that MI5 has asked for something known as H-142. Hyde returns to the British Museum and tortures Griffin; breaking his leg and raping him before murdering him. Hyde dies fighting a tripod, while MI5 launch H-142: a hybrid bacterium, made up of anthrax and streptococcus. But before he goes he asks Mina for a kiss, then a grab at her chest.

Nemo is infuriated about H-142, and Bond coolly replies that they will claim that, officially, the Martians died of the common cold, whilst any humans found dead will have been killed by Martians. Angered by the British government's heartless use of biological weaponry, Nemo leaves in the Nautilus and tells Quatermain and Murray to "never seek him again", mistakenly believing that they knew the details of the British plan.

© The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

 

My thoughts

Volume 1/11

I was very eager to read these set of books as this was one of those books where I actually watched the movie before I read the book.

I didn’t particularly care for the movie so straight off I was a bit MEH about the books, I was proven wrong – they are brilliant.

Alan Moore brings together heroes and villains from other tales and crafted this tantalising set of books around them saving the world. But even more than them saving the world it was a book about good and evil rubbing shoulders together and letting us the readers see where the sparks flies.

In volume one it’s a case of vital importance that brings the team together. The language is sharp and all the players have a take no prisoners sort of attitude. There is one female protag in the team and she is one scary dude…. 

Click me The drawings are very detailed and the colouring is quite rich. I also quite like the journey to get the players together, it somehow give me the chance to see how desolate all these people were as individuals, but together they were a force to be reckoned with.

Once thing I will recommend, is that knowledge of the individual players past would be an asset if you decide to read this book – as there are character like Mr Quartermain that takes some getting used to. He is not the leap tall buildings and take on all comers that I had known him as in other books..

Outside of the main plot, I was very hooked to the team dynamics and I enjoyed the friction that it created on the plot…

In Volume two, right from the first page you can tell there's a difference, Not only has the team sort out a balance of power, but character like My Jekyll is sporting is alter ego now and this guy is huge and yet he is deck out in evening wear for much of the book.

While there is a case going on around them – I like the focus of this book, more on the players themselves. Bonds are being formed and the men are being culled from the boys…

The rich colouring continues in this book and the detail of the script is so good… There were a few scenes in the book that were just so detailed, I should have known this would be the case just from the cover of the second volume..(click pic to see larger sample)

Bottom line – I really enjoyed these two volumes and I did like Alan Moore’s concept. Everything clicked and made this a terrific read for me. I have discovered there is a third books and I hope my library can find a copy for me to finish this journey

 

 

 Prelude and Nocturnes

Dream is imprisoned for decades by an occultist seeking immortality. Upon escaping, he must reclaim his objects of power while still in a weakened state, confronting an addict to his dream powder, the legions of Hell, and an all-powerful madman in the process. Guest starring several DC Comics characters including John Constantine, Scott Free, J'onn J'onzz, Scarecrow, Etrigan the Demon, the original Sandman, and Doctor Destiny. It also features the introduction of Lucifer.

 

 My thoughts

I picked this one up because if you read sci-fi or fantasy you cannot but be interested in the name Neil Gaiman. I decide to start with THE SANDMAN.

This is a dark book – but yet I liked it alot. The concept is different and I like it because of that. This is another graphic novel where old and known characters from the DC stable of super heroes makes an appearance.

The colouring veers towards the darker end of the colour palettes and as detailed as the pictures are, The scenes are desolate and have quite a gloomy atmosphere to them – but that only works in the book favour.

All the avarice of the human heart is brought into play in this book and it took a second and a third read to grasp some of what this books is about.

There are ten books in THE SANDMAN  series of books – so I have the library team on alert to find them all for me..

 

Crimson Spell

Volume 1/11

Nice fantasy books that I enjoyed… Not only did l love the story but the drawing is absolute perfection… Some of it very stereotypical but none the less wonderful to look at..

M/M reader this is one book I would definately recommend if you want to try your hand at something different..

P.S. – I didn’t get these two from the library….

 

A call to read with me…

I know you all have your own reading schedule happening….  but, I need a partner or two or three to read and chat about

Anne Bishop  - THE BLACK JEWELS TRILOGY

I need to read this book with people as I have heard so much good things about it. I just finished off my set of Juliet Marilier books and I want to start this series. However as you all know it’s more fun to have someone to chat with about them…

So if you haven’t or even if you have read them and want to hold hand with me to read and chat about this series…. let me know on comment or email me…

 

How are your challenges going – I hope very well…

 

15 Speak To Me:

Tam on 12 March 2010 at 16:00 said...

I believe Crimson Spell is on it's way to me soon. I can't wait as I've heard good things, if nothing else for the artwork alone.

Erotic Horizon on 12 March 2010 at 16:14 said...

@Tam..

You are going to love Crimson Spell - I am surprised you haven't read it yet actually...

E.H>

Leontine on 12 March 2010 at 16:23 said...

Hi EH,
I'm a big fan of The Black jewel series and I know AmyC is too. I need to get my copies back but if i can manage it I would love to chat more Black Jewel series with you :)

The CrimsonSpell graphic novels look awesome, I really love that kind of drawing style.

Chris on 12 March 2010 at 16:30 said...

Oh, The Crimson Spell artwork looks amazing!!

If you're ever looking for autographed Gaiman books and such, he spends a lot of time at local shop Dreamhaven...

Erotic Horizon on 12 March 2010 at 16:45 said...

@Leontine..

Thanks hon - I'll start dusting off my books...


Crimson Spell...


I love the flourish style as well - it is quite elegant and makes everything fells more fragile than it actually is..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 12 March 2010 at 16:49 said...

@Chirs..

The Crimson Spell artwork looks amazing

That is one of the main attraction for me - I pimp that book every chance I get...

How cool to have Gaiman so near...

The Graveyard (would be my choice)- Just from the look of it - I know it will be a good read.. I'll let you know as and when I have read it...

Have you read any of his work?....

E.H

Chris on 12 March 2010 at 17:02 said...

EH: Oh yes. Loved American Gods and Good Omens most especially! I have a signed copy of The Graveyard Book that I need to read sometime...

Hagelrat on 12 March 2010 at 20:15 said...

great choices!

Kris on 12 March 2010 at 23:33 said...

Wow. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen look awesome. I will definitely check those out. Thanks for the heads up, EH.

Like Leontine, I'm a huge fan of Anne Bishop and would be happy to discuss your thoughts about the books with you too. :)

Eyre on 13 March 2010 at 00:18 said...

I've never really "gotten into" graphic novels, but my students love them, and I'm sure that if I gave them a chance I'd find some that I really love myself. I just bought a couple of copies of a Romeo and Juliet graphic novel, and my lower level readers love it. I'm all about anything that will get these kids to read. There may not be many words on a page, but I'm just happy that they'll read something.

Donna [F.D. Ramblings] on 13 March 2010 at 02:43 said...

I dabble a little in the graphic novels. My son loves Neil Gaiman's Sandman graphic novels. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen looks like something I'd like to check out.

Oooo! The Black Jewels, I actually envy you, that your reading these books for the first time. They are a treasure. These books are what turned me to reading my PNR and UF, before them I was only reading high fantasy. They made me realize that I like to read spicier novels and needed some romance in my reading. I'll definitely comment along as you post about reading Bishop's books.

Erotic Horizon on 13 March 2010 at 12:34 said...

@Chris..

As I said before too cool...

@Hagelrat

Thanks hon..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 13 March 2010 at 12:35 said...

@Kris

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is definitely worth the read - if only to see what was being published at that time...


I will definately be chatting you up on the Bishop Trilogy...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 13 March 2010 at 12:38 said...

@Eyre..

My brother actually got me into Graphic novels and for the same reason as your kids... he was a late starter to reading and this certainly grab his attention...

I really enjoy it - it a wonderful art form...

I must look up Romeo and Juliet when I go back to the library..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 13 March 2010 at 12:41 said...

@Donna..

My son loves Neil Gaiman's Sandman graphic novels.

I knew that son of your is some kinda special... GN are the best reading material..

Amy C says the same thing - and most everyone who has read it remember that first time pleasure of reading it...

I am so looking forward to cracking those spines and getting started...

E.H>