Friday, October 24, 2014

Meka by Jean-David Morvan, Bengal

The story follows a Lieutenant and a Corporal who pilot a giant robot called a Meka. They are fighting in a war and after their Meka is damaged in battle they must travel through the remains of their most recent battle ground to survive.

The story really didn't have any direction, but what really saved the book for me was the art. The graphics were incredible.

Rating 3 out of 5

Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 2 by Comptiq

A collection of art covers and a short comic, the book was all right, entertaining. The art is your typical manga, girls in colorful outfits, with lots of frills.

I would have liked if the comic would have been longer, the comic was only like 10 percent of the book and the rest was just covers. The very colorful, internet like style of the graphics made me think of Dance, Dance Revolution, so it made me laugh.

Rating 3 out of 5

999 Frogs and a Little Brother by Ken Kimura, Yasanuri Murakami

This book was cute and charming; the story follows the youngest of 999 frog brothers. The littlest frog develops slower than the others and as he becomes separated he goes in search of his big brothers and in the process becomes a big brother to a baby crayfish.

The book is short and perfect for young readers ages 3 to 5, little kids who are barely learning to read. The way this book is written and the cartoons actually took me back to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, these books are for children so the 5 year old in me loved the book, the adult in me might find this book too short, but adult me isn't the target audience.

The illustrations are very colorful and engaging, as such little children will love this book. The simple text makes it easy for young readers to grasp and understand what they're reading. 

Rating 5 out of 5

Thursday, October 23, 2014

White Death by Robbie Morrison and Charlie Adlard

The story follows the despair of the conflict at the Austrian-Italian border during World War I.

Pietro Aquasanta has returned to his old village as a soldier and is now encountered with the sorrows of war. Through the story he often clashes with Orsini, his commanding officer, who has adopted an approach of kill or be killed and do whatever it takes for you to survive and screw the brother standing next to you.

The story is sad and the black and white of the drawings really works well to convey the story.

Rating 4 out of 5

FBP: Federal Bureau Of Physics Vol. 2: Wish You Were Here (FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics) by Simon Oliver, Robbi Rodriguez

Agents Adam Hardy and Rosa Reyes continue their searches, one for his father's stolen research, the other for the universe she was born in and was happy with her family.

The book was alright, it was engaging and captivating because hey who doesn't love the multiverse theory. A minute difference is all that separates one universe from another and so on; that's the stuff of sci-fi dreams.

The ending was very cliffhanger-y, so you will be looking forward to a followup.

Rating 3 out of 5

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild! by Lincoln Peirce

21535712Nate Wright is the star of his own universe. This book is a collection of strips from the Big Nate comic strips. The book is hilarious, granted it's marketed to children but this book can bring a laugh to everyone. Nate is a very smart kid, with a very sarcastic mouth and a knack for detention. 

He can tell you the most ancient facts of baseball, but don't ask him what he retained from class; you'd be asking too much.

His smart alecky attitude really brings a laugh out of you on every page.  
Rating 5 out of 5

A Very Married Christmas by Erika Marks

I hate speaking ill of books, but I did not like this book. The story follows Beck and Marley Chambers, two former high school sweethearts that after ten years of marriage are about to be divorced. The have been apart for a year now and are reunited at a friends wedding back in their hometown.

Beck was a very dislikable character, he shows up to a friends wedding with a new girlfriend, sees his still wife Marley and realizes he still has feelings for her. First of, he could have made an effort to save his marriage. Then, bringing a new girlfriend to a friends wedding, when you're not divorced yet, trashy. Then going on about how he has feelings for his wife, if he really cared, he could have tried.

Marley was nice, she leaves her husband because when she sought a career, he was unsupportive and then when her cookbook become a bestseller, he makes her feel bad for having obligations that don't center around him.

Yes, they get a Christmas miracle and are able to reconcile and save their marriage, but still Beck was an ass. Even when he gets back together with Marley and she asks what about his girlfriend, he's like what about her. Beck was basically an ass in the middle of a mid-life crisis; did not feel the love in this book.

Rating 2 out of 5