Book Review #25: Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo– The Road to Epoli

What’s up, guys! This was a delightful read. More than ever it makes me really want to publish my first book. This one’s going to be pretty short, almost like a mini review.

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“You are someone, Rickety Stitch. That much I know.”

Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli by Ben Costa & James Parks (208 pages) is about Rickety, a free-thinking skeleton who comically misses the point and has some disturbing dreams. Recently through a haunting song that stirs up memories in Rickety’s head and after being fired from a dungeon-keeper job, he decides to go on a journey to discover who/what he was before a singing skeleton.

I hadn’t expected too much out of this story besides some awesome art, but I found the story kind of heartwarming. To be honest not too much happens in this book. I will say it’s a great set up because I am eager for the second book.

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Hidden Gem #2: Our Cats are More Famous Than Us

I love Yuko Ota and Ananth Hirsh’s works and their individual ones as well. I literally have Buzz! and Lucky Penny on my bookshelf now. I didn’t know about their webcomic though. *whispers* I’m a Bad Fan.

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“I hate octopuses.

An animal that gross has no business being that smart.—John (pg 236).”

Our Cats are More Famous Than Us by Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota (416 pages) is about their day-to-day lives (really, there’s a lot of morning coffee drinking here) in comic form. Some of the comics focus on cultural things (between Japanese and Indian culture), apartment shenanigans, the art process, and, of course, their many cats. I’m not a cat lover, but I find the cat comics super adorable. Maybe it’s because they are drawn so cutely?

There’s even a surprise conclusion that’s pretty heartwarming. I didn’t see it coming. But I wish them happiness regarding it.

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It’s grrrreat *in my Tony the Tiger voice*

CHARACTERS:

Well, these are all supposed to be portrayals of the real-life authors and their friends. Their friend John is absolutely hilarious. Everything he says (in the webcomic) sounds like the lead in an action thriller.

OVERALL:

Don’t be scared by the thickness of this omnibus. You can read this book so quickly because the comics themselves are usually between 3-5 panels.

I definitely recommend it. 😀

Book Review #10: Newsprints

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Graphic novels are a huge love of mine, so Newsprints was a guaranteed read.

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Newsprints by Ru Xu (208 pg) introduced Blue, a young orphan girl, who working as a newsboy got offered an apprenticeship with the eccentric inventor, Jack. From meeting Jack, many opportunities opened for her, and she later encountered a woman, Jill, and a strange boy named Crow. Throughout the discovery of new people and the bustle of newspapers, Blue worried how her orphan brothers/friends would treat her if they knew her true gender.

I enjoyed reading this story. It started a bit slow but once the momentum quickened and Hector, the oldest orphan boy, arrived I was hooked. I did wonder where the story was set, I thought it was in a fictional 19th century.

Honestly, I spent a bunch of time just marveling at the art.

CHARACTERS:

Blue is not particularly exciting but she is likable, not annoying and sweet.

Crow has too much cuteness inside him, and I adore him immensely. He is a free spirit and just wants to play with birds. Where his strong dislike of adults stemmed from was interesting to learn. He’s stylish with his poofy red scarf too.

Hector, an aspiring news reporter, is desperate for a groundbreaking story and he thinks Blue can help him find it. He is a super cool “big brother type.” Although he is near twenty, he is still quite childish.

The side characters are wonderful, each one is unique. Hector, Jill, and Crow are equally all my favorites. Hector is just a bit higher in my favorite poll, though.

ART:

Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous art. Xu’s color direction is visually-pleasing. The white highlights mesh well with the artwork. Her style is sleek, bright, and colorful, and her characters are expressive.

OVERALL:

A fun read for any age. I am not sure if this is a stand-alone book or not, but I would read a sequel if there was one.

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Hidden Gem: Caveboy Dave

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Mini Review!

Caveboy Dave by Aaron Reynolds and Phil McAndrew (239 pg) is a pleasant surprise rampant with gross-out and clever humor. Even though its audience is children, it does not treat them as if they are stupid. I had not expected much from this book, but it has earned a new fan. Dave is a loveable but, of course, misunderstood inventor, who comes from a long-line of cavemen inventors. During the caveman equivalent of a coming-of-age ceremony, he tries to find himself and not get killed. I enjoyed the cast of characters and actually laughed a few times. I will be reading the sequel!

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Book Review#9: Hackerteen: Internet Blackout

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Hackerteen: Internet Blackout by Marcelo Marques (112 pages) read like an educational cartoon such as the ones with a measly ten minutes of a fun plot then twenty minutes of stuff you are supposed to learn.

STORY:

Yago was a boy too consumed with computers, so his parents, afraid he would go down the wrong path, sent him to an ethical computer-hacking academy. While there he met a group of mismatched computer hacking kids, who were flat as cardboard cutouts. Seriously, I only knew like two of the group of four/five kids’ names.

After being converted to the ways of computer-hacking righteousness (to be honest, Yago never did anything wrong beforehand. His parents just freaked out instead of limiting his computer-use), Yago’s family ran into money troubles. As his hacking skills improved, Yago received suspicious calls for UNETHICAL *gasp* hacking.

I did not quite understand the hacking academy. What was the significance of the monks, and why did the school give out colored belts like a karate class?

CHARACTERS:

Could you even call the cast characters? Yago was supremely bland, actually, the whole cast was. Maybe Hackerteen was meant to be more story-driven as opposed to character-driven?

ART:

The artwork was a bit wonky but quirky. There are some nice artistic moments but mainly it is below average. Also, Yago’s character design leaves a lot to be desired. As a twelve-year-old, he dressed like a normal kid, but at seventeen he looked like an anime character, a Speed Racer-reject to be exact.

OVERALL:

Eh, this book was not entertaining at all. It was just too dry like cornbread lodged in your throat without a drink to wash it down. I did not have high expectations for this story, so at least I was not disappointed.

I could only recommend this to someone younger than ten years old. Not sure if anyone older, who was not a parent, would appreciate it.

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