I hate being sick. It prevents anything from being done, ever. Only one review made it online this week (though I’m trying to have one done for tomorrow, maybe). Not that I’ve been much more productive than that on my own, but.
After ignoring the growing stack for a while, I reviewed a new Campfire graphic novel. This one was an adaptation of a Greek myth, Stolen Hearts: The Love of Eros and Psyche. It was a very serviceable graphic novel, but I kept wishing both the writer and artist had done more.
I finished a mania review of Very! Very! Sweet volume 8. I looked at this volume of the manhwa series on Suite 101 before, but this review is a longer version of what I wrote previously.
I’ve been slow at writing posts this week! Let’s do this quick:
Two new reviews went up on Suite101 this week. First there’s Knights Volume 2 from Digital Manga. This volume of the manga was fun, just like the last, but it’s still following a pretty stereotypical track.
Another review was Moby Dick, another graphic novel adaptation from Campfire. The art was really wonderful in this comic, and the writer made it work
as a graphic novel.
I also got a new blog post up on my new reading blog, Bookworm’s Corner. In this post I looked at one of my all time favorite books, A Ring of Endless Light.
Things are going OK on the fiction-writing front. Maybe I’ll actually post something sometime?
Got up my review of Treasure Island from Campfire Comics. The other two graphic novels I’ve reviewed from time were pretty good, but this one was quick and abrupt, which made the story uninteresting, and the art… well, the art was just bad. I’ll probably review Moby Dick from them next, at least the art looks really nice.
I managed to squeeze out three reviews for Suite101 over the past week (well, week and a half, I posted the first one last Wednesday): Gente volume 1 by Natsume Ono, Maoh: Juvenile Remix volume 2 by Megumi Osuga and Kotaro Osaka, and a graphic novel adaptation of Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Lewis Helfand and Vinod Kumar.
I didn’t like Gente as much as I liked the manga it’s connected to, Ristorante Paradiso. It didn’t have a continuous story running through it, which isn’t necessary, but in this case it became pretty boring. Maoh also had a problem with capturing my attention – the main character just isn’t doing anything, so hopefully that changes in the next volume (but seriously, 3 volumes to get a main character to make an impression on the plot?)
I got A Journey to the Center of the Earth from Campfire, a graphic novel publisher that’s actually based in India! The comics have always been in English, but they’re publishing them stateside now through Random House. Someone from the company read one of my graphic novel reviews and contacted me personally. He tried to get Random House to send me some review copies, but something went wrong and it just wasn’t happening. But instead of forgetting about it, he sent me a couple of books himself! It was really great. I still have a copy of their Frankenstein graphic novel to review, and one of Campfire’s authors sent me an email asking if I would like some of his books, so maybe I’ll be getting those soon.
I also finished a review for a shojo manga, which will be posted on Mania.com! It should be up on September 1st, I think. I’m very excited about having my stuff posted on another site, so hopefully it continues to work out.