The Hobbit Written by J.R.R. Tolkien
The premise: The protagonist, Bilbo Baggins, is a hobbit–who as a race are sociable hermits. Hobbits are a reliable and predictable people–adventures are frowned upon by all respectable members of society. Though Baggins hadn’t meant to go on an adventure, that is what he did.
Story Review: [...]
I Kill Giants Written by Joe Kelly Illustrated by JM Ken Niimura
The Gist: Barbara Thorson, a strong-willed fifth grader at Birchwood Elementary School, has problems. Barbara’s home life is askew and at school she’s a frequent flier in both the principal’s and school psychologist’s offices. Barbara also sees supernatural things like fairies [...]
Could the old supernaturals be lurking there now?
Rock City is on the Georgia side of Lookout Mountain, which is about 2 hours north of where I currently call home. Geek that I am after reading American Gods I was inspired to check out the roadside attraction. Author Neil Gaiman describes part of [...]
Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale Written by Joss Whedon and Zack Whedon Artwork by Chris Samnee Published by Dark Horse Comics
The General Gist: Shepherd Derrial Book’s background is finally shared with the general public. The story follows Shepherd backward through his life and it shows an interesting de-evolution of what motivated Shepherd to [...]
Jane and the Dragon Written and Illustrated by Martin Baynton Published by Candlewick Press
The General Gist: Jane has a dream of being a knight and almost everyone she tells about the dream laughs at her. The last person Jane tells, the Jester, is the only person who doesn’t doubt Jane’s dream. When [...]
A Contract with God Written by Will Eisner Published by W. W. Norton + Company, Inc.
The General Gist: A Contract with God is the first in the set of three books and in this particular book there are four short stories, all taking place in NY state, three of which take place [...]
American Gods Written by Neil Gaiman
The premise: When the immigrants came to America, they brought their beliefs with them. Their gods (and other legendary, often mythic beings) came with them, and they are now corporeal.
Travel Review: The story focuses on mainly on Shadow’s journey through the United States as Mr. Wednesday’s, [...]
DMZ Vol. 8: Hearts and Minds Written by Brian Wood Artwork by Brian Wood, Riccardo Burchielli (Hearts and Minds) and Ryan Kelly (No Future)
The premise: DMZ is about Matty Roth,who used to be an embedded photojournalist, reporting on life in a zone neither the the Free States of America and the United [...]
Suspect Written by Kristin Wolden Nitz
The premise: Seventeen year old Jen is set to work at her grandmother’s Victorian bed and breakfast, Schoenhaus, in Augusta, MI for the summer. While there Jen’s grandmother is intent on solving the disappearance of Ellen, Jen’s mother, convinced that Ellen did not runaway like believed but [...]
Jetlag by Etgar Keret Illustrated by Actus Tragicus
The premise: An anthology of five of Etgar Keret’s short stories illustrated. Two of the five stories involve some type of travel/cultural exploration. Souvenir from Hell premise: The town gets most of it’s business by tourists from Hell. The tourists literally walk out of the [...]