This month’s mini reviews feature two from quite a few years ago that I hadn’t read until now – plus a 2015 release as well! I’m not sure what I expected with the older titles, but they were definitely not what I thought it would be. This first one is a tad longer than just a “mini” review. As you can see, I clearly had a lot to say about it.
The bestselling book gets a graphic novel treatment with Ruiz & Sampere’s take on Coelho’s tale about an Andalusian shepherd boy who sells his sheep to travel to Egypt in search of a treasure buried by the Pyramids.
Yes, I’ve heard so much about how life changing The Alchemist is, and I am sad to admit that I have not been able to get through the novel version. So I was interested to see if the graphic novel would be different. And different, it certainly was.
The preface of the book shares that Coelho has long wanted to see his book as a graphic novel and he quickly knew that this proposal would be the one. I’m a bit surprised, as what I had known about the novel was that it was philosophical and deep, allowing readers to ponder life. Yet I found some of the illustrations both distracting and felt out of place altogether. Some of the sexual nature of the drawings (as I snapshot below) did not fit, to me, with the overall theme and message of what The Alchemist should have been. Between that and the adaptation, I felt the story a bit disjointed. At least this version has piqued my interest enough to give the written version another chance so I can see what the original story should have been like.
Usagi Tsukino is a young teenager who dislikes school and is obsessed with Sailor V on TV. One day she meets a mysterious talking cat named Luna who tells her that she is Sailor Moon. One by one, she meets and recruits the other Sailor Scouts to battle the forces of evil.
I grew up watching Sailor Moon on TV yet had never read the manga until now. I’ve read very few mangas previously so the format was a bit challenging to get used to at first, as it reads right to left. I’m interested to read the next volume, as I found this first one a bit boring since it was all just the introductions of the characters – which, being familiar with the show, I was already semi-aware of. It was amusing to see how love-crazy Usagi really is though, with crushes on both her male & female friends. I also didn’t realize how odd and somewhat creepy her relationship with Tuxedo Mask is, given how old she’s supposed to be.
The daughter of an assassinated kingpin is kidnapped and held captive in an internment camp before she breaks free.
In all honesty, I read this last month and can’t remember too much more about it. I didn’t hate it, nor did I absolutely love it. It’s got a very dark and gritty feel to the story in its characters and action sequences. Curious to see where it goes and perhaps Volume 2 might make a more lasting impression in my memory.