Friday, June 22, 2018

Fan Art Friday: James and the Giant Peach

Since Gnome and I finished James and the Giant Peach recently, I thought I'd showcase it today.
James and the Giant Peach

I found a lot of great stuff. I tried to get pictures that weren't based on the movie.















I love the last two. I like the different cast of characters, and the art style on the first one. The last one, I really love the colors, and the could men were Gnome's favorite in the book.

Which is your favorite?

Click on the pictures to see more from these artists.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Dam Keeper

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From Goodreads   Life in Sunrise Valley is tranquil, but beyond its borders lies certain death. A dangerous black fog looms outside the village, but its inhabitants are kept safe by an ingenious machine known as the dam. Pig’s father built the dam and taught him how to maintain it. And then this brilliant inventor did the unthinkable: he walked into the fog and was never seen again.

Now Pig is the dam keeper. Except for his best friend, Fox, and the town bully, Hippo, few are aware of his tireless efforts. But a new threat is on the horizon—a tidal wave of black fog is descending on Sunrise Valley. Now Pig, Fox, and Hippo must face the greatest danger imaginable: the world on the other side of the dam.

Based on the Oscar-nominated animated short film of the same name, The Dam Keeper is a lush, vibrantly drawn graphic novel by Tonko House cofounders Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi.

My Thoughts:

-    I hadn't heard about this book until I went to my library's Best Books of 2017 event. I remember wanting to read this really, but I don't remember what the librarian said about it.

-    I think this is a great beginning to what I hope is a great series. 

-    The illustrations were perfect. They were so cute, but captured the mysterious feel of the story very well.

-    There was so much mystery surrounding the MC and the town. I want to know more!!

-    I'm excited for the next book!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Mr. Knightley's Diary

Mr. Knightley's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes, #2)Goodreads Synopsis:    Relive Jane Austen's Emma- from Mr. Knightley's point of view. 

Between managing his estate and visiting his brother in London, Mr. Knightley is both exasperated and amused by his irresistibly beautiful, outrageously mischievous neighbor, Emma Woodhouse, whose misguided attempts at matchmaking are wreaking havoc in the village of Highbury. 

But when a handsome newcomer arrives and catches Emma's attention, Mr. Knightley is shocked by his reaction. Amusement gives way to another emotion entirely-for his unreasonable dislike of the handsome newcomer seems suspiciously like jealousy.



My Thoughts:

-    I randomly picked this up from the library, and it was a story that I needed at the time. I had been reading some blah things, and I wanted something fun, warm, and familiar. This fit the bill!

-    Emma is my favorite Austen novel, and I loved getting the story from Mr. Knightley's perspective. I loved his inner turmoil about Emma and Frank Churchill. I liked that I knew what was happening on Emma's side, but Knightley didn't. He didn't know about some of Emma's shenanigans until she told him about it, or he heard from other sources.

-    I love that the author stays so true to the original work. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR

Created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in Jan 2018

Top Ten Books to Read by the Pool/at the Beach

Since I don't like books around water and sand, I'm going with the alternate option of this being my summer TBR list.

The Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles, #1) A New Dawn (Star Wars)
Roller Skates Beauty and the Clockwork Beast (Steampunk Proper Romance #1)
Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure Yvain: The Knight of the Lion
The Undomestic Goddess Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)
The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)

Monday, June 18, 2018

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood

Red: The True Story of Red Riding HoodGoodreads Synopsis:    Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf. She’s not afraid of anything . . . except magic.
But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.

With the help of a blond, porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red goes on a quest to cure Granny. Her journey takes her through dwarves’ caverns to a haunted well and a beast’s castle. All the while, Red and Goldie are followed by a wolf and a huntsman—two mortal enemies who seek the girls’ help to defeat each other. And one of them just might have the magical solution Red is looking for. . . .
 




My Thoughts:

-    I know I'm posting this after Grump, but I promise I read this first. I just had to get Grump's post up because I was assigned a date.

-    I really enjoyed this one. I liked the references to Rump, and I really liked the variety of fairy tales that were used. For some reason, I just love fairy tale mash ups.

-    I'm glad Red got her own book. She was such a fun character in Rump, and it was fun to get to know her story.

-    I loved Red's character development. She went through a lot, and she had to learn so much. It was good to see her stretch and grow.

-    I really liked Red's relationships and interactions with the other characters, especially Goldie. 

-    I loved the message of this book. It is something everyone could benefit from. It talks about grief and not wanting the people we love to die. It was so good, and it tackled the topic is a great way for a middle grade book.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Emma

Today I'm showcasing my favorite Jane Austen novel.

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I wish I could have found pictures of other characters. There were a lot of Emma. I also wish there had been more scenes from the book. Oh well, I'm happy with what I found.

















The last one is my favorite. It is the closest to the characters I picture in my head, and I like the anime style. It is also one of my favorite scenes in the book.

Which one is your favorite?

If you liked a certain artist, feel free to click on the picture and view more of their work.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Star Wars #41 - #45

Star Wars #41From Goodreads:    The Leviathan is heading for the remains of Jedha, prepared to pick the carcass of the once-holy planet clean. But with Luke Skywalker torn between his allegiance to the Rebellion and pursuing the path of a Jedi, who will lead the charge against the Empire?














My Thoughts:

-    The comic translates what Benthic is saying, but do all the characters understand Torgath? No one has mentioned the language barrier, and Benthic never speaks basic.

-    I wish the whole Jedi stuff on Jedha was explained. I don't understand where Luke is and why it is important.

-    Han and Leia in a speeder is awesome!

-    What was Chewie doing? What was his mission? Why aren't they explaining things?


Star Wars #42 The Ashes of Jedha, Part VGoodreads Says Again:    The Leviathan is heading for the remains of Jedha, prepared to pick the carcass of the once-holy planet clean. But with Luke Skywalker torn between his allegiance to the Rebellion and pursuing the path of a Jedi, who will lead the charge against the Empire?














My Thoughts:

-    I'm seriously thinking of switching over to the trade books. They will sit better on my shelves, and I can get larger chunks of story at once. I just don't like the idea of having individual comics and trade books. I like everything to match. Maybe someone out there would trade me. I don't know! Anyone want to buy my comics?

-    The story has turned into A New Hope. They get the plans to the giant weapon they can't hurt and find its weakness.

-    I love that Luke reflects on Jyn and the Rogue One crew, and he connects how he couldn't have destroyed the Death Star without them.

-    There are some great Han moments in this issue.


Star Wars (2015-) #43From Goodreads:    THE ASHES OF JEDHA CONCLUDES! The battle between the Empire and the Rebellion over the Kyber mines of Jedha comes to an explosive conclusion…with help coming from the most unexpected source.















My Thoughts:

-    I haven't read these in a while, so I don't remember what is going on.

-    Everything wrapped up all nice in this issue, and it was good to see Han take command.

-    The artwork is fantastic in this issue. It almost looks like photos.


Star Wars (2015-) #44Goodreads Says:    THE REBELLION NEEDS YOU! The Empire takes from all of us — our freedom, our dignity, our hopes and for some, even our lives. The Rebel Alliance fights to take back our galaxy from the forces of oppression…but we need your help! Be a part of the solution — JOIN THE REBELLION TODAY!













My Thoughts:

-    The cover looks like an old war poster.

-    The synopsis sounds like an old war ad.

-    Hooray! Admiral Ackbar is in this issue. I wish he had larger roles in the comics and books. I want to get to know him better. Maybe this is my chance!

-    Ha! I love when Han "handles" situations.

-    I'm glad they kept the same artist from the last storyline. They should just keep him around permanently.

-    This was a really fun issue. I love seeing Leia be all diplomatic and Han being Han. 


Star Wars (2015-) #45From Goodreads:    THE REBELLION NEEDS YOU! The Empire takes from all of us — our freedom, our dignity, our hopes and for some, even our lives. The Rebel Alliance fights to take back our galaxy from the forces of oppression…but we need your help! Be a part of the solution — JOIN THE REBELLION TODAY!













My Thoughts:

-    What is it with Luke and weird colored milk? Why does he like it so much?

-    OMG!! Hera and Zeb are in this issue! They are part of a crowd, and they don't say anything, but they are there!! 

-    I love the way Leia handled the shape shifter. She is awesome!

-    This was a fun issue. I like that Wedge made an appearance, and other pilots from Red Squadron got to honor the pilots they lost in the Death Star battle.