July 2017: Clive Barker/Neil Gaiman - Graphic Novels/Young Adult

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July 2017: Clive Barker/Neil Gaiman - Graphic Novels/Young Adult

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1LibraryCin
Jul 6, 2017, 3:20pm

Thought I'd start a thread for July.

2LibraryCin
Editado: Jul 6, 2017, 3:23pm

I have a few I'd like to try to get to:

The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes / Neil Gaiman (covers both NG and graphic novels)

I'm not sure either of these is really YA, but I believe they have both been tagged such:
Blood Bound / Patricia Briggs
Brimstone / Douglas Preston

Also, if I have extra time, I might get to:
Locke and Key: Clockworks (Volume 5) / Joe Hill (graphic novel)

3sturlington
Jul 6, 2017, 4:13pm

I don't normally read graphic novels, I don't like Clive Barker, and I don't have any Neil Gaiman novels to read. My thought is, if I remember to, I'll get one of Gaiman's children's books from the library and read it with my son.

4luvamystery65
Jul 6, 2017, 4:24pm

I'm reading/listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Probably read Volume 2 of Preacher.

5LibraryCin
Jul 6, 2017, 5:04pm

>3 sturlington: Have to admit, I've never tried Clive Barker. But, I think I have plenty for this month, anyway!

6LibraryCin
Jul 14, 2017, 8:38pm

I wouldn't have considered this YA, but a few people have tagged it that way, so I'll add it here:

Blood Bound / Patricia Briggs
4 stars

This is book 2 of the series. Mercedes (Mercy) is a mechanic and a shapeshifter (coyote) who was raised by werewolves, so she knows them and their society well. There are also vampires in the area with whom she is acquainted. She owes Stefan, one of those vampires, a favour, so she accompanies him in her coyote form to see someone. When they arrive, Stefan is put under a spell while they watch a hotel maid murdered; other hotel employees have already been murdered this night. They discover that the guy who brought them there, and who did the murdering is a sorcerer-vampire, and Mercy is warned away while the vampires and werewolves try to hunt him down to destroy him before he murders more.

I really liked this one. It especially picked up in the second half when Mercy (of course!) had to get more involved again. There was a particularly tense (i.e. scary!) scene, at one point (at least for me it was!). There are a lot of characters and I did get a few mixed up occasionally (Stefan/Samuel, Adam/Andre, and a few others who I just couldn’t remember if they were introduced in book 1 or if I “skimmed” a section where they were introduced earlier in this book). However, that didn’t diminish my enjoyment very much.

7LibraryCin
Jul 17, 2017, 10:15pm

The Sandman. Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes / Neil Gaiman
3.5 stars

Dream (aka The Sandman) was captured and imprisoned 70 years ago. Once he escapes, he goes looking for his objects of power, at least one of which is being used by a madman.

I liked this, particularly the last issue in this volume, the introduction of Dream’s sister, Death. I also enjoyed the bit in the diner. Some parts were hard to follow, but I enjoyed the parts that were a bit easier. Funny most of the parts I liked best (except for Death) focused more on human characters. I guess I can’t do a very good summary because I suppose I missed too many things. I did like the artwork and I do plan to continue the series, though.

8luvamystery65
Jul 17, 2017, 10:34pm

I finished The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. I enjoyed it very much. It was just the right amount of creepy. Still thinking this one over and I'll come back and comment once my thoughts are more settled.

I started Preacher, Book 2 by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon I'm halfway through already. Book 1 was crazy and this one is even crazier.

9mathgirl40
Jul 19, 2017, 9:48pm

I recently finished The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman. It was one of this year's Hugo Best Related Work nominees. This is the review I'd posted on my Category Challenge thread:

This is a collection of Gaiman's speeches, essays, introductions to other people's works and other assorted writings. I've always been a fan of Gaiman's work. He is a good writer and also a great audiobook narrator, so listening to this collection was, on the whole, very enjoyable. However, there was a lot of repetition, often with 2 or even 3 pieces devoted to the same topic. Many of the pieces, such as his "Make Good Art" speech, are inspirational, encouraging writers, artists and readers to persevere in their passions. While the words were nice to hear, it didn't really do much for me, as it's not as if I need encouragement to keep using the library or buying books! I would have liked to hear more about Gaiman's writing process or his analysis of works that influenced him. Still, there are some real gems in this collection, such as his description of an interview with Lou Reed.

I have Clive Barker's Hellraiser Masterpieces, Volumes 1 and 2, from a Humble Bundle purchase I made a few years ago, and will try to get to these before the end of the month.

10mathgirl40
Jul 19, 2017, 9:50pm

>7 LibraryCin: I really enjoyed the Sandman series. A friend of mine lent me the beautiful deluxe edition and it was a treat reading it.

>8 luvamystery65: I've not read Ocean at the End of the Lane yet, though it's been on my reading list for ages. Glad to hear you liked it.

11sturlington
Editado: Jul 25, 2017, 6:30pm

Despite all my best efforts to the contrary, I have managed to fulfill all aspects of the challenge by reading the young adult graphic novel adaptation of Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

ETA It helped that it took just an afternoon to read it and, like all Gaiman, it was very absorbing.

12LibraryCin
Jul 25, 2017, 7:13pm

>11 sturlington: Congrats! :-)

13sturlington
Jul 25, 2017, 10:17pm