July 2017: Clive Barker/Neil Gaiman - Graphic Novels/Young Adult
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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)
Blood Bound / Patricia Briggs
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.
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.
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.
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.
ETA It helped that it took just an afternoon to read it and, like all Gaiman, it was very absorbing.