Friday, July 30, 2010

Mockingjay Trailer aka I-can't-wait-for-this-book!

I want to find out what happens to Katniss and the gang!




Oo, and check out the Hunger Games t-shirts from Hot Topic!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Review: Pride and Prejudice (Graphic Novel)



Pride and Prejudice (Graphic Novel) by Jane Austen, Nancy Butler, Hugo Petrus

Hardcover: 120 pages
Publisher: Marvel Books (October 26, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 078513915X
ISBN-13: 978-0785139157

Vonze: 4 out of 5

Book Description:"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife... Tailored from the adored Jane Austen classic, Marvel Comics is proud to present Pride & Prejudice! Two-time Rita Award-Winner Nancy Butler and fan-favorite Hugo Petras faithfully adapt the whimsical tale of Lizzy Bennet and her loveable-if-eccentric family, as they navigate through tricky British social circles. Will Lizzy's father manage to marry off her five daughters, despite his wife's incessant nagging? And will Lizzy's beautiful sister Jane marry the handsome, wealthy Mr. Bingley, or will his brooding friend Mr. Darcy stand between their happiness?"

Okay, so, ever since I saw Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice, I have been obsessed. Anything that involves Jane Austen = I have to check it out.

So, one day while Oshie and I were browsing through Booksmillion, I was excited to find the first issue of the Pride and Prejudice comic on the stand. The cover looked really cool, but then I looked inside and was really disappointed by the illustrations. The characters weren't very pretty like I had hoped for them to be. Maybe I was hoping for a more anime style Pride and Prejudice and less of an American-style comic illustration, dunno.

Disappointed, I decided not to buy the comic. However, about a week later it started to bother me, cause I've been collecting Jane Austen stuff for a while now, and you know, maybe it'd be worth some money someday. Afterwards, I went back and bought it and the issues that followed.

The comics (which are now a graphic novel) follow the book really well, even better than the movie. Although I'm still really disappointed in the illustrations (I can hold out hope for a manga version), this graphic novel is still a good read. Unlike Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (lol), this graphic novel would be more helpful to students who have to read the book for class. I think it would help students visualize what happens in the story. For students and collectors alike, I wish Marvel would turn other Jane Austen books into graphic novels.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Review: The Knot Guide to Wedding Vows and Traditions


The Knot Guide to Wedding Vows and Traditions by Carley Roney

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Broadway; 1 edition (December 26, 2000)
ISBN-10: 0767902483
ISBN-13: 978-0767902489

Vonze 4.8 out of 5

Book Description: "Without letting a lot of fluff get in the way of the facts, wedding expert Carley Roney makes available "readings, rituals, music, dances, speeches and toasts" in The Knot Guide to Wedding Vows and Traditions. Third in her wedding guide series, and culled from her online experience as founder of theknot.com, this guide is a resource for classy concepts ranging from the conventional to the hip, and drawing on a broad array of cultural traditions."

So, it's official now, Oshie and I are engaged!

We've wanted to get married for a while now, so I've already been planning a few things (when you plan to get married in 6 months you need all the time you can get!). After looking at dresses online, thinking about what food to serve and where we want to get married at, I finally started thinking about what our actual ceremony should be like. That's where this book came in.

I spent a long time looking at different wedding themed books until I found this one at Booksamillion. It has a little bit of everything in it, from poems to songs to religious quotes. Bits of everything I want to include in my ceremony.

All in all, this book is very helpful for planning your vows and wedding music. I liked the variety offered in this book. I also enjoyed learning about wedding traditions in other cultures. I feel that this book is a good fit for most any couple since it covers vows and traditions from many different religions and also secular viewpoints.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Review: Twilight the Graphic Novel, Vol. 1



Twilight the Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Yen Press (March 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0759529434
ISBN-13: 978-0759529434


Vonze: 4 out of 5

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to get a copy of Twilight the Graphic Novel from paperbackswap.com. It's great to get a $13.59 book for a $3.00 book credit...yes, I love saving money! =) Paperbackswap.com = one of the best website ideas ever.

So, I gotta say, I really enjoyed Twilight as a graphic novel. Yeah, I've read the book and seen the movie, but for several reasons I like this better:

Reason 1:
Young Kim's illustrations of Bella and Edward and the other minor characters are closer to how I imagined them from the book. Yes, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are good-looking people, but once I have a mental picture in my mind of how a character should look, nothing can change it. (My imagination is stubborn.)

Reason 2:
The graphic novel follows the book better than the movie. The first movie left out a lot of scenes I wanted to see acted out (especially, the scene were Bella faints from the blood, which is one of my favorites). Young Kim's illustrations flow well and, having read the novel, I never felt confused.

Reason 3: For people who want to refresh their memories before seeing the next movies or reading the next books, the graphic novel is a quicker read than the actual novel.

I'm looking forward to Volume 2 and I also hope that the entire series is turned into graphic novels.

In My Mailbox (July 12-26)





It was a slow two weeks for books, lol, Oshie and I were moving!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Check out the UK trailer for A Most Improper Magick

Hey guys,

Check out this cute trailer for A Most Improper Magick! It brought a smile to my face =)



I got this from Stephanie Burgis' Livejournal!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

In My Mailbox (July 5-11)

Here's some of the cool books I got in the mail this month! Did I mention Oshie and I are planning to get married? =D






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