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Multiple Martian Monograph

 One if the big movies of the past year was The Martian starring Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney. The Ridley Scott directed film is an adaptation of the novel of the same title by Andy Weir.

Now I know what you are probably thinking, there are probably hundreds of reviews out there of the film and just as many of the book. However, I’m going to take things a bit differently here. You are going to get three reviews for the price of one!
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Sunday Comics: Issue 2 – Classics In Ink And Paint

In recent years we have seen a trend to take classic works which have passed into the public domain and either reinterpret them (Wicked for example) or just present them to a new audience. So for this week’s Sunday Comics issue I’m going to review a few of these works in graphic novel form.

Alice in WonderlandAlice in WonderlandLewis Carol

This classic work of children’s literature is creatively adapted into a somewhat manga style by Rob Espinosa. It’s been a while since I’ve read Carol’s original work but to my recollection Espinosa’s adaption is true to the original. Well drawn and colored, the comic has been out for a few years now. This hardcover edition weighs in at 128 pages and is scheduled for release February 12th, 2013 from Dark Horse Comics. I read this as a review copy from the publisher, however you can find it for pre-order at Amazon.

If you are looking for a way to introduce someone to Carol’s original Wonderland I would recommend this one.

Wizard of OzL. Frank Baum

Another example of a classic redone in a manga style, OZ: The Manga by David Hutchison does a wonderful job of taking Baum’s original work and translate it into a somewhat more modern style. Hutchison takes the original style of the OZ illustrations, which had what we might now call a Steampunk feel and enhanced that vision. I can’t say I’ve read the original Wizard of Oz beyond the first chapter but from what I understand of the story this is a good adaption as opposed to a retelling. I read this in digital form purchased on my iPod, it can be found at Amazon here.

I would definitely recommend this one for its great art backed by a classic story.

Hound of the BaskervillesHound of the Baskervilles –  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I grew up a big fan of Conan Doyle’s archetypal sleuth Sherlock Holmes, I was introduced to these works in version presented on Mystery! with Jeremy Brett in the title role. I later moved on to read many of the mysteries. This graphic novel version of Hound of the Baskervilles by Patrick Thorpe and Jamie Chase takes the original story and translates it faithfully into the graphic format. I was very pleased with the effort they took to remain true to the master’s work. The art of this book is very well done, however to be honest it wasn’t my thing. This one I also am reviewing from a copy I received from the publisher, Dark Horse. You can pre-order a copy for the early March release here.

This one is a must buy for fans of the works of Conan Doyle.

So that’s it for this week’s issue of Sunday Comics, catch you next week.

Star Trek FAQ Review at Slice of SciFi

Hey all, the chaos of November is now behind us and I am coming out of my NaNoWriMo induced lack of motivation.

Just in case you missed it in the chaos of November, my review of Star Trek FAQ by Mark Clark was posted over at The Dragon Page.

The review has now also been posted over a the Slice of SciFi website.

If you haven’t already, check it out.

Empire State by Adam Christopher [Book Review]

I was thrilled to read the other day that Adam Christopher’s Empire State had received the award for Best Book of 2012 from SciFi Now magazine. I really enjoyed his debut novel and I currently have his new novel Seven Wonders on the top of my reading pile.

In honor of this well deserved accolade I decided to repost my review from The Dragon Page.

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Well that’s a wrap for this year’s Banned Books Week. I was hunting around for something cool to post for the end of the week and came across this post. I don’t think I can top it so here you go.

Any hope that there will be a very short list of challenged books between now and next year? Yeah, sadly probably not 😦

Travel Between The Pages

Today is the final official day of 2012 Banned Book Week. I thought we’d “celebrate” with this comic created by Grant Snider. You can see more of Grant’s clever work over at his website called Incidental Comics. Take a look.

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George Bernard Shaw [Banned Books Week Quote]

All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw