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Today I am reviewing Bone. This is considered by many to be the best fantasy graphic novel and one of the best comics of all time. Written by Jeff Smith, it is the story of three small creatures in a new and strange land, discovering many unusual and new animals and a war as old as time itself.

On the cover, we see our protagonist, Fone Bone, being ambushed by a rat creature.

On the cover, we see our protagonist, Fone Bone, being ambushed by a rat creature.

Bone is the story of three brothers. Fone Bone, the rational one is like a normal human. While annoyed with his brothers at times, he still loves them and stands by them. Smiley Bone, the well-meaning one. He is the comedy relief in the story. Although he only wants the best of his fellow beings, he is not bright, and is often influenced by his brothers. Phoney Bone, the smartest, and greediest one. He often causes most of the problems, out of his love for wealth, but still feels a sense of loyalty to his brother. They are chased out of their own home town due to Phoney Bone’s scams into a new land. Here things aren’t quite the same. Here, there be dragons, and a war is about to occur that could destroy the world itself.

This is amazing. It’s hard to say anything bad about this. Art is superb, characters are all likable. The villain is scary, and never fully seen. Plot is suspenseful, and all characters change and develop through the course of the story. It is possibly one of the greatest books I have read. This book is great for everyone, of all ages. Lovers of romances, sci-fi, war, politics, rebellion stories will love this. I am not giving this book nearly enough credit, but I don’t know any words to adequately describe this. This deserves, and should get better, than my rating.

This book gets a 10 out of 10

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Happy Graphic Novel Week! The first comic that I am reviewing is my personal favorite. I am reviewing Maus, written and illustrated by Art Spiegelman. It is about how a jewish person survived the Halocaust. It is also about how it emotionally scarred him and how it affected his relationship with his son.

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On the cover is the main character, Vladek, and his wife, Anja. Behind them is the infamous swastiska.

 

       Maus is the story of the author’s father, Vladek Spiegelman. It is the story of how he survived the events leading up to and during World War 2. It is the story of how he stuck together with his wife Anja through the horrible anti-semitism and the unspeakable work camps. It is also the story of how his son, the author, has to deal with his father’s emotional scars from the work camps. It is a story of survival and family.

     Maus is one of the greatest books I have read. It has excellent symbolism,( the Nazis are cats, and the Jews are mice.) It also has excellent art, and wonderful characters. The plot is very exciting, and it is very hard to put down until the very last page. The best part, however, is the perspective. Most stories we hear about the work camps are about large groups of these very unfortunate people. This book tells the story of the individual, the survivor, the emotionally scarred. It is an amazing book. I urge everyone reading this to get it from the libary or buy it. You will want to read this over and over again. This book is for all ages, and all lovers of comics, and anyone even remotely intrested in Nazi Germany. 

 I rate this book a 10 out of 10

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Today I am reviewing Stardust, the story of a young man who journeys into the mythical land of Faerie to retrieve a falling star. I have reviewed a book by this author, Neil Gaiman, with Coraline. Stardust has gotten great reviews from several newspapers and magazines, and even got a good review from Stephen King.

 

 

On the cover is The Wall, which borders our world from Faerie, and the shooting star that Tristan has to get.

On the cover is The Wall, which borders our world from Faerie, and the shooting star that Tristan has to get.

 

Tristan Thorn is in love with a beautiful young woman named Victoria. But in order to win her heart, he journeys across The Wall, into the land of Faerie to retrieve a fallen star. It would seem easy, but two others are also searching for the star, one for power, and one for life. And in Faerie, nothing, even a fallen star, is what it seems.

 

This is an outstanding book. Great characters, great plot, great setting, great descriptions. This is a great book for any teen or adult who enjoys fantasy. Unfortunately, young kids cannot read this book, due to sensual themes that happen sometimes in the book. But anyone else will love this book.

 

I rate this book a 10 out of 10

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Today I am reviewing Evil Genius, written by Catherine Jinks. It is the story of a boy who goes to the Axis Institute for World Domination. This book has received excellent reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly.

 

This is the cover of Evil Genius

 

In Evil Genius, Cadel Piggot is one of the world’s smartest kids. He is fascinated with systems, and is an ingenious hacker, and always felt a hatred for those around him.  For these reasons, when he graduates high school at age 14, his therapist enrolls him in the Axis Institute of World Domination. But when he discovers a horrible secret (besides the obvious), he starts to question everything, from the Axis Institute to things he has always took for granted.

 

This book is tremendous. You can identify with the characters, the setting is tremendous, and the descriptions are vivid. But the best part is the plot. It will hook you. You will not want to put this book down. And if you like this book, there is a sequel out, Genius Squad, which I will review eventually. This book would be great for fans of science fiction and Alex Rider.

 

I rate this book a 10 out of 10

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Today I am reviewing The Golden Compass, written by Philip Pullman. It is the story of a world that is similar to ours yet different. In this world, for instance, witches are real, polar bears can talk, and everyone has a daemon, which is a companion that never leaves their human’s side.

 

On the cover is Lyra, her daemon Pantalaimon, and her companion in the North, Iorek Byrnson

On the cover is Lyra, her daemon Pantalaimon, and her companion in the North, Iorek Byrnson

 The Golden Compass is the story of a girl named Lyra, who lived in Jordan college. She was living a happy life until Mrs. Coulter, a beautiful woman, comes and adopts her. She seems to be charming at first, but when Lyra suspects that Mrs Coulter has kidnapped children, she runs away to the north to find her uncle. However, she has no idea how to get there or why Mrs Coulter has kidnapped these children. Her only clues is a Golden Compass a professor gave her at Jordan, and hushed talk of a mysterious new particle. Will Lyra find her Uncle? And what is this particle called Dust?

 

This book is marvelous. Great descriptions, great plot, great imagination, great everything. It hooks you from the first sentence on. And the best part of it is, that even though this book is great, the sequel is even better. This would be a wonderful book for anyone who enjoys fantasy, and who liked the movie. Trust me, you will not regret reading this book.

 

I rate this book a 10 out of 10.

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Today I am reviewing The Princess Bride, written, (or as he says, abridged) by William Goldman. It is a story of true love and high adventure. This one of the greatest books I have ever read.

 

On the cover is Buttercup, with Westley

On the cover is Buttercup, with Westley

 

 

The Princess Bride is the story of a woman called Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world. Buttercup is to be married to the king of Florin because of her beauty. However, when she gets captured by three pirates who plan to cause a war between Guilder and Florin, she gets caught up in an adventure that will leave the reader wanting for so much more.

 

This is one of the greatest books I have ever read. It has great descriptions, colorful characters, a very curious setting, and a spell-binding plot. It will hook you from the first sentence onward. I loved it so much, I read through the entire book in one sitting. This book for anyone and everyone.

 

I rate this book a 10 out of 10

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 Today I am reading The Giver. It is the story of a perfect world which isn’t quite as it appears. This book was written by Lois Lowry.

 

 

On the cover is The Giver

On the cover is The Giver

In The Giver, Jonas is an 11 year old boy living in the Community, a place where everything is organized and perfect. There is no famine, poverty, or war. In the Community, jobs are assigned at age 12. On Jonas’ 12th birthday, he assigned to receive some memories from The Giver. He is only one in this world who remembers pain, suffering, and joy. Soon Jonas knows the painful truth about his community. What will Jonas do?

 

This book is fantastic. Incredible imagination, wonderful plot, great descriptions. I can not find anything wrong with this book. It also has a companion, Gathering Blue. This book would be wonderful for people who like 1984 or The City of Ember.

 

I rate this book 10 out of 10

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