|My name is Zach, I've been with McLean and Eakin for a few years now and I am still loving every second I spend here. I didnt really find my love for books until early highschool when one of my teachers lent me a copy of Slaughterhouse 5. I've been a slave to the bookstore ever since. I've expanded to my love of reading to Graphic Novels and General Fiction not just Classics anymore. I've been around the world and back a couple of times and there is still no place I'd rather be then McLean and Eakin hunting for that next best book.|
"Did I just read a comic book or watch an episode of Firefly?" That is the question you will be asking yourselv after reading this graphic novel. If you are a fan of Joss Whedon's cult TV show Firefly at all you will absolutely love this book. While reading, you can almost hear the voices of Mal and his crew causing trouble. It has everything that you would want from an episode of Firefly, even the cursing in Chinese! I can not recommend this enough, if you love the show like I do, or just enjoy a very well crafted graphic novel. If you get a chance to read this, take it. You won't be disappointed.
Every day, a bodiless, genderless teenager named A, wakes up in the body of another person around his age, all in the same vicinity. He tries to go through his/her life without changing the lives of the people who's body he inhabits, until one day he meets and falls in love with a girl, which changes everything. On one hand, this book is a young adult supernatural romance. On the other hand, it expresses some of the seriousness of the problems teens face. It grapples with clinical depression, religion, bullying, sexual orientation, and even what it's like to be a junkie, all expressed through A waking up in the body of a person who suffered from those problems and then experienced them him/her self. This is a great story written by an outstanding author and perfect for any teenager or adult looking for a quick fun read.
The tiny, isolated fishing village of Large Mouth never saw much excitement — until the arrival of the stranger, that is. Wrapped from head to toe in bandages and wearing weird goggles, he quietly took up residence in the sleepy town's motel. Driven by curiosity, the town folk quickly learn the tragic story of his past, and of the terrible accident that left him horribly disfigured. Eventually, the town embraces the stranger as one of their own — but do his bandages hide more than just scars? Inspired by H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man, The Nobody explores themes of identity, fear and paranoia in a small community from up-and-coming alternative comics creator and Xeric Award-winner Jeff Lemire (The Essex County Trilogy) in a special two-color story that'll have you guessing until the very end.
When you first think about David Cross things come to mind such as, disgusting, hilarious, gross, and bald. “I Drink for a Reason” is Dave’s first book and it’s full of disgustingly hilarious gross bald humor. Who else would get a kick out of something like this unless they were bald? He’s been out of the standup scene for a while now, so this is his comedic comeback of sorts, and oh what a comeback. This book had me laughing so hard vodka came out my nose. Each chapter is his opinion on a topic and they range from what he thinks about James Frey, to a knitting convention. No joke, this book will make you laugh until it hurts. Don’t pass this one by.
Only Mr. Dave Eggers could dive so deep into the heart and mind of Where the Wild Things Are. It’s a whole new take on the once children’s story. Right from the bat you meet Max, a brat of a kid, that you can’t help but identify yourself with. Then you meet the Wild Things, monsters with human like emotions. You become friends with them quick, but there is always something sinister hiding behind their friendly nature. Eggers wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of the original book. Then afterwards he went back and wrote this novel. A word of warning to all of you who loved the original book… This is a totally new version of the story, with no pictures. If you can get past that, you’re going to love it. You’ll easily fall into the adventure of Max and his new furry friends… The Wild Things!
Have you ever looked at a book and thought there was no way it could be as good as the cover? Well I got that feeling from The Name of the Wind. The book was recommended to me by many different people, so I put it in my “to be read” (maybe) someday pile. After hearing about it yet again I decided to move it up my list a bit. Then finally I had nothing to read so I thought why not. The quote on the back of the book blew me away before I even got to page one. This book will pick you up by the throat and slam you down. Over and over until you think you can’t take it anymore. Then it will do it again. The strange thing is that you will enjoy being slammed. You will be asking for more. You’ll be out of breath trying to keep up with the speed and finesse of the author’s words. Do not let this one collect dust, pick it up. You’ll read it till the binding disintegrates at the tips of your page flipping fingers. I promise.
As excellent as the first book in the series was it was hard not to fear that Rothfuss had peaked with the first installment, as so many authors do. The opposite is true, rather than peaking it's clear that he was just warming up with "The Name of the Wind". When a narrative is this perfect it reads more like verse than prose, and "The Wise Man's Fear" reflects the best of both the legacies of classic and modern fantasy. Evoking the timeless quality found in Literature at it's finest, not just killer genre fiction, and as a long time reader of fantasy I've been blown away by the surge of young talent in recent years. Rothfuss is one of those at the head of the pack, and like Kvothe, sounding notes of raw originality.
I love the concept of this book. For those who don't yet know the premise (or have had it spoiled by trailers for the movie), the concept is great and not something that's been beaten to death by a million other books. It's fresh, exciting and the tension/suspense of the book was great. Highly recommended, Can't wait for the sequel.
The thing I love about Koko is Wang doesn't hand you a plot and a message on a platter. You have to actually engage with the graphic novel, in the same way you have to engage with any great, experimental writing--interpreting the ambiguities, paying extra-close attention to the text. I have no clue how she packs so much detail into a character's facial expression. Carefully study these illustrations, take your time with each image and each sentence, it will bring you many different understandings of the relationships between and within characters. Basically, this is a graphic novel to read slowly, to mull over--not to tear through, hoping for an easy answer. In that way, reading this graphic novel enforces the main lesson of all twenty-something quests for identity--there will be no easy answer, no obvious path. Overall, Koko Be Good does what a great graphic novel should do--it tears the reader out of the text itself and forces us to take everything into consideration.
Elmer is a graphic novel from Gerry Alanguilan telling the story of Elmer, one of the first chickens to under go the transformation that shifted chickens from livestock to intelligent beings with the capabilities for speech and other humanizing elements. Now considered on par with humans in the eyes of the law, he must fight for the simple rights that other minorities have faced over the years. Written with a winning combination of absurd humor and commentary on racial issues with the vehicle of poultry, Elmer is a fantastic read and is highly recommended.
One second there and then the next, gone. What would you do if all people older than 14 just disappeared right before your eyes? Would you steal from the stores or run an abandoned McDonald's? The kids of Perdido Beach, CA find this happening to them. A town run by a bunch of 14 year-old kids could jump into confusion very quickly. Sam Temple seems to be the only one who can help this crazy city. He is reluctant to do it, he tries to keep order, though this proves to be difficult when the school bullies don't want to take orders from him. His best friend, Quinn and the school genius, Astrid help Sam with organizing the city. Things get tricky when some of the kids start to develop super human abilities. The first book in a series, this book is full of twists and turns that will keep you reading until the last page. This book was described to me as a "Lord of the Flies" if it was written by Stephen King, I think that this is dead on. Get your hands on this before it disappears.
This graphic novel is a beautiful mix of art and prose. Within the first few pages of Animal Man we see that Buddy Baker is at a crossroads in his career and he appears to be bored with his alter ego, Animal Man. However, evil stalks the world in the form of The Rot, which threatens to decay The Red, which is the heart of all life. I should also point out that this book is the first time I have ever read any Animal Man stories. I am pleased to say that enough back-story is provided that I was able to catch up on Animal Man's status quickly. Writer Jeff Lemire manages to inject enough of the "everyman" into Animal Man's character while surprising the reader with a no-holds-barred horror element as well. All of this is made better by Travel Foreman's wonderfully creepy artwork. All in all, this new take on Animal Man is one of the best things to come out of the new DC Universe thus far, and it wholeheartedly deserves your time and attention.