Book Reviews feat. Allan Ahlberg
April was another rubbish reading month but, luckily, the sun has decided to rear its canary head of late and so I have been reading like there is no tomorrow - eyes peeled for next month's book reviews! Until then, I have reviews for a trade paperback, a picture book and a modern classic!
wolf volume 1: blood and magic by ales kot
FINISHED: 18/04/16 | PAGES: 144 | isbn: 1632155028
Los Angeles, California: Antoine Wolfe, a hard-boiled paranormal detective with a death wish, has to cope with sudden responsibility for an orphaned teenage girl who might be the key to the impending apocalypse. The road to hell and back begins.
Fantastical Americana-flavoured apocalypse noir full of original ideas, stunning panels and vibrant characters.
There's a lot going on here, from the trials of the antichrist to eternally menstrual vampires, all set against the backdrop of a depressive L.A. Kot and his team have, in my opinion, done enough with this volume to intrigue readers to go further. However, I think it's going to take a re-read for me because so much went on that I've already forgotten it all...
this is the story of alison hubble by allan ahlberg and bruce ingman*
FINISHED: 19/04/16 | PAGES: 32 | isbn: 0141359242
Alison Hubble is shocked when she wakes up to find a twin in the bed next to her. And she keeps doubling...and doubling...and doubling!
Another super fun picture book sent to me by Puffin! This was a very funny rhyming tale about a girl that keeps multiplying. I can see children absolutely loving this - I certainly did!
things fall apart by chinua achebe
FINISHED: 21/04/16 | PAGES: 176
Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a "strong man" of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo's fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries. These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul.
This only featured in March's book haul but I wanted to get to it sooner rather than later. Achebe's storytelling was so incredibly rich that it felt as if this story had been told to me by tongue. Heartbreaking and powerful. Tragic and complex. Things Fall Apart is one of those books that I know will leave a lasting impression on me.
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