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New book on Rose Wilder

http://www.salon.com/mwt/broadsheet/feature/2009/08/04/girls_gone_wilder/index.html

I spend too much time reading Salon.

I've been pretty bad with books lately, but that's because besides the Bible, which I read nightly, my fave has been "The Official LSAT Superprep" published by the Law School Admissions Council.

Graphic novels are a happy medium. I read the first volume of "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" and was unprepared for how FUNNY it was. The movie was so awful and the book is a ridiculous parody of the "Boy's Own Adventure" books of the Victorian era. I didn't like the art much but the writing was priceless. Perhaps this is explained by the biography of the artist found on the back cover which says that he's in a coma and the pictures are merely twitches of his drawing hand.

I have nothing but good things to say about "The Hedge Knight", a "Song of Fire and Ice" backstory. The art is gorgeous, the use of colour amazing. The story is good too; not as much "pleasure of the recognized" as I'd expected but now I'm more sympathetic to the Targaryen clan than I ever thought I would be. When they're good they're very very good, apparently. The plotline is reminiscent of "A Knight's Tale" with Heath Ledger, but I'm not sure which one came out first, if they even influenced each other at all. Since I adore "A Knight's Tale" this isn't a negative.

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megglesmcgoo
Aug. 4th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
Thanks for directing me to that person tweeting as Laura Ingalls, very funny.


garpu told me to friend you so I have. I am an obedient young lady.

Edited at 2009-08-04 11:09 am (UTC)
kishiriadgr
Aug. 4th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
Everybody should read my LJ. It's the most informative and fascinating one on the net. :P
firstashore
Aug. 4th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
Hmm The Hedge Knight is graphic? I didn't realise that, I figured it was a kind of novella.

I know it's set about 80 years before AGOT so I guess Maester Aemon would be a strapping young Targaryen around that time.
kishiriadgr
Aug. 4th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
If you look at the reviews, a lot of people thought it was a novella and were not happy when they got a graphic novel.

IIRC Maester Aemon is in it, too.
wombat_socho
Aug. 4th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
I rather liked the LXG movie myself, but then my standards are pretty low for movies. I shall be interested to see your reaction to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier.
zeonchar
Aug. 5th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
I picked up The Hedge Knight coming back from Kosovo but haven't read it yet.... -_-
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