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Graphic Novel Review: Anthony Bourdain’s Hungry Ghosts (Hungry Ghosts #1-4)

Berger Books
Published Oct. 2nd, 2018
128 Pages

On a dark, haunted night, a Russian Oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles–where each storyteller tells a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings–and prays to survive the challenge.

Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food.- Goodreads

If you do not recall, I am a very big fan of Anthony Bourdain. This man meant a lot to me and it still hurts that he is gone.

I avoided this book, even though I purchased it and left it on my shelf above my desk so I can see it everyday, I avoided it because I have been distancing myself from Bourdain to not think about his passing. So this review will be tough for me not because I will be bias but because it makes me think of him.

Anyway, I have conflicting feelings about this graphic novel, so let me tell you what I loved about it. The artwork was fantastic. I love love love Japanese inspired art and this graphic novel honored this art style with its colors and very fluid movements. Each illustrator, Sebastian Cabrol, Vanesa Del Rey, Francesco Francavilla, Irene Koh, Leo Manco, Alberto Ponticelli, Paul Pope, and Mateus Santolouco as well as color by Jose Villarrubia, deserve the biggest hype and recognition for the work that they put into this graphic novel. There wasn’t just a passion for art within their works but there was a respect and a appreciation for Japanese art.

What conflicted me about this graphic novel was the story. There wasn’t anything memorable about it. Basically each person has to tell a scary story and look in the mirror to see if they are possessed. Because each story is dark and gets darker, the room is weighed down with evil, therefore opening the door to something slipping in.

Love the concept but the story was not evil nor even remotely scary. Graphic? Yes. Unexpected? At moments. But the stories itself were nothing really memorable. But there was something that really bothered me. All stories had to be related to food. There were two women story tellers and one story can be considered about food if you stretch it but the other story had nothing to do with food (at all).

So it made me wonder. . . why? Why did the women in the book have completely off stories compared to everyone else? Both of their stories touched upon men doing really dumb things. They felt forced compared to the other stories and that bothered me.

Beyond this very noticeable thing and the fact that other than the two women stories none of the other stories contained women, I felt that compared to the artwork the intensity was not there. Its weird to say that the art didn’t match the words but that is really the case. The art offers something sinister or even unexpected where as the story was left rather dry.

They were okay reads but nothing I would say you need to go out and purchase now, which is unfortunate, given my love for Mr. Bourdain.

Overall, this is something to read in between read or if you are stuck in a layover and you happen to see a copy.

2 Pickles

Monthly Wrap-Up: September

 

Can you believe it? We are in October and I am writing a post for my September wrap up. Time is moving fast and I am not ready for it. But any way September was a month of renewal. So here are the basics:

ARCS:

 

Manga:

Library Reads:

 

Current Twitter Followers: 366 ⬆️ by 17 followers from August <3

Total Posts: 8

I am extremely proud of myself as I was determined to get back on track with my arcs. I still have some ways to go but man I did good. But back to my original statement that September was a month of renewal.

I went to the library for the first time in months and it was great to be in that environment. It was quiet, clean and peaceful. I have no idea why I stopped going but the goal is to go once a week as part of my new self- care routine.

At the same time, I also rediscovered my love for reading and renovating my home. Although I am a bit stressed out, my time management is way better than it use to be.

Overall, despite time moving faster then I can handle, taking it day by day and being positive is making a difference in my life.

Graphic Novel Review: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

I don’t  usually read political books but I was drawn to this book thanks to tumblr and the protest around this book.

          Pantheon  Published Jan 1, 2000          160 Pages
Pantheon
Published Jan 1, 2000
160 Pages

This book is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.   For a graphic novel it is very detailed not just in the illustrations but in the words itself. Satrapi was child who was very outspoken, very political in everything she did. She had a great-grandfather who was Iran’s last emperor which made the story more interesting because it was connected to Iran’s history directly.

Throughout the story, which I hate to call it a story because it was the author’s life, there are a lot of references to her family members who have been part of the revolution not as civilians but as active protestors/fighters. Her father was a photographer at one point.

As I stated the book is so detailed and she is such a likeable child for her thoughts and the fact that she wasn’t too afraid to speak her mind and express her views. She was extremely strong and you can see that strength in this book.

This is also an eye opener for those who do not know much about the Islamic Revolution or what it did to those who weren’t Islamic.

As for the actual graphics of this book it was simple black and white with detailed illustrations. I have no complaints because the story was important nothing else really.

As much as I hate to rate this it is still a book so its get a 10 out of 10. There was nothing bad about it. Her life was nothing compared to mine and I can’t even image being in her shoes as an adult or a child.

Graphic Novel Review: Lost at Sea by Brian Lee O’Malley

Raleigh is a girl who doesn’t have a soul. She sees cats everywhere so she assumes a cat has her soul. She doesn’t know what to say to people; she is really shy and really withdrawn. So she is in this car with three of her classmates trying to get back home in time for school.

             Oni Press Published May 3rd 2005             160 Pages
Oni Press
Published May 3rd 2005
160 Pages

This graphic novel was boring and a bit all over the place. If it was longer than it would have been a better book but sad to say it fell completely short. Raleigh is almost scared to be around people. She stares absently into space in her own thought for most of the book and even when one of the mates is trying to speak to her and bring her into the conversation it doesn’t happen.

When she does begin to open up to those around her she doesn’t make any sense what’s so over. The girl is in love and she feels lost. Her best friend moved away and the guy who she loves lives in the middle of no where. She’s lonely. I think the whole the cat has my soul was out of no where and unnecessary. There wasn’t really any real follow-up.

As for artwork, there was nothing new or exciting about it. It matched the book exactly. So over all this graphic novel gets a 4 out of 10. Sorry Brian this book was literally not worth my time.

New Releases: June 2013

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Joyland by Stephen King 06.03.2013

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen 06.03.2013

Tidal by Amanda Hocking 06.03.2013

Gameboard of The Gods by Richelle Mead 06.03.2013

Dawn of Arcana Vol 10 by Rei Toma 06.04.2013

 

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen 06.11.2013

The Walking Dead Vol 18 by Robert Kirkman 06.11.2013

A Game of Thornes Graphic Novel Vol2 by George R.R. Martin 06.11.2013

The Ocean at The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman 06.18.2013

Deft the Dark Edited by Saundra Mitchell 06.18.2013

Don’t Pigeonholeme! By Mo Willems 06.18.2013

 

Wtf by Peter Lerangis 06.25.2013

Hidden by Marianne Curley 06.25.2013

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys 06.28.2013