Sunday, October 28, 2012

Book #11- Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Promise

Title- Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise Parts 1,2, and 3
Author- Bryan Konietzko & Michael Dante DiMartino
Series- Divided into 3 books of 80 pages each
Genre- Fantasy
Pages- 240
Pages to date- 2,979

The Good:
This series feeds the craving for more Avatar. The story is pretty interesting as well.

The Bad:
There just isn't enough. The books are mostly pictures and there is very little dialogue, even for a comic book.
Zuko kind of regresses as a character, and, while it makes for a good story catalyst, it isn't what fans want to see.
Cool aspects of the story are just glossed over, like Toph's metal-bending school.
While there are teasers for the story of Zuko's mother, it is pushed back until the next series (The Search), out March 2013.

The Verdict:
This series is good for a quick refresher on the Avatar world, but it won't satisfy loyal fans as much as it should.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Book #10- Stuff Every American Should Know

Title- Stuff Every American Should Know
Author- Denise Kiernan & Joseph D'Agnese
Series- None
Genre- History
Pages- 144
Pages to date- 2,739

The Good:
This is a fun read with many interesting facts about the USA. The topics are compelling.

The Bad:
I knew most of the stuff already and it's not very in-depth (much like this post).

The Verdict:
Interesting, but superficial.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Book #9- Thin Kimono

Title- Thin Kimono
Author- Michael Earl Craig
Series- None
Genre- Poetry
Pages- 105
Pages to date- 2,595

The Good:
Craig has a very distinct style of poetry. Each piece is imbued with a sort of "I know a ton but won't tell you anything" tone. It's very interesting. My personal favorites are "In the Road" and "The Sorensen Effect."

The Bad:
Some of Craig's longer poems didn't quite keep my attention as much as I would hope, but further readings dispelled this effect.

The Verdict:
There isn't much I can say about this collection; it's one of those you have to read for yourself. My best summary is that it is an interesting, eclectic set of poems.