I recently finished reading the graphic novel adaptation of Joseph Joffo’s autobiographical A Bag of Marbles. I have been meaning to read this book for ages. I learned about when I was at work (seriously, my TBR list has grown so much since I started working there. But it’s annoying because I have to keep track of release dates.) Then I got a e-review copy from NetGalley, but did not get a chance to read it before I lost access. But finally, finally I got it from the library and eventually got around to reading it.

And I have to say, it wasn’t nearly as striking as I thought it would be. It is the story of a young Jewish boy and his family living in occupied France during WWII. The artwork is laudable, but the narrative feels disjointed and stilted.

This is an adaptation in translation, so I’m somewhat inclined to believe that something was simply lost in translation. All the same, I felt a disconnect with this book and was left feeling somewhat disappointed.

I may, at a later date, try to read the original novel and see if the narrative flows better in that format.


The Bone Season — Review

November 19, 2013

Once again I’ve been accidentally MIA for a while. But I’m going to go ahead and use the graduate school/internship/regular work excuse because, well, it’s a good one.

Despite my insane schedule I have still been reading (just, y’know, not sharing my opinions in the usual public fashion). And so it’s time to make up for lost time and reviews.

Some time ago I read The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. It takes place in the not-so-distant alternative future where, for citizens of major world cities under Scion control, clairvoyance is illegal. Paige Mahoney lives in Scion London and works in the voyant criminal underworld. Even among other voyants her gift is unusual and she and her crew (known as the Seven Seals) guard her secret closely. Then one day she is captured and brought to the lost city of Oxford where she meets the Rephaim. The Rephs value clairvoyance, but something sinister is going on in this other society and Paige is determined to find out what that is and how to save her friends.

I initially heard about this book when I attended BEA. At first I wasn’t too interested, but the more I heard about it, the less I was able to deny my intrigue. Here’s the thing: as interesting as this book sounded, it’s over 400 pages and is the first in a series. Of seven books. I was not (and still am not really) ready for that kind of commitment. But I caved. I almost always cave.

I really liked this book and certainly recommend it, but I won’t blame you if you decide to hold off until all the books are out. Seven books. Why do I do this to myself?