Vikings, the Manga Version

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Vinland Saga
Makoto Yukimura
Kodansha Comics
Hardcover
470

As a child, Thorfinn sat at the feet of the great Leif Ericson and thrilled to wild tales of a land far to the west. But his youthful fantasies were shattered by a mercenary raid. Raised by the Vikings who murdered his family, Thorfinn became a terrifying warrior, forever seeking to kill the band's leader, Askeladd, and avenge his father. Sustaining Throfinn through his ordeal are his pride in his family and his dreams of a fertile westward land, a land without war or slavery ... the land Leif called Vinland. (via Goodreads)

  • I wanted to read this manga, because I was at that moment watching the TV series Vikings.
  • More than 450 pages, hardback for a very good price.
  • The art style matches the setting and mood of the story perfectly.
  • At the end of this omnibus, I don’t have a complete picture of the main character. However, it intrigues you to read the next omnibus.
  • Some might call the above a good marketing trick. I call it good character-development. Not everything has to be clear from the beginning or from the first book.
  • I don’t know if they will turn it into a long-running series, such as One Piece. It all depends on the development of the story of course, but from what I’ve read up until now, they will not (or should not) stretch it that far as One Piece.
  • The story itself was amusing, and I enjoyed reading it, however, aside from the main character, the story did not connect with me as much as I hoped.
  • That’s why buying the next omnibus is not on my to-read list at the moment.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow

He Pulled His Hood over His Head

Assassin's Creed: Renaissance Book Cover Assassin's Creed: Renaissance
Assassin's Creed
Oliver Bowden
Paperback
472

Betrayed by the ruling families of Italy, a young man embarks upon an epic quest for vengeance. To eradicate corruption and restore his family's honour, he will learn the art of the assassins. To his allies, Ezio will become a force for change, fighting for freedom and justice. To his enemies, he will become a threat. (via Goodreads)

  • I’ve heard a lot over the video games, never played them though, and I was intrigued about the vibe that was created around the character.
  • The story talks about the more than 20 years of the life of Ezio Auditore, but sometimes I was not aware of the fact that multiple years had pasted until it was actually mentioned in the text.
  • Because of the above bullet a love things happen in the book, a consequence is that there is not a lot of room for detailed descriptions.
  • This is not a bad thing, however, details where only given where they really added value to story.
  • The last 25 pages give you a whole different feeling compared to the other pages.
  • First, I was of the opinion that I might not read the second book of the series, but the bullet above changed that. This is definitely a series to follow up on.
  • Check my tweet about that last statement here.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Buy

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More than 10 Years after ‘The Dark is Rising’

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The Dark is Rising
Susan Cooper
Paperback

Simon, Jane, and Barney, enlisted by their mysterious great-uncle, arrive in a small coastal town to recover a priceless golden grail stolen by the forces of evil -- Dark. They are not at first aware of the strange powers of another boy brought to help, Will Stanton -- nor of the sinister significance of the Greenwitch, an image of leaves and branches that for centuries has been cast into the sea for good luck in fishing and harvest. Their search for the grail sets into motion a series of distubing, sometimes dangerous events that, at their climax, bring forth a gift that, for a time at least, will keep the Dark from rising. (via Goodreads)

  • I’ve read the first two books when I was in middle school. I liked them back then.
  • This one disappointed me little, but probably because now I’m older, and to the older me the story is too simple.
  • Also the writing style is too young for me.
  • I’ve read this book in Dutch, and not in English, because I had the Dutch version laying around the house.
  • The cover of the English version is much nicer than the Dutch version, though.
  • Honestly, I’ve mixed feeling about this book.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow for you child, nephew, niece, little brother or little sister.

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Oh no, another Harry Potter, or not?

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Septimus Heap
Angie Sage
Paperback

The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus? (via  Goodreads)

  • It is not the same as Harry Potter.
  • This is a good thing, just in case you’re wondering.
  • ‘The seventh son of the seventh son’ is not that original, so I had my doubts in the beginning of the story.
  • It is a light read.
  • Might read the other books in the series, if I have nothing else to read.
  • Sometimes a little bit more detail would be nice, however, not necessary, so it didn’t bother me that much.
  • At some point I thought I figured the story out, but then it caught my by surprise (a little).
  • Like the way the title is written. The same goes for the other titles in the series.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow.

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Creeps

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Otsuichi
digital

A notebook that leads to murder - a refrigerator filled with hands ... a pit of dead dogs ... an accidental suicide ... a boy buried alive - and where two teenagers linked by an obsession with murder and torture explore the recesses of humanity's dark side. (via Goodreads)

  • Killing, blood, and more of that.
  • This manga just gave me the creeps.
  • The story is that well built, and all is working towards that (that is, giving you the creeps).
  • The character design is perfect!
  • It’s not a 500 chapter manga.
  • I’ve read it in one hour, I think.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow

About This Blog

It has been a while (a number of years to be honest) since I’ve attempted to set up a blog. Here is another shot at it with a book/comic review themed blog. The idea is to give short reviews of the books, comics, and so on that I read. However, I can not guarantee that no other topics will be touched in this blog. It is also possible that I make book-related posts that don’t contain a review.

As you might have noticed above, I’ve put the words ‘short’ and ‘review’ in italic. There is a strong emphasis on the word ‘short’ here. That is, I will not provide you with long reviews. Not at all. As I try to spend some of my spare time on reading, I don’t want to lose it on reading reviews. OK, maybe creating this blog is weird then, but hey, what are you gonna do about it?

My reviews will be structured different from the most reviews you see on the web. I will use bullet lists, and bullet lists only, and I will keep the length of the lists to reasonable size. Why? Bullets read faster. I need to summarize my thoughts. And the most important reason. You, the reader of this blog, will be able to quickly read my reviews. That’s it. It might take you less than 30 seconds to read one of my reviews, and it will hopefully, in that short time, give you an idea if you should buy/borrow/burn the book/comic. Happy reading. And don’t spend to much time here, instead go read something real.

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Never Saw the Movies – part 1

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The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
Paperback

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The 'tributes' are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory. (more via Goodreads)

  • I never watched any of the movies.
  • I bought the trilogy, so I was ‘forced’ to read all the three books.
  • See my other reviews to read how that turned out.
  • Great story.
  • Weird sentences sometimes, but maybe this is because it is the first time I read a book that is narrated in the present, through the eyes of the main character.
  • A lot of adventure, completed with some drama.
  • The drama aspect is probably the reason why some people consider this teen’s or even girl’s books.
  • Drama that is supported by the story is not a problem for me, hence, people who say the above are ignorant.
  • The book was never boring. I was not able to let the story line or the character(s) go.
  • When I finished it, I immediately wanted to start the second book.
  • I was lucky I bought the complete trilogy at once.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Buy

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