I’m not a great graphic novel reader in fact I am REALLY new to the genre but since I read Saga (Vol 1 and 2) I have been keen to give other graphic novels a try. Tamara Drewe by Posey Simmonds is my first step into what will hopefully be a whole new genre to explore.
Tamara is a British romp set in a small English country village the graphic novel is loosely based on the Tom Hardy novel Far From The Madding Crowd. At this time I haven’t read the original text so I can only judge Tamara Drewe for what it is.
Tamara is a young up and coming journalist and after her mother dies she returns to her family home in the country from London to deal with her house and her mothers belongings. When Tamara returns she soon encounters her former teenage boyfriend Andy and married, adulterous literary sensation Nick. All the while Tamara is dealing with her own boyfriend former boy-band member and D-list celeb Ben. For the teenage girls in the village have Ben from Swipe roll in to town to see plastic fantastic Tamara is about the most exciting thing to happen EVER!
I really enjoyed Tamara Drewe, the art work was beautiful and the characters particularly Nick and Tamara herself were extremely flawed. The story had a real feel of Britishness about it and the confines but beauty of living in a small English village. While the main plot is quite comical the story touches on topics of adulatory, teen drug problems and escapee dog.
Tamara Drewe has now been adapted for the big screen with Gemma Arterton as Tamara, Dominic Cooper as Ben and Luke Evans as Andy.
I would recommend Tamara and her adventures it’s soft, sweet, with a good heart and underlying moral compass.
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel is in it’s most very basic form a group of Shakespeare actors who are performing King Lear and then… The End of The World happens! Truly though while the Shakespearean actors are one set of characters in this novel the book is about a group of characters including the actors -all linked by a character who dies in the beginning of the novel (don’t freak guys this is sooo not a spoiler).
No doubt this is a great book BUT I personally have my issues with it. It’s brilliant and original no question but the narrative structure is such that it is really hard to fall in love with, root for, or hate/dislike a particular character. This being so I did sort of lose interest about 3/4 of the way though, but this is just my personal preference – I enjoy having a character to root for.
I would still recommend this book to a friend but the right friend. From afar I could appreciate this book for what it was (a superb piece of writing), up close I was just looking forward to my next read.
Over all I gave it a Goodreads rating of 3/5 stars.
While reading Station Eleven I was participating in bout of books 13.0 I think my reading list was a bit ambitious as I have had a busy week but I managed to get though Station Eleven and Saga Volume one which was brilliant! It was my first ever graphic novel and I was, before reading a bit unsure about the whole medium but I was so wrong. The art was fantastic, the story was so great, I was torn between flipping through the pages as fast as I could to find out what happened next and gazing at the amazing art work for as long as possible.
I gave it a Goodreads rating of 5/5 stars! (Would definitely recommend to graphic novel newbies! But be aware of adult content.)
Overall I didn’t get though as much as I wanted too in bout of books 13.0 but there’s always the next read-a-thon 🙂