Thursday, July 2, 2015

Serenity: Those Left Behind



Title
Serenity: Those Left Behind
Author
Joss Whedon & Brett Matthews
Call Number
PN6727.W445 S47 2006
Location
1st Floor Graphic Novel
Rating
Recommended
Book Review
As a fan of Firefly and Serenity, I found Those Left Behind to be a nice (if inadequate) bridge between the end of the series and the events of the movie. The art is absolutely beautiful, the characters are spot on, and the story is… alright. Any Firefly fan should give this a read. Just don’t expect it to make up for the loss of our beloved series.
Submitted By
Shaina Phillips
Department or Major
Leatherby Libraries
Status
Staff

Seconds



Title
Seconds
Author
Bryan Lee O'Malley
Call Number
PN6733.O43 S43 2014  
Location
1st Floor Graphic Novel
Rating
Highly Recommended
Book Review
If you loved Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim graphic novels, you would also like this newest work of his. Seconds follows the story of Katie, a successful restaurateur who gets a "second chance" to change something about her life. This book tackles deep questions about what would happen if we changed something we regret in our lives. The story is a mix of time travel and fantasy with characters relate-able to young people starting off in their adult lives.
Submitted By
Jessica Bower
Department or Major
Leatherby Libraries
Status
Staff

T-Minus: The Race to the Moon



Title
T-Minus: The Race to the Moon
Author
Jim Ottaviani, Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon
Call Number
PN6727.o86 T25 2009
Location
1st Floor Graphic Novel
Rating
Somewhat Recommended
Book Review
While T-Minus is definitely interesting and pairs up nicely with Abadzis’s Laika, the overall book isn’t much more than an illustrated wiki timeline of the events leading up to the first moon landing. Contrasting American and Russian engineers as they strive for the ultimate goal of a working lunar lander, the book manages to get the sense of urgency right, but much of the narrative is buried under factoids and info-dumps. Were this done effectively, it wouldn’t be a problem, but instead the goal of the book is muddied—is it an informative timeline of events or a dramatic story detailing the cold war space race? Space fans will still find something to like, but it’s not the best graphic novel dealing with this information by a long run.
Submitted By
Shaina Phillips
Department or Major
Leatherby Libraries
Status
Staff

Y: The Last Man Vol. 1: Unmanned



Title
Y: The Last Man Vol. 1: Unmanned
Author
Brain K. Vaughan
Call Number
PN6728.Y19 V38 2003
Location
1st Floor Graphic Novel
Rating
Somewhat Recommended
Book Review
Y: The Last Man follows a young man named Yorick after a mysterious plague kills every other man on earth at the same time, leaving the worlds women to try and survive in the aftermath. This particular series is often lauded by comic fans as a classic, but unfortunately while the premise is interesting, I personally found the execution predictable and two dimensional (at best). Still, the art is well done and there are a funny lines that are worth a laugh or two. I’d suggest checking it out if only to be able to say you’ve given it a try.
Submitted By
Shaina Phillips
Department or Major
Leatherby Libraries
Status
Staff

A Wrinkle in Time



Title
A Wrinkle in Time
Author
Madeleine L’Engle
Call Number
PS3523.E55 W756 1997
Location
3rd Floor Muth
Rating
Highly Recommended
Book Review
When I saw this on the banned books list I knew I had to chime in.  As a young person who devoured every book I could find and was always looking for something new, this was one book I went back to again and again.   When I was growing up, this was one of the few fantasy novels written for kids.   Now, it seems like you can't find a kids/teen book that's not fantasy in some way (and I try to read all of them!).  
To make a long story short, this book stands the test of time and would be a wonderful gift for a "young" person who loved Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, etc.
Submitted By
Robin Pendergraft
Department or Major
Schmid
Status
Staff