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Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. ~ Inspired by the meme In My Mailbox.~ It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

I wrote a review!! I actually wrote a review!! Granted, I had to write it because the book came out this past week and I had requested, but that’s not the point. I also got into the doctor, and got my medication refilled! Yesterday was my first day back on them and I’m going through the adjustment period where I’m super tired all the time…but I already feel less crappy than I did before. The price for all of it was horrible. Not having insurance sucks.

RP Night Recap! Thorin and I are ready to get to business setting up charges and burying the darkspawn threat in the deeproads. We check the bombs to make sure the guy we punched doesn’t try to kill us, and set out to put them where they need to go. We fight some (because I’m not good a sneaking at all) and get the bomb planted, just in time for our old friend Marrowmaw (gigantic magical ogre) to spot me and start attempting to screw with me. I totally withstand it like a badass, while mentally shrieking in terror, when all of the sudden half the cave starts exploding too early and traps us in. Apparently we suck at checking bombs for defects. Marrowmaw finds out predicament amusing and gratuitously decides to let us leave (seeing as bombs and falling rocks are still a HUGE problem). We all start running, Thorin shoots a highly explosive arrow at our ogre friend (rolls 10 6-sided dice for damage) and nearly dies when he chucks a rock at him. I heroically carry him out through a side tunnel and back up the surface. We are getting ready to camp when we get an unexpected visit from Thorin’s family, turns out we are super close to where his village is and apparently was exiled from for killing his brother. Now it seems we have a trail to sit through, which is probably going to be really weird because these people toss goats at people when their angry. (not even joking, look up Dragon Age  Goat Throwing)

Books Read

  • The Red-Headed League by Arthur Conan Doyle

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Saturday: Kindred – A Graphic Novel Adaptation (Review)

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Saturday Issue Review: Kindred – A Graphic Novel Adaption

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The Saturday Issue focuses on the more visual books read here at In Libris Veritas; ranging from graphic novels to manga to game companion guides.

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Source: Netgalley/ Abrams – I received this in exchange for an honest review.  
Publisher: Abrams 
Series: –
Edition:
 Paperback, 240 Pages
Genre:
 Science-Fiction Comic
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
Rating: 3.5/5

Octavia E. Butler’s bestselling literary science-fiction masterpiece, Kindred, now in graphic novel format.

More than 35 years after its release, Kindred continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and its complex and lasting impact on the present day. Adapted by celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings, this graphic novel powerfully renders Butler’s mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century.

Butler’s most celebrated, critically acclaimed work tells the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre–Civil War South. As she time-travels between worlds, one in which she is a free woman and one where she is part of her own complicated familial history on a southern plantation, she becomes frighteningly entangled in the lives of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder and one of Dana’s own ancestors, and the many people who are enslaved by him.

I read Kindred a month or so before I was able to get this for review, so the story was quite fresh in my mind going into this and I have to say that it is a very faithful adaptation that I feel would be an excellent way to introduce more people to the work of Octavia Butler.

The story itself is one that is hard to handle but incredibly important and really brings a focus to the meaning of identity and as the title suggests the meaning of kindred. It really shows the difference between self identity and public identity (that which other people assign to you), as well as what it means to be family with someone through experiences vs through blood. It’s a novel full of hard choices.

The only fault I truly had with this adaptation was the art style. I’m super picky on art, which just one of those biases that I’ve had for a long time (I avoided a good number of excellent cartoons as a kid because I hated how something was shaded, go figure). I liked the use of the colors in the various parts of the story, and how Dana’s present day life was executed in grey tones while her ventures into the past were given full color. While I’m not fond of the more sketchy outlining I do think it evokes raw emotion more readily then something that is really polished looking. In fact I appreciated that it wasn’t super polished, because this story is mess and painful and the art really gets that through.

I do still really recommend grabbing a copy of the actual novel, but this graphic novel adaptation is an excellent introduction to Butler.

3.5 stars

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