Posts Tagged ‘Quick pace’

Mom’s Cancer

April 18, 2012

Author: Brian Fies

Title: Mom’s Cancer

Genre: Graphic Novel

Publication Date: 2006

Number of Pages: 115

Geographical Setting: New York

Time Period:  2011

Series (If applicable):

Plot Summary: Cancer is never an easy subject to discuss but in this honest graphic novel, Mom’s Cancer discusses one family’s experience with lung and brain cancer. Brian uses his art to be straightforward with his reader about the hardships that him and his family members dealt with after learning about his mother’s cancer.  Written from the words of his journal, Brian turned the text into bold and moving illustrations. His art is bold, reflective and thoughtful. His ability to capture emotion on a page is memorizing as the reader will captivated from image to image.

Subject Headings: Autobiographical Comic Book, Relationships, Graphic Novels, Family, Science Fiction

Appeal: Cancer, Family and Relationships, Memoir, Quick Pace, Thought provoking, Character Driven, Moving, Candid, Honest, Emotional, Powerful, Moving, Well-Developed, Straight-forward, Reflective

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Family and Relationships, Cancer and Graphic Novel

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Mom: 101 Stories Celebrating the Power of Choice for Stay-at-Home and Work-from-Home Moms by Jack Canfield. This non-fiction novel contains 101 stories from mothers who have all made the choice to be a stay at home mother or work from their home all while raising a family. These high-performing women have become powerful mothers who write from the heart about trying to be “perfect” for their children and themselves. This is a great book club book and empower all women who strive to want something better for themselves and their families.

            Stitches by David Small. David awakes from an operation to discover he can no long talk. It isn’t until several years later at the age of 14 that he finds out he had cancer and was not expected to make it through the night. This award-winning child’s author and illustrator recreate his childhood events in a painful, highly anxious and painful story.

The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Lacks. This novel takes a look at an African American southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors.  Henretta became the first “immortal” human to have her cells grown in culture and with the help of her cells, the polio vaccine, secrets of cancer viruses and the atom bomb’s effects were all developed although she has been deceased for more then 60 years. Rebecca Skloot takes a look at her life before and after she became known as HeLa. A well researched novel that will bring numerous topics to be discussed around book club members and family alike.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

What We Keep by Elizabeth Berg. A heartwarming novel about the relationship between both mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. It portrays evolving family dynamics, choices and changes. The novel flips back and forth between two perspectives; 12 year old Ginny who experiences abandonment of her mother along with 47 year old Ginny who is flying to visit her mother who she hasn’t seen in 35 years. Ginny learns how to confront painful choices that occurred in her life as well as surprising truths about the people she thought she knew best. A gripping tale depicting grudges, forgiveness and the importance of having a mother-daughter relationship.

The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause. Zoe’s mom is dying of cancer, her father id distracted and her best friend moved away. She feels utterly alone until she meets Simon, who wants to avenge his own mother’s death which was over 300 years ago. Simon is one of the undead, a vampire, seeking revenge for the gruesome death of his mother three hundred years before.  Does Simon ask Zoe to help him with his chase or does she have to suffer forever? The point of you alternates between Zoe and Simon allowing the reader to draw close to each character. This does have a different spin on romance between humans and vampires showcasing that life is valuable and should be lived or move on to the next stage of their life.

Our Cancer Year by Harvey Pekar. A novel about a man named Paul Giamatti who finds out he has lymphoma and must begin chemotherapy. This graphic novel does a wonderful job discussing the struggles that families go through when dealing with the news. It emphasis’s the energy to survive not just cancer but the treatment as well. It’s a gripping tale that will embrace cancer and the troubles it brings to both its patients and their family members. The tone is soft, encouraging and insightful.

Star Wars: Legacy

August 10, 2011

Author: Ostrander, John

Title: Star Wars Legacy – Broken

Genre: Graphic Novel – Science Fiction

Publication Date: 2007 – (Last issue of original series published August  2010, series continued with a new story arc with the last issue being published May 2011.)

Number of Pages: Broken is 144 p.

Geographical Setting: A galaxy far, far away …

Time Period: @ 137 years after the Battle of Yavin (The events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)

Series: Star Wars: Legacy

Plot Summary: In this graphic novel iteration of the Star Wars saga, much has changed in the 137 years since those plucky rebels blew up the Death Star. The Empire and the Sith have risen again and now vie for control the galaxy. The Jedi have been defeated and are once again hunted as enemies of the state. Additionally, the last f the legendary Skywalker blood line, Cade Skywalker has not only rejected his Jedi heritage but is also addicted to the illicit drugs he uses to cut himself off from the Force. On top of everything else Cade makes his way in the galaxy with his companions, Blue and Jariah,  as bounty hunter often specializing in tracking Jedi. However the Force will not be denied Cade Skywalker is force to reckon with his heritage and embrace his considerable power, when he becomes the prime focus of the powers that be in this newly chaotic galaxy. Broken is the opening chapter of a new story in a newly expanded and re-imagined Star Wars Universe.

Subject Headings: Star Wars, the Force, George Lucas, Expanded Universe,

Appeal: Quick pace, action packed, mature content, accessible, humorous, witty, colorful characters, plot driven, stunning illustrations, political intrigue, philosophical.

3 terms that best describe this book: Space warfare, Jedi saga, slightly grimy space opera.

3 Relevant Non Fiction Works and Authors

Star Wars: The New Essential Chronology by Daniel Wallace, with Kevin J. Anderson

 

Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels by W. Haden Blackman

Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology by W. Haden Blackman

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Dark Empire by Tom Veitch (Illustrated by Cam Kennedy): The familiar cast of characters in action set jus after Return of the Jedi chronicling Luke Skywalker’s turn to the Dark Side of the Force and the return of the Emperor.

Dark Empire II by Tom Veitch (Illustrated by Cam Kennedy): Continuation of the first Dark Empire Series.

Tales of the Jedi: Golden Age of the Sith by Kevin J. Anderson: Set over 3,000 years before the events of the original Star Wars trilogy. This series has more of a fantasy feel similar to Martin’s Game of Thrones, with intrigue and feudal infighting.

Morgan

The Greatest Lies in History

August 8, 2011

Author: Canducci, Alexander

Title: The Greatest Lies in History

Genre: Non Fiction

Publication Date: 2010

Number of Pages: 335

Geographical Setting: Generally speaking, Earth and its immediate environs.

Time Period: Length and breadth of human history.

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary: There is no plot to this book as it addresses, in a case by case manner, the many myths, falsehoods, and outright lies that have passed for history for centuries despite evidence to the contrary. The text is organized by the specific type of cover up, and is divided into four parts: “Spin & Doublespeak”, “Passing the Buck”, “Official Deceptions & Cover Ups”, and “Acting Under False Pretenses”. The pages of this book will shatter many of the legends that have acted as a substitute for history in elementary, high school, and even in some college classrooms.

Subject Headings: History, conspiracy, deception,

Appeal: Quick pace, short chapters, informative, written in the vernacular, accessible, humorous, witty, subversive, historical, well organized, stunning illustrations.

3 terms that best describe this book: Controversial, well researched, life changing.

3 Relevant Non Fiction Works and Authors

1.)  Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond – This book is rational scientific  explanations for why some societies are conquered by other and why some societies simply fail. Diamond looks directly at geographic, epidemiological data, and social phenomena as opposed to taking the essentialist view and attributing societal failure to the individual quality of the people who made up said civilizations.

2.) A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn – Another example of a history text that re-examines historical myth and seeks to replace it with social historical fact; or at the very least provide a “bottom-up” view of American history.

3.) Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond: In this text Diamond focuses on the political and social choices that societies make and how those choices can determine whether a society will collapse under its own weight or last for centuries.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

1.) The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown – This book’s main character attempts to untangle myth from “historical truth” concerning the Catholic Church in this thrilling bit of historical fiction.

2.) The Breath of God by Jeffrey Small – This is a fast paced, thought provoking novel where the main character discovers secrets that run counter to the prevailing history of Christianity.

3.) The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury – Similar to the Da Vinci code in pacing and also in its fictional accounts of cover-ups within the Catholic Church, however the secrets the protagonist uncovers span far beyond the church itself.

Morgan