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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Six Sentence Saturday

Welcome to Six Sentence Saturday.
Where I try to express my thoughts on recent reads using only 6 sentences!!!!.
At the end of each review I will post a
rating scale of 1-5 using the cute and original (lol) Playing Cards.
Rating scale will be as follows:


5 of Hearts- You must read this book NOW!!
4 of Hearts- A great read, put it on your TBR list.
3 of Hearts- Glad I read but no big deal

2 of Hearts- Why did I finish this?
Joker Card - Don't bother (why did I?)

All Graphic Novel reviews today folks!! The pictures are pages taken from each graphic novel and not their cover.




French Milk - Lucy Knisley
** I've read mixed thoughts on this one and decided that I really needed to read it for myself. I'm glad that I did. I enjoyed reading about Lucy's life and most especially the time she spent in France with her mother. I tend to like to read about the mundane things in life and so reading about what she ate everyday did not bother me but rather made me want to spend six weeks living in Paris without a care! I loved her drawings, writing, and the occasional photo that she included into this graphic novel. It might not be exciting for some, but I enjoyed it quite a bit!



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The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam - Ann Marie Fleming
** This graphic novel strikes me more as a scrapbook from days gone by. The author never knew her Great-Grandfather but with the help of relatives, magic museums, and the internet she was able to put a time line to her grandfather's life. One of the reasons that I enjoyed this one so much is the genealogical aspect. I love researching my family heritage and Fleming's background is colorful. Her research took her to Australia, China, Hungary...she was a globe-trotter for sure. I learned a lot about the traveling magic shows and vaudeville back in its heyday and this graphic novel gives you a fascinating look into this time period!
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The Color of Earth - Kim Dong Hwa
** If you get the opportunity to read this, I suggest that you go to the back of the book and read the essay entitled, "Painting the Lives of Women with Rain and Flowers." (it helps explain how Korean culture views a girl becoming a young woman-very insightful) This graphic novel is a very detailed look into the life of a young Korean girl coming into her sexuality. I love how various stages of her life are reflected in what kind of flower she likes or a certain boy may give to her. The power of rain and what it symbolizes is very poetic and beautiful too. I never looked at going through puberty as a beautiful ritual but after reading Color of Earth, I've come to appreciate that time in my life a bit more. I have already requested books 2 and 3 because I'm totally captivated by Ehwa's story.
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21 comments:

  1. I need to read more graphic novels!

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  2. You're really getting into these graphic novels, aren't you? I'm glad to see you are enjoying them so much. Have a great week and happy reading.

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  3. The last one especially sounds beautiful. Thank you.

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  4. I really liked French Milk, maybe even a little more than you. The Color of Earth sounds wonderful!

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  5. You were in a graphic novel mood! I enjoyed French Milk too, but it wasn't an exciting page turner.

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  6. I don't know - I've had trouble getting into the graphic novels that I have read, even though the reviews, like yours, usually make them sound good!

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  7. wowwwwwwww...these sound interesting! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

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  8. I absolutely love the sound of The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam! Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention, Sandy! *adds to wishlist*

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  9. Uh oh - did I call you Sandy? *shame faced* If so, it's because I've just come from Sandy's blog. If not, ignore me :P

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  10. We're planning a trip to France in May and I want to read French Milk first. Glad you liked it.

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  11. Nice variety of books, Staci!

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  12. The Color of Earth is getting added to me tbr list. Sounds fantastic!

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  13. French Milk is the only graphic novel I've read so far. Now you've given me a couple of other titles to check out. It's a whole difference experience for me.

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  14. The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam sounds very interesting.

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  15. I like the second one Long Tack Sam. Did you get these at the library?

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  16. I'm not into graphic novels, but The Color of Earth, I might really enjoy. I'll see if the library has it.

    Have a good week Staci.

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  17. Mrs. Taylor..your blog is soooo amazing! You have such a talent for things like this! I was wondering, how did you get your blog like the way it is?

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  18. You've been flying through those graphic novels. I'm glad you're enjoying them so much!

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  19. So glad you liked French Milk! I really enjoyed it, and it was the first graphic novel/memoir I'd picked up in a while. Definitely different, and I loved the real photographs she included! By the time I was done, I felt like I'd visited Paris, too.

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  20. These three are going on my wish list now! Thanks for introducing me to two new grahic novels (the only one I'd heard of before is French Milk).

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