Wednesday, November 3, 2010

'The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel' by Diana Gabaldon

Genre: Graphic Novel
Author: Diana Gabaldon
About:Gabaldon gives readers a fresh look at the events of the original Outlander: Jamie Fraser's side of the sotry, gorgeously rendered by artist Hoang Nguyen.
Published: September 2010

 3 Reasons Review

I am trying out a new review format today called "3 Reasons Review". Jen from Jenny loves to read and I have chatted about coming up with a simple review format.  Something with just the basics of what readers would want to know about a book.  Some books do not require an in-depth analysis, yet as reviewers we still strive to get the important bits across to our readers. Therefore, the 3 Reasons, came from what Jenny and I think are most important. Didn't come up with a fancy button yet, but working on it.
(If you have suggestions about this new format, please let me know.) I copied this directly from Jen's blog and just changed the order of our names so it made sense. Believe me Jenny came up with almost all of this!!! She rocks!

1.) Reasons you chose this book

I have loved The Outlander series since the moment I cracked open book one. I also happen to enjoy graphic novels so when the two collided how could I resist?

2.) Reasons you liked or disliked this book

This wasn't a total love affair for me. There were some elements I liked while there were others that I thought went over the top.

  • The artwork is absolutely beautiful! I'm glad that the characters resembled somewhat how I think Jamie and Claire may look. Of course, the backside of Jamie is outstanding in this book!!!
  • It took me a while to get a grasp on who was who...because I did feel that a few faces looked very similar so I got Jamie confused with his uncle a time or two. I really had to rack my brain for some of the characters too because this is based on the first book and also Jamie's POV. I think if I read it again the missing pieces would fall into place.
  • There was just wayyyy tooooo much boobage!!!!!! I get that this is a graphic novel, but do I for one minute believe that Claire would have 'the girls' almost popping out of the top of her dresses??? Um, no.
  • I'm glad that Diana really listened to her fans and let them look at drawings of Jamie pre-publication. She is big on having her fans involved and for that I commend her. I liked her personal reasons for creating a graphic novel. For some they may think that the idea of a graphic novel came out of left field, but Diana has been involved with comics for quite some time. Did you know that she used to write cartoons for Disney???

3.) Reasons you are recommending this book
Rating: 3.75/5
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  1. I have yet to try the Outlander series because it seems like such a commitment, so maybe trying a graphic version is the way to go (in spite of "boobage" LOL)

  2. I just wrote my review for this last night and have pretty much the same thoughts. I felt that those not familiar with Outlander may be a bit lost.

  3. LOL about the girls. She might have had no choice. Some period dress was all about the boobage.

  4. Once I read the Outlander series that I have heard so many good things about I would be willing to try the graphic novel.

  5. Risky wedding night scene, lol, I wanna see that too ;)

    I do like the new format, simple and tells me what I want to know.

    Hm, I really want to incorporate reason why I am reading this in my format too...*think about it*

  6. Well, you've got me curious about the wedding night scene, that's for sure!

  7. I really like the new review format!

    I wasn't a fan of Outlander (I know!), so I'll skip the graphic novel.

  8. Well done on the review but I'm not usually into graphic novels, especially the ones that objectify women's bodies.

  9. Sounds risque! LOVE IT! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  10. I loved the Outlander series. I'm not super big on graphic novels, so will take your advice and borrow this book from the library.

  11. I like this format. Although I still like your six sentence reviews too. I have yet to embrace the graphic novel, not sure why. Perhaps it is time I read more of them and see if I like them or not.

  12. Oh girl get outta here! You give me too much credit and thanks for the compliment. Maybe tomorrow (Friday) I'll work in that button thing.

    The artwork looks amazing, but why do boobs have to be everywhere? I have two and know what they look like, right? I'll probably still pick this up anyway, but will keep your review in my mind. And why is Frank so hot for being a butthead?

  13. I love the books, but I am far too attached to the images I have of the characters in my head to venture into the graphic novels.

  14. I like the new review format--I've got to get me a graphic novel one of these days.

  15. Since I haven't read the series I should give the graphic a try. I like the picture of the page from the book. The art work looks very good.


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