St.George’s senior library is always bringing new titles and the helpful library staff are always making recommendations. Here are a couple of new titles (one novel, one graphic novel) that I would suggest if you’re looking for something you’ve never heard of before. Enjoy!
One of my favorite books of all-time was a little story not many people heard of called The Frog King. It was not a perfect story by any means, but it struck a chord with and I found its author, Adam Davies, to be extremely good at writing about flawed characters and funny, catchy concepts.
Seven years later Davies returned with his third book: Mine All Mine. Here, Davies tells the story of Otto Starks — a member of a group of highly specialized security guards (known as “Pulses”) who use hyperdeveloped sensory skills to bust thieves and crooks. His nemesis is the notorious Rat Burglar, who has embarrassed Otto so many times that he’s found himself out work. But what’s worse is that the Rat Burglar has apparently stolen Otto’s girlfriend away from him too.
Davies experiments with new ways of story-telling by using annotated plot points that range from highly entertaining to a little distracting at times. And while I didn’t really find the book’s big twist all that surprising, Mine All Mine is still and enjoyable, light read.
In terms of graphic novels, there are very few creators who can be deemed highly innovative. Alan Moore is certainly one of those few. In fact, Moore himself is accredited with coining of the term “graphic novel” over “comic book.” He has created such works as Watchmen, V For Vendetta and From Hell, as well as the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series.
The series succeeds in merging various works of fiction into a single world. The result is a team of individuals (Mina Harker, Allan Quartermain, Dr. Jekyll, Captain Nemo and the Invisible Man) who are assembled to protect the interests of the British Empire. Moore writes with tenderness and compassion, all the while creating an unpleasant world full of all sorts of monsters and various horrors.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen delivers an extraordinary story full of adventure, intrigue and more than a few fisticuffs. It’s entertainment for entertainment’s sake and a fun, fun read. I highly recommend that you DO NOT base your opinion of this tale on the 2003 movie adaptation (it’s a stinker!) and instead pick up the original graphic novel version.
And please free to recommend any of your own favorite titles to me! Thanks,