Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. – image & synopsis from Goodreads
I’ve heard so many good things about this graphic novel. So much so that, when I found out my library had a copy, I left home straight away to make sure no one else would get it! This is one book that lives up to its hype!
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is a graphic novel that depicts the author’s childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. The forward to this book talked about how we shouldn’t judge one person based on what a country or radical people do. It really set the tone and mood for the book. If I could describe Persepolis in one word it would be captivating. This graphic novel shows us what it like to grow up as a child in the middle of war. That is something I don’t think we see often, especially when it references to events that take place today.
The illustrations were simple, but the message Persepolis packed was beyond that. Once I got to the end, I was ready to pick up the next volume. Ms. Satrapi does a great job of making sure the readers get a good feel of the culture of her people. She explains things that may be foreign to us and does so in a funny way. I really didn’t want it to end. As soon as I can, I am going to pick up the next volume.
Can Cameron find what he’s looking for?
All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most. – image & synopsis from Goodreads
I’ve only read one Libba Bray novel before and that was A Great and Terrible Beauty. Going Bovine is a COMPLETELY different novel, but in a good way. I like a versatile author.
Cameron is that guy everyone knows in their high school class. Kind of nerdy, a little off, but overall a cool dude once you get to know him. I won’t say that I felt bad for him. He kind of took his disease, even though it’s a weird one, head one and knocked it right out. Libba Bray does an awesome job of going into the teenage boy mind. Her writing is exceptional.
Going Bovine by Libba Bray was an interesting read. I mean there are talking garden gnomes for Pete’s sake! I was expecting something completely different when I picked this book up. Though my expectations were different I really enjoyed Going Bovine. It’s very funny in a dark kind of way. There are a ton of allusions to today’s popular culture in this novel, something that I think makes it a more enjoyable read. For example, the characters often referenced to a movie called Star Gaze (I could be wrong about the name). From the way the characters were talking about it, it sounded an awful lot like Star Wars. Little things like that made this an enjoyable read.
This is a strange coming of age story that I think is good for all ages. There are a few drug and sex references and a bit of swearing, but it’s nothing to the extreme. If you are looking for something weird, quirky, and fun – pick up Going Bovine by Libba Bray.
2013 is fast approaching. Which means a slew of new books is on its way! If I can manage it, I hope to get my hands on a few of these books. Of course there are more books coming out, but these are the ones that managed to catch my eye first.
I’ve decided to break the list down into 3 parts: series, debut authors, and general interest. Each week I will post a new list. This week the list is all about series books! (Clicking the title link will take you to the book’s Goodreads page.)
Requiem by Lauren Oliver – Releases March 5, 2013 – Delirium blew me away. Pandemonium broke my heart and set Requiem up to be filled with drama. This series has been one of my favorites so far so I am excited to see how Lauren Oliver concludes it. (image credit)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Releases on February 3rd, 2013 – Cinder was phenomenal. I listened to the audiobook and I LOVED the narration and the story and the retelling. Scarlet is the story of Read Riding Hood. I’ve seen a couple of reviews for it already and it promises to not disappoint! (image credit)
Shades of Earth by Beth Revis – Releases on January 15, 2013 – OK I admit I haven’t read A Million Suns, the second book in the series, but I really liked the first book and if my library ever gets a copy I will be sure to put it on HOLD!Who knows, maybe it could be one of the books that I finish for my personal Winter Read-a-thon. (image credit)
The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston – Releases on January 29, 2013 – It’s not question that I am infatuated with witches and paranormal reads. The story line sounds interesting enough. I am always a sucker for paranormal romances and mystere-esque background. (image credit)
The list goes on! Be sure to check back next week for the debut authors/books I plan to read next year!
Book Bloggers Confessions is bi-monthly meme hosted by For What It’s Worth & Midnyte Reader
This week’s confession is: Do you have a monthly book budget? How has it changed since you started blogging? Do you get more free books now that you have access to publishers/authors/other bloggers or is your book buying budget even higher than when you started?
When I started blogging I would go to the bookstore and buy nearly every book that other bloggers were talking about. That was a very expensive habit that needed to be broken. Now that I am in graduate school, my budget is cut down to nothing. I have food to eat, but that is about it. My main source of books is now the library, both the public and academic library. They are both pretty well stocked so it’s not hard to find a particular book. If one library doesn’t have something, the other one will. If it all came down to it, I am sure if both libraries didn’t have the book I was looking for I would go to the bookstore, but only as a last resort.
Do you have a monthly book budget? I wanna hear about it! Share your budget here or at For What It’s Worth.
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