Monday, September 13, 2010

Seven Evil Ex-Boyfriends, Killer / Hero Robots, Zombies, and Mirror's Edge

We have new graphic novels!

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, in which Scott Pilgrim (23 years old, Rating: Awesome) meets up with his dream girl: Ramona V. Flowers (Age Unknown, Status: Scott Is an Idiot), while he is, unfortunately, dating a girl named Knives (Knives Chau, 17 years old, Status: Totally Crazy) which isn't that big of a deal when you consider that Ramona has Seven EVIL Ex-Boyfriends that Scott must face, one by one, before he can really date Ramona. Oh, and there's punk rock and some fighting (the girl's name is KNIVES, remember?). Here's the official website.

Scott Pilgrim's various adventures became a film, and you can make your own Scott-Pilgrim-style-you here.

(The avatar maker thing loads faster if you don't keep punching the heart. Oh, and here is mine.)

I also snatched up the next six volumes of Pluto Urasawa X Tezuka because it's just that good.

We now have volumes 1-7, and we're waiting for 8.

I love this series.

Basically, it's a retelling of Astro Boy, but if you're like me, you had no idea what Astro Boy was until you did some research.

A Ridiculously Simplified Synopsis of Astro Boy:

After the tragic death of his young son Tobio, Doctor Tenma creates an immensely powerful robot replica of Tobio to take Tobio's place. Tenma treated Astro (the robot copy) just like his son, but when he realized Astro could never take Tobio's place (it had to do with cubes over flowers), he gave Astro to an EVIL CIRCUS GUY named Hamegg, who was very evil. Luckily for Astro, the new head of government security, Professor Ochanomizu, sees him perform and persuades Hamegg to give Astro up. Ochanomizu treats Astro well, and they discover Astro has super-powers that he uses to save the world from robot-hating humans, human-hating robots, robot-hating-robots, human-hating-humans, and space invaders.

In Pluto, humans and robots live together in peace. But the seven most powerful robots in the world are being destroyed serial-killer style. Through the series, we are introduced to each robot while the murder investigation is underway. Pluto is a lot like the old film noir mysteries. It is also VERY GOOD. You should, therefore, go read it.

The Unwritten 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity by Mike Carey and Peter Gross

Wilson Taylor has written a series of fantasy novels about Tommy Taylor. The books are hugely popular--Harry Potter popular. When Wilson goes missing, his fans hope he'll reappear someday with one more book...

Meanwhile, the real Tom Taylor, the son Wilson abandoned, has lived his life half-worshiped, as if he were really the character his father wrote, living and breathing. Tom's life is becoming hauntingly similar to Tommy's as "he's drawn into a strange literary underworld where the power of storytelling is as strong as any spell" (from the publisher's blurb. I really liked it).

Not Simple by Natsume Ono

Ian was separated from his sister as a child. But as he grows older, he decides to leave Australia to take an international quest to find her. He travels to England and later America, where he meets Jim, a reporter writing a book about Ian's life: Not Simple. Ian's story is told backwards through Jim's narrative, resulting in a story within a story, a book inside the book. This is the kind of thing people like me write papers on.

And, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and... *shudders* Seth Grahame-Smith

I'm not even going to say anything about this. Jane Austen's novel too, okay? I mean, I'm a lit major, this is like taking a razor blade to the Mona Lisa. Really. But, you go ahead...have fun... *backs away from graphic novel*

I am a girl, as you know. What you might not know is that I am also a Gamer. Have you played Mirror's Edge? Play it. It will make you want to leap off buildings in real life, but resist that. Instead, read this:

I think there is nothing cooler than free running. I wish I could do it! But I all I manage is falling down and hurting myself with great frequency.

And, last but not least: We have tons of new Bleach upstairs too.

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