Judging A Book By Its Cover: Frankenstein

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Explorer’s Guild

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Book Review: The Evil of Oz

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The Evil of Oz
By Ryan Fuller

My Edition:
Paperback, 108 pages
2015, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781493517046

I received this book for free from Word Slinger Publicity and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions in this post are my own.

The Evil of Oz is a horror sequel to The Wizard of Oz published in graphic novel format. Dorothy must return to Oz after a tragic event and finds it has changed into a nightmare land since she left. Now she must find and destroy the evil that lurks there.

To be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of the Wizard of Oz – I don’t dislike it, but I’m not big on the movie and haven’t read the books.

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Book Review: In Real Life

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In Real Life
By Cory Doctorow
Illustrated by Jen Wang

Not My Edition:
Paperback, 175 pages
2014, First Second
ISBN: 9781596436589

Blurb from Amazon: Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer — a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake. 

I spotted this book when I was trying to find a comfy spot to settle into at the library, and I just read it right then and there.

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Book Review: Pride and Prejudice (graphic novel)

Pride and Prejudice
By Jane Austen
Adapted By Ian Edginton
Illustrated By Robert Deas

Not My Edition:
Paperback, 144 pages
2011, SelfMadeHero
ISBN: 9781906838300

Pride and Prejudice is the love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy and if you haven’t read the novel, or a comic adaptation, or even seen a movie, you should probably check it out. 

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Book Review: Rat Queens

Rat Queens
By Kurtis J. Wiebe
Illustrated by Roc Upchurch

Not My Edition:
Paperback, 128 pages
2014, Image Comics
ISBN: 9781607069454

From the back of the book: They’re a pack of booze guzzling, death dealing battle maidens-for-hire and they’re in the business of killing all the gods’ creatures for profit. Meet Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief. 

As a fantasy reader, RPG fan, I was an instant fan of Rat Queens.

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Book Review: Level Up

Level Up
By Gene Luen Yang
Illustrated By Thien Pham

Not My Edition:
Hardcover, 160 pages
2011, First Second
ISBN: 9781596437142

From the back of the book: Struggling with bad grades, a video game addiction, and his father’s death, Dennis Ouyang is on the verge of dropping out of college when four adorable angels appear and take charge of his life. But nothing is ever what it seems, when life, magic, and gaming collide. 

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