27 March 2015

Rocket Girl

Teen cop from a corporation-controlled future travels back to 1986 New York City to stop the group that will eventually become that corporation, Quintum Mechanics, from obtaining the technologically-advanced device that kickstarted their control of the future. Or something like that. And, along the way, she maybe discovers that her future was never supposed to exist. And that she's actually brought the device along with her. Oops.

Call me old and cynical, but DaYoung's future-present never seemed that bad and so it was difficult for me to believe in her desperate mission to stop Quintum Mechanics. Yes, dudes were certainly after her and there clearly was some kind of game afoot at Quintum Mechanics, but it didn't seem desperately important. Not enough to lose oneself in the past for, anyway.

And the cut scenes that were supposed to show me the shenanigans going on in DaYoung's future-present (and, perhaps, hammer home how awful everything was) while she crashed about in 1986 were just confusing. At one point, during a fight scene, it looked as if an entire building disappeared, but I still have no idea if that's what really happened. More exposition and deeper world building would have been welcome.

I don't know ... I find the concept interesting, but the execution was unimpressive. Not terrible, but I doubt I'll read later volumes.

Rocket Girl, Volume 1: Times Squared by Brandon Montclare & Amy Reeder (Image Comics, 2014)

25 March 2015

Wordless Wednesday: The Wave

Part of Lucy Glendinning's art installation "The Wave." The swimmers' details were lost in shadow
in my original shot so mad/bad photo editing decisions were made
to make the details more obvious. It's dystopian, now?

24 March 2015

Top 10 Tuesday: Fave Childhood Books

For this week's Top Ten Tuesday, we're looking at the top ten books from our childhood or teen years that we'd love to revisit. I tried to pick books I haven't harped on too much about before, because me talking about Anne of Green Gables for the umpty-umpth time is kind of boring ... even for me! Instead, I've (mostly) listed books I flat out adored Way Back When, but haven't returned to since.

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Bunnicula by James Howe
  • The Spanish Smile by Scott O’Dell
  • The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

  • Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  • Goodnight, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
  • The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts
  • This Place Has No Atmosphere by Paula Danziger

For kicks, I've featured the covers of the editions I read as a kid! Some of them are really terrible and I wonder what drew me to pick the book up to begin with. I mean, look at Good Night, Mr. Tom. That cover gives absolutely nothing away.