Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter by Stacy King, SunNeko Lee, Crystal S. Chan, W.T. Francis, Nathaniel Hawthorne

Manga Classics: The Scarlet LetterManga Classics: The Scarlet Letter by Stacy King

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A very condensed but nicely illustrated version of the classic book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

I read the original work many years ago as inforced reading assignment in school. I can’t say the subject matter is all that enjoyable; but it is thought provoking and discussion worthy. Basically it’s about a woman named Hester who is married to an older man she doesn’t love and has an affair with another man and gives birth to his child. Everyone knows that she cheated on her husband and this is back in the time of the Puritans [Colonial America] , so it kind of goes over like a ton of bricks. The book takes it’s name from her punishment, the wearing of a scarlet letter A on her chest to remind everyone that she is an adultress.

A good introduction to the story for younger readers or for those who might be struggling with the original work.

This is Hester being made to stand in front of the community to show her shame near the beginning of the story.

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Hester and her daughter some years later.  I like the impishness of the way Pearl is drawn.

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I received a free digital copy of this book through NetGalley’s read and review program.

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Ben and Jerry Book Tag

Earlier this week I was tagged by theorangutanlibrarian to do this Ben and Jerry Book Tag.  I wasn’t sure if I was up to the task or not but it seemed like a fun idea, so I thought I’d try it.  🙂  I decided to keep my answers in theme with my blog which is primarily dedicated to comics, manga, and the like.  This is my first time doing something like this but hopefully I understand how to do it right… you’ll have to let me know if I screwed it up.

VANILLA CARAMEL FUDGE: PICK A LIGHT, FLUFFY CONTEMPORARY

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Love★Com, Vol. 1 by Aya Nakahara – The often amusing misadventures and eventual romance of a tall girl and a short boy. Contemporaries aren’t my go to genre but this one is a favorite for it’s humor and sweetness.

MINT CHOCOLATE COOKIE: A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU WISH EVERYBODY WOULD READ

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Grayson, Vol 1: Agents of Spyral by Tom King, Tim Seeley – Spinning out of events in Batman Inc. and Forever Evil this volume marks a turning point in the direction of the life of the original Robin.  Dick Grayson is my favorite character and I’ve followed him through thick and thin.  This newest chapter in Grayson’s story has been growing on me as it progresses.

CHERRY GARCIA: AN ENDING THAT WAS BITTERSWEET

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The Sandman, Vol. 10: The Wake by Neil Gaiman – Oh, so bittersweet and strange.  Do dreams die?  The last collected volume of the original Sandan run.  This masterpiece will need to be read from beginning to end to be fully appreciated.

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: A BOOK CONTAINING YOUR OTP OF OTPS

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Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play, Vol. 01: Priestess by Yuu Watase – This was a hard decision but the epic love story of Miaka and Tamahome is among one of my most beloved One True Pairings.  This is also one of the first manga that I can remember ever reading.

MILK AND COOKIES: TWO AUTHORS THAT IF THEY COLLABORATED, THEY WOULD GO PERFECTLY TOGETHER

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Geoff Johns and Ed Brubaker – Both of these guys have done fantastic work breathing new life into old characters.  I don’t know if these guys have ever worked together or not.

BOSTON CREAM PIE: A BOOK THAT HAD YOU TURNING YOUR PAGES LATE INTO THE NIGHT

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Forever Evil by Geoff Johns, David Finch, Richard Friend – This was the story that promised the final fate of Dick Grayson.  I hung on pins and needles for fear that my favorite character would be killed off in this storyline.

CHOCOLATE THERAPY: A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER AFTER A LONG DAY OF LIFE

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Legendary Star-Lord, Vol. 1: Face It, I Rule by Sam Humphries, Paco Medina – The height of escapist fiction and it doesn’t hurt that the storylines include my favorite Marvel character Kitty Pryde.

COFFEE, COFFEE, BUZZBUZZBUZZ!: A BOOK NOT YET RELEASED THAT YOU CAN’T WAIT TO GET YOUR HANDS ON

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Grayson, Vol 2: We All Die At Dawn by Tom King, Tim Seeley, Mikel Janin, Steven Mooney – The second volume of my beloved Grayson will be released soon.  I can’t wait to read it!

Well that’s it! 🙂  I know I’m supposed to tag others at the end of this but my blogs pretty new and I don’t have many followers yet — but if anyone wants to take up the challenge please feel free

Bizenghast, Volume 1 by M. Alice LeGrow

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hahaha, what did I just read? This is a quirky one. Very, gothic. Lots of pretty costumes.

You know if you read manga there tends to be a slow build up and it’s not uncommon to have like 10 to 20+ volumes. This looks like it has 8 out, and I have no idea if that is the end of the series or not.

Anyway, this story is about a girl who’s parents died in a car accident and she seems to have some mental problems of some sort. She is living with her aunt at this place that was some sort of asylum / school for boys… and it’s weird. Hints are dropped about some great mystery surrounding the school, the woods about the town, and a bunch of missing bodies. Honestly it all creeped me out a little, it has supernatural themes too.

I think they have the first 7 volumes of this up on Scribd where I’m reading this right now.

Oh, and this is an original english language manga.  I think you can sort of see that in the art as well.  It looks like manga art but is sorta doesn’t either.  It took me a chapter or two to get used to it but now I like it quite well.

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