Monday, October 31, 2005

Zero Girl & Bone Sharps, Cowboys and Thunder Lizards

I'm still reading all sorts of graphic novels. One offbeat title I read recently is Zero Girl (2001) by Sam Kieth. In this strange but captivating story of a girl who doesn't quiet fit in ... when she gets nervous she gives off a powerful liquid that incapacitates her enemies, which in her case, are the girls who tease her. Her only friend at school is the counselor who tries to help her! Although someone else I know didn't like the ending, it's a different kind of graphic novel story and fun to read.

As a kid I wanted to be an archaeologist and I loved dinosaurs so this book was interesting to me: Bone Sharps, Cowboys and Thunder Lizards: A tale of Edward Drinker Cope, Othniel Charles Marsh and the Gilded Age of Paleontology (2005) by Jim Ottaviani. This strange but true story tells about two men competing with each other to unearth dinosaur bones in the western U.S. at the turn of the century. The book is a combination of fact and fiction with a long section at the back of the book detailing what's real and what's not.

Thessaly: witch for hire (2005) by Bill Willingham. From the author of Fables, comes a very different offering about a witch who must kill a lot of monsters. She is aided in her quest by Fetch, a ghost who has made a deal where Thessaly must vanquish a demon that can’t be killed!