Thursday, November 10, 2005

Heavy Metal & You by Christopher Krovatin

Just finished a great book called Heavy Metal and You by Christopher Krovatin. The first thing that caught my eye on this book is the cover because it's black with a red flaming heart. But really it's the story of Sam, a music obsessed teen with a tendency toward partying who falls for a sweet girl who's straightedge. Their differences don't show up until they are with their groups of friends. She is really disgusted by the crude, gross behavior of his friends while he thinks her group is fake.

If you're into music at all, you will enjoy hearing the references to the different bands that Sam is putting onto his CD player throughout the book. He makes a mix CD for his new girlfriend and that is also an adventure in music. The author of this book is 20 and he really captures the way kids talk and act. This book is definitely worth reading plus it's only 186 pages so it's a pretty fast read!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Usagi Yojimbo: Fathers and Sons

Last month I heard about this graphic novel series Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai. It was funny because the description reminded me of a Japanese film & TV series called Zatoichi, the Blind Swordsman that someone recently told me about. As it turns out there is a character in Sakai's books named Zato-Ino who is a blind swordspig. Oh, I forgot to say that all the characters are animals so although there is a fighting, it doesn't seem too bad.

The other new graphic novels I ordered are Conan the Barbarian. Many people may know the character Conan from the movies with Arnold Schwarenegger but the character was written about in pulp magazines of the 1930s first by an obscure American Writer named Robert E. Howard. So the graphic novels take the stories as a beginning and add to them in full color. So they are fun to read.

Lots of new graphic novels come into the Teen Zone every week!