Perfect for those who enjoy their ghost stories laced with a dose of humor.

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THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR

A SPIRITED ROMANCE

A lighthearted adventure involving a suave, ghost-fighting couple, a good dose of ghost psychology and know-how, and plenty of cocktails.

Based on a popular stage production and podcast performed live for over 10 years in the style of old-time radio, this collected edition of several episodes transitions effortlessly into comic-book format. The tone is set by the warning found at the beginning of the book “WARNING: This volume contains two-fisted action, full-hearted romance and spine-tingling terror. Sometimes concurrently. PLEASE READ RESPONSIBLY.” Indeed, sometimes the two-fisted action can involve dealing with a monster by chopping off its head, but more often by understanding the ghost and giving it a stern talking to. The fearless couple, Frank and Sadie Doyle, are somewhat reminiscent of Morticia and Gomez Addams. The artwork is vibrant—the palette rich in deep blues and purple—the action is spirited, and the conversation comedic in its intensity. Not to be overlooked is the behind-the-scenes material at the end of the book, with notes and commentary from the authors in which they detail how they envision the transition from script to graphic novel.

Perfect for those who enjoy their ghost stories laced with a dose of humor. (Graphic fiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: Oct. 16, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-68415-231-5

Page Count: 112

Publisher: BOOM! Studios

Review Posted Online: Nov. 25, 2018

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Even so, this remains Macbeth, arguably the Bard of Avon’s most durable and multilayered tragedy, and overall, this enhanced...

MACBETH

From the Wordplay Shakespeare series

A pairing of the text of the Scottish Play with a filmed performance, designed with the Shakespeare novice in mind.

The left side of the screen of this enhanced e-book contains a full version of Macbeth, while the right side includes a performance of the dialogue shown (approximately 20 lines’ worth per page). This granular focus allows newcomers to experience the nuances of the play, which is rich in irony, hidden intentions and sudden shifts in emotional temperature. The set and costuming are deliberately simple: The background is white, and Macbeth’s “armor” is a leather jacket. But nobody’s dumbing down their performances. Francesca Faridany is particularly good as a tightly coiled Lady Macbeth; Raphael Nash-Thompson gives his roles as the drunken porter and a witch a garrulousness that carries an entertainingly sinister edge. The presentation is not without its hiccups. Matching the video on the right with the text on the left means routinely cutting off dramatic moments; at one point, users have to swipe to see and read the second half of a scene’s closing couplet—presumably an easy fix. A “tap to translate” button on each page puts the text into plain English, but the pop-up text covers up Shakespeare’s original, denying any attempts at comparison; moreover, the translation mainly redefines more obscure words, suggesting that smaller pop-ups for individual terms might be more meaningful.

Even so, this remains Macbeth, arguably the Bard of Avon’s most durable and multilayered tragedy, and overall, this enhanced e-book makes the play appealing and graspable to students . (Enhanced e-book. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Sept. 9, 2013

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: The New Book Press LLC

Review Posted Online: Nov. 7, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2013

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THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

Of late, there have been many unsuccessful attempts to adapt Shakespeare into the graphic-novel format; Hinds’s beautiful new offering now sets the standard that all others will strive to meet. Presenting readers with deftly drawn characters (based on live models) and easily read dialogue that modulates over the course of the work from adapted prose to the original Shakespeare, he re-works the classic Shakespeare play of deception, greed and revenge. Though located in a modern setting, readers will easily follow the premise and find themselves lost in the intricately lovely Venetian backdrop. While this adaptation may leave purists sniffing at the omission of entire scenes and characters, Hinds carefully explains to his readers in a note why and how he made those choices. A deceptively simple graphic novel on the surface, this volume begs for multiple readings on a closer level, at the same time acting as a wonderful introduction to the original. Easily on a par with his stellar adaptation of Beowulf (2007), it’s a captivating, smartly executed work. (Graphic novel. 12+)

Pub Date: May 1, 2008

ISBN: 978-0-7636-3024-9

Page Count: 80

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2008

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