Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sunday Salon - July 17

I can't believe that July is half over already and that there are only three and a half weeks before Miss H heads back to school.

Last night she and I were off shopping. I had to pick up this month's read for the Omaha Bookworms Book Club (we meet Tuesday; nothing like waiting until the last minute!), which is Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis. Couldn't remember the author's name when I got to the store but didn't think I would need help finding it because it's a graphic novel and therefore should be in the graphic novel section. But, of course, it wasn't. It's in the Biography section. I suppose that makes sense since it is the story of a part of Satrapi's life. But still...

While I was searching the graphic novel section, a series of books caught my eye, the "Fables" series. Have any of you graphic novel readers heard of them? I picked up a couple because of the names (Arabian Nights and Rose Red) thinking they were graphic interpretations of classic fairy tales but discovered them to be modern. Not all of the title had to do with fairy tales so I wasn't quite sure what the story was with this series. I was intrigued enough to look it up when I got home, though. Here's the summary of the first book from the Barnes & Noble website:
"When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters have created their own peaceful and secret society within an exclusive luxury apartment building called Fabletown. But when Snow White's party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it is up to Fabletown's sheriff, a reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf, to determine if the killer is Bluebeard, Rose's ex-lover and notorious wife killer, or Jack, her current live-in boyfriend and former beanstalk-climber."
Now that idea piques my interest. I still don't know if I'm a fan of graphic novels but I just might have to pick up the first book in the series and give it a try. It would definitely be a change up to whatever else I've been reading and I do like to change things up now and again.

I'll, obviously, be reading Persepolis this week. What are you reading?


  1. I loved Persepolis! Made me a fan of the graphic format. I have yet to see the movie though.

  2. I watched the film version of Persepolis a few years ago for a film class. It was excellent and really made me re-consider a general disinterest in graphic novel. The book you talk about here really does sound intriguing. I may need to check it out. I'm currently reading a huge variety of books, but I just added a biography of John Muir to the stack...

  3. I have heard very good things about the Fables graphic novels but I haven't seen them myself so I don't have a clear idea of whether or not I would like them. I did like Persepolis though - that one was very good.

  4. Persepolis was fantastic!! You should read Maus I and II most definitely!!!

  5. I haven't read the book yet either... I wonder if it's available for Nook/iPad. I have just a few pages left in Exposure....did you like it?

    I can't believe school starts in 3 weeks! The children here were in school until the last week in June. They don't go back until after Labor Day.

  6. LOL I have had some of those last minute book club reads as well. Enjoy the book!

  7. Mari, I'm ambivalent at this point about Exposure. About 3/4 of the way done and had to put it down to read Persepolis. It does make you think, though!

  8. I'm not one for graphic novels at all but I look forward to your thoughts on them when you review them.

    I can't believe summer has flown by so fast either. Sheesh, it's almost August already!