This is my first post for Quick Li, which is hosted monthly by Modern Mrs. Darcy. Like many book bloggers, I don’t get to review everything I read and that can be a bummer. I thought this was a great opportunity to give short mini-reviews on a few books/graphic novels I read over the past month.
I’m still sticking to full weekly reviews, but this will fill in some gaps.
A Separation – Katie Kitamura
A Separation is about the end of a marriage, and all the alienation and emotions that go along with that end. A woman has to go to Greece in search of her husband Christopher, whom she has been separated from for six months. Since the separation wasn’t public knowledge, our protagonist has to pretend to be a dutiful wife while trying to figure out what happened to Christopher.
Maybe I shouldn’t start my first Quick Lit with a unpopular opinion. A Separation is getting rave reviews, and I do understand, the writing is beautiful. The writing, sadly, just wasn’t enough for me, and did nothing to engage me. I felt nothing for the characters, not even hate. The marketing department should have never phrased this as ‘the next Gone Girl’, because it is the complete opposite.
I don’t mind a slow burn, but this was anti-burn. Half way through something finally happens, and within twenty pages I didn’t care anymore.
This isn’t a ‘bad’ book by any means, but a strong personal preference. I just needed a little more.
Critics love this book, and I think if you are interested, you should give A Separation a try. I would just go to the library for this one.
The Black Panther Vol. 1 – Ta-Nehisi Coates
I’m a huge fan of both the Black Panther (aka T’Challa) character and the book Between the World and Me, so I was really excited to hear Ta-Nehisi Coates, writer of the latter, would be the writer for the Black Panther’s new series.
Coates brings a lot to the table, and made the political dealings of T’Challa’s home, Wakanda, very fascinating. I’m really intrigued what path the story will take, as there’s plenty of potential.
Just because this is a graphic novel doesn’t mean that Coates is putting his beliefs aside, and I can hear echoes of his voice throughout the first volume of the series.
I’ve heard some complain about the lack of action, and I can understand it. When the action is there, it’s strong, and for me makes up for the lack of ass kicking Black Panther does.
Black Hole – Charles Burns
Uhhh, so usually I don’t copy and paste summaries from other sites. But this graphic novel, I honestly don’t know how to describe it, so I’ll just let Goodreads try:
“Suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the out-set that a strange plague has descended upon the area’s teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested in any number of ways — from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) — but once you’ve got it, that’s it. There’s no turning back.”
Oh boy. Oh my. This was dark.
I don’t mind disturbing books, but I think because this was a graphic novel and you visually see the horrific themes… just wow.
I gave this graphic novel a shot because Black Hole shows up on many ‘best of’ lists. I don’t regret reading it (well… maybe a couple of times), but I don’t think I’ll ever revisit. I do give Burns major credit for creativity and sympathy for his characters, so that’s why I went with the score below.