danneeness (danneeness) wrote in bookish,

#21-23 of 2010

If you don't know who Emma Goldman is then--well, then you should read this book. But to summarize, Emma Goldman was an anarchist in the early 1900s. She believed in no government, free love, and freedom for all, including women, who weren't previously really included in anarchist philosophy. She lived a fascinating life, travelling and giving passionate lecture, getting arrested multiple times, and basically just standing up for what she believed in. This is a graphic biography of her life, and I thought it was really well done.


I'd seen this one around lots of times, but I didn't actually pick it up until I found out it included literary characters (Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde, the invisible man, etc). I probably should have gone with my first instinct, because it really isn't the sort of story that interests me very much, even through it was well-written and the illustrations are very good. This is basically about this "league", led by a mysterious figure at the very top of the command and a strong female in the actual group, trying to find new members and thwart evil plots and such. It's historical and references different classic literature, and I'm sure lots of other people would really like it, but that sort of thing isn't really my taste.


This one I enjoyed much more. It's set in the world of Alice in Wonderland (obviously), but instead of Alice being the protagonist, it's Mary Ann: the white rabbit's maid. I loved the graphics, and it did keep the whimsical feel of Alice in Wonderland... the only problem I had with Wonderland was that I thought it was a little frantically paced. I think that was because this is a collection of the individually published comics, and I can see how if there was a wait between the stories, it wouldn't seem frantic at all. Still, it's definitely worth reading.


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