A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
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Thursday, August 2, 2012

DNF. Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre

Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre. Art by Rafael Rosado (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 102/202
Ages: 7+
First Published: Apr. 10, 2012
Publisher: First Second Books
Genre: Children, graphic novel, fantasy
Rating: DNF

First sentence: "He was the most evil creature ever to set foot in the valley ..."

Acquired: Received a review copy from First Second Books.

Reason for Reading: I like fantasy and the cover is very cute.

As with all DNF's I don't give an actual review rather than account for why I could not finish the book.  Usually I don't dnf graphic novels as they don't require much time to finish, even if I'm not enjoying it but this was really bad for me.  The writing was just, well, bad.  I didn't find it funny.  The story was lame.  The "message" was so obvious it about hit you in the face. I started to actually grimace as the book progressed and could not make myself go on for another 100 pages of the same.  The illustrations are very cute though!

Make up your own mind about this book with the publisher's summary:

Publisher's Summary: "Make way for Claudette the giant slayer in this delightful, fantastical adventure!
Claudette’s fondest wish is to slay a giant. But her village is so safe and quiet! What’s a future giant slayer to do?

With her best friend Marie (an aspiring princess), and her brother Gaston (a pastry-chef-to-be), Claudette embarks on a super-secret quest to find a giant—without parental permission. Can they find and defeat the giant before their parents find them and drag them back home?
Giants Beware! offers up a wondrous, self-contained world in the tradition of the very best of Pixar. Claudette and her friends will have you laughing out loud from page one."

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