Friday, August 17, 2012

Josh discovers the power of books

This is Josh.  Josh is in year 12 and has avoided his librarian's pleas to begin a great book, he has been a book non-believer during his time at King's High School.  That is until now!  Josh made the decision the other day to have a go at The Hunger Games but, even though we have 12 copies of that book in stock, there were none available because they were all issued.  Having made the decision to read a book he went along with my idea that I could find him a book he would enjoy just as much as The Hunger Games and he went away with How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff.  He has been back every day since he took it out to tell me how great the book is.  He can't wait to get back to the story to find out more and he says his family can't believe that he is reading instead of watching TV or listening to music.  Josh came in today to talk to me about the book, where he is up to, how much he loves the characters and how much he has read.  Here is a photo of him with the book and you can see from his gorgeous smile how excited he is.  He keeps saying "How come I didn't know books were this cool Miss!"

Monday, August 13, 2012

V For Vendetta by Allan Moore and David Lloyd


Reviewed by Charlie Davis (Year 12)
The year is 1997, the date November 5th and Evey Hammond is in the clutches of England’s secret police known as Fingermen. Who will save her from the terrible fate that has come to many other young girls on the streets of London? In swoops in V, a man in a cloak and wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. Killing most of the Fingermen, V takes Evey to the roof of a near by building to show step one of his plan, the destruction of parliament. After detonating the bomb V takes Evey to his home which he calls “The Shadow Gallery.”

Let’s take a few steps back, this is not the 1997 London that we all know, Moore brings forward a post-apocalyptic dystopian world that has been brought to its knees. After a nuclear war in the late 1980’s what left most of the world in ruin, England falls into the hands of a fascist government party called Norsefire. Norsefire gained power by throwing its enemies in concentration camps and exterminating them. 

V, a former prisoner of Norsefire, is a masked anarchist whose plan it is to systematically wipe out the members of Norsefire and free the people. In captivity V was one of 48 prisoners injected with a chemical called batch 5. He was the only survivor and the chemical caused a cellular mutation leaving him with superhuman strength, reflexes and pain barrier.

I loved this graphic novel, not only is the story incredibly entertaining but very thought provoking and is coupled with brilliant art work. Moore, an anarchist, put many of his own ideals into V and is very good at making a graphic novel relevant. V for Vendetta is very well written but I think if it was just a novel it would not be as good, the illustrations bring more to the story than a graphic novel usually does.

At the end of the book everyone will have one of two opinions; either V was right, or completely insane. I personally agree with V, but I know many people who don’t.  I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of graphic novels as this is one of the greats. I would also recommend this to anyone who likes a heavily political read or a fan of Moore’s other works like Watchmen or From Hell.

Rating:  4 ½ stars (I would give the movie 4 stars)

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