New from Nobrow
I've read and enjoyed books from Nobrow before, and also was fan of the first, "Fantasy Sports," book that came out. Their press person over there, good ol' Tucker Stone, knows pretty well what I like reading, so when the opportunity arose to give a gander to the newest entry in, "Fantasy Sports," as well as an illustrated biography of Albert Einstein (titled, "Einstein"), I eagerly jumped on the chance to check them out--because if Tucker says I'll like a book he generally has been right. I got the books and was excited to see more fantastical sports form Sam Bosma and learn more about Albert Einstein through the writing and artwork of Corinne Maier and Anne Simon. So let's break the books down...
Fantasy Sports Volume 2
First off, this entry ends with a huge cliffhanger discussing how our protagonists, Wiz and Mug, maybe should learn more about the organization they work for (e.g. they've probably been employees for the bad guys all along and not realized it). We don't see the proof of this though, as the book ends right as they set-off to learn whatever shocking truths we will probably see in the 3rd book. I understand a series wanting to leave us readers eager for more, but I just wish writer-artist Sam Bosma had given us a teeny-tiny bit more as opposed to having it feel like the story cuts-off right as things are getting especially interesting.
With the stellar artwork and a great story, "Fantasy Sports Volume 2" is a solid sequel to the splendid first book. While there are some complaints I had about this title I still overall had a great time reading the book, and without a doubt eagerly await the third volume so that the cliff-hanger which upset me so much can be resolved!
4 out of 5 stars.
Well, this book has the first challenge handily covered as Maier and Simon have a fascinating individual in the form of Albert Einstein who undoubtedly lived a fantastic life. The second challenge is well-met too, with the book giving us a solid look at Einstein from birth to death, using the technique of having Einstein himself narrate--almost as if this were an autobiography, but with Einstein as more of an omniscient narrator than just a human being--or as the book puts it when someone references his passing, "Albert Einstein is once again part of the cosmos." It's a strategy that pays off, as it allows the book to take comments Einstein made later in his life about the past, and insert them within events as they occur--almost as if he's there with us providing a footnote to a mistake he later regretted or idea he still couldn't believe he came-up with.
"Einstein," does a stellar job of informing readers about the famous physicist. It shows wonderful things about the man but also doesn't ignore his flaws. It looks amazing--as I already said--and thoroughly fills us in about the life Einstein led. This books meets three challenges I think of when it comes to biographies with ease and skill, so I would say this is fantastic biography for sure.
5 out of 5 stars.
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Note: Copies of both books were provided for review.