After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

13. Bone: Tall Tales by Jeff Smith, with Tom Sniegoski



Title: Bone: Tall Tales
Series: Bone
Authors: Jeff Smith, with Tom Sniegoski
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9780545140966
Publisher: Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic
Author Website:
Twitter: @Scholastic
Format: ARC from publisher
Available: August, 2010
Rating: 4/5 stars
Finished: 1-30-10
Challenge: 100 Books 10, 1010 Challenge

From Amazon:
Long before the Bone cousins were ever lost in the uncharted desert on the outskirts of the Valley, Big Johnson Bone, the discoverer of the Rolling Bone River, founded Boneville. But little is known of the mighty explorer's adventures before he started his famous trading post. So when Smiley Bone sits down with a group of young campers to retell the legendary stories of Boneville's origin and its tough, no-nonsense founder, what they hear are tall tales in typical Bone fashion--wild antics complete with rat creatures, dragons, and a snarky little monkey!

Previously published in black and white as
Stupid, Stupid Rat-Tails, this edition will feature new material and full-color art!

As described, Bone: Tall Tales is a "sorta-new collection of Bone material." The "new" part comes in the first four chapters, where Smiley Bone and Bartleby are taking three young Bone Scouts out on a camping trip and they talk Smiley into telling them some stories, all of with end up being about Bog Johnson Bone, the founder of Boneville. In the first of the two stories concerning Big Johnson Bones younger days, we find out about his birth and what Old Man Winter had to say about that. The second story is missing from this uncorrected proof, to be added at publication, so I can't really have anything to say about that. The fifth chapter is a reprint of the Stupid, Stupid Rat-Tails story, so this is the "sorta" part of the collection. It was still fun to revisit this story, as Tom Sniegoski's humor is really quite funny in the story. This chapter deals with Big Johnson Bone's first encounter with the rat creatures and how he saved the forest from their tyranny, and also tells the tale of how they lost their tails.

I love Bone. If you haven't had a chance to read the main story, I highly recommend it. Jeff Smith starts out with what seems like a cute, whimsical little story and turns it into an epic tale of dragons, magic and redemption. The one fact that I'm a little torn on with this new volume is the coloring. The original Bone was published in black and white, and Jeff Smith's art is really suited for black and white. However, this new edition, keeping with the rest of the Graphix/Scholastic reprints of Bone, is being colored, and I'm not really sure that I like it all that much. The first chapter of this uncorrected proof is colored, and the rest is still presents in black and white, and I can honestly say that the coloring isn't bad, but I'm so fond of the black and white illustrations that I don't think I like it all that much. Oh well, it certainly isn't going to keep me from picking up the final edition when it's released. A good little addition to the Bone library.

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