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.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Cursed Pirate Girl by Jeremy Bastian

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Title: Cursed Pirate Girl
Author: Jeremy Bastian
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 152
ISBN: 9781936393602
Publisher: Archaia Entertainment
Author Website: Jeremy Bastian's blog
Twitter: @Archaia, @JeremyBastian
Format: Hardcover
Available: January 1, 2013
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Cursed Pirate Girl is more than just a story or a graphic novel, it's more a piece of art.  The story, about the Cursed Pirate Girl who is trying to find her pirate father on the great Omerta Sea, is not bad, but it's not great. the story is reminiscent of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, as the characters all seem more like caricatures of themselves rather than the actual person that they are. (Does that even make sense? It does in my head, so there you go.) There is a certain amount of the fantastical going on in the story, so that adds to the similarity for me. Beyond that general similarity of feeling about the story, that's as far as it goes. This is a swashbuckling, scurvy-filled story of pirates on the high seas as the scrappy young heroine of our story, the Cursed Pirate Girl, is convinced of her parentage because of the dreams she has, is in search of her pirate-king father.  The story is fun, but overall, not that exceptionally engaging.

What is engaging, however, is the freakish amount of detail that Jeremy Bastian puts into his art. Seriously, there is a lot of detail. You'd-better-have-a-magnifying-glass-handy kind of detail. And from what I understand, he creates his pages at the size printed, so unless you have a copy of the book in your hands, you won't appreciate this fact and how amazing an artist Jeremy Bastian is for this fact alone.

The book itself is beautiful. The folks at Archaia did a bang-up job of producing this volume. The paper that the book is printed on looks like parchment, complete with rough, deckle edges on the pages. It's really quite the production overall, and really adds to the look and feel that Bastian creates with his artwork.

So, while the story left me a little wanting, the overall experience of the book is enough to make me likely pick up the next volume when it is released.

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