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Kim Harrison has published a graphic novel with a new story told from Ivy’s point of view.  In the novels, we always get Rachel’s perspective, but never Ivy’s.  I thought it was clever of Harrison to do the GN this way.  We meet Ivy and Rachel after they are first teamed up.  It is a cleverly done tale although I wasn’t overly enamored about some of the art work.  I felt like it could have been more detailed in terms of the facial characteristics.  But maybe I am just too picky.  I enjoyed seeing how magic is portrayed in the book.  Overall, I thought it was well done and certainly gives the reader more insight into Ivy’s psyche.

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Yolen has written a wonderful graphic novel for kids about a young woman fencer.  Allie is nearly invisible to people, but she is a skilled fencer.  When her mom buys her a foil at a garage sale, little does she realize that it is a magical weapon that will help vanquish the Unseelie.  Aliera it turns out, is The Defender and must protect the world from evil.  The book ends with a question which leads me to believe that there will be a sequel.  A fast paced fantasy book with a strong female protagonist.

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This was a great graphic novel.  There have been a number of graphic novels based on books recently like Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series and Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series.  Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series also works well as a graphic novel.  Francis Tsai and Amelia Woo were the illustrators and they brought the characters to life in a way that makes them leap off the page.  The characters were exactly as I had pictured them.  The story is of when Mercy first goes to work for the garage because she can’t find a teaching job.  We meet all the main characters from the book. I loved that it was not a reproduction of one of the stories from the books.  I hope to see more in the graphic novel series.  While I love the books, the graphic novels add another layer to the story and provide a nice addition to the series.

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I have read all of Hamilton’s other Anita Blake books and so even though I don’t generally do Graphic Novels, I read this one as well.  I liked the story of Anita’s earlier years quite a bit, but, as usual, I had trouble reading the graphic novel.  Finding out how Anita first started out as a vampre hunter and necromancer and first meeting Jean Claude was well done.  I like words more than pictures and tend to gloss over the pictures even though they are half the story.  I had a hard time with the illustrations as they depict people differently than I imagined them.  That being said, this is a well done graphic novel and I hope they do more.   

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