Graphic novels have had trouble making the transition to e-reader format. In order to get the text large enough to read, you usually have to zoom in too far to experience the art. Plus, you lose your place on the page and can’t follow the flow of panels. […]
The unputdownable read… it’s kind of the holy grail of books, isn’t it? That book that hooks you in on the first page and doesn’t let you go until the last; the book you enjoy so much that you can’t stop turning the pages even as you wish you could read more slowly because you don’t want it to end, and the book you immediately have to shout about to all your friends – whether in person or on Social Media. We’re all lucky enough to come across THAT BOOK from time to time, and the AAR team got together to talk about the book we read most recently that we simply couldn’t put down.
I Joined a Teen-age Sex Club (Yes, that was an actual title from a story published in 1951!)
This is a compilation of essential romance […]
Hello AAR! It’s release day for Navy SEAL Rescue, the second book in my Team Twelve series. This story features an Iraqi doctor heroine and a Navy SEAL/mountain climber hero. They team up for a daring journey across the Zagros Mountains.
I’ve always loved a rugged, outdoorsy hero. Lately I’ve been attracted to wilderness settings more than ever. I compiled a list of my recent favorites featuring mountains, climbing and extreme adventures.
Lessons in Gravity by Megan Westfield
Westfield is a new author to me and a gem of a find. Her gravity-defying hero is a free solo rock climber, which means he climbs without ropes. No ropes, on Yosemite’s highest granite walls! The heroine is an aspiring filmmaker hired to […]
If I were more organized, I’d have written a graphic novel retrospective at the one-year anniversary. But I’m not, and I didn’t, so here it is now: reflections on nearly a year and a half of graphic novel reviewing for AAR.
Since starting graphic novel reviews in March 2014, I have reviewed fourteen, and Melanie has reviewed one further. (It was Library Wars, a series which I’ve also read, and would also have given an A to.) Our overall total is 6 A or A- DIK grades, 5 in the B range, 3 in the C range, and one D.
Why so many high scores, including nearly 50% DIKs? Graphic novels in general tend not to be terrible, because they are so much more expensive to make. […]
I’m very excited to announce that AAR will be reviewing romance graphic novels. We’ve reviewed a few in the past, but this will be an organized effort. What is a graphic novel? Typically, the term refers to trade paperback-sized volumes, sometimes made up of shorter comic books, in which a story is told through images and words (if you’re interested in a theoretical/academic exploration of all of this, try Scott McCloud’s terrific work Understanding Comics). A story can be strung across multiple volumes or told in a single edition. […]