Sep 14, 2009

Review | Serenity: Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon and The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards

Serenity: Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon
Serenity follows a ship full of mercenaries, fugitives and one law-abiding prostitute in their pursuit for fast cash and a little peace along the fringes of space. The ragtag crew of Serenity take on a scavenger mission with the hopes of earning enough dough to disappear for a while. Only too late do they realize the whole gig is orchestrated by an old enemy eager remake their acquaintance with the help of some covert-operatives known only as the Blue Gloves.

Thoughts: If you’ve never watched the television show, Firefly, or the movie, Serenity, you might not appreciate this graphic novel as much. I am a fanatic of both, and when I found about this, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I saw it at Borders recently and picked it up. I loved it. The drawings were beautifully done, the dialogue was the same as the show/movie, and the storyline filled the puzzle pieces you were missing from when Firefly was cancelled, to where Serenity, was made to conclude the story. If you haven’t seen the show and movie, please do :)

The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards
In 1964, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins, he immediately recognizes that one of them has Down Syndrome and makes a split-second decision that will haunt all their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and to keep her birth a secret. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child as her own.

Thoughts: I wanted to like this book so much that I forced myself to read it about half way. Then I could go no further. Although the plot seems like it’ll make for an interesting book, it wasn’t. It moves so slowly, nothing too interesting happens and most of the characters aren’t likable. There isn’t enough development with the characters either and there’s way too much detail with the settings. I’d heard great things about this book, but I was pretty disappointed. I guess to each their own, so don’t be discouraged by my thoughts; give it a try if you want and maybe you’ll love instead.

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