Book Review: Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo

Title: Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo
Author: Crystal S. Chan (Story Adaptation), Alexandre Dumas, Nokman Poon (Art by)
Genre: Manga, Classics
Publication date: 1st April 2017
Published by: Udon Entertainment

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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~SYNOPSIS~

A Conspiracy and a miscarriage of justice turn the gentle Edmond Dantès into an implacable agent of fate: The Count of Monte Cristo . Obsessed by vengeance and empowered by providence, the Count avenges himself on whose who have wronged him – but is this justice, or is this hubris? In the end, does even the Count know?

Alexandre Dumas’ skillful narrative combines intrigue, betrayal, and triumphant revenge into a powerful conflict between good and evil. Now this exciting saga, rich and diverse, takes on an entirely new life in this Manga Classics adaptation!

~MY REVIEW~

As a huge fan of classic books I always wanted to read book ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ but somehow I’ve never really decided to start it. Reading book that has more than 1000 pages and was written so long ago could be a challenge and I always was a little afraid to take it. So when I found out there is a manga adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ novel, I was thrilled.
I’m sure that converting such enormous book into manga, which is a lot shorter, must be huge challenge, but the author manage to handle it very well. The writing is kept in old fashioned style but thanks to graphic format it’s easy to follow plot and understand everything.
It’s one of the most famous story about revenge and it has never tasted so sweet. Edmund Dantes is truly good person. But he is also naïve and because of that he suffered a lot from people who envied him. During his long stay in prison he changed a lot. From victim he became god of vengeance.
My favorite character in this book was Haydee. She went through a lot even when she was a little girl. But she didn’t break down and she remained strong and fought against her enemy.
The art style is stunning. Every character is unique and the artist took care of every detail.
This book is a great choice for readers who are afraid to start their adventure with Count of Monte Cristo by reading classic book or for those who want to remember the main plot.

This book was provided by the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Udon Entertainment!

Review: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do… But You Could’ve Done Better

Title: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do… But You Could’ve Done Better
Author: Hilary Campbell
Genre: Comics, Graphic Novel, Humor
Publication date: 10th January 2017
Published by: Animal Media Group LLC

My rating:  ⭐⭐

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~SYNOPSIS~

Anonymous break up stories from men and women, old and young, serious and silly and the cartoons that inspired them. Author and artist Hilary Campbell turns the painful into the hilarious, validating emotions from forgotten middle school tragedies to relationships that ended only hours ago.

Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and cartoonist. Her films have won top prizes at Slamdance, SF IndieFest, and more. She was the co-illustrator of Jessica Bennett’s critically acclaimed Feminist Fight Club.Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But You Could’ve Done Better is her first book of cartoons.

~MY REVIEW~

This book had such a potential topic. Who didn’t go through break up or didn’t at least have friend with heartbreak after a bad ending of their relationship. Some of breaks up are bad and people end up with tears. Some are so ridiculous that people don’t know how to react. Some of them are pretty normal but even these one can leave unpleasant feelings. No mater which one of these it is, it’s always a memory. And each memory can be a story. So I was expecting something funny that will make me smile. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed.
Let’s start with stories. Some of them were good and I really like them. But many of them were too short to make them feel like something memorable. While I was reading them it felt like I was reading some short confessions on Tumblr or some other site,.
Illustrations were good. I like that author has her own style but some of the drawings didn’t bring anything new to the story or sometimes seemed unrelated.

This book was provided by the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Animal Media Group!