Friday, September 7, 2012

Shatterblog!: Life Update and Lost at Sea Review

I'll start this out with a little apology for the general lack of content. School is getting back into swing for most of us. Gabby doesn't have an excuse and you should all yell at her to write more. But anyway, once some of us do more than sleep and school, you will get more regular posts from us, or at least me. However, spending lots of time at school means I spend a lot of time trying to not be there mentally, which means books! Today I'll be reviewing Brain Lee O'Malley's less appreciated but still fantastic book, Lost at Sea.
Many people know O'Malley for writing the Scott Pilgrim series, which it is no secret I absolutely love (my blog title is a reference to a line in Scott Pilgrim). Far fewer people are aware of Lost at Sea, which is a shame because it's really well written. It tells the story of Raleigh, a girl on a roadtrip with 3 people she barely knows, and also she has no soul. The book starts out not making the most sense ever, but by the time you complete it everything is all tied up and it's wonderful. This book was so good that I read it in half the day, and then spent my whole study hall rereading it and writing down every single quote I loved. I filled both sides of a paper, and I've got a bit to go. I would consider my life a success if I could write just one truly incredible quote, the kind that sticks with a few people, or has some kind of really important meaning to them. There are literally at least a dozen of those quotes in this short little volume. O'Malley's ability to write a good story is only eclipsed by his ability to tell it in well chosen and impactful language.
However, unlike with most comic book and graphic novel writers, O'Malley writes AND draws. The art in this is very typical O'Malley, and some of the characters look like they fell straight out of Scott Pilgrim. That said, it looks really great, as long as you like his art style. Everyone has their own preference, but personally, I think the book looks fantastic. It kind of comes through, in a way, that he does all of it. The text and the drawings just mesh better, more like they were done at the same time than the artist drew what the writer said to in some notes. I really can't complain much about this book, although I wouldn't mind a bit more explanation for certain elements. There aren't glaring plot holes, but a few details could have resolved more pleasingly. However, they don't detract from it much, and they only actually bothered me in my nit-picky second reading. The book is fantastic, and I recommend it to fans of Scott Pilgrim, or O'Malley's art style, or slightly odd stories. It's just a genuinely good read. 9.5/10

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