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Friday, February 10, 2012

American Vampire Vol. One (American Vampire, #1) by Scott Snyder (Goodreads Author), Stephen King, Rafael Albuquerque (Illustrator)

This volume follows two stories: one written by Snyder and one written by King. Snyder's story is set in 1920's LA, we follow Pearl, a young woman who is turned into a vampire and sets out on a path of righteous revenge against the European Vampires who tortured and abused her. This story is paired with King's story, a western about Skinner Sweet, the original American Vampire-- a stronger, faster creature than any vampire ever seen before with rattlesnake fangs and powered by the sun.
Summary taken from
Length: 200 pages (Hardcover)
Source: Toronto Public Library
Publication Date: October 5th 2010

I've been dying to read this graphic novel for about 8 months now ever since I've heard people raving about it so when I finally got it from the library last week I was so excited to read it.

My excitement quickly turned to dismay.

I haven't been able to find many really good books (including graphic novels) this year. I'm thinking it's because I read so many excellent ones last year that I've raised the bar and now I'm struggling to find more good ones to read.

For me the story jumped around way to much from past to present and their seemed to be a major disconnect between the story and the characters because everything was just to rushed and jumbled together.

Usually graphic novels are quick reads for me. This was so annoying for me to read that it took me an hour longer than most graphic novels would take me. The only redeemable things about this graphic novel is that the artwork was phenomenally done and the idea behind the story were excellent. Unfortunately for me this one fell short of my expectations which is why I gave it such a low rating. However, I am willing to try volume 2 and see if the story gets any better but I doubt that I'll give it a try any time soon.

★ ★

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the follow. I will have to check this book out. Stephen King has been my favorite writer since high school. Although I have recently discovered more great authors that I love. Nice blog. I like it.


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