Tomorrow is May 1st: Now it is time to talk about May’s prompt and host for #Diverseathon2021:
For May the prompt is: Books Set in Canada
Beccie over at Bookies is having a giveaway for the month of May: She is giving away a copy of Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs (it is set in Canada). You can also enter this giveaway by entering through the Grand Prize link above.
So what am I reading for May for #Diverseathon2021? My choice is…
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Brian is on his way to Canada to visit his estranged father when the pilot of his small prop plane suffers a heart attack. Brian is forced to crash-land the plane in a lake–and finds himself stranded in the remote Canadian wilderness with only his clothing and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present before his departure.
Brian had been distraught over his parents’ impending divorce and the secret he carries about his mother, but now he is truly desolate and alone. Exhausted, terrified, and hungry, Brian struggles to find food and make a shelter for himself. He has no special knowledge of the woods, and he must find a new kind of awareness and patience as he meets each day’s challenges. Is the water safe to drink? Are the berries he finds poisonous?
Slowly, Brian learns to turn adversity to his advantage–an invading porcupine unexpectedly shows him how to make fire, a devastating tornado shows him how to retrieve supplies from the submerged airplane. Most of all, Brian leaves behind the self-pity he has felt about his predicament as he summons the courage to stay alive.
A story of survival and of transformation, this riveting book has sparked many a reader’s interest in venturing into the wild.
I remember reading this one in school, and I as I was researching to select my pick I saw that there are five books in the Brian’s Saga series. I will be listening to the audiobook and will try to get to as many of the books in the series as I can (and as long as they are available to borrow!)
What are YOU reading for #Diverseathon2021 in May?
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaption
Adaptor: Damian Duffy
Illustrator: John Jennings
Published: January 10, 2017
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: April 15-17, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars
I lost an arm on my last trip home.
Home is a new house with a loving husband in 1970s California that suddenly transformed in to the frightening world of the antebellum South.
Dana, a young black writer, can’t explain how she is transported across time and space to a plantation in Maryland. But she does quickly understand why: to deal with the troubles of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder–and her progenitor.
Her survival, her very existence, depends on it.
This searing graphic-novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s science fiction classic is a powerfully moving, unflinching look at the violent disturbing effects of slavery on the people it chained together, both black and white–and made kindred in the deepest sense of the word.
As you are aware, I previously read Kindred and loved it and read it again this month for #Diverseathon. I bought the graphic novel online from Book Outlet for just a few dollars, so with having Kindred fresh in my mind, I decided to read the graphic novel.
This graphic novel is an adaption and covers the whole story, some in shorter sections than the novel. I’m not going to talk about the story of Kindred, that review has been previously posted, I am going to to talk about the graphic novel. The illustrations do not enhance the story, they take away from it. I admittedly have not read many graphic novels, but this one disappoints. There is just something missing from the artwork, but really nothing could live up to Butler’s original novel. The artwork is just not pleasant for me to look at, and Dana just does not look feminine. The novel does capture the brutality of the antebellum world towards African Americans. The biggest thing for me with this graphic novel was when we reach the climax and then we get just one panel and then the epilogue! In my opinion a whole important section was reduced to just one panel!
I have included some pictures that show what the art work looks like. I gave the graphic novel 3 stars, which averages out the 5 star review of the story with the 2 star poor artwork.
The graphic novel is divided up into the same chapters at the novel. There were a few things I did like about the graphic novel: There is an introduction to the novel and Butler herself, a Q& A with the adaptor and illustrator, and notes on their process of the progression with the panel artwork. There is also a teacher’s guide.
I recommend you to read the novel version of Kindred and reader beware if you choose to read the graphic novel.
Suleika is having a US only giveaway: She is giving away a copy of Spy in the Struggle by Aya de Leon That information is here.[Top]
For April the Diverseathon prompt is: A Main Character Who Isn’t Caucasian
Suleika is having a US only giveaway: She is giving away a copy of Spy in the Struggle by Aya de Leon That information is here.
Jessica’s Thoughts on Kindred:
I initially chose a different book for #Diverseathon for April, but then several ladies from Bookies decided to all read Kindred by Octavia E. Butler and having loved that one, I was up for reading it again. I enjoyed it just as much the second time around and it was good to talk about it with the other ladies, as their thoughts had me thinking more about the novel. As with my first reading, I gave it 5 stars. I am not going to write another review for it, but share the link to my previous review below. I will still be reading what I planned to read for this month, I just may not have it finished by the end of April.