Today’s book recommendation is the Serenity: Those Left Behind graphic novel. This book belongs in the canon surrounding the wonderful TV show Firefly. For those that don’t know, Firefly was a TV show that ran from 2002 to 2003. It managed 14 episodes on FOX before it was cancelled. When the show was ended rather unfinished, Joss Whedon, its creator, decided to make a film to round it all off. This film was called Serenity after the ship Serenity of which the characters live and where most of the show was set.
Written by Joss Whedon and Brett Matthews this graphic novel contains a completely new story, never before seen, giving the firefly fans another chance to see their favourite characters; Mal, Zoe, Wash, Inara, Jayne, Kaylee, Simon, River and Shepherd in a new adventure. The graphic novel also has incredible art inside, based on the actors from the show, with whole page drawings.
I enjoyed the show and I enjoyed the graphic novel.
Today my book recommendation is actually a comic… don’t worry I will eventually recommend a proper novel but being back at school limits my reading time, so for the next few weeks I’ll be recommending more comics and graphic novels.
So today’s is Asterix. I’m sure many of you are familiar with the French comic book series but in case you aren’t; the books are a series of comics written by René Goscinny and later Albert Uderzo after his death. I assume they still continue as Jean-Yves Ferri has been writing them since 2013.
The comics follow the activities of a village of Gauls as they struggle to resist Roman occupation. In doing this they follow the protagonists of Asterix and Obelix in their personal adventures. A full summary can be found on Wikipedia: ‘The series follows the exploits of a village of indomitable Gauls as they resist Roman occupation. They do so by means of a magic potion, brewed by their druid called Getafix in the English translations, which gives the recipient superhuman strength. The protagonist, the titular character Asterix, along with his friend Obelix, have various adventures. Many of the stories have them travel to foreign countries, though others are set in and around their village. For much of the history of the series (Volumes 4 through 29), settings in Gaul and abroad alternated, with even-numbered volumes set abroad and odd-numbered volumes set in Gaul, mostly in the village.’
I remember growing up watching the cartoons of Asterix and the film. I found it funny and I know it’s a favourite of my Dads. I hope you’ll enjoy the characters and the stories as much as me.
Disclaimer: I found additional information on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asterix