Mini Reviews: Agatha + Cyanide + Ida + Mr. Stuffins

The Secret Of Chimneys & Murder In Mesopotamia by François Rivière (Adapter), Laurence Suhner (Illustrator), Agatha Christie (Author).

I haven’t read either of these Christie stories in their original form. But as a regular reader of a variety of graphic novels, I think they’ve done a fantastic job adapting these stories for the graphic genre. Both were entertaining murder mysteries. And both were quick reads that followed well. 

The Secret of Chimneys: A story of royal impersonation, jewel thievery and murder.
Murder in Mesopotamia: A story of torment, revenge and murder.
I am going to get my hands on more of these Christie adaptations, asap.

22885419Cyanide and Happiness: Punching Zoo by Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker, Matt Melvin & Dave McElfatrick.

I found I had read a few of the comic strips before, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this quick and humours read. A bit dark and twisted at times, exactly how I like my Cyanide and Happiness comics.

The choose your own adventure at the end (The hot date, a chew your own adventure) was I highlight for me. I kept going back making different choices to get to read all the alternating versions of the ending. Despite the title and cover image thankfully no zoo animals are punched.


30720860Ida by Alison Evans.

How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want?

Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths.

One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she’s actually in control of her ability, and whether there are effects far beyond what she’s considered.

How can she know, anyway, whether one universe is ultimately better than another? And what if the continual shifting causes her to lose what is most important to her, just as she’s discovering what that is, and she can never find her way back?

A #LoveOzYA book that’s got genderqueer and genderfluid characters, how could I not read this! The plot of the book is fantastic. I loved the whole parallel universe thing and the multiple Ida’s were creepy as hell. I would have loved to learn more about the characters Damaris and Adrastos. I think I could happily read a whole book based on Damaris early experiences delving into parallel universes and time travel. I will be keeping my eyes out for more books by Alison Evans.


6603435Mr. Stuffins by Andrew Cosby & Johanna Stokes (Authors) & Axel Medellin Machain (Illustrator).

“My teddy bear’s a secret agent!” When a scientist succeeds in creating Artificial Intelligence, he discovers to his horror that the government plans on making it a weapon. on the run, he hides the program inside a mechanical toy bear. When an unsuspecting family buys the toy bear their little boy discovers a new best friend-a cute, cuddly toy bear who’s got all the moves of James Bond!  Meet Mr. Stuffins, the best battery-operated, fur-covered action hero ever! Chaos, fun, and mayhem ensue!

Oh my god this comic was awesome. Loved it. Have you ever seen the movie Small Soldiers? It came out in 1998. A young Kirsten Dunst was in it. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend you do. Anyway, I digress.
This story reminded me of Small Soldiers, but with a dash of Ted and the Terminator mixed in, then adapted for the graphic genre. You’re probably thinking WHAT! But trust me, it totally worked. I borrowed this from my local library and am now going to try and track down my own copy. I think Riley would love it just as much as I did when he’s a few years older and I can totally see myself re-reading it.

A teddy bear, an interactive kids toy that by a series of events ends up being powered by a secret government A.I. defence program. Cue ninja hijinks. Mr. Stuffins is a quick and humorous read. Lots of fun.

 

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3 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: Agatha + Cyanide + Ida + Mr. Stuffins

  1. I can’t believe I’ve never read an Agatha Christie novel. Shameful isn’t it. Ida was such a wonderfully, sexually diverse read wasn’t it. A few of the time travelling aspects went I’ve my head sadly but was still able to enjoy it. How are you going with the YA challenge so far? This month I was able to finish off February’s and almost finished March too. It’s handy being able to read review copies that are slotting into the prompts..

    • Sooooo behind on the challenge, but I expected that I’d fall behind at the start of the year. I am planning on marathoning audiobooks while we travel through the N.T. later in the year to catch up 🙂 ❤ I've already warned Shane we'll be listening to more than just Lee Child this time around.

  2. The only Agatha Christie novel I’ve read is one that she originally released under a pen name because it wasn’t a mystery. The Unfinished Portrait. I read it many years ago, but I remember quite enjoying it! I think a lot of schools must study it because there have been so many search terms leading people to my review on my blog about school papers, haha.

    I’m so glad you loved Ida! I felt the exact same way about Damaris. I could read a whole book about Damaris, to be honest. Maybe we should give Alison a nudge…

    I LOVED Small Soldiers when I was a kid! Absolutely adored it. I’ve been meaning to rewatch it recently because I don’t really remember anything about it. I own a copy of the DVD so maybe I should make it a priority!

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