Monday, February 15, 2016

Book Review: "Nimona" by Noelle Stevenson

Please excuse the following use of all caps:

All right. Now that I've gotten that out of the way...this graphic novel is a super quick read. You can't say "I don't have time to read it" because by the time you open it up, you’ll practically be done. What will take more time is when you finish reading a page and you forget to turn to the next one…because you’re staring at all the fine detail in Stevenson’s artwork.

The art style is fun and unique--I love the stylized look of every character. It's the perfect representation of the world Stevenson created. It’s both totally realistic and fantastically imaginative. Nimona’s character is petite and curvy, but the villain is built like a stick. Each character’s personality is complemented by their design.

Part of the charm of this book is how effortlessly our favorite pseudo-medieval world is mixed with high-tech weapons, security systems, and magic. Of course knights wear armor and carry tasers. Duh. It’s like one of the new Batman movies was accidentally set in a Tamora Pierce novel.
The dialogue reminds me a little of Gilmore Girls—lots of quick repartee and snarky comments. I think the humor is really what endears this book to me. It’s ridiculous at times, and it’s a fun story with a great ending.


Michelle likes black pepper, lotion-infused tissues, and winning. Also words. And books. And sarcasm. And beginning sentences with “and”. 

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