maanantai 11. joulukuuta 2017

John Lewis, Andrew Aydin ja Nate Powell: March, Book two ja March, Book three

John Lewis ja Andrew Aydin kertovat USA:n kansalaisoikeusliikkeestä Nate Powellin piirtämissä sarjakuvakirjoissa. Kirjat ovat ajankohtaisia, koska rasismi nostaa päätään, ja USA:n nykyinen hallinto on polkemassa ihmisoikeuksia ja toteuttamassa ihonväriin perustuvaa syrjintää.

March, Book two (Top Shelf Productions, 2015; ISBN 978-1-60309-400-9)







Nominated for the Eisner Award 2016.

Congress man John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, continues his award-winning graphic novel trilogy with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, inspired by a 1950s comic book that helped prepare his own generation to join the struggle. Now, March brings the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world.

After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, John Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through non-violence - but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before. Faced with beatings, police brutality, imprisonment, arson, and even murder, the movement's young activists place their lives on the line while internal conflicts threaten to tear them apart. But their courage will attract the notice of powerful allies, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy... and once Lewis is elected chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, this 23-year-old will be thrust into the national spotlight, becoming one of the "Big Six" leaders of the civil rights movement and a central figure in the landmark 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.


March, Book three (Top Shelf Productions, 2016; ISBN 978-1-60309-402-3)





National Book Award for Young People's Literature Shortlist 2016.

Written by a congressman who is an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, this title brings the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world.



sunnuntai 10. joulukuuta 2017

Julia Quinn: Everything and the moon

Julia Quinnin viihderomaanissa kaksi petetyksi tullutta rakastavaista kohtaavat toisensa vuosien päästä, ja tunteen paloa piisaa, tosin alussa enemmänkin kostonhimoa ja häpeäntunnetta: Everything and the moon (Piatkus, 2008; ISBN 978-0-7499-0895-9).



Päähenkilöt ovat kumpikin hiukan ressukoita, elämässään kärsineitä, mutta taitavan puoleisesti kirjailija saa hahmonsa jotakuinkin elämään, eikä hirveästi haittaa että tämä juoni on tullut kerrottua aiemmin satoja kertoja. Huumoriakin piisaa, ja sitten on myös kuu, jolla on oma erikoislaatuinen tehtävänsä tarinassa.



When Robert Kemble stumbles across Victoria Lyndon in a hedgerow maze, he can't believe his eyes. The girl who'd torn him in two, who let him plan an elopement and then left him standing by the side of the road, was suddenly within arm's reach, and even though his fury still knew no bounds, she was impossible to resist.

Victoria's father had told her an earl would never marry a vicar's daughter, and he was right. Robert had promised her marriage, then danced off to London while she suffered the shame of a foiled elopement. But even though Victoria doesn't particularly enjoy her new life as a governess, when Robert offers her a job of a different sort - his mistress - she refuses, unable to sacrifice her honour, even for him.

But Robert won't take no for an answer, and he vows to make her his, through any means possible. Can these star-crossed lovers learn to trust again? And is love really sweeter the second time round?



lauantai 9. joulukuuta 2017

Tracy Anne Warren: The bed and the bachelor

Tracy Anne Warren punoo Englannin ja Ranskan välistä vakoilua historialliseen viihderomaaniin, jossa matemaatikko ja hänen taloudenhoitajansa joutuvat läheiseen kanssakäymiseen keskenään: The bed and the bachelor (Avon books, 2011; ISBN 978-0-06-203305-5).



Ilmeisesti romaani on Byrons of Braebourne -kirjasarjan viides osa. Näppärästi kerrottu tarina, josta ei kuitenkaan kovin paljon muistijälkiä jäänyt.



Lord Drake Byron has no time in his busy life to worry about taking a wife. He is more interested in the unbreakable code he's developed to defeat Napoleons forces. Little does he know that the irresistibly lovely new housekeeper hes just hired is really a French secret agent.



perjantai 8. joulukuuta 2017

Tracy Anne Warren: The Princess and the Peer

Tracy Anne Warren punoo historiallisessa viihderomaanissa melkoista prisessasatua, jossa prinsessa haluaa kokeilla miltä tuntuu elää tavallista elämää ennen pakkoavioliittoon suostumista: The Princess and the Peer (Signet, 2012; ISBN 978-0-451-23634-0).



Kaikki olennainen romaanista lienee kerrottu takakannen tekstissä. Ihmishahmoilla ei erityisemmin ole syvyyttä, mutta toisaalta kirjailija ei kuitenkaan kauheasti kompuroi tarinansa juonenkuvien punomisessa.



When a royal summons from her brother arrives, Emma knows it’s time to embrace her duties as the princess of a small European kingdom, and marry the man her brother has chosen for her…a stranger she has never met. Instead she does what any self-respecting princess would do—she runs away. All she wants is one week in London. One week to experience everything life has to offer, before she is locked away in a loveless marriage forever.

Former naval captain Nick Gregory has inherited a title he never wanted. As the new Earl of Lyndhurst, he chafes against his landlocked existence—until fate brings a mysterious young beauty across his path. Believing she’s an unemployed governess, Nick offers shelter and protection to the captivating girl, never guessing her true identity.

Emma falls hard for Nick, but knowing they have no future, she flees once more—this time back to her royal responsibilities. But when she and Nick unexpectedly meet again, she learns that against all odds, he’s determined to make this princess his bride.



torstai 7. joulukuuta 2017

Mick Herron: Real tigers

Mick Herron jatkaa Slough House -jännärisarjaansa terävästi, kertoen urallaan epäonnistuneista agenteista jotka hoitavat rutiininpuoleisia hommia paremman puutteessa: Real tigers (John Murray, 2016; ISBN 978-1-4736-2121-3).



Herronin kutoma juoni on melkein liiankin monimutkainen toimiakseen, mutta kumma kyllä tarina pysyy koossa, ja vetää mukaansa. Ihmishahmot eivät ole mitenkään sympaattisia, eikä ketään voi kutsua varsinaisesti sankariksi, mikä tarjoaa oman laistaan omaperäisyyttä kerronnalle. Rosoisuutta ja rämäkkyyttä tässä tarinassa riittää, yllätysten lomassa.



London's Slough House is where disgraced MI5 operatives are reassigned to spend the rest of their careers pushing paper. But when one of these fallen spies is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, the agents must breach the defenses of Regent's Park to steal valuable intel in exchange for their comrade's safety. The kidnapping is only the tip of the iceberg, however, as the agents uncover a larger web of intrigue that involves not only a group of private mercenaries, but also the highest authorities in the Security Service. After years spent as the lowest on the totem pole, the spies suddenly find themselves caught in the midst of a conspiracy that threatens not only the future of Slough House, but of MI5 itself.