Sharon’s Pages

May 7, 2015
     I’ve started this page to put some “mini
book reviews” for some of the books I’ve been reading, but I can’t squeeze
into my posting schedule. I hope these mini book reviews are helpful. The books
are alphabetical order by title.
The Eye of the
World: The Graphic Novel, Volume Five by Robert Jordan and adapted by Chuck
Dixon. ISBN 978-0-7653-7425-7 Cover with slip jacket. [First Edition: July
20114]; 176 pages. A TOR Book, Published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.

A graphic novel is, in form, a book bound with
material similar to full novels. Also, some graphic novels can also be viewed
on e-readers. They can be hardcover or card stock paper and may include topics
of non-fiction as well as fiction, or even anthologies. The graphic novel is
distinguished from comics or comic books even though the bulk of material
consists of drawings.

Comic books are published on inexpensive bulk
paper whereas graphic novels paper quality is much higher, some are truly
beautiful with glossy pages and beautiful illustrations. Moreover, comics
contain advertising whereas graphic novels do not. Also, graphic novels
invariably contain a story line that has a beginning, middle, and end, a
complete story arc. Comic books, on the other hand, tend to be episodic in
nature. Comic books are much, much shorter than graphic novels (some graphic
novels I’ve seen approach 150 pages and one I have is over 200 pages).

Some graphic novels merely call themselves
graphic novels but are nothing more than bound comics with an inflated price.
It is so disappointing when a title is described and billed as a graphic novel
and you spend your money expecting to get a graphic novel, but end up with a
glorified comic book. One example of this is All You Need is Kill (Edge of Tomorrow)
by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. I reviewed the novel on my blog (SHARON’S LOVE OF BOOKS)
in May of this year (2014). As a Bonus part of that review, I also reviewed the
graphic novel. On the other hand, Vampire Academy, A Graphic Novel is a perfect
example of what a great graphic novel can be.

So now that we know what makes a good graphic
novel let’s look at The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume Five by
Robert Jordan:

First, this is a sturdy hardbound book with a
slip cover (or dust cover, if you will). The inside pages consist of paper that
is as good a quality as desktop display books (good quality). The pages are
glossy and since they are securely bound to the hardcover, they do not pull out
or fall apart as I’ve seen in other published graphic novels.

Second, the fictional material, subject matter
that has been adapted from a full novel, contains a full story arc with a
beginning, middle, and end. 

Third, the book exceeds the page quantities of
comic books, coming in at 176 pages, so definitely over the average number of
pages for other graphic novels.

Fourth, this graphic novel, as I indicated, is
from a full fictional novel. The Eye of The World graphic novel is not a
stand-alone book (Although many stand-alone books make great graphic novels).
It is part of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time Series that is an established
series. This series is VERY popular with readers of the EPIC FANTASY genre.

Fifth, the book contains NO ADVERTISING. This is
important, because virtually all comics do contain advertising.

Sixth, because all of the above-listed elements
clearly show this book to be a graphic novel, and not an episodic comic book,
we can look at the intangible qualities of this particular book to see just how
good it is.

Eye appeal. Before you even pick up the book the
glossy cover with embossed lettering of the title and author’s name grab you.
The colors are beautiful and the cover art is very appealing, and well done.
The cover was created by Andie Tong.

Inside, the semi-glossy pages are numbered to
easily keep track of where you are in the book. The book was lettered by Bill
Tortolini. The text is clear, neat and legible. One minor complaint, here, is
that the yellow text boxes used to describe action in the scene I found to be a
little too small to read easily. I wear glasses, and still found it difficult
to read the text in the “action” boxes. The dialog bubbles, however,
were easy to read. 

The art in the book is by Andie Tong and colors
by Nicolas Chapuis. Well, I have no complaints about the art. The art, the
drawings and color work are simply, flat out beautiful! 

Since I have read Robert Jordan’s complete Wheel
of Time Series, I had to get the graphic novel. This book is so enjoyable to
read because of its obvious beauty, and great story, and I can’t resist the
feel of the cover and its pages. This graphic novel is high quality and
probably one of the best graphic novels I’ve ever read. The publishers did a
great job in creating the book.

Because of all of the above reasons, I rate this
book 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you for taking time to read my

Sharon Powers.

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