17 February 2009

Review: Mouse Guard Fall 1152 by David Petersen

My Summary. Fall 1152 starts out when Mouse Guards Saxon, Kenzie, and Lieam are sent off to find a grain merchant who was lost in the woods. The three guards find the merchant's overturned cart but cannot tell whether the mouse is missing or dead. If dead? Was he killed by a snake or by some enemy? As the three attempt to solve the mystery, they are startled to find that what they thought were ancient mouse myths may in fact be real.

My Thoughts. The story, which is the first in a series, is based on the idea that medieval mice have a world and technology that parallel the human world. I like fantasy and I like the medieval period, so I'm not quite sure why this book did absolutely nothing for me. I didn't feel any tension during the tense moments, I didn't get a sense of the personalities of the characters, and I didn't really care what happened. Perhaps it was my mood or perhaps I shouldn't have read this graphic novel in the middle of reading Bone.

I must say, however, that the book's illustrations are beautiful. The colors, the animals, and the lettering are simply spectacular. And I absolutely loved looking at the pictures. The page here shows scenes of the mouse town. For more of this incredible art, please see Petersen's website here.

If someone else has read or reviewed Mouse Guard Fall 1152, I will be happy to include a link, especially if you had a more positive experience. My recommendation is to look at the book for the artwork but to not have high hopes for the story.

EDIT: Nymeth offers a more positive review here. And she has links to even more reviews, which I plan to read.

I read this book to meet several challenges (listed below). To learn more about a challenge or to see what others are reading, click on the title above the progress bar in the left margin.

Published by Archaia Studios Press
ISBN-13: 9781932386578
Challenges: A to Z Title, New Author, 999, Graphic Novel, 100+, Buy 1 and Read
YTD: 14
Rating: C


Anonymous,  2/17/09, 8:09 AM  

It's too bad it feel short because the illustrations are gorgeous!

Ana S. 2/17/09, 8:25 AM  

I enjoyed this one a lot myself. My review is here.

Louise 2/17/09, 8:35 AM  

The first I thought about when I looked at the post was actually how fine I thought the illustrations looked. I haven't read the story, so cannot comment on that.

Beth F 2/17/09, 8:37 AM  

Nymeth: thanks!! I've added your link.

Dorte H 2/17/09, 9:24 AM  

Usually I don´t read graphic novels, but my, this one looks appealing!
Funny that cartoon mice are so different from the real ones we come across in our cottage.

Beth F 2/17/09, 9:32 AM  

Dorte: I'm not very nice the mice we find in this house. I've cleaned up after them too many times to be overly charmed or softhearted.

tanabata 2/17/09, 12:05 PM  

I have this one on my shelf waiting to be read. Soon hopefully. The art really is fantastic!

Anonymous,  2/17/09, 12:06 PM  

I haven't read this, but I will say that all three of my boys - ages 10, 9, and 7 - absolutely loved it, and can't wait for the next edition.

Sandy Nawrot 2/17/09, 12:11 PM  

I was going to say that the artwork is captivating. The creatures are adorable!

Ladytink_534 2/17/09, 5:02 PM  

I still like the idea of this one. Sorry you didn't enjoy it but I do agree the artwork is beautiful!

Melody 2/17/09, 6:47 PM  

I love the cover! And the illustrations are great too!

DNLee 2/18/09, 1:24 PM  

I admit to not truly understanding graphic novels....but one about mice just might do it for me. When I have the chance to read for pleasure, I'll look into one of the books for this series.

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