Well, I have got two more book reviews for you, or perhaps more accurately, graphic novel reviews. The novels are Death: The High Cost of Living (Gsiman and others) and Domu: a Child’s Dream (Katsuhiro Otomo). So, basically we’re talking about death and psychics today.
Let’s starts with death. Death: the High Cost of Living follows te story of Sexton, a misanthropic sixteen year old boy. He meets Didi, a highly cheerful eccentric young woman, who claims to be Death herself. The two have a lot of adventures, which mostly center around Didi exploring ad trying to find the heart of this crazy old homeless woman named Mad Hettie.
This graphic novel is pretty much Gaiman as usual. He takes a well known characterization and plays around with it. I love this kind of experimentation, and enjoyed this one. I also loved the uncertainty and magic he puts into the world without it being over the top. It is a charming way of telling a story. Also, the special comic at the end is really fun. I am told that Didi appears in The Sandman series. Clearly, I need to find this series.
Now it is time to talk about psychics and more death. Lots of more deaths. In a Tokyo apartment complex, an old man with powerful psychic abilities plays god with the tenenants, taking lives at will with no physical connections to his victims for the police to trace. Everything changes when a girl named Etsuko, who has psychic powers of her own, moves into the complex. The complex becomes a battleground. There is a lot of gore and explosions.
I really wanted to like this story. When I picked this up in the library, I was intrigued. However, I was deeply disappointed by the execution. For one thing, I had a lot of trouble finding the flow if the story, and I did not have any real sense of either the characters. I was intrigued by the childishness of the psychics, as I found that similarity interesting, but that was as far as my interest went. I also had a problem with the psychics. I was bored by the fact that they seemed to more or less to be able to do the same things; I thought their confrontations would have been more interesting if they could do other things, or if that there was a power inbslance. All the book was, for me, was two obsencely powerful psychics going at it. That is all it was, and I have to say I was not impressed with it as I had no emotional investment in it, as I cared about very few of the characters. So, overall it was a disappointment for me. However, I may have been interpreting it incorrectly, as apparently it was quite popular in Japan.