MINI-REVIEWS: Prince of Persia: The Graphic Novel, Boxer, Beetle, The Dollhouse Murders

129. Prince of Persia: The Graphic Novel by A.B. Sina
Publication: First Second (September 2, 2008), Paperback, 208pp / ISBN 1596432071
Genre: Historical Fantasy, Graphic Novel

Read: October 22, 2011
Source: Bought | Buy your own copy at Amazon.


Things this book has: pretty graphics, lovely coloring, a very confusing story and vaguely interesting historical fantasy/magical realism stuff.

Basically I have no idea re:what the Prince of Persia video games are about, but I do know there’s time travel and princesses who need rescuing. The graphic novel has one princess (I think she’s a princess, anyway), who basically rescues herself, so that’s cool. But there’s no time travel and I have no idea if the story is actually related to the video games or if they just have the same characters. I don’t even know if that’s important– but I do know that I was seriously confused for most of the book and though I loved looking at the pretty pretty peacock I wish I understood wtf was actually going on and how it relates to the whole Prince of Persia franchise.


Pretty drawings, confusing story.

132. Boxer, Beetle by Ned Beauman
Publication: Bloomsbury USA; Reprint edition (September 13, 2011), Paperback, 256pp / ISBN 1608196801
Genre: Fiction/Historical Fiction

Read: October 25, 2011
Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers | Buy your own copy at Amazon.


Things this book has: a gay Jewish boxer, Nazis, people who collect Nazi memorabilia without actually being Nazis themselves, a gay(?) eugenicicist, a deficit of decent female characters, some excellent historical fiction stuff, and an enthralling writing style that ties all the weird stuff together in such a way that it’s somehow both entertaining and not at all confusing.

What I liked best about Boxer, Beetle was how it felt like your standard literary fiction story written by a dude, but it managed to skip all the annoying stuff lit fic mostly does. There’s sex, but it wasn’t disgusting (for all that it was often degrading to whoever was having it). There’s weirdo loser protagonists, but they weren’t SO weirdo loser that I wouldn’t sit next to them on a bus, for instance. The ending is depressing but that actually doesn’t annoy me all that much, and the rest of the story is so entertaining that it almost makes up for only having one female character who gets a shot at the POV train.


I liked it a lot!

134. The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright
Publication: Live Oak Media (September 1998), originally published 1983(?), Paperback, 149pp / ISBN 0874995205
Genre: Children’s Horror

Read: October 27, 2011
Source: Library Book Sale | Buy your own copy at Amazon.


Things this book has: haunted dollhouses, a murder mystery (sort of), interesting family dynamics, seriously dated and/or cheesy dialogue/writing.

I’ve been meaning to read this book for years, and now that I’ve done it I can’t see what the big deal it. Yes, it’s scary (especially if you’re afraid of ghosts, like I am). Yes, it’s got a nice family relationship thing in it. But other than that it’s really, really, 1980s in both writing style and feel (in a bad way), and I think that most people who adore it are remembering it through a haze of nostalgia.



5 thoughts on “MINI-REVIEWS: Prince of Persia: The Graphic Novel, Boxer, Beetle, The Dollhouse Murders”

    1. I don’t think it is, though it was released partly because of the movie. I haven’t seen the movie (and I don’t intend to; Jake G. as a Middle Eastern prince? Uh, no.) but I think the plot is way different from this book.

  1. The Dollhouse Murders was terrifying when I was a kid in the 80s! I guess when you’re a kid, you don’t notice cheesy dialogue — and, well, it was probably 1984 when I read it so I’m sure it felt modern then.

    1. Haha, I totally agree. When I was younger I read a LOT of cheesy stuff and didn’t notice anything wrong with it until I got older. 😀 Which kind of sucks, because now I can’t reread those books without “ruining” my good memories of them.

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