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Girl Genius, Volume 1: Agatha H. and the Airship City

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

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    Works best as a companion to the comics

    I was very excited to find this book on the shelf at my local Barnes & Noble. I have been reading the Girl Genius comic for several years, so a novelisation was of interest to me.

    The writing is solid, though some stylistic elements may take getting used to, particularly if you are unfamiliar with steampunk and/or Girl Genius. Content-wise this novel covers the same time period and story elements as the first three volumes of the Girl Genius comic. There are some minor differences between the two, and the novel expands on several background story elements that aren't really covered predominantly in the comic.

    Unfortunately, reading the novel doesn't let you see all the intricate background details that are shoved into the art in the comic. Including said details would be impractical; if nothing else it would completely bog down and derail the story. So as an example, in the novel we have to be content with knowing Gil's personal library has bookcases crammed with books, and some of the broad categories those books fall under. In the comic we can read the titles of many of those books (things like Who's Who; What's What; Cultivate a Maniacal Laugh; and Oops!) and get some chuckles.

    All in all I would say this is a good companion work to the comic, not a replacement or substitute. They work best together. Reading the novel had me jumping back in to reread the comic, because I was craving all the little humorous details that just didn't translate over to the written word.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2015

    Good steampunk book, but...

    I would have liked to buy this on the nook but it's just too expensive. My advice: get it from the library before buyimg it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2014

    This was fun

    A fun and entertaining adaptation of the web comic, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Posted August 22, 2014

    Decent but needs more background

    This was a good read overall but would have benefited from more back-story. Perhaps there are books that pre-date this that would have helped explain the world this is happening in. I spent too much time trying to figure out what was going on to really enjoy the book. I've bought the #2 book but haven't read it yet.

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

    Great Read with Interesting Premis

    if you like steam punk this is a series to look into. with the crazy ideas and odd world most any one would enjoy exploring this world.

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

    The story was very visual, matching the world I'd seen in the gr

    The story was very visual, matching the world I'd seen in the graphic series with extra material to fill in the gaps.  My only problem with the Nook Book version was the formatting that kept my Nook Touch from resizng or reflowing the text as needed, with the line spacing too close together for easy reading. That could be the fault of the formatter, however, not the authors of this great series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2011

    Goofy fun--now with lousy formatting!

    Light fun, though the slapstick in the online comic doesn't translate well to prose. A bloodbath at the end doesn't seem to fit with the book's earlier frothiness. Unconnected with the sometimes-amateurish writing is the very bad formatting of the e-book version: sentences broken across paragraphs, barely indented paragraphs... It's a mess and difficult to read. If you want an electronic version, I'd stick to the graphic novel.

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

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    Ran out of Stream

    CD/Unabridged: First, let me say that I really liked the way Angela Dawe read the book. She did an excellent job and did not read with a stuffy English accent. The story, however, was lacking plot. It starts with Agatha getting kidnapped by evil German robot people who have taken over the European realm. Agatha and the man she is brought to the evil airship with are mistaken for lovers and scientist. They want to get out evil mastermind's lair and she meets the evil son. The ending was a letdown as Agatha searches for her parents, who may or may not be her parents. Agatha is a strong character and I really liked her. I think that her being stuck in this Steampunk world really retarded her character's growth. The ending was very anti-climatic with a lead in that there is another book to come. I heard that it will be a graphic novel. That I can see with all the robots and action. Overall, it was interesting, but fulfilling.

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