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Robotech, Anime as literature beyond...

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Robotech: The Macross Saga: Battle Cry - Jack McKinney

 

This week I am in the midst of re-reading "Robotech: Battlecry", a multi-volume set that collects the first 3 books in the original 12 novel series by Jack McKinney, originally published in the late 1980s.

 

For those of you who are unaware, Robotech is the anime show that broke boundaries and brought the popularity of Japanese animation, or anime as it is now called, to the United States market. It was a landmark series, put together from 3 separate but highly successful programs in Japan: (Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimensional Calvary Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeda.) Other shows, like Star Blazers, Battle of the Planets, Voltron and so forth made inroads, but Robotech was a unique and special case.  Its blend of complex storytelling that reflected the reality of war blended with soap opera romance and memorable characters, helped push its popularity.  First on TV, then in comics and in published books and graphic novels that continue to this day!  

 

(Shameless plug - you can find out about everything Robotech these days at the official Robotech website, http://www.robotech.com)

 

I was one of the many kids who would rush home from school every weekday to catch the show on TV before doing homework. :)

 

The series of Robotech novels published by Del Rey books by Jack McKinney, was an attempt to tell the Robotech story in a more "adult" fashion that moved the story beyone the visuals you saw onscreen. Character development was expanded. The writers took the overall story and gave it even greater depth, enhancing details and so forth.

 

 Do the novels follow the TV series exactly? There are parts of the novel storylines that sometimes contradict what is seen in the TV show, and vice versa. Something that has lead to many debates among fans over what is canon for the series.   (Believe me this is a whole other blog post LOL! )

 

So if you are looking for a great read, adding the Robotech series of novels to your bookshelf just might be made to order.  Who knows?  The novels might inspire you to find and rent, purchase, re-watch one of the hallmark anime series of your youth! :)

 

Bookmavin

 

 

 

Robotech, Anime as literature beyond...

Robotech: The Macross Saga: Battle Cry - Jack McKinney

 

This week I am in the midst of re-reading "Robotech: Battlecry", a multi-volume set that collects the first 3 books in the original 12 novel series by Jack McKinney, originally published in the late 1980s.

 

For those of you who are unaware, Robotech is the anime show that broke boundaries and brought the popularity of Japanese animation, or anime as it is now called, to the United States market. It was a landmark series, put together from 3 separate but highly successful programs in Japan: (Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimensional Calvary Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeda.) Other shows, like Star Blazers, Battle of the Planets, Voltron and so forth made inroads, but Robotech was a unique and special case.  Its blend of complex storytelling that reflected the reality of war blended with soap opera romance and memorable characters, helped push its popularity.  First on TV, then in comics and in published books and graphic novels that continue to this day!  

 

(Shameless plug - you can find out about everything Robotech these days at the official Robotech website, http://www.robotech.com)

 

I was one of the many kids who would rush home from school every weekday to catch the show on TV before doing homework. :)

 

The series of Robotech novels published by Del Rey books by Jack McKinney, was an attempt to tell the Robotech story in a more "adult" fashion that moved the story beyone the visuals you saw onscreen. Character development was expanded. The writers took the overall story and gave it even greater depth, enhancing details and goings on behind the scence - essentially adding more..

 

 Do the novels follow the TV series exactly?  Of course not, something that has lead to many debates among fans over what is canon for the series.   (Believe me this is a whole other blog post LOL! )

 

So if you are looking for a great read, adding the Robotech series of novels to your bookshelf just might be made to order.  Who knows?  The novels might inspire you to find and rent, purchase, re-watch one of the hallmark anime series of your youth! :)

 

Bookmavin

 

 

 

Loving reading "Beautiful Creatures" on my Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch!

 

 

 

 

Hey everyone,

 

     I just transitioned from using the FREE NOOK App on myMacBook to my NOOK Simple Touch reader and the benefits are fantastic!

 

The first benefit of using a NST, is its crisp paper-like display.  You don't have that blaring  bright computer screen tiring your eyes out.

 

Other benefits include the ability to resize text, highlight and take notes, and a build in we bster's dictionary should you ever need one.

 

This reader allows you to read your eBooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers with ease. You can also synchonize your reading across multiple devices. So for example, you can have your laptop and your NOOK synched so you can start reading on one device and then continue on another.  That way, you don't have to scroll through pages trying to find where you left off. (Also has bookmarking function too.)

 

You can store up to 1000 eBooks on your NOOK Simple Touch, and can add memory to it to store even more through MicroSD cards.

 

All of this for a very affordable price of $79 and available at your local Barnes & Noble Bookstore.  (Full disclosure here, I do indeed work for Barnes & Noble.)

 

If you are looking for something inexpensive to help conserve shelf space, and transition into digital reading, then a NOOK Simple Touch is a cool bet!

 

BookMavin

 

 

Cadillac Desert - The American West and its Disappearing Water

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water - Marc Reisner

Caddilac Desert, by Marc Rieser, gives the reader a fantastic and detailed look at the development of water resources that fueled the expansion of the cities of the American West.  Filled with information and easy to read, we get a look at the political, economic and ecological conflicts over the past 50+ years as cities in the LA Basin, Phoenix and elsewhere, fight over shrinking water resources to supply their rapidly growing populations.   I whole heartedly recommend this to anyone who is looking to delve into the past, present and possible future of our "water wars"

 

--Bookmavin.

 

 

 

Curiosity on Wednesday

 

  So I have to wonder...

 

   How are you reading now?  Are you reading physical books?  Are you reading ebooks on  any one of a growing list of eBook reading devices?  Perhaps you are reading on a multifunction device like an Ipad with an app?

 

   I read three ways:  1. Physical Books

                                  2. NOOK App on MacBook

 

And soon..

 

                                  3. Off a NOOK Simple Touch(Or Glowlight.)

 

Still trying to figure out which one makes sense for me.

 

     So sound off!   How do YOU read?

 

      Bookmavin

Loving Beautiful Creatures...

Beautiful Creatures  - Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia

 

 Hey everyone,

 

   I'm about halfway through on "Beautiful Creatures" and I have to say its been an enjoyable read this far.  The author is very visual and descriptive for background scenery and really good with character development.

 

  Has anyone else read this?  What do YOU think? :)

 

Bookmavin

Currently reading

Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011 (Outward Odyssey: A People's History of S)
Rick Houston