Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Dinosaurs, Texas, and Time Travel REVIEWING: Chronal Engine

Chronal Engine
Author: Greg Leitich Smith
Genre: Science Fiction
Year of Publication: 2012

       Being from Texas and purposely mentioning that in my header, I like to sometimes read books that are set in Texas or that are written by authors who are from Texas. This is one of those books that qualifies as both. Chronal Engine is what I would a middle grade chapter book. It isn't large and it isn't too complex in language. This doesn't mean that it isn't the least bit entertaining though!! The local library here just got this one and I was so excited to get started on it. 

      Why Chronal Engine is a good book:
  • Dinosaurs, enough said
  • Time Travel
  • Texas
  • Cool cover
  • Not too lengthy and overwrought with technical descriptions of anything

Seriously, this book has a pretty cool cover. The blue shade is really nice and the tyrannosaur skull is eye catching. The cover, like the book, is simple and straightforward. It is fitting to the contents and I think it was well designed. Anything with dinosaurs on the cover has to be good. I don't think I've run into a terrible dinosaur book yet. I haven't read a whole ton, but I've read quite a few and am only hoping to read even more in the future.

This book has good characters and a good plot. 3 siblings from Austin are going to be staying with their grandfather on his ranch while their mom goes off to do things for her paleontological career. They haven't really ever known their grandfather and he's pretty reclusive overall. On the ranch there are dinosaur footprints and paleontology just seems to run in the family. Then they find out that he has a machine called the Chronal Engine, which is essentially a time machine. After he suffers a heart attack he seemed to know about, he gives the kids certain instructions to follow. Emma, the sister of two boys and one of the leading characters, gets kidnapped and disappears. Her brothers and their new friend Petra need to go back in time to rescue her. 

Dinosaurs and lots of information about them is scattered throughout the book, but never really gets tedious. Most of the information comes from the youngest brother, Max, who has followed in the dino-frenzy of his mom and grandfather. His siblings Emma and Kyle haven't. Kyle is a sporty guy. Emma is the jack-of-all-trades. She can do a lot and is very good at everything she does. Petra is the daughter of the housekeeper who works for Max's grandfather. They are a pretty good cast of characters that were fun to read about. I also liked the use of references to different areas in Texas that I've been to. There is mention of a hotel in Dallas and some spots in Austin, as well as throwbacks to Texas weather and geography. I thought these were nice touches that made the book a little more personalized for Texas readers. 

The plot is interesting. It's rather simple and is kept that way throughout the book. Some kids go back in time to find their sister and rescue her, while surviving dinosaur encounters in an attempt to make it back home. At 171 pages, it was really quick for me to get through, but nonetheless enjoyable. I enjoyed the simplicity and straightforwardness. It would've been so easy to make things extremely complicated with terminology and technology, and I'm very grateful for the author's ability to keep things clear-cut. I honestly wanted a little bit more when it was over. I wanted to have a bit more closure on certain things, but in a way where I saw it and wasn't just told what might happen next. For some reason, I don't really feel like this should be where the story ends. The kids still have a lot to learn about their grandfather and there is a lot that could still be used for further adventures. One of the more lackluster points was the grandfather. Mr. Pierson is a very mysterious character who doesn't end up being very well-developed when the story comes to an end. He really just exists as a way to get the story rolling. Beyond that, there isn't much of him. I think that he should've been a bigger presence given his attention to all the details in the beginning. We still don't know why he wanted the book Max was reading or his heart attack may affect him. I'd like to see him interact with the kids a lot more. I'd like to see some more from this author about these characters. I also want to know what happens to Aki, since it could definitely be problematic to bring an extinct dinosaur back to the present. 

Overall, Chronal Engine is a quick and interesting book about some younger protagonists surviving in prehistoric times while on a rescue mission. There is a need for more character development and there is lots of room to continue playing with the story. I really hope the author is planning to do another book because I feel like this could be a really good start. I have to give Chronal Engine a 3. Its fun and light, but will serve as a great springboard for future works. It isn't the most incredible time travel book ever, but it is definitely worth reading. I'd highly recommend it to young readers, particularly those who are fond of dinosaurs and are looking to find a good survival adventure.

Thanks for reading another review here at The Real World According To Sam. Hope to see you back again next Wednesday!!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Artificial Intelligence, Space Miners and Survival REVIEWING: Alien: Out of the Shadows

ALIEN: Out of the Shadows
Author: Tim Lebbon
Genre: Science Fiction 
Year of Publication: 2014

Alien: Out of the Shadows is a new book that came out this past January that brings a new adventure into the universe of the popular franchise Alien. I recently watched the Alien movies for the first time ever and greatly enjoyed them. When I found out that my local library had this book, I immediately wanted to read it and have more encounters with the creepy creature mainly known only as an alien with specific forms. I will refer to it as a xenomorph as that is the term I am most comfortable with using that is associated with it. I don't like just calling it an alien, because it feels so generic and unfitting to the horrific creature found within these pages. Not once is it called a xenomorph in Out of the Shadows, but still, its the way of referring to this specific creature that makes me happiest. I digress.  This book occurs sometime between the first and second movies (Alien and Aliens) and features the main heroine Ripley. This is a really hard thing to do since there is universe continuity to deal with in terms of the franchise. That being said, 20th Century Fox has confirmed this book as part of the Alien film series canon.

Before anything else, can we just talk about this cover for a quick moment? I really like this cover. It's creepy, interesting and very awesome. Whoever designed it deserves major props. This is the kind of book that I would love to have just to show off the cover. I'm a big fan of the xenomorphs and the way they maneuver. The only thing that would improve this would be if they included the claws. I'm really excited to see what the next two books will look like cover wise. To be honest, this cover was half of the reason why I picked this book up for reading. The first half was of course that its Alien related. The drool is so icky looking. Even if its harmless, the fact that it comes from the xenomorph just makes it feel dangerous. Its only drool though! But what if it had been acidic like their blood? These random thoughts floating around in my mind..........

Basically the premise is this: on planet LV178 there is a large group of miners that mine for trimonite. What trimonite is really doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. Its just an ore that is very useful that needs to be mined. The blurb on the back of the book says it is the hardest material known to man, but it doesn't play a huge role in the plot of the book overall. There are three ships: the Marion, the Samson and the Delilah. The Marion is a main ship on which the cast of main characters is located when the book begins. There is a problem on the Samson and the Delilah. Strange creatures have been brought up from the mines by accident and are on board both ships, causing complete chaos. Hoop, the chief engineer on the Marion, has no idea what they are. Through some chaotic circumstances, he comes to be in charge of the last few people remaining on the Marion. The crews of the Samson and Delilah have been completely killed. The Samson is a bit recoverable and still useful to the plot but the Delilah disappears from the book pretty quick. A distress signal is sent out and picked up. The ship that picked it up is not a rescue ship, but the Narcissus. The Narcissus is the small ship that is currently carrying one passenger: Ellen Ripley, in a stasis pod, the sole survivor of the salvage ship Nostromo. The book quickly turns into a story of survival in space. There are currently 6 people left on the Marion and Ripley. They have to figure out how to escape and get back home to Earth. It gets majorly complicated with several appearances by my favorite outer space critter, the xenomorph. There are a lot of them!!! The crew ends up having to go down into the mines and get their quick easy plans all messed up and complicated. 

That's basically how it goes for the whole book. It is definitely a high energy adventure in outer space. I really enjoyed it and I only have a couple of problems with it. Ripley is very in character and doesn't stray from being the strong heroine audiences have come to love. That's awesome. Most of the characters left over are pretty interesting except for a couple who bite the dust pretty quickly and don't get much development. That's ok, because they were expendable anyhow. Hoop is a good, strong male lead with flaws. The xenomorphs are freakishly creepy and awesome, as they should always be. Those are the positives. I had a couple things that did get on my nerves, so here they are. There are a few typos within the book. Normally I can easily dismiss typos as quick errors and not very consequential, but in a book that is part of such a great franchise, I have a hard time excusing it. I want to be totally immersed in a horrific adventure of survival, not jolted out of the action by random typos. It wouldn't be so bad if there was one or two in the middle, but there is one on the very first page. This bothers me, because then I get the impression that there will be a lot more and I'll start a scavenger hunt that turns out to be pretty disruptive to overall enjoyment. I'm of the opinion that while typos can occur and that its mostly ok, there shouldn't be any typos in the first chapter at all. If it's later in the book I understand that maybe it was overlooked because the author was so into what was happening and got caught up in writing the story. At the beginning, it just feels like the author was being lazy and couldn't bother to look over their work or that the editor didn't do a very good job at looking it over. Beyond that the only other technical issue I had was with the constant spacing between words starting with the letter F. That's distracting. It might just be a printing error, but it happens all throughout the book and it looks weird. Instead of "fired" you get "fi red" or "fi gured" instead of "figured", and the most obnoxious is the combination of the letters FL. Instead of "flung" there is "fl ung". Sometimes this happens 2-5 times on one page. It isn't on every page, but on a very large number of them and it did bother me. It wasn't stylistic or anything and it just looks so sloppy. It's not a huge deal beaker and I won't dock a rating based on those details alone, but it needs to be pointed out because its so blatant an error for publishing to have made and not even bothered to correct before going to make more copies for sale. This is a major turn off for if I'm considering buying a book at full price. If I'm going to pay anything above $5, I want a good quality book! It was probably an accident of some sort though so I'll dismiss it. 

          The parts that cannot be disregarded are when famous movie lines and scenes are used in very ineffective, cheap ways. The movie Aliens has one of the most recognizable lines that is very frequently referenced. I'm sure everyone who has seen the movie remembers and possibly even loves this famous line (warning to Alexandria and anyone else who may be bothered by it, there are 4 curse words in the clip below, but its appropriate to the characters and the situation when its in context: they're marines in space, basically faced with certain death): 

Yep. In Aliens we have the "game over" scene. It describes everything that is happening to the characters we are watching. A bunch of colonial marines are at a colony trying to figure out what happened. They want to get in, do the job, and get out. They have huge guns, they've had top level training, they're ready to go.....and then its all taken away in an instant. It's chaotic, the feeling of security is gone and things have gotten really BAD. The line fits and it tells us everything we need to know. It's appropriate to the character who says it. Maybe to Hudson, his job kind of has felt like a game. He is sent on missions, takes a big gun or two, gets it done and lives to tell the tale. This time, he has a moment of realization that it isn't so easy and that he might not make it out this time. The game really is over. This line is used in Out of the Shadows. It might have been a good idea at first, but the execution is horrible. Lebbon tries to insert a fun piece for fans of the franchise, but fails in its delivery. To anyone who isn't familiar with Alien, or doesn't care all that much for the films, this probably isn't a big deal. However, to those of use who have really enjoyed the films and like the characters and how well lines work and love to quote our favorite scenes, this is something that can't be looked over lightly. I won't take down a rating for it individually, but I will take this moment to complain about it because it really felt cheap and needs to be discussed. Nothing really major has even happened in the book yet. There are some people dead, but the real adventure hasn't even begun yet. None of the main characters have entered the serious dangers yet. The characters who say it aren't even the right ones to be saying it. They aren't colonial marines for one thing. For another, how would any of this even feel like a game to them? It certainly isn't the same dynamic as it was in the movie. The character is all wrong. It just completely backfires. I think that Lebbon tried to put in a really neat throwback for fans and he didn't do it at the right moment for it to work. That doesn't make him a bad author, it just makes this particular instance stick out really bad in a negative way. There's also a moment in the book where Ripley takes hold of a weapon and asks one of the crew members how to operate it and says she can handle it or something. Again, another throwback to Aliens, as anyone really familiar with it would recognize as being really similar to her moment with Hicks. He teaches her how to operate a really intense firearm and its a really nice moment in the movie. I think it was also used in this book with the male lead and it just felt redundant to me. I didn't like it at all. I felt like it was another cheap way to toss in a cool moment from the movie that doesn't feel nearly as cool or significant as the original. I'm not an intense Alien fan, but I did really enjoy the movies and the creature is one of my favorite creepy fictional critters ever (ranked up there with the shark from Jaws, the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park and the graboids from Tremors).  The throwbacks used in this book just happened to be two of my favorite scenes from the original films that were used poorly. 

However, there were a couple of references that were used from the movie Prometheus that I think came out rather well! I hadn't watched Prometheus before reading the book, but finally watched it and feel the need to add this in as a positive point. There is the line "It's what I choose to believe." I really liked the way in which that line was used in this book. It was completely fitting. It is a great line for the circumstances under which it occurs. Another thing that I noticed was the use of the medical pod. I didn't know what the med-pod looked like and can't recall it being in the previous Alien(s) movies. However, after watching Prometheus it made a lot of sense and added good depth to the scene where the medpod is used. The application of the med-pod in Out of the Shadows actually made me be a bit more nervous when I was watching Prometheus for the first time because I wasn't at all sure what to expect after what Lebbon did. So some references to Prometheus were included and were well executed. That's a definite plus, considering the Alien(s) ones weren't greatly to my liking. 

The other issues I had were with the characterization and development of various characters: 

1) Sneddon, Kasyanov and their relationship:
 Kasyanov is the ship's doctor and Sneddon is the science officer. They are both women and it is implied that there may be a relationship between them. I'm not saying that in of itself bothers me, I have nothing against having queer characters present in the book, so don't think that (truth be told I'm not much for the subject matter of it, but I won't take off points on a book just cause its there and I wasn't expecting it). My problem came with the fact that it isn't ever said for certain and it isn't applied in a way that is any kind of useful to the plot. If its there, it is there just there. It serves no real purpose. To start with, the author took forever to say what gender Kasyanov is, which is peculiar, and takes even longer to actually mention anything worthwhile about her. Throughout the book she is really just the doctor. Doctors are important but there should have been more to her than just that. Sneddon has a lot more depth to her character, thankfully. There were a lot of tense moments with her and Ripley (not sexual) because Sneddon has a fascination with the xenomorphs that reminds Ripley of the android Ash who was the villain in the original movie. That was a throwback scene which actually worked and that I greatly enjoyed because it made sense and even gave me a sense of ease where my suspicions had been raised. In terms of the relationship between Kasyanov and Sneddon though, there is nothing worthwhile there. There are no moments of anything between them, nothing suggesting that they are really close or anything. There is never a moment of deep feeling or emotion. Quite frankly, if Kasyanov had been a male, I could have seen a huge possibility for an important subplot that would play into the very last quarter of the book. The tension and stakes would have been higher and much more devastating if things went wrong. I would have thought even just showing that the two women were super close friends would have added more. There is nothing. It is said but never shown. There is no development and that makes mentioning a relationship a complete waste of time. That annoyed me. Even if I'm not really into queer character relationships, at least make it be relevant if you're going to have it present or even suggest it. Otherwise, don't waste words and time that could be used reading about the xenomorphs tearing things apart. 

2) Lachance, the pilot and a Frenchman: 
He is mentioned several times as the Frenchman. That's all good and fine. He rarely ever speaks a word of French though. That isn't the problem I had. The problem I had came near the end of the book. There is a scene where he is talking to some of the other characters and he says, "pardon my French" and then drops the f-bomb. Sorry, but I don't think a real French person would say that. They would just cuss and be done with it. French to them really is French, THE LANGUAGE. I'm sure he could tell that saying f---ing anything is really not french at all. I have a hard time accepting that this particular character would say that phrase in the way that he did. Even if he wasn't a Frenchman, his character just wouldn't say that. He's been in space for a long time, he's a pilot, and I'm pretty certain that he cussed without any problem in earlier instances in the book. He is with the same 6 people throughout the book, so why would he suddenly change his way of talking or being at that one point? It threw me off quite a bit. I also think it would've made more sense to make him cuss or say random commonly used French words or phrases. Then it would make sense that he was a Frenchman. I can't remember him having said any french at all. I'm sure I would have caught it and marked it as a characteristic specific to him. Why bother referring to him as a Frenchman and not have him use any French and go so far as to make him say that weird phrase? If anything, just make him a regular guy with no associated nationality. That'd be much easier and fitting for this particular character. 

I really enjoyed the book, but there were a lot of things I just got really fed up with. I kept becoming distanced from the characters and having to force myself to get back into the action. I kept noticing all these little strange things that made no sense and they continuously bothered me. The main issue is just the fact that things are done or said that are out of character or that have no relevance whatsoever. I loved the action sequences and everything that had to do with all the aliens. The xenomorphs were depicted as being very intelligent and I liked the way that Lebbon incorporated Ash into the story and made him an important part of why things are happening like they are. Pretty much everything is explained and wrapped up. I think that while it was fun, it was not the best book ever and the characters aren't as good as they could have been. Therefore, I have to give Alien: Out of the Shadows a 3. I probably won't ever read over again, and I'm not very likely to purchase it at full price. If I ran across it at a second hand sale I would pick it up just because its Alien related and I really do like the cover. Can we just take a moment to appreciate that xenomorph on the cover? I mean, wow, its awesome. It looks so cool and freaky at the same time. 

This is the first book in a new Alien based trilogy published by Titan Books. The next one comes out in July of this year and it is written by a different author. The final book comes out months after and is also by an author that is different from the first two. This should add some interesting flavor to the adventures to come. I liked Lebbon's style for the most part, but for some reason he just couldn't hit a home run for me with this book. He isn't a bad author, but he did have a really high expectation that a few of his characters dragged him down from hitting. Hoop and Ripley were spot on. I loved them greatly and I can't wait to see what direction the other two books go in. The ending did leave me curious and I'm super frustrated that I can't just have the next book already.

This concludes my review of this book, come back next week for another book review. Leave comments telling me if you've read this book or if you want to. I'd love to hear about any thoughts you had on the original movies and the xenomorphs. If anyone would like for me to write a review for any of the movies or anything else at all, don't hesitate to say so!! Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Book Review: Beezus and Ramona

Hello! Welcome to yet another book review here at The Real World According To Sam. Today's book is directed toward a younger group of readers. It was forced upon me by my mom and little sister. I'm just kidding. I don't read against my will. My mom read the books about Ramona when she was younger....I didn't pick up on them, but my little sister sure did!! So all three of us took a go and as per request from my little sister, here is the review for it. Hope y'all enjoy!

Beezus and Ramona
Author: Beverly Cleary
Rating: 4/5

New Re-release Cover
Beezus and Ramona came out in 1955. Just recently (2010), a movie was made based on this book, starring Selena Gomez as older sister Beezus.

So Beezus and Ramona is the story of 2 sisters. Beezus (Beatrice) and Ramona Quimby. Beezus is 9 about to turn 10 and little Ramona is 4. The book basically tells 6 short, but interconnected tales of the interactions and relationship between them. Beezus is growing up, but Ramona is just as pesky as any other little sister. She throws tantrums when she doesn't get her way for one. She is very imaginative and for some odd reason likes being read books                                   about steam shovels.
Beezus frequently has to keep an eye on Ramona and even take her places, like the library and Beezus's art class. The book is 6 chapters and each is very entertaining and fun. Overall its a really lighthearted story that allows big sisters to not feel so alone in their experiences and to get a better understanding of their "mini-me's." For all readers it could be very cute and sweet, as well as being simple enough for young readers to enjoy. It is a great choice for beginning the transition from picture and minor chapter books to bigger chapter books. The characters are fun and well developed and the stories are just waiting to make you laugh...from scribbled in library books to parades and even applesauce.

Alternate Movie Cover
This book was very pleasant and I was able to read it in an hour or two. It makes a great book for discussion and it will definitely be something I use as a reference to jumpstart conversations with my sister. "Remember when Ramona did....or when Beezus was...." I would recommend this book to sisters in particular, because they could really learn a lot about dealing with one another and connecting on a better level.
Thanks for reading!

P.S. Issa------You're welcome, little sister

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Ohmu, Mehve, and Miasma! REVIEWING: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Welcome to The Real World According To Sam!! This is a review for a Manga series. I finally managed to read a whole manga series....from the first to the last volume. However, when you note that it isn't a very long one....then my cool points go down. I've never managed to finish a manga series before. I've started several (Kare Kano, Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Fruits Basket, Inuyasha) but I've never finished one because, let's be honest, there are just WAY too many to read, especially if there are still new volumes coming out. There are seven total volumes in this one, and I will give individual ratings for each volume, no spoilers, not super long and not really dragged out either.


Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Author: Hayao Miyazaki
Year of Publication: 1983-1994
Genre: Adventure/Fantasy/Science Fiction/Manga

Why Did I Read This????
I checked out the feature animated film of the same title by Studio Ghibli from the library (still haven't watched it). I found out that this series is what the movie is based on and noted that the library had almost all seven volumes. I took up the challenge of completing this manga series and actually succeeded. It is now one of my absolute favorite mangas. I'll tell you why!

What is it About????
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is about a girl named Nausicaa who comes from the Valley of the Wind. She is the only child of 11 to grow into adulthood. Her father is the chief of the Valley and so that makes her the princess. She is believed by all who live there and must take up the responsibility of going off to the war between the Doroks and Torumekians (on the Torumekian side). She is a skilled flier and has a great bond with creatures of the land, especially insects like the Ohmu. The land has been the result of many years of war and destruction in the past. It is covered with poisonous spores in the air that all together make up Miasma. There are parts where forests of the toxic spores accumulate and plants emit the miasma. One such place is called the Sea of Corruption. Nausicaa must find her place and try to find a way to discover what the future holds and what is really going on. Why they are at war and if it can be avoided, as well as how to save the lands that still exist. Along the way she meets many people, from both sides of the war, and is still well beloved by almost all. She has many loval followers and friends to aid her. It is a really fantastic journey and a great story! It is rather original in my opinion. There are certain concepts that have been done, but all together they make up something new that I've never read before.

Volume Ratings:
 Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: Vol. 1              5/5 
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: Vol. 2              5/5
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: Vol. 3              5/5
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: Vol. 4              5/5
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: Vol. 5             5/5
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: Vol. 6              5/5
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: Vol. 7              3/5

Now this must seem odd if you went through each one and noticed the 3 rating on the very last volume. Let me talk more about why this is.

 I really loved this series and plowed through it. I enjoyed it immensely and couldn't wait to continue the story. As I read on and on, I couldn't help but think of how I thought it would end best. However, upon reaching Vol. 7, I found myself slightly disappointed. I thought of the journey I'd been through with Nausicaa and while I understand what happened and why, I just couldn't bring myself to be totally happy with it. It doesn't prove much of anything. I'm not going to give away anything or toss out spoilers. I'm just saying that it didn't completely satisfy me. That's no reason to not read this series though!! Its an incredible story and a great journey to go on. It has to be one of my favorites bar none. I would definitely read it 2 and 3 more times, just to see the characters again and to relive the adventure. This is why I simply can't bring myself to rate the last one higher. I had such great expectations for it, that just weren't meant to be, but I haven't managed to let go just yet.

What Do I Love? Series Overview
I love the characters!! They are all so different and they mesh in a wonderful way. You can tell each apart easily. They are well developed as the story progresses. I especially love Nausicaa. She is such a strong lead character, one of the best heroines I've read about. The story of her origin included in the Viz Graphic Novel edition I read by Hayao Miyazaki was rather intriguing and made me want to know and read more. She was strong with flaws and never got tiresome to me. I like the way she was able to cross boundaries and even go between the Dorok and Torumekian sides. There is a bigger fight at hand than anyone realizes at first.

Another thing I love is the story. There's adventure and nature and myths and history. Who wouldn't love that? I will give a warning that this IS about war and there are some violent scenes depicted as well as blood and maybe even a couple limbs flying, but it isn't on every page or every 5 pages by any means. It is occassional and understandable. Besides, its in black and white so it isn't as bad as it could be. There are lots of interesting plots going on and I loved the action sequences. There aren't very many dull moments. There is always something pushing forward. I never reached a drag in my reading.

The images are very nice! Some art styles in mangas or other graphic novels just don't seem very well done to me. Sometimes they even feel slacked. This is not the case with Nausicaa. The images are stylized in Hayao Miyazaki's way which is nice and they aren't distracting from the overall story. They complement it and depict it very well. I was happy with the illustration done.

The Ohmus and other creatures are neat too! The Super Yanmas and Teto the squirrel fox critter are cool too. The Ohmus are the most incredible though. They play a big role in the series and are an important animal in Nausicaa's world.

The last thing I'm going to mention is the machinery and technology within the story. I was fascinated by it. The god warriors are so mysterious in the beginning but are really quite interesting when they finally come ot light in the last half of the series. Nausicaa's Mehve is also really cool. It is the thing that she flies on a lot and she's so skillful with it. Her piloting is amazing and the mehve just looks really cool.


In the end, I really enjoyed reading Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and I would read it again. However, I just can't bring myself to satisfaction with the ending. I'm trying and failing. In my opinion, it should've ended slightly differently, but I do understand why things are the way they are. Volume 7 does bring the series down just a bit for me though.
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind gets an overall rating of......................4/5.

Thank you for reading my review here at The Real World According To Sam. Hope to see you again next time!!!!