With A Knick-Knack, Paddy-Whack, Give Your Shelf A Bone?

I spent the last two days reading Bone. Again. But this time, in colour!

I was at the library, looking for The Hunger Games (no, I haven’t read it yet), when I spotted a shelf dedicated to Jeff Smith’s Bone. I pulled an issue off the shelf, saw that it was in colour, did my usual squeaky-happy-I-can’t-believe-I-found-this dance, realised I was in a library (and there were people staring), picked them up and ran home. This was two days ago, and I’m still grinning.

Bone is a series of nine issues, about.. 150-200 pages each? That makes it around 1300 pages, total (I googled it). And I know that might seem like a lot if you get the complete volume, or The Incredible Bulk as I like to call it, but when you finish it, you’re going to wish there were a thousand pages more.

Despite appearances, Bone is a really quick read. Or, at least, it feels like a really quick read. The first time I read it, I rushed through it. The illustration is brilliant, by the way, it was just the inner what-comes-next monster in me taking over. This time, though, I spent a lot more time with each frame and was absolutely amazed to find little things, here and there, that I hadn’t noticed the first time.

The first issue starts with the three Bones – Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone – finding themselves in The Valley, after being chased out of Boneville. Pretty soon, we are introduced to Thorn (I can’t give her an introduction without giving stuff away, and that goes against my principles — somebody told me about Sirius in the fifth book before I got to the part and that screwed me up a little), her grandmother – Gran’ma Ben (she’s incredibly awesome, and she races cows, and WINS), Lucius Down – owner of the Barrelhaven Tavern (also pretty awesome), and The Great Red Dragon (who is the definition of awesome. A dragon that smokes a cigarette? Come on, people! Give this guy an award!)

Oh, yeah. And then there’s The Hooded One (cue creepy music), and the rat creatures. Complete with a quiche-craving one. And the Lord of the Locusts, a spirit that’s been imprisoned and is fighting to get out.Which is what the series is all about. Believe me, it’s a lot more gripping than I’m making it sound. I want to tell you just how much I love this, and why I think you should read it, and my favourite bits and everything, but I’m trying my best to make this spoiler-free.

Oh, and if when you read this? Look at the eyebrows. Jeff Smith draws fantastic eyebrows. And the speech bubbles somehow manage to suit the mood. And man, can this guy choreograph a stampede.

I found a review at Books are my Boyfriends, where Bone was described as being “Charlie Brown meets Lord of the Rings”, and the more that I think about it, the more I agree. And I know that’s really strange to imagine if you haven’t read this (and personally, I think you should fix that – just saying), but in a way, it fits.

[P.S. Other Bone fans out there? Did you know about them being in colour?! I didn’t think it would, but WHAT a difference that makes!]

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26 responses to “With A Knick-Knack, Paddy-Whack, Give Your Shelf A Bone?”

  1. kford2007 says :

    Oh, my, I’m going to HAVE to read these now. Add more to my ‘to read’ list. Will I ever read them all?

  2. The Other Watson says :

    The Incredible Bulk, hahaha, I’m still laughing and it was paragraphs ago now…
    This sounds like an interesting series though! I will have to look into it, one day (if I had a dollar every time I said that about a book…I’d have at least enough money to buy a small portion of those books I said that about…if you follow my logic).

    • Tanya M says :

      Now, that made ME laugh. 😀

      • The Other Watson says :

        Hahaha, I aim to please. Or just make a fool of myself…they often go hand in hand.
        Speaking of silliness, in the next 20-30 minutes I am putting up a blog post that has a bit of silliness, including (what I think to be) the funniest book dedication ever (it was nearly a page long…I just took a photo of it). I was going to write a more serious post and I thought “stuff it, I’m in a mood, and I’m drinking red wine and listening to Supertramp on a Friday night…clearly I need to write something more silly and upbeat!” Do you ever find that happens, or is it just me?

        • Tanya M says :

          Quite often. 🙂
          I’ve dedicated the entire month to fun reading. I’m supposed to be reading Llosa at the moment (started it months ago), but every time I pick it up, I get distracted by books that are more.. fun. So, go ahead! Leave the serious post for a Monday morning. 😛

          • The Other Watson says :

            That’s a good idea, dedicating the month to fun reading! I have done that before actually – I find normally after a month or so of reading fun or silly stuff I’m back in the mood for reading something more challenging or serious. I don’t think I’ve ever consciously done it though, I think I just slide towards those books for a while, and then drift back 😛
            I think you’re right, I’ll leave a serious post for next week, when I’m feeling cranky or something, hahaha. :p

            • Tanya M says :

              It happens on its own, doesn’t it? When you’ve had too much of either kind, you tend to need a break. At the same time, you still feel like reading, and so you just end up picking up books that are the opposite of what you were just reading. Although, I’m pleasantly surprised at how much I love the sillies, and how a lot of them are as good as the more sombre ones.

  3. onwindydays says :

    Oh my god! Bone is one of the absolute best graphic novels I have had the chance to read. My younger brother got it for his birthday and we were both pretty skeptical about it. (He got the complete series in one book…sadly it wasn’t in color) [And color does make a huge difference!] However, we took it with us on our trip to Michigan and read through the entire thing at once.

    Needless to say…I was really sad when I got to the last page…Just knowing that it was over 😦 But yea Bone is pretty awesome! The rat creatures were definitely the best comic relief characters throughout. Haha, oh well. Thanks for the follow by the way 🙂

    • Tanya M says :

      I wasn’t sure I’d like it the first time (I thought the premise conflicted with the illustration), but pretty soon, I was sucked in. And I have to agree, this one is definitely one of my favourites. 🙂
      Have you read the colour version? I highly recommend it. So much detail got lost in the black and white! And..I think they’re making a t.v series? It was supposed to be a movie, but then they decided to go with a full blown t.v series, thank heavens.
      Thanks for the comment, by the way. 😛 I found your blog, and it cracked me up – so of course, I had to follow it. And I’m at my creative best when assignments are due, and exams are approaching, as well. So I know where you’re coming from. 😉

      • onwindydays says :

        I have read the color version. They sell those as separate issues, so I’ve only got to the 5th or 6th one in color, and it definitely makes a huge difference. Not that the black and white was any less in quality in any way. (The color just made it that much better 🙂 )

        A Tv series!? Why have I not heard of this?!? Haha, that should be pretty sweet! Do you have any idea on when it’s supposed to come out?

        And anytime! Yea, sometimes I’ll just find things that make me laugh when I’m alone, and I can only imagine I sound like a total idiot based on how hard I’m laughing. Right, same here. I know it’s bad, but most things I get done last minute, but I always get the best results from doing that though. Good luck on your exams by the way! 😉

        • Tanya M says :

          Exactly. I loved the black and white, to begin with. But seeing it in colour was a whole other thing. 🙂

          I’m not entirely sure, but I think I remember reading about a t.v series. Nickelodeon had some ideas, but he shot them down, and now I *think* WB has the rights. I’ll tell you if I learn something more.

          I do the same! If I have an assignment due the next day, I’m at my most productive. I do so many things I’ve been meaning to do, but never got done, and then, at 2.am, I hammer something out and always manage to do okay. 😛
          And last-minute studying is the only kind of studying I can do. 😀

          • onwindydays says :

            Yea, the color brought the story to a whole other level. But yea, if you do find out, I’d love to know!

            Haha, it seems like waiting till the last minute gives proper motivation to do a job well done (although it’s a horrible habit to have haha!). High five for last minute studying as well 🙂

  4. mywithershins says :

    I’ve seen a lot of the students I work with reading BONE and I have been a little curious but never got around to doing anything more than scan a few pages. Looks like I might have to pick it up and delve a little deeper. 🙂

    • Tanya M says :

      Please do. It’s a wonderful read. 🙂
      It’s one of those books that you can curl up on the sofa with, with a nice cup of tea – and pretty soon, your tea has gone cold, the sun has gone down, you have a pile of work left unfinished, and you couldn’t be less bothered. 🙂

  5. cherylmahoney says :

    Sounds like a fun series! And I think I could handle a massive graphic novel collection more easily than a text chunkster…

    Good luck getting a hold of the Hunger Games. My librarian friend tells me the wait list is 1,000 people long–hopefully it’s not as intense at your library!

    • Tanya M says :

      Oh, it is. 🙂 Do give this a try. And let me know what you think of it when you’re done? It sucks you in pretty quick, so it takes very little time to finish it. Unfortunately. I think it takes a re-read to really savour the details.

      And I did get the Hunger Games series, it was surprisingly easy. I think everyone else had already finished reading it, haha. 😛

  6. buriedinprint says :

    This is such a terrific series; I posted about each of the volumes last summer and wholly enjoyed spending the extra time with each book. I’m not sure if the Incredible Bulk (heheh) includes Rose, but if you’ve missed this one in colour, it might be worth revisiting as well. Admittedly, I was so smitten that I bought the Handbook for the series to go along with it: great fun!

    • Tanya M says :

      There’s a Handbook for this? Really? How did I miss that?! Oh wow, thank you so much for that. I’m definitely going to go looking for it. 🙂

      It IS a pretty great series, isn’t it? I just finished re-reading it, and I’m tempted to do it all over again!

  7. geekybooksnob says :

    Your title and the Incredible Bulk – hilarious. Yup, putting this one on my list now.

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