Malice by Chris Wooding

January 25, 2010 at 6:46 pm 2 comments

People say not to judge a book by its cover. But if you choose to ignore them like I do, you would expect the book Malice to be a great awesome story. Too bad it was a poorly written, boring book. The premise is that there is a evil comic book run by a man. Should you choose to, he can transport you into the comic where it’s horrible and kids die or something. I may be overselling this book (it is difficult to be sarcastic in print) but wait, it gets worse. Malice (the name of this forgettable book) is predicable and generally boring. One selling point of the book is that it switches from words to graphic novel/comic, the comic the story is based around. But the art and words are bad and difficult to understand. So long review short, this is a bad book. Disappointed is the word I would use.

Travis, Grade 8, Briarcliff Manor

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  • 1. lilly hecker  |  January 26, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Travis,
    I enjoyed your review of this not-so-great book. It sounds like you’re a fan of graphic novels. I think everyone would enjoy your take on some of the teen graphic novels out there. I look forward to reading more of your reviews.
    Lilly Hecker

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  • 2. M  |  April 15, 2011 at 1:53 am

    How is the book boring? Possibly bad writing aside (no offence, but I don’t think you could do much better) Malice has an original idea and unique story line. Where else have you read a book where freakishly Tall dudes kidnap kids in the middle of the night, transporting to an alternate dimension?
    Considering I’m only about 80 pages in and three people have already died horribly, I wouldn’t consider this book boring. Books with no conflict whatsoever that are about magical ponies? Yes. Part text, part graphic novel books that kill off kids in other worlds one by one? Heck no! Have you no appreciation of quests? Of mystery? Of gore?
    But it’s not just killing and running and dieing horrible, gut-wrenching deaths (though there’s a lot of that too,) there’s an actual PLOT, one that keeps you guessing about what’s going to happen next and filled with surprises. I didn’t exactly expect to see someone get killed off (Luke) in the first few chapters.
    And once again, I don’t think you’d be able to write any comic better than Malice. (Not with you prose you wouldn’t) While the text font isn’t your traditional type, and the artwork isn’t composed of beautiful picture drawn to the last detail it only adds to the atmosphere and gives you the unsettling feeling of being trapped in the world or horror and hopelessness that is Malice.

    M, another fellow eighth grader.

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