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Attack on Titan 1
by Hajime Isayama | Graphic Novels
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 5/7/2013
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, May 07, 2013

8 out of 10

I got this softcover at Barnes and Noble after reading about the series on its TV Tropes page. Sounds very creepy!

Later: The story starts off with a disturbing scene: a gigantic, smoking, skinless creature is peering over the top of the 50-meter-high wall surrounding the humans; city. (The walls are to protect them from the Titans, gigantic, grotesque humanoids whose only purpose seems to be to devour the humans. But the tallest of the Titans have only reached 15 meters tall - until now...)

Turns out that's just a dream that young Eren Jaeger has, and he and his friends Mikasa and Armin go about their normal business - which includes a disturbing look at the returning Survey Corps who've been outside the wall. So few have returned, and the survivors are so badly wounded, that it shocks our young heroes, but they still dream about finding a way to live outside the walls someday.

But Eren's dream turns out to be prophetic, and the wall that's sheltered the humans for a hundred years is breached, with disastrous (and gory, and appalling) consequences for many.

The last two chapters in this book take place after a time-skip, with Eren and his friends old enough to join the military, where they learn how to use special gear that gives them a chance to outmaneuver and kill Titans - if they're very, very skilled, and very, very lucky. But will they be able to keep their nerve when next they face the Titans?

The artwork's a bit sketchy, and at first I wasn't crazy about it, but I've grown to like it - it suits the often-frantic tone of the story. I enjoy the asynchronous storytelling - visions of the future, flashbacks to fill in the back-story, setting up the most horrific fates for key characters and then shifting to a "previously..." part of the story to let us get to know them better (which does not guarantee that they'll survive)... The story does seem relentlessly grim, with the disturbingly grotesque Titans being creepy enough even when they aren't eating people, and mind-bendingly horrifying when they are, but there's just enough of a hint of hope here and there to keep me from just giving up and sobbing {wry grin}. I'm really enjoying this.

(There's an anime adaptation in progress, with some episodes available on the Crunchyroll site here. I've noticed that the anime has reordered many of the episodes, but so far it's faithful to the manga, just not always in the same order, and I like it very much. The fabulous opening theme doesn't hurt!) 


Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (11/12/2013 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

This book's going into my From the Beginning manga bookbox, which will be on its way to its first stop soon. Hope someone enjoys it! [Do check the forum page for the bookbox instructions; I want to keep the contents to the first one to four volumes of longer series, complete 2-, 3-, or 4-volume series, or stand-alone books.]

*** Released as part of the E-less release challenge. ***  


Journal Entry 3 by HI77 at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Monday, January 27, 2014

This book has not been rated.

Living a life

like a fish in a bowl,
till the cat shows up.  


Journal Entry 4 by HI77 at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Saturday, July 15, 2017

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Released 6 mos ago (7/13/2017 UTC) at Fort Myers, Florida USA

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

This has to be one of my favorite series! :)

I thought it was just going to be one of those mange geared at guys but it was so much more. There's beautiful detailed artwork going on this, a strong plot, interesting characters and reasonable event happenings and character development.

This story will definitely break your heart but it will never bore you! Two thumbs way up!! :D


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