Saturday, March 5, 2011

A review: "The Action Bible"

Last evening I finished reading The Action Bible, written by Doug Mauss and illustrated by Sergio Cariello.

The Action Bible is a graphic novel written with the idea that the Bible contains the "original action heroes." I think that it does a fairly good job of translating the Bible into a graphic novel, though there are places where I was irritated because I thought that important details had been edited out.

This book does a good job of portraying the message and overall story of the Bible in a way which might make it easier for those who might want to read it but who normally find it to be dry and boring . The story is paced quickly and the illustrations are captivating. That being said, if you want to fully understand any part of the Bible I would recommend picking up a more traditional Bible and reading the relevant section because, as I said, certain important details are edited out of certain stories.

Of particular interest to me was how the New Testament was handled. In some cases historical context was provided so that the story might be more fully understood, and maps were presented to illustrate where the apostles traveled. Maps are provided throughout the Old Testament as well, but not nearly as often.

Something that was a little disconcerting in the New Testament was the chapter heads. Throughout all of the Old Testament that chapter heads had always started at the top of a new page, but partway through the New Testament they began to be placed halfway down a page: this way, an old chapter ended and a new one began on a single page. For unity's sake I think it would have been better for the format to not be changed, but it did not effect the story being told.

My major complaint, really, is that I felt like I was having Christianity shoved down my throat when all I wanted was the story of the Bible. But I guess that's the hazard to any Pagan who decides to pick up the Bible. So I really can't complain.

Overall I found The Action Bible to be a good book and I think it would be an excellent introduction to the Bible. I give it four out of five stars.

Note: If you're interested, you can look inside of The Action Bible on Amazons.com.

2 comments:

Magaly Guerrero said...

I, too, find it very difficult sometimes to read a Christian book objectively. There are many great one, but when it is all about "this is the only god and if you don't believe in it you'll burn in a dark place, and by the way, we don't do magic because it is wicked but Jesus was a great necromancer" it kind of gets on my nerves. Too many contradictions for my taste.

I read the graphic novel too. And like you I was annoyed by the page arrangement. I actually took it to a publishing workshop as an example of a book with excellent graphics, but where the arrangements are not very aesthetically pleasing.

Oh, and were you kind of surprised by the mean looking faces of the characters? They all looked so pissed off to me.

Sarita Rucker said...

I actually think that the contradictions are part of what makes the Bible interesting. But that's me. :)

I thought that the character's expressions looked pretty good. Maybe that means that I just expected them to look mean and ticked off? lol

I'd intended to mention (but forgot) in my review that I thought the illustrations fit the Bible quite well, better than the illustrations of any other regular book turned graphic novel that I've read.

Labels

a book turned into something else (11) adult (67) Alaya Dawn Johnson (2) Andre Norton (1) Andy MacDonald (1) Angie Sage (5) Anita Diamant (3) Anne McCaffrey (3) Aric McKeown (2) art (2) audio book (10) Avi (1) banned / challenged books (7) Bible (8) Bill Amend (1) Bill Martin Jr. (1) Bill Wisher (1) book mending (1) book review (23) book signings (1) Brendan Fraser (1) Brian Jacques (7) C.S. Lewis (3) captive narrative (2) Caroline B. Cooney (2) Catherine Murdock (1) Charles Dickens (1) Charles Vess (4) Charlotte Brontë (1) chart / diagram / whatever (3) Cheryl Schwartz (1) children's lit (1) Chris Speyer (2) Christopher Paolini (27) classism (2) comedy (1) comedy (drama) (2) comics (4) Cornelia Funke (6) correcting myself (1) cover art (7) Cynthia Kadohata (2) D.H. Lawrence (1) Dan Brown (1) Daniel L. Schacter (2) Daniel Loxton (1) Daniel M. Wegner (2) Daniel T. Gilbert (2) David Abram (3) David C. Cook (1) David Levithan (1) Debora Geary (1) Diana Hacker (1) Doug Mauss (3) Douglas Adams (2) Dr. Seuss (1) dragons (3) drama (10) dreams (6) dreams / visions (7) dystopian (1) E.M. Forster (1) early books / book binding / book history / etc. (1) Emily Dickinson (1) environment (1) Eoin Colfer (10) Eric Carle (1) Ernest Hemingway (2) essay (4) Esther M. Friesner (1) fairy tale retold (1) fan art (7) fantasy (126) fantasy -- historical (2) fantasy -- urban (4) fiction (46) fiction -- historical (1) Frank Herbert (4) Fritz Klein (1) G. B. Trudeau (1) gaming (1) Gardner Dozois (4) Garth Nix (8) gender roles (2) Geoff Dyer (2) George Orwell (1) Geronimo Stilton (1) graphic novel (13) H. G. Wells (2) Hank Green (1) Harper Lee (1) Herman Melville (2) historical fantasy (7) historical fiction (29) Hollis Shiloh (1) horror (2) Hugo Petrus (1) humor (2) inconsistencies (4) it ain't real syndrome (2) J. Jacques (1) J. K. Rowling (9) J.D. Salinger (1) J.R.R. Tolkien (8) Jack Dann (4) Jack London (1) James Clavell (7) James Hutchings (1) Jane Austen (15) Jaroslav Pelikan (1) Jean Cassels (1) Jeanne DePrau (1) Jeff Smith (7) Jen Delyth (1) Jenny Erpenbeck (2) Jim Butcher (12) Jim Smiley (1) Joanne Bertin (1) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1) John Green (8) John R. Erickson (4) John William Waterhouse (1) Jonathan Stroud (3) Juliet Marillier (13) just me rambling (2) juvenile lit (17) K.A. Applegate (2) Kage Baker (1) Kelly McCullough (2) kids literature (2) Kirby Larson (1) Kristen Britain (8) L.M. Montgomery (1) Lem Pew (2) Leo Tolstoy (1) Leslie Silko (4) LGBTQIA (9) LHoD (32) Llewellyn (1) Louise Erdrich (3) made me cry (2) magic (8) manga (1) Marion Zimmer Bradley (1) Mark Twain (1) Mary E. Pearson (1) Mary Nethery (1) masks (1) Meg Cabot (3) memoir (2) Mercedes Lackey (2) Michael Walters (1) movies (13) music / video (7) music / youtube (12) my crushes on fictional characters (7) my predictions (14) mystery (2) mythology (1) names (3) Nancy Butler (1) Nancy Resnick (1) Naomi Novik (2) narrator review (2) Nathaniel Hawthorne (2) Nathaniel Parker (1) Native American (9) natural disasters (1) nature / wildlife (1) non fiction (24) Nora Roberts (1) Northrop Frye (2) notes (6) Octavia E. Butler (1) Pam Jenoff (1) Pamela Frierson (7) Paul M. Kramer (1) Peggy V. Beck (1) Peter S. Beagle (1) pets / animals (4) Philip Pullman (2) poetry (10) questions (16) Rachel Pollack (1) racism (9) Randa Abdel-Fattah (2) Randall Frakes (2) Ray Bradbury (2) reading challenges (12) reading list (3) Rebecca Z Shafir (2) reference book (1) religion / spirituality (11) religion / spirituality / mythology (15) Rick Riordan (8) Robert A. Heinlein (4) Robert Frost (1) Robert M. Pirsig (2) romance (13) Ruth S. Noel (1) Sappho (1) Sarah Darer Littman (3) science fantasy (5) science fiction (66) Sergio Cariello (3) Seth Grahame-Smith (1) sexism (1) sexual violence (2) Shakespeare (13) Sharon Olds (1) Shaun Hutson (1) Sherman Alexie (9) Shirley Jackson (1) short story (5) signed book (1) six word novels (1) Stephenie Meyer (12) Susan Cooper (1) Susan Fletcher (1) Suzanne Collins (1) Tamora Pierce (44) Taylor Mali (1) Terminator (9) Terry Pratchet (3) textbooks (1) Thanhha Lai (1) Tim Curry (1) Tim Hamilton (1) Tom Fischbach (1) totally random (1) tragedy (drama) (5) translated literature (8) Trudi Canavan (1) urban fantasy (9) Ursula K. le Guin (47) vampires (2) Vanessa Sorensen (1) Victor Hugo (1) Virtual Read-Out (2) visions (3) werewolves (3) what I'm reading (9) what's on my nightstand (1) writing to an author (1) written for school (8) Yevgeny Zamyatin (3) young adult (61) Zack Whedon (1)