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Foiled: 01/15/11

cover art

Foiled is Jane Yolen's first graphic novel. She is a prolific author, having written 300 books and her books cover as many genres and nearly as many age groups as Neil Gaiman's books do. Yolen writes about being a fan of Gaiman's in her post about writing foiled so the comparison is a fair one.

As Yolen ex plains in her blog, she started the story when her grand-daughter took up fencing. Her experiences brought up memories of fencing in college. My brother briefly did fencing too so the fencing details seemed spot on and knowing the history behind the book really brings it together. Even the set up of losing the foil in Grand Central Station has its roots in Yolen's life.

Now of course the book is fantasy but I don't want to spoil the big reveal. What I will tell you is this: pay attention to the artwork. It provides important clues to what's really going on.

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Comment #1: Sunday, January, 16, 2011 at 10:31:07

Jeane

I don't know much about fencing, but I like Yolen's work, and I've started to have more interest in reading graphic novels lately. So I'm going to look for this one!



Comment #2: Monday, January 24, 2011 at 16:26:03

Pussreboots

Foiled is good for both those reasons. It's also a decent urban fantasy.