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Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

Created: 03/03/14

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Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?


Posted Apr. 21, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Lynn

Join Date: 02/28/14

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RE: Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

Well, I was so skeptical of this genre that I had to force myself to begin reading the book. How would I know it would become my "mermaid" so to speak, upon the second reading??? After I finished, I was annoyed at the ending and had to re-read to take it all in again. I was captivated by the plot as it was woven together by the threads of character experiences/perspectives. Now, I absolutely love the book! I'm not sure I would enjoy another graphic novel as well, since Siegel is so masterful with his art of graphic expression.


Posted Apr. 21, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
mystinamarie

Join Date: 12/19/12

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RE: Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

One of the things that drew me to this book to select was that it was set on the Hudson River. I was born there, lots of my family has lived in that area for years, family still lives there, my brother went to school there, we visit semi-often, and my husband and I were married there two years ago. With all these connections to the area, I wanted to read this novel because it felt like I already could "place" it there.

As I was reading, it was really exciting to see each "Chapter" begin with a dark gray page, featuring a map of where that section was taking place on the river. This was so much fun to "travel" with the ship, in a sense. It was even more fun to recognize city and town names along the way as places I know, have been to, or have a personal connection with.

As stated in another discussion question, I really liked that the book brought together the creativity of being an author + artist. I was first surprised by the length, but really loved how it was presented and unfolded.


Posted Apr. 21, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
crofly

Join Date: 06/14/13

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RE: Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

I loved it overall. The pacing was great and I loved the mystery element to the whole thing.


Posted Apr. 21, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
N*Starr

Join Date: 03/13/14

Posts: 35

Can't decide if I liked it or not

I have been thinking about the book quite a lot- which makes me think the book was well written and though provoking. However, I find myself not so sure if I really enjoyed it or was more intrigued by it. I am glad that we are discussing the book because I think sometimes I like a book more when I talk to others about it.


Posted Apr. 21, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
danniellei

Join Date: 04/21/14

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RE: Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

This was my first graphic novel. While I didn't find it as satisfying as a regular novel;I was surprised at how involved I became in the story.


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Dirtyolegardenhoe

Join Date: 11/03/13

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RE: Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

I enjoyed it overall! I am a fan of this genre and I love the illustrations in this one. The story line was interesting enough but it seemed sketchy in some places and left me feeling like I missed something. The ending was not what I had expected. I have recommended to a couple friends and my son who is in college read it while he was home on break. He said it was not what he expected but he liked it overall.


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Posted Apr. 22, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
pennyp

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Not my favorite

This was my first graphic novel and definitely not my favorite. I thought the storyline was interesting but found I spent most of my time looking at the drawings to see if I was missing anything.


Posted Apr. 24, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dorianbc

Join Date: 04/25/11

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RE: Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

After my experience with this book, I would like to try some other graphic novels to have more of a comparison. I think this book is very readable and I liked the characters, I just was not really crazy about the ending. I see that a few people have mentioned reading it more than once, which may be something that I will try. I just felt at the end that I was missing something, which may be clearer to me if I read it again.


Posted Apr. 24, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dorothygo

Join Date: 03/27/13

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RE: Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

This was my first graphic novel and I enjoyed the experience. The story was interesting and I was surprised how quickly the story drew me in. More depth and detail than I would have anticipated from a graphic novel. The author did a fine job using darkness in a mystical way. I enjoyed the art, but had a difficult time keeping up with the plot once characters began to "split".


Posted Apr. 24, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Suzanne

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RE: Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

I hadn't requested Sailor Twain when all the choices were available but when an email was sent that the book was still available I decided it sure wouldn't hurt to try something new. So this was my first graphic novel and I doubt if I'd go to the trouble and expense to buy another. I loved the drawings and they became more interesting to me after I saw the video of Mark Seigel explaining some of his book and the fact they were all charcoal. The expressional eyes gave a comical but so emphatic and truthful emotion so many times.


Posted Apr. 24, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
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christy

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RE: Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

Being a big fan of Japanese Manga it was easy for me to 'get' this book. However, as I can appreciate from the many comments from other first-time-graphic-novel-readers, it isn't a style that is easy to pick up and 'read' mostly because there are supposed to be a lot of gaps and leaps and ...'s and that isn't necessarily intuitive. I love the 'zen' of graphic novels but they are definitely a style you need to be in the mood to peruse (as opposed to savor language) when you pick it up. Sailor Twain was an excellent effort but I found myself actually wanting a bit more 'mystery' and things-left-unsaid. As pennyp points out that she "spent most of [her] time looking at the drawings to see if [she] was missing anything" I think that is the deliciously contemplative part of a graphic novel---to lose yourself a bit in the visual daydream of the story and let the words go. It's a pretty big stretch for lovers of written language and wordplay but it is a nice kind of exercise that feels good to practice sometimes.


Posted Apr. 25, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
annw

Join Date: 04/25/14

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RE: Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

I had a mixed reaction and read it twice. At first, I was enchanted but gradually became really confused. Hence the 2nd reading. I decided that it was uneven in places and confusing in others. I enjoyed other graphic novels, memoirs more.


Posted Apr. 25, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
aleksandrae

Join Date: 02/25/14

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RE: Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

I was very quick to volunteer for this discussion as I, too, have never read a graphic novel before. In all honesty, it just wasn't for me. I found it very difficult to understand and ultimately I did not get the big picture. I did find the genre interesting. A second read would have been beneficial, I'm sure, but I just didn't want to work that hard for a book. I shouldn't have to read a book twice in order to capture its meaning. But I am glad to have tried the genre, if simply to try something out of the box and new for me.


Posted Apr. 28, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
garyr

Join Date: 10/23/12

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RE: Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

Enjoyable overall, definitely a genre you have to like.


Posted Apr. 30, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dorisk

Join Date: 10/20/10

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RE: Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

I loved the illustrations but did not enjoy the book and don't plan to read another like it.


Posted Apr. 30, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Debi3842

Join Date: 04/30/14

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RE: Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

I would have liked it more as a novel. I've read other graphic novels and liked them, but this was a little hard to follow.


Posted Apr. 30, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
bettyea

Join Date: 09/22/13

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Sailor Twain

It's very Noir -- the illustrations, the story, and the characters. Lovely in some aspects but all in all I found it to be a downer


Posted Apr. 30, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
hahiramom

Join Date: 01/16/14

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RE: Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

I found it interesting however, that being said, I probably would not have chosen to read this book on my own and, to make matters worse, towards the end I could not get the phrase "never the twain shall meet" which truthfully, interfered with my final enjoyment.


Posted Apr. 30, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
cathyk

Join Date: 02/16/13

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RE: Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

Like Mystinamarie, I can personally relate to the book. I live in Poughkeepsie, ten minutes from the river, and liked seeing the places I know so well.
This is my first graphic novel and I am enjoying it a lot. I just can't imagine making all those charcoal strokes.


Posted May. 02, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Erin G

Join Date: 05/24/12

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RE: Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

It was beautifully illustrated and I really enjoyed the story, but the ending was confusing. I don't mind ambiguity but this end left me feeling like I had missed something.


Posted May. 04, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
darshells

Join Date: 06/15/13

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RE: Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

The art is wonderful. The story engaging. But the end left me feeling like there is a sequel....


Posted May. 04, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dorothygo

Join Date: 03/27/13

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RE: Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

I think darshells point of a possible sequel may explain the ambiguity of the ending.


Posted May. 04, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
N*Starr

Join Date: 03/13/14

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RE: Overall, what did you think of Sailor Twain?

I do not like ambiguous endings, they feel like cop outs. I have invested time to read the work and I think an author should invest the thought to end it.


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