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Piper

por Jay Asher, Jessica Freeburg (Autor)

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Long ago, in a small village in the middle of a deep, dark forest, there lived a lonely, deaf girl named Maggie. Shunned by her village because of her disability, her only comfort comes from her vivid imagination. Maggie has a gift for inventing stories and dreams of one day finding her fairy-tale love. When Maggie meets the mysterious Piper, it seems that all her wishes are coming true. Spellbound, Maggie falls hard for him and plunges headfirst into his magical world. But as she grows closer to the Piper, Maggie discovers that he has a dark side. The boy of Maggie's dreams might just turn out to be her worst nightmare.… (más)
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I'm probably being too critical, because on the whole this is a perfectly fine pseudo-medieval piece of storytelling, but several of the details got right up my nose.

1: Your main character is Deaf, and explicitly only lip reading, and yet there are multiple scenes in which characters are speaking from behind her and she replies, or speak from the side while not facing her. That's sloppy.

2: Don't try to pass off fiction as history -- and if it really is based off history, do a better job of being really clear what is and isn't. The book opens with a letter about finding details about the real history of Hameln, but because it's also a foil to set the mood for the story, the veracity is super unclear.

3: This is supposed to be a medieval story. The images are fantasy medieval at best, and generic at worst. I don't hate the images, they just seem lazy in the details, and not particularly accurate to time and place. Likewise, the leadership of Hameln in the Middle Ages could give a sh*t about whether the townsfolk believe in them. Would they want to clear out a rat plague? Yes, for productivity reasons. Would they care if the villagers were unhappy? Not likely. And the wedding scene -- totally inaccurate, from the white dress to the ceremony. Argh. Wrong, wrong, wrong. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
I love adaptations and retellings of the Pied Piper tale, and this one slipped my notice because the synopsis makes no mention that it's a retelling, rather making it sound like a love story between two outcasts.

Maggie is beautifully drawn, a shock of color in the more uniform color palette of Hamelin and everyone in it. The Piper is also beautiful and unlike anyone else in Hamelin, drawing the connection between the two of the immediately.

I was a little confused about how Maggie was able to talk so well, but once it was explained that she wasn't born deaf it made more sense. It could have been a little more clear that she was looking at people as they talked so she could read their lips, but that's a minor quibble. ( )
  Elna_McIntosh | Sep 29, 2021 |
It was a nice read. Illustration and Dialogue were good. Ending seemed rushed. ( )
  MorbidLibrarian | Sep 18, 2021 |
Interesting graphic novel retelling of The Pied Piper, where a deaf young lady in Hamelin falls in love with the piper. Very bittersweet and poignant story, though it does stick closely to the original tale. The art is lovely as well. ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | May 18, 2020 |
Maggie is a deaf girl who lives on the outskirts of town, ostracized and ridiculed by the townsfolk. When a young man comes into town and claims to be able to rid all of the rats that have been plaguing the town for a rather large fee, Maggie finds herself drawn to this mysterious stranger and his ability to play wonderful enchanting music. However, the town starts to get suspicious of his intentions and plots to double cross him, Maggie finds herself questioning if she can even trust this strange Piper.

Some stories can only be told in a visual format. Unfortunately, Piper has quite the opposite problem. The story being told would have been much better off in a traditional novel as it seems like everything is rushed or barely brushed over. The pacing jumps quite a bit throughout the the story to accommodate for the shorter graphic novel format, leading to these odd moments where it feels like there's dialogue or scenes completely missing. As such, a lot of the emotional punch of the ending is lost since we barely know these characters before the whole thing ends.

The artwork falls into the category of being nice looking without really having anything that makes it stand out. It has a traditional "sketchy" look to it that is popular in many comic books. The characters aren't super detailed, especially when standing in the distance. And the backgrounds, for the most part, are flat colors which doesn't really help them stand out. The colors in general are diluted darker colors, giving the whole thing a dull appearance. Even flames look flat and almost off due to the diluted color pallet used.

Maggie and the Piper are wonderful protagonists that I wish were given more time to actually develop. The Piper's darker look on the world and Maggie's more forgiving personality make for some great contrast between them and lead to some great character moments as well. Because of the format and lack of time with these characters, their relationship development feels a bit rushed and Maggie's decisions towards the end seem to make absolutely no sense.

The story itself, again, would have been better fitted for a full length novel rather than just a short comic book. I really enjoyed the basic plotlines and Maggie's relationship with The Piper. I didn't particularly like the ending but given the way the story was going, I was not surprised to see it ended the way it did. Overall, though, the whole thing would have just been better as a standalone novel as the graphic novel format just does not work with this heavy of a story. ( )
  PocketSable | May 13, 2018 |
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Long ago, in a small village in the middle of a deep, dark forest, there lived a lonely, deaf girl named Maggie. Shunned by her village because of her disability, her only comfort comes from her vivid imagination. Maggie has a gift for inventing stories and dreams of one day finding her fairy-tale love. When Maggie meets the mysterious Piper, it seems that all her wishes are coming true. Spellbound, Maggie falls hard for him and plunges headfirst into his magical world. But as she grows closer to the Piper, Maggie discovers that he has a dark side. The boy of Maggie's dreams might just turn out to be her worst nightmare.

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