“ Genre: Graphic Novels / Comics / Author: Kimjin / Edition: Ill / Paperback / 248 Pages / Book is published 2006-10-01 by NETCOMICS „
Rather than a single story, The Starry Night is a collection of 4 stories written and drawn by Kimjin. Billed as fantasy for "all ages" manwah, I have to admit I wouldnt let my younger children read this due to the proliferation of the word "bastard" - although this is the only bad word in the whole book. It would, however, suit my preteen step daughter.
As I mentioned before this is not a single story but more a collective of works comprising of 4 stories - The Starry Night; Toy Soldier; A Autumn Parting; and Shine like a Star.
The Starry Night is a lovely 2 chapter piece about a young astronomer and her struggles at school. Its very relateable for younger readers as they follow the young ladies day to day life and her love tribulations. Unfortunately, some of the writing was placed on odd backgrounds, sometimes making it very un easy to read and sometimes totally illegible. This would have been remedied by being able to zoom in or looking closer at the page, however this function was not available from the Netcomics viewer - marring my enjoyment of what was probably the best story in the book.
Toy Soldier was more complex and I had to read it through a few times before I really understood the story properly. The story is based on a young girl and her toys coming to life. This time it wasnt the disguised writing that was the problem, it was my personal grasping of the story as it shot from one "life" to the other. That said however it was spectacularly drawn and was a joy to read on the second time through.
An Autumn parting showed yet another feature of the genre - comedic tragedy. The story followed a heavenly messenger as it was to pick up a soul from earth. Some of the situations he ended up in were hilarious (he was shot by a BB gun for example) however the poignant sadness of the dying girl was not overwelmed by the comedy, making this short manwha my actual favourite in the book as a whole.
Shine like a Star - A poignant story about a young man trying to make ends meet when he is adopted by a orphan. Well drawn but hardly fantasy this short story seemed a little out of place with the others, but still interesting to read.
I am looking forward to my stepdaughter reading this as I firmly believe she will enjoy this.
This book can be viewed chapter by chapter at the Netcomics.com and from Amazon UK in paperback.
I want to thank Netcomics for making this title open for me to view and enjoy