The Comic Book War

The Comic Book War

Book - 2014
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It’s 1943 when Robert Tourond sees a meteorite fall to earth and is convinced something supernatural has happened—in his comic books, all his heroes have meteorites in their story lines. He sees more proof of a cosmic connection when the story lines mirror what is happening to his brothers, who are fighting overseas. Robert knows that each superhero is a guardian to one of his brothers, and this mystical protection will only work if he continues to buy each edition of the comic. He is frantic to find a way to ensure that the comic-book connection continues, and more frantic still when one of his comic-book heroes is shot down. Luckily, with the help of the French Resistance, that hero manages to get back to England, so when a telegram arrives at Robert’s house with news that his brother George has been shot down over France, Robert’s not worried. But lives may be changed forever, and Robert may be forced to face the future with hard evidence about the comic-book connection. Robert has to question if he can still believe in his comic-book war.
Publisher: Regina :, Coteau Books,, 2014
Copyright Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781550505825
Branch Call Number: YF GUE NVD
Characteristics: 190 pages ; 22 cm


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loljilydoe Apr 22, 2015

The use of foreshadowing in this book was incredible. Foreshadowing is not easy to do but this author does it amazingly and honest to goodness, the author made it so well, that if you tried hard enough, you can deduct exactly what was going to happen. Although a bit wordy at some parts, it was a truly intresting read with the POV of someone of one of the WW that was often ignored.

izabulka Apr 20, 2015

this was a fairly good book, but i believe that it was not paced very well. i like the idea of the book , but i feel as if the good part was too far from the beggining. As well, i didn't ejoy the beggining of the book as it didn't really hook me in

artem_s Apr 18, 2015

I have really enjoyed this book, despite the fact that it was out of my comfort zone. The well designed plot and characters made the story feel realistic and interesting.I really liked The way that the author turned a life of a regular Canadian kid during World War Two into a interesting and even suspenseful novel. Another thing especially well done in this book is the effective portrayal of Canada back in the day, and I found the use of Canadian comic books as one of the novels main concepts very creative and appealing to me as a reader. This book is sure worth a read!

angelica1234_5 Apr 12, 2015

This is one of the most heart-touching book I've ever read!Stories about true friendship/relationship,brother sacrifice and HERO are keys in this story.I wonder who created the comic book and how did the writer knew what was exactly happening.Was it just a coincidence or is there a connection that we should be aware of?I was so desperate to find the author of the comic book.What about you?I wonder if both Robert and Charlie's relationship will grow more than just friends(since at the end of the book,they were really close).I think their relationship will increase since Robert gave Charlie a meteorite-necklace for her birthday.How sweet is that?!Lastly,what will happen to Robert when Charlie left?I could imagine Robert thinking about her and waited her every second of his life.That would be so cute,don't you think?The comic book of war is well-balanced stories about romance,mystery and thrilling adventure you'll never forget!

Sam_13 Apr 09, 2015

The books cover really caught my attention. I really liked the fact that the book was based on world war 2. The ending was a huge surprise because Robert had a lot of faith in those three comic books. I really enjoyed this book!

skiebluie Apr 02, 2015

I enjoyed this book. Though the beginning wasn't very eventful. the ending was very climatic such a sad ending

extreme_fangirl Mar 05, 2015

I love this book!

"The Comic Book Wars" portrays life during World War 2 and is perfectly balanced between humor, romance, suspense and realism.

Robert Tourond is riding his bike up Nose Hill when a meteorite crashes in the ground right next to him. In the same month, all three of his favorite comic heroes have adventures related to shooting stars. What's even more coincidental is how each of their stories coincides to what is happening to Robert's brothers as they are fighting "that Hitler". Positive he has a connection to the Cosmos, Robert decides the only way for his brothers to remain safe is if he continues to buy comic books. He gets a job to achieve his goal but always has to compete with Charlene "Crazy Charlie" Donnelley who needs money for her own purposes. Everything is going well for Robert. However, at the end of the book, reality comes crashing down on him, just as the meteorite crashed onto Earth in the beginning.

This book has many messages and is written excellently. The author knows how to keep readers interested. I was always anticipating, "What happens next?" to each of Robert's brothers. "The Comic Book Wars" was sad at times but that's what makes it realistic, not everything goes perfectly in life. I liked reading about the gradual growing of a relationship between Robert and Charlie. They became great friends are didn't bail on each other when times were tough. I especially enjoyed reading the back-story of Robert's neighbor Teddy. Although his past is tragic, it is nice to see how Robert helped him, instead of him just being there to help Robert. Finally, I thought it was humorous how the author used a "superhero vs villain" scenario to compare what was happen in Robert's life.

Overall this was a great book and a must read for everyone.

As for my 3 questions:

1. Do James and George make it home safely? Will they have emotional or physical scars?

2. Will Charlie and Robert's relationship grow into something more?

3. What gave the author the idea of writing about comic books?

tinkerbook Mar 02, 2015

I didn't really like the beginning of this book, but after a few chapters I really got hooked! I loved the concept, and history incorporated inside the book. Was it just me, or did you feel the beginning had too many unnecessary details?Oh well... overall I thought it was great. :) Don't you think Charlie and Robert will become great friends?

ryanbooks99 Mar 02, 2015

At the beginning of the book, I was like: What could this book really be talking about? While reading the book, I marveled at how the author clearly depicted the effects of a war. I was actually disappointed when I finished the book. Will there be a sequel? Will the rock get destroyed?

Owl_Feathers Feb 04, 2015

This was a great book, with many deep underlying messages. It is very straight forward, not sugarcoating anything. It is very touching and sad at some points, and at others full of hope and anticipation.

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