Raise Some Shell: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Paperback – April 1 2014
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- Publisher : ECW Press; 20140401st edition (April 1 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 152 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1770411798
- ISBN-13 : 978-1770411791
- Item Weight : 158 g
- Dimensions : 12.07 x 0.95 x 17.78 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #429,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
“The second instalment in ECW’s new Pop Classics series does an excellent job contextualizing the origins of Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael, following the trajectory of the various incarnations and permutations of their stories, and intelligently speculates upon their future . . . His analysis is intense yet refreshing, and always delivered with humour.” ― National Post
“By successfully drawing comparisons to Kafka, Rushdie, and Marvel’s X-Men, Rosenbaum, like Nayman with Showgirls, is able to state his case for the continued social relevance of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles unapologetically and without a shred of irony.” ― Quill & Quire
"The highest praise I can give to Richard Rosenbaum is that while his book is quite educational and smartly written he does so in an enormously humorous style, during my first read through I just kept imagining the author and I sitting at a restaurant just chatting about characters that we loved very much." ― The Retroist
"Raise Some Shell is a breath of fresh air as a substantial, accessible discussion of a major trend in pop culture." ― BleedingCool.com
"It wasn't okay, it was AWESOME! And that's saying something for a book about the world of comics, cartoons and movies that contains zero pictures...Without a doubt my favourite part of this book is the non-stop ride of Nostalgia as well as the countless times I learned facts that completely blew my mind." ― The Nostalgia Blog
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Top reviews from Canada
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I was a big fan of the cartoon series when I was young and definitely spent hours upon hours playing the various video games that came out. The movies (particularly the first) were among my favourites growing up. This book was a really compelling and fun read. Rosenbaum is clearly a hardcore and enthusiastic fan that critically analyses the TMNT franchise in all of its various forms. There is so much more going on in TMNT than I ever realized as a kid (i.e., multiple layers of meaning and a lot of intertextuality).
Rosenbaum shifts between exploring the cultural significance of the franchise and sharing his genuine, childlike excitement about TMNT—which is charming and infectious. The author touches on issues such as nostalgia, the pastiche, “teenageness” and the issues that go along with that, isolation and Otherness, postmodernity, the hybrid identity and more. He is also extremely funny. The footnotes included in the book are sharp, cheeky interjections that kept me laughing.
I won’t lie—I didn’t get all of the references Rosenbaum makes in this book. But that just makes me want to learn more, dive into the comic books, re-watch the movies and immerse myself in the Turtles’ world (worlds, I guess I should say).
Top reviews from other countries
Honestly, I loved this book so much that I suggested it to a friend and after reading it, he's just downloaded a ton of the comics. I've created a fan! LOL!
This collection of data and writing about our favourite heroes in a half shell explains how the Turtles have survived for over 3 decades and are on the rise again, ispiring thousands of readers and how the beloved characters were created.
With love and witty writing, Richards tells us, why the Turtles will live on for many years to come and what makes them so special.
My suggestion: Buy this book - you totally need it.
The book is academic in style, but doesn't take itself seriously, and goes on some creative rants. For both reasons I would not recommend this book for young fans.