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Girl Genius Omnibus Volume One: Agatha Awakens
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Girl Genius Omnibus Volume One: Agatha Awakens [Kindle Edition]

Phil Foglio , Kaja Foglio
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Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Hugo Awards for Best Graphic Story A sly and witty graphic novel.--School Library Journal, Best Adult Books for High School Students 2003. If Jules Verne has written comics, he wouldn't have written Girl Genius. He would have been jealous of it, though.--Comics Buyer's Guide. The Foglios appear to have been liberated by the [webcomics] format--and that sense of buoyant imagination and unbridled fun runs through every page.--The Onion A.V. Club. A manic, hilarious, adventure-filled gem of a comic. The series is made of win and I have only one regret: that I didn't know about it sooner. Do yourself a favor and go read it, NOW.--The Book Smugglers. Girl Genius is unique. Buy it.--Comics Buyer's Guide. Bursting at the seam with creativity, humor, and outright weirdness . . . an infectious and incredibly fun read.--Sarah Kuhn, IGN Girl Genius is brilliant. It really is. It's fun and funky and unlike almost anything else, and it's Phil and Kaja Foglio doing what they do best.--Eric Burns, It's appealingly drawn and cleverly written and cheerfully pulpy in all the right ways.--Shaenon Garrity, The Webcomics Examiner. Professionally executed artwork and a spanking story that makes it a timeless work of literature.Shiny Shiny: a Girl's Guide to Gadgets --Various

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Girl Genius, the multiple Hugo Award–winning steampunk webcomic by Phil and Kaja Foglio, now collected in hardcover!
The Industrial Revolution has become all-out war! Mad Scientists, gifted with the Spark of genius, unleash insane inventions on an unprepared Europe. For centuries, the Heterodyne family of inventors kept the peace, but the last Heterodyne disappeared twenty years ago, leaving their ally Baron Klaus Wulfenbach to maintain order with his fleet of airships and army of unstoppable, if not very bright, Jaeger Monsters.
At Transylvania Polygnostic University, Agatha Clay dreams of being a scientist herself, but her trouble concentrating dooms her to be a lowly minion at best. When her locket, a family heirloom, is stolen, Agatha shows signs of having the Spark in a spectacular, destructive fashion and captures the attention of the Baron—and the Baron’s handsome young son, Gilgamesh.
Swept up to the Baron's Airship City, Agatha finds herself in the midst of the greatest minds of her generation, as well as palace intrigue, dashing heroes, and an imperial cat. Agatha may be the most brilliant mind of her generation and the key to control of the continent, but first, she just has to survive.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 139481 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (28 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C74OY6S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #599,125 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Girl Genius 15 Aug 2012
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Having missed out on the original printing of these graphic novels i was overjoyed when i found out they were going to omnibus the editions and colour them.

Fully coloured, and well coloured too (no bleeding of ink and sharp clear images) and the text is clear and easy to read. A beautiful edition and i can't wait for the next one:)

well worth purchasing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 Aug 2013
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I have only recently come across 'Girl Genius'. Firstly I read the on line comic, excellent, so impressed with the story line as well as the humour and impressive art work. I bought Book One(prose novel kindle edition) and followed the story simultaneously on the comic and in the novel. Individually, they are both wonderful, when combined they are even better. I have now bought Book Two, another great read, and also the Omnibus Volume One hard-back graphic novel. The story, as I've said, is great, the artwork and colouring in this book is outstanding a real pleasure to experience.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not for me 6 May 2014
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wasn't really sure what to expect, but given the gushing reviews I thought I'd give it a go; I never really got into it, and in fact haven't finished it - it never grabbed me, and the story wasn't particularly engaging. Try it online before buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most affordable way to start collecting Girl Genius 7 Mar 2012
By Kristine Adam - Published on
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This review is not about the content of the book. If you're curious about the story and hesitant to buy the book I strongly recommend you check out the Girl Genius website--the entire story is online, it's just never as comfortable to curl up with a good browser window.

I bought the Tor color omnibus version largely because of the cost. There are a *lot* of Girl Genius books now, and my budget was limited. If you are a very serious fan and don't have teen/tween kids stealing your books then you might prefer the individual books.

The Tor edition is just slightly smaller than the Airship Press edition. (Approximately 1" shorter and slightly narrower pages.) The size is still very readable, much larger than the old black & white omnibus edition. The book is a standard hardcover with dust jacket, just like most other hardcover novels you'll find on Amazon. The paper is perhaps not as nice quality as the Airship versions, but you get what you pay for. The quality of the images is great, and the book is nice to read. While it doesn't include any extras, it does have a handy introduction to the main characters and simplified cover pages to mark where each of the original books starts.

I'm really glad that the Foglios have managed to get this color omnibus printed, and I'm hoping that more will soon follow.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One man's meat... 10 Mar 2012
By William H. Ansley - Published on
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Agatha Awakens (the first part of the Girl Genius saga) received one rather negative review here, which I think contains some unwarranted criticism. However, there is a lot of subjectivity involved in whether someone thinks something is good or not. Fortunately, you can check this story out for yourself before you buy it. All of Girl Genius is available to read for free on the web. Just type "girl genius comic" into the search engine of your choice and you won't have any trouble finding it. If you have questions about the different editions of Girl Genius in print, search for "girl genius wiki" and click on the "A (Spoiler Free) Guide for New Girl Genius Readers" link on the wiki home page.

Personally, I have found Girl Genius, the first part of which is included in Agatha Awakens, to be one of the funniest things I have ever read. It is not even described as a comedy by its creators (husband and wife team Phil and Kaja Foglio) because humor is in Phil's DNA, so the fact that anything he writes will be funny goes without saying. Phil is also the artist, as well as a co-writer, and an extremely accomplished one. His style is unique and very cartoony, so it certainly won't appeal to everyone, but he has a firm gasp of anatomy when he needs to use it and a great knack for drawing insanely complicated mechanisms and detailed backgrounds, which comes in very handy for a steampunkesque science fantasy tale set in a parallel-world Victorian era setting. One thing that appeals to me about Phil's art is that it bares almost no resemblance to manga. While well-executed manga-style art can be beautiful to behold, the manga influence is so pervasive in comics today that any escape from it is refreshing. He is also brilliant at laying out the pages of his comic, with very clear, clever, and effective panel layouts, so I really don't understand how anyone could say it is hard to follow the order of the panels on any of the pages of Agatha Awakens. This comic has a lot of dialog and, very rarely, I have been confused over the order in which to read the word balloons, but it has never been more than a momentary confusion.

The negative reviewer also complains about the speech of the Jaegermonsters, humans transformed into very strong, very tough and near immortal super-soldiers by Mad Science. They speak with a comic Germanic accent, written out phonetically, which is hard to read at first, but it really doesn't take that much effort to decipher and reading it becomes effortless in short order, at least if you find the story entertaining in the first place.

Another complaint is that nothing happens in Agatha Awakens, which is completely untrue. The story is full of action and adventure. What the reviewer may be complaining about is that there is almost no resolution of any of the mysteries raised in this first part of the story by the end of Agatha Awakens. This is deliberate, however. The Foglios are telling an epic tale here; one which has already gone into its twelfth volume (Agatha Awakens is made up of the first three volumes, by this count) and is only half over. So, if you don't want to get into this for the long haul, beware of starting the story because it may find it to be habit forming.

The only complaint that has any justification is about the coloring of this volume. While it isn't that bad, the color in most of Agatha Awakens was done by a different artist than is currently coloring the story and it doesn't come up to the level of the excellent work now being done by the current colorist Cheyenne Wright.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent omnibus edition of first 3 books 6 Mar 2012
By D. Garrett - Published on
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As a big fan of Girl Genius, I wanted to have the books and in hardcover editions, but the early books are long out of print and very scarce and expensive. This is a welcome addition to all fans of Girl Genius! The book is only slightly smaller than the original ones from the Foglio's own publishing company Airship Entertainment, but you get the first 3 books in one nice hardcover for an incredibly small price. I am not a big reviewer on Amazon, but when the first (and as I write)only review came out, it was very negative, and I just felt that it was unfair. They did not like the Jaegermonsters and the Germanic sounding words they use, they did not like the art, they said that nothing happens in the three books. Well, if you do not like the art, there is nothing I can say. If you do not like the use of this kind of dialog, then this is not your cup of tea. But to say that nothing happens in these 3 books? That is just not right. I will not go into the plot, but Agatha goes from student, to "prisoner" on the Castle Wulfenbach, attacked by slaver wasps, escaping into the wilderness. We meet a ton of interesting characters, like Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, the Baron, Othar Tryggvassen Gentleman Adventurer, Krosp the king of the cats, Bangladesh Dupree the pirate queen, and many more. The first book was originally in black and white, and was recently colored, this edition has the colored version, but it is muted, a sepia-tone coloring. The colors starting in book 2 are vivid, but I like that. I like the expressiveness of the characters as drawn by Phil Foglio. I hope that this series is continued by Tor and that they do all the books in this omnibus format, it will be fun to have in a matching set. The Girl Genius story is now on volume 12 and the whole series is archived online for anyone to read. There is a lot more to read after this book and the Foglios say that we are only now half way through the story.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This graphic novel is a mix of machines, mad scientists, and mayhem 29 Mar 2012
By Dark Faerie Tales - Published on
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Quick & Dirty: This graphic novel is a mix of machines, mad scientists, and mayhem.

Opening Sentence: Now, this isn't a Heterodyne story like your Mama tells you when she tucks you into bed at night...well, not exactly.

The Review:

I don't typically read comics. I have been known to read graphic novels now and again, but usually not straight up comics. They don't last long enough for me to truly enjoy them. I certainly do not follow webcomics. I wouldn't even know where to begin to look for them in the first place. That being said, I might start to after reading the Girl Genius Omnibus by Phil and Kaja Foglio. All I can say Why am I just now hearing about these fabulous stories? Have I truly been living under a rock with my books and a flashlight this whole time?

These stories follow the (mis)adventures of one Miss Agatha Clay, the last heir to the Heterodyne Dynasty. A student of Transylvania Polygnostic University, she longs to become a scientist, even though nothing she makes ever works. If only she wasn't plagued with poor concentration and lack of focus. When her locket, a family heirloom, is stolen, she begins to "grow" into her destiny, as a genius with the "spark". The spark is what one is born with that allows the creator to take leaps and bounds around the accepted laws of the universe. Those with the spark tend to create things that are either monstrous or glorious, and most of the time, a spectacular combination of the two. Now that her talent has been uncovered, she is placed within the midst of other great minds; including royalty, both human and feline, and the handsome and dashing Baron's son, Gilgimesh. Will her talents opening up a new world for her be for the better or worse? Can she hold her own among others equally as brilliant? Will Gilgimesh get the girl, or will his awkwardness around the opposite sex be his downfall? What will Krosp I, Emperor of All Cats, do next?

The whole setup is awesomely over-the-top. The dialog is witty and playful. The characters are lovable and mischievous. The villains could fit in any of the old Dudley Do Right episodes. The weirdness of all the gadgets built and the uniqueness of the non-humans, like the jagermonsters are fantastic. And you want to laugh at all the antics created by each and every one of them.

The artwork is amazing. The colors match the clarity of Agatha's mind: Monochromic when she is still befuddled by the locket, and vibrant and colorful when her mind is cleared and the Spark begins to manifest. I really enjoyed this added bonus. It gives a whole new dimension to Agatha's point of view. It is very similar to the movie, The Wizard of Oz, and its shift in cinematic color from black-and-white Kansas to color OZ. Overall, this omnibus contains a beautiful blend of technical and fantastical drawings that are worthy of even the most diehard fans of steampunk.

Even those who are not on board with the steampunk movement can enjoy the style and comedy of Phil and Kaja. I HIGHLY recommend this to everyone!

The Girl Genius Series:

1. Girl Genius Omnibus volume 1: Agatha Awakens

FTC Advisory: Tor Books provided me with a copy of the Girl Genius Omnibus. No goody bags, sponsorships, "material connections," or bribes were exchanged for my review. The only payment I receive are hugs and kisses from my little boys.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for the beginning reader! 30 Jan 2014
By Shihea - Published on
I would recommend this for anyone who like Steampunk and Gaslight fantasy. They fill the pages with story and warmth.

My eight year old devoured this book and we had to keep up online. It helped her to develop a love of reading. She would follow along and point out speech bubbles if she thought we had skipped them.

It's not just for children either, there's story in there for everyone.
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