Item description for Hollow Fields Vol 1 (Hollow Fields) by Madeleine Rosca...
Little Lucy Snow was meant to be enjoying her first day at the nice elementary school in town; however a macabre twist of fate sees her enrolled instead at Miss Weaver's Academy for the Scientifically Gifted and Ethically Unfettered---also known as Hollow Fields.
Located on the outskirts of Nullsville and run by the insidious Engineers, the grim boarding school dedicates itself to raising the next generation of mad scientists and evil geniuses! Classes include Live Taxidermy, Cross-Species Body-Part Transplantation and Killer Robot Construction, and for her own survival Lucy has to master them quickly...the student with the lowest grades at the end of each school week is sent to the old windmill for detention---and so far, no child has ever returned!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.1" Width: 5" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Jul 24, 2007
Publisher Seven Seas
ISBN 1933164247 ISBN13 9781933164243
Availability 0 units.
More About Madeleine Rosca
In 2007, Australian writer/artist Madeleine Rosca received the first International Manga Award, dubbed the "Nobel Prize of manga" by the Foreign Ministry of Japan, for best non-Japanese manga, for "Hollow Fields,"
Reviews - What do customers think about Hollow Fields Vol 1 (Hollow Fields)?
Dark and beautiful! Jul 9, 2008
I read this and I'll buy it for my collection. It is certainly worth it.
Tales should be this way. Too much in the mass media that is sugary and has all the rough edges filed off. This is the toy electronics set with a real soldering iron. This is the "Concrete Teddy Bear". It has the hard, dark edge needed especially for a drama that for all the trappings involves 'growing up'. I really like some parts of it, the comment on 'regular' schools as things that destroy by boredom thought and innovation, something that has become far more prevalent in recent years with a combination of a quest for grade based funding and an overbearing abuse of authority that is just as destructive to many more students in RL than this fictional school is to the weekly unlucky one.
The artwork is wonderful, the story great. I like the 'rag doll' theme to the school admin characters, especially the maids.
There's only one drawback, I'm a bit skeptical of the theme, the kid with lowest grades getting literally eliminated. Most rich elite, smart innovators or simply pigs that devoured usury, spoil their kids to death and then are surprised when they really turn awful when they finally mete out the mildest 'discipline' involving not buying a Porsche after they casually wrecked their last one. A world with a strong underground network of "Mad Scientists" would certainly have parents willing to send their kids to a harsh school (keeps them from touching the 'doomsday bomb') to learn stuff the public schools ruin (such as how to actually think) but not a deadly school, or again they'd just let the free public schools take care of things. But, it's a wild enough fantasy, it's a small thing and despite being a fantasy has a real low "Suspension of Disbelief" since the story is Oz like and about personal growth.
Utterly Charming - in a "Take over the world!" kinda way... Apr 12, 2008
Little Lucy Snow inadvertently ends up at a boarding school for the children of evil geniuses and mad scientists... awesome! A perfect mashup of Harry Potter-esque magical boarding school life, with A Series of Unfortunate Events-style dark humored gothik fantasy, told in captivating manga style. Lucy is everything you'd want in an spunky manga heroine, but the dark humor offsets the expected tropes nicely, creating a hybrid work that perfectly captures some of my favorite aspects of East and West comic and fantasy traditions. The story and images are refreshingly appropriate for younger teens, despite some dark themes. The art is consistently lovely throughout, and shows comfort and mastery of the manga style. Some concept art at the end of the first volume shows a Hollow Fields that could have been, demonstrating that the author also has equal facility with western styles, and is certainly a creative force to keep an eye on! My only complaint is that there's not more yet, however the imminent release of volume two promises to correct that deficiency. Highly recommended.
Aussie Aussie Aussie Jan 8, 2008
Upon reading that Madeleine Rosca came 3rd in the International Manga Awards, I felt great pride as an Aussie and bought the book to show her my support. The book is really cute with all the ongoings, and it turns out its now my mother's favorite. She's not a native english speaker, but since this book aims for a younger audience she managed to get into it more. (except for the scientific jargon that was just way way way out of her league, but hey give and take)
I really liked this book and am glad to see some Aussies seeing the light of day in the Manga World. Looking forward to Maddy's new volume, and if you ever do read this Maddy, we're proud of you. =)
I Want To Read More! Sep 22, 2007
I think that Hollow Fields has a good story. As soon as I saw this book at my school book fair, I knew this was going to mean something to me. I read the back. It sounded interesting. I read the first few pages, I bought the book! I read it with TOTAL interest. It turned out to be better than I had expected with the way I could see the characters moving and hear the rain fall. I was so involved in that book, that if someone disturbed me, I wasn't happy. When I first saw it, I also knew it was a whole new adventure, just waiting to be discovered. You may think I'm just saying that, just because I'm a middle school girl, but the book really grabbed my attention! When I finished reading Hollow Fields, I wanted my mom to read it too and was disappointed that the second volume wasn't ready for me to read. I hope the next volume comes out soon!!!