Full Disclaimer: I had no idea what to expect when reading this other than that it was by Bryan Lee O’Malley and thus required reading.
He did not let me down!
This was a charming story that used old folklore but gave it a modern and fun spin.
The artwork is adorable and the characters and their interactions were great.
I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all had days we wish we could just re-do and pretend never happened. Well, for Katie, our sassy and career-driven protagonist (the girl with the red spiky hair pictured above), this becomes a totally feasible option thanks to some magic mushrooms (no, not THOSE kind of magic mushrooms), a notepad, and some old magic involving her home/workplace. But sometimes quick fixes are all too easy to abuse and Katie’s tale winds up taking a darker tumble down the rabbit hole than we expected.
The further you get into the story the more eager you find yourself flipping to the next page and the next page and so on.
Having an awesome best friend is great. Having an awesome best friend who has an uncanny knack for recommending good books is even better!
The aforementioned best friend would be none other than my fellow blogger, Cupcakes and Machetes. You can read some of her reviews on some of said good books at her blog.
Years ago, when she thrust her copy of A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin into my hands and demanded I read it, I listened. I regret NOTHING. It launched an addiction to the books/shows/fan theories/basically all things even remotely connected to ASOIAF/GOT.
From then on I knew I could trust in her book suggestions. So when she recommended Pierce Brown’s YA sci fi novel Red Rising to me I heeded the call and gave it a read back in 2015.
Now I’m reading the second book in the Red Rising trilogy, Golden Son. I literally just started it today so I can’t say too much about it yet other than that it holds your interest right off the bat and that I am already into it. 🙂
I don’t know why I waited so long to get around to reading the sequel, but it seems an appropriate read for the end of November (aka- Sci-Fi month!)
Having just finished reading volume 3 of the manga series Soulless, I have to take some time to babble on about how much I adore it.
It’s always a treat to read the continuing adventures of the characters in this series. I adore them. Gail Carriger creates such a wonderfully crafted world by blowing the dust off Victorian England (and other exciting locations) and adding some paranormal and steampunk flair into it.
The social dynamics between the different types of beings in this series always proves to be interesting. Social protocols and conflicting, heated rivalries make for tense and often humorous interactions between werewolves and vampires and other supernaturals/preternaturals and humans.
If you enjoy historical fiction and paranormal romance you should rather enjoy this. One of my favorite things about the romance in this is that it is not all-consuming or perfect. People make mistakes and squabble like they would in real life. They still have lives and interests/goals and friendships outside of their romances.
It has adventure, humor, thrills, romance, well-written and likeable characters, and wonderful art. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
My only regret is that there won’t be any more of the manga. Fortunately, there is also the Parasol Protectorate series of novels written by Gail Carriger that came before the manga, featuring the same characters and more adventures to be read.
This week’s gonna be a busy one but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to get her reading done! *Puts on determined face.*
I’m currently on page 346 of The Girl with All the Gifts, by M.R. Carey and I plan on finishing it in the next day or two. I really have enjoyed this book from the start but it did hit a little bit of a slow point in the middle that slowed me down for a while. Last night’s reading session changed that though and I’m just as invested as I was when I started reading it. I can’t wait to see how this one ends. Overall I’ve greatly enjoyed it thus far.
My other reading goals for the week are of the comic book variety. I recently read both volume 1 and volume 2 of the New 52 Batwoman TPBs by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman. This week I’m hoping to start and complete volume 3.
I was really looking forward to checking out the Batwoman comics for a variety of reasons, but one of the main ones goes wayyy back to Batwoman’s origins in the 1950’s. One of the supposed major reasons for her creation was to provide Bruce Wayne with a female love interest to shush all those rumors about Batman and Robin being “partners” of a vastly different nature than the crime-fighting variety. These days, Batwoman is much more than a pretty little bandage to cover up any sort of wounded hetero-masculinity that Batman and the Boy Wonder might have had circling around them. In fact, she herself is a lesbian. Times are changing and if DC really did initially create Batwoman to sweep any rumors of homosexuality under the conservative rug than I think it is a refreshing change to see her now out and not giving a damn what others think regarding her sexual orientation.
*Steps calmly off of soapbox*
Aaaannd now back to your regularly scheduled reading program:
So, keeping it in the Bat Family, my other intended reading goal is one that has been on my TBR list for a while: Batman: The Long Halloween, written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Time Sale. With Halloween coming fast it seems an appropriate time to read this. The art and the color scheme are pretty dark and moody which I think will go well with the story.
Although I have yet to mention it in this blog, I belong to a pretty snazzy book club. We’re a small group (there are only eight of us), but we have a great dynamic and have managed to keep it that way for three years now as of this month. Each month, one of us is in charge of picking about four to five books for the rest of our lot to vote on. The winning book is what we end up reading and then we get together near the end of the month to discuss the book (honestly, only for like five minutes and then the talk always turns to inappropriate banter on one topic or another for the rest of the night). There’s also almost always booze and delicious food. Needless to say, it’s always a good time. 🙂
This month is my turn to play hostess. I suggested a variety of books, and the winner was The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. A few of the girls even had it on their TBR lists already. I’d had a good friend of mine recommend it to me months ago. She literally squealed with joy when I told her I was finally going to be reading it.
Although I am not all that far into the book yet, I can honestly say I like it quite a bit already. It doesn’t suffer from any sort of a slow start or info dump that you sometimes have to get through in even the best of books. The chapters are short and interesting, with different characters’ POVs. The characters have depth to them and feel real. Your initial assumptions about them do not define them as characters. They’re complex.
I don’t want to give much about the plot away since I think it is kind of fun going into it without much background info like I did. It’s a book that doesn’t feel the need to spoon feed you all the answers right away. You learn more about the characters, plot, and setting the further you go along reading it. It is a dystopian horror, I can tell you that much. The world has seen better days in it, and although the outlook of the future is grim, there is hope. But what if you had to do horrible things to hang on to that hope? Unethical things? It’s a story that forces its characters to set aside their humanity at times all in the hopes of saving humanity. And all while questioning what exactly even defines humanity to begin with.
If you’re interested in it, here is the book’s goodreads page so you can read a little more about it, but I do honestly think this is a book that is fun to go into with very little background information on it.
For those of us who spend a considerable amount of time in public with our nose buried deep in a book, there is one question above all others we are accustomed to hearing: “Hey, whatcha reading?”
So I figured I’d take a moment to stop and share the answer to just that very question.
I tend to rather enjoy books that have a fanciful or odd way of telling their story. It’s one of the many reasons Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn will always hold a special place in my heart.
An author who has always been on my to-read list for this very sort of reason is Neil Gaiman. I wasn’t sure where to begin, but on my best friend and I’s most recent book hunting expedition at our local library I plucked up a copy of Stardust. Seemed as good of a place to start as any.
Well, Mr. Gaiman, you do not disappoint. I haven’t even quite finished this little delight yet and I already am plotting which of your worlds I shall set up camp in next.
Stardust is proving to be the charming and quirky sort of fairy tale that I admire but simply do not come across as often as I would like. And although the movies almost never measure up to the books, I look forward to watching the film once I’ve finished reading. 🙂