Adult, Books, Comics, YA (Young Adult)

May Wrap Up

Today would normally be comic book Wednesday, but seeing as I have spent the last week or so moving I have not read anything of note and therefor have nothing really to talk about.  On the other hand, it is June first so maybe I should tell you what I read this month?  Mayhaps?

I have to say it was a bit of a sad month this month, at least in terms of reading.  I moved out and got my own place this month so I won’t be too hard on myself for reading four comics, one book, and DNFing one.  Lucky for you, I have reviews of all of these, with the exception of one I believe, but its an ongoing series and who needs me to prattle on about something so much.

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Going to try something new this month and rather than giving you a paragraph of ramblings on each title, you can click on the image of the title that intrigues you and it will take you directly to my review of it (or the goodreads page for that one that I didn’t review… play Russian Roulette which one is it?)

As far as my reading challenges are concerned, the sorry state of the books I read mean that I did not complete a single Pop Sugar challenge, but they did all count toward my Goodreads challenge with the exception of the DNFed book which I myself am excluding.

This brings my totals to:

Goodreads Challenge: 46/50
Pop Sugar Challenge: 19/40
#RYODB Challenge: 12/50

There it is folks, May in a nut shell.

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Adult, Books, Comics

Anita Blake Vampire Hunter: The First Death Review

Wednesday is comic book day and I am kind of cheating.  This is a comic book review, but it is functioning more as promotion for my book club. (*shit faced grin*)

On the 18th of August we will be meeting over the inter-webs to discuss Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton which is number 17 in the novels.  Now, I realize that not everyone is like me and has read all 23? books. Has two of them in audio book.  Also has all of the graphic novel versions (i.e. the first three books in trades) as well as the book I’m going to review today, which is a pre-qual to the first book only ever released as a graphic novel.  I purposely chose a book later in the series because I felt it was a good representation of the series as a whole and to impart anyone who wishes with the knowledge of the previous sixteen books if they should choose to skip, I also made a video discussing the world, the characters, and the magic systems.  I am just that sweet.

Now that we have that shameless self promotion out of the way, I can get to the matter at hand.

I reread this graphic novel today as part of the #booktubeathon (if you are participating let me know how its going for you!) and I wanted to review it for you folks, again, for those aforementioned shameless self promotional reasons.


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itle: The First Death
Writer: Laurell K. Hamilton & Jonathan Green
Illustrator: Wellington Alves
Page #: 128
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Action

In my mind there will never be a BAD Anita Blake book.  No exception here. This graphic novel depicts the story that you gets bits and pieces of throughout the novels.  How Anita got the cross scar on her arm.  How she met Edward.  What Zebrowski was like when he first joined the force.  What Jean Claude was like when he didn’t really know Anita that well.  All of these things are pushed together into this really short story that I love.  Tidbits of this information is retold at various points throughout the books but it is nice to see it all together in one place.

It was a good mystery.  It was fun to read about my favorite characters when they were young.  I don’t know how this will be for folks who haven’t read the books.  I think that even just reading the other graphic novels they have released will help you appreciate this more, than you would on its own.  Even though this is fine on its own, it has more feeling in it if you already know and care about the characters. Even though chronologically this story comes before Guilty Pleasures I would read the latter first.

The art is amazing as always, the same team working on this as all the rest.  It is just another way for me to enjoy a series a that I love.  I actually think that Anita lends herself to graphic novels very well.  The mystery plot lines give a good over arching plot across trades with different elements focusing in each comic.  Introduction to the crime, investigations, interrogations, confrontations, resolutions.  It works.  Have I said that enough in this paragraph alone?

Like I said, I really love it.  I think you should pick up these graphic novels if you are too intimidated by the sheer scope of the novels.  It might pull you in.  They are all worth it.  I promise.

That’s it folks.

For Friday I will hopefully have our live stream on Angelfall by Susan Ee up for you guys on Friday but it has been stuck in processing hell for the past few days.  Talk to you soon!

I hope you have a good rest of the week and good luck to my fell #booktubeathon memebers

Mini booktubeathon update:

Books read: 3

  • 1 graphic novel
  • 2 YA novels

Books started: 2

  • 1 collection of poetry
  • 1 adult novel
Adult, Books, Comics

Spring Comic Wrap Up

While I haven’t felt like I could dedicate the time necessary to read many books over the course of the last semester comics are easier to accept.  It takes but a few minutes to read them.  They cost only a few dollars.  They are beautiful pieces of art that I want to keep and covet forever.  Recently, I realized that I have finished several story arcs of comics, in that I have read the comics that will be bound into trades and could count them as books read on my Goodreads challenge, as well as started some new threads and I wanted to talk to you now about the comics that I have pulled recently.  If you didn’t know, all of the book covers I post on my blog, when clicked, link to the Goodreads page for that book if you want to find more information, or hear others’ opinions.

Sex Criminals is one of the comics that I actually pick up in trade rather than reading the weekly issues.  It isn’t the only one on this list, but my explanation for this is mainly just that some stories work better when I read the whole arc rather than bits and pieces over a series of months.  I really like this comic.  If you didn’t know that this was an R rated comic by the title, for sure, it is not for children.  I have been enjoying the way that sex and relationships are portrayed in this comic.  They portray the struggle with mental illness in a realistic manner as well.  Plus there is sex magic and glowing penises.  What more could you ask for in a comic series?

Southern Bastards is perhaps the most controversial comic on this list.  Not because its bad, simply because it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.  There is no magic, not really any action, or adventure.  The first volume had a bit of mystery, but this volume is completely and utterly back story.  If you liked the first volume and want to learn more about the main antagonist then this is a good read for you.  If you prefer something that is less character driven and more plot driven, then maybe stay away.  I really like the art and color in this comic, its a little disconcerting but I think it suits the atmosphere of the plot very well.

This is probably one of my absolute favorite comics coming out right now.  If you are a big Dungeons & Dragons fan, if you were a fan of the new Mad Max film, or just bad ass lady types in general please look into Rat Queens.  The first volume was action packed, where as this is a but more suspenseful.  We learn a bit about each of our main characters backgrounds as well as some of the side characters.  If all of that hasn’t persuaded you to pick up this series than all I have to say is, Orc Dave.  You are missing out on Orc Dave.  the best Orc Dave, that ever Orc Daved, ever.  Pick it up.  I beseech you.

This comic, unlike the others I mentioned is definitely suitable for the little comic reader you know, in any gender.  If you like cute mysteries solved by a rag tag gang of kids, set in a boarding school, in Gotham, then this will be great.  It shows kids who have a lot of heart, and passion.  Maps is super nerdy but still bad ass.  All of this makes this series an A+ from me.  I haven’t been too won over by DC or Marvel as of late, but Batman was the comic that got me into comic, although technically it was Robin that got me into comics, in any case.  Gotham and Batman were always the things that sort of felt like home.

When it comes to comics set in Gotham, sans Batman, this one is less Harry Potter and more X-Files.  It revolves around a secret department within Gotham PD that solves crimes of a questionably super natural variety.  I’m not sure how popular this comic was but I really enjoyed it.  While the art was not my favorite style, I do think the gaunt faces and heavy shading fit the atmosphere the comic was trying to portray.  If you are a fan of detective following around other detective because he thinks the work said detective does isn’t real and that the money funding this department is being stolen, then this would be a good comic for you.

*wheezes* It hurts us Precious.  This comic guys, this comic.  If you aren’t reading The Wicked and The Divine please go pick up the first volume.  It has a lot of Religion lore for you history nerds out there.  It has pop music for us plebes.  It has beautiful art and scenery for the artists or art lovers.  Plus the story is soooo gooood.  And painful.  Very painful.  The last comic.  Just the last comic.  It hurt so good.  I was waiting for that moment the whole series and then. AND THEN.  I won’t spoil it.  However I do implore you to read it and find out for yourself why it hurt so bad.  I cared so much about these characters, and the writers aren’t afraid to ruin everything you love.

So, this volume won’t be out until the fall, however I think that Marvel are doing good things with their female lead Spiderverse comics.  I am reqading both Spider-Gwen here and Silk.  While I like Silk better than Spider-Gwen I think this one was alright.  It didn’t have much going for it plot wise, more of a monster of the week kind of comic which made it easier to read each month.  However it means you have to care about her character to keep you going. If you like stories that are character bases, and alternate universes where Peter Parker is dead, and Spider-Ham, then for sure you need to pick up this book when it is released in later.

I think next week I will talk about the comics that I am reading for the summer, but here is a little sneak peak if you just want a hint on what I suggest you should grab from your comic stores soon:

 

If you want to hear my thoughts on the first issues here I will be talking about them next Wednesday! (Although that low issues is technically #7 the first in the second arc).

I hope you have a lovely week, and I will see you on Friday with a book review!