Monthly Archives: August 2014

IGGPPCamp Scavenger Hunt

This week is the first Online Summer Camp hosted by the IGGPPC. There are so many cool things happening over on the site that I’ve been super busy trying to keep up with my day to day stuff and the extra fun iggle-stuff. There are craft challenges, tutorials, webinars – the works. There is something there for everyone to enjoy.

The post is my contribution to the Solo Scavenger Hunt… so enjoy.

My Graphic Novel Adventure

For my birthday I went a little bit crazy in a book shop. I wanted to pick up a few graphic novels that I had missed out for my bookclub, then I ‘accidently’ went a little bit bonkers!

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I had tried graphic novels before, from my local library, and had previously found them entirely unsatisfying. They were a quick read, but I never felt like I was getting enough from them. I had just been reading the wrong ones. Graphic novels are all about the art style, if you don’t like the art then it really detracts from the whole shebang. I devoured the selection in about 2 weeks, and it was most enjoyable.

I haven’t read any of the novels yet, so I think I’ll tell you all about the graphic novels right now!

Rat Queens Vol #1

Sass & Sorcery

Sass & Sorcery

RQ about adventurers, so think D&D but with a lot more sass. The Rat Queens are an all female group, and they have some serious anger management issues. Town is boring, so they cause trouble, get sent on quests to repent for the damage the caused. The characters ain this are really fun, and the group has some really funny interactions, each one has their own strengths within the team… but they aren’t just badass questers, they have some depth. The volume hints at some issues and characters back story that we will get into more as this book develops. I’m really looking forward to the next volume being out.

Sex Criminals

Sex Criminals Vol. 1

Sex Criminals Vol. 1

SC is about a girl that stops time when she has sex, and a boy that also stops time after sex. What hijinks could they get up to I wonder if they met? At first, it’s a gentle kind of trouble making, swapping DVDs into different cases so the customers get a ‘nice’ surprise… moving things around and causing mischief. The plots grow, until they find themselves planning how to rob a bank.

I read this one really quickly, a lazy Sunday morning. The first ‘chapter’ really got me hooked, with the back story element explaining about the girl. Throughout the rest of the book there are flashbacks for both characters to show how they got to this point. The dual timelines really worked for me, so I got plenty of action, and enough detail about the characters to stop me wondering what had happened before.

Fables Vol 1

Fables in Exile

Fables in Exile

Ok, Fairytale characters. I know, I’m predictable. It was an obvious choice though wasn’t it. In Fables all the characters from familiar stories have been exiled from their own lands, and live in the modern day world living in secret. The humanoids mix with normal society, but they ones that can’t do that live in a place far from prying eyes. [Hooked yet?] The volume focusses around the murder of Rose Red… The Big Bad Wolf solves the crimes and the day.

We meet lots of characters a long the way, I really liked the variety of characters available. So you get your traditional characters covered, like Beauty and the Beast, Snow White to nursery rhyme characters like The Three Pigs and Big Bad Wolf. If you link all the points together, it includes far more than that, like Aslan from the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe… whose lands are conquered very early on in the troubles.If there is one thing I love, it’s twisting fairytales around so they are still familiar but with an air of mystery about them. I loved this book, solving the crime was so satisfying. I didn’t see that result coming, but you were shown all the same pieces of evidence that the Sheriff saw, so you could quite easily have pieced it together at the same pace the sheriff did. The amnesty was also a nice touch, so that past ‘crimes’ and events that happened in their homelands [and original storylines] cannot be brought up… it’s a useful tool that the characters brought up some backstory so you could work out who was who, but it wasn’t allowed to be used against them anymore.

Saga Vol 1

Saga Volume 1

Saga Volume 1

Two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending war fall in love, and have to carve they way through the universe. It’s a dangerous time to be bringing a baby into the world, but that’s something that happens – within a couple of pages.

I found this one a lot harder to get into, the cursing flying around didn’t really feel necessary at all. I found the plot very slow, and I think for four chapters I had decided not to bother reading the next volume. It took a while for me to like the universe it was set in, the mix of fantasy and sci-fi felt strange, but it grew on me. The voice of the child [who I assume is the one telling the story] was my favourite bit, as I wasn’t taken by the parents at first. The last chapter changed all of that, as they found a ship and more characters are added to the mix. It made me want to know what was going to happen next… even though I’d set myself against continuing with this series.

Super Girl: Last Daughter of Krypton

The Last Daughter of Krypton

The Last Daughter of Krypton

Pod crashlands on Earth… Supergirl gets out. She feels lost and disorientated. With no recollection of how you came to a place, how do you proceed?

Supergirl is stubborn, and I like that in her. Just because this strapping, handsome man tells you that he is your cousin, and goes flying about the place doesn’t mean you have to believe him. Right? I like that Superman was there in the first volume to help her out, or at least try. She wasn’t having any of it. Her voyage of discovery is a solo one. She goes back to find her home planet, that she doesn’t believe has been destroyed, and goes to find nothing, with nobody there.

SuperGirl was my second favourite out of this selection of books I picked up, possibly just for the pictures  and the art style. I love her costume, it was the best of the bunch. Having images of her costume developement in the back of the book you can really see what the artist was going for Рhe wanted her to look like a teenager, so the other hair options being quite severe cuts were swapped for something a little bit softer, more innocent.

I enjoyed this selection of books so much, that I went to the book shop this week and picked up a few more!

Catwoman Volume 1: The Game

Catwoman Volume 1: The Game

Fables: Animal Farm

Fables: Animal Farm

Pretty Deadly Volume 1

Pretty Deadly Volume 1

Saga Volume 2

Saga Volume 2

If you have any siggestions for other books I might like, let me know in the comments below

– girlinthenerdshop

Love Goodreads

I love the Internet. I use it all day everyday to do a whole bunch of different things, from talking to people, to keeping track of whatever multimedia things I want to keep track of. I’m going to do a short series of posts talking about my favourite ones, and ones that have made an impact on me.

You may have noticed that I love books, I know that comes as a shock to you. I used to find it hard to keep track of what books I had read and what books I wanted to read. I was looking for a way to get book recommendations from people that read similar books to me when I stumbled across Goodreads.

It’s been super useful for helping to categorise the books you’ve read. You can also get book recommendations from from other users based on what you’ve put onto your shelves. It’s kind of neat that people can help you find the books they love that you might like too.

Using the app on my phone is such a breeze, you can use the camera function to scan the barcodes on the back of books to add to your database. If you see a book that you want to read later on, scan the barcode and add it to your to read section. Done in a flash.

Goodreads also have the yearly book challenge. You pick the number of books you want to read in the year, and everytime you complete one, it adds it to the list for your challenge. I picked 40 books for my total this year, and I finished that number in early July. I’m going to up the number to 75 and see how I do. I have gotten through a phenomenal amount of reading material so far this year. So, let’s see if I can keep this up.

I can’t help it, books are my jam!

– girlinthenerdshop

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