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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 – he 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

Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Such pretty cover!

Such pretty cover!

Can I just start with the cover, look how pretty that is!

I have to admit that I am a bit of a fangirl when it comes to this series of books, I absolutely adore them. This series started with Cinder over 3 years ago, I was hooked as soon as I stumbled upon them. I didn’t expect it to happen, I was reluctant to read it as I didn’t want all the sci-fi elements to ruin a perfectly good fairy tale. It took a story that I knew and loved and made it new, and exciting, with androids and a threat from the moon!

Cress is the third book in this saga, a sci-fi retelling of Rapunzel. I mean that in it’s loosest sense. The main character in this story is Cress, who is locked inside a satellite isolated in orbit, she gets visited sporadically by one of the Queen’s thaumaturges who never brings anything sharp with them, so her hair has been left to grow and grow.

I really like the fact that she was set into orbit to observe the Earth for the Lunar Queen and ended up falling in love with what she surveyed, at heart she was a romantic, and saved from a terrible fate to be put into a worse position. She made the most of what she had.

Everything written about her hair was fantastic, how she ended up tangled in it when she was working and moving around. It really reminded me of the film Tangled… when you see her singing and dancing around the tower and she leaves a trail of hair everywhere.

Cress is my favourite character so far in this series, and her infatuation / growing love for Captain Thorne just made my heart melt. Thorne, normally so charming and able really comes to rely on the awkward space girl, and slowly their relationship grows and changes. He’s a charmer, but you can see the shifts in him. I ship them… so hard.

Cinder’s inner conflict is really well developed here, she doesn’t want to be like the Queen, or like the Lunars she was taught to despise, but she is one, and she uses her gifts sporadically, and only when she really has to. Everytime she does, you can feel what she does, a terrible situation to have to be in, but she ultimately has to do the right thing to save the Earth that she loves, and savee Luna from tyranny.

I loved the introduction of Princess Winter for the final book [why do I have to wait nearly a year?!]. She seems like such an odd contrast to her step mother, but however weird she seems, it’s because she too wants to be good and help the people and not manipulate them in the Lunar tradition. It’s all to her own detriment, not using her ‘gifts’ is sending her a little loopy, and Scarlet is locked in a cage as a pet – another element of drama. We need her Wolf to come and save her, the sooner the better!

Just stop what you are doing right now, and go find a copy of Cinder and Scarlet and Cress. You will thank me later, I’m hoping.

Do it for me?

– girlinthenerdshop

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Prudence and the Crow Vintage Books

Seemingly March is turning into a serious book month, I’ve done a lot of reading curled up on the sofa in the evening, what’s not to love? I think the only thing better than choosing a new book, is getting a mystery book through the post. So this month, I tried out my first ever subscription box, Prudence and the Crow.

This box was the most exciting Friday parcel I’ve had. The box came beautifully packaged, and the address was hand written. From one glance you could tell exactly what this parcel was, and it was letter box sized so it fit through the door without the postman having to disturb me.

Beautifully wrapped

Beautifully wrapped

The entire box has a very vintage feel to it, wrapped in brown paper and the book was wrapped in brown paper too, and tied up with string and a hand written name label. The inside of the box lid has the most wonderful science-y feel to it, with the diagrams printed on the inside and on the wrapper of the box.

The box, inside the wrapping

The box, inside the wrapping

I was so excited when I saw all of the little extras in the box! There was a lovely selection of things to try out, from sweets to tea samples. I’m a recent convert to tea, so this pleased me greatly to have two new flavours to try. [I’m eating one of the sweets now!] Tucked in behind the book was the spotty cloth book cover and a postcard for a book series, it mentions fairy tales. It’s like they could read my mind when packing the box.

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Can I just say hand drawn star constellation right there…

There were even more little things packed into a pocket in the lid, as if the surprises would never end! Here we had the books plates, and some more branding, I think the Prudence and Crow tickets are adorable, and perfectly sized to be used a book mark or to slip into an envelope to send to someone else [which is what I plan to do with the small ones].

Trinkets inside the box

Trinkets inside the box

I nearly missed the handwritten note tucked inside the book telling me about the choice. The book picked for me was an alternate cover for the American edition of the book, and it was written in green ink, [I can’t remember if I said that was my favourite colour or not, but it was a nice touch].

Book, cover and note

Book, cover and note

The subscription structure is really flexible, allowing you to sign up for one month or up to a year. Not many boxes let you try a one off, they want you to commit for a bit longer, which is what normally makes me not sign up. Being able to try it for one month was an excellent thing for me, as I now know that I liked the box, and signing up for longer isn’t so daunting. I chose a sci-fi book for my first box, as I’m reading a lot of sci-fi and fantasy at the moment, I think I would change this for future boxes, or maybe sign up for random selections since the arrival of the millions of sci-fi paperbacks on World Book Day from the in-laws.

The communication with the ladies behind this box is good too. I managed to get my own address wrong, and they sorted that out really quickly and easily so that it didn’t get lost in transit.

So, I say go ahead and subscribe it. It was a real delight to open!

-girlinthenerdshop