I swear that I HAVE been reading, that never really stops and it never really ends, but what I haven’t been doing is writing here about all the reading that I’ve been doing. In my defense there was a whole chunk of time that I was reading a bunch of sequels to things I’ve already discussed here and then I got way deep into a course that I am taking and some sewing that I am trying to learn how to do. Those things have taken up way more of my time than I thought it would and meant that I didn’t really have time to both read AND write about the things that I was reading and I, regrettably have fallen way, WAY behind.
So allow me to catch up…at least a little…
Since I was here last I have finally finished the Locke and Key graphic novel series by Joe Hill. That was a series that just kept getting better and better the deeper you got into it. I was never disappointed by any of the installments and am SUPER STOKED to hear that it was recently given a pilot order by HULU. I’m going to cross my fingers so hard that this go-round fares better than the previous pilot for Fox (2011).
As much as I loved this series I approached the finale with quite a bit of trepidation. The ending can really make or break the overall lasting feel for the world and its characters and all I could do was cross my fingers and hope for a satisfactory ending. Luckily, I was not disappointed. Without getting into any spoilers whatsoever, that ending was tense and awful and perfect and wonderful. And now that I am finally finished, I can heartily recommend this series in its entirety.
I also have read more in the Lumberjanes series by Noelle Stevenson/Shannon Waters, specifically Volume 3 (A Terrible Plan), Volume 4 (Out of Time), Volume 5 (Band Together), and the most recent, Volume 6 (Sink or Swim). This is a series that is aimed at middle grade readers, but I LIKE IT AND I’M NOT GOING TO STOP READING IT. It is just a lot of fun, has some really great characters and I always am aching to find out what is going to happen next. I’m always impressed with the descriptions of each badge that precedes each individual issue and how it relates to the story as a whole. I honestly can’t wait to see what the campers have to face next, and that is the best compliment I can think of.
I may not have yet mentioned it here, but I am in love with the Saga series by Brian K. Vaughan. I have finally finished Volume 5 and am currently in the middle of Volume 6. This series is a great example of how a science fiction graphic novel can create great suspense and gut wrenching emotions through foreshadowing and character development. It manages to be complex and very simple at the same time. I think that the story is served well by having the main character, Hazel, tell the story of her parents relationship, her own birth, and their quest to protect her from those entities in the universe that wish to use her as a pawn in their own (war) games. At heart is is very much a Romeo and Juliet kind of story, a play on the words “star-crossed lovers”, but it brings so much more to the table than just that concept of forbidden love. I love Hazel’s voice in this series and this world is full of characters I love, I hate, I love to hate, and I hate to love.
Just recently I’ve managed to get myself a preview of Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman by Loryn Brantz. I feel like if you are a woman, or a man who knows a woman, or a person, who spends any time at all online, you have probably run into Brantz’ work at some time or another. She pens comics that tackle situations that might be very familiar to most women and / or introverts and / or animal lovers and/or…I could go on. I’d seen some of the comics before online, but it was fun to read them all together at once. Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman is due to be published September 26th, 2017.
I also managed, early last month, to get my hands on a preview of SUIT YOUR SELFIE: A PEARLS BEFORE SWINE COLLECTION by Stephan Pastis. I was so lucky! Pearls Before Swine is such a fun comic, and this collection does not disappoint. It is a delight to read from cover to cover. This is already the fifth collection (!), aimed at middle grade readers, but if you have a silly sense of humour I would encourage you to try it out anyway. I used to have strips of Pearls Before Swine hanging up in my cubical (when I had one), and I still have some random beloved strips saved on my computer to share with friends when the moment is right. I will never get tired of posting Rat running away from his problems (if only it were that easy, Rat…if only!). I read Suit Your Selfie as a preview, but it was published on July 19th, so you can enjoy it RIGHT NOW…you know…if you want to. Also click through to the Pearls Before Swine website for the comic of the day…that way you will have pre-read all future collections too!
Graphic Novels aren’t all that I’ve been reading…and hopefully I can soon update on some of those other great reads also!