The last day of April already??? Only half a week of school holidays to go before I get the house to myself again??? Ooops. Didn’t mean for that last thought to make it on to the web-page. Hey, my kids probably don’t read my blog so I should be safe.
Me — and my whole family — were thrilled to bits when the third volume of Saga (that I’d pre-ordered) arrived in the letterbox. About the only issue I had was wishing I’d ordered four copies, so we didn’t have to argue about who got to read it first. (BTW, that was me. I pulled rank coz, dammit, it was charged to my credit card!) And about the only other issue I had was turning the final page and wishing there was another volume I could order! But alas, good things take time and there’s no hurrying them. So we’ll all have to be patient.
If you haven’t heard of Saga yet, and don’t know what I’m going on about, I think this Wikipedia entry sums it up quite nicely:
“Saga is an epic space opera/fantasy comic book series written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, published monthly by Image Comics. The series is heavily influenced by Star Wars, and is based on ideas Vaughan conceived both as a child and as a parent. It depicts two lovers from long-warring extraterrestrial races, Alana and Marko, fleeing authorities from both sides of a galactic war as they struggle to care for their newborn daughter, Hazel, who occasionally narrates the series. The comic was described in solicitations as “Star Wars meets A Game of Thrones,” and by critics as being evocative of both science fiction and fantasy epics such as The Lord of the Rings and classic works like Romeo & Juliet.”
If that doesn’t convince you, then how about this: it’s captured the hearts of DH, myself, DD and DS. And, speaking from experience, the chances that all four of us, with our very diverse tastes in reading matter, would glom onto one story are rather remote. So if you’re getting the sense that Saga is something really special, you’d be right.
And if you STILL need convincing, here’s 10 Reasons You Should Be Reading Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga… with artwork!
(Warning: Saga a comic for a more mature audience — this isn’t a graphic novel you leave lying around for youngsters to get a hold of.)
Another standout read this month is The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black.
I read the short story first, and when I learned it’d been expanded to a novel, I was intrigued enough by the premise and the characters to try the novel.
A. Very. Good. Decision.
This story features the most realistic vampires I’ve read in a long time, and highlights the very real consequences of becoming infected by one. It sure wasn’t a stretch to imagine myself in a world of Coldtowns… chilling, to say the least.
Plus, as an added bonus there are no dewy-eyed heroines and sparkly heroes in this story. TCGIC centers around a teenage girl in the wrong place at the wrong time, struggling to do the right thing, and keep those she cares about safe. And as for the “hero”, he’s as flawed and as unexpected as they come — my favorite kind! TCGIC is tragic and heartbreaking and bloody and compelling as hell. And I love the clever twisting of a such well-known trope. Highly recommended.
Here’s my full reading list for April 2014:
- Top-Notch Doc, Outback Bride by Melanie Milburne
- Crush by Lacey Weatherford
- Saga, Volume 3 by Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples
- Heaven To Wudang (Journey To Wudang 3) by Kylie Chan
- The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston
- Maid For Love by Marie Force
- A Shot Of Sultry by Macy Beckett
- The Lady Always Wins by Courtney Milan
- The Nerd Who Loved Me by Vicki Lewis Thompson
- The Queen is Dead by Kate Locke
- A Study In Darkness by Emma Jane Holloway
- Open House by Jill Mansell
- Stardoc by S.L. Viehl
- The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black
- Just A Little Crush by Tracie Puckett
- Beyond Varallan by S.L. Viehl
- Endurance by S.L. Viehl
- Shockball by S.L. Viehl
- The New Girl by Tracie Puckett
- Endurance by S.L. Viehl
- Eternity Row by S.L. Viehl