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The BLURBs!

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.


 Following the tragic and unjust death of Lucifer, it takes a revelation from Inanna to draw Laura back into the worlds of Gods and Superstardom to try and discover the truth behind a conspiracy to subvert divinity.


After the detonation of FANDEMONIUM the gods-as-pop-stars of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE try living in the long dark shadow.

(From Goodreads)

The REVIEW!

This review may contain spoilers.  Turn back now if you do not want to be spoiled on all the pure awesome that is THE WICKED AND THE DIVINE.

To start – I have not read the physical volumes of this comic series.  I collect the single issues but Goodreads likes to count each issue as a “book”, and if I didn’t pick the TPBs, my 75 book challenge would be a little over a 1/4th of the way complete.  And that’s no fun.

I read Issues 1-10 when they first came out in 2014.  Then, life was life, and I just started piling up on the other issues.  I finally got back to the series this year – re-reading the first 10 issues before moving on to the next 7.

When I see reviews on this series, I see one of two types – the fanatic love reviews and the hate reviews.  I’ll be in the former, because even after my re-read, I’m still completely in love with this comic.

And that’s both Kieron Gillen’s writing and Jamie McKelvie’s art.  While I haven’t read too many negative things about Jamie’s art…and I mean, really:

  

What would the complaints be?  That it’s too damn beautiful?  Pu-uh-leeze!

I have heard some negative things about Kieron’s writing.  Normally, others are saying that this story is too confusing or boring or blah blah blah.

It’s all noise, because Kieron’s writing isn’t boring to me.  This story isn’t confusing.  It’s intriguing and the characters are so easy to fall in love with, to hate, to mourn, to idolize –  I mean come on, they’re fucking gods.

And both the words and the art bring this story to life; it gives it its soul, and it’s all wonderful.

Wicked + The Divine follow a fan, Laura, as she’s introduced to the gods and sucked into their lives and all the drama it brings – the good, the bad, the fans, the crazies, the pain, the fear of dying, and the death.  Still, Laura loves it all, and she wants to be more than just a fan.  She wants to be a god.

The gods are all pretty awesome, and I can totally see why Laura would want to be one.  I will definitely admit to loving certain ones way more than others – Luci, Innana, Persephone, and The Morrigan are still my favorites, but I’m starting to dig Baal.   Their life looks glamorous, very similar to how some people view celebrities, but when you get to see behind the curtains, you see all the darkness this type of life brings.

I know I said this may contain spoilers, but to avoid any more spoilers than what the BLURBs gave away, I’ll just highly, highly recommend this comic series.  It’s fucking brilliant – the story and the artwork.  I just love it!

The RATING!

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Belated BEDA 11 | #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge Update | Suggestions

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Howdy all!  This should have gone up on Saturday, but it was beautiful this weekend, and I wasn’t indoors near a computer or near my books this weekend…so it’s going up now!

I read around 80ish pages of The Absolute Sandman [Neil Gaiman] and 30ish pages of A Reunion of Ghosts [Judith Claire Mitchell].  And while I might not have read much this week, I’ve been really enjoying both works a lot.  The writing in both of these novels is superb in very different ways, and the art in Sandman is freaking spectacular!  It’s just gorgeous!

I’m hoping to finish both of these by the end of the week, and then I’ll be moving on to a couple of other books (that’s my plan anyway!) from my previous TBR or I went to the library and picked up a couple more books…so maybe one of those.  We’ll see.

Onto this week’s question:

Books you would like to suggest to your library.

My library is pretty awesome at getting books in really quickly, and I’ve never gone there or through Overdrive and haven’t been able to find a book I want to read – so St. Charles City-County Library District – good job guys at having an awesome selection of reads!

On the rare occasion that they haven’t had a book in that I’ve wanted to read, there’s this wonderful online request form that can be filled out, and they have always accepted my requests in the past, and I have gotten those books either in physical or e-book form within a week or two.  It’s a really fast turn around.

However, my husband and I were talking, and we’d both like to see State manuals for certifications in our local libraries.  It would be nice to have access to State materials without having to purchase them and wait for the State to mail the manuals to us.  It’s a very particular request, and one that I don’t think will ever happen.  But it’s nice to hope and suggest once in a while.

I really love my local libraries!  They’re wonderful, and I know that I can always go there for new and old books and those books are always there.  It’s like magic.

BEDA 9 | This Week’s Reading | April 6 – 10

A Reunion Of Ghosts   The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1   Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

^^^ Currently Reading ^^^

It was a pretty quiet reading week for me.  While I read a little bit of Trigger Warning, I only finished one book…err, graphic novel, and that was Will O’ the Wisp by Tom Hammock, illustrated by Megan Hutchison.  It was definitely different from what I normally read, but that’s never a bad thing.

THE BLURB!:

After her parents’ accidental death by mushroom poisoning, young Aurora Grimeon is sent to live with her estranged grandfather on Ossuary Isle, deep in the southern swamps. Joined by her grandfather’s pet raccoon Missy, Aurora explores the fog-covered island of graves. Along the way she meets its sinister residents who care for the tombstones and mausoleums, living out their lives by the strange rules of Hoodoo magic. When ghostly things start happening out in the swamp and island residents start disappearing, Aurora thrusts herself into the middle of the mystery, uncovering secrets that might be better left buried.

While Aurora was the main character, the story involved all of the inhabitants on Ossuary Isle, and I really liked that party of the main focus was on the story as a whole rather than on one character.  That may put off some readers, but I enjoyed learning about the culture and how each of the residents viewed Hoodoo.

(I loved Aurora and the pet raccoon, Missy’s interactions the most!)

It was all very fascinating.

This is the author’s first graphic novel, and I thought he did well telling the story through a mix of horror and whimsical elements.  And while I didn’t look anything about Hoodoo up prior to reading this, he seems extremely knowledgeable about the rules and from the Introduction, you read about how strongly he feels about sharing this information.  I loved how passionate he was about what he was writing, and I feel it shows in the story.

Megan Hutchison’s art was spectacular and worked so well for this novel.

It was pretty and creepy and magical looking.  I just loved it.

Together Tom Hammock and Megan Hutchison really made a fantastical, creepy story come to life, and I will be keeping my eyes on the lookout for future work by both of them.

Weekend Wrap-Up | January 17 & 18

It was a five star weekend!  Every book I read this weekend just hit all the high notes for me.  This is going to be just some quickie GIF-centric thoughts on each of them.  Click on the book images for my reviews/thoughts, but be warned, they’re not all that well written or put together.

I finished the first book of the weekend around 4 in the morning, and that was:

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)

Pretty much exactly how I read this book from start to finish:

Two books down, 1 to go.  Thought on the series so far:

And then, because my library reserve of the final book of the Mistborn trilogy wasn’t available, I moved onto:

Saga, Volume 1 (Saga #1-6)  Saga, Volume 2 (Saga #7-12)  Saga, Volume 3 (Saga #13-18)

                                       

I read these back to back in the mid-morning on the 17th.  Three volumes in, and I just think that this series is:

Finally, I ended the day with:

The Darkest Part of the Forest

I was just so enthralled by this story:

It started off as a fantasy, but then took this really dark turn.  I couldn’t put the book down, and while I haven’t read much of Holly Black’s work, she’s definitely an author I’m planning on reading more from.

And then onto Sunday, the 18th…

OK, so I didn’t read, but I did go see a movie based on a memoir, which was:

I thought it was really well done, and I can see why Bradley Cooper got an Oscar Nom for Best Actor.  I’m not sure if he’ll win it, but if he keeps acting like this, I’m anticipating many  awards in his future.