Book Reviews, Graphic Novel, Received for Review

Super Hero Themed Books for You

Fearless and Fantastic! by Sam Maggs
Genre: Non Fiction | Middle Grade | Graphic Novel
Length: 128 pages
Published on 18th December 2018 by DK Publishing
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Synopsis: More than 50 incredible female Super Heroes from the Marvel Comics universe inspire girls and women of all ages to be powerful, passionate, and persistent.

From Captain Marvel and Wasp to Storm and Shuri, this beautiful book profiles dozens of aspirational female comic-book characters, all of whom use their intelligence, strength, kindness, and courage to help others and save the world. Fierce fan-favorites such as Gamora, Squirrel Girl, and Black Widow feature alongside lesser known faces from all corners of the Marvel comic-book universe. Young girls will discover modern, diverse heroes they can relate to and look up to, including America Chavez and Kamala Khan. Featuring a foreword by Marvel Comics writer Kelly Thompson, DK’s Fearless and Fantastic! is the ultimate tribute to Marvel’s most powerful women and girls, and a treasured gift for comic fans.

Illustrated with stunning comic-book artwork, and featuring inspiring quotations, each short biography is carefully curated to focus on the character’s key abilities and achievements. With four chapters based on personal qualities– Determined, Daring, Compassionate, and Curious–this book for girls and women of all ages will create new fans of comics, as well as inspiring comic-book creators of the future.

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Book Reviews, Graphic Novel, Received for Review

Graphic Novel Review: Man-Eaters, Volume 1 by Chelsea Cain

Man-Eaters, Volume 1 by Chelsea Cain
Series: Man-Eaters #1-4
Genre: Horror | Graphic Novel
Length: 104 pages
Published on 5th March 2019 by Image Comics
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Synopsis: Adolescent girls can be real monsters. Maude is twelve, about the age some girls turn into flesh-eating wild cats. As her detective dad investigates a series of strange mauling attacks, Maude worries she may be the killer.
Collects #1-4

Includes the informative survival handbook, “Cat Fight! A Boys’ Guide to Dangerous Cats.”
Plus never-before-published extra content.

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Discussion, Guest Post

Stop Friggin’ Fridging

stop friggin fridginWomen In Refrigerators is a website created in 1999 by known comic book writer Gail Simone. She got the name from a Green Lantern comic in which a love interest, Alexandra Dewitt, was killed and stuffed in a fridge for the simple purpose of motivating the male lead, Green Lantern. She and her friends were noticing a pattern: the sheer amount of women in fiction who are raped, maimed, or murdered for the sake of a man’s character development or story. Originally the term referred to comic book storylines only, but in the two decades since, the term – most commonly known as “fridging” – has been expanded to refer to any medium. It appears most egregiously, in my opinion, in video games, but can be found in any medium. Here is, for example, a supercut of fridging in movies.

(Please note that TV Tropes include any character who suffers to motivate another character; in its original form, and in the way most people use it, it refers specifically to female characters killed for the sake of male characters development. When it’s men, it is mostly often more accurately referred to as “dead men defrosting”. Feminist Frequency has an excellent video about this entire subject.) Continue reading “Stop Friggin’ Fridging”

Haul Posts

Januarys Book Haul | 40+ books to add to your TBR

jan book haulJanuarys Book Haul | 40+ books to add to your TBR

Remember in December when I made a post about my reading goals for 2019 in which I said “Iโ€™d also like to seriously cut down on the amount of books I get“? *cackles uncontrollably* Yeah me either apparently.

So I suggest you keep reading to see what a mess I put myself in with my TBR pile and yes I got more books than there are days in January.

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Book Reviews

Graphic Novel Review: Heartstopper, vol. 1 by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman
Series: Heartstopper #1
Genre: LGBT | Graphic Novel | Contemporary
Length: 288 pages
Published on 7th February 2019 by Hodder Childrens Books
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Copy won in a giveaway from the publishers

Synopsis: Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

From the author of Solitaire and Radio Silence comes a bind up of the first two chapters of Heartstopper, an ongoing webcomic.

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