Wednesday, June 1, 2016

2016 Reads - #57 - 64

Here's another round of reads for me. These come especially quickly because most of them are comics which mean I read them at a rapid rate!

Y the Last Man: Unmanned is the first in a series that has been recommended to me a few times. The premise of the story is that all of the male-identified species die off with the exception of this one dude and his monkey. This comic sets the stage for the moments before and the moments right after.

The Saga of the Bloody Benders is a read I happened upon at the library. As a child, my parents commonly stopped at historical markers along our road trips, so we could learn about history. One in particular that we'll always remember is the Bloody Benders. The Benders showed up in a town in Kansas, and they opened up a grocery store. . . And well, then people started disappearing, and well. . . they were kind of involved. I don't want to give all the bloody (literally) details, but you can learn more here. This comic was a really good summation of the story and worth checking out if you know about them and also if you don't.

Fairest #1 - Wide Awake is a spinoff series from Fables which I adore. The spinoff focuses on the female characters of the book. This one focused on the back story of Aurora/Sleeping Beauty, and it did a good job of (re)capturing the Fables magic for me.

Little Fish was a graphic novel I picked up on a whim. Y'all, I loved it. It was about the author's first year away from home at college, and it brought back so many feels. The author was in college back when Live Journal (remember those??!?) was a thing, so her actual thoughts from her blog were integrated with the comic. It was a good trip down memory lane for me, and I highly recommend this one.

Golden State was a book on my "to read" list I picked up because it was available at the library. It's about university bombings, and given today's events, I offer that as a content warning. I struggled with this book because of the framing of mental health, and that hang-up led me to be overall unsettled about this read.

Y the Last Man: Cycles is the second read in the series. It's more of "What happens now?" part of the story. It focuses on how different pockets of women are surviving in the new reality, as well as what's going on with the one dude. It ends on a cliffhanger that has me excited to see what happens next.

Fairest: Hidden Kingdom is the second in the series. This is the first one of these that I've really not loved. I think this was because there was the addition of fairy tale I'm not as familiar with, so I didn't fully "get" the way the plot played out. With more knowledge of these characters, I think I'd appreciate this one more.

Arab of the Future is one I picked up on a whim. It was an intriguing read about the author's childhood in France, Libya and Syria. It was really interesting to read about the history of the countries, as I don't know much. This is the first in a series, and I'll definitely read the next one to learn more.