Bookworm, Vol. 6: Lady Killer Comics + more!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Where in the HELL did the bookworm posts go?! Wellllllll, we don't really have an answer for that.  I think with my (Amanda's) school and our 9-5's, we were leisurely reading a lot less.  But, we filled our iPads with books (not usually huge fans of e-reading, but they're great if you're out + about with nothing but your iPad), downloaded some audiobooks and stuck some paperbacks in our purses and started making ourselves make time to read leisurely again and now this series is back by popular demand!  We missed our book chats with y'all so much.... WELCOME BACK BOOKWORM!


I should probably preface this by saying I'm a HUGE fan of the tv show Veronica Mars.  My sister and I watched it religiously, and it's absolutely one of my all time favorite shows.  I love witty television with a female main character...I just can't help it.  So when my beloved series was cancelled I was crushed, and then years later when a Kickstarter campaign was started to fund the movie I was on top of that sh!t.  The movie definitely helped give me my Veronica Mars 'fix', but having additional books to read has been great.  The first book following the Veronica Mars movie is, Veronica Mars:  The Thousand Dollar Tan Line.

If you've never watched anything related to Veronica Mars then you should probably do that before reading the book.  However, if you have watched the show and haven't yet read the book...what are you waiting for!?  The Thousand Dollar Tan Line picks up 10 years after high school graduation in the seedy beach town of Neptune, California.  After deciding that a career in law isn't for her Veronica goes back to her roots solving crime and helping people at her dad's PI company.  Luckily, the novel features all my favorite characters and witty charm that were featured in the novel.


I'm a huge fan of the band 'The Mountain Goats' so when I heard that the singer, John Darnielle, had written his first novel I was thrilled.  John Darnielle writes songs that have amazing in-depth stories so I was curious to what story he would choose to tell.  Wolf in White Van has a postmodern feel and reads like a memoir by the main character, Sean Phillips.  We aren't given too many details about our main character at first, but what you do know is that he is severely disfigured due to an incident that happened in his youth.  You don't get all the details of what causes Sean to become disfigured, but every re-telling of a story and every anecdote leaves hints and leads up to it.  

Isolate from society, Sean creates a role-playing game named 'Trace Italian' to cope.  In Trace Italian Sean sends players scenarios and instructions, and they send back their responses.  It's clear that their will be no winner to this game, and that it has evolved for Sean and his players to an alternate reality.  The novel also depicts societies obsession with pop culture and physical image.  If you're looking for an easy, straight-forward read this is NOT the book for you.  The narrator is often not reliable and sometimes it's difficult to separate what is real life and what is Trace Italian.  Those are all reasons why I love this novel so much.  


Wool by Hugh Howey (The Omnibus Edition):  I chose this specific edition because this series was originally written as 5 short stories and having the ability to read them seamlessly without having to make that mad-next-day bookstore-dash was such a luxury.  I LOVE a good dystopian novel but I HATE when they turn into f*cking romance novels.  THANK THE LAWD this was not one of those books.  Is there romance? Yes. Is it what pushes the plotline forward unnecessarily? No.  This book switches points of view quite frequently in a very refreshing way and the writing style is very "in your face".  This book follows NONE of the "traditional" character rules. Anyone can die. Everyone can die.  The beginning is a little slow but trust me, keep. reading.

Wool takes place in an underground Silo with hundreds of floors that is completely self-contained. Very few leave, no one comes back.  Expressing any sort of disdain against the Silo or even talking about the outside world is considered treasonous and if you're discovered, you'll be sent to Cleaning.  The few that leave the Silo are the Cleaners; the people sent to clean the windows of the Silo as punishment, so those within can get a "cleaner view" of the outside... a view that includes the bodies of generations of Cleaners in varying stages of decay.  Like I said, no one comes back.  But, things start changing in the Silo and there are whispers of a revolution.... that's when we meet Juliette (who is a total badass), a curious Mechanic from deep inside the Silo who becomes the new Sheriff and seeks to find out what's going on inside the Silo.


So, I've mentioned this before, but Kristin a/k/a Super Space Chick (your friendly neighborhood comic connoisseur) and I sometimes randomly instagram, tweet + email each other things with the other in mind.  In one of those emails, I found a comic recommendation; Lady Killer, released by Dark Horse Comics.  I saw the cover art and the cost (because come on y'all, comics are cheap) and IMMEDIATELY ordered everything Things From Another World had in stock (at the time, that was only the first two issues).  Since then I have ordered + pre-ordered the rest of the issues and started ordering the cover variants because LOOK AT THEM and not only are they beautiful, but the storyline is amazing!

Josie Schuller is a homemaker, mother + housewife but with a twist... she's also an assassin.  She's described as Betty Draper meets Hannibal Lector.  Her life gets progressively more complicated as her family becomes more demanding, her job more challenging and fellow male assassins constantly underestimate her. She is eventually asked to perform a "job" that tests the limits of her ability to be cold blooded (which she subsequently refuses to do) and she finds the tables turned and a target on her own back.  But who is it?  That's what she's got to find out!  In these pages, you'll find yourself laughing at slightly dark humor while gazing at all the blissful imagery of the early 1960's.  Have fun!

Katie: Top - Belk  |  Black Harlequin Jenny Skirt - Pinup Girl Clothing  |  Black Patent Heels - Modcloth (similar) Amanda: Teapot Cardigan c/o Doll Me Up Darling  |  Minne Brooch c/o Femme De Bloom  |  Red Skirt - vintage (similar)  |  Red Patent Heels - Modcloth (similar)


//  Currently reading: June - Less Than Hero by S. G. Browne and Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman, Amelia - Spider Gwen Comic Series - Jason Latour //  You can find us on GoodreadsJune and Amelia.
 
What are you currently reading?  Have any recommendations?
Have you read any of these books (or comics), what did you think?

19 comments:

  1. I couldn't help myself! I REALLY hope so too because I love them so much! I keep recommending them to everyone, I seriously can't thank you enough for sending these my way. I think Katie is going to review Spider Gwen next time! How are you liking those? (do you like how I just assume you've read them haha)

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  2. Wool sounds so good! I've never watched Veronica Mars so I can't really comment on that, but I didn't know there were books too, neat! I find myself with little time to read leisurely anymore but I just started to read The Handmaid's Tale again. Love that you've posted another bookworm entry, it's always nice to see! :)

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  3. Yes! I love love love Spider-Gwen! Gwen has always been my favorite character in Amazing Spider-Man so seeing her alive in an alt reality and as a superhero is like a dream come true!

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  4. I've had Wool sitting on my bookshelf unread for like, two years, and you've just reminded me why I bought it and that I still need to read it!

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  5. Oh my goodness, Lady Killer sounds like a lot of fun! My local store doesn't have the issues in stock but they do have preorder for when the book is released in Septmber so I'll have to be patient :-( I bought the VM book for my equally as obsessed best friend and she loved it, now I just need to borrow it back from her...Happy to see your book posts are back!

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  6. Oooh! So many things I want to pick up now. I should check out these titles at the library since I don't have that much cash to keep buying books lol. I am with you guys about digital books, I like being able to physically see where I am in a book.. something about seeing the pages grow that are on the other side of a bookmark is super satisfying.

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  7. The first issue of Lady Killer was so good but I am attempting to trade-wait to read the whole thing. Those covers, though! The writer & artist have a Tumblr with images they use for inspiration and I love checking that out, too.


    (New reader, first time commenter! Hello!)

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  8. I will definitely check out Wool. The Lady Killer comics have been on my list, and since I am going to the Las Vegas Comicon this weekend I will surely be picking them up.

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  9. I'm so happy you ladies brought bookworm back! I'm a librarian so I always love reading what people love reading :) I'm currently delving into The Dark Net by Jamie Bartlett. It's pretty dense but fascinating for all us tech savvy ladies.

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  10. Hi Sara!


    We are SO happy to hear that. We were worried people wouldn't be interested in the series, but it's always been our favorite. Oh--I'll have to look into it!


    xox

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  11. That's a fantastic time to pick them up! My husband just bought them for me since I hadn't yet read them so I'm excited to catch up.


    xox

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  12. Hi Meredith--so happy to have you here! We hope you enjoy our blog :)


    I never knew that! I just received Lady Killer from my husband for my birthday, and I'm so excited to delve into it. The covers are SO beautiful. I definitely want to get them framed.


    xox

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  13. LOL! The other day I was just thinking I need to get a library card for my closer library, because I miss borrowing books instead of paying for them. hah


    Same! I'll always choose the physical copy, but sometimes the digital books win in the convenience factor.


    xox

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  14. I'm sure it'll be September before you know it! I'm sure you'll love them.


    YAY! I LOVE it--you should definitely read it and let me know how you like it!


    xox

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  15. YES!!! My sister and I are so obsessed with LoVe. Logan is the perfect bad-boy, and I can't help but have a soft spot for him in my heart. Seriously--he's so adorable. No problem! They books are definitely worth a read so the LoVe can grow!


    xox

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  16. Let us know how you like it!


    xxo

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  17. It was a super cool addition to the tv series and movie. I was so happy when I found out the book series was being released!


    We are so happy to hear that! We were worried people would be bored by the bookworm posts!


    xox

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  18. yeah plus kindles are great for books that are over 400 pages. I wish I had a lot of text books for school on an e-reader when I was in college.

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  19. Mackenzie MurrayMay 1, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    I'm so glad that you brought back your bookworm posts!

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