graphic novels

Book Adventures Weekly, Issue 37

First, an unrelated news item: A map of Americans who do not have health coverage. The data is very interesting, but not at all surprising.

I don’t know about you, but I want to spend part of next weekend at the comic store picking up a few of these comic books starring superheroines. Add to that list the latest SagaLady Killer, Captain Marvel, Jem and the Holograms, Bitch Planet, and Princeless, and I’ve just spent two or three months’ allowance on comics and graphic novels.

It’s Lois McMaster Bujold’s birthday today.

In Science: “Luke” and “Leia” not at all alike – or, Pluto’s moon Charon leaks Ammonia.

BookRiot’s Deal of the Day is Sarah Maclean’s A Rogue By Any Other Name (Amazon Kindle, $1.99). We like Sarah Maclean.

The disappearance of the yeti – more modern living means fewer forays into the yeti’s traditional (legendary) territory.

In “Founding Father Fails,” author Sarah Vowell points out the human failings and inconsistencies of American history’s leading men.

That’s all for this week! As usual, tune in next week for Issue 38. Until then, happy reading.

Book Adventures Weekly, Issues 32

This week on the blog: On Tuesday, Jaclyn will be posting her review of Bloodforged by Erin Lindsey, and at the end of the week, I will review The Deathsniffer’s Assistant by Kate McIntyre.

As war between Alden and Oridia intensifies, King Erik must defend his kingdom from treachery and enemies on all sides—but the greatest danger lurks closer to home…(


The Deathsniffer’s Assistant is a fantasy novel with a unique pseudo-Edwardian setting and a murder mystery twist. What’s not to love about floating castles, eccentric lady detectives, and a protagonist who judges everyone by the quality of their shoes! (

deathsniffer's assistant


This week is Banned Books Week. These books that were challenged in U.S. schools last year. Yes, books are still being challenged and banned. Sherman Alexie’s novel (on this list) is heart-wrenching, eye-opening, and well worth a read.

This year’s theme for BBW is Young Adult books, and has case studies on their website. One of their case studies is about Persepolis, a book that’s long been in my “to-read” pile. Now might be the best time to finally move that over to the “read” pile.

The National Coalition Against Censorship has compiled five true tales of banned books.

Fantasy Faction describes their “table theory of characterization,” which is awesomely based on Firefly. Would your characters be interesting if they were just sitting around a table? has a funny article on geeks loving the same things for different reasons, and the awkward silences that can introduce into conversation.

Buzzfeed lists 26 nonfiction books it is very important that you read. According to them. Not having read much nonfiction, I can’t agree or argue. I will say The Sex Myth is on my to-read list. And I really want to read Severed, I just didn’t know it until this second. Actually, I just added about half of these to my to-read list.

From the Department of Random, Climate Division: Watch the Earth breathe. 


That’s all for this week! Tune in again next Monday for Issue 33.