Swashbuckling Adventure with “Delilah Dirk”

17261174.jpgDelilah Dirk & the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff
First Second: August 27, 2013
Genre: Adventure; Historical Fiction
Source: Free From Library

I’d go there again!

Delilah Dirk is a graphic novel that has been on my radar for a while. I loved the idea of an adventurous young woman taking her sidekick on a wild ride. The fact that Delilah Dirk is also a historical graphic novel, also very much caught my eye.

Set in 1805, Constantinople, Mr. Selim is a lieutenant in the Turkish Army, and he’s arguably not a very good one, preferring calm interspersed with cups of tea. When Miss Dirk is arrested and he comes into contact with her as one of his jailers, Selim is reluctantly intrigued. When Delilah stages a explosive escape and Selim is thought to be complicit, he has no other choice but to join Delilah in her adventures despite his unadventurous spirit. (more…)


Book Adventures Weekly: Issue 15

Orbit Books’ Creative Director explains how being a woman informs her approach to creating cover art. And the difference between being sexual and sexualized. Some of the covers shown… well, I would read them just because of the cover.

I kind of want to leave this issue right there, but read on for a few more links.

Tor.com’s list of Five Duelists You Should Never Challenge to a Fight (in other words, a short list of swashbuckling books). And yes, Inigo Montoya features!

20 bands that took their name from classical literature, on Mental Floss

And finally, for the home improvement reader (or secret passageway-loving reader): 10 Drool-worthy secret passageways, from Book Riot. So sexy.

Sword-Wielding Heroines: A Reader’s Map

It’s been a while since we’ve done a reader’s map at Spicy Nodes. Today, you can interact with a map of books (mostly fantasy) that feature women who wield swords. There’s a Celtic fantasy series, several books about mercenaries, “sword and sorcery” books, an alternate fantasy, and of course, romantic fantasies.

Click the image below to be taken to the interactive map.

Do you know of any other books with swashbuckling, bada$$ women who wield swords? Share in the comments and I’ll add them to the map!