The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doesher: Part two of Shakespeare does Star Wars. It was fine but I had the feeling the author didn't think he'd get to do part 2 and used up the really good, famous speeches in part 1. The Han/Leia relationship was great, very Benedick/Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing. a 5.
Rurouni Kenshin Volume 2 by Nobuhiro Watsuki: Manga. I liked the first volume better. I'm still not used to reading backwards so I think that pulls me out of the story sometimes. a 5.
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone: I loved this book! It is set in a really new, interesting fantasy world, great female characters, is a mystery with magic and some great twists. Can't recommend more. a 7.
Battling Boy by Paul Pope: A comic where a 13 year old Thor-like character is sent by his father to save a city from these monster things. His superpower is that he had a collection of tee-shirts that give him the abilities of what is on each shirt. Definitely the beginning of a series; much is introduced and little resolved. a 5 but I want more!
Bleach 3-in-1 by Tite Kubo: More Manga. I really just couldn't get into it. I really think this would be better on TV so I may try out the cartoon. a 4.
Saga volume 3 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples: I love this series! The art is gorgeous and the characters are just great. I trust Vaughan to take me anywhere he wants to go with this story. a 7.
Captain Marvel volume 1: In Pursuit of Flight, and Volume 2: Down: I read these and wrote the titles down but can hardly remember them. Captain Marvel is a female pilot with superpowers and these books deal with some aspects of her powers and her life as an Avenger and as a woman. I do remember kick-ass females, not just Captain Marvel but many women throughout the books. I'm seeing a theme in my recent reading here. a 5.
Sex Criminals Volume 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky: Definitely a weird book that deserves a much better review than this. It's about 2 people who, when they have sex, stop time. So they decide to rob banks to get money to save a library. It has a lot more to say than my little blurb implies. a 6. When's the next Hawkeye coming out?
The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell: another great one that deserves a better review. Set in Scotland, Marnie and Nelly are sisters whose parents are both deadbeats and drug addicts. They die at home at Christmas so the girls bury them in the yard. Marnie is 15 but if they can hide everything for a year she will be legally able to take care of Nelly, 12. Nelly loves old movies and literature and speaks as if she's from the 18th century while Marnie is a foul-mouthed smoking straight A student. Both girls are smart, and damaged, and too old for their ages. A neighbor, Lennie, realizes the girls are on their own but doesn't call the authorities, trying to take care of the girls as he can. This one really reminded me of We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I really liked this one, a 7.
I'll have another post up soon with the YA books I've been reading too.