Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Non-Fantasy Books
Top Ten Tuesday / June 4, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? I am modifying this weeks theme a bit because it asked for top 10 books of your favorite genre, but since so much of my blog is devoted to Fantasy, I decided to mix it up and list out 10 of my favorite non-Fantasy books…. of course some of these may be a bit of fantasy as well, but their predominant genre would be something else. And I won’t commit that these are my absolute favorite top 10, because well, I know I will think of books later that I wished I had included. That’s just the way it goes. But these are 10 of my favorite non-fantasy (which means for me they are all either horror or science fiction since I don’t read much else)

Graphic Novel Review: Saga Volume 4
4 Stars , Reviews / March 16, 2015

Well, I can say this is the first book I’ve read (graphic novel or other) that shows the struggles of a stay at home dad. Marko is caring for toddler Hazel, while Alana works as an actress. I still find it interesting how this series manages to include real world problems and conflicts while being quite a fantastical story of a fugitive family, finding a way to survive an live their life of forbidden love. It just lends a more grounded feel to the story. There’s more stress on Alana and Marko’s marriage as they both feel the pressure of keeping their identities secret, Alana has the stress of performing and working full time, Marko has the stress of raising Hazel, trying to keep her entertained, provide her with opportunities to grow and enjoy life, but also conceal who she is, binding her wings so no one can guess her mixed parentage. It’s a lot, and the stress shows. It is also so incredibly real and anyone with kids, or parents, or relationships, or coping mechanisms should be able to relate to some aspect of this story. The focus of this volume is really on struggles of their family, but we do…

Saga #3 by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)
4 Stars , Reviews / September 9, 2014

This is another fun volume in the Saga series.  I felt like it was maybe a little slower than the other two, but not in a bad way. They start with a quest to find romance novelist D. Oswald Heist. Why? Because evidently his books carry a much deeper meaning for careful readers. One that leads them to believe that the author will be able to help them. I like Heist, a recluse author with a jaded attitude and a good dose of wit (as seen in the included panel, that I thought some fellow reviewers may appreciate). He also accidentally anoints Hazel in a rather unorthodox and some what disgusting way. But he makes up for it by teaching her the actual message to be found in all good children’s stories! And it’s a good one!  We also get a more of Gwendolyn and Slave Girl, rounding out their characters. Gwnedolyn is no longer just a psycho ex-girlfriend, but a person. I love all the scenes with both her and Slave Girl (who is given a new name in this). There’s no Fard, no Sextillion and very little Prince Robot IV, so there were no moments of looking back to…

Saga #2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
4.5 Stars , Reviews / July 28, 2014

There are some things that just can’t be unseen. And this graphic novel definitely contains some pages that trigger that. Some of us delight at the unexpected, cringe worthy images that make you shiver and squirm in your seat. Make a face between laughing and like you just sucked on a lemon as you double check. Yeah, that image is what you thought it was. You know that type of picture. You look at it a bit longer than you think you should because your brain is still trying to come to terms with the image. You can’t quite decide what your reaction should be. It might be revulsive, but somehow there’s a level of fascination and just enjoyment at the unexpected that keeps you looking at it. Even if it means feeling like you need to go scrub your eyeballs and brain free of the sight. Well, theres a couple of those in here. So if you delight in that, than this book is for you. I also found that it’s easy to miss some of the images on the screens, I would almost (but not quite) forget to check out that detail of the story. It was another great…

Saga #1 by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)
4.5 Stars , Reviews / June 10, 2014

A little background about me and graphic novels: After reading Joe Hill’s books and absolutely loving them, several people recommended I read Locke & Key. I had never read a graphic novel prior to that (at least not for myself, I have a couple I have read to my kids), so I was hesitant. Anyway, I decided to give it a chance, and turns out, I loved it. I also found there are some days where reading a graphic novel is just preferable. But after I finished Locke & Key, I just wasn’t sure where to head next. After much debating, I decided to just head to my library and grab several that have been recommended or I have seen highly rated. Sometimes, I just love libraries. No investment, no commitment, I can just try them and see what I like with nothing to lose.   Now for my review: At the top of my pile was Saga#1. It’s hard to miss. There’s not too many covers out there featuring breastfeeding mothers. I have to admit, I was intrigued and decided to start with this one. And I was not disappointed. I love that this is not just a normal love story, but one…