LGBTQIA+, YA

Timekeeper by Tara Sim | Book Review

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I really enjoyed this book. It’s Queer lit in an alternate Victorian era. There were some negatives I’ll go into first. It took a while for things to kick off when it came to action and the mystery. I also wasn’t interested in some of the mythology about time and earth creation. There were chapters dedicated to learning about Aetas and Oceania. I felt like those broke the flow too much, unfortunately. I see why the info may be necessary for a future book in the series but didn’t feel it fit in well here. I’m still giving it 4 stars even with those issues I had. I’ll tell you why.

I just really liked the main character.I liked following Danny on this journey. Danny is dealing with grief over a father he hasn’t completely lost. It’s like his father is gone but he still has hope that he will come back and wants to do something about it but he isn’t allowed to.That’s a lot to deal with. Grief is shown in different ways in this story.Danny, his mother, and other characters as well. Danny is in a frantic state through a lot of this then also has to deal with some PTSD from an accident prior to the start of the book. I also thought the portrayal of Danny’s PTSD was interesting. I just found his character compelling.

Danny and Colton’s relationship was really good. I thought their moments together were really strong and beautifully written. I couldn’t help but smile at the pairing. Those moments where their relationship was developing kept me reading. It got me to the point where the mystery and action really kick off. I didn’t mind as much that the mystery of the clock towers and protester and everything were slower because Danny and Colton filled the time to me. When the Aetas chapters broke the flow for me Danny and Colton fixed it.

I liked Daphne as a character. She’s dealing with being a minority in a way that not everyone can tell but then also ways that people see right away. She’s the only female clock mechanic we see in this book I believe. She has to deal with the way people will perceive her in her place of work and for her work. We only see a taste of it but you can tell these things happen a lot. She also is a biracial girl who can pass as white. You see her constantly trying to bridge gaps and struggle to do so. I almost wish we could see more of her story because I found her character really interesting.

After a certain point, I was really pulled in and wondering how will things end. Can they get a happily ever after out of this? Part of that was the love of the characters. The story also just happens to pick up after a certain event in the book. The stakes are raised and you have to know how things will end up.

I love the detail Tara Sim went into with this. This alternate 1875 London was really cool to read. The thought process that had to go into what kind of technological advances made sense in this world. Also, how women in society or homosexuality in society might be different or the same in some ways for this world. So, I loved reading the information on The Timekeeper’s London in the back of the book. Really puts some thoughts I had in perspective.

I liked a lot about this but I’m not sure where things will go in another book since I think there are plans for two more. The little hint at possible future problems at the end didn’t make me too excited for the next book honestly but I’ll probably still pick it up.

Comics, LGBTQIA+

Jughead Vol. 1 Review

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In the grand tradition of comic book reboots like ARCHIE VOL. 1, Archie Comics proudly presents… JUGHEAD VOL. 1–from the comics dream team of Chip Zdarsky (HOWARD THE DUCK) and Erica Henderson (THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL)!

Riverdale High provides a quality education and quality hot lunches, but when one of those is tampered with, JUGHEAD JONES swears vengeance! Well, I mean, he doesn’t “swear.” This is still Archie Comics after all.

This was just a really fun read. I think Jughead is just a great character. Personality and look. I want to know where he got his hat. I really want to know where he got his hat.

I really hope the Riverdale show does not brush Jughead’s sexuality under the rug. I want an asexual character on my tv screen.I hope it’s portrayed well.

Jughead’s fantasy sequences were something I think won’t work for everyone but worked for me. I loved the super teens sequence the most. The Game of Thrones like one wasn’t really my thing but I still liked it enough.

I love the art. Erica Henderson is becoming one of my favorite comic artists between this and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. I will end by saying that I really really want to know where he got his hat.

 

Book Reviews, Comics

El Deafo by Cece Bell

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I really enjoyed this book. Read it all in one go. It’s a cool middle-grade graphic novel that talks about the experience of one little girl that becomes deaf before they start school. It’s also based on the experiences of the authors. So it’s semi-autobiographical. I didn’t know that going into the book but it was really good.

Cece becomes deaf after having meningitis. This story is about Cece moving to a new place, going to a new school, and trying to make new friends. Cece has many challenges over the book as she gets used to the Phonic Ear she uses to help her hear in classes. Cece has many struggles while trying to make friends.I felt like Cece’s interactions with different kids around her age throughout the book were some of the most interesting moments for sure.

I absolutely loved that this is a story from a kid’s perspective. Cece seeing herself as a superhero was really great. Applying all the real life situations to her superhero self.It helps us learn about Cece and helps Cece try to figure out the people around her. It was really nice. I definitely recommend this book.

 

 

Comics, LGBTQIA+

Life With Kevin #1

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Kevin’s made his big move to the Big Apple! He’s got his own place, he’s starting his internship on the production team at a high-profile news channel — Kevin’s really got it all together… or does he? Will his first day in NYC be a dream come true or will the big city eat him alive? Kevin will learn one thing for sure: when it comes to city living, expect the unexpected!

I really liked this a lot. Kevin is out of college and has moved to New York city. He thinks his internship will lead him to where he wants to go with journalism. He’s young, excited, and naive. This comic was able to be fun and quite funny while Kevin was having the worse first day ever for a while there. Excited for the next one because of the hints of a possible romance for Kevin that I actually like. I was not a fan of Kevin’s boyfriend in the last Kevin Keller comic I read so I’m very happy he’s starting over in NYC. Fingers crossed for him. Hope I like the next comic.

 

Book Reviews

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

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Rock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd (and slept on their couches while touring). And when she left her record label to strike out on her own, she asked her fans to support her in making an album, leading to the world’s most successful music Kickstarter.

Even while Amanda is both celebrated and attacked for her fearlessness in asking for help, she finds that there are important things she cannot ask for-as a musician, as a friend, and as a wife. She learns that she isn’t alone in this, that so many people are afraid to ask for help, and it paralyzes their lives and relationships. In this groundbreaking book, she explores these barriers in her own life and in the lives of those around her, and discovers the emotional, philosophical, and practical aspects of THE ART OF ASKING.

Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet. THE ART OF ASKING will inspire readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.

I did not expect this book to make me cry. It did. it happened more than once. I really felt like Amanda Palmer let us into her life with this book. I cried. I laughed.Amanda Palmer has always had a great relationship with her fans and I feel like this book continued that.Amanda treats her fans like they are her friends and this felt like she was having an intimate conversation with all her friends about her life. About the choices she’s made and how she got where she is now. The stories she tells in this are so interesting to me. I was so pulled into every single one.

The stories she tells in this are so interesting to me.The writing was wonderful as well. I was so pulled into every single one. The entire message about asking for things that we need. Being able to take help when it’s offered. It was really beautiful and necessary for a lot of people. Including me. If you haven’t seen Amanda’s TED Talk then you should go watch it. Then pick up this book.

I feel like I’ve been lucky to find amazing memoirs like this in the last year. I wasn’t a memoir fan before then at all. This was utterly amazing. I highly recommend it.