Last year just before Halloween I got to devour Broken Monsters which was nothing short of stunning. The way she treated Detroit like a haunted house, a ruin of a town like the ruin of bodies the serial killer left standing in for something greater and more grisly. If you haven’t read it yet you need to. From that preamble I assume you can tell I was excited to pick up The Shining Girls.
The Shining Girls is about a time traveling serial killer but it’s mostly about vulnerable women. The girls on the edge, who seemingly put themselves in harms way because most people don’t realize that to be female is to constantly be in harms way. All of the “victims” in Beukes book are women pushing social norms, whither that means being an abortionist or a social worker, a scientist or a showgirl. The sad thing is that as I was reading I didn’t notice that motif, I just saw the type of women killed everyday because women are killed everyday. Sometimes for something as small as ignoring a cat call. Beukes intentionally wanted call attention to issues of violence against women, partially because, like most people, she knew a victim of domestic violence.
I know I’m late to the ballgame with this one but when my little sister gave me this one for Christmas I had no choice but to sit down and promptly read the whole thing. Even if most of the family was in the middle of a game of Mafia De Cuba.
Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis are people to watch. The Lumberjanes are cartoony without being overly cute. It’s like if Adventure Time went to a girl scout summer camp.
While this comic is certainly meant for a younger audience reading it as an adult was still a good use of my time. It’s one of those fast reads that makes a sick day a little less gloomy.
Lumberjanes vol.1 is my first read of 2016 (good start I’d say) from 2015 I still need to finish:
Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren
The Shining Girls by Lauren Burkes
I also stated Anna Karenina because fuck it, gotta read the classics sometime right?
I want to read a hundred books this year because I like reading more than interacting with people on the subway.
1 book down 99 more to go.
TattooDave you’ve done good work. Check out his store if this gives you the giggles.
In case you were unaware Sir Christopher Lee was truly a Bad Ass Mother Fucker To Be Idolized. He shall be missed. Let’s raise a glass to a life well and fully lived.