Quick review: Monstress #1 by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda

Monstress #1 by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda

Steampunk meets Kaiju in this original fantasy epic for mature readers, as young Maika risks everything to control her psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, placing her in the center of a devastating war between human and otherworldly forces.
This was a wonderful first issue and quite a long one (which is good) as well! 

Maika is one of the non-humans, a monster for humans. But is she really? I think this is going to focus a lot on the question: Who is the real monster here? People or the so called monsters. This issue introduces some great characters who are not black-and-white, which is something I always appreciate.
The artwork is absolutely beautiful and it fits the story so well!

I can't say that much about the story since this is only the first issue, but it seems this is going to be a complex, beautiful, and dark one. There is quite a lot of violence, but it's not there just to shock. I really enjoyed this introduction to new comics series and I hope all the new issues are going to be as great as this one. :)


Yule Giveaway

Happy Samhain! :) And congratulations to Mike, the winner of Samhain Giveaway! :)

For Yule I'm giving away a copy of Loitering With Intent by Muriel Spark. You can read my review here.
Giveaway is international and it ends on December 22. Please read the rules before entering. Good luck everyone! :)

There are 8 sabbats during the year and for every one I have a giveaway. As one sabbat is over the giveaway connected with it ends and a new one (connected with the next sabbat) starts. That’s why the giveaways last so long. I wanted continuity. Just to make things clear. :)
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Review: Loitering With Intent by Muriel Spark #ViragoBooks

Loitering With Intent by Muriel Spark

"How wonderful to be an artist and a woman in the twentieth century," Fleur Talbot rejoices. Happily loitering about London, c. 1949, with intent to gather material for her writing, Fleur finds a job "on the grubby edge of the literary world," as secretary to the peculiar Autobiographical Association. Mad egomaniacs, hilariously writing their memoirs in advance—or poor fools ensnared by a blackmailer? Rich material, in any case. But when its pompous director, Sir Quentin Oliver, steals the manuscript of Fleur's new novel, fiction begins to appropriate life. The association's members begin to act out scenes exactly as Fleur herself has already written them in her missing manuscript. And as they meet darkly funny, pre-visioned fates, where does art start or reality end?

This was my first book by Muriel Spark, so I had no idea what to expect. I really enjoyed it and if you like witty books and metafiction, there is a big chance you would enjoy this, too.

It's about writing and the creative process in general. How can we say whether art becomes reality, or whether it's the other way round. And can we tell the difference between reality and fiction? It's so cleverly crafted, it's an absolute joy to read it. Though I guess writers might enjoy this book more than other readers.
It discusses creative people and it shows that it is more acceptable when the artist is a man. But when it's a woman like Fleur? Shock horror! There are several moments in the book where Fleur's frowned upon (by other women) for wanting to be a writer and (shock horror again) has no intention to get married because of that. And you know, she's not really womanly and she's hard and blah blah blah. For me Fleur was a very likeable character, but then again I understand her well. She didn't seem hard to me, she actually did care for her friends (the real ones anyway) and was overall polite. I totally enjoyed her relationship with Sir Quentin's mother, Edwina. Like Fleur I think Edwina was one of the few real people in this book.
Also, this book reads like an autobiography and it makes me wonder: how much of this is based on Spark's real life and how much is just fiction?


September Book Haul #ViragoBooks