The Geeks Are In Charge

Has anyone else noticed how so many of the things we were mocked for as teens are now popular?

May the Fourth is a new holiday…honoring this generation that grew up with the original Star Wars movies.

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Comic book characters are leading feature films – even the Anti-hero Deadpool has his own movie and video game!

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Merc with a mouth

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We are no longer freaks on the fringe, but rather the people in charge, decision makers.  We have raised the next generation on the cannon we loved and now it is coming back in spades!

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Blood Stain by Linda Sejic

The beginning of this story has me intrigued.  Elliot is an educated girl.  She holds a chemistry degree, what she can’t hold is a job.  Money is tight, in the wake of an unspecified hospital stay for her mother, Elliot and her sister, Clara (not to mention Elliot’s brother-in-law and new nephew) are going to have to cut some serious corners.  Big corners for a gaming girl like Elliot, like internet access.  No internet service is the straw that breaks the camel’s back and pushes Elliot to work for the creepy doctor in what appears to be a haunted mansion.  Elliot wants to run, but she can’t go home, she needs this job too much.  I am curious to see how the cast of characters interacts in the next instalment.

*Review copy provided by Image comics*

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Character, driven by David Lubar

This book is so much fun, especially for those of us that love word play.  With chapter titles like;

She Walks In, Beauty

Inter Lewd

A Band, End All Hope

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readers know they are in for verbal gymnastics!

Our protagonist, Cliff, alternates between telling us the story and talking directly to the readers.  I felt like these tangential interludes were folded in well and often with humor.

What else is worth mentioning?  Robert’s going to Rutgers next year to study business. Butch is going to Syracuse to study theater.  Robert is about four inches taller than I am.  Buth is a head shorter.  I am exactly as tall as myself. Except when I slouch.

  • p.29

“‘How would you let a girl know you liked her?’ I asked.

He shrugged and blushed at the same time. ‘I’d kiss her.’

‘You can’t just kiss a girl,’ I said.

‘Course not.’ He gave me a look like I was an idiot. ‘You have to ask permission.’

‘Good point,’ I said.

‘Nobody has the right to kiss you without permission,’ Jimby said…

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This book kept me laughing with the familiar descriptions of the wild teenage male, in the hostile environment of high school.

Juggling the sodas as I threaded through the crowd, I watched Paul put his arms out.  Shelly, my date, my future partner in passion, fell into his embrace and merged with him.  Flesh turned fluid.  They gyrated, making love with their clothes on as their hands kneaded and caressed each other’s bodies.

I stood, feeling the weight of the soda in its waxed cardboard cups.  The seat from the humid air condensed on the outside of the cups and rolled across the backs of my hands, as if my fists were weeping.

They danced.

I, still the wallflower, died a little.  Not becasue a girl I’d lusted after seemed to be dropping me.  Okay, yeah, because of that, too.  But also because my friend didn’t hesitate to snatch away my happiness.  In five years, I’d asked out two girls.  At this rate, I’d go on my next date in the middle of college.  And then lose thaat girl to a professor.

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This is a great book for older teens! * Spoiler…sex does happen.

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The Girl in the Well is Me by Karen Rivers

Stories depend on several elements including; character(s), plot, and setting.  This story doesn’t let itself be limited or contained by the setting – a narrow well. Author Karen Rivers creates a story from the internal dialogue of the main character, Kammie. Kammie’s action is strictly limited because she is stuck in an abandon well. She is gifted with poignant observations of the world around her.

For example, she laments the change in her living situation with these words, “We don’t even have a bathtub in our new place, only a really terrible, rust-dripping shower that smells like cat pee and broken hearts.” (p. 32) and the trailer they now live in is decorated completely with orange, “I don’t know for sure, but I’m pretty certain that orange is the official color of despair.” (p.87)

 

The Beauty by Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley, John Rauch

In a society that is obsessed with beauty, to the point that our nation spends $55 billion annually on cosmetics, and cosmetic sergons charge roughly $83,705 annually for invasive and non-invasive proceedures, how great would the temptation be a contract a disease that will make you beautiful?

This is the premiss for the story line of the graphic novel series, The Beauty. At first, the sexually transmitted disease dubbed, “the Beauty”, causes carriers only the minor discomfort of a constant low-grade fever.  The other ‘symptoms’ of the disease include weight loss, hair thickening and those visual appealing changes that are sought through cosmetics and surgery.   The Beauty pandemic is accelerated by the desire of people to be attractive, as well as the desire for people to have sex with attractive people.  Unfortunately, hosts of this disease are internally combusting, and this information is being covered up by those with business interests in extending the life of the hosts without curing the disease.

Big pharma plus world wide pandemic plus two street tough agents trying to do the right thing make for a riviting roller coaster of a story!  This gritty graphic novel is for mature audiences.  The Beauty series is well written and presents multidementional characters (as well as a few standard tropes – a bad guy we can all hate) the artwork is well rendered and complements the dialouge.

I would reccomend this for fans of crime fiction, mystery, X-files duos like Scully and Mulder.

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Trollhunters by Guillermo Del Toro And Daniel Kraus

Trollhunters melds fantasy and reality showing horrors in both realms as well as redeeming qualities, like friendship, caring, and family solidarity.  The authors provide some fabulous chapter starts to draw readers in…
“You are food.” (Prologue)
“Math was out to kill me.” (Chapter 4)
“Few Fridays had been longer.” (Chapter 7)

“I spent less than twenty minutes at home before I left, and every one of them was upsetting.” (Chapter 13)

This is a wonderful adventure appropriate for tweens and teens and although the main protagonist is male, his female love interest is no slouch mentally or physically.  The lore of the troll is well integrated and the story leaves readers poised for the next installment.