Lady Mechanika: The Clockwork Assassin by M M Chen, Joe Benitez, Martin Montiel & Beth Sotelo

I have enjoyed each volume of Lady Mechanika so far, but must admit to also being a little disappointed that, after the first two lovely chunky volumes, the following episodes have been shorter and very much monster-of-the-week in content. Mostly my disappointment has been focused on the fact that there didn’t appear to be more than seven volumes published (I went ahead and ordered everything I could find when I finished The Lost Boys of West Abbey), which is definitely not enough space in which to conclude everything that’s been started. I’ve basically been anticipating the disappointment of an incomplete, … Continue reading Lady Mechanika: The Clockwork Assassin by M M Chen, Joe Benitez, Martin Montiel & Beth Sotelo

Fun for Monday: Mid-Year Check-in Tag

This tag was loads of fun to do last year, but I nearly forgot all about it this year, what with one thing and another. Thankfully, I’ve seen it doing the rounds, so while I’m a bit late, I’m here now. Hi! I’m kind of in a weird place at the moment. I’ve been taking it easy on the bloggy front and trying to sort out some work things and some personal things that have me feeling … a little blue. I’m hoping talking about books will get me out of my funk and maybe get me excited for some … Continue reading Fun for Monday: Mid-Year Check-in Tag

Lady Mechanika: The Lost Boys of West Abbey by M M Chen, Joe Benitez, Martin Montiel & Peter Steigerwald

Considering this is a fairly short and straightforward episode in the continuing Lady Mechanika series I had a ton of fun with it. We’re back in Mechanika City and Nika, Mr Lewis and the wonderful Winifred (who I was chuffed to see back and now consider a fixture) are investigating the deaths of a number of street children. We are also introduced to the rather delectable Inspector Singh and while (thankfully) there’s no suggestions of romance between him and Nika, they do look awfully pretty together on the page *sigh*. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to say much about this very slim … Continue reading Lady Mechanika: The Lost Boys of West Abbey by M M Chen, Joe Benitez, Martin Montiel & Peter Steigerwald

Lady Mechanika: The Tablet of Destinies by M M Chen, Joe Benitez, Martin Montiel & Mike Garcia

If the first volume of Lady Mechanika’s adventures The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse had Sherlock Holmesian undertones, this second volume is channelling Lara Croft in a big way. Returning from a hunting trip, Lady Mechanika finds a young friend of hers, Winifred, waiting with news of unusual goings-on that have her worried for the safety of her Grandfather, Professor Henry Thomsen, who is currently on an expedition in Africa. No sooner has the continent been mentioned than Nika and Fred are making their way there with the help of the mysterious Mr Jabir. Adventure ensues. This story has some … Continue reading Lady Mechanika: The Tablet of Destinies by M M Chen, Joe Benitez, Martin Montiel & Mike Garcia

2020 Progress Report

It’s an understatement to say that 2020 was a weird year, I know. In my own working world we closed our libraries in March not knowing when we were going to reopen. We were redeployed to the phones, calling the elderly and vulnerable first, then contact tracing later on. Right now I’m working shifts in a testing centre. Each lockdown and reopening has me more and more worried that this may be the slow death of libraries. Reading has, therefore, been a very welcome escape, as it has been for so many of us. And while nearly all of my … Continue reading 2020 Progress Report

Lady Mechanika: The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse by Joe Benitez & Peter Steigerwald

  Just take a look at the cover of this graphic novel for a moment. The kind of overt femininity seen here usually puts me right off, (mostly, it’s the boobs. I am suspicious of boobs). So when my husband received the first two volumes of Lady Mechanika as a Christmas gift I was absolutely uninterested. Took one look at the covers and made all sorts of judgements, the conclusion of which was that this series would not be for me. However, during lockdown, when I was struggling to read, I went foraging through our comics shelves and dug out … Continue reading Lady Mechanika: The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse by Joe Benitez & Peter Steigerwald

Fun for Monday: The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

The Orang-utan Librarian did this tag last week and I’m jumping aboard because I wanna do a tag to cheer myself up (it’s a grumpy Sunday over here as I’m writing – I’ve no idea why). So what better way to do that than with a half-year (already?!) squeeing over books read and books still to read? Here we go …     Best Book You’ve Read So Far This Year   It’s between Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho and This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. Don’t make me choose. … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag