Been a bit of weird week for me reading-wise. I started Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer on September 28th and realised a few days later that I had no idea where the book actually was. I usually keep the book I’m reading in the bag I take to work, since my commute over three hours long altogether, but it’s not there. Which means I took it out at some point but when? And where did I put it? I still haven’t found it. The whole thing inspired me to finish The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 1, though, which I started reading in June. I also started, but haven’t quite finished, The Seven: The Lives and Legacies of the Founding Fathers of the Irish Republic by Ruth Dudley Edwards (mostly because someone had the audacity to put a reservation on it and since I have the only copy in the library system I’ll actually need to bring it back on time now). Which is all well and good, but where the hell has Acceptance disappeared to?????
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 1: Squirrel Power – Ryan North & Erica Henderson. This was a belated birthday present from a friend and, as already mentioned, I started reading it in June, but never made it past the first issue. The thing is, I really loved the first issue. It was sweet and funny and clever and charming, and I think I was a bit afraid that it couldn’t maintain all of that. Luckily, when I picked it back up, the whole thing was awesome. Doreen aka Squirrel Girl is such a wonderfully optimistic character, something which is always welcome in the Marvel Universe. She’s off to start a new adventure at University, but finds that bank robbers and super villains keep getting in the way. That’s okay though, because Doreen’s gonna make it all work out, kicking ass in the morning, and attending orientation in the afternoon <3
These were a massive disappointment after the first two volumes. Although things started to get dark almost from the beginning, everything is now grim as fuck. There are no glimmers of humour, no flashes of fun, just death, destruction and so-so characterisation. Kadir becomes a cardboard cut-out villain, while Grant’s backstory makes him even more unlikeable, and revelations about Rebecca are so ridiculous and lazy that I rolled my eyes every time she was mentioned. It also features the absolutely terrible line from Grant to Rebecca of ‘You weren’t my mistress, I was yours!’. This is supposed to be a moment of earth-shattering revelation and instead is actually pretty offensive to women. So, yeah, not good reads. I could also have done with a bit less right-up-the-nostril artwork.