Oops, I forgot to do this earlier this month. Well, here’s what I read in February.
Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips – So, this book seemed super interesting to me. Like, it’s got the Greek gods in modern day London and they are… Behaving Badly. I mean, the cover implies that there is going to be some bad behavior (no kinkshaming, just stating the implication). There are a few pretty graphic sex scenes, but that’s really about it for the cover’s bad behavior implication. Now, I don’t normally go into huge plot descriptions in my digests, but I have to explain a lot to adequately express my feelings about this book. The biggest bad behavior comes from Apollo who is bored and sad and angry and gets hit by Eros’ arrow and falls in love with a woman, Alice, who he sees while performing at some weird reality show. Also, he’s not allowed to hurt humans because he made a pledge on the River Styx, this is important, I swear. I was on board with this book. I thought it was a lot of fun and a good change of pace. I was really enjoying it. Until, suddenly, Apollo, our main character, the person who we are supposed to be rooting for is like “Would I cause you harm by raping you?” And I’m like “OKAY BUDDY, NOT OKAY.” Apollo gets mad about this and convinces his dad Zeus that Alice is actually trying to take Zeus’ power so Zeus kills her.
Here is where the story’s redemption comes in. Since Apollo was behind the murder, he is stripped of his power by Styx and the sun just straight up disappears. Neil, Alice’s boyfriend, is then tasked by Athena to go to the underworld and save Alice, reversing the curse and saving the world. It literally goes from 0 to 100 very quick. Overall, it was a fun read, but that comment in the middle really took away a lot of my enjoyment. 3/5, 6/10
Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Free Fall by Alex Segura – Okay, you doofuses, let me get one thing straight: This is not a retcon of Poe’s past. It’s just a story that we haven’t heard before. I really don’t understand where all of this whole “diSnEy ReTcOn GaRbAGe” came from. Like, we saw some of Poe’s story in his comic series, not all of it. Good lord. ANYWAY, this book basically follows Poe’s sixteen year old drama of being a spice runner. We get to learn more about Zorri and BABU FRIK IS BACK BABY. That’s genuinely all you need to know. It was really well written and a lot of fun. I’ve said it before and I know I will keep saying it, but the Star Wars YA books are some of the best Star Wars fiction out there. I mean out of everything. Including the movies. I swear. 5/5, 9/10.
Radicals, Volume 1, edited by Meredith Stabel and Zachary Turpin – This was a Netgalley book that I never got around to reviewing. Although, I’m not really sure what all I would say about it. It’s a collection of prose, poetry, and drama from radical American women. You’ve got some Chopin, some Lazarus, some Gilman, lots of well known literary women from America. However, what is cool about it is how none of these works are popular. None of them are their most famous work. Because all of these works show women as powerful figures, as actual beings with lots of ideas and unique sexualities. I really enjoyed this, it took me back to when I would have to do anthology stuff during college. Pick up this and the second volume from your favorite indie on June 15, 2021. 4/5, 8/10.
Sex Object by Jessica Valenti – Speaking of powerful women, Jessica Valenti is a FORCE. This is a memoir, a series of personal essays. A lot of her work is about other people with stories about herself interspersed within the narrative, but this is a straight up memoir. As usual, she is engaging, very funny, and can really tell a good story. Her writing is incredible, so personal and raw. She also included am Endnotes section of emails that she has received over the years and good goddamn that was hard to read. Highly recommended. 5/5, 10/10.
Light month in February, but there were some pretty good ones in that batch. I am planning on continuing with RADICAL READING soon. I just haven’t had a whole lot of time to do it. Anyway, see you next time!
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