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A to Z Book Tag

I first found this book tag on the blog Between The Shelves, and decided it would be a fun way to close out the year for me!

A: Author You’ve Read the Most Books From

I have read the most John Sandford novels, that feature a Minnesota detective Lucas Davenport in books that always have the word Prey in the title. I also have read all the books for his spin-off character Virgil Flowers, so I have read 40+ books by this author and look forward to his almost yearly new books

B: Best Sequel Ever

The Locke & Key series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez- all six volumes were strong

C: Currently Reading

A Time For Mercy by John Grisham

D: Drink of Choice While Reading

White wine

E: E-Reader or Physical Book

Physical book- 100%

F: Fiction Character You Would Have Dated in High School

Park Sheridan from the YA novel Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, for he was so kind and decent

G: Glad You Gave This Book a Chance

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid- it was the first book of hers that I read that led me to Malibu Rising and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and I loved them all

H: Hidden Gem Book

The podcast LeVar Burton Reads is filled with short story gems!

I: Important Moment in Your Reading Life

My mom took me to the library regularly as a child and let me check out as many books as I wanted. I saw her prioritizing reading, so I did too

J: Just Finished

Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards- a thriller that wasn’t very thrilling

K: Kind of Books You Won’t Read

I rarely read romances. While I enjoy romances in stories I read, I don’t want it to be the only focus

L: Longest Book You’ve Ever Read

I can’t remember, but Goodreads says The Toll at 625 pages by Neil Shusterman was my longest this year

M: Minor Book Hangover Because of

The Invincible series. I had read volume one back in 2016 but didn’t pick up the rest of the series until this year. Then I read volumes 2-12 over the course of this summer and fall, immersing myself in the subversive superhero world

N: Number of Bookcases You Own

One, but additional books piled everywhere!

O: One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times

The Wedding by Dorothy West

P: Preferred Place to Read

In bed or in the armchair in my family room

Q: Quote that Inspires You/Gave You All the Feels

“We who live in quiet places have the opportunity to become acquainted with ourselves, to think our own thoughts and live our own lives in a way that is not possible for those keeping up with the crowd” by Laura Ingalls Wilder

R: Reading Regret

I rarely give up on books, and end up slogging through them even when I should give up and not waste my time on them

S: Series You’ve Started and Need to Finish

Manifest Destiny, a graphic novel series by Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts that reimagines the Lewis & Clark expedition, is coming to a close and I want to finish the last volume when it comes out in March

T: Three of Your All Time Favorite Books

A Parchment of Leaves by Silas House, My Old True Love by Sheila Kay Adams and A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck

U: Unapologetic Fangirl For

Graphic Novels!

V: Very Excited for This Release

Volume Ten of Saga. Fans have been waiting for years for this graphic novel series to resume

W: Worst Bookish Habits

Having three to five books going at once

X: X Marks the Spot! 27th Book on Your Bookshelf

A Journey Through DeKalb County by Stephen J. Bigolin (local IL history book)

Y: Your Latest Book Purchase

I’m a teen librarian, and I just placed an order yesterday for January releases of YA books for my library!

Z: ZZZ Snatched Book: The Last Book that Kept You Up Too Late

In The Wild Light by Jeff Zentner- a great coming of age novel that felt very authentic and honored the past and their families of the two Appalachian teens who were trying to better themselves

2021 was another challenging year, but I hope you had some great reads to help get you through it. May 2022 be your best year yet!

-Nancy

Best Reads of 2021

It’s the post you look forward to all year – Nancy and Kathleen’s best reads! Here are GraphicNovelty²’s Top 10 Reads of 2021, in no particular order.

Kathleen: I surprised myself by reading a lot of nonfiction graphic novels this year – and happening upon so many GOOD ones. The first on my list is Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio. On Monday, May 4th, 1970, the National Guard opened fire on Kent State students peacefully protesting the Vietnam War. Thirteen seconds and sixty-seven shots later, the nation was left shaken. Creator Derf Backderf recreated the last days of the four students who died through interviews, eyewitness accounts, and archival materials. All illustrations are in black and white, in a style reminiscent of cartoons and comic strips popular at the time, but without being over the top. Everything available to us for this story was laid out very clearly and carefully, yet readers can’t help but be compelled to look for answers that aren’t there – due to willful silence or simply being lost to time.

Nancy: Marvels by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross was my very first read of 2021 and I loved it and mentioned that it might make the Top 10 list, and it did! This amazing story gives the perspective of everyday people living in a world populated with superheroes, villains and mutants. We see the world through their eyes as they try to make sense of the incredible things happening around them. Beginning in 1939, we first meet Phil Sheldon a young photojournalist and his friend Jonah Jameson who are amazed when superheroes begin to appear in New York City. The populace is at first scared and then in awe of these costumed avengers and soon admires them as they help fight for American freedom in World War II. But as the decades go by, in a 35-year span, perception of them waxes and wanes. The Fantastic Four are beloved for awhile but later pilloried. Later, the poor mutants get the brunt of the public’s hate. The photo-realism art style was outstanding and strengthened the narrative.

Kathleen: Mr. Freeze is my favorite villain, so imagine my delight when the YA graphic novel Victor & Nora: A Gotham Love Story was announced. Author Lauren Myracle and artist Isaac Goodheart reunite to present this tale of a young Victor and Nora. How do two teenagers meet in Gotham? The answer is a cemetery, of course. Both teenagers are mourning someone, or their future selves, but in different ways. Victor wants to cheat death by developing technology to stop it completely, but Nora wants to live what little time she has left before death by disease takes her. While at first the art and colors separate Victor into blues and Nora into pinks and oranges, as they become closer, the colors blend and become purple-y. What made it stand out for me was the compelling dialogue and story that stood so well on its’ own, it could have been unrelated to the Batman mythos and still worked.

Nancy: Harleen by Stjepan Šejić proves the adage, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” in this origin story of Harley Quinn, formally Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, who meant to reform Joker and instead became his lover. Fans of this anti-hero will love this self-contained story about her downfall. I will definitely be looking for more work from Šejić who is both author and illustrator of this excellent graphic novel.

Kathleen: The best memoir I’ve read this year was And Now I Spill the Family Secrets by Margaret Kimball. Her mother’s suicide attempt on Mother’s Day 1988 is something her family simply does not talk about. Starting with this event, Kimball traces her family history backwards and forwards in order to understand how prevalent mental illness is in her family and how it affected her and her relationships with her family going forward. While a tough read on it’s own, the presentation intentionally made it more uncomfortable. The black and white illustrations are almost exclusively of scenery: a room in a house, the exterior of a building, or recreations of diary entries, family photos, and stills from family movies. There is no narrator to serve as a buffer between the reader and Kimball’s dirty laundry. We are simply left alone in a room with only her words to guide us. Easily the best presentation I’ve seen all year.

Nancy: Back in 2016 I read the first volume of Invincible by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker & Ryan Ottley, and really enjoyed it, but it took the new animated series on Amazon Prime to get me to read volumes 2-12 this year. Why did I wait so long?! So this entry is more an ode to the entire series, rather than just one volume of it. The series took familiar superhero tropes and twisted them in unusual and bloody ways with fresh commentary on issues going on in our own world but adapted into the Invincible universe. 

Kathleen: Let’s Talk About It: The Teen’s Guide to Sex, Relationships, and Being a Human scoffs at the tired, boring, and uncomfortable way of sex education for a YA audience. Creators Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan address male and female reproductive anatomy, how sex works, and how to avoid STIs, sure. But they also talk about SO much more: gender and sexual identities and how to start defining yourself, how to ask someone out, how to talk to your partner about your sexual needs, the different forms masturbation can take, how to more positively see your body (and yourself!), and how to deal with difficult emotions that love and sex can bring up. Each chapter dealt with one of these topics, or a few closely related ones. Each chapter was also presented as a group of 2-4 highly diverse teens or young adults speaking with each other, reinforcing body positivity and breaking the stigma of never talking about sex with your peers.

Nancy: I loved Brazen! 29 stories of kick-ass women are shared- spanning centuries and continents. Author and illustrator Pénélope Bagieu gave each woman three to five pages and would start their story at their birth before proceeding chronologically and would touch on what made each woman so unique. I applaud the diversity found within, for while you might recognize a few names, most will be unknown to readers. Bagieu choose an Apache warrior, a Chinese empress, an astronaut, a volcanologist, a Greek gynecologist, athletes, singers, painters- even a bearded lady!

Kathleen: In My Last Summer with Cass, creator Mark Crilley shows us two girls who grow up, then apart, and maybe back together again through their art. Megan and Cass meet up for one last summer in New York City before their first year of college. They haven’t seen each other since they were little and their families used to vacation together in Michigan. They rekindle their shared creative spark and plan to exhibit their work in a real art gallery. Bold Cass pushes the more reserved Megan to take chances, but when does her critique go too far? This story of two friends trying to fix what broke between them was heart-wrenching and hopeful at the same time. The artwork appeared to be rendered in pastel or charcoal pencils, perfectly reinforcing the prevalent theme of reinvention.

Nancy: Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? is a new graphic novel about Eddie Gein who was a necrophile serial killer who inspired Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Silence of the Lambs! This true-crime story was horrifying, yet of course sickly fascinating. Established author Harold Schechter who has written a previous book about Gein is paired with artist Eric Powell, and they proved to be a superb team to tell this tale. Darkly disturbing, and scarier because it is based on facts, this story is not to be missed for true-crime aficionados!

It was tough to choose our 2021 best reads! It seems roles were flipped this year, with Nancy having multiple excellent superhero comics on her list, and Kathleen only having one in favor of nonfiction and memoirs 😉 Thank you once again for another great year. Have a wonderful and safe holiday season!

– Nancy & Kathleen

The Orphan King (Vol. 1)

Young Prince Kaidan is sent away to study with his Aunt Taleissa on the Isle of Women. He is bestowed the great sword Taliburn before he’s sent away as a reminder of his birthright. Upon returning home, he’s found his whole kingdom in ruins and himself on the run from the Knights of Vermillion. They want to hunt him down, as his resurfacing is a threat to the empire of Scathelocke. Kaidan, now passing himself off as Kay, is taken in by a band of people living in the forest. Anne, Robert, and Sturdy John seem like decent people… but are they truly on his side? With everyone hunting for him, who can he possibly trust?

I was pretty excited for this one, and it did not disappoint. It’s a riotous, rollicking adventure that doesn’t let up on the gas – yet, it’s pretty emotional too. Flashbacks with threads of Kaidan wanting to live up to his parents’ expectations, and rivalries from both his childhood in the kingdom and his time on the Isle of Women, have the potential to be explored in later volumes.

The tone was overall cinematic in scope, from both a writing standpoint as an action-oriented character study, and in the art. There is a phenomenal sense of place stemming from the medieval backgrounds and character designs. The colors are muted, with blues and greens dominating, further evoking the feeling of medieval England. Characters are drawn with emphasis on movement, with sharp expressions and angular linework.

Though this graphic novel is intended for middle-grade and YA audiences, this is one epic Arthurian retelling that folks of all ages can enjoy. I’m highly looking forward to the next volume.

– Kathleen

Chin-Tanner, Tyler, and James Boyle. The Orphan King (Vol. 1). 2021.

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The Twentieth Century

“Americans today are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism in the twentieth century. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so.” -Timothy Snyder, from On Tyranny

In this graphic novel, author Timothy Snyder who is a history professor at Yale has adapted his book of essays from 2017, into an illustrated edition aided by the artist Nora Krug. Obviously distraught over Trump’s presidency (although he refuses to name him in the book), he shares twenty lessons, that are meant to be a call to arms.

He ties the horrors of corrupt governments from the past as a warning and as a guide to resistance. Each of his lessons is expanded upon with examples of governments that fooled, bamboozled, or forced their citizens into subservience. Best read in small chunks, it will give readers a chance to think about his valid points.

Krug’s work is subversive and fragmentary- she combines several mediums of art into a unique collage of images on each page. Her watercolor and pencil art reminds me of Eastern European folk art (which is a nod that many of the governments mentioned are from that region), and she combines that with photographs and scrapbook-type mementos. It all adds to Snyder’s message of fighting oppression, and yes, tyranny. This was a sobering read as we close out the year, but a thoughtful one that is well worth your time.

-Nancy

Clean Room (Vol. 1): Immaculate Conception

Chloe Pierce’s fiance has committed suicide, leaving behind a self-help book as his only clue. Chloe spirals in her grief and become hospitalized herself. She comes to with the realization that in order to unravel the mystery of Philip’s death, she needs to investigate the author of the book: Astrid Mueller. She’s become THE self-help person to most of the world, including Hollywood. Her biggest success story is a former child actor whom she helped to get clean. As a reporter, Chloe has the clearance to get into her headquarters in Chicago and demand an audience with her. However, after seeing the fabled and feared “Clean Room,” it’s clear that Astrid and her company are not what they seem. The suicide of the child actor, under the same circumstances as Philip, has not only Chloe but the rest of the world questioning what it is Astrid actually does.

Horror is not usually a genre I read. I picked this up because Gail Simone co-wrote it with Jon Davis-Hunt, and as an extra bonus, Jenny Frisson created the covers. There’s a great start here for a commentary on the dangers of cults preying on faith and religion in a supernatural horror setting. The events here in the first volume are wrapped up nicely, yet open-ended enough to intrigue readers into the second volume.

The art was totally gross… but in a good way that befits the story and it’s creepy, ominous, and antagonistic tone. There is nice contrast between the inside of Astrid’s headquarters (sterile colors and precise linework) and the outside world (muddier colors and messier lines) that I appreciated.

I gotta say, it was entertaining enough for me to get through with (relative) ease, but it’s not one I’ll be continuing. There’s a reason I don’t read horror – I’m a certified scaredy cat – and it seems not even the great Gail Simone can convert me =P

– Kathleen

Simone, Gail, Jon Davies-Hunt, and Quinton Winter. Clean Room (Vol. 1): Immaculate Conception. 2016.

Wastelanders: Hawkeye podcast

“Thirty years ago, the villains of the world rose up and killed all the heroes. Well, all the heroes that mattered. The sole survivor of the Avengers, Hawkeye is now a sideshow freak, re-living the worst day of his life for paying audiences. When the Brotherhood Traveling Circus, Carnival and Ringmaster’s Road Show arrives at the Kingdom, Hawkeye gets an unexpected visitor.”

This is the second season in a podcast series about an apocalyptic world that started off with Star-Lord, and will also include Black Widow and Wolverine. Will these scattered heroes be able to find one another and rise up against the villains who took over the world?

Star Attraction

We are introduced to a new section of the Wastelanders world in the southwest, this time in the kingdom ruled by Zemo. Improbably, we discover a blinded Hawkeye (Clint) is the star attraction in a traveling circus, which makes him relive the day that the heroes fell to the villains, leaving him the only Avenger left. The smarmy ringmaster’s narration gives us background on the last few decades, and an edgy teenage girl watches the show in disgust. In the concluding minutes of the episode, we learn her name is Ash and she is the estranged daughter of Hawkeye. After finding him, she asks her poppa if he will help her kill someone for revenge.

Cards Up

Ash explains why she has sought her father out after ten years apart, she wants vengeance against someone who killed her high school best friend. She has figured out that someone in the circus is selling a drug that is dangerous and led to Max’s death in an explosion. Clint, of course, doesn’t want to help her become a killer, and we get some backstory on why he left her years ago. Details are such that you are not sure if she is adopted, and who her birth mother is.

School’s Out

Clint teaches Ash how to shoot, and baits her, pushing her to the edge, but she proves her mettle. We get a bit of Ash’s past, from her loving adoptive mother Bobbi, formally known as Mockingbird, to her high school life and romance with Max. We also learn a secret about Hawkeye and his long wait for revenge.

Trick Shot

It is revealed who Ash’s biological mother is, and I’m not surprised. She says something enraging to Bobbi, and also clues her into Clint’s hunt for members of the double-crossing Thunderbolts. It was interesting to learn more about the Thunderbolts, a sometimes villain/sometimes hero group that were mutants, and I ended up doing some internet sleuthing to find out more about them.

Leap of Faith

A bit of a filler episode- we get some backstory on some of the other circus performers and for Kate Bishop. Everyone is rude and sarcastic to each other and their banter annoyed me, plus I am not warming to Ash as a petulant teen.

Straight to the Heart

Kate is pissing me off! While she might be Ash’s biological mother, she is not her “real” mom, Bobbi is 100%. Kate just wants to sweep in and have Ash fall into her arms, but that’s not how it works. While she wants to throw Clint under the bus with the morally grey things he does, she is the one who choose Clint and Bobbi to raise Ash, whose full name is Natasha Cassandra Bishop Jones (nice shout out to Natasha Romanoff & Cassandra Lang). There was some food for thought in this episode- as Clint’s thirst for justice and consequences does make him a killer, and he choose that life over raising Ash with his wife Bobbi- yet, I could see the validity of his arguments.

Two Graves

“Seek revenge and you should dig two graves, one for yourself” proves true, as Ash discovers someone who she thought dead is alive, and that Clint’s sabotage runs deep. Has he gone too far in his quest for vengeance?

Shot in the Back

Kate and Clint continue to bicker because it is obvious that Clint has something huge planned for the next day when Zemo will be visiting the circus, and Kate hopes to dissuade him. Ash is back after learning what Junior is up to and she continues with being a hot head herself. I hate to say it, but I dislike almost everyone except for Bobbi.

Bullseye

The day has come for the circus performance with Zemo in attendance. Clint is trying to stay the course despite pleas from Bobbi, Kate and Ash to stop, plus details are slipping out of his control. I do appreciate that there are some characters in the circus that are morally grey, who make bad decisions for their own ease but don’t seem like evil people.

Justice is Blind

The ending was predictable- Clint came to realize blind vengeance benefits no one. There is a surprise about Zemo, and a change of leadership occurs. This will now put cracks in the villains’ hold across the former USA, making it easier to overthrow in the future. I thought there would be a lead-in to the next season, but nothing new was revealed in the final end credits.

While I didn’t engage with this season as much as the one about Star-Lord, or some other Marvel podcasts, I am still very much invested in this series and look forward to the next few seasons!

-Nancy

Written by J. Holtman and directed by Rachel Chavkin

Voice Cast:

Stephen Lang as Hawkeye

Sasha Lane as Ash

Michelle Hurd as Bobbi

Tracie Thoms as Kate

Bobby Moreno as Junior

Joe Morton as Ringmaster

Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio- Take Two

As a fan of Derf Backderf’s prior graphic novels (My Friend Dahmer, Trashed & Punk Rocks and Trailer Parks), I knew I wanted to read his newest book that gives a thorough look at the May 4th, 1970 tragedy at Kent State University in Ohio. Kathleen first reviewed this book back in February, saying it will most likely be on her top 2021 list, but I too wanted to give it a read.

Backderf recreates the days leading up to the shooting and we are introduced to four students- Allison Beth Krause, 19, Jeffrey Glenn Miller, 20, Sandra Lee Scheuer, 20, William Knox Schroeder, 19- knowing the entire time they will die. He inserts himself into the story briefly, for as a child he lived nearby and saw the National Guard protecting his hometown while the Teamsters Union was on strike. It would be some of these guards that were then deployed to Kent State when tensions arose. With the Vietnam War ongoing, students were protesting, as many of the male students had the specter of the draft hanging over them. Background knowledge is worked into the panels, as we learn about how political and social tensions morphed into a crisis because many campus and town leaders operated out of fear and faulty information. Contributing to local tensions were military leaders who were unequipped to handle the volatile environment and meddling government agencies that were adding more issues to the already challenging situation. A powder keg was ready to explode with one wrong move, and there were many made that tragic day.

Backderf’s artwork is very reminiscent of Robert Crumb and of Don Martin from Mad magazine, with an underground comix vibe. It is all drawn in black and white, and while not an attractive art style, it really represents the 70s era and Ohio landscape well. Of all the four books I have read by Derf, this is the one I found the most authentically drawn, for in past books there was a touch of caricature in the people, but here he based his drawings on photographs and videos of the campus students. While there are some text-heavy panels, they are crucial to understanding, and some maps of the day’s events help too.

I applaud the author for pulling together this comprehensive narrative, for he put in the work by interviewing survivors and researching the information that would guide his story, as extensive notes show how his work was led by facts and not conjecture. A heartbreaking author’s note sadly shows how the mistakes made were covered up, and fifty years later no one takes responsibility or accountability for the shootings. Plus, the short epilogue shows the callousness shown by President Nixon, reminds me sadly of some current politicians, and how the American public is still struggling today with certain political issues. This was a truly thought-provoking graphic novel and is well worth a read.

-Nancy

Picture from Pop Culture Classroom website, which offers a free teaching guide

Salt Magic

When Vonceil’s older brother, Elber, comes home from World War I, he does the worst thing imaginable: proposes to his boring sweetheart, Amelia. Long gone is her mischievous brother. He’s changed into someone quieter, more responsible, more… ordinary. Vonceil can’t forgive him that. She sometimes feels too big for their small Oklahoma farm near their small Oklahoma town. Shortly after Elber and Amelia’s wedding, a glamorous woman named Greda comes to town, asking for him. They had had an affair while he was in Paris. When Elber refuses her pleas to come away with her, she flies into a rage and curses the family’s well, turning it to salt water. Feeling responsible, Vonceil sets out across the West to undo the curse and save her family.

I was totally absorbed by this middle-grade Wild West fantasy. Though there are truly some unique fantastical elements, it’s firmly rooted in reality. Research was obviously done to ensure all the details of rural life between the World Wars was accurate.

Speaking of details, there was something Studio Ghibli-esque about this graphic novel. I think a lot of it had to do with the high attention given to all those little touches. The character designs were similar as well: Vonceil’s short stature, cropped black hair, and wide face reminded me of Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service. In addition, magical elements being strongly rooted in reality is another Ghibli touch. Though the colors here are muted to sun-bleached or salt-stained tones, it felt like reading a Ghibli movie in every way but name.

Middle-grade readers and up will enjoy this tale of love, sacrifice, and living life to the fullest. Apparently this is Larson and Mock’s second graphic novel – excuse me while I seek out the first 😉

– Kathleen

Larson, Hope, and Rebecca Mock. Salt Magic. 2021.

Lore Olympus

“Love can find its way to Hell”

Hades, the God of the Underworld, and Persephone, the Goddess of Spring, get a modern retelling of their relationship and it is turned into a sweet love story. This Greek myth is the OG of bad boy/good girl tropes and never gets old. I admit I have looked up fan art of Hades and Persephone together in the past, and different artists’ interpretations of their relationship can be very appealing…and sexy.

In this version, Hades is reluctantly attending his brother Zeus’s party when he spots newcomer Persephone and is quite taken by her. He mentions that she is lovelier than Aphrodite, which offends the Goddess of Love and Beauty so she plots revenge against poor unsuspecting Persephone. Persephone ends up sleeping off the effects of spiked drinks in Hades’ home, so there is an obligatory meet-cute for her and Hades the next morning. Both are smitten with the other, but awkwardness and meddling by other gods and goddesses prevent them from revealing the truth to each other. Persephone’s best friend Artemis’s brother, Apollo, forces her into a sexual encounter, manipulating her into thinking it’s consensual and that he wants a relationship with her. By the end of the volume, Hades and Persephone are nowhere near getting together, so this is obviously going to be a long and drawn-out storyline.

Author and illustrator Rachel Smythe has been sharing this story online through the website WEBTOON, and this is a collection of the first 25 episodes. The artwork is a delight, with swirling watercolors and a soft palette for many of the panels. There is definitely a manga influence in the cutesy art, with some facial expressions and extreme reactions to situations. Gods and goddesses are represented with different colors, with Persephone getting a soft pink to symbolize her connection to spring, and Hades is shaded blue. While you might pair together hell and the underworld with fire, and think Hades might be orange or red, I do think blue was a good color to represent him. Smythe has done her homework, for she cleverly ties in the myths of the past with today’s culture, and also includes some other stories besides the two main characters.

I enjoyed this first volume, and know this new series will be popular, especially with romantics. However, I will pass on reading further volumes for I have never cared for Greek myths, as I have never liked the debauchery and selfishness of many of the Gods, so that, plus the long-simmering storyline will make me a one and done. However, I recognize that many of my library patrons will adore this story, so I will definitely purchase further volumes for my library’s collection!

-Nancy

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