Madeleine Holly-Rosing, Fanbase Press Contributor

Madeleine Holly-Rosing, Fanbase Press Contributor

‘The Deep:’ (Audio) Book Review

What if the descendants of pregnant African slave women, thrown overboard for being too burdensome to their kidnappers, become merpeople and developed a new culture and community under the sea? That’s the premise behind Rivers Solomon’s novella, The Deep.

Ever hear the story of Pinocchio and the whale? (Or the Biblical story of Jonah and the whale?) This latest issue of Ascender quite literally has us diving into the ocean depths and the backstory of Telsa, the captain who reluctantly offered her boat to save Mira and her father, Andy.

You could almost call this series Something Wicked This Way Comes, as just when you think Mira and her father are about to catch a break, something awful shows up. Or you could simply call it good storytelling.

You had me at cyberpunk jaguars and monkeys.

Frankenstein and his creator, Mary Shelley, are an indelible part of western culture.  So much so that horror stories written by other Victorian women have been overshadowed.  Fortunately for us, Kymera Press has dug into the past and searched out horror stories by Victorian women that had been lost until now.  

When you’re running for your life, sometimes, you can’t be too choosy about who you go to for help.

One of the finds I made at San Diego Comic-Con this year was the trade paperback of Vindication by MD Marie.  A taut crime thriller set in Los Angeles, it explores the ever-growing distrust between law enforcement and the African-American community that it is sworn to protect.

The flying turtles are back! I was wondering when we’d see them again. They were shown briefly in Issue #1, and I’ve been looking for them ever since.  Despite not seeing any flying turtles for a couple of issues, the team of Lemire and Nguyen do not disappoint in this fourth issue of the ongoing series.

In this new space adventure sequel to the Descender series by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, we hit the ground running in the third issue.  With the discovery of Andy’s former pet dog robot, Bandit, Mother’s goons are on their trail to capture the forbidden tech and the family; however, we learn that Mila is not too young to know how to kill, especially when her father is threatened.

I first started reading Edgar Rice Burroughs' books when I was about twelve. First, I went through the John Carter of Mars series. (Full disclosure – I liked the movie.) Then, there was the Venus series, and then I made it through the first couple of Tarzan books before I got distracted by something. I was twelve. It happens. All I knew was that I wanted a Thark as my next best friend. So, when I found out that Amy Chu had written a prequel about Dejah Thoris before J.C. showed up, I had to go and buy it.

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