Review: Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte – Joe Benitez

Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte – Joe Benitez – 4 stars

Lady Mechanika

This edition of Lady Mechanika is due to be released on 26th September (thank you Diamond Book Distributors for letting me have a copy!), and it includes all the comics pertaining to Lady Mechanika’s adventures as ‘La Dama de la Muerte’.

This was my first time meeting Lady Mechanika, and although she does seem to have a lot of backstory, this snapshot of her life – as a stand-alone – did a pretty good job of introducing her. There are a few major gaps that I definitely need to know more about (EYES??), but on the whole our protagonist seems like an altruistic – if troubled – badass.

The illustrations in this book are beautiful. I always think you need a certain standard of visual representation if you’re going to deal with El Dia de los Muertes in your story, and ‘La Dama de la Muerte’ nails it. The colour and vibrancy of the art is enchanting, dragging the reader into the more mystical elements of Mexican culture.

The story is interesting and hard to put down, if a little…quick. I suppose it might be different for readers who are already familiar with the characters, but I felt a bit like it was all over before it had started. There’s something to be said for compact story-telling, but this is a little extreme.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my first introduction to this comic franchise, and although I feel like I’m missing out on a lot of back-story elements, I guess that’s probably the point! I gave this collection a four stars, and although I’m not sure I would pay $10 for something this length, I have to admit that this is a pretty fantastic work of storytelling.

If you’ve read this too, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

Dani

Month in Books: April 2014

Here’s my wrap-up for April!

The Giver – Lois Lowry – 3 stars This Dystopian (soon to be made into a film!) is short, but no less powerful. The writer explores the power of memories, and the importance of the individual’s choice. It’s a fascinating read!

The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells – 2 stars While this took me a very long time to get through, I can appreciate that this sci-fi story of alien invasion is pretty hard-core.

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion – 5 stars This is such a cute book! Our protagonist, despite finding social situations a little difficult, decides that he wants to be married, and draws up a survey in order to find a compatible match. Humourous and touching, this little ‘rom-com’ is a great read.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams – 4 stars I reviewed this here! A funny and quirky sci-fi story.

Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult – 4 stars This novel depicts the unfolding of an investigation of a school shooting. It’s moving and gritty, and don’t be put off by how long it looks! You’ll fly through it.

The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker – 3 stars A bildungsroman set during the apocalypse…that I wouldn’t recommend to lovers of apocalyptic literature. Its gentle pace and carefully drawn up characters made it a lovely read – just not what I was expecting!

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn – 5 stars This was my Book of the Month! This thriller is also being made into a film. Follow the story of Nick and Amy, and try to unravel the truth of the murder/framing/escape/suicide. ‘Try’ being the operative word.

A Room with a View – E. M. Forster – 5 stars This is such a lovely book! Follow a very quaint English group as they explore Florence, and have their lives changed completely by the people they meet there.

If you’ve read, or have been inspired to read any of the books in this list, do let me know!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.

~Dani

Month in Books: March 2014

Here’s March’s wrap-up! (I’m slowly getting up to date with these posts…SLOWLY)

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Six Napoleons – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 3 stars This is a short story in which Mr Holmes solves crimes and rights wrongs. I usually really love Sherlock Holmes stories, but I felt like this one was very predictable. It’s short though, so worth it!

Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare – 5 stars The inspiration for ‘She’s the Man’, this brilliant play is genuinely funny and rich and lovely. One of my favourite Shakespeare plays.

Heart to Heart – Ali Martin & Liza Hoeksma – 4 stars Non-fiction talking about the health of the metaphorical heart. It was hard to rate this, because the content and graphology were definite 5 star material, while the writing itself was…not. Worth a read though!

Cinder – Marissa Meyer – 3 stars This YA sci-fi fairytale retelling is clever and exciting, but didn’t quite live up to my high expectations.

The Life of Timon of Athens – William Shakespeare- 2 stars More Shakespeare, I know. After Twelfth Night, I was really disappointed by this one; I didn’t really connect with the plot or characters. The writing is as beautiful as always, but this play just wasn’t for me.

Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury – 5 stars This dystopian depicts a future where literature is completely absent. The lovely writing and winning characters made this my favourite book of the month…I didn’t write a post for it though!

What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me? – David Platt – 5 stars I feel like the title is self-explanatory. This book is short, free and very practical.

A Cat, a Hat and a Piece of String – Joanne Harris – 3 stars This is a collection of short stories. Most of these are sweet and lovely, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as some of her other work.

Paroles – Jacques Prevert – 4 stars An anthology of French surrealist poetry. If you’re not a francophone this is maybe not for you, but do check out some of the musical adaptations!

Champion – Marie Lu – 4 stars The final instalment of YA dystopian trilogy ‘Legend’ is completely heart-breaking. Don’t read it if you’re emotionally unstable. Great story, though.

And that’s it! I didn’t exactly write any reviews for this month – oops!

If you’ve read/would like to read any of these titles, let me know! And as always, I’m open to recommendations.

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani