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Don’t be a dick; read Saga.

Hello True Believers.

It’s back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Saga #1 5th print

 

I got some decent traction on that last post that I made and to be honest, that’s a little bit of a bummer. I don’t like to write about the ugly, but it needs to be brought up. I have no doubt that it will come back again.

But back to our regularly scheduled programming!

This weekend was filled tons of thrills and discoveries. 

1. Got to see Manders this weekend which was fun. I tried to force her to see Pacific Rim to no avail. I’ve been trying to brainwash her with fandom, but I just don’t think we’re at a Pacific Rim point yet… Which is sad since it’s hard sci-fi. I LOVE hard sci-fi. For those of you interested in Geekproofing the person you are dating, I am the best and worst person to reference because although I got the woman into Doctor Who, I may have turned her off forever to Battlestar Galactica and all of the Star Treks. I am a zealot. Sue me.

2. Though I’ve experienced some failures on that front, I have ignited an interest in Saga written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples.

I went through the first two volumes in an hour and it wasn’t enough. I truly believe that this story is the Star Wars of our time. This is one of the few stories to really evolve and challenge the conventions of speculative fiction. I laughed. I cried. I fell in love with an armless, eight-legged spider-woman. 

It’s your basic Romeo and Juliet story with the complexity and layers of a story like Les Miserables. The space opera setting is really more of a garnish in this basic story about what it means to live and love in a bad bad world. Yes there’s violence. Yes, there’s tons of awesome and weird space sex. Yes, I was a little embarrassed when I admitted my crush on the eight legged spider lady. But underneath it all, the protagonists are just young people trying to stay alive and escape the chaos. I believe that this is the story for Gen-Y. We’re a generation dealing with the conflicts and mistakes of our fathers. Basically, the thesis of this story is my outlook on the future of Gen-Y:

 

The world is shit and like it or not tomorrow is our best shot.

I don’t want to reveal too much. I don’t want to reveal anything:

Buy it here. I gave my paperback away as a gift to ensure that it gets read, but I recommend having a hard copy. I’ll be getting it for my kindle too.

Get engrossed.

 

Reading Suggestions: Imagine the voice of Alana as Rashida Jones, the voice of Marko as JGL, Matthew Fox as The Will, and Cameron Diaz as The Stalk. You’ll be thinking the right things.

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