5 Geeky Beach Reads For This Summer
by Maryse Coziol | 2:00 pm, June 19th, 2012
With the upcoming release of Peter Jackson's movie adaptation of The Hobbit, it's probably your last chance to read or re-read the book before watching the movie – and thus to be able to point out to anyone who didn’t ask for it aaall the ways in which the movie digress from the book. I’m joking. You’d never do that ;)
Seriously though, The Hobbit is a classic of children's literature and probably the most enjoyable book written by Tolkien.
Whether you read it or not, chances are Treasure Island already influenced your perception of pirate tales. Peg-legged seamen with parrots on their shoulders, treasure maps marked with an “X”… it all started with Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
While the book has already been adapted over 50 times for television or cinema, the recent announcement of an adaptation of the book for the silver screen by Guy Ritchie – the director responsible for the recent Sherlock Holmes movies – may well be the great incentive needed to read the book before it gets irreversibly ruined by too much exposure and/or bad treatment.
Joss Whedon is not only a great director… he’s first and foremost an incredibly talented writer. If the recent success of The Avengers aroused your thirst for superheroes AND Joss Whedon, the Astonishing X-Men Omnibus might be just what you need. Written by Joss Whedon and illustrated by John Cassaday, Astonishing X-Men features a great line-up of X-Men including Cyclops and Emma Frost as co-team leaders, Beast, Shadowcat, Colossus, Lockheed and Wolverine.
Now, I don't read a lots of comic books because I'm intimidated/irked by the idea of collecting numerous paper issues to get a complete story, but this omnibus volume contains the entire run of Astonishing X-Men written by Joss Whedon. So no excuses!
If you’re looking for a little bit of shade – not to say down right darkness – to dampen the sun, look no further than this beautiful deluxe hardcover edition of Hellboy. Each volume contains two full story arcs about the gruffly paranormal paranormal investigator.
They're a bit huge to bring with you to the beach (and you wouldn't want sand getting anywhere near the beautiful binding, or the sun fading the black fabric cover!) but anyway... we all know the beach as referred to in the title of this post was purely symbolic.
The fifth volume of the series is schedule for release on July 24.
I heard nothing but positive things from The Parasol Protectorate Series since the release of its first book, Soulless, in Fall 2009. The fifth and last volume of the series finally came out in March 2012 so it’s the perfect time to delve into Gail Carriger’s steampunk paranormal romance… if you haven’t already done so.
The Parasol Protectorate follows Alexia Tarabotti, a woman whose peculiar condition (she doesn’t have a soul!) leaves her unaffected by the powers of supernatural beings - did I mention there are vampires and werewolves in Carriger’s alternate version of Victorian England? There is. After she accidentally kills a vampire, Alexia becomes the prime suspect as disappearances in the vampire population increase. In order to clear her name, she must solve the mystery and figure out what is actually happening to London's high society.