There's nothing better than a graphic novel to clear your palate after a longer book. This one only took me a half-hour to read, and I thought it would help get me going so that I could finish writing a blog post next. Then it will be off to the library for a quick stop to return overdue books and pick up some holds before I'm back to reading.
I wish I could remember where I heard about Girl Genius, but I suspect it was a blog posting somewhere, and I think it was about girls reading graphic novels. Regardless, I didn't remember hearing about this series before, although it has definitely been around for awhile (almost 15 years). It sounded interesting enough that I bought a copy of my own, since our library didn't have it.
This first title in the series (which is collected from the previously published comic books) doesn't have much exposition before you dive right in to the action. And there is a lot of action, forcing me to just sort of keep up with what was going on. Agatha Clay works in a shop at Transylvania Polygnostic University. She is on her way there to work when there is an odd electrical anomaly and then she is mugged by a couple of soldiers. A locket is stolen from her - one that her uncle told her she always needed to keep on. When she arrives at work, things go from bad to worse when her boss is killed. This all happens very, very quickly, so you don't get much of a sense of Agatha at all - except that she has spells when she gets upset, and that she loves working for the boss who was killed.
When she gets home, she falls asleep after not feeling quite herself. When she wakes up, there is an enormous clank coming in the door, along with one of the robbers who is returning her locket - it killed the other robber after they stole it.
Again, a lot of action going on all at the same time, but I do like steampunk, and I think this is going to be an intriguing series. I know it's a little late to be catching up with this one, but I also bet in a couple of years Frances and Gloria will read and enjoy it too. I'll keep reading in this series.
Current Reading Time: 3 1/2 hours
Books Finished: 2
Girl Genius (Book One): Agatha Heterodyne and the Beetleburg Clank. Phil and Kaja Foglio. Airship Entertainment, 2006.
from my personal collection