Being behind on reading is my modus operandi. There are numerous book clubs I’ve attended where I just listen and drink wine. I’m behind because I start three books at a time. I’ll finish them eventually but it may take a few years. I’m also what’s known as a trade-waiter which means I wait for single-issue comics to be collected in a trade paperback…and I know this doesn’t help the creators get their issues into a trade…I’m basically the worst at consuming comics. However, when I do make a point to sit down and read them, I eat them up.
One book that I recently finished after four years of looking at it on my shelf is I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura. I’m totally embarassed to have this in writing…I even know Joe Kelly, and I’ve worked at about eight comic conventions selling the hell out of this book. I have known just enough to promote it, but have been hesitant to read it because I knew it would bring out all the tears and feels. Well, I faced my fears last week. It took me three days to read because I kept having to put it down due to uncontrollable crying. This experience ended up being incredibly theraputic and I truly love the book, so much so that I wrote a piece on Eat.Geek.Play detailing reasons to read it. So, here’s a synopsis of the book for ya.
The plot, essentially, is this:
Barbara Thorson is a quick-witted, sharp-tongued middle schooler who isn’t afraid of anything. After all, she carries an ancient Norse Warhammer in her purse and kills giants for a living. Barbara lives with one foot firmly in fantasy and the other in a difficult reality. She struggles to conquer monsters both real and imagined as her carefully constructed world crumbles at the feet of giants bigger than any one teen can handle.
Just in case you are behind as well, I Kill Giants is being adapted to film! Congrats to the creators!
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