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review 2018-11-02 22:07
The Show Must Go On, Backstagers # 2 by Rian Sygh
The Backstagers, Vol. 2: The Show Must Go On - James Tynion IV,Rian Sygh

The heart of this one is an arc that seems to have been pared down and tweaked to be made into 'Ghost Light'. It was a touching story, but it failed to make the impression on me, it likely would have it I had read this before the novel.

 

The novel, by comparison, would then have made me a little angry. Oh well, competing branches of franchises will often rob from each other.

 

Jory and co. are driven to investigate deeper into the mysteries of the backstage then ever before, uncovering old heartache and meeting up with their counterparts from another school. This volume also addresses directly the possibility that time gets pretty messed up deep in the backstage and its possible to go missing for months when you only thought you'd been gone a few hours. Not the most comforting of thoughts.

 

Oh, and Jory and Hunter have confirmed their couple status, but there was so little build up it was more confusing than joyous. Have I forgotten how easily that happened in high school or was that a little weird?

 

The Backstagers

 

Next: 'Volume 3'

 

Previous: 'Rebels Without Applause'

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review 2018-11-02 21:40
The Ghost Light, Backstagers Novels #1 by Andy Mientus
The Backstagers and the Ghost Light - Andy Mientus,Rian Singh

This was a fun, accidental read. It arrived damaged as I was unpacking items for Tuesday release and when the publisher said they didn't want it back it went home in my purse briefcase.

 

I hadn't heard of the comic book, but this did inspire me to order a set for myself and for the store. The premise is that the stage crew at an all-boys prep school are actually privy to the mysterious and dangerous world of the Backstage. Behind every curtain there is a magical world where many strange things can be found. Where did you think the sets and costumes and props come from anyway?

 

I was in drama club in high school - we were too small to have anything like a dedicated stage crew, we took turns and making the sets and props was part of the fun of hanging out after school with your friends. Blocking and learning lines were mostly secondary.

 

The novel purposely reintroduces the main cast and their relationships with each other, spelling out some of the mischief that's gone on in the comics. We have two gay couples, a trans boy with an incurable crush on the girl brought in to star in the seasonal musicals, some brosephs, and a supernatural invasion brought about by the breaking of the stage's 'ghost light' - the light backstage that is perpetually burning to keep away spirits.

 

If there was some shallowness to the whole enterprise, I blamed it on the fact that this was a novel following on the heels of a comic book franchise, and that the deep characterization would be present there.

 

It turns out, not so much, as the comic is done in pretty broad strokes (with even more queer behavior (yay)) but I still enjoyed this.

 

The Backstagers

 

Next: 'The Backstagers and the Theater of the Ancients'

 

Previous: 'The Backstagers Comic - Rebels Without Applause'

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text 2018-08-15 16:37
Reading progress update: I've read 2 out of 1360 pages.
The Tale of Genji - Murasaki Shikibu

I'm not even on page 2, there is a long introduction that I can't seem to get out of. It's got a lot of good background though, knowledge is power, etc.

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text 2018-08-10 22:20
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 1360 pages.
The Tale of Genji - Murasaki Shikibu

It's one thing to see a book comes to just under 1,400 pages, its another to unpack it and one by one see the other book clubber's reactions! This is going to take some time.

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review 2018-07-17 02:43
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
The End We Start From - Megan Hunter

This is a poetic novel about a natural disaster hitting London, and presumably the world, told from the perspective of a young woman and her family. Nothing is certain, and the future seems bleak indeed, but her focus is on her young baby.

It is beautifully written, and sparse. The narrative style of the book had a very different effect on me then many other readers it seems, I felt too far away from the events of the book by the prose style. There was a lot of terror and heartbreak and numbing hopelessness between the lines here, and I wanted to get inside the narrator's head. She kept me at a distance. I liked the naming of characters by single letters, but everything else about the book was cut down to its bare essentials. Aesthetically this is intriguing, but its not for me.

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