This Week in WWAC History: Books, Music, Tomb Raider

The countdown for Halloween is on! Only about two weeks left to get those costumes together. If procrastination is your thing, and you aren’t ready for costumes, pumpkin carving, and candy binging, feel free to procrastinate with a few articles from last year.

For the book and music lover, here are some music and book pairings from Ardo, October 22, 2014,

The Queen of The Tearling. Erika Johansen. HarperCollins. Harper. July 8th 2014. Cover.Hello, book lovers!

I’m sure you’re like me, and tend to have a song in mind while reading a book. Either it comes to you as you’re reading, or it just happens to be the thing playing in the background constantly as you get lost among the words. Regardless, music draws out feelings as much as books do — so why not make a list of pairings between books and songs that have come out this year? I know. It’s a fabulous idea. At best, you’ll agree that I am a mad genius in marrying the particular song to a particular book below. The worse? You’ll have some new books to add to your reading list or a song to add to your playlist. Win-win! READ MORE

Haven’t played the Tomb Raider reboot yet? Read over Wendy’s Tomb Raider Diaries and see if it is the right game for you, October 22, 2014,

Tomb Raider (2013)The survivors head to the beach to salvage a boat to get off the island. Lara apparently takes the long way around to do this, which involves more killing people, more killing people with fire, falling, and falling with fire. I may not have been paying attention at this point, but I think this was one of those moments where the game was trying to stretch out its final moments by adding time consuming, but ultimately pointless challenges. READ MORE

If horror isn’t your thing, but you still like a good thriller, Christa’s review on Butterfly #1 may interest you, October 23, 2014,

Butterfly #1 Phil Noto BOOM! Studios 2014I am loving the new wave of female-led spy thrillers lately. First Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s Velvet, then Black Widow’s solo series, and now Butterfly by Arash Amel, Marguerite Bennett, and Antonio Fuso.

Arash Amel may have have developed the story forButterfly but it is Marguerite Bennett who brings it to life on the page. I have been a fan of Marguerite Bennett for a while now. Though she has only penned a few one-shot issues here and there, she’s really making a name for herself. The Batgirl Zero Year tie-in, Joker’sDaughter #1,Lois Lane #1, and Lobo’s Villain Month appearance have all been stand out comics. Her stories are consistently quite dark and her characters twisty. I have been eagerly waiting for Marguerite to be given a series instead of yet another one-shot. READ MORE

But, if horror is your thing, make sure to read part 1 of a WWAC roundtable led by Megan on horror and feminism, October 23, 2014,

The Exorcist - Chris McNeil with daughterFinding feminist ideology in the horror film genre can feel like searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore film. It can seem a futile effort considering the most popular horror tropes are particularly unflattering toward the female characters: the final virginal survivor, “ugly duckling” killer, the commonality of sexual assault as plot device, etc. Then there are the endless debates about whether a film passes the Bechdel test if the conversation between two named female characters centers around the killer who might be a man. But feminists like horror films, too! And some of the men and women who create them like feminism. The WWAC staff sat around our virtual campfire to discuss our favorite feminist leaning horror flicks.  READ MORE

Happy reading!


Melinda Pierce

Melinda Pierce

Contributor for WWAC, mother of 2 mini-geeks, writer, and girl geek. Dreams of having enough time to write Veronica Mars fanfiction. @melindabpierce