Locke & Key – Book 1 Review

Graphic Novel Review of:  Locke & Key, Volume 1 – Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez


I have quite a few friends who read (some who experiment in writing) comic books and graphic novels.  A few weeks ago, I asked where I should begin with graphic novels <giggle>, and since I am already a Joe Hill fan, my friends pointed me to the Locke & Key series.

Side note: before I was a fan of romance novels, I was a fan of the horror/thriller genre.  I still am a fan, though now whenever I read/watch horror, I have to watch cartoons before bed. :p  So, for all my fellow lovers of romance – sorry, but this isn’t a romance series.

Locke & Key, Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

After a brutal attack, the Locke family moves to a family house, the Keyhouse in Lovecraft, MA, for a fresh start and to heal their wounds.  But the house is full of secrets – keys, doorways, and a past…

I really enjoyed my first foray into the world of graphic novels.  I’ve read two of Joe Hill’s novels (Heart Shaped Box and Horns), so I already knew that he was a talented story-teller.  Like in his novels, Joe Hill does not disappoint in the first part of this graphic novel series – the story, the build-up, and the climax – all well done.  The art, by Gabriel Rodriguez, compliments the dark feel of the thriller genre and the magic of the story.  Five out of five stars for Locke & Key Volume 1.  Can’t wait to read the rest. 🙂

One particular bit of dialogue stuck with me, as it rings true in life and also has my mind spinning through the possibilities for the next books:

…No, you can’t understand.  Because you’re reading the last chapter of something, without having read the first chapters.  You’re a little guy, Bode.  Kids think they’re coming into a story at the beginning, when usually they’re coming in at the end.

ohhhhh! So true! And it makes you curious about the history, doesn’t it? 🙂


Romance Genre Guide to Getting Over Your Ex

The Romance Genre Guide to Getting Over your Exbecause you might as well take advice from the ladies who always get their happy ending 😉

Everyone is always trying to give advice…what to eat (what the fuck are legumes?), what to wear (please stop, Mom), and now how to date… oh joy, oh rapture. :p

I’ve been going through this divorce bit for several months now, and I think it’s time to explore how romance heroines get over their old relationships…if only to delve into the realm of silliness that I enjoy.   So, here we go:

  • Regency subgenre – After her old beau is revealed to be an evil rogue/engaged/married, the heroine forms an unlikely alliance with a rakish duke/count/viscount who ravishes her on a balcony while everyone else at the party dances the quadrille (be still, my beating heart under this suddenly restrictive bodice).
  • Player subgenre – After a bad breakup, the heroine decides “no strings attached” is the only thing she has time for.  Rakish hero finds this outlook refreshing and then annoying when he accidentally falls in love with her…whoops.
  • Pirate subgenre – Heroine stows away on a pirate ship after a break up… becomes a skilled sailor and swashbuckler, then shares her booty with the captain.
  • Boss subgenre – Heroine throws herself into work by volunteering for a business trip with the boss and then fantasizing about climbing… the corporate ladder.
  • Paranormal subgenre – Vampire Ex – Heroine gets a fabulous tan and starts hanging out with that rugged werewolf pack the ex was always warning her about.
  • Paranormal subgenre – Werewolf Ex – Heroine gets her rabies shot, washes her neck, and goes to late night wine tastings with that emo vampire across the street.
  • Time-travel subgenre – Heroine avoids her ex by going way back in time and shows Mr. Darcy or a kilted hero that feminists are awesome.
  • Yoga subgenre – Heroine finds inner peace at a yoga retreat, added flexibility comes in handy when a rugged yoga teacher takes over her class.  Okay, this isn’t really a subgenre, but it SHOULD be…someone write it. :p

Hmmmmm romance novels give you so many options to move on from your ex. 😉  But more than that, they remind you that if/when you’re ready, there are a lot of adventures waiting for you…both on the bookshelf and in life. 🙂  Happy reading to all!

Endings….and New Beginnings

Sometimes – I like to wax poetic, but what writer doesn’t?

And for a post like this, I suppose I could… I could talk about the coldness of winter – the barren branches of a once lush tree….or I could talk about the end of one year and the rising hope of change in the new year, and feel smart in my metaphorical description of my life’s recent journey.

Or I can be typical me – oversharing and to the point. 🙂  I guess I’ll just be me…

I’ve neglected my blog – and for good reason.  I’ve been going through a divorce and since posting online is rather like peeing in a pool (can’t pull it back once it’s out there), I wanted to err on the side of caution and not post anything.

Anyway, the good news is that the process is nearly over and I will now be posting again on my blog (which has never been far from my thoughts). And don’t worry – despite recent events, I haven’t lost my silliness or my love of a great romantic story. 🙂

I guess I’ll wax a little poetic anyway, and finish this post with an optimistic quote (to combat that dreary winter):

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end – Seneca…and also Semisonic’s “closing time.” 😉