Weekend Shorts: Grace’s Guide and Saga

Grace’s Guide, by Grace Helbig
Grace's GuideA little while back I read My Drunk Kitchen, by internet-famous Hannah Hart. This book is by the probably equally internet-famous Grace Helbig, whom I saw once on an episode of TableTop and so am not quite as familiar with. But Helbig’s book is in the same “millennial’s guide to life” vein as Hart’s, and that’s apparently a thing I’m into these days. I even ended up liking Grace’s Guide a bit more, largely because it’s not tied to a cookbook conceit but also because it offers some legitimately useful advice. She starts with a list of “Fifty Adult Survival Tips” which include things like “wear socks if your shoes require socks” and “you probably don’t want that tattoo” and “don’t hold a grudge”. Helbig then offers advice in the form of life stories about college, work, dating, cooking (real food), and generally surviving the transition from kid to grown-up. Mostly the book served to reinforce my personal beliefs, but it also reminded me of things I should probably be doing. Maybe I’ll be a better person someday!

Saga, Vol. 2, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Saga, Vol. 2It’s been just a little while since I read the first volume of this series, relative to how long it’s taken me to catch up on other comics, but I was still a little worried going in that I would be totally lost. Luckily, it’s not that complex a story so far. In this second volume, we meet Marko’s parents, find out how he landed Alana (well, really the other way around), and learn a bit more about this whole Wreath vs. Landfall ages-long war and how completely awful it is. We spend a brief time with The Will as he and some woman (spoilers: Marko’s vengeful ex!) pull some awesome badassery to rescue a girl out of slavery. Look, dude, stop doing things that make me want to root for you!

Saga, Vol. 3, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Saga, Vol. 3Things pick up the pace even more in this volume, in which we meet some tabloid reporters who are out to do a story on the still-just-a-rumor Wreath and Landfall couple with a baby. More people hunting our friends down? Sure, why not? Meanwhile, a dead person comes back to life (-ish) and starts causing problems for The Will, Marko and Alana hunt down the hack author that brought them together, and things start going very wrong for pretty much everyone. There’s some more backstory and world-building as well, and it’s just an all-around great time. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the next volume!

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