SWOLE PATROL’S WEEKLY PICKS – WEEK OF 02/29/2016

Spring has come early, Leo finally has an oscar, and all is good in the world. Why not checking out the things we love that brighten up our days?

Alex: Green Lantern Corps by Patrick Gleason & Dave Gibbons

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As I catch up on my way behind reading, I tend to find series that I want to jump into. Unfortunately, for the completionist I am, I like to start at the beginning of a story arc. When I first read the great Sinestro Corps War arc, I thought it was fantastic after starting with Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern revival. However, I saw the series was mixed with Green Lantern Corps. I’ve finally gotten the opportunity to catch up on it and I’m liking the build up of the corps while Hal Jordan takes care of discovering the other lanterns. There’s definitely more camaraderie and military based team-building that goes on, as aliens of different cultures, warring factions, and royalty are all mixed into one police force designed for the good of the universe. Kyle Rayner’s growth is great to see, but seeing how fantastic Lanterns like Kilowog, Katma Tui, and even Guy Gardner.

Brian: Helldivers

Helldivers

Local and online co-op, third person shooter, team attack on, opportunity to build for your own style, good times.

Shayna: My Grandma Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry

My Grandmother Asked Me

Last week, I was stuck working in DC and spent my downtime/metro time reading My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry (a mouthful of a title) by Fredrik Backman. It’s a strange book in that it’s fictional but ties in so many fantasy/fairy tale elements that it’s really hard to categorize it into one genre.

Elsa, a seven-year-old, very intelligent, grammatically-correct child is best friends with her grandmother. In fact, her grandmother is her only friend. Elsa isn’t very popular with her peers. She’s not seen as normal. So, she and her grandmother created Miamas — a kingdom they travel to in their fantasies. In the Land-of-Almost-Awake as they call it, they build on their stories, travel through the kingdoms, and Elsa’s grandmother tells her fairy tales from all over Miamas. They even have a secret language so no one can understand them.

Elsa is shattered when she finds out her grandmother has cancer. When she passes away, Elsa is frustrated to find that Miamas wasn’t just something between her and her grandmother. Miamas is much more than a fantasy — it was directly tied to Elsa’s whole world and reality. Her grandmother has left her a scavenger hunt, leading her to find letters and deliver them to people from her grandmother’s life… people who correspond directly to someone from Miamas. It’s Elsa’s job to unravel her grandmother’s secrets and the darkness in her life.

I enjoyed this book because it ended up being brutally inspirational — it dived into issues such as self-acceptance and why it’s okay to not be normal. It was a light read, but thoroughly entertaining. It had its funny moments, but also some somber and dark moments. Definitely check it out if you’re interested in the fiction/fantasy genres

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