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You may have, since the movie just came to theaters March 6. But did you also read the Watchmen? Arguably one of the best graphic novels ever written, it gives you a new view on superheroes : the deconstruction of the superhero. If you don't normally read graphic novels, don't let that keep you away from this one! The story is rich, entertaining, and thought-provoking. It almost makes you want to throw on a costume and go off to fight crime yourself!
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Another favorite series with a strong female character is Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Murders featuring Sarah Brandt, midwife and amateur detective assisted by New York police detective Frank Malloy. Sarah, born into a wealthy family, defied her parents by marrying Dr. Tom Brandt. Dr. Brandt is killed one night returning from a late night call and rather than return to her parents' home Sarah continues her midwifery practice in New York's tenements. She is a strong, independent character, at times challenging and baffling Detective Frank Malloy.
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I just started the Looking Glass Wars and I have to say I am impressed. I was a little worried because Alice in Wonderland is a little dear to my heart but this series Is extremely creative; a world where imagination is a weapon and the Mad Hatter is really Hatter Madigan the blade wielding, top hat wearing bodyguard....
If your are a Maximum Ride fan who's read everything and is still hungry for more of that trademark high-octane action then check out the Maximum Ride graphic novel that just came out. Also, did you hear they're making a movie?
The new CD by The Derek Truck Band, Already Free, is a good example of how root forms of the blues have been transformed, yet preserved, by rock music. Trucks has an excellent pedigree in Southern blues-rock, taking up Duane Allman's mantel as the best living slide guitarist and incorporating a range of world music influences into his playing.