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Best of 2015: Staff Members' Favourite Reads 1

December 17, 2015 | Book Buzz | Comments (7) Facebook Twitter More...



The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
Talking Book (restricted to Print Disabled patrons)

Alyson really liked The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld for its unusual, lyrical, fairytale-like way of describing a terrible place.

An unnamed death-row inmate narrates a story about life on death row in a rundown prison he calls "the enchanted place", focusing on a woman researching the life of another prisoner in an attempt to commute his sentence even though the man wants to die. The author herself has worked as a death-row investigator.

At the water's edge


At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
Large Print
Talking Book (restricted to Print Disabled patrons)
While her husband, Ellis, and his friend try to find the Loch Ness monster in an attempt to win back his father's good graces, Maddie is left on her own in World War II-era Scotland.

Book of speculation

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
Large Print
Talking Book (restricted to Print Disabled patrons)
Simon is a librarian, who receives a mysterious old book from a bookseller. The book tells the story of a traveling circus and appears to be connected to his family. Does this book hold family secrets? Why do so many women in his family drown and could his sister be next?

March 2

March. Book Two written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; art by Nate Powell
The second volume in the civil rights leader/congressman's graphic book memoir covers the Freedom Rides and March on Washington. It's an incredibly moving series.



Rest of us just live here
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
A lovely YA novel about a group of teens who are not among the "chosen ones". While other high school students in town are fighting with or falling in love with vampires or trying to save the world from the undead, Mike and his friends are just trying to finish high school with their friendships and dignity intact.


We have always lived in the castle


We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
A haunting story about two sisters living in a town where everyone hates them since four members of their family died of arsenic poisoning. Merricat, Constance and Uncle Julian coast along trying to avoid the town folks until a visit from cousin Charles changes everything.


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Scary Stories Part I

October 23, 2015 | Lynn | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

This is the first part of two part blog on scary stories. This blog post will focus on classic scary stories while next week’s blog will focus on newer and still scary books. This time of year people are gearing up for scary parties, kids are getting ready to go trick or treating and some of us like to curl up with a scary book. Classic scary stories are a great place to start as these are the inspiration for today’s horror storytellers.

FrankensteinMary Shelley’s Frankenstein

This original telling of the monster created by science and lightening was published in 1818. This was Shelley’s most famous work and has served as inspiration for movies, books, graphic novels and cartoons and hopefully will continue to do so. Frankenstein has been scaring children and adults for years and is considered a classic monster along with the Mummy and Dracula.


DraculaBram Stocker’s Dracula

This is considered to be, by some, the real story of Count Dracula, without any teen angst in sight. Written in the form of letters, this story recounts dark interactions with this vampiric nobleman, deep in the forests of Transylvania.This straight forward piece of horror fiction has inspired authors such as Anne Rice and L.J. Smith who have continued to create vampires to scare readers.


The ravenEdgar Allen Poe’s The Raven

Poe wrote horror fiction in serial form and experienced some success while alive. Like many, his genius was better appreciated with his death and many of stories continue to appear in popular culture today.  His stories such as “The Raven”, “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” continue to be popular, especially around this time of year. His tales were full of mystery and macabre moments to make readers uncomfortable.


The legend of sleepy hollowWashington Irving’s The legend of sleepy hollow

This tale of a headless horseman seeking a replacement for his own lost head scares children every Halloween. From the same author of Rip Van Winkle, this tale of bullying, ghosts and fear set in Sleepy Hallow, 1790. A lovelorn teacher hopes to win the hand of a young maiden, but another is determined to marry her and get her fortune.



H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu  Cthulu

H.P. Lovecraft was a recluse who lived in Rhode Island and produced horror stories that were appreciated after his death. Lovecraft did not spend a lot of time in school, but rather at home with his mother, aunts and grandfather who encouraged reading. The precocious child devoured stories and then learned to tell his own scary stories in pulp magazines. He never achieved much commercial success in his lifetime, but he has many fans who appreciate his contributions to horror.


Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeRobert Louis Stevenson’s Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

From the man who brought us Treasure Island we get this scary tale examining the duality of man. A respectable doctor by day and an evil monster by night terrorizing Edinburgh through a chemical formula. Both personalities begin to fight with each other and Jekyll is forced to remove himself more and more from society causing great concerns among his friends.


Planning a getaway

January 23, 2015 | Lynn | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

By this time of year you may be looking to get away for a while and gazing at travel sites looking for ideas of warmer climates to visit. Perhaps you are looking to visit some warm islands or a warm country. Or perhaps you are thinking of crossing an ocean for a trip. Or maybe you do not wish to take such a trip, but would like to imagine yourself doing such a thing. We here at the Toronto Public Library can help with all these scenarios. We carry travel guides to help decide where to go, we have an online language learning program besides language learning kits, and we have travelogues for those who prefer to travel from the comfort of their arm chairs. Whether it’s to plan a trip for 2015 or read of someone else’s travels, please check out the amazing materials on offer here at the Toronto Public Library.

Travel Guides

Great books to help decide where and when to venture into the world, just keep in mind that it is always best to contact places directly for current prices, opening hours and in case there are renovations.  

Frommer's easy guide Hawaii.  2015  Fodor's Spain 2015  Frommer's easy guide Costa Rica 2015

Frommer's easy guide Hawaii 2015

Learn from a local where to stay, where to eat, where to surf and what to avoid.

Fodor's Spain 2015

Discover the land that brought Tapas to the world, fine wines and world class museums.

Frommer's easy guide Costa Rica 2015

Touted as an inexpensive warm getaway Costa Rica has beautiful forest, volcanoes and ecologically protected areas to explore.

eTravel Guides

These are eBooks that you can download onto your devices and use without looking like a tourist always looking through a book, but a local simply using their phone.  This is an area that is growing in popularity and as such the books are being better designed for easier use.

Boston 2013  Eyewitness travel Top 10 Paris the best of everything  Eyewitness travel Montreal and Quebec City the 10 best of everything

Eyewitness Travel Boston 2013

See where the Tea Party took place, visit Fenway Park and the museums.

Eyewitness Travel Top 10 Paris the best of everything

Learn when to visit the Louvre, watch traffic from the top of the Arc de Triomphe and where to get the best pain au chocolat.

Eyewitness Travel Top 10 Montreal and Quebec City the 10 best of everything

Discover Canadian cities that offer such delights as the Just for Laughs Festival, the Biodome and the Quebec Winter Carnival.

Language learning

It never hurts to learn a few keys phrases before visiting a new country.

  Mango Language learning  Say it right in spanish  In-flight Turkish

Mango Language Learning 

Using your computer at home you can learn key phrases in languages such as French or Pirate.

Say it right in Spanish 

To help you learn how to do more than order a beer in Spanish.

In-flight Turkish

Once you land, you can impress your business counterparts with your new found understanding of their language.


You can always travel the world through other people's eyes safely from home with no security to get through.

   Shenzhen a travelogue from China  I'm a stranger here myself notes on returning to America after twenty years away  On the wonders of land and sea Persianate travel writing

Shenzhen : a travelogue from China

This French Canadian cartoonist has written a number of books on his travels throughout the world and provides humour, insight and travel tips for the reader.

I'm a Stranger here myself: notes on returning to America after twenty years away

What does it feel like to have travelled for twenty years, then return home.  Is it still home?

On the wonders of Land & Sea Persianate travel writing

This group of essays come from a non-European point of view from men and women from the 18th to 20th centuries.  These essays show how the world looked to some.


Whether you are looking for a get away or just dreaming about one the Toronto Public Library has many tools to help you realize that dream.

Calling all Whovians

December 19, 2014 | Lynn | Comments (6) Facebook Twitter More...

As a fan of Doctor Who, I am looking forward to the Christmas special airing this Christmas Day on the Space channel. This has become an annual tradition in my house as it is for Whovians (fans of Doctor Who) the world over. For the unintiated this series is a popular British television show that ran from 1963 to 1989 and came back to television in 2005 and continues to be popular today. The series is on it's 13th doctor and each fan has their favourite Doctor.  

To help gear up for the special, Toronto Public Library has a substantial number of materials for fans to discover in book form, short stories, DVD, eBooks, eAudiobooks, graphic novels and some books that can only be discovered at the Merril Collection which is housed in Lillian H. Smith branch. I will highlight a few from each format and I encourage fans, new and faithful, to discover the full extent of our collections.


Doctor Who - Shada  The Doctor's lives and times  Doctor Who the secret lives of monsters

Doctor Who: Shada : the Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams

This is Douglas Adams completing the story of Shada, the episode that never made it to air. This is based on Adams' script.

Doctor Who: the Doctor's lives and times

To get the gossip on the man who has saved the Earth countless times from his closest friends and letters, this is a must read.

Doctor Who: the secret lives of monsters

If you are keen to add to your knowledge of the Doctor then this book will provide details relating to the Doctor's enemies.  

Short Stories

Doctor Who short stories

Doctor Who: 11 doctors 11 stories

Short stories brought to you by the leading sci fi authors of the era.


Doctor Who the time of the doctor  Doctor Who the snowmen  Doctor Who the complete fourth series

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor

This is last year's Christmas special which marked the 800th episode of the series and was a critically acclaimed episode.

Doctor Who: The Snowmen

This is the 2012 Christmas special with some old favourites returning for this special.

Doctor Who: The Complete Fourth Series

The Doctor and Donna run around time and space encountering Pompeii, Agatha Christie and the universe's largest library.


Doctor Who and the cave monsters  Doctor who and the terror of the autons  Doctor who planet of the daleks

Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters 

This is a novelization of an old episode and introduces the Silurians, a reptilian race who used to dominate the Earth.

Doctor Who and the Terror of the Autons 

This novelization features the Doctor against the Master, the only other Time Lord in existence.

Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks 

This is a novelization of the Doctor again battling those he fought in the Great Time War, the Daleks who seek to simply exterminate with great prejudice. 

Graphic novels

Doctor who prisoners of time  Star Trek the next generation Doctor Who Assimilation

Doctor Who Prisoners of Time

This graphic novel features all 11 doctors in their own stories.

Star Trek the next generation, Doctor Who Assimilation, Volume 1

This is fan favourite crossover of two popular franchises, Star Trek and Doctor Who facing off against the Borg and Cybermen. 

Merril Collection

Doctor Who the caves of Androzani  Doctor Who the writer's tale  Doctor Who the infinity doctors

Doctor Who The caves of Androzani

This is the novelization of an 1985 episode where the Doctor must consider saving others at the cost of of one of his lives.

Doctor Who The writer's tale

This book provides an indepth look at a year on the show through the eyes of the head writer and executive producer, Russell T. Davies.

The infinity doctors

This is an original story based on the Doctor that provides the reader with a "what if" reading experience.

Please check out some of the recommendations and as the Doctor would say, "Geronimo!"

Have A Very Hellblazer Hallowe'en

October 22, 2014 | Andrea | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Demons and exorcisms and nightmares, oh my! Premiering Friday on NBC and Global is Constantine, this fall's third TV show adapted from a DC Comics series. Based on the long-running horror title Hellblazer, the show is named after the sardonic sorcerer John Constantine, an antihero who battles the forces of hell with his wits and knowledge of the occult.

Viewers will likely see depictions of events from early in the comics' run. Those first stories, written by Jamie Delano and originally published in the late 80s and early 90s, are collected in the following five graphic novels.

Hellblazer - Original SinsHellblazer - The Devil You KnowHellblazer - The Fear MachineHellblazer - The Family ManHellblazer - Rare Cuts

Original Sins

This volume collects the first nine issues of Hellblazer.

The Devil You Know

Includes the special miniseries "The Horrorist."

The Fear Machine

Constantine becomes embroiled in the machinations of a secret society.

The Family Man

Constantine hunts a serial killer while wrestling with his own inner demons.

Rare Cuts

Compiles various origin stories plus other out-of-sequence issues.

If you find these stories not to your taste, keep in mind that many other writers and artists have taken on the iconic character, among them Garth Ennis and Mike Carey. Try out their work, or check out the first volume of the new Constantine comics, which replaced the Hellblazer title early last year. And remember — the show may air on primetime network television, but the horror comic series is suggested for adults. Reader discretion is advised!

Embrace your inner geek!

September 3, 2014 | Lynn | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

This past weekend was Fan Expo in Toronto, our version of comic con and more and more people are attending every year including women.  Women are starting to read more comics and GN (Graphic Novels) and new readers could be wondering, where do I start?  Here are a few suggestions for the new reader in mind.  Wonder Woman is being redone by DC Comics as a part of the new 52 series, and the story lines are strong and you can visit Wonder Woman’s facebook page here.  This Amazonian princess is up to date with social media.


Bill Willingham’s series Fables continues to entertain audiences with his mix of modern day troubles with our childhood fairy tale characters.  He is releasing Fables: The deluxe edition Book 9 in October.  You may want to start with the first in the series and work up to the current one as the series will not only be wrapping in early 2015, but is being scouted for television or movie opportunities. Fables


The Walking Dead is a super popular television show and it started as a comic.  It is up to volume 20 and is gorier than the version on television.  I would suggest checking out the comic to see why it is so popular and compare it to the television show.


I feel I should include at least one manga and I suggest Fairy Tail.  This manga is easier to read than some and is light in nature making a great entryway to the genre.  We have all the issues up to volume 39, so if you love it, there is a lot to read.  This series has a huge following with a popular wiki here.

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I hope these suggestions find you trying new books and checking out more of our amazing collection here at TPL.  If you have any favourites that you would recommend to new readers, please let me know.



The 70th Anniversary of D-Day

June 6, 2014 | Andrea | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, a hard-won victory for Allied forces during the Second World War. Veterans, leaders, dignataries and civilians across the globe gather to commemorate and honour the fallen, both at small ceremonies and international summits. Three hundred and forty Canadians died on June 6, 1944, fighting on the battlefield which came to be called Juno Beach. Here are five books focusing on our nation's heroes and the sacrifices made on that historic day.


D-Day Juno Beach: Canada's 24 Hours of Destiny by Lance Goddard

Part illustrated chronicle and part interview transcript, this book records a momentous battle hour by fierce, fatiguing hour.

Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy by Terry Copp

A military historian takes a closer look at the campaign and analyzes different strategies and tactics.

Juno: Canadians at D-Day by Ted Barris

An ensemble retelling of the battle, constructed from hundreds of interviews with veterans, from soldiers who fought on the Normandy shore to sailors who operated the guns of the surrounding ships. 

Zuehlke, also the author of Breakout from Juno and Holding Juno, is known for his detailed, thoroughly researched historical narratives about Canada's role in the Second World War.

Two Generals by Scott Chantler
A memoir in graphic novel form, this is the true story of the author's grandfather Law Chantler and his best friend, everyday heroes who crossed the ocean and fought in the French campaign together.

Beyond Black and White: Noir Graphic Novels

April 27, 2014 | M. Elwood | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

Recently a customer asked me where the library kept its noir graphic novels. Although I love film noir and have read my share of noir fiction, I was unaware that the genre existed in graphic novels.

It makes sense. Graphic novels are the perfect place to capture the smoke, shadows and betrayal that are typical of the genre.

These are a few of the noir graphic novels in the library system:

100 bullets Blacksad Dark entries Dark rain Fatale

100 Bullets: First Shot, Last Call by Brian Azzarello, writer; Eduardo Risso, artist; Grant Goleash, colorist; Clem Robins, letterer
Individuals who have been wronged are offered a chance for revenge in this anthology series.

Blacksad written by Juan Díaz Canales; illustrated by Juanjo Guarnido; lettering by Studio Cutie
Cynical private eye John Blacksad is the toughest cat in town in this hardboiled series set in 1950s America.

Dark Entries by Ian Rankin, art by Werther Dell'Edera, letters by Clem Robbins
Occult detective John Constantine investigates when supernatural events occur on the set of a reality show.

Dark Rain: a New Orleans Story by Mat Johnson, writer; Simon Gane, artist; Lee Loughridge, grey tones & colour; Pat Brousseau, letterer
Two ex-cons attempt to rob a New Orleans bank as the city struggles to survive Hurricane Katrina.

Fatale: Death Chases Me by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
Nicholas Lash meets and falls in love with a beautiful, mysterious woman with a secret in a book that will appeal to fans of HP Lovecraft and Raymond Chandler.

History of violence Noche roja Richard-starks-parker-the-hunter Scarlet West coast blues

A History of Violence by John Wagner; art by Vince Locke; lettering by Bob Lappan
A small town diner owner finds his carefully constructed identity threatened after he thwarts a robbery and becomes a media celebrity.

Noche Roja by Simon Oliver, writer; Jason Latour, art; Clem Robins, letterer
Nothing is as it appears in this tale of an ex-cop who is hired to track down a missing young woman near the Mexico/US border.

Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter adapted and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke
Professional thief Parker is set on revenge in this adaptation of a classic novel written by Donald Westlake using the name Richard Stark.

Scarlet by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev; Chris Eliopoulous, letterer
Scarlet's innocence is shattered when corrupt police officers kill her boyfriend. Fueled by grief, she begins a violent mission to avenge his death.

West Coast Blues adapted by Jacques Tardi from the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette
A man is pursued by assassins after he helps a man who has been injured in a car accident.

Ask staff for additional selections.

Winter Is Over and Game of Thrones Finally Returns

April 4, 2014 | Kelli | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Those of you who have watched the third season of Game of Thrones may still be reeling from fhe events at the Red Wedding.  Well, brace yourself.  The fourth season is ready to begin on Sunday, April 6th and it promises to have many more surprises, twists, turns and shocking events.  If  you are like me and have read ahead, you are probably waiting with anticipation to see how these events will be portrayed in the television series (and to watch our friends and family react).

If you are new to Game of Thrones, you can catch up by watching the previous three seasons.

Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Season 1 Season 2 Season 3


If you don't want to wait to get the DVDs, perhaps get started on the books. 

Game of Thrones Clash Storm Feast Dance

The books are also available in eBook and eAudiobook formats.  Go to the Toronto Public Library's OverDrive website to find them.

If you have read the books and are waiting, somewhat impatiently, for the sixth book to be published.  George R R Martin has taken pity on us and recently released a chapter from The Winds of Winter called Mercy.  Read it soon as it may not stay available forever.


For more book about the Song of Ice and Fire series (the name of the book series), check out the graphic novels and new book containing quotes from a favourite character, Tyrion Lannister.

Graphic 1 Graphic 2 Wit

Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Daniel Abraham

Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Volume 2 by Daniel Abraham

Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister by George R .R. Martin (only in eBook)


If you are looking to immerse yourself even further into the world of Westeros, have a look at these books that were inspired by the series.

Beyond Feast A to Z Philosophy Inside

Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, from A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons by Daniel Abraham.

A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Companion Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel

Game of Thrones A to Z: An Official Guide to Accompany the Hit TV Series by Martin Howden

Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper than Swords by Henry Owen Jacoby

Inside HBO's Game of Thrones by Bryan Cogman


In case you have not seen it yet, here is one of the many trailers for Season 4:



Girls On Fire: Feisty Females in Fiction

March 21, 2014 | Soheli | Comments (5) Facebook Twitter More...

March 8th marked International Women’s Day, and the film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent hits theatres today (pssst - need some read-a-likes for that too? We got you covered!). They might not seem particularly relevant to one another, but both highlight the importance of strong females – on a global scale, and in fiction. There are so many great female characters in pop culture that have no problem throwing fists, making waves and getting things done. Here’s just a few that appear in print for your reading pleasure.

Katniss_everdeen_by_patsie-d3gxeulKatniss Everdeen, archer
The Hunger Games trilogy
(read on with Catching Fire and Mockingjay)

There’s almost no way you could have not heard of the Girl on Fire by now. This young archer is no stranger to messy love triangles and family tragedy, but she’s strong enough to take down enemies more powerful than even she could imagine.

This fiery portrait to the left is by artist Patsie.


Girl who fell from the skyMarian Sutro, undercover Resistance courier
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Simon Mawer

The half-French, half-British daughter of a diplomat who is highly trained in sabotage, dead-drops, interrogation practices and well, how to kill, Marian is not one to mess with.

She is recruited to go undercover in wartime France to recover a nuclear physicist who is of deep significance to her superiors – and also happens to be a longtime crush.

Éowyn, shield maiden & neice of King Theoden
Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien
(Read on with The Two Towers and The Return of the King)

Not just a pretty face, Eowyn is a fierce competitor, even donning a male disguise so she can ride into battle. She’s the soldier who killed the witch king of Angmar, so enemies should be on guard.

Lisbeth Salander, computer hacker
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larsson
(Read on with the Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest)

She’s a fiercely anti-social heroine with a violent history. Pair that with a photographic memory and her elite computer hacking skills, and you’ve got one of the most powerful (but brutal) fictional female characters in recent memory. The Lisbeth artwork on the left, below, is by jsek.

Lisbeth_salander_by_jsek-d4mmg13  Buffy_by_AzhiDahaki 

Buffy Summers, student/slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer (graphic novel) created by Joss Whedon

I have a feeling that Buffy and a certain other vampire-loving girl wouldn’t get along. But that’s ok: Buffy is a little too busy balancing the demands of teenage girlhood with protecting humanity on the Hellmouth to make new friends anyway. The graphic novelization of this movie (and later, series) picks up where the last TV season ended, so look for all the titles, beginning with Season 8, Volume I. The Buffy artwork above, right, is by AzhiDahaki.

Emerald/Green, courtesan/assassin
Green Universe series by Jay Lake
(Read on with Endurance and Kalimpura)

She was sold as a child and trained to be a sophisticated courtesan for the pleasure of the Duke. A precious jewel in his collection of beautiful women, she was named Emerald. In defiance, she calls herself simply Green. In her world of political power and powerful magic, Green has become a dangerous woman - and she's made some enemies along the way.

Ofglen, handmaiden
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Not to be confused with Offred, who serves as the novel’s main protagonist, Ofglen is Offred’s neighbour and partner for domestic duties. A fellow handmaiden, Ofglen is secretly part of a rebel resistance aiming to take down the cruel regime that controls their world.

Arya Stark, youngest daughter of House Stark
A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

There’s a fair share of cunning and strong female characters in GRRM’s saga of power and politics, but Arya sticks out as being young, rebellious and able to use all her wits just to stay alive. She’s small but mighty and consistently escapes terrible situations - even if she does end up justthisclose to death.

Arya Stark - by pardoart
 Arya by artist pardoart

Mindy McCready/Hit-Girl, superhero
Kick-ass 2 prelude: Hit-Girl (graphic novelization) by Tom Palmer

If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll understand why I had to include Hit-Girl on this list. She’s not immune to the pitfalls of teenage living, but she’s also anything but your average kid. She’s been trained since she was tiny as a skilled and snarky crimefighter that has to lend the titular Kickass a hand more often than not.

Ellen Ripley, space pilot/warrant officer
Alien (Graphic novelization) by Archie Goodwin

You probably know her better from the popular 1979 film – that went on to spawn several other movies into the 90s – but there’s a graphic novel version of this outer space horror too. Ripley is not only a smart, no-nonsense fighter skilled enough to combat monsters from beyond our world, but she also stands out as being a little older than most of the ladies on this list, proving that saving the world isn't just for teenagers.

Arrow, sniper
Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

In this year’s One Book selection, Arrow is described as a female sniper in her late 20s with big blue eyes and dark hair, but it’s her work ethic that makes her striking. She doesn’t enjoy what she does, but feels it must be done: “Arrow pulls the trigger and ends the life of one of the soldiers in her sight, she’ll do so not because she wants him dead, although she can’t deny that she does but because the soldiers have robbed her and almost everyone else in the city of this gift” (p 12).

Bonus Pick!

In Y: The Last Man, by Brian K. Vaughan, a mysterious plague wipes out every creature on Earth with a Y chromosome (except for one guy and his pet monkey). That leaves a whole lotta women, which naturally gives rise to some pretty fierce Amazonian types as they begin to rebuild a world without men.

I'm sure to have missed some memorable heroines along the way - have a favourite you don't see?
Let us know in the comments!


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