Monday, June 08, 2015
5 Reasons to Read NIMONA, a Badass Who Won't Quit!
That was the case when I sucked down Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson.
Ballister Blackheart is a villain, but only because unfortunate circumstances forced him into it; he's not so much into the killing. One day a young girl named Nimona blows into his life. She's a shapeshifter, she wants to be his sidekick, and she's not afraid to kill. For all her chirpy cuteness she's a badass who can morph from a cat to a rhino to a vicious hell beast with almost no effort whatsoever. Nimona has Blackheart's old friend and nemesis, Abrosius Goldenloin, in her crosshairs as well as the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics.
Why read it?
1. It's subversive, irreverent, and it plays with the reader's expectations and toys with sff tropes. Villains with kind hearts, little girls scorned and thirsty for blood, knights in love. Nothing is as it seems.
2. Stevenson has created a seemingly medieval world where swords and laser guns exist side by side. New dangers + old dangers make for a whole lotta harrowing.
3. The ladies drive the bulk of the action here. Nimona, obviously, but also the Director, the mysterious and evil hand behind the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics. And we mustn't forget Dr. Meredith Blitzmeyer whose most powerful invention will change the game.
4. If you read and loved Lumberjanes, you can expect a similar kind of voice here. Stevenson's dialogue is quick, witty, and sharp.
5. This is artwork to get lost in. While it isn't as rich and colorful as the cover of the book, the style is easy and involving.
Go forth and borrow (or purchase)!