The weekend at the end of March is here, and it brought Weekend Reading 203 with it. As usual, The Beat elite will be holing up in Stately Beat Manor and getting lost in a good book. What will you be paging through? Be sure and let The Beat know in the comment section, or over on our Bluesky page.

Weekend Reading 203
Weekend Reading 203: When I Arrived at the Castle & Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood.

AVERY KAPLAN: This weekend, I’m revisiting When I Arrived in the Castle by E.M. Carroll. While I enjoyed this graphic novel immensely when I first read it a few years ago, I’m curious to see how this new edition from Silver Sprocket differs (if it does at all). Then as far as prose goes, I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, but my interest is piqued by the interesting art on Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas. I don’t know anything about the story itself, but I’m looking forward to finding out if it’s equally engaging.

Weekend Reading 203
Weekend Reading 203: 2000 AD.

DEAN SIMONS: I am wickedly behind on my 2000 AD subscription and have issues of the British weekly stretching back to November 2023. This weekend I am aiming to reach the Xmas prog. Lots of great series to enjoy, though. I am particularly partial to Ian Edginton & D’Israeli’s Helium, which returned after a very long absence at the conclusion of its first series. 

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Weekend Reading 203: Blood of the Virgin.

BEAU Q.: I’ve been feeling introspective all week, so I’ve been drawn to the personal essays of video essayist, Tim Rogers. The structure of these beauts is as follows: upfront infrastructural information about the story you’re about to read, Hemingway-short prose that follows moment to moment observations into conversations with strangers that expand upon the essay’s larger theme, and finally, a pensive statement that was alluded to that wraps the passage into a narrative. Additionally, I’m LIVE FROM WONDERCON. I found Sammy Harkham’s Blood of the Virgin half-off. Even though I did a full-ass review of it [which you can find here], I’ve never read it in print. It’s a big ass book and it’s gonna take more than one weekend to read it all.

Weekend Reading 203
Weekend Reading 203: X-Men: Inferno.

TAIMUR DAR: I may be in Anaheim with the rest of Team Beat covering WonderCon this weekend but that won’t stop me from doing some reading. To that end, the X-Men ‘97 is definitely tapping into my X-Men nostalgia and the most recent episode has me interested in reading the original Inferno storyline. 

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Weekend Reading 203: I Cannot Reach You vols. 2 + 3.

KRISTINA ELYSE BUTKE: I’m continuing reading Mika’s BL series I Cannot Reach You. I started volume one last weekend and enjoyed it, and I plan to continue with volumes two and three this weekend. It’s about two boys who couldn’t be more different from each other who are the best of friends…until one of the boys accidentally reveals something that sounds a lot like a love confession. Can their friendship handle this, or will something more develop between them?

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