Casey (lastbestchance) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

90. The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan; 91-95. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8: Volumes 1-5...

The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan
by James T. Farrell

Started: February 4, 2010
Finished: February 7, 2010

One of the best written, most realistic looks at a man's imperceptible descent into alcoholism, into living a wasted life, that I've ever read. Truly great novel. 369 pages. Grade: A+
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8
edited by Scott Allie

Started/Finished: February 7, 2010

Volume 1: The Long Way Home

A big improvement over the previous Buffy comics now that the writers (Joss Whedon in this case) don't have to try and fit their stories within the television show's time frame but can branch out and look to the future. 132 pages. Grade: B+

Volume 2: No Future For You

I really, really liked the Faith/Giles teamup, didn't care much about the other story contained here. 132 pages. Grade: A-

Volume 3: Wolves at the Gate

Another good collection. I'd read this once before when it first came out and remember not caring for the whole Buffy experiments with lesbianism subplot, but, i don't know, it made sense and worked this time when I read it. I especially liked the Xander-Dracula interplay. 134 pages. Grade: A-

Volume 4: Time of Your Life

Never having read Fray, this collection didn't hold my interest like the last two did. It wasn't bad, just wasn't great either. 136 pages. Grade: B-

Volume 5: Predators and Prey

A bunch of B-level stories, nothing special here. 144 pages. Grade: B-
Total # of Books Read in 2010: 95
Total # of Pages Read in 2010: 20,346

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