Maribou (maribou) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

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I Wake Kindly Insects; Vampire Islander Pie; Smokin' Dervish

Sandman, vol. 9: The Kindly Ones and vol. 10: The Wake, by Neil Gaiman (reread)
Just perfect. Drenched in meaning.
(248, 249)

I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov, read by Scott Brick (reread, audiobook)
So many good memories of reading Asimov came flooding back with this one... clunky, but brilliant. Brick's not my favorite reader, but he did well with this one.

Angels and Insects, by A. S. Byatt, read by Nadia May (audiobook)
Nadia May is a brilliant reader, but I don't think I'll be listening to Byatt on audiobook again. I found myself zoning out during the long complicated parts... a feature of many audiobooks, but a bug for these, since the long complicated parts of Byatt are my favorites.

Canadian Pie, by Will Ferguson
Delightful collection of miscellaneous essays, columns, book introductions, etc. I enjoyed the longer, more in-depth pieces way more than the short breezy ones... but some of the short breezy ones were written for the small-town paper I read growing up, so they had their own charms.

I Am An Islander, by Patrick Ledwell
These were all short and breezy. They were extremely fun. Also, they made me homesick.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus, vol. 6, by Scott Allie et al
This was.... really good, actually. Not sure if it was the result of existing artists/writers hitting their stride at long last, or if there was a different creative team... but I hugely enjoyed it.

American Dervish, by Ayad Akhtar
A brilliant and moving small novel about one boy's coming-of-age. The secondary characters were more finely drawn than one normally expects from even the best of these, and I was totally absorbed in the story while I read.

Smokin' Seventeen, by Janet Evanovich
This was so forgettable I forgot all about it! I have no idea when I read this, but it was definitely sometime last year.... I went to read it this week and realized everything was incredibly familiar. Whoops. (Yes, I will still be reading the next one.)

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