July 4th, 2010

Scott Pilgrim NY

53-58 (Scott Pilgrim; The Immortals series)


53. Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life (vol 1.1) - Bryan Lee O'Malley
54. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (vol 1.1) - Bryan Lee O'Malley
55. Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness (vol 1.1) - Bryan Lee O'Malley
56. Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together (vol 1.1) - Bryan Lee O'Malley
57. Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe (vol 1.1) - Bryan Lee O'Malley
58. Dark Flame (The Immortals, Book 4) - Alyson Noël

I really love Scott Pilgrim. I love a lot of Oni comics (Barry Ween, Blue Monday, Clerks, Hopeless Savages, Lost at Sea [also by O'Malley], Scooter Girl, Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen [I mean, really!], ), especially ones that reference music. I can't wait for this movie to come out. It's going to be amazing. And I can't wait for volume 6 of the graphic novel!

I am so done with Alyson Noël's Immortals series. I was just bored and annoyed. The female lead is just as annoying as Bella Swan, and on top of that the author is wicked preachy about how the girl should have better self esteem and goes on and on about unconditional love and blah, blah, blah. Boring as exposition AND I just got tired of being hit over the head with the same moral lessons over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and ... Plus, the plot was freaking boring. I am just done.
Dead Dog Cat

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I managed to finish reading another David Weber book from the Honor Harrington series...the latest, Mission of Honor. I like these books in general, but the series seems to have nearly stalled. More than three quarters of this book seems to be meetings of one sort or another, and much of the interpersonal detail is laid down much earlier in the series. If you picked this up cold, you'd probably have trouble following it. It moves the series forward, but it isn't stand-alone at all.

Lost Wisenheimer Frog Now Fallen History

The Book of Lost Things, by John Connolly
This was a marvelous novel, full of retold fairy tales (even creepier than the originals) and serving as a fairy tale in and of itself as well. Another one for the "you can be dark and sad without getting all The Magicians about the ending" bookshelf. I loved the resonances in it, but also the quirky bits that felt like they could ONLY have belonged to this book, or at least that only in this book could they come together in such an inventive way. I'm not really doing it justice, because it was so immersive that, while I was reading it, I was only in the story, and not thinking about what I thought about the story. I recommend it.

Wisenheimer, by Mark Oppenheimer
Fun! Memoir of being a highly verbal little kid and then a teenager heavily involved in debate. I was completely unsurprised that it was so fluidly written;). I do love "here is what was important to me when I was growing up" memoirs.

City Dog, Country Frog, by Mo Willems, illustrated by Jon J. Muth
Jon J. Muth could illustrate the telephone book and it would be worth reading. In this case, the text is good too. Shades of Ecclesiastes...

Fallen, by Lauren Kate (ARC)
Trashy teen novel about OMGangelsandreincarnationandbadboysandfatedlovechangingthecourseofhumanhistory. That said, it was pretty fun desultory summer afternoon reading. I'm pleased the sequel will be out in a few months.
(107/200, ARC bank at -7)

And Now We Are Going to Have a Party, by Nicola Griffith
This book was put together in SUCH a nifty way. Five small chapbook-like volumes, repros of childhood artifacts, *scratch-and-sniff* cards (I know! Awesome!), and some letterpressing. Also a CD! In a lovely box. And the autobiography contained within all that shininess is brilliant in that Nicola Griffith way where everything seems like it just flows along completely naturally and was effortless to write. Except if that were the case it wouldn't be nearly so effortless to read. Very very interesting, very very shiny. (I do wish the binders had used a different glue, since I plan on rereading it and all my five volumes are halfway-to-falling-apart already, but that's a minor thing. And might just be a fluke of my copy.)
(108/200, 9/100)

Henry Steele Commager: Midcentury Liberalism and the History of the Present, by Neil Jumonville
I only tracked down this book because I wanted to see the picture of Evan Commager (the subject's wife) with their kids. But then I started reading it more or less by accident and got hooked. Not by the *language* of the writing, which is just adequate, but by the story in it: someone's whole intellectual flowering told in the context of their family life, the history of the time, other people's careers in the same academic and public arenas... fascinating. Also interested to read a biographer trying to be middle-of-the-road about the McCarthy era, since everything else I've read about it has been by people like Doris Lessing and May Sarton who were all "AAAAAAAAA MCCARTHY EVIL AAAAAAAA". Which, you know, I sort of think is right. But it was good to get some wider context.
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185. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus, Volume 7; 186. Love's Labour's Lost

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus, Volume 7
edited by Scott Allie

Started: July 1, 2010
Finished: July 4, 2010

There was nothing great in this last collection of Buffy comics, but there was nothing awful either. There was a bit too much callback of comic book-only villains from previous issues that I think I was supposed to remember but didn't. 404 pages. Grade: B-
Love's Labour's Lost
by William Shakespeare

Started: July 1, 2010
Finished: July 4, 2010

If it wasn't for summaries on the internet, I wouldn't have understood a damn thing that happened in this play. It was awful. 26 pages. Grade: F
Total # of Books Read in 2010: 186
Total # of Pages Read in 2010: 46,929

Book 29/50

My 29th read is Mara and Dann by Doris Lessing.

It was an excellent read, both thought provoking and engrossing. The plot is actually quite simple : in the future, we follow Mara and Dann during a long journey through Africa (which Doris Lessing calls Ifrik, because of the way words change). The story begins with a palace coup that Mara and Dann are forced to flee when they are still children. Then, they live in a rural village which, years later, they have to leave because of a terrible drought. Follows their struggle to find a better place to live.

Mara and Dann is a very good read. I loved the character of Mara, and her brother Dann was attaching as well. This book also raises lots of issues about climatic changes, without sounding like a pamphlet. You see Doris Lessing's point, but you can feel she still cared about the story. An excellent novel.
Eric Looks at Sookie

No. 26 for 2010

Title: Reckless
Author: Andrew Gross
Rating: 2/5
Book: 26/50 (52% completed)
Pages: 401 pgs
Total Pages 9,674/15,000 pages (64.49% completed)
Next up: Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

Not a fan of this one. I love Andrew Gross but I found this book boring and hard to get into. This disappoints me as Gross' novels are usually edge of your seat action type of books.

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