May 14th, 2011

book

Learning Double Lies; Public Bayou Legacy; Irresponsible Venom Kings; Over Lie Bounces Nail

Pack of Lies, by Laura Anne Gilman
Second of the PUPI books. I really liked it but I am getting very frustrated figuring out how it relates to the series it's spun off from and when *these* characters will get to know the characters from that series and get to the point they are at in that series and blah blah. This is my own issue, and it doesn't interfere while I'm reading the books. Only afterward. Grah.
(67/200)

Bayou, vol. 2, by Jeremy Love
Seriously brilliant exploration of African-American folklore in the form of a gripping story about a very determined little girl. Not for young 'uns, but the fractured fairy-tale crowd should love these as much as I do.
(68/200, 36/100)

Ultimate Spiderman, vol. 2: Learning Curve, vol. 3: Double Trouble, vol. 4: Legacy, vol.5: Public Scrutiny, vol. 6: Venom, vol. 7: Irresponsible, and vol 8: Cats and Kings, by Brian Michael Bendis et al
I have 4 more of these, freshly acquired this morning, lying next to me as I type RIGHT NOW, and it is only sheer force of will that keeps me typing these reviews instead of diving in. Enough said.
(69-75/200, 37-43/100)

Dogs Don't Lie, by Clea Simon (e-ARC)
So I was pretty skeptical about the whole animal-psychic protagonist gimmick, but Poisoned Pen Press is a pretty good indicator of quality, so I thought I would go ahead and try this one. I'm hoping there will be more in the series, because it completely won me over - the psychic stuff is treated with the anxiety and irritation that come along with telepathic powers in some of my favorite SF stories, and the plot was a lot of fun. Mostly, what kept me reading was the narrative voice - the protagonist is carrying around an appealing mix of confidence and self-doubt that gives her a wonderfully wry perspective on things. It's still a cosy mystery novel in which animals talk, at the end of the day, but it's smart and funny enough that I could enjoy it without feeling all discombobulated by the premise.
(76/200, 44/100)

JLA: The Nail, by Alan Davis and Mark Farmer
How would things go in the DC Universe if there were no Superman? Intense and gripping JLA Elseworlds title - though I have to admit I was disappointed by the ending.
(77/200, 45/100)

Over the Sea: CJ's First Notebook, and Mearsies Heili Bounces Back: CJ's Second Notebook, by Sherwood Smith
These are (mostly) stories that Sherwood Smith wrote when she was quite young, and then rewrote later. Which means they have the openheartedness and kitchen-pot-ness of a wonderfully imaginative kid refined by the writing skills of a mature fantasist (one of my favorites, as it happens). If you want to feel like a kid again for a few hours, without feeling all self-conscious about it, these are a great choice. I read both books in the span of three days.
(78-79/200, 46-47/100)
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