July 1st, 2011

El Corazon

75. The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth; 76. Hey Ho Let's Go: The Story of the Ramones

The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth
by William Shakespeare

Started: May 11, 2011
Finished: July 1, 2011

I couldn't stand the comic interludes with Falstaff and company but I pretty much enjoyed the main story of King Henry V's rise to the throne. 30 pages. Grade: C+
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Hey Ho Let's Go: The Story of the Ramones
by Everett True

Started: June 24, 2011
Finished: July 1, 2011

A fairly interesting look at the Ramones. True is an OK writer. You can tell he loves his subject and has a lot of knowledge about it. I did hate how almost anytime he mentioned another band, he had to interject his opinion about the quality of said band's music. I did also feel that he relied a bit too much on interviews and quotes from previously published sources like Please Kill Me. But as a whole, I enjoyed this and I learned a few things about the Ramones from it. 341 pages. Grade: B
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Total # of books read in 2011: 76
Total # of pages read in 2011: 23,034
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June Reading

16. Gerard Way, The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite, Illustrated by Gabriel Ba, 192 pages, Graphic Novel, Paperback, 2008 (The Umbrella Academy, Volume 1). Not your average superhero comic, featuring 7 children who were raised to prevent the end of the world. They grow up broken in their own special ways, making the effort to regroup and prevent one of their own from ending the world more than a little interesting. 4.5/5

17. Gerard Way, The Umbrella Academy: Dallas, Illustrated by Gabriel Ba, 172 pages, Graphic Novel, Paperback, 2009 (The Umbrella Academy, Volume 2). Our superheroes are trying to cope with the events from Apocalypse Suite when Number 5 attracts a lot of unwanted attention. We learn how he returned from the future, looking like he had never aged, and of the temporal agency who demand he be involved in "correcting" the JFK assassination. 5/5

18. Tess Gerritsen, Vanish, 401 pages, Mystery, Paperback, 2005 (Jane Rizzoli Series, Book 5). Human trafficking, war profiteering, and government conspiracies - Detective Rizzoli really knows how to complicate her delivery. 4/5

19. Tess Gerritsen, The Mephisto Club, 429 pages, Mystery, Paperback, 2006 (Jane Rizzoli Series, Book 6). Gruesome murders with occult symbology lead Det. Jane Rizzoli to a club of wealthy and powerful people who are very interested in the nature of true evil. 4/5