July 29th, 2012

Dead Dog Cat

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Although I've been pressing to finish homework-related readings, I did manage to finish an unrelated book today, this being Osprey Campaign #114: Lepanto 1571: The Greatest Naval Battle of the Renaissance. This was an important battle to deal with Ottoman expansion into Europe, thus a vital campaign in world history. Not a bad read; some good graphics.

Dead Hood's Good Avenger; Live Wild Freefall

Red Hood's Revenge, by Jim C. Hines
Delightful. My favorite of the series so far.

Stay at Home Dead, by Jeffrey Allen
My brother-in-law and sister both said I had to read this because it would remind me of them (and my niece), and because it was funny. They were right.

The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, by Kim Harrison
Still a few annoying mistakes, but nothing of the scale of the mink = rodent theory that had me almost throwing the first one across the room. Very fun popcorn reading.

Blue Avenger and the Theory of Everything, by Norma Howe
This didn't hang together for me as well as the other books in this series. Not sure it if was me or the book. However, the last chapter or so was absolutely delightful, and had me laughing so hard that my husband demanded to know what was funny.

A Wild Light, by Marjorie M. Liu
Gripping urban fantasy with scifi underpinnings. The previous book in this series was a bit hard to follow, but this one wasn't at all, and I couldn't put it down. SO good.

Buffy Season 9, vol. 1: Freefall, by Joss Whedon et al., and Angel and Faith, vol. 1: Live Through This, by Christos N. Gage et al.
I spent season 8 reading one single issue at a time and it drove me crazy - I'm a big-story-arc kinda gal. So I waited for these trade paperbacks to come out - and I'm very glad I did, because I enjoyed them a lot more than I did last season. The Angel volume was particularly good - it hung together a little more tightly (so far) than the Buffy story did. Or it was more old-school. Or something.
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14 - Doctor Who: Anachrophobia by Jonathan Morris

This was one of the adventures of the Eighth Doctor, whose only non-book appearance was in the American TV movie in the 90s. Summary from Amazon : An Eighth Doctor novel with Fitz and Anji. The Doctor, Fitz and Anji are forced to land in inhospitable terrain as something disables the Tardis. Reconnaissance proves it to be a planet in revolt, with colonists trying to break free from the harsh clutches of the Plutocratic Empire. The principal weapon in this war: time itself. Soldiers continually find themselves in Time Storms: without protective clothing, they are aged to death in seconds. The Tardis crew are picked up by empire personnel, and discover the empire's hope for victory: a primitive time-travel capsule. It is undergoing tests at the moment, but the men who return from these missions return horribly changed. They're picking up a terrible infection: anachrophobia; losing their time-orientation; travelling backwards and forwards within their own lifetimes; losing their minds. The Doctor is desperate to halt the spread of the disease, but his efforts are constantly frustrated. The plague reveals that there's a lot more about the motives of all involved than anybody had imagined...
The first bit of the book kind of dragged for me, but once the results of the plague became apparent, as well as their effects on the Doctor, Fitz and Anji, I was definitely hooked and a bit creeped out. There were also some tie-ins to past novels, which I didn't get because I haven't read those particular books. All in all, this read very like watching one of the episodes, and I kept having to alter the voice of the Doctor in my head from David Tennant (the 10th Doctor) to Paul McGann (Eighth Doctor).

16 - Lisa's Story: The Other Shoe by Tom Batiuk

As the title suggests, this is Lisa's Story. Lisa Moore, the wife of the teacher with the big glasses in the comic strip Funky Winkerbean. It starts in 1999 with her diagnosis of breast cancer, follows her through the treatment phase, and into remission. It then flashes 7 years into the future, when she relapses, and then follows her through to the end.
This is a book that, as a cancer survivor, I found very poignant. Tom Batiuk really dug into the feelings and actions that come with being a cancer patient, at all stages from "that doesn't feel right, I'm calling the doctor" to "I'm in remission, what now?". The second half goes deeper, showing more of how cancer affects relationships, from spouses, children and friends. I would recommend it to anyone dealing with, not only cancer, but any disease, fatal or not, in any form - patient, family, caregiver, survivor.