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Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Post by I am nobody » Sun May 13, 2018 1:40 pm

#7. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote. It's a true crime story with all the journalistic legwork that normally goes into those, but written as if it were fiction. Capote never makes reference to himself and presents the entire thing in third person with an omniscient narrator that's constantly jumping between all of the involved parties and does a fantastic job of getting in their heads and exploring their motivations. Great read.

I also got 10 hours into Dune before abandoning it. I can appreciate its historical significance and that it's important to many people, but I found the writing and worldbuilding to be pretty dire, personally.

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Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Post by Valigarmander » Sun May 20, 2018 4:19 am

35. National Geographic Bird Coloration by Geoffrey E. Hill. A fascinating and accessible exploration of bird coloration, including the physics of color, the chemical and structural aspects of coloration, the function of coloration in display and camouflage, and its evolution. A worthy read if you're weird like I am and enjoy learning about this crap.

36. Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol. A semi-fictional account of the author's experiences at a Russian-American summer camp. Cute, funny, and kind of makes me glad I never went to summer camp.

37. The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation by Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell. A pretty decent overview. Would've been handy to have this back when I was learning about U.S. government in school.

38. Late Victorian Holocausts by Mike Davis. The subject itself (deadly famines in British colonies and client states during the Victorian era) is a really interesting one, but the book could've been written better. Overall a bit of a slog to get through.

Books read in 2018 (38/52):
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1. DK Books 5th Edition First Aid Manual - 4/5 (Jan 16)
2. Octopus Pie Vol. 4 by Meredith Gran - 5/5 (Jan 18)
3. Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi - 4/5 (Jan 21)
4. All Who Go Do Not Return by Shulem Deen - 4/5 (Jan 24)
5. Vampire Loves by Joann Sfar - 4/5 (Jan 24)
6. Fables: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, & Steve Leialoha - 4/5 (Jan 25)
7. Cursed Pirate Girl by Jeremy A. Bastian - 5/5 (Jan 29)
8. Fables: Storybook Love by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, & Steve Leialoha - 4/5 (Feb 3)
9. Henchgirl by Kristen Gudsnuk - 3/5 (Feb 9)
10. I Hate Fairyland Vol. 2: Fluff My Life by Skottie Young - 3/5 (Feb 10)
11. I Hate Fairyland Vol. 3: Good Girl by Skottie Young - 4/5 (Feb 13)
12. The Road by Cormac McCarthy - 5/5 (Feb 18)
13. Comics for Choice by various authors - 4/5 (Feb 23)
14. Doc Bizarre M.D. by Joe Casey & Andy Suriano - 3/5 (Feb 24)
15. Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons - 4/5 (Mar 7)
16. Just So Happens by Fumio Obata - 4/5 (Mar 8)
17. Batman: Birth of the Demon by Mike W. Barr, Dennis O'Neil, Jerry Bingham, Tom Grindberg, & Norm Breyfogle - 2/5 (Mar 11)
18. March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell - 5/5 (Mar 17)
19. Batman: A Death in the Family by Jim Starlin, Jim Aparo, & Mike DeCarlo - 2/5 (Mar 18)
20. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang - 4/5 (Mar 20)
21. Weapons of Mass Diplomacy by Abel Lanzac & Christophe Blain - 5/5 (Mar 24)
22. My Pretty Vampire by Katie Skelly - 2/5 (Mar 25)
23. Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore & Brian Bolland - 3/5 (Mar 25)
24. Why Geography Matters: More Than Ever by Harm de Blij - 4/5 (Mar 26)
25. Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me by Harvey Pekar & JT Waldman - 3/5 (Mar 28)
26. Best of Enemies: Part One by Jean-Pierre Filiu & David B. - 4/5 (Mar 30)
27. Best of Enemies: Part Two by Jean-Pierre Filiu & David B. - 4/5 (Apr 3)
28. Octopus Pie Vol. 5 by Meredith Gran - 4/5 (Apr 8)
29. The Death of Stalin by Fabien Nury & Thierry Robin - 4/5 (Apr 9)
30. Hellsing Vol. 2 by Kohta Hirano - 3/5 (Apr 10)
31. Best of Enemies: Part Three by Jean-Pierre Filiu & David B. - 4/5 (Apr 11)
32. Marxism: A Graphic Guide by Rupert Woodfin & Oscar Zarate - 3/5 (Apr 17)
33. Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu - 5/5 (Apr 20)
34. Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story by Peter Bagge - 3/5 (Apr 24)
35. National Geographic Bird Coloration by Geoffrey E. Hill - 5/5 (May 8)
36. Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol - 4/5 (May 10)
37. The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation by Jonathan Hennessey & Aaron McConnell - 4/5 (May 13)
38. Late Victorian Holocausts by Mike Davis - 3/5 (May 19)

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Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Post by Valigarmander » Mon May 28, 2018 7:25 am

39 & 40. Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei vol. 1 and 2 by Koji Kumeta. I got a few chuckles out of this, but overall it was pretty mediocre. Don't think I'll continue with this series.

Books read in 2018 (40/52):
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1. DK Books 5th Edition First Aid Manual - 4/5 (Jan 16)
2. Octopus Pie Vol. 4 by Meredith Gran - 5/5 (Jan 18)
3. Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi - 4/5 (Jan 21)
4. All Who Go Do Not Return by Shulem Deen - 4/5 (Jan 24)
5. Vampire Loves by Joann Sfar - 4/5 (Jan 24)
6. Fables: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, & Steve Leialoha - 4/5 (Jan 25)
7. Cursed Pirate Girl by Jeremy A. Bastian - 5/5 (Jan 29)
8. Fables: Storybook Love by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, & Steve Leialoha - 4/5 (Feb 3)
9. Henchgirl by Kristen Gudsnuk - 3/5 (Feb 9)
10. I Hate Fairyland Vol. 2: Fluff My Life by Skottie Young - 3/5 (Feb 10)
11. I Hate Fairyland Vol. 3: Good Girl by Skottie Young - 4/5 (Feb 13)
12. The Road by Cormac McCarthy - 5/5 (Feb 18)
13. Comics for Choice by various authors - 4/5 (Feb 23)
14. Doc Bizarre M.D. by Joe Casey & Andy Suriano - 3/5 (Feb 24)
15. Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons - 4/5 (Mar 7)
16. Just So Happens by Fumio Obata - 4/5 (Mar 8)
17. Batman: Birth of the Demon by Mike W. Barr, Dennis O'Neil, Jerry Bingham, Tom Grindberg, & Norm Breyfogle - 2/5 (Mar 11)
18. March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell - 5/5 (Mar 17)
19. Batman: A Death in the Family by Jim Starlin, Jim Aparo, & Mike DeCarlo - 2/5 (Mar 18)
20. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang - 4/5 (Mar 20)
21. Weapons of Mass Diplomacy by Abel Lanzac & Christophe Blain - 5/5 (Mar 24)
22. My Pretty Vampire by Katie Skelly - 2/5 (Mar 25)
23. Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore & Brian Bolland - 3/5 (Mar 25)
24. Why Geography Matters: More Than Ever by Harm de Blij - 4/5 (Mar 26)
25. Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me by Harvey Pekar & JT Waldman - 3/5 (Mar 28)
26. Best of Enemies: Part One by Jean-Pierre Filiu & David B. - 4/5 (Mar 30)
27. Best of Enemies: Part Two by Jean-Pierre Filiu & David B. - 4/5 (Apr 3)
28. Octopus Pie Vol. 5 by Meredith Gran - 4/5 (Apr 8)
29. The Death of Stalin by Fabien Nury & Thierry Robin - 4/5 (Apr 9)
30. Hellsing Vol. 2 by Kohta Hirano - 3/5 (Apr 10)
31. Best of Enemies: Part Three by Jean-Pierre Filiu & David B. - 4/5 (Apr 11)
32. Marxism: A Graphic Guide by Rupert Woodfin & Oscar Zarate - 3/5 (Apr 17)
33. Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu - 5/5 (Apr 20)
34. Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story by Peter Bagge - 3/5 (Apr 24)
35. National Geographic Bird Coloration by Geoffrey E. Hill - 5/5 (May 8)
36. Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol - 4/5 (May 10)
37. The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation by Jonathan Hennessey & Aaron McConnell - 4/5 (May 13)
38. Late Victorian Holocausts by Mike Davis - 3/5 (May 19)
39. Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei Vol. 1 by Koji Kumeta - 2/5 (May 27)
40. Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei Vol. 2 by Koji Kumeta - 2/5 (May 28)

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Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

Post by I am nobody » Tue May 29, 2018 10:02 pm

One of the books I read was about a self-serving sociopath who put fame and profit ahead of people's lives. The other was about Charles Manson.

#8. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi - It was written by the lead prosecutor, so the book is unsurprisingly mostly about the 9 month trial. It's well worth reading for how truly bizarre the entire story is, but even more so for the conversations Bugliosi had with Manson and family members off the record, which are especially revealing about their mental states.

#9. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyou - It's about Theranos, the $9 billion company that made its founder the richest female founder in the world until whistleblowers revealed the entire thing was a fraud and her net worth dropped to $0. I was vaguely familiar with the story already and had thought it was just a somewhat entertaining Icarus tale, but it's actually pretty terrifying. On top of the obvious investor and corporate fraud, they abused and intimated their employees and ultimately launched a blood testing device they knew was completely unreliable and they'd deceived the FDA and CMS to use. They ran up to a million tests on the devices, potentially causing thousands of people to receive dangerously inappropriate care based on faulty results, before CMS banned them from doing further work and everything collapsed.

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