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Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

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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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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):
Spoiler.
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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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):
Spoiler.
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!!

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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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Post by Valigarmander » Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:41 am

41. Madame Frankenstein by Megan Levens & Jamie S. Rich. An interesting take on the Frankenstein tale. I ended up liking it. The ending was rather shocking.

42. Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly & Lewis Trondheim. A memoir of Findakly's youth in Iraq. I really loved this one.

43. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. Another memoir, this one being of Bui's family in Vietnam, their struggles during the war, and eventual flight to the United States. This one was also really good.

44. Russia and the Russians: A History by Geoffrey Hosking. A general history of Russia from Kievan Rus' to the end of the Yeltsin administration. A really good read, though being 17 years old it's missing a lot of the crazy **** that's happened since it was written.

Books read in 2018 (44/52):
Spoiler.
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)
41. Madame Frankenstein by Megan Levens & Jamie S. Rich - 4/5 (May 28)
42. Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly & Lewis Trondheim - 5/5 (Jun 2)
43. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - 5/5 (Jun 9)
44. Russia and the Russians: A History by Geoffrey Hosking - 4/5 (Jun 24)

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Re: 52 weeks of Reading- 2018 edition!!

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Post by Booyakasha » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:48 am

Re-read Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy. 'The Blade Itself', 'Before They Are Hanged', and 'The Last Argument of Kings'. Good, good series, if you're keen on death and torture and screaming and naughty language and good guys who are almost incalculably worse than the bad guys.

First appearance of Nicomo Cosca, famed soldier of fortune. Potentially the most despicable ficrional character you'll ever love.
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Post by Valigarmander » Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:11 am

45. The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis. A very... odd story. Took a couple of turns I wasn't expecting.

46. The Tyrannosaur Chronicles by David Hone. An overview of tyrannosaur biology, the history of their study, and theories about them. A really fascinating read.

47. You Can't Touch My Hair (And Other Things I Still Have to Explain) by Phoebe Robinson. The pop culture references were a little thick for my taste, but this was still an informative look into what it's like being black and a woman.

48. The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar. Been meaning to read this for a long time. I very much enjoyed it, and am looking forward to checking out the sequel.

Books read in 2018 (48/52):
Spoiler.
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)
41. Madame Frankenstein by Megan Levens & Jamie S. Rich - 4/5 (May 28)
42. Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly & Lewis Trondheim - 5/5 (Jun 2)
43. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - 5/5 (Jun 9)
44. Russia and the Russians: A History by Geoffrey Hosking - 4/5 (Jun 24)
45. The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis - 3/5 - (Jul 3)
46. The Tyrannosaur Chronicles by David Hone - 4/5 (Jul 4)
47. You Can't Touch My Hair (And Other Things I Still Have to Explain) by Phoebe Robinson - 4/5 (Jul 12)
48. The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar - 4/5 (Aug 5)

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Post by ScottyMcGee » Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:28 pm

Oh man. I lagged behind on my reading so bad. I was doing so good too. Then life happened.
Spoiler.
1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (HELL YEAH! Required reading for any sci-fi reader)

2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams (HELL YEAH! Gets better)

3. Life, the Universe and Everything - Douglas Adams (YEAH! Got way more surreal but still fun)

4. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish - Douglas Adams (YEAH! Probably my least favorite - kind of weak - by all means funny - just weaker compared to the rest)

5. Mostly Harmless - Douglas Adams (HELL YEAH! Honestly I think this is my favorite. Such a shame that this is the last one he wrote. It's so wonderfully written and so goddamn funny. He had a way of elaborating with such stinging British wit that I don't think I've read any other writer after him come close. I recently bought the Eoin Colfer one so I'll see how that goes soon. )

6. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline (Okay. The constant fawning over the 80's started to really annoy me not even 100 pages in. But that actually wasn't the worst part. The worst part was the main character being a total creeper on the girl. There's a chapter where he's talking to her online and presses her with questions like SO ARE YOU HOT? ARE YOU A GIRL? ARE YOU A PRETTY GIRL? ARE YOU A GIRL WITH REAL GIRL PARTS?. Like DUDE. No. Stop. Please.)

7. Victor in the Rubble - Alex Finley (HELL YEAH. This book came as a surprise. A friend lent it to me to read. Such a goddamn funny book. Think of Archer except downplaying the raunchy jokes and more like Office Space for spies.)
8. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams (YEAH! Weird and funny. The beginning was really slow but it picked up like a roller coaster. I could totally see a Doctor Who influence in this. Not surprising since Adams wrote for the show.)

9. The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams (HELL YEAH! Funnier than the first Dirk Gently novel. It has one of my favorite quotes ever in the very beginning about airports. Funnier and weirder but somehow easier to follow than the first.)

10. Captain Marvel by Jim Starlin: The Complete Collection (YEAH! Cheesy old Marvel but I wanted to get into Captain Marvel after I saw Avengers: Infinity War.)

11. Justice League Dark: In the Dark by Peter Milligan (Okay. I've been really getting into Zatanna lately and wanted to read Justice League Dark. Tbh, it's just okay. Nothing amazing. Nothing really bad. Thought it'd be better.)

12. I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope by Chessy Prout with Jenn Abelson (WOW. I devoured this book. This book just randomly caught my eye in Barnes and Noble a while ago. I had read Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer but was interested in reading this very personal account of college rape. It's absolutely shocking the disgusting things that happened in St. Paul's School - both by students in their behavior and the faculty by their inaction. Despite knowing what to expect, it's different fully realizing just how many awful, **** people there are who support toxic sexual behavior.)

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Post by Valigarmander » Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:59 am

49. God and the Fascists by Karlheinz Deschner. An indictment of the Catholic Church and its canoodling with Fascist states in the lead up to WWII. Doesn't try to hide its bias. Also rather sympathetic to Communism. An interesting subject, but I don't think I'd recommend this particular book.

50. The Defense of Slavery, edited by Richard Buchko. A collection of three antebellum pro-slavery tracts. If you've ever been tempted to believe that ad hominems, false equivalencies, appeals to emotion, and other fallacious arguments are a product of the internet age, rest assured that those stupidities have always been around.

51. The Arab of the Future 3 by Riad Sattouf. Read it, loved it, can't wait for #4.

52. The Ends of the World by Peter Brannen. An examination of the five largest mass extinctions in the history of life on Earth. You may be surprised to find out how often dramatic climate change was involved.

53. Death to the Tsar by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin (the guys who did The Death of Stalin). A semi-fictional account of the assassination of the Grand Duke of Moscow in 1905. It was alright, though the two halves of the book felt like completely different stories.

Books read in 2018 (53/52):
Spoiler.
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)
41. Madame Frankenstein by Megan Levens & Jamie S. Rich - 4/5 (May 28)
42. Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly & Lewis Trondheim - 5/5 (Jun 2)
43. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - 5/5 (Jun 9)
44. Russia and the Russians: A History by Geoffrey Hosking - 4/5 (Jun 24)
45. The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis - 3/5 - (Jul 3)
46. The Tyrannosaur Chronicles by David Hone - 4/5 (Jul 4)
47. You Can't Touch My Hair (And Other Things I Still Have to Explain) by Phoebe Robinson - 4/5 (Jul 12)
48. The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar - 4/5 (Aug 5)
49. God and the Fascists by Karlheinz Deschner - 3/5 (Aug 5)
50. The Defense of Slavery by Richard Buchko - 3/5 (Aug 10)
51. The Arab of the Future 3 by Riad Sattouf - 4/5 (Aug 15)
52. The Ends of the World by Peter Brannen - 4/5 (Aug 17)
53. Death to the Tsar by Fabien Nury & Thierry Robin - 3/5 (Aug 17)
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Post by I am nobody » Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:52 pm

I feel a bit behind on this:

10. The History of Ancient Rome

11. The Medieval World

12. All the President's Men

10 and 11 were pretty much what they say on the tin.

I was hoping 12 would be a history of Watergate, but it was really a history of the Washington Post reporting on Watergate. Totally my fault for not fully reading the description.

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Post by Apollo the Just » Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:46 pm

I was in bed for a solid 4 days and after running out of speedruns to watch I decided to re-read Harry Potter. Haven’t read the books since each came out when I was a kid-teen and my perspective has changed a lot, plus I’m a more advanced reader now.

I only got through the first 2 but I loved them. I didn’t realize just how much the movies are forced to streamline everything; there’s a lot of good nuance and minor character interaction and plot threads being introduced in much more natural ways. I love children’s books, especially ones that grow up with their audience like the How to Train Your Dragon book series; this is absolutely scratching that itch for me.

There are also a lot of times where movie Harry does some dumb **** whereas book Harry intentionally avoids doing so or has no choice because he isn’t a complete idiot. There are also a lot of times where Ron says something intelligent about the Wizarding World because he grew up in it but in the movie it’s Hermione because Ron is dumb lol. OH also I love how the books actually do comment here and there on the integration of muggle-born students? Like they talk about soccer and Hermione’s parents are changing money at Gringotts and such. The world has much more nuance.

I despise JKR and I ignore everything she has ever said post canon but her work was really good and I’m enjoyinh it a lot.

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13. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

It's basically to Revelation what Life of Brian is to whatever book Jesus is in, and I'm upset with the world that it took this long for me to find it.

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Post by steeze » Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:34 am

I really enjoy Neil Gaiman. I remember reading "Neverwhere," like 15 years ago and just praying they would make a video game or a movie about it.

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Post by Booyakasha » Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:46 pm

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Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:34 am
I really enjoy Neil Gaiman. I remember reading "Neverwhere," like 15 years ago and just praying they would make a video game or a movie about it.
Can I assume you saw the TV show and didn't like it?
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Post by steeze » Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:14 pm

Was completely unaware of it as a matter of fact. I don't watch much television outside of Netflix and movies online. I did just watch some clips of the show though and it doesn't look that great. Was it true the show came before the book?

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No idea. I read the book, but all I know about the series is that it exists.
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Post by Booyakasha » Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:28 pm

...Harlan Ellison became my new favourite author during a sixteen-hour train-ride to Minot last year in March, and I've been reading his stuff on and off ever since.

He died this year.

...Ellison was one of the most ridiculously prolific authors ever. Like, he signed his name to well over a thousand works. A thousand. Most authors aspire to a tenth of that, and few of those other guys' works will make me cry as hard as "The Deathbird" did. (I read "The Deathbird" on break at work last week, and in the middle of it, Ellison sets forth a very intense personal essay about the death of his dog Ahbhu. I was sobbing by the end, man.)

Anyhow. Most recent work I've read was "'Repent, Harlequin!', Said the Ticktockman", by Ellison. It's pretty much a dystopian Joker v. Batman story, if Batman were indisputably the villain of the story. It's good.
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Post by ScottyMcGee » Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:39 pm

^Huh. I thought Harlan Ellison was already dead. Weird. I first recognized his work on Star Trek's City on the Edge of Forever. Then I realized he was the one who wrote I Have No Mouth but I Must Scream. **** up story. I bought a book of short stories from him but I've yet to read it.

I decided to put more of a review in the books I read, complete with highlighting them red if I've read them for the first time. OooOoOoOo.
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1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
I started off by rereading the entire Hitchhiker's Series (and more). I read them so long ago in like 8th grade/freshman year of high school. I was surprised by how short the first one was. For those of you who haven't read it, you're missing out. Even if you don't feel like reading the entire series, at the very least, read this one. It created the legendary, perfectly dull and ordinarily British Arthur Dent, who gets caught in wandering through space still in his bathrobe. I consider it required reading for any sci-fi fan. Grade: A

2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
The fun continues and things get really bizarre. Once you step back and take it all in, this is a really bizarre book. It borders on the surreal. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series is like if you mix Doctor Who with Kurt Vonnegut. Douglas Adams actually wrote for Doctor Who, so many of these things feel "Doctor Who-ish". Heck, the character Ford Prefect is basically The Doctor. Adams wrote the following Doctor Who serials: The Pirate Planet, The City of Death (co-writer and pseudonym David Agnew) and the infamous unfinished serial, Shada. He also was the story editor throughout Season 17. I'd go so far as to say that if Doctor Who never existed, neither would The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It takes the goofiness of Doctor Who to the nth degree, entering pure satire. Grade: A

3. Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
This was a scrapped story for a Doctor Who serial. Out of all the books, this one has a clear, concrete villain - the Krikkitmen. Well. It gets more complicated than that. But it wraps up nicely and ties in some previous subplots. This was meant to end the "trilogy" until Adams decided to write more. Grade: A

4. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
The weakest of the series. Still funny. But I didn't feel like it went anywhere. I know that's a weird thing to say for a Hitchhiker's book but this one REALLY felt like it went nowhere. But it's still damn funny. Grade: A -

5. Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams
Honestly I think this is my favorite of the lot. It's such a shame that this is the last one he wrote. It's so wonderfully written and so goddamn funny. He had a way of elaborating with such stinging British wit that few came close. Having read the entire series in order one after another, you can really tell that his writing skills really improved by the time he wrote this book. Compared to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Mostly Harmless has a much stronger prose and imagery. While the humor in the first book stemmed from simple, short and dry humor, Mostly Harmless has you laughing out loud with meandering paragraphs. Grade: A+

6. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The constant fawning over the 80's started to really annoy me not even 100 pages in. But that actually wasn't the worst part. The worst part was the main character being a total creeper on the girl. There's a chapter where he's talking to her online and presses her with questions like SO ARE YOU HOT? ARE YOU A GIRL? ARE YOU A PRETTY GIRL? ARE YOU A GIRL WITH REAL GIRL PARTS?. Like DUDE. No. Stop. Please. I appreciate the general concept behind it though. The ISP's taking control of everything. The gritty futuristic world without a future. I wanted more of THAT. Instead, the main character kept telling me about '80's stuff. Grade: C

7. Victor in the Rubble by Alex Finley

The funniest book I ever read was Paul Neilan's Apathy and Other Small Victories. This book came as a surprise and is probably as funny as Apathy and Other Small Victories. A friend lent it to me to read. Such a goddamn funny book. Think of the show Archer, except downplay the raunchy jokes and make it more like Office Space for spies. It pokes fun at the bureaucracy and I was reminded of my own job. Thanks. Grade: A

8. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

Back to Douglas Adams! Weird and funny. This DEFINITELY has OBVIOUS DOCTOR WHO VIBES. You can literally replace the character Dirk Gently for The Doctor. In that sense, Dirk Gently doesn't feel much of a character here. The real story follows some hapless guy bumbling his way through a failing relationship and annoying job. Dirk doesn't show up until more than halfway through the book, and he magically propels our protagonist through the plot. The ending and the mysteries revealed are so mind boggling that I honestly had to reread it to understand what the hell was going on. I felt like Adams put too much into this - there were supernatural and science-fiction elements clashing. The beginning was really slow but it picked up like a roller coaster once Dirk appeared. Grade: B

9. The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams
Way funnier than the first Dirk Gently novel. It has one of my favorite quotes ever in the very beginning about airports. Funnier and weirder but somehow easier to follow than the first. Dirk Gently is also more of a character than in the first book. We get to really know him here. Grade: A

10. Captain Marvel by Jim Starlin: The Complete Collection

Cheesy old Marvel. You get what you signed up for, you know? But I wanted to get into Captain Marvel after I saw Avengers: Infinity War. Jim Starlin was the guy who not only introduced Captain Marvel but Thanos and the whole Infinity Gauntlet thing. He was the man who made Marvel cosmic. Oh. Also, "The Complete Collection" is quite misleading. Not actually THE COMPLETE collection. Grade: B

11. Justice League Dark: In the Dark by Peter Milligan

I've been really getting into Zatanna lately. I read Mystik U, which is a hot, fresh new take on Zatanna's story from this year. The only sin that had was that it was only written as a 3-part series. I had my eye on Justice League Dark and started reading it. To be honest, it's just okay. Nothing amazing. Nothing really bad. Thought it'd be better. Grade: B -

12. I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope by Chessy Prout with Jenn Abelson

WOW. I devoured this book. This book just randomly caught my eye in Barnes and Noble a while ago. I had read Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer two years ago. That book was more of an objective, research perspective on rape culture in college towns across America. I highly recommend that book for anyone researching college rape. As such, it was very dry and to the point. Nothing wrong with that, but I realized that I was interested in reading this personal account of college rape. It's absolutely shocking the disgusting things that happened in St. Paul's School - both by students in their behavior and the faculty by their inaction. Despite knowing what to expect, it's different fully realizing just how many awful, **** up people there are who support toxic sexual behavior. Grade: A+
13. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
My main plan of attack for this year's 52 Books for 2018 was to read Douglas Adams, then Isaac Asimov, then Terry Pratchett's Discworld and then Lord of the Rings. The concept was to read the satire and the genre that it satirized. That was too ambitious of a task right away given how distracted I am with my reading. At any rate, I reread I, Robot and I appreciated it a lot more this time around rather than when I was a teenager. I read it back when the Will Smith movie was released, and so I had my judgments about how I enjoyed the movie better. The book is actually a collection of Asimov's robot stories, but he pieced it together with a framed narrative through the character Dr. Susan Calvin. Asimov is best known for creating the Three Laws of Robotics. I, Robot is basically "Let's throw every possible logical conundrum with these laws and the robots". Asimov was a product of the 50's, and you can easily feel it in the setting and attitude. The characters can be flat and the main focus is the science-fiction behind the story. However, the final story (I won't spoil it) is quite prophetic and foreboding. Grade: A-

14. The Thrill of the Chase: A Memoir by Forrest Fenn

So I came across Forrest Fenn on the Internet when I was looking up stories about buried treasure - William Kidd and all that. Fenn is still alive today and back in 2010 he decided to bury approximately $2 million's worth of gold coins, jewels and other valuables somewhere up north from Santa Fe in the Rocky Mountains. He wrote a book about some of the most important experiences of his life, as well as about how he came to bury the treasure. So I went to his website and ordered the book to see for myself. He wrote a poem that holds clues to where the treasure is hidden. To this day, you can find people trying to crack the riddles in the poem and trying to find Fenn's treasure. Fenn thought it was a good way for people to get outdoors. He served in the Air Force during Vietnam and became disillusioned by the war. He had some epiphanies about life and how one should savor the moment and try to do something memorable. It's not a long book at all - pretty big and with large text. It's a nice memoir, but of course the main reason why anyone would really buy it is to figure out the clues to the treasure hunt. He chose these stories because they hold keys to where the treasure is hidden. I've written down my own notes on everything. Maybe I'll come across an answer and find myself taking a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. I'm not sure how to grade this. I'll give it an "A" since I felt like yes, I did get something out of it, and he's a good writer too.


15. The Jersey Devil by James F. McCloy and Ray Miller, Jr.

DISTRACTION. I saw this in a bookstore and I remembered seeing it for years when I was little but I wasn't as insane about cryptids as I am now. BEing that I'm writing a fantasy story concerning The Jersey Devil, I HAD to buy this book. It's a regional classic that was first published in 1976. So it's a bit dated but in the long run it's still fascinating. This book basically compiles all the stories and strange sightings of the Jersey Devil since its supposed legendary birth in 1735 by Mrs. Leeds, who cursed her thirteenth child. I wasn't quite aware the scope of the Jersey Devil's popularity in the early 1900's, when it reached national headlines during the crazy week of January 16 - 23, 1909. Kids were told to stay at home from school. A woman's poor dog got mauled to death one night from the supposed Jersey Devil. Noted zoologists tried to explain it. It even supposedly attacked a trolley. That entire week, nobody seemed to be able to sleep at night in New Jersey. . . Grade: A


16. Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell by Paul Dini

I always wanted this graphic novel but it's never in Barnes and Noble. I wanted to hold off on ordering it online (and was also hesitant because ANYTIME I order ANY book or video game or CD from the Internet, it gets dented or bent in some way) but then I found it for sale in a comic shop. Perfect. I absolutely adore the artwork by Joe Quinones. He fleshes out Zatanna and Black Canary well, going for a very classic, sleek feel. The story itself ended up being. . .eh. . .weaker than I had imagined. I thought it was going to be longer with more intrigue. The rest of the book has sketches and early drafts of the graphic novel. So I ended it with a resounding, "Oh." Grade: B

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Post by Booyakasha » Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:59 am

Yeah, seems a lot of people had just assumed he'd died years ago. Only reason I knew he hadn't is because I was kind of silently watching the progress of 'Blood's a Rover', which he was supervisin. In any case, it's nothing to be ashamed of------------bet a lot of Ray Bradbury fans would be gobsmacked to learn Bradbury only just died in 2012, rather than decades earlier. Probably lots of people assumed Peter O'Toole died ages ago instead of in 2013. When someone gets a string of huge influential hits early on, it stands to reason one will assume they died if they haven't gone on knockin em out the park quite like they did when they was young turks, yeah.
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Post by Valigarmander » Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:29 am

54. Plutona by Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox, and Jordie Bellaire. Something of a murder mystery set in a caped superhero world. I thought it was interesting how the superhero thing was more of a backdrop to rather than an active part of the story.

55. Reading the Rocks by Brenda Maddox. A history of the budding science of geology and paleontology in Victorian Britain. Fascinating and well-written, although the author goofs once or twice while attempting to explain the scientific theories themselves.

56. The Gettysburg Address by Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell. A graphic novel using Lincoln's Gettysburg Address as a framework to explore American history, and the conflicts between and different interpretations of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. A really excellent work.

57. Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, and Steve Leialoha. The fourth book in the series. More of the same stuff, and a little more of the backstory revealed.

58. I Hate Fairyland Vol. 4: Sadly Never After by Skottie Young. I didn't like the cliffhanger cop-out at the beginning, but overall it was pretty decent.

59. Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud. This was a really fascinating read, and it's made me aware of a lot of aspects of comics I was never conscious of before. I'd recommend it to any fan of comics and graphic novels.

60. God's Chinese Son by Jonathan D. Spence. A history of the Taiping Rebellion, an uprising in 19th century China led by Hong Xiuquan, founder of a heterodox Christian sect claiming Hong was the younger brother of Jesus. An interesting read.

Books read in 2018 (60/52):
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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)
41. Madame Frankenstein by Megan Levens & Jamie S. Rich - 4/5 (May 28)
42. Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly & Lewis Trondheim - 5/5 (Jun 2)
43. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - 5/5 (Jun 9)
44. Russia and the Russians: A History by Geoffrey Hosking - 4/5 (Jun 24)
45. The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis - 3/5 - (Jul 3)
46. The Tyrannosaur Chronicles by David Hone - 4/5 (Jul 4)
47. You Can't Touch My Hair (And Other Things I Still Have to Explain) by Phoebe Robinson - 4/5 (Jul 12)
48. The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar - 4/5 (Aug 5)
49. God and the Fascists by Karlheinz Deschner - 3/5 (Aug 5)
50. The Defense of Slavery by Richard Buchko - 3/5 (Aug 10)
51. The Arab of the Future 3 by Riad Sattouf - 4/5 (Aug 15)
52. The Ends of the World by Peter Brannen - 4/5 (Aug 17)
53. Death to the Tsar by Fabien Nury & Thierry Robin - 3/5 (Aug 17)
54. Plutona by Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox, & Jordie Bellaire - 3/5 (Aug 19)
55. Reading the Rocks by Brenda Maddox - 4/5 (Aug 26)
56. The Gettysburg Address by Jonathan Hennessey & Aaron McConnell - 5/5 (Aug 26)
57. Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, & Steve Leialoha - 4/5 (Sep 1)
58. I Hate Fairyland Vol. 4: Sadly Never After by Skottie Young - 3/5 (Sep 2)
59. Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud - 4/5 (Sep 9)
60. God's Chinese Son by Jonathan D. Spence - 4/5 (Sep 13)

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