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Post by Valigarmander » Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:53 pm

Read Unterzakhn by Leela Corman, a graphic novel about two Jewish sisters growing up in Harlem in the early 20th century. Another purchase on a whim that I ended up enjoying.

[spoiler]1. Broken Words by Jonathan Dudley - 3/5 (Jan 3)
2. Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 5/5 (Jan 6)
3. Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson - 4/5 (Jan 13)
4. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit - 4/5 (Jan 23)
5. Blacksad: A Silent Hell by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 4/5 (Jan 26)
6. Blacksad: Amarillo by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 3/5 (Jan 27)
7. Habibi by Craig Thompson - 5/5 (Feb 2)
8. Boxers by Gene Luen Yang - 3/5 (Feb 17)
9. Saints by Gene Luen Yang - 4/5 (Feb 17)
10. The Complete Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson - 5/5 (Feb 29)
11. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - 4/5 (Mar 5)
12. Fables, Vol. 1 by Bill Willingham, Lan Medina, Steve Leialoha & Craig Hamilton - 4/5 (Mar 7)
13. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki - 3/5 (Apr 6)
14. Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu - 3/5 (Apr 23)
15. The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker - 4/5 (May 5)
16. The Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan - 4/5 (May 14)
17. Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do With God by Greta Christina - 4/5 (May 15)
18. EmiTown, Vol. 1 by Emi Lenox - 4/5 (May 16)
19. Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli - 5/5 (May 17)
20. Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam by Simon Hanselmann - 4/5 (May 24)
21. The Last Days are Here Again by Richard Kyle - 3/5 (May 26)
22. Chainmail Bikini by multiple authors - 4/5 (May 2[plain] 8) [/plain]
23. What Ifs? of American History by Robert Cowley - 3/5 (Jun 3)
24. Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton - 4/5 (Jun 4)
25. Heavenly Errors by Neil F. Comins - 4/5 (Jun 16)
26. The Complete Cartooning Course by Steve Edgell, Brad! Brooks & Tim Pilcher - 2/5 (Jun 26)
27. The Popes Against the Jews by David I. Kertzer - 4/5 (Jun 30)
28. Strange Flesh by Steve Wells - 3/5 (Jul 3)
29. Aya by Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie - 4/5 (Jul 10)
30. Undeniable by Bill Nye - 4/5 (Jul 1[plain] 8) [/plain]
31. What the Bible Really Does (and Doesn't) Say about Sex by Matthew O'Neil - 3/5 (Jul 22)
32. EmiTown, Vol. 2 by Emi Lenox - 4/5 (Aug 3)
33. Revolutionary Deists by Kerry Walters - 3/5 (Aug 6)
34. Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton - 4/5 (Aug 7)
35. Will O' the Wisp by Tom Hammock & Megan Hutchison - 3/5 (Aug [plain] 8) [/plain]
36. Andre the Giant by Box Brown - 4/5 (Aug [plain] 8) [/plain]
37. The Arab of the Future by Riad Sattouf - 4/5 (Aug 9)
38. Batman: Year One by Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli - 4/5 (Aug 16)
39. Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Ethics of Biblical Scholarship by Hector Avalos - 4/5 (Aug 22)
40. Batman: The Man Who Laughs by Ed Brubaker, Doug Mahnke, Patrick Zircher & Aaron Sowd - 3/5 (Aug 2[plain] 8) [/plain]
41. Born in Blood & Fire by John Charles Chasteen - 4/5 (Aug 29)
42. Dolltopia by Abby Denson - 3/5 (Sep 5)
43. Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson - 4/5 (Sep [plain] 8) [/plain]
44. Kiki de Montparnasse by Catel Muller & José-Louis Bocquet - 3/5 (Oct 1)
45. Concerned by Jason Zachary Pott & Adam Cline - 4/5 (Oct 3)
46. Octopus Pie, Vol. 1 by Meredith Gran - 5/5 (Oct 12)
47. Lenore: Noogies by Roman Dirge - 3/5 (Oct 26)
48. Lenore: Wedgies by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Oct 30)
49. Lenore: Cooties by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Oct 31)
50. Lenore: Swirlies by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Oct 31)
51. Lenore: Purple Nurples by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Nov 1)
52. Lenore: Pink Bellies by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Nov 2)
53. Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale - 5/5 (Nov 6)
54. The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia by Mary M. Talbot & Bryan Talbot - 4/5 (Nov [plain] 8) [/plain]
55. Maus by Art Spiegelman - 4/5 (Nov 15)
56. The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry by Michael J. Alter - 2/5 (Nov 17)
57. My Faith in Frankie by Mike Carey, Sonny Liew & Marc Hempel - 3/5 (Nov 20)
58. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis - 2/5 (Nov 21)
59. Cherubs! by Bryan Talbot & Mark Stafford - 5/5 (Nov 22)
60. Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Mary M. Talbot, Kate Charlesworth & Bryan Talbot - 4/5 (Nov 2[plain] 8) [/plain]
61. Unterzakhn by Leela Corman - 4/5 (Nov 29)[/spoiler]

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Post by Valigarmander » Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:10 am

Read SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki. It's a typical slice of life high school story, with typical students and magic and mutants and homework. I thought it was alright.

[spoiler]1. Broken Words by Jonathan Dudley - 3/5 (Jan 3)
2. Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 5/5 (Jan 6)
3. Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson - 4/5 (Jan 13)
4. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit - 4/5 (Jan 23)
5. Blacksad: A Silent Hell by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 4/5 (Jan 26)
6. Blacksad: Amarillo by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 3/5 (Jan 27)
7. Habibi by Craig Thompson - 5/5 (Feb 2)
8. Boxers by Gene Luen Yang - 3/5 (Feb 17)
9. Saints by Gene Luen Yang - 4/5 (Feb 17)
10. The Complete Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson - 5/5 (Feb 29)
11. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - 4/5 (Mar 5)
12. Fables, Vol. 1 by Bill Willingham, Lan Medina, Steve Leialoha & Craig Hamilton - 4/5 (Mar 7)
13. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki - 3/5 (Apr 6)
14. Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu - 3/5 (Apr 23)
15. The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker - 4/5 (May 5)
16. The Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan - 4/5 (May 14)
17. Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do With God by Greta Christina - 4/5 (May 15)
18. EmiTown, Vol. 1 by Emi Lenox - 4/5 (May 16)
19. Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli - 5/5 (May 17)
20. Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam by Simon Hanselmann - 4/5 (May 24)
21. The Last Days are Here Again by Richard Kyle - 3/5 (May 26)
22. Chainmail Bikini by multiple authors - 4/5 (May 2[plain] 8) [/plain]
23. What Ifs? of American History by Robert Cowley - 3/5 (Jun 3)
24. Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton - 4/5 (Jun 4)
25. Heavenly Errors by Neil F. Comins - 4/5 (Jun 16)
26. The Complete Cartooning Course by Steve Edgell, Brad! Brooks & Tim Pilcher - 2/5 (Jun 26)
27. The Popes Against the Jews by David I. Kertzer - 4/5 (Jun 30)
28. Strange Flesh by Steve Wells - 3/5 (Jul 3)
29. Aya by Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie - 4/5 (Jul 10)
30. Undeniable by Bill Nye - 4/5 (Jul 1[plain] 8) [/plain]
31. What the Bible Really Does (and Doesn't) Say about Sex by Matthew O'Neil - 3/5 (Jul 22)
32. EmiTown, Vol. 2 by Emi Lenox - 4/5 (Aug 3)
33. Revolutionary Deists by Kerry Walters - 3/5 (Aug 6)
34. Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton - 4/5 (Aug 7)
35. Will O' the Wisp by Tom Hammock & Megan Hutchison - 3/5 (Aug [plain] 8) [/plain]
36. Andre the Giant by Box Brown - 4/5 (Aug [plain] 8) [/plain]
37. The Arab of the Future by Riad Sattouf - 4/5 (Aug 9)
38. Batman: Year One by Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli - 4/5 (Aug 16)
39. Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Ethics of Biblical Scholarship by Hector Avalos - 4/5 (Aug 22)
40. Batman: The Man Who Laughs by Ed Brubaker, Doug Mahnke, Patrick Zircher & Aaron Sowd - 3/5 (Aug 2[plain] 8) [/plain]
41. Born in Blood & Fire by John Charles Chasteen - 4/5 (Aug 29)
42. Dolltopia by Abby Denson - 3/5 (Sep 5)
43. Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson - 4/5 (Sep [plain] 8) [/plain]
44. Kiki de Montparnasse by Catel Muller & José-Louis Bocquet - 3/5 (Oct 1)
45. Concerned by Jason Zachary Pott & Adam Cline - 4/5 (Oct 3)
46. Octopus Pie, Vol. 1 by Meredith Gran - 5/5 (Oct 12)
47. Lenore: Noogies by Roman Dirge - 3/5 (Oct 26)
48. Lenore: Wedgies by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Oct 30)
49. Lenore: Cooties by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Oct 31)
50. Lenore: Swirlies by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Oct 31)
51. Lenore: Purple Nurples by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Nov 1)
52. Lenore: Pink Bellies by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Nov 2)
53. Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale - 5/5 (Nov 6)
54. The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia by Mary M. Talbot & Bryan Talbot - 4/5 (Nov [plain] 8) [/plain]
55. Maus by Art Spiegelman - 4/5 (Nov 15)
56. The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry by Michael J. Alter - 2/5 (Nov 17)
57. My Faith in Frankie by Mike Carey, Sonny Liew & Marc Hempel - 3/5 (Nov 20)
58. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis - 2/5 (Nov 21)
59. Cherubs! by Bryan Talbot & Mark Stafford - 5/5 (Nov 22)
60. Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Mary M. Talbot, Kate Charlesworth & Bryan Talbot - 4/5 (Nov 2[plain] 8) [/plain]
61. Unterzakhn by Leela Corman - 4/5 (Nov 29)
62. SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki - 3/5 (Dec 6)[/spoiler]

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Post by Galefore » Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:05 pm

I have read the following in the last few days:
4 short stories (Ken Liu's Paper Managerie stands out here, it broke my heart, and then I also read some stories by Shiga Naoya and Osamu Dazai. Both have such swift and effective language when translated, and I feel like that is a uniquely Japanese thing I've observed in reading Japan's literature.)
2 "Palm-of-the-hand" stories from Kawabata
A Kerouac poem (the first one in Sketches. I love his improvisational and rhythmic use of language to convey imagery. I often feel modern poets lack some of that storytelling skill in favor of aesthetic and stylistic choices.)

And then I've started Bryan Cranston's autobiography, After Dark by Haruki Murakami, and There Will Be Blood by Cormac McCarthy. Should harvest all of those within a week. Meanwhile I break it up with a chapter of Storm of Swords. I figure I'll read like this all year, multiple books, poems, and stories flowing in whilst I put an overarching gigantic fantasy novel up for a backdrop. It's been a blast so far.

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Post by Valigarmander » Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:18 pm

Read I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young. It was a very... special story.

[spoiler]1. Broken Words by Jonathan Dudley - 3/5 (Jan 3)
2. Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 5/5 (Jan 6)
3. Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson - 4/5 (Jan 13)
4. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit - 4/5 (Jan 23)
5. Blacksad: A Silent Hell by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 4/5 (Jan 26)
6. Blacksad: Amarillo by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 3/5 (Jan 27)
7. Habibi by Craig Thompson - 5/5 (Feb 2)
8. Boxers by Gene Luen Yang - 3/5 (Feb 17)
9. Saints by Gene Luen Yang - 4/5 (Feb 17)
10. The Complete Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson - 5/5 (Feb 29)
11. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - 4/5 (Mar 5)
12. Fables, Vol. 1 by Bill Willingham, Lan Medina, Steve Leialoha & Craig Hamilton - 4/5 (Mar 7)
13. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki - 3/5 (Apr 6)
14. Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu - 3/5 (Apr 23)
15. The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker - 4/5 (May 5)
16. The Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan - 4/5 (May 14)
17. Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do With God by Greta Christina - 4/5 (May 15)
18. EmiTown, Vol. 1 by Emi Lenox - 4/5 (May 16)
19. Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli - 5/5 (May 17)
20. Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam by Simon Hanselmann - 4/5 (May 24)
21. The Last Days are Here Again by Richard Kyle - 3/5 (May 26)
22. Chainmail Bikini by multiple authors - 4/5 (May 2[plain] 8) [/plain]
23. What Ifs? of American History by Robert Cowley - 3/5 (Jun 3)
24. Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton - 4/5 (Jun 4)
25. Heavenly Errors by Neil F. Comins - 4/5 (Jun 16)
26. The Complete Cartooning Course by Steve Edgell, Brad! Brooks & Tim Pilcher - 2/5 (Jun 26)
27. The Popes Against the Jews by David I. Kertzer - 4/5 (Jun 30)
28. Strange Flesh by Steve Wells - 3/5 (Jul 3)
29. Aya by Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie - 4/5 (Jul 10)
30. Undeniable by Bill Nye - 4/5 (Jul 1[plain] 8) [/plain]
31. What the Bible Really Does (and Doesn't) Say about Sex by Matthew O'Neil - 3/5 (Jul 22)
32. EmiTown, Vol. 2 by Emi Lenox - 4/5 (Aug 3)
33. Revolutionary Deists by Kerry Walters - 3/5 (Aug 6)
34. Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton - 4/5 (Aug 7)
35. Will O' the Wisp by Tom Hammock & Megan Hutchison - 3/5 (Aug [plain] 8) [/plain]
36. Andre the Giant by Box Brown - 4/5 (Aug [plain] 8) [/plain]
37. The Arab of the Future by Riad Sattouf - 4/5 (Aug 9)
38. Batman: Year One by Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli - 4/5 (Aug 16)
39. Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Ethics of Biblical Scholarship by Hector Avalos - 4/5 (Aug 22)
40. Batman: The Man Who Laughs by Ed Brubaker, Doug Mahnke, Patrick Zircher & Aaron Sowd - 3/5 (Aug 2[plain] 8) [/plain]
41. Born in Blood & Fire by John Charles Chasteen - 4/5 (Aug 29)
42. Dolltopia by Abby Denson - 3/5 (Sep 5)
43. Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson - 4/5 (Sep [plain] 8) [/plain]
44. Kiki de Montparnasse by Catel Muller & José-Louis Bocquet - 3/5 (Oct 1)
45. Concerned by Jason Zachary Pott & Adam Cline - 4/5 (Oct 3)
46. Octopus Pie, Vol. 1 by Meredith Gran - 5/5 (Oct 12)
47. Lenore: Noogies by Roman Dirge - 3/5 (Oct 26)
48. Lenore: Wedgies by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Oct 30)
49. Lenore: Cooties by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Oct 31)
50. Lenore: Swirlies by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Oct 31)
51. Lenore: Purple Nurples by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Nov 1)
52. Lenore: Pink Bellies by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Nov 2)
53. Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale - 5/5 (Nov 6)
54. The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia by Mary M. Talbot & Bryan Talbot - 4/5 (Nov [plain] 8) [/plain]
55. Maus by Art Spiegelman - 4/5 (Nov 15)
56. The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry by Michael J. Alter - 2/5 (Nov 17)
57. My Faith in Frankie by Mike Carey, Sonny Liew & Marc Hempel - 3/5 (Nov 20)
58. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis - 2/5 (Nov 21)
59. Cherubs! by Bryan Talbot & Mark Stafford - 5/5 (Nov 22)
60. Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Mary M. Talbot, Kate Charlesworth & Bryan Talbot - 4/5 (Nov 2[plain] 8) [/plain]
61. Unterzakhn by Leela Corman - 4/5 (Nov 29)
62. SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki - 3/5 (Dec 6)
63. I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young - 3/5 (Dec 20)[/spoiler]

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Post by Valigarmander » Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:42 pm

Read In the Hands of the Great Spirit by Jake Page, a general history of American Indians. Overall a decent primer, though the author had a tendency every fifty pages or so to stick an awkward attempt at humor in what is otherwise a pretty dry work.

[spoiler]1. Broken Words by Jonathan Dudley - 3/5 (Jan 3)
2. Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 5/5 (Jan 6)
3. Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson - 4/5 (Jan 13)
4. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit - 4/5 (Jan 23)
5. Blacksad: A Silent Hell by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 4/5 (Jan 26)
6. Blacksad: Amarillo by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 3/5 (Jan 27)
7. Habibi by Craig Thompson - 5/5 (Feb 2)
8. Boxers by Gene Luen Yang - 3/5 (Feb 17)
9. Saints by Gene Luen Yang - 4/5 (Feb 17)
10. The Complete Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson - 5/5 (Feb 29)
11. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - 4/5 (Mar 5)
12. Fables, Vol. 1 by Bill Willingham, Lan Medina, Steve Leialoha & Craig Hamilton - 4/5 (Mar 7)
13. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki - 3/5 (Apr 6)
14. Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu - 3/5 (Apr 23)
15. The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker - 4/5 (May 5)
16. The Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan - 4/5 (May 14)
17. Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do With God by Greta Christina - 4/5 (May 15)
18. EmiTown, Vol. 1 by Emi Lenox - 4/5 (May 16)
19. Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli - 5/5 (May 17)
20. Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam by Simon Hanselmann - 4/5 (May 24)
21. The Last Days are Here Again by Richard Kyle - 3/5 (May 26)
22. Chainmail Bikini by multiple authors - 4/5 (May 2[plain] 8) [/plain]
23. What Ifs? of American History by Robert Cowley - 3/5 (Jun 3)
24. Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton - 4/5 (Jun 4)
25. Heavenly Errors by Neil F. Comins - 4/5 (Jun 16)
26. The Complete Cartooning Course by Steve Edgell, Brad! Brooks & Tim Pilcher - 2/5 (Jun 26)
27. The Popes Against the Jews by David I. Kertzer - 4/5 (Jun 30)
28. Strange Flesh by Steve Wells - 3/5 (Jul 3)
29. Aya by Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie - 4/5 (Jul 10)
30. Undeniable by Bill Nye - 4/5 (Jul 1[plain] 8) [/plain]
31. What the Bible Really Does (and Doesn't) Say about Sex by Matthew O'Neil - 3/5 (Jul 22)
32. EmiTown, Vol. 2 by Emi Lenox - 4/5 (Aug 3)
33. Revolutionary Deists by Kerry Walters - 3/5 (Aug 6)
34. Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton - 4/5 (Aug 7)
35. Will O' the Wisp by Tom Hammock & Megan Hutchison - 3/5 (Aug [plain] 8) [/plain]
36. Andre the Giant by Box Brown - 4/5 (Aug [plain] 8) [/plain]
37. The Arab of the Future by Riad Sattouf - 4/5 (Aug 9)
38. Batman: Year One by Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli - 4/5 (Aug 16)
39. Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Ethics of Biblical Scholarship by Hector Avalos - 4/5 (Aug 22)
40. Batman: The Man Who Laughs by Ed Brubaker, Doug Mahnke, Patrick Zircher & Aaron Sowd - 3/5 (Aug 2[plain] 8) [/plain]
41. Born in Blood & Fire by John Charles Chasteen - 4/5 (Aug 29)
42. Dolltopia by Abby Denson - 3/5 (Sep 5)
43. Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson - 4/5 (Sep [plain] 8) [/plain]
44. Kiki de Montparnasse by Catel Muller & José-Louis Bocquet - 3/5 (Oct 1)
45. Concerned by Jason Zachary Pott & Adam Cline - 4/5 (Oct 3)
46. Octopus Pie, Vol. 1 by Meredith Gran - 5/5 (Oct 12)
47. Lenore: Noogies by Roman Dirge - 3/5 (Oct 26)
48. Lenore: Wedgies by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Oct 30)
49. Lenore: Cooties by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Oct 31)
50. Lenore: Swirlies by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Oct 31)
51. Lenore: Purple Nurples by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Nov 1)
52. Lenore: Pink Bellies by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Nov 2)
53. Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale - 5/5 (Nov 6)
54. The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia by Mary M. Talbot & Bryan Talbot - 4/5 (Nov [plain] 8) [/plain]
55. Maus by Art Spiegelman - 4/5 (Nov 15)
56. The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry by Michael J. Alter - 2/5 (Nov 17)
57. My Faith in Frankie by Mike Carey, Sonny Liew & Marc Hempel - 3/5 (Nov 20)
58. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis - 2/5 (Nov 21)
59. Cherubs! by Bryan Talbot & Mark Stafford - 5/5 (Nov 22)
60. Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Mary M. Talbot, Kate Charlesworth & Bryan Talbot - 4/5 (Nov 2[plain] 8) [/plain]
61. Unterzakhn by Leela Corman - 4/5 (Nov 29)
62. SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki - 3/5 (Dec 6)
63. I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young - 3/5 (Dec 20)
64. In the Hands of the Great Spirit by Jake Page - 3/5 (Dec 29)[/spoiler]

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Post by ScottyMcGee » Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:05 pm

At the last quarter of the year I tend to say screw it and don't update until like three or four days before the new year

My final 2016 Reading List:



1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - HELL YEAH
2. The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell - HELL YEAH
3. Looking for Alaska by John Green - Meh
4. The Black Mountain by Rex Stout - Meh
5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey - HELL YEAH
6. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen - Okay
7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle - YAY
8. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess - YAY
9. Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World by Richard C. Francis - YAY
10. Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves by George Church and Ed Regis - YAY
11. How to Clone a Mammoth by Beth Shapiro - HELL YEAH
12. Undeniable by Bill Nye - YAY
13. Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog!) by Jerome K. Jerome - YAY
14. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman - YAY
15. Death Note Black Edition I by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata - YAY
16. Death Note Black Edition II by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata - YAY
17. Death Note Black Edition III by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata - YAY
18. The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse - YAY
19. Demian by Herman Hesse - Meh
20. Batman Earth One Volume One by Geoff Johns and Garry Frank - YAY
21. Wonder Woman Earth One Volume One by Grant Morrison, Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbain - YAY
22. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro - Okay
23. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding - YAY
24. Empowered: Volume 1 by Adam Warren - YAY
25. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne - Okay
26. Empowered Vol. 1 by Adam Warren - YAY
27. Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer - HELL YEAH
28. Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine - YAY
29. Stay Out of the Basement! by R.L. Stine - YAY
30. Monster Blood by R. L. Stine - Okay
31. The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine - YAY
32. The Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle - YAY
33. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll - HELL YEAH
34. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham - Okay
35. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - HELL YEAH
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Post by United Nations » Thu Dec 29, 2016 6:13 pm

53. Paper Girls vol 2
54. Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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Post by Galefore » Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:00 pm

Finished No Country For Old Men, really enjoyed it but was surprised it was so note for note exactly adapted when it was made into the excellent film. It really was just that good, I suppose, and filmable with little change. I love Cormac McCarthy's flow of language, so this was a pleasure to read, and it makes me want to immediately crack into Blood Meridian... But I'll save that for later.

Also finished After Dark by Haruki Murakami. Dreamlike as ever, I particularly enjoyed the loosely intertwined comings and goings of very compellingly wrought minor characters I'd actively love to hear more about. Murakami loves to leave his mystical leanings open-ended so it's definitely an open novel, but it was a good quick read that felt like his short stories in pace, which I actually prefer to his slower novels.

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Post by Valigarmander » Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:49 pm

Read The Arab of the Future 2 by Riad Sattouf. It's essentially a continuation of the first volume, so if you liked that one you'll like this too. It's a bit darker too, in my opinion.

The final score for this year is 65 books. I'm pretty proud of myself. This is probably the most I've ever read in a single year. My two biggest recommendations to anyone who hasn't read them yet would be Habibi by Craig Thompson and Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli.

1. Broken Words by Jonathan Dudley - 3/5 (Jan 3)
2. Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 5/5 (Jan 6)
3. Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson - 4/5 (Jan 13)
4. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit - 4/5 (Jan 23)
5. Blacksad: A Silent Hell by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 4/5 (Jan 26)
6. Blacksad: Amarillo by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido - 3/5 (Jan 27)
7. Habibi by Craig Thompson - 5/5 (Feb 2)
8. Boxers by Gene Luen Yang - 3/5 (Feb 17)
9. Saints by Gene Luen Yang - 4/5 (Feb 17)
10. The Complete Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson - 5/5 (Feb 29)
11. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - 4/5 (Mar 5)
12. Fables, Vol. 1 by Bill Willingham, Lan Medina, Steve Leialoha & Craig Hamilton - 4/5 (Mar 7)
13. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki - 3/5 (Apr 6)
14. Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu - 3/5 (Apr 23)
15. The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker - 4/5 (May 5)
16. The Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan - 4/5 (May 14)
17. Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do With God by Greta Christina - 4/5 (May 15)
18. EmiTown, Vol. 1 by Emi Lenox - 4/5 (May 16)
19. Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli - 5/5 (May 17)
20. Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam by Simon Hanselmann - 4/5 (May 24)
21. The Last Days are Here Again by Richard Kyle - 3/5 (May 26)
22. Chainmail Bikini by multiple authors - 4/5 (May 2[plain] 8) [/plain]
23. What Ifs? of American History by Robert Cowley - 3/5 (Jun 3)
24. Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton - 4/5 (Jun 4)
25. Heavenly Errors by Neil F. Comins - 4/5 (Jun 16)
26. The Complete Cartooning Course by Steve Edgell, Brad! Brooks & Tim Pilcher - 2/5 (Jun 26)
27. The Popes Against the Jews by David I. Kertzer - 4/5 (Jun 30)
28. Strange Flesh by Steve Wells - 3/5 (Jul 3)
29. Aya by Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie - 4/5 (Jul 10)
30. Undeniable by Bill Nye - 4/5 (Jul 1[plain] 8) [/plain]
31. What the Bible Really Does (and Doesn't) Say about Sex by Matthew O'Neil - 3/5 (Jul 22)
32. EmiTown, Vol. 2 by Emi Lenox - 4/5 (Aug 3)
33. Revolutionary Deists by Kerry Walters - 3/5 (Aug 6)
34. Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton - 4/5 (Aug 7)
35. Will O' the Wisp by Tom Hammock & Megan Hutchison - 3/5 (Aug [plain] 8) [/plain]
36. Andre the Giant by Box Brown - 4/5 (Aug [plain] 8) [/plain]
37. The Arab of the Future by Riad Sattouf - 4/5 (Aug 9)
38. Batman: Year One by Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli - 4/5 (Aug 16)
39. Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Ethics of Biblical Scholarship by Hector Avalos - 4/5 (Aug 22)
40. Batman: The Man Who Laughs by Ed Brubaker, Doug Mahnke, Patrick Zircher & Aaron Sowd - 3/5 (Aug 2[plain] 8) [/plain]
41. Born in Blood & Fire by John Charles Chasteen - 4/5 (Aug 29)
42. Dolltopia by Abby Denson - 3/5 (Sep 5)
43. Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson - 4/5 (Sep [plain] 8) [/plain]
44. Kiki de Montparnasse by Catel Muller & José-Louis Bocquet - 3/5 (Oct 1)
45. Concerned by Jason Zachary Pott & Adam Cline - 4/5 (Oct 3)
46. Octopus Pie, Vol. 1 by Meredith Gran - 5/5 (Oct 12)
47. Lenore: Noogies by Roman Dirge - 3/5 (Oct 26)
48. Lenore: Wedgies by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Oct 30)
49. Lenore: Cooties by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Oct 31)
50. Lenore: Swirlies by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Oct 31)
51. Lenore: Purple Nurples by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Nov 1)
52. Lenore: Pink Bellies by Roman Dirge - 4/5 (Nov 2)
53. Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale - 5/5 (Nov 6)
54. The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia by Mary M. Talbot & Bryan Talbot - 4/5 (Nov [plain] 8) [/plain]
55. Maus by Art Spiegelman - 4/5 (Nov 15)
56. The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry by Michael J. Alter - 2/5 (Nov 17)
57. My Faith in Frankie by Mike Carey, Sonny Liew & Marc Hempel - 3/5 (Nov 20)
58. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis - 2/5 (Nov 21)
59. Cherubs! by Bryan Talbot & Mark Stafford - 5/5 (Nov 22)
60. Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Mary M. Talbot, Kate Charlesworth & Bryan Talbot - 4/5 (Nov 2[plain] 8) [/plain]
61. Unterzakhn by Leela Corman - 4/5 (Nov 29)
62. SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki - 3/5 (Dec 6)
63. I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young - 3/5 (Dec 20)
64. In the Hands of the Great Spirit by Jake Page - 3/5 (Dec 29)
65. The Arab of the Future 2 by Riad Sattouf - 4/5 (Dec 31)

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Post by Booyakasha » Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:55 pm

[QUOTE="ScottyMcGee, post: 1617175, member: 31048"]
26. Empowered Vol. 1 by Adam Warren - YAY[/quote]

Man. 'Empowered' is so good. I like a good deconstruction of superhero biz, and 'Emp' kicks merry hell out of most, up to and including 'Watchmen' and 'Dr. Horrible'.

Good old Elissa. Man. She easily makes 'favourite fictional character' list, right next to Luke Skywalker, Nicomo Cosca and Goon.
boo-----------------------few who look upon his yucky elongated wiggle-hands live to tell the tale

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