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April(ish) Reading

Right-o. Things have been quiet around here, but once again a month has passed, and I love to see peoples' reading logs. So, what did you read in April? Remember, we're pretty flexible in terms of what "counts" so list away! If you see something on another's list that interests you in some way--ask about it or engage them in conversation.

Also, if anyone wants to post discussions on their own, please do. Or reviews of particular books. Or, really, whatever.

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cacophonesque
May. 1st, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
17. Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
18. American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang
19. Kaspar, Diane Obomsawin
2o. Robot Dreams, Sara Varon
21. The Postmodern Fairytale, Kevin Paul Smith
22. Happily Ever After, Jack Zipes
23. More Light: Selected Poems, Mitchell Goodman
24. Souls on Fifth, Harley Granville-Barker
25. "Rococo," Harley Granville-Barker
26. The Cinnamon Shops, Bruno Schulz
27. "My House Was Collapsing to One Side," Charles Mee
28. "Iphigenia 2.0," Charles Mee
29. The Library at Night, Alberto Manguel
3o. Lifelike, Dara Naraghi and various artists
31. Aya of Yop City, Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie
32. The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye, A. S. Byatt
33. Blue of Noon, Georges Bataille
34. Jamilti & Other Stories, Rutu Modan
35. Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud

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clytemnestra215
May. 1st, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers by Bill Willingham
Fables: War and Pieces by Bill Willingham
The Naming by Alison Croggon
Fables: The Good Prince by Bill Willingham
1001 Nights of Snowfall, prequel to the Fable series, by Bill Willingham (re-read)
Phantastes by George MacDonald
Seducing Mr. Darcy by Gwyn Cready
Major Crush by Jennifer Echols
My Angelica by Carol Lynch Williams
Archangel by Sharon Shinn
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter (re-read)

All the Fables books were worth reading. War & Peaces especially was excellent (it wraps up a 75-issue major story arc).

The Naming started out promisingly and then degraded into the worst Mary Sue tale I have ever read.

Phantastes has beautiful prose but the pacing sucks and the plot is nearly non-existent.

The Jennifer Echols was a YA romance and it was well-written. I've got another by her checked out from the library.

Seducing Mr. Darcy was a silly romance and I didn't enjoy it much.

Archangel started off very well and then I started hating the heroine. And hating. And hating. Ugh. And yet I'm going to read the sequels--but only because they just barely mention her in them; they're on to other characters and time periods. Sharon Shinn shows promise but hasn't quite delivered for me yet.

And I love I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You, which is YA romance and excellent fluff. It's a re-read in anticipation of the third book in the series coming out in...June I think. I'm currently reading the second book.

Edited at 2009-05-01 09:01 pm (UTC)
cacophonesque
May. 1st, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
I have a couple of friends who are into Fables, and I've thought about giving it a go... but I've got a couple of things holding me back.

First is that I really struggle with serial comics. When I was younger I read a few here and there, but these days, I don't think that the quality in most serial forms is all that great. (This also goes for word books and tv shows--the tv shows I've liked best are ones that know from the start how many seasons they plan to run and have an arc and planned end).

Second is that when I picked up a volume to flip through, the art didn't capture me immediately. Although, it seems that there are a number of artists who have worked on the series, so perhaps there's something in there that I'd like more.
clytemnestra215
May. 4th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
You really have to start at the beginning ("Legends in Exile") and go in order (though I didn't go quite in order all the time, since the library took a while to get in everything but it's better in order). And this definitely has not just one story arc at a time but also a major story arc. The first seventy-five issues together, in about ten bounded volumes, are the culmination of one major plot, and there are smaller arcs within that get you to that end.

I'm just happy they kept on going and have another major story arc after cause I don't want to leave the world. But I'm like you; I can't get too interested in one-off episodes or issues for comics or television. I need a broad, overlying and planned plot. Otherwise I don't really see the point in it all; there's no tension to keep me watching. (And that's why I love Lost so much.)

The art changes, although there are a couple who are the most prevalent and you get used to their styles. But it's interesting to see different artists' takes on the same characters as they trade off every so often. It's not always my favorite art but the main thing for me is the truly excellent writing. I can't like a book without good writing.

But graphic novels work well for me; I have a very visual mind and they cater to that well.

Edited at 2009-05-04 12:10 am (UTC)
cetacea
May. 2nd, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
18. From Hell by Alan Moore
19. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
20. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
21. Persuasion by Jane Austen
22. You Suck: A Love Story by Christopher Moore
23. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
24. The Adventures of Mr. Maximillian Bacchus and His Travelling Circus by Clive Barker
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