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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

May 24, 2016
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Strangler Fig

I got this chapbook when Magpie featured at VERSeFest a few years ago, though that was far from the first time I had seen Magpie perform. In fact, I believe she featured at the second Capital Slam I ever attended, back in 2006.

I would describe her poetry in this book as beautifully bleak. If you focus only on the tone, it would be easy to read this as depressing, but that would be ignoring the wonderful way she spins those words and the hidden joy you can find in between the lines. (And it isn’t always hidden.)

Magpie is incredibly talented, but that is no secret at all.

 

Books Read in 2016

Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

May 17, 2016
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AllTheGoldHurtsMyMouth

 

I read this book in one sitting. I picked it up after a great reading at VERSeFest.

That’s all I am going to say because I am actually writing a full review of the book for another website. I will link to it when it goes up.

Spoiler: I like the book

 

Books Read in 2016

All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

May 9, 2016
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JohnnyMac

After reading a disappointing novel, I dipped into my backlog and discovered a chapbook by super-poet Johnny MacRae! I got this when he featured at CapSlam a couple of years back and somehow had never read it.

My loss. This is wonderful work. It is only two poems but the first takes up most of the book. The interesting thing to me was how his voice transcends the words. Rather than digging into the specifics lines, I found myself letting the clear-as-day voice of Johnny pour over me. He is a superstar.

I also notice that there is a download code on the back for a selection of his love performances from VanSlam. I wonder if I can still download that…

 

Books Read in 2016

Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

April 29, 2016
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SerialKillersClub

Another gifted book from my hospital stay, this one from Riz Javeri.
This book is basically Dexter-lite and really fails in that there isn’t a single likeable character and all too many of those characters are just so incredibly stupid. Acting stupid can be a character trait… but all of them? Then there was a ‘twist’ that was so random and pointless that it didn’t add anything.

This one is a miss.

 

Books Read in 2016

The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

April 11, 2016
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Acorn

 

This book was gifted to me by my friend Kevin Matthews during my recent hospital stay. I have been working my way through it but I have found that this is not a book you plow through – or, if you do, it is to your detriment.

The book is delightfully uneven. By that I mean you can find yourself reading a strong piece on Irving Layton, communism, or mature and then you suddenly hit a pseudo-graphic poem about having sex. (I actually didn’t care for that one.)

There are a number of poem written for other poets, which was a bit of a joy. If we can not love our communities, what are those communities for?

I did wonder of in certain circles that comes across as name-dropping. Maybe if I wrote a poem that started with “So, I was sitting down with Shane and Shayne…”

Lovely book. Thank you Kevin.

Books Read in 2016

In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

April 4, 2016
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britishmuseum

This book has the advantage of being short… so it doesn’t take up too much of your time even if you, like me, don’t tend to give up on books.

That is a good thing, because this book isn’t. Good, that is.

Based on the myriad of covers out there when I search on it, this keeps getting reprinted. I don’t know why. It might be popular among repressed Catholics (as a subset of all Catholics – I am not claiming all Catholics are repressed), or literary scholars who enjoy figuring out all the pastiches. (To0 me, all the different writing styles just make the book disjointed and uneven.)

Oh well, they can’t all be winners.
Books Read in 2016

The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

April 2, 2016
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TrueGrit

I am really enjoying a Milton Acorn poetry book at the moment but with all the doctor’s appointments etc, sometimes you need something that needs a little else focus.

This is one of the books that Riz brought me in the hospital and something about it left me very confused. Not the contents, but the cover. Front and back covers had quotes about how funny the book is and how it is a ‘comic tour de force’.

Uh… really? This book isn’t a comedy. It is certainly amusing in parts but it reads pretty much like a straight ahead western to me, with the shift being that it is from an alternative viewpoint (a young girl). But still… not a comedy.

Entertaining, though. An interesting note is that because I have seen the more recent movie, there were times that I could see the characters while I was reading it. Mattie was always Hailie Stanfield and LaBeouf was always Matt Damon. However, Rooster was John Wayne.

 

Books Read in 2016

True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Comic Reading List 2016

April 1, 2016
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WickedDivine2

This is the third book in the Shayne gift, and it is another great choice. This is book is so hip it hurts, as is generally the case with GIllen/McKelvie works. The story is constantly interesting and you never quite know what is coming next…

LIKE THE END OF THIS BOOK!  WHAT THE HELL!?!?!?!?!

Ahem. No spoilers here. BUT SERIOUSLY!?!?!

 

Comic Books Read in 2016

The Wicked + The Divine Vol.2 – Fandemonium (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.2 – Friendship To The Max (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
March Book Two (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 – Vader (Gillen / Larroca / Delgado)
March Book One (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3 – Crushed (Wilson / Miyazawa / Bondoc)
Saga Vol. 5 (Vaughan / Staples)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 2 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon)
Step Aside, Pops – A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Kate Beaton)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – Squirrel Power (North / Henderson)
The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)


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Rusty’s Comic Reading List 2016

April 1, 2016
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LumberjanesVol2

 

This is the second book sent to me by Shayne. Lumberjanes is delightful. This book isn’t quite as great as the first volume, since it has to move on from just introducing the characters and reminding us how amazing they are. They get more into plot. It had to happen.:)

 

Comic Books Read in 2016

Lumberjanes Vol.2 – Friendship To The Max (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
March Book Two (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 – Vader (Gillen / Larroca / Delgado)
March Book One (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3 – Crushed (Wilson / Miyazawa / Bondoc)
Saga Vol. 5 (Vaughan / Staples)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 2 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon)
Step Aside, Pops – A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Kate Beaton)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – Squirrel Power (North / Henderson)
The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)


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Rusty’s Comic Reading List 2016

March 25, 2016
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march_book_two

 

My friends Kevin and Riz stocked me up on reading material when I was in the hospital and now my friend Shayne has done the same as I rode through my birthday on the chemo-wagon.

Shayne went the comic route and to start with, he sent me the second value of what I expect will be my pick of the year. As mentioned recently with Book One, I think March belongs on any comic bookshelf… or any bookshelf at all, really. It is doing for the American Civil Rights Movement what Maus did for the Holocaust.

History is unfolding on these pages and it is a story that should always be remembered.

Comic Books Read in 2016

March Book Two (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 – Vader (Gillen / Larroca / Delgado)
March Book One (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3 – Crushed (Wilson / Miyazawa / Bondoc)
Saga Vol. 5 (Vaughan / Staples)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 2 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon)
Step Aside, Pops – A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Kate Beaton)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – Squirrel Power (North / Henderson)
The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)


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