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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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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

March 10, 2016
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DiamondAge

I have been reading this book for a little while, going it fits and starts, despite enjoying it a great deal. That has more to do with my personal situation than anything else. (Despite having lots of TIME to read while in the hospital etc., I found that my focus was not well suited to reading. I also diverted some attention to a couple of poetry books – one that I have already finished and one that because my sole focus now.

I am a big fan of Neal Stephenson. The first book by him that I read was Cryptonomicon and I was blown away. Interestingly, when I got around to reading Snow Crash – which is the one that brought him fame – I was a little underwhelmed. After reading Reamde, Zodiac and now Diamond Age, I understand why and have a new appreciation for it.

All these books have certain similarities. Stephenson writing style is one that really appeals to me, but if I go back and put these books in the order they were written, the evolution of his writing is obvious. Snow Crash WAS a revelation, but since I had already read a book by him that had moved past that stage and was even better, I didn’t realize it.

About Diamond Age – my praise is not quite as effusive because while I LOVED the book as I was reading it, the ending fell pretty flat. All of a sudden this was just a lot of violence without the intelligence that made the rest of the book so solid. In fact, I wonder if I missed something, because a couple of plot points at the end didn’t really make sense to me (Hackworth did that… why?), and I felt that what was ABOUT to happen with Nell and the ‘Mice’ was way more interesting that what JUST happened with Nell and the ‘Mice’.

Oh well. The read overall was worth it.

 

 

Books Read in 2016

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

March 2, 2016
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Word Warriors

As mentioned elsewhere, I am basically reading three books at once just now, and I just finished one of them. This is a wonderful anthology of American female Spoken Word artists. The book includes some great names like Andrea Gibson, Lenelle Moise, Staceyann Chin, Patricia Smith, Alix Olson, and more. It also introduced me to some great poets who I was unfamiliar with like Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Genevieve Van Cleve, Julia Serano, and much more.
What a really liked about this collection was that each poet had two poems as well as an… essay, I guess. Or memoir. Or interview. It let’s you get to know the poet from more than just their work.

Interesting book.

Books Read in 2016

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

February 20, 2016
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Star_Wars_Darth_Vader_TPB

 

It almost seems silly to read this after reading March, but hey, entertainment counts too, right?

By all accounts, Marvel has down a great job with the Star Wars comics since Disney acquired the rights. They are set immediately following the destruction of the first Death Star, which bothered me at first, but i helps them avoid any continuity snafus with the movies, like happened with the old Marvel series.

This book turns Vader into a dark reflection of Luke, complete with his own evil version of C3PO and R2-D2.

Generally well done book.

 

Comic Books Read in 2016

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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