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Rusty’s Reading List 2018

January 20, 2018
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MR 200 cover

The Malahat Review is a well regarding poetry journal published out o the University of Victoria and this was their 50th anniversary issue.
Even though I have never had anything to do with the journal (other than an occasional reader), it seems we are connected in some way as I am also from Victoria and I am about to turn 50 as well.
Just sayin’.

This issue focused on Victoria – not always as subject but as source for the material, even back to work by Emily Carr. Most of it was a little newer that that, of course. My favourites in this issue were probably Yvonne Blomer, P.K. Page, and Janet Rogers.

 

Books Read in 2018

The Malahat Review #200
Fables Vol. 5 – The Mean Seasons (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Akina / Palmiotti)
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers (Willingham / Buckingham / Hamilton / Leioloha / Russell)
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile (Willingham / Medina / Leiaoha / Hamilton)

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Rusty’s Reading List 2018

January 7, 2018
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FablesVol5

This is the new volume I just picked up and it started out pretty badly. The two Tony Akins illustrated issues are a far cry from the usual Mark Buckingham fare. In addition, Cindarella – who I quite like as a character later – was just awful in the issue where it is revealed that she is a spy. If I had read this before the later issues, I probably would not have looked forward to the mini quite so much.
Luckily I didn’t.
When they get back to the mains tory and the election, things get better.
The issues surrounding Snow’s ‘litter’ are quite good. The bit with the young Zephyr promises more than it delivers, as memory serves.

 

Books Read in 2018

Fables Vol. 5 – The Mean Seasons (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Akina / Palmiotti)
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers (Willingham / Buckingham / Hamilton / Leioloha / Russell)
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile (Willingham / Medina / Leiaoha / Hamilton)


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Rusty’s Reading List 2018

January 7, 2018
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Fables Book 4

My Fables re-read continues. This is where I try to be fair. The re-read has been marked with the number of times Bill Willingham uses the venue to push his hard right agenda.
Well, if I am willing to say that (which I am), I also have to accept when the opposite happens.
There is a section of the book that comes out on the side of gun control. That surprised me.
Of course there is also an anti-abortion screed and a section where Prince Charming is running for election, offering some quite reasonable promises that Willingham is slanting to make it look like he is offering Christmas-land. (Which in this comic, could literally be true.)
Sigh.
I really like this book… I really do. It is unfortunate that Willingham’s politics get in the way so much.

Books Read in 2018

Fables Vol. 3 – March of the Wooden Soldiers (Willingham / Buckingham / Hamilton / Leioloha / Russell)
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile (Willingham / Medina / Leiaoha / Hamilton)


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Rusty’s Reading List 2018

January 5, 2018
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Fables Book 3

I think I like this volume more than the previous two. It is multiple stories rather than a single one. It is more or less devoid go Willingham’s brand of conservative bias (or at least less obvious). Mark Buckingham is really coming into his own here, with the page frames shining through.
There is even a guest artist issue by Linda Medley! (I prefer Bucky for Fables, but if you need a guest, it is nice when it is someone you also like.)

 

Books Read in 2018

Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile (Willingham / Medina / Leiaoha / Hamilton)


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Rusty’s Reading List 2018

January 5, 2018
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Fables-book2

Continuing my Fables re-read, this is where Mark Buckingham becomes the regular artist. Once again, reading the book is still goos – still entertaining… but it is also where you can really watch Willingham’s world view push through. The fact that the inhabitants of the Farm are right is completely pushed behind the over-the-top warped look at ‘revolutionaries’. Goldilocks is a caricature. An amusing one, yes, but still a caricature. The thing I find interesting is that the uprising is shown to be wrong because they execute those who stand against them… which the government non-chalantly does as well, but the idea that they are also in the wrong is never explored. Snow accepts the idea that her sister will also be executed like it is just a given. They even replace the pigs without a single person questioning their authority to kill their predecessors.

 

Books Read in 2018

Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile (Willingham / Medina / Leiaoha / Hamilton)


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Rusty’s Reading List 2018

January 4, 2018
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Fables book 1

 

I don’t much care for Bill Willingham’s politics, but I do like Fables… especially early Fables. Though it is striking how much you can notice him shoehorning his politics into the story. The first time I noticed it was Page 9.
I recently bought a ‘new’ volume so I am rereading the old ones.

 

Books Read in 2018

Fables Vol. 1 (Willingham / Medina / Leiaoha / Hamilton)


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Rusty’s Book of the Year for 2017

January 1, 2018
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I read a bunch of poetry this year and it would have been easy to give this ‘award’ to Yusef Komunyakaa… or Rob Winger… or Mary Pinkoski… or any of a number of others.

Instead it goes to a biography.

 

The Replacements- trouble boys Book

 

The Replacements  from ‘Hootenanny’ to ‘Pleased to Meet Me’ are my favourite band of all time. (I still like them outside of that range – including Paul Westerberg as a solo artist, but not quite as much).

I found their history to be painful and illuminating. It gave me a lot to think about as far as the life of a struggling artist… I don’t mean struggling as it trying to get famous. I mean struggling as in struggling with who you are and who you want to be.

There are many kinds of self-destruction and many kinds are evident within the book. Even their ‘comeback’, when they appeared on late night tv a couple of years ago and were… well, awful… is changed somewhat after reading this.

This is a great book and I heartily recommend in for anyone who is familiar with the band.

 

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2018 is here and I am currently reading a novel gifted to me by Amal El-Mohtar as well as a poetry periodical. I just ordered a poetry book by Joe Denham and a volume of Fables. (I don’t care for WIllingham, but I still enjoyed the series, overall.) What else will a new year bring?


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