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Rusty’s Reading List 2018

May 5, 2018
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Arc-85

 

This list isn’t generally ‘reviews’, but sometimes I lead in that direction. It feels odd to do any sort of review of a magazine that I helped put together.

So, don’t consider this a review, but it certainly is an endorsement.

Check out the work by Ayaz Pirani, Rasiqra Revulva, Di Brandt, Michelle Brown, and a great essay by Ali Blythe.

 

Books Read in 2018

ARC Poetry Magazine #85
The Collected Poems of William Hawkins – William Hawkins
Touch the Donkey #16
The New Quarterly #144
Absolute Sandman Vol. 1 – Neil Gaiman and others
Autonomous – Annalee Newitz
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

April 7, 2018
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I still consider William Hawkins’ induction to be the Hall of Honour at its best.
He is a poet that was not well known, but clearly deserved to be. rob mclennan did a very good thing when he brought Hawkins back to the collected attention of the Ottawa poetry community.

This is a a very comprehensive collection, which means (to be fair), that it includes work that will feel quite dated today, but as long as you read this with an understanding of the time, there is gold to be found.

A great remembered.

Books Read in 2018

The Collected Poems of William Hawkins – William Hawkins
Touch the Donkey #16
The New Quarterly #144
Absolute Sandman Vol. 1 – Neil Gaiman and others
Autonomous – Annalee Newitz
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

March 17, 2018
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TouchTheDonkey

The latest read for me from the rob mclennan collection (though he is not IN this issue…)

Ac couple of things really jumped out at me in here. The Donato Mancini cycle made me want to look into fatras a little more. Form has never been as important to me as function, but I found these interesting. Maybe inspiration inducing. (I even found a Kyle Flemmer couplet I might like to turn into a fatra, possibly.)

I also really liked the Sue Landers poem.

 

Books Read in 2018

Touch the Donkey #16
The New Quarterly #144
Absolute Sandman Vol. 1 – Neil Gaiman and others
Autonomous – Annalee Newitz
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

March 16, 2018
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TNQ144

 

I have been reading this for a while, but got sidetracked with other things.
I am not a big fan of mixing poetry and short fiction, generally, because I consider them very different things and when I pick up a book to read some poetry, I am not there to read fiction.
Having said THAT, there is some really good fiction in here. I especially like Bill Gaston’s ‘Kiint’.
Susan Olding’s essay, ‘A Different River’ also really deserves mention.
Maybe I need to rethink my preconceptions…

Books Read in 2018

The New Quarterly #144
Absolute Sandman Vol. 1 – Neil Gaiman and others
Autonomous – Annalee Newitz
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

March 13, 2018
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AbsoluteSandman1

Sandman is the best long-form comic ever created.

Absolute Volume 1 has some of the best one-off issues, as well as great longer stories like A Doll’s House.

If you have never read The Dream of A Thousand Cats or A Midsummer Night’s Dream or the amazing issues featuring Element Girl or Calliope… or the devastatingly brutal issue in the diner with Dr. Destiny… well, what can I say. Sandman is amazing.

Amazing enough that these large collections are the third format I own them in as I bought the original comics when they were new (and even got issues #1 and #8 remarked and signed by Mike Dringenberg), as well as being the original collected editions.

 

Books Read in 2018

Absolute Sandman Vol. 1 – Neil Gaiman and others
Autonomous – Annalee Newitz
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

February 24, 2018
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Autonomous

 

One effect of my gig with Arc Poetry Magazine is that I am reading a lot of great poetry.
Another effect is that I am not reading much of anything else.
Thankfully I was gifted this interesting novel by Amal El-Mohtar. (That is, Amal gifted it, not that it is a novel by her. We are waiting for that.)

There is a lot to like about this novel. It really delves into some ideas about sentience and ownership, which invariably leads to ideas about free will. The inclusion of human-robot sex, which I will admit I found jarring at first, really came around when you started seeing the differing attitudes towards it from the ‘bots. It made you question what you were reading in the previous scenes. Well done.

Once you accept the idea that these robots have true sentience and free will, you have to start questioning it when you realize that their behaviour is modified at will by programs installed. When a robot falls in love with ‘her’ (gender is one of the many thing that are questioned as preconceived fallacies when it comes to A.I.) master (and yes, that word use is intentional), we have to question whether that is real or indicated by programming.

It isn’t to say that this book is flawless. I found it really fell short in the visual department. I never felt like I knew where they were, visually, despite most of the book being set in Canadian cities. I also never got a good idea of what characters looked like. My mental picture of what a combat robot would look like made the scenes where she had sex more puzzling than anything else. Obviously my notions were incorrect, but if there was anything in the book to give me a better understanding, I missed it.

Also, the main plot involved drug piracy and I am pretty sure we were supposed to see parallels between patent law and indentured slaves (both human and robot), but I found that she didn’t do a great job showing why it was bad for drug patents to exist. (And I would tend to agree with the politics on that, so it wasn’t my mind resisting the idea.) Without that connection, the main plot was not that compelling.

Newitz DID do a good job showing corrupt corporations, but that is like shooting fish in a barrel.

The book rides on the strength of the robot A.I. concepts, but it does that VERY well.

Very much worth reading. I could certainly see reading it again.

 

Books Read in 2018

Autonomous – Annalee Newitz
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 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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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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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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