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Rusty’s Reading List 2019

September 14, 2019
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Another poetry journal. There is a lot of somewhat opaque poetry in this one, but there are some real gems as well.
Highlights include ‘No One Reads Anything’ by Fabio Morabito (translated by Curtis Bauer) and Circulations by Jonathan Gleason. (Though the latter really missed an opportunity by not ending with the bit at the end of ‘Pulmonary Vein’. As a poem ender, that is amazing, I was disappointed when I turned the page and realized he was not leaving us there.)

2019 Reading List

Denver Quarterly Vol. 53, No. 2
Batgirl Vol. 1: Batgirl of Burnside – Stewart / Fletcher / Tarr
ARC Poetry Magazine #89
Bowie: Changes 1947-1975 – MOJO Collector’s Series
Indiana Review Vol. 41, No.1
The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
Doom Patrol Book Two – Morrison / Case /McKenna / Jones / Dringenberg / Yeowell
Marvel Masterworks – Daredevil #2 – Lee / Romita / Colon
This Is How You Lose the Time War – Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
Why I Hate Saturn – Kyle Baker
The Cowboy Wally Show – Kyle Baker
Transmetropolitan Vol. 4: The New Scum – Ellis / Robertson / Ramos
The Obelisk Gate – N.K. Jemisin
Gotham Central Book 2 – Half A Life – Rucka / Lark
Walking to Aldebaran – Adrian Tchaikovsky
Just Words: On Speech and Hidden Harm – Mary Kate McGowan
Star Wars Vol. 1 – Skywalker Strikes – Aaron / Cassaday / Martin
The Tower – Simon Toyne
ARC Poetry Magazine #88
The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin
The Walking Dead Vol. 7 – The Calm Before – Kirkman / Adlard / Rathburn
A Pretty Sight – David O’Meara
Avengers: The Korvac Saga – Shooter / Michelinie / Mantlo / Perez / Various Artists
Indiana Review Vol.40, No.2
Avengers: Death Trap: The Vault – Fingeroth / Lim
This Wound is a World – Billy-Ray Belcourt
The Auteur Vol.1 – President’s Day – Spears / Callahan / Anderson
Astro City Vol. 2 – Confession – Busiek / Anderson / more
Astro City Vol. 1 – Life In the Big City – Busiek / Anderson / Ross
Animal Man Vol. 2 – Origin of the Species – Grant Morrison / Various Artists
Power Ball – Rob Neyer
Denver Quarterly Vol. 52 No. 3

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Rusty’s Reading List 2019

August 30, 2019
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When I was reading comics on a regular basis, this book bothered me. Oracle was one of the best characters in the DCU and it felt the change was so unnecessary that it was insulting to readers who looked up to Oracle as a disabled hero. I say unnecessary because it felt they could have done this same book using Stephanie Brown and left Oracle as Oracle.
Now that I am not reading on a monthly bases, continuity has become less and less important to me so I can judge a book like this on its own merits.
They took some heat for this volume due to the depiction of Dagger Type as a stereotypical trans villain – heat which Stewart acknowledged and accepted. Overall, though, this book is pretty sleek. It is very much ‘of its time’, but that time is well illustrated here.
A solid book in general.

2019 Reading List

Batgirl Vol. 1: Batgirl of Burnside – Stewart / Fletcher / Tarr
ARC Poetry Magazine #89
Bowie: Changes 1947-1975 – MOJO Collector’s Series
Indiana Review Vol. 41, No.1
The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
Doom Patrol Book Two – Morrison / Case /McKenna / Jones / Dringenberg / Yeowell
Marvel Masterworks – Daredevil #2 – Lee / Romita / Colon
This Is How You Lose the Time War – Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
Why I Hate Saturn – Kyle Baker
The Cowboy Wally Show – Kyle Baker
Transmetropolitan Vol. 4: The New Scum – Ellis / Robertson / Ramos
The Obelisk Gate – N.K. Jemisin
Gotham Central Book 2 – Half A Life – Rucka / Lark
Walking to Aldebaran – Adrian Tchaikovsky
Just Words: On Speech and Hidden Harm – Mary Kate McGowan
Star Wars Vol. 1 – Skywalker Strikes – Aaron / Cassaday / Martin
The Tower – Simon Toyne
ARC Poetry Magazine #88
The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin
The Walking Dead Vol. 7 – The Calm Before – Kirkman / Adlard / Rathburn
A Pretty Sight – David O’Meara
Avengers: The Korvac Saga – Shooter / Michelinie / Mantlo / Perez / Various Artists
Indiana Review Vol.40, No.2
Avengers: Death Trap: The Vault – Fingeroth / Lim
This Wound is a World – Billy-Ray Belcourt
The Auteur Vol.1 – President’s Day – Spears / Callahan / Anderson
Astro City Vol. 2 – Confession – Busiek / Anderson / more
Astro City Vol. 1 – Life In the Big City – Busiek / Anderson / Ross
Animal Man Vol. 2 – Origin of the Species – Grant Morrison / Various Artists
Power Ball – Rob Neyer
Denver Quarterly Vol. 52 No. 3


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Rusty’s Reading List 2019

August 27, 2019
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As always, disclaimer: I am the Spoken Word Editor for ARC.
That doesn’t mean I see all that is in it before it comes out. (Just some of it.)
Which also means that I get to dive it and enjoy just like you all do. This time out it is the Poem of the Year issue and I am part of that process, so that wasn’t new to me – it is a heck of a poem, though. Writing about what it is like in the hospital when you are more than just visiting is something I do quite a bit. Sadiqa De Meijer nails it with ‘The Imaging Department’.

I also want to point out the translation feature. Ghayath Almadhoun (translated from Arabic by Catherine Cobham), has a poem called ‘How Hope Became Green’ that really blew me away. Excellent stuff.

2019 Reading List

ARC Poetry Magazine #89
Bowie: Changes 1947-1975 – MOJO Collector’s Series
Indiana Review Vol. 41, No.1
The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
Doom Patrol Book Two – Morrison / Case /McKenna / Jones / Dringenberg / Yeowell
Marvel Masterworks – Daredevil #2 – Lee / Romita / Colon
This Is How You Lose the Time War – Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
Why I Hate Saturn – Kyle Baker
The Cowboy Wally Show – Kyle Baker
Transmetropolitan Vol. 4: The New Scum – Ellis / Robertson / Ramos
The Obelisk Gate – N.K. Jemisin
Gotham Central Book 2 – Half A Life – Rucka / Lark
Walking to Aldebaran – Adrian Tchaikovsky
Just Words: On Speech and Hidden Harm – Mary Kate McGowan
Star Wars Vol. 1 – Skywalker Strikes – Aaron / Cassaday / Martin
The Tower – Simon Toyne
ARC Poetry Magazine #88
The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin
The Walking Dead Vol. 7 – The Calm Before – Kirkman / Adlard / Rathburn
A Pretty Sight – David O’Meara
Avengers: The Korvac Saga – Shooter / Michelinie / Mantlo / Perez / Various Artists
Indiana Review Vol.40, No.2
Avengers: Death Trap: The Vault – Fingeroth / Lim
This Wound is a World – Billy-Ray Belcourt
The Auteur Vol.1 – President’s Day – Spears / Callahan / Anderson
Astro City Vol. 2 – Confession – Busiek / Anderson / more
Astro City Vol. 1 – Life In the Big City – Busiek / Anderson / Ross
Animal Man Vol. 2 – Origin of the Species – Grant Morrison / Various Artists
Power Ball – Rob Neyer
Denver Quarterly Vol. 52 No. 3


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Rusty’s Reading List 2019

August 24, 2019
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This is really a big magazine, but it is square bound and I am planning to keep it so it goes in with my books.
This is hardly an in-depth look at the first half of David Bowie’s career, but it is an interesting read, seeing the (ahem) changes from one mini-era to the next.
One of the things it reminded me was the awful tie between creative brilliance and mental hardships. There are a number of places where they mention how much cocaine Bowie was doing and how skeletal and unwell he really was. Bowie himself has stated that he has no memory of recording Station To Station, which was an incredible album. It makes me feel a little guilty. Would I rather that art was never created? I wish I could honestly say yes.

2019 Reading List

Bowie: Changes 1947-1975 – MOJO Collector’s Series
Indiana Review Vol. 41, No.1
The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
Doom Patrol Book Two – Morrison / Case /McKenna / Jones / Dringenberg / Yeowell
Marvel Masterworks – Daredevil #2 – Lee / Romita / Colon
This Is How You Lose the Time War – Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
Why I Hate Saturn – Kyle Baker
The Cowboy Wally Show – Kyle Baker
Transmetropolitan Vol. 4: The New Scum – Ellis / Robertson / Ramos
The Obelisk Gate – N.K. Jemisin
Gotham Central Book 2 – Half A Life – Rucka / Lark
Walking to Aldebaran – Adrian Tchaikovsky
Just Words: On Speech and Hidden Harm – Mary Kate McGowan
Star Wars Vol. 1 – Skywalker Strikes – Aaron / Cassaday / Martin
The Tower – Simon Toyne
ARC Poetry Magazine #88
The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin
The Walking Dead Vol. 7 – The Calm Before – Kirkman / Adlard / Rathburn
A Pretty Sight – David O’Meara
Avengers: The Korvac Saga – Shooter / Michelinie / Mantlo / Perez / Various Artists
Indiana Review Vol.40, No.2
Avengers: Death Trap: The Vault – Fingeroth / Lim
This Wound is a World – Billy-Ray Belcourt
The Auteur Vol.1 – President’s Day – Spears / Callahan / Anderson
Astro City Vol. 2 – Confession – Busiek / Anderson / more
Astro City Vol. 1 – Life In the Big City – Busiek / Anderson / Ross
Animal Man Vol. 2 – Origin of the Species – Grant Morrison / Various Artists
Power Ball – Rob Neyer
Denver Quarterly Vol. 52 No. 3


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Rusty’s Reading List 2019

August 17, 2019
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This was a very solid issue. The things that jumped at me were the story by Janalyn Guo (‘Reanimate’), and the poem by Scott Withiam (“Bob Being a Manhole’)

The whole issue was a solid read that I kept coming back to between books.

2019 Reading List

Indiana Review Vol. 41, No.1
The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
Doom Patrol Book Two – Morrison / Case /McKenna / Jones / Dringenberg / Yeowell
Marvel Masterworks – Daredevil #2 – Lee / Romita / Colon
This Is How You Lose the Time War – Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
Why I Hate Saturn – Kyle Baker
The Cowboy Wally Show – Kyle Baker
Transmetropolitan Vol. 4: The New Scum – Ellis / Robertson / Ramos
The Obelisk Gate – N.K. Jemisin
Gotham Central Book 2 – Half A Life – Rucka / Lark
Walking to Aldebaran – Adrian Tchaikovsky
Just Words: On Speech and Hidden Harm – Mary Kate McGowan
Star Wars Vol. 1 – Skywalker Strikes – Aaron / Cassaday / Martin
The Tower – Simon Toyne
ARC Poetry Magazine #88
The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin
The Walking Dead Vol. 7 – The Calm Before – Kirkman / Adlard / Rathburn
A Pretty Sight – David O’Meara
Avengers: The Korvac Saga – Shooter / Michelinie / Mantlo / Perez / Various Artists
Indiana Review Vol.40, No.2
Avengers: Death Trap: The Vault – Fingeroth / Lim
This Wound is a World – Billy-Ray Belcourt
The Auteur Vol.1 – President’s Day – Spears / Callahan / Anderson
Astro City Vol. 2 – Confession – Busiek / Anderson / more
Astro City Vol. 1 – Life In the Big City – Busiek / Anderson / Ross
Animal Man Vol. 2 – Origin of the Species – Grant Morrison / Various Artists
Power Ball – Rob Neyer
Denver Quarterly Vol. 52 No. 3


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Rusty’s Reading List 2019

August 14, 2019
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The honest reason why I wanted to try out The Kingkiller Chronicles is that I watch Acquisitions Inc. (The Penny Arcade live D&D session), and I find Pat entertaining and likeable.
I think the biggest issue I had when I read it is something that is kind of unfair. Basically this is a throwback to the novels I read as a teenager. That should be a good thing – and it IS, most of the time. Sometimes, though, I notice that his female characters seem more like ‘types’ than people. Denna, especially – what is that trope? Magic Pixie Dream Girl? She isn’t THAT, exactly, but she is awfully idealized.
But then I remember that this story is being told BY a character who is quite smitten with her. Her idealization makes more sense then.
Every time we go back to the framing sequence, I was annoyed, as well. It reminds me that this is really BACK story, the way it is set up. Between those interjections, I can ignore that somewhat.
Honestly, I still quite enjoyed the book, but I am very glad that this isn’t ALL we get in SFF any more.

2019 Reading List

The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
Doom Patrol Book Two – Morrison / Case /McKenna / Jones / Dringenberg / Yeowell
Marvel Masterworks – Daredevil #2 – Lee / Romita / Colon
This Is How You Lose the Time War – Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
Why I Hate Saturn – Kyle Baker
The Cowboy Wally Show – Kyle Baker
Transmetropolitan Vol. 4: The New Scum – Ellis / Robertson / Ramos
The Obelisk Gate – N.K. Jemisin
Gotham Central Book 2 – Half A Life – Rucka / Lark
Walking to Aldebaran – Adrian Tchaikovsky
Just Words: On Speech and Hidden Harm – Mary Kate McGowan
Star Wars Vol. 1 – Skywalker Strikes – Aaron / Cassaday / Martin
The Tower – Simon Toyne
ARC Poetry Magazine #88
The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin
The Walking Dead Vol. 7 – The Calm Before – Kirkman / Adlard / Rathburn
A Pretty Sight – David O’Meara
Avengers: The Korvac Saga – Shooter / Michelinie / Mantlo / Perez / Various Artists
Indiana Review Vol.40, No.2
Avengers: Death Trap: The Vault – Fingeroth / Lim
This Wound is a World – Billy-Ray Belcourt
The Auteur Vol.1 – President’s Day – Spears / Callahan / Anderson
Astro City Vol. 2 – Confession – Busiek / Anderson / more
Astro City Vol. 1 – Life In the Big City – Busiek / Anderson / Ross
Animal Man Vol. 2 – Origin of the Species – Grant Morrison / Various Artists
Power Ball – Rob Neyer
Denver Quarterly Vol. 52 No. 3


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Rusty’s Reading List 2019

August 10, 2019
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The interesting thing about Doom Patrol Book Two is that it is the 3rd in the series of Grant Morrison Doom Patrol books. Kind of. It seems that they took the various volumes and merged them into bigger volumes… or something. I wanted the old book three and got the old books three & four.

Okay, I lied. That is not the most interesting thing about this spectacle fo a comic book. This volume includes the introduction of Danny the Street, my pick as the most interesting character idea in comics since… well… ever. It also has the introduction and origin of Flex Mentallo.
It also has a storyline that is an absolute mess, in the Grant Morrison, bad linear logic style. But it isn’t all that. In fact, it includes an incredibly straight-forward story called The Beard Hunter. Morrison CAN write in that style. He just chooses not to.

Doom Patrol continues to be super-heroes through a weirdness filter… and aren’t super-heroes pretty weird to begin with? This is great stuff.

2019 Reading List

Doom Patrol Book Two – Morrison / Case /McKenna / Jones / Dringenberg / Yeowell
Marvel Masterworks – Daredevil #2 – Lee / Romita / Colon
This Is How You Lose the Time War – Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
Why I Hate Saturn – Kyle Baker
The Cowboy Wally Show – Kyle Baker
Transmetropolitan Vol. 4: The New Scum – Ellis / Robertson / Ramos
The Obelisk Gate – N.K. Jemisin
Gotham Central Book 2 – Half A Life – Rucka / Lark
Walking to Aldebaran – Adrian Tchaikovsky
Just Words: On Speech and Hidden Harm – Mary Kate McGowan
Star Wars Vol. 1 – Skywalker Strikes – Aaron / Cassaday / Martin
The Tower – Simon Toyne
ARC Poetry Magazine #88
The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin
The Walking Dead Vol. 7 – The Calm Before – Kirkman / Adlard / Rathburn
A Pretty Sight – David O’Meara
Avengers: The Korvac Saga – Shooter / Michelinie / Mantlo / Perez / Various Artists
Indiana Review Vol.40, No.2
Avengers: Death Trap: The Vault – Fingeroth / Lim
This Wound is a World – Billy-Ray Belcourt
The Auteur Vol.1 – President’s Day – Spears / Callahan / Anderson
Astro City Vol. 2 – Confession – Busiek / Anderson / more
Astro City Vol. 1 – Life In the Big City – Busiek / Anderson / Ross
Animal Man Vol. 2 – Origin of the Species – Grant Morrison / Various Artists
Power Ball – Rob Neyer
Denver Quarterly Vol. 52 No. 3


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Rusty’s Reading List 2019

July 20, 2019
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Officially this is Marvel Masterworks Daredevil #2, but to me it is Marvel Masterworks #29. I have a bunch of the old run and this is where it slots in, the earliest gap in my collection.
However, picking up the older version now is more than I wanted too pend, so I am okay with this version.
Reading Stan Lee and John Romita doing Daredevil shows how much the book was similar to Spider-Man at the time. Where it was weaker is the DD just didn’t have the quality of villains. This volume includes the Plunderer, the Masked Marauder, Ox, the Owl… not exactly household names. Stan also spent time on a pretty dull love triangle between Matt, Foggy, and Karen.
But still, this is classic Marvel, with amazing John Romita art.

2019 Reading List

Marvel Masterworks – Daredevil #2 – Lee / Romita / Colon
This Is How You Lose the Time War – Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
Why I Hate Saturn – Kyle Baker
The Cowboy Wally Show – Kyle Baker
Transmetropolitan Vol. 4: The New Scum – Ellis / Robertson / Ramos
The Obelisk Gate – N.K. Jemisin
Gotham Central Book 2 – Half A Life – Rucka / Lark
Walking to Aldebaran – Adrian Tchaikovsky
Just Words: On Speech and Hidden Harm – Mary Kate McGowan
Star Wars Vol. 1 – Skywalker Strikes – Aaron / Cassaday / Martin
The Tower – Simon Toyne
ARC Poetry Magazine #88
The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin
The Walking Dead Vol. 7 – The Calm Before – Kirkman / Adlard / Rathburn
A Pretty Sight – David O’Meara
Avengers: The Korvac Saga – Shooter / Michelinie / Mantlo / Perez / Various Artists
Indiana Review Vol.40, No.2
Avengers: Death Trap: The Vault – Fingeroth / Lim
This Wound is a World – Billy-Ray Belcourt
The Auteur Vol.1 – President’s Day – Spears / Callahan / Anderson
Astro City Vol. 2 – Confession – Busiek / Anderson / more
Astro City Vol. 1 – Life In the Big City – Busiek / Anderson / Ross
Animal Man Vol. 2 – Origin of the Species – Grant Morrison / Various Artists
Power Ball – Rob Neyer
Denver Quarterly Vol. 52 No. 3


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Digression on Successful Friends

July 16, 2019
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As I was deciding what to say about the new book by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (it is great! Get it!), I thought about a few things that would be digressions from the main point.
I am going to put them here, though it may expose me a little.

If you don’t care about what goes through my wreck of a psyche, turn back now.

Morrissey said, ‘We hate it when our friends become successful’. (Yes, Morrissey turned out to be a complete and utter cretin, but I can’t turn off the influence his music had on my younger years.)
I was thinking about that and the different ways I have reacted to the very successful people of my acquaintance. Because, let’s be honest, the next line of that song matters a lot. ‘It should have been me.’

First, the field matters. I used to perform in semi-professional musicals along side one of my life-long best friends. He was a much better singer that I, and everyone knew it. Eventually he turned that into a career performing all over the world in some huge elaborate productions.
I never had that twinge. Simply put, that was never going to be me anyway. That was not my dream, or calling. I could sit back and just say, ‘that’s my friend. Look at how great he is.’
Another life-long best friend was very successful in the field of computers and programming, etc. He did very well for himself, but that was never something that held a great interest it me. I could sit back and say, ‘that’s my friend. Look at how successful he is.’

Meanwhile, I got a taste of the world I wanted. Since I was young, I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to create with words. I wanted people to read what I wrote and be moved by it. I got an opportunity when Ree Soesbee was looking for a team to write stories for Warlord. I got a bigger opportunity when Shawn Carman was looking for a team to write stories for Legend of the Five Rings.
I got a taste. My words were read world-wide and rail-thin, as I liked to say.
Later, I got heavily involved in Spoken Word poetry. I have been on a bunch of national level slam teams, including a team that won the National Championship. I have a couple of books, blah, blah, blah (I wasn’t planning to write my cv here.)

My success, if I look too hard at it, is a myth. I move a step to one side or the other and nobody knows who I am. I say that doesn’t matter, and I mean it. I say it is about the work and I mean it.

That doesn’t mean I didn’t like that taste. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like it when someone looked at me and said, ‘Wait, you are THE Rusty?’ or when the hostess at a restaurant, in front of my non-poetry reading friends, said, ‘Hey, you are that poet right? I love your work.’
Or getting the Zaccheus award in Vancouver.

I liked the taste, but it was clearly always going to be just a taste.

But there are times, I will freely admit, when I saw people I knew well reaching loftier heights and thought, ‘Why them? Why not me?’

Jealousy? Sure.

But it really isn’t about wanting them to do worse. It is about wondering why I couldn’t do better.

Now, if you think I am talking about Amal here, you are incorrect. I will get to that.

Because I still remember listening to Kevin Matthews poetry album and thinking both inspired to write and feeling like I should give it up. I couldn’t do that. He was so talented and I was but a seedling amongst redwoods.
But I persevered and found my voice.

Yet, when I read Amal’s writing, this is a whole different thing. I do not think, ‘why not me?’ because the answer is on the page. I can’t do what she has done. I don’t just mean style-wise, just pure talent.
(and yes, that glosses over the INCREDIBLE amount of work it takes to get there. I don’t mean too. Mad props to all who have done that work.)

When I read Amal’s writing I think nothing other than that EVERYBODY should read this. She should be on the top of every best seller list and on everyone’s night stand and book shelf, kindle, and what have you.

Because she is just that good.

Have you seen ‘Good Will Hunting’? There is a scene where Ben Affleck tells Matt Damon that if he does not make the most of what he has got that it would be unfair to BEN. That is it. I will never write anything that wins the Hugo or any of the other litany of awards Amal has won… and that is just the way it is. Rather than bemoan that, I instead can marvel it what she does and look forward to seeing her climb the next mountain and the next one.

I will keep writing my poems and submit them here and there. I will continue my work with Arc Magazine and I am wrapping up my stint with SpoCan while also recognizing that memories can be very, very short.

And I will keep telling you to find joy in beautifully crafted art. Because without it, what is the point?


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July 16, 2019
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So many thoughts.
First, a disclaimer. I consider one of the authors of this book a good friend. I have known Amal for… a long time… and watching her develop into the immense talent she is now has been a treat.
(Side note: In fact, thinking about what to write here got me thinking about what it is like to know very successful people. I am going to turn that into a separate post, so as not to detract from the book and make this all about me.)

I agree with Stu, the novella is not one of my favourite forms. Despite that, I am read two very good ones very recently. As for the collaborative book, that is a different matter. Normally, when done well, it feels seamless. This time is not that, but not because it isn’t done well. Amal and Max took great advantage of their differing voices as an integral part of the book.
(Side note #2: I took great delight in realizing that I could ‘read’ which part was Amal very quickly. This glee was short-lived when I closed the book and realized they told us which part was written by whom on the cover. Great detective work there, Lou.)

Speaking of the novella, I recently read someone on twitter complaining about long novels and how writers should get back to stuff more concise. I disagreed, but that isn’t the point. A commenter said that those with big novels waste time ‘world-building’. I was aghast. World building is essential to any novel, but especially those that work in a milieu different from that outside our window. Yet this book EXCELS at world-building, despite the sparseness of words available to do it in. IN fact, it reminds that world-building and setting are not one in the same.

The world they have concocted would be very suited to a tv show. (ahem)

YET, who would read this book and be FIRST struck by the world? Oh, no. It is the characters that are centre stage. Both of them. (Yes there are others, but let us be clear, this is a story about two characters.) This is a love story, and an exceptional one.

I don’t want to give anything away but the one spot where I was taken aback was when I first realized that the love story angle had me making assumptions about who these two women were. I was wrong. But I digress.

Buy this book. Read this book. You will not regret it.

2019 Reading List

This Is How You Lose the Time War – Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
Why I Hate Saturn – Kyle Baker
The Cowboy Wally Show – Kyle Baker
Transmetropolitan Vol. 4: The New Scum – Ellis / Robertson / Ramos
The Obelisk Gate – N.K. Jemisin
Gotham Central Book 2 – Half A Life – Rucka / Lark
Walking to Aldebaran – Adrian Tchaikovsky
Just Words: On Speech and Hidden Harm – Mary Kate McGowan
Star Wars Vol. 1 – Skywalker Strikes – Aaron / Cassaday / Martin
The Tower – Simon Toyne
ARC Poetry Magazine #88
The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin
The Walking Dead Vol. 7 – The Calm Before – Kirkman / Adlard / Rathburn
A Pretty Sight – David O’Meara
Avengers: The Korvac Saga – Shooter / Michelinie / Mantlo / Perez / Various Artists
Indiana Review Vol.40, No.2
Avengers: Death Trap: The Vault – Fingeroth / Lim
This Wound is a World – Billy-Ray Belcourt
The Auteur Vol.1 – President’s Day – Spears / Callahan / Anderson
Astro City Vol. 2 – Confession – Busiek / Anderson / more
Astro City Vol. 1 – Life In the Big City – Busiek / Anderson / Ross
Animal Man Vol. 2 – Origin of the Species – Grant Morrison / Various Artists
Power Ball – Rob Neyer
Denver Quarterly Vol. 52 No. 3


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