I have been neglecting my reviewing duties. But don’t worry, I’ve still been reading. I haven’t given up on the printed word (and image). Just been slow in typing about them. So here is a list of the books I read before coming to Australia.
Before I Went to Vermont
- Jan’s Atomic Heart by SImon Roy – cool little sf tale about a guy in an exo suit while his body gets healed after an accident.
- Fell: Feral City by Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith – reread of a bunch of detective stories I love.
At CCS (comics)
- The Iron Wagon by Jason – adaptation of a murder mystery by one of my favourite comickers (not my favourite by him though)
- American Elf Volume 1 by James Kochalka – diary strips by Vermont’s cartoonist laureate (in the pre-kids years)
- The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the Twenty-First Century by Frank Miller – science fictional war story that spans a lot of time and technology.
- King-Cat Classix by James Porcellino – a must-read in the zine comics world, but I wasn’t a huge fan.
- Ronin by Frank Miller – reincarnation of a ronin and demon battle in a sfnal computer city.
- Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham – finally, after umpty billion years I’m reading Fables! I really like it.
- Fables: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham – ditto.
- Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware – if it appears I used my time at CCS to bone up on the classics of comics you would not be wrong. Jimmy Corrigan is phenomenal. So controlled in execution and so fucking sad.
- Woman King by Colleen Frakes – about a girl who becomes king of the bears. Awesome. (I worked with Colleen cataloguing shit at the Schulz.
- Tragic Relief by Colleen Frakes – a simple man looking for love and finding mythical creatures is thwarted.
- Runners: Bad Goods by Sean Wang – smuggler science fiction. Not a huge tonne of innovation, but really well-executed banter and adventure, like a really good Traveller campaign.
- Couscous Express by Brian Wood – scooter couriers who get mixed up in NYC crime.
- American Born Chinese by Gene Yang – I know, I’m ashamed I hadn’t read this earlier. Three stories that weave together about being Asian. As good as advertised. And it was advertised as really good.
- Cross Country by MK Reed – low-key road-trip story. Very good. Like an indie movie.
- Abominable by (?) – I feel bad I can’t remember who wrote this. I bought it at Paint & Pixel in Northampton, and she signed it for my girlfriend and everything. Gah. It’s short and cute and violent.
- Space Rope – by Casey something, one of the CCS students. It’s about a rope that comes from space and is weird to a bunch of people.
At CCS (non-comics)
- Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold – prequel to the Miles Vorkosigan stories, this one is about how his parents met…
- Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold – and this is about how he was born. (Miles’ mom was a badass.)
- Looking for Calvin & Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and his Revolutionary Comic Strip by Nevin Martell – I wanted to like this book, but it’s basically just a rehash of interviews about Bill Watterson. Martell didn’t get to talk to him so there’s not a lot of insight here.
- Beartato and the Secret of the Mystery by Anthony Clark – I love Nedroid so much. Laugh out loud awesome.
- Spacetrawler: The Human Seat by Christopher Baldwin – Space opera by the creator of Little Dee. I think this story has more depth to it than Runners (mentioned above). You can read the whole thing online for free if you want.
- Fantastic Butterflies by James Kochalka – not a diary-strip, this story involves grumpiness, kungfu fighting, drinking and a ruptured testicle.
- The Golem’s Mighty Swing by James Sturm – a story about a Jewish barnstorming baseball team.
- Unstable Molecules by James Sturm – the first volume about the real people who inspired the characters of the Fantastic Four.
- The Maximortal by Rick Veitch – a shit-worshipping, time-bending rumination on the nature of creativity and superheroes and people stepping on each other to get ahead.