book review: april 2011 bulk edition

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)

Post-CCS, Pre-Australia

Phew. I also read David Mitchell’s The Cloud Atlas in there, but managed to write a separate review of it.

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