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Soccer in Sun and Shadow
4.13
I've been reading this throughout this year's World Cup to give me more insight into global fútbol. Galeano's book delivered that and much more by spe...more
Jul 12, 2010
Jul 12, 2010
 
Batman: The Long Halloween
4.25
Loeb and Sale deliver the Batman at his darkest and finest as the mysterious Holiday is killing off the Gotham Underworld faster than the Batman, Jim...more
Jun 2005
Jul 21, 2008
 
Shapeshift
4.39
Shapeshift ultimately transforms the actual image of the skinwalker (continuously depicted as a malevolent spirit) into a metaphor for the contemporar...more
Apr 22, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
 
City Eclogue
4.24
The ruins of a modern city gets a harsh but humanistic treatment in Roberson's City Eclogue. As per the title, the shepherds gather and discuss what h...more
Jan 03, 2009
Jan 04, 2009
 
Thank You and You're Welcome
3.79
Just the kind of book you'd expect from an author who "doesn't read." On the plus side, it is brief and direct especially the sections where Kanye spe...more
Sep 20, 2009
Sep 20, 2009
 
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores (Y: The Last Man, #10)
4.36
In the last installment of the Y: The Last Man Vaughan delivers the goods when it comes to creating a powerful comic that is more about interpersonal...more
not set
Sep 02, 2008
 
Incognegro
3.79
Mat Johnson writes a fantastic murder mystery set in a small town, complete with the outsider trying to reach the truth despite the local powers-that-...more
Jul 03, 2008
Jul 03, 2008
 
I Wanted to Write a Poem: The Autobiography of the Works of a Poet
3.96
Editor Edith Heal does a great job of capturing Williams' honest reflections of his entire body of work from the beginning of his career up to the tim...more
Aug 22, 2010
Aug 22, 2010
 
The Walking Dead, Compendium 1
4.41
I just went through the first three seasons of Walking Dead, and I was curious about the similarities and disparities in the graphic novelization. Wal...more
May 07, 2013
Nov 16, 2013
 
American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry
3.72
Could also be titled: Experiment for Experiment's Sake.

I only got through 2/3 of the book (has to go back to my local library) but what I did read was...more
May 30, 2009
May 30, 2009
 
The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling
3.90
Definitely one of the best written books I have found on the subject of professional wrestling. David "The Masked Man" Shoemaker balances a fine line...more
Dec 05, 2013
Dec 07, 2013
 
Clemente!
3.72
Beautiful children's book that combines formal poetry, codeswitching, baseball history and dynamic watercolors into a read that can educate youth, ser...more
Jul 02, 2010
Jul 02, 2010
 
Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music
3.74
Greg Kot's new book examines the role of king maker as the music industry shifts from local radio to the age of Clear Channel to the MP3 era with a cl...more
May 17, 2009
May 30, 2009
 
The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology
3.94
A Norton Anthology in all the best and worst ways. If you go by the number of pages devoted to the various incarnations of the sonnet in this antholog...more
Dec 31, 2008
Dec 31, 2008
 
U2 by U2
4.27
Primarily for U2 fans, this book does a great job of chronicling the band's journey from a high school garage band into one of the world's most commer...more
Jan 17, 2011
Jan 17, 2011
 
Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?
3.92
Strong two-part story that follows in the vein of Allan Moore's iconic Superman Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?. Gaiman's story has the same...more
Oct 11, 2009
Oct 11, 2009
 
DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 2
4.30
A great conclusion to Cooke's "New Frontier" storyline. Cooke's plot bounces between 50s nostalgia, 60s activism and the dawning of DC's Silver Age to...more
Jan 08, 2009
Jan 09, 2009
 
Dark Hours
4.33
The city is alive and terrible in this collection of prose and footnote poems. Cruz balances the role between citizen and chronicler with poems that b...more
Dec 11, 2008
Nov 26, 2008
 
Survival Supervivencia
3.75
Great retrospective on one of the most important voices in American Poetry. Algarín's ability to bring forth the immediacy of current events through h...more
Feb 21, 2009
Feb 23, 2009
 
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (Persepolis, #3-4)
4.19
In some ways, even better than the first and I loved the first. Satrapi's shift from a child's concern of the world to an adult's search for a place i...more
Mar 2007
Aug 02, 2007
 
Pepper Spray
4.00
Pepper Spray is one excellent chapbook. After having read it, I can see why Pompa was chosen as the winner of this year's Andrés Monotya Prize. His po...more
Dec 14, 2008
Dec 14, 2008
 
Wolverine: Origin
3.96
The first time I read this in 2003 I was sure I was going to hate it because I was sure the creative team would drop the ball tell us this is an imagi...more
May 02, 2009
May 03, 2009
 
Angry Days
4.40
Foster always finds a way to highlight the everyday in his poetics. True to the title, Foster's poems seethe from daily and historical injustices his...more
Oct 31, 2009
Oct 31, 2009
 
Stardust
4.04
Charles Vess' art is stellar but Gaiman is simply going through the paces here. Recommended only for a Gaiman completist.
not set
Aug 14, 2007
 
The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop
4.14
I give the poetry 2 1/2 stars, as I felt like the same poem was being repeated over and over again. I also wasn't feeling that almost half this book i...more
Apr 06, 2009
Apr 06, 2009
 
Superman for All Seasons
4.05
Another fine work from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. Focusing less on the villains and more on the hero, this graphic novel gives us the Norman Rockwell por...more
May 02, 2009
May 03, 2009
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
3.84
Junot Díaz expertly captures the languages, landscapes and folk tales of the Modern diaspora experience laying out his stake in the multi-generational...more
Jan 10, 2009
Jan 10, 2009
 
Spider-Man: One More Day
3.43
**spoiler alert** What a sad end to J. Michael Straczynski's great tenure as lead writer on Spider-Man. His additions of Ezekiel, Morlun, the possibil...more
Oct 05, 2008
Oct 05, 2008
 
Trumpets from the Islands of Their Eviction
4.34
The "Expanded Edition" includes Espada's first chapbook The Immigrant Iceboy's Bolero and both collections show how a keen sense for the narratives of...more
Dec 15, 2008
Dec 15, 2008
 
Solitudes Crowded With Loneliness
4.40
Jazz poetry at its finest and I can feel where some other Beats licked their riffs off of.

In the "Poems" section, the music is all in the lines and t...more
Jul 05, 2008
Jul 05, 2008
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