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Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color
I want to give it four stars, but I had to ding it just because completely ignoring the impact of comic book art when talking about color palettes in...more
May 31, 2013
May 31, 2013
The Verb 'To Bird': Sightings of an Avid Birder
Even if you don't care about birds (I don't), a very enjoyable memoir and musing on the joys of birding, the vagaries of weird states where the roads...more
Jul 29, 2014
Jul 25, 2014
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
Screamingly funny at times but also a touching memoir of dealing with anxiety disorder. Has some of the greatest hits from Lawson's website (yep, the...more
Apr 13, 2012
Apr 13, 2012
Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!
Breezy but also serious look at the business of selling a screenplay. Quite funny at times (honestly, I was losing it at a section of how to tell your...more
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 18, 2011
As You Pass By
Interesting overview of the history of New York City firefighting. Especially good for maps showing the angle of and buildings included in the various...more
Jan 14, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
DMZ, Vol. 12: The Five Nations of New York
A deeply satisfying end to the saga of the USA, the Free States of America, New York City and Matthew Roth, fighting to figure out what he's going to...more
Jan 25, 2013
Jan 25, 2013
An Innocent, a Broad
Quite enjoyable, but also an appealingly heartfelt look at the scary prospect of being a new parent in a foreign land and the sickness of your newborn...more
Mar 14, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
Four Past Midnight
Dragged down by Langoliers and Sun Dog is decent, but man Library Policeman and Secret Window are just wonderful, sad stories about how the past can a...more
not set
Feb 02, 2012
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
Hell of of a lot fun; a little steampunk goes a long way, and thankfully this never overdraws on it. Great fun if you like the light feel of 19th cent...more
Dec 02, 2010
Dec 02, 2010
The Walking Dead, Vol. 08: Made to Suffer
Did Robert Kirkman know someone named Rick at some point and just felt like kicking him around in fiction? Poor guy's gone through more trials than Fr...more
Mar 31, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
Little Brother (Little Brother, #1)
Less a novel than a screed. Cardboard characters, uninteresting attempts to update 1984 and the usual Doctorow ranting about how copyright is a horrib...more
Dec 24, 2008
Aug 09, 2010
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
I might have to give this another go with parceling out the parts. The ending and some of the individual parts are excellent, but a few of the middle...more
Dec 14, 2013
Dec 14, 2013
Raising Steam
Maybe not top Pratchett, but there's a lot of good stuff here even if it almost feels like a winding-things-down novel. Still, Moist is steadily growi...more
Apr 05, 2014
Apr 02, 2014
The Mote in God's Eye (Moties, #1)
Well written, but half the people in this novel are complete dunderheads who are far too trusting in dealing with an alien society that they make stup...more
Sep 06, 2013
Sep 01, 2013
Skippy Dies
Seemed like a slow starter, but it really picked up and completely hit a sweet spot for me in terms of going to Catholic school and the regrets of adu...more
Jan 17, 2012
Jan 02, 2012
Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites
Beautiful art and great stories that are straight out of an alternate mythology of dogs and cats. And wow, there is some heartbreaking stuff here as w...more
Jan 14, 2012
Jan 14, 2012
Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth
Admittedly, a lot of the philosophy goes right over my head, but the historical backgrounds and the story of Bertrand Russell's life (with fictional a...more
May 19, 2012
May 17, 2012
Thor: God of Thunder, Vol. 3: The Accursed
Very solid Thor main story, but the highlight is the stand-alone story at the end of the volume, a bittersweet story of the younger Thor.
Jul 26, 2014
Jul 26, 2014
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy, #1)
Enjoyable enough and with an interesting and thoughtful viewpoint despite the dodgy science but I feel no need to continue with the series.
Oct 2013
Sep 30, 2013
Sleepless Nights
All right for what it is, but a mite too much self-indulgent. Excellent sections when it comes to talking about characters outside the narrator though...more
Nov 08, 2010
Oct 29, 2010
Timeless (Parasol Protectorate, #5)
A deeply satisfying end to the series as the guilty are somewhat punished, the virtuous are somewhat rewarded and surprise endings are had for all.
Feb 24, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
Locke & Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom
Look, what else is there to say except that Hill and Rodriguez are just knocking it out of the park with these?
Apr 05, 2014
Apr 05, 2014
Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy's Journey to Becoming a Big Kid
Quite enjoyable and breezy, with a leavening of some interesting thoughts about life, mentors and the value of friendship in a personal sense and in c...more
Nov 2011
Oct 27, 2011
DMZ, Vol. 5: The Hidden War
Not my favorite of the books; I like the standalone stories a lot, but the final one with Soames is somehow.
Apr 12, 2012
Apr 12, 2012
Black Dahlia & White Rose: Stories
I might want to call this a 4.5, but since that's not allowed I'll be generous and five it the full 5. Excellent, heartrending stories at the height o...more
Jan 07, 2013
Dec 31, 2012
We Are On Our Own: A Memoir
I can't decide if the art is elegantly crude, or just crude. But it's a fairly effective refugee memoir.
Sep 09, 2010
Sep 09, 2010
More Baths, Less Talking (Stuff I've Been Reading #4)
As usual, Hornby makes my TBR pile groan like crazy (seriously, I added a book on post-war British austerity measures).
Nov 27, 2012
Nov 27, 2012
Doom Patrol, Vol. 6: Planet Love
Almost nails the landing, but then there's a final issue parodying Rob Liefeld that doesn't quite work.
Aug 09, 2011
Aug 09, 2011
The 1989 Annual World's Best SF
Not a great anthology, but the storiy "Ripples on the Dirac Sea" is a brilliantly sad tale of time travel gone wrong.
Jan 12, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever
Quite excellent; I only wish I'd read all of the shows talked about (The Shield and Breaking Bad, for instance) so that I could read those chapters.
Jun 15, 2013
Jun 10, 2013
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