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500 Essential Graphic Novels by Gene Kannenberg
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Jun 25, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, graphic-novels, bibliophile

When I might have been reading as a young child, I was watching movies instead. When I finally started reading in my teens, instead of literature aimed at my age group, including Comic Books of all stripes, I dove straight into literature with a capital "L". My first books were THE GRAPES OF WRATH, CATCH 22, and THE HUMAN FACTOR by Graham Greene and I never looked back. In the past couple years though I have discovered the Graphic Novels or Comics that I did not read back in the day. Now WATCHMEN and MAUS are among my favorite books. My relative lack of knowledge led me to read a book cover to cover that I might have otherwise just dipped into from time to time like a reference book: 500 ESSENTIAL GRAPHIC NOVELS. This is a marvelously valuable reference sturdily bound for constant access and book marking--even wedging your foot between pages. Organized by genre, the best of the best is displayed page after page with each book's cover usually a half page tall and often there are brief samples of the work displayed as well. Each has a synopsis and review rating--for quality and age appropriateness. There are indexes to allow searches by titles, artists, writers and publishers. While these are nifty, they aren't perfect. I did notice a few omissions while referencing back and forth. Another odd thing is that the reviews don't always seem to match the star rating given to a particular work. Don't know if these were done independent of each other but it occasionally seemed that way. Each genre subheading has a nice introduction but something I missed was a more comprehensive piece talking about the best graphic novels over all. I may be addicted to lists, but I would have liked a top ten of each genre and then one overall. Sometimes also it was not clear when the original publication date of the work was when they are rating a recent reprint or new collection of older works. But these small quibbles aside, quite the invaluable reference book for someone who knew virtually nothing before I started reading it and I imagine it would hold more than a few surprises for even more hardcore readers.
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Reading Progress

June 25, 2010 – Started Reading
June 25, 2010 – Shelved
June 25, 2010 –
page 93
17.61%
July 12, 2010 –
page 104
19.7%
August 7, 2010 –
page 132
25.0%
September 14, 2010 –
page 156
29.55%
September 27, 2010 –
page 160
30.3%
October 4, 2010 –
page 162
30.68%
October 12, 2010 –
page 166
31.44%
October 20, 2010 –
page 177
33.52%
October 22, 2010 –
page 179
33.9%
October 27, 2010 –
page 185
35.04%
November 4, 2010 –
page 189
35.8%
November 15, 2010 –
page 203
38.45%
November 30, 2010 –
page 211
39.96%
January 26, 2011 –
page 223
42.23%
February 2, 2011 –
page 225
42.61%
February 20, 2011 –
page 235
44.51%
February 24, 2011 –
page 237
44.89%
June 20, 2011 –
page 275
52.08%
August 13, 2011 –
page 325
61.55%
September 7, 2011 –
page 351
66.48%
January 23, 2012 –
page 378
71.59%
April 1, 2012 –
page 416
78.79%
October 28, 2012 –
page 485
91.86%
November 3, 2012 – Finished Reading
September 16, 2013 – Shelved as: non-fiction
September 16, 2013 – Shelved as: graphic-novels
September 17, 2013 – Shelved as: bibliophile

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