drcpunk (drcpunk) wrote,

Recent Reading

As always, it's an interesting call about what "counts" as a book, and I'm not always consistent.

1. The Game of Kings, by Dorothy Dunnett. I am hooked.
2. The Devil is Due in Dreary, by David Parkin and Allan Jefferson. Picked this up at NYC, though I forget whether it caught my eye or someone pointed us at it. A strange, good read.
3. Monster, Volume 1 (vols 1-2 of the original), by Naoki Urasawa. Sort of a Japanese version of The Fugitive. I gather there's also an anime.
4. Monster, Volume 2 (vols 3-4 of the original), by Naoki Urasawa
5. Zoo City, by Lauren Beukes. Not to my taste, but important, and I'm glad I read it.
6. Two Serpents Rise, by Max Gladstone. I liked this a lot. I often get annoyed by Mysterious Potential Romantic Interest with Much Hidden Power / Secrets, but here, a) it's complicated and b) both folks have Hidden Secrets / Power, not just one, and that really helps. I finished this at Arisia and was already seeing Dunnett's fingerprints on Gladstone's sentences.
7. Alarums & Excursions #472
8. Queen's Play, by Dorothy Dunnett
9-16. Black Butler vols 12-19, by Yana Toboso. I'm finding this a fascinating study of -- well, I'm not entirely sure what. Evil? Determination? I also like the development of one of the minor characters. When he first showed up, he proved he had courage and noblesse oblige; this time, he shows he has a working brain. I approve.
17. Spell of Desire, vol 1, by Tomu Ohmi
18-20. Devils and Realist, vols 1-3, by Madoka Takadono. I'm still figuring out whether I like this one. It's interesting.
21-22. Spell of Desire. vols 2-3, Tomu Ohmi. I decided to stop at this point. It's well drawn, and the leads are sympathetic, but it's not quite to my taste.
23. Reread of Game of Kings. It's lovely seeing everything getting set up this time around.
24. Reread of Queen's Play. I still have one or two issues here, but on a reread, it's a stronger book than I'd first thought. The key is that the thrilling action plot, while important, is actually the b-plot, and the philosophy that seemed like a background thing is actually the a-plot.
25. Alarums & Excursions #473
26. Batman: The Ultimate Evil, by Andrew Vachss. Not a graphic novel, not typical for Batman, and an interesting read.
27. Angel of Losses, by Stephanie Feldman. Seems to know enough about the weirder mystical Judaism, which can get very strange indeed. A good consideration of the numinous and how dangerous it can be. I had no trouble following the plot and figuring out what was going on, but I can see how folks could get confused, and I can easily see why it turns some readers off.
28. Alarums & Excursions #474
29. The Disorderly Knights, by Dorothy Dunnett
30. Bathing the Lion, by Jonathan Carroll. This isn't one of his stronger works, though it's pleasant enough and a quick read.
31. Immortal Muse, by Stephen Leigh. I understand what he's trying to do, and I salute him for that. I don't know that I could do as well. But, I don't think he pulled it off.
32. The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, by Catherynne Valente. So, I want the next book, like yesterday. I'll likely reread the whole series when it comes out.
33. Maplecroft, by Cherie Priest. An interesting read.
34. Alarums & Excurions #475
35. Full Fathom Five, by Max Gladstone. Read his other two first. Fortunately, I did.
36. Primetime Adventures, 3rd editions, by Matt Wilson
37. Lay of Lirazel, by Stephen R. Babb. This left me underwhelmed.
38. Neptune Noir, a collection of essays about Veronica Mars, edited by Rob Thomas. Fun read.
39. Signal to Noise, by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia. I like where it starts, but not where it ends. I'm not quite sure why so many people find it so good, but I'll probably read her next book.
40. Tales of Rugosa Coven, by Sarah Avery. This is three linked novellas. I like the first one. I need to know a bit more about how OCD works before I can figure out if I like the second. The third raises all sorts of questions and my hackles. Again, though, this is an author I'm interested in seeing more from.
41. Reread of The Disorderly Knights. This is such a different book the second time around. Many of my "that... left a bad taste" moments from the first time are gone now that I'm reading knowing what's really going on.
42. Reread of Gunnerkrigg Court, vols 1 and 2, by Tom Siddell
43. Gunnerkrigg Court, vol 3, by Tom Siddell
44. Gunnerkrigg Court, vol 4, by Tom Siddell. I'm still behind, and I should probably catch up online. This is a very strange and rather amazing work.
45. Headache, by Lisa Joy and Jay Fern. Very nicely done.
46. Alarums & Excursions #476
47. Rex Mundi, vol 2, by Arvid Nelson and Juan Ferreyra. The secrets and revelations are old news these days, but the alternate history is fascinating.
48. X/1999, the parts I'd read before, by Clamp
49. X/1999, the parts I hadn't read before, by Clamp. So, yeah, I went to the panel on Clamp at Arisia. I know we're not likely to see the rest of the series in manga form, but I'd really, really like Clamp to release even a summarized "this is what we were going to do and how it was going to end". I want the rest of the story, as they meant to tell it.
50. Ms. Marvel, vol 1, by G. Willow Wilson. I liked this, despite having to read around the watermark on Every. Single. Page. cutting across the art. Honestly, Marvel, if you're that worried about piracy, just don't put it in the Hugo pack. That would be less annoying than what you did, and I am having to keep chanting "Don't hold it against the work."
51. Rat Queens, vol 1, by Kurtis J. Wiebe. Not my usual sort of thing, and not entirely to my taste, but for all that, a lot of fun to read.
53. Saga, vol 3, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. This is brilliant and gorgeous.
54. Sex Criminals, vol 1, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. I probably need to reread it, as I had a hard time figuring out what was happening in the chronological end of the tale.
55. RAQIYA, vols 1-2, by Yajima Masao. Not quite to my taste, so I'm stopping here.
56. Alarums & Excursions #477
57. Gospel of Loki, by Joanne M. Harris. On the plus side, Loki's side of the tale is baked in, so this isn't the sort of thing that makes me think that the author's decided to read things into the text that weren't there, even implicitly. On the minus side, this means there's nothing especially new here. I am, of course, jaded. Ada Palmer's Sundown cycle sets a high bar.
58. Blowing Up the Movies, by Robin Laws. Lots of fun.
59. Songs for Ophelia, by Theodora Goss. There are some authors I just Don't Get and am well aware it's probably me. Goss is one of them.
60. John Thunstone, by Manly Wade Wellman. 600+ pages of occult pulp. Even at its best, my inner mantra was, "It is all right to like problematic things." I'm fine having read it, but don't have a huge desire to reread.
61. East Texas University Corebook. Savage Worlds Does the Buffy Genre. Fun, but I'm not sure I'll be running it any time soon (I seem to have a list of almost 20 things I want to run, most of which are campaigns, not one-shots.)
62. Reread of Tokyo Babylon, by Clamp. Oh Clamp! So beautifully tragic. And so invested in loving a city with all its ugly warts.
63. Legal Drug, by Clamp
64. Drug & Drop, vols 1-2, by Clamp, which is a sequel to the above, and I hope Clamp will get back to it.
65. Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, vol 14, by Eiji Otsuka and Housui Yamazaki. I love this series.
66. Monster, Volume 3 (vols 5-6 of the original), by Naoki Urasawa
67. Monster, Volume 4 (vols 7-8 of the original), by Naoki Urasawa
68. Devils & Realist, vol 4 (along with a reread of vol 3), by Madoka Takadono
69. Alarums & Excursions #478
70. De Horrore Cosmico, a collection of scenarios for Call of Cthulhu set in the Age of the Antonines, which means that one of the things on my list is a Cthulhu Invictus campaign using these scenarios. Each start with one or more of Lovecraft's stories and adds a Roman twist.
71. Black Butler vol 20, by Yana Toboso. The series continues to fascinate.

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