The Sculptor

The Scluptor

by Scott McCloud

graphic novel, art, death

ISBN: 9781596435735

This is an intense read. It is also a fantastic example of a novel in graphic form. Scott McCloud of Understanding Comics and Making Comics fame has come out with his first full length, adult graphic novel.

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Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

By Neil Gaiman

Short stories, horror, fantasy, imagination, suspense

ISBN: 9780062330260

Trigger Warning is the latest collection of short stories by Neil Gaiman, a mix of new works and pieces that he has written for other collections. The common thread of the book is the theme of being uncomfortable, each story has an uncomfortable note in their own way.

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When to Rob a Bank: …and 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants

When to Rob a Bank: …and 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants

By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

ISBN: 9780062385321 

Non-fiction, economics, behavior, blog posts

This is the new(ish) book by the Freakonomics duo, unfortunately it is a collection of blog posts from www.freakonomics.com and not new material. They have gone through and expanded some posts and revised the numbers on some others. They also have done a decent job of curating the 8,000 odd posts and selected a fairly wide array of writings.
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Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

By Barbara Demick

ISBN: 9780385523905

Non-fiction, North Korea, social conditions, politics


Our father, we have nothing to envy in the world.
Our house is within the embrace of the Workers’ Party.
We are all brothers and sisters.
Even if a sea of fire come toward us, sweet children
     do not need to be afraid,
Our father is here.
We have nothing to envy in this world.

One of the many indoctrinating songs sung by generations of North Korean citizens.

North Korea is one of my favorite topics, and this is a very interesting look behind the curtain of everyday life in North Korea. Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Korean (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DRPK) defectors (escapees?) over the course of fifteen years. In that time you see how people reacted to the death of Kim Il-Sung, the the rise of Kim Jong-Il, and the massive famine that killed twenty percent of the population.

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Caldecott Medal Books for 2015

This post took forever…

Sorry about that, one of the books (The Right Word) decided to be awesome and not be published in anywhere near the number that was expected of it. So it took months to finally get a copy that I could read and review here.

These are all great books, if you are looking for a good read for a little one, any of these would be a great choice.

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The Eyre Affair

The Eyre Affair
Written by Jasper Fforde
Read by Susan Duerden
ISBN: 9780143145707
Science Fiction, fantasy, mystery, fiction, meta-fiction.

Jasper Fforde is one of my favorite authors. This is the start of his Thursday Next series of mystery/fantasy/sci-fi/romance/genre hopping  books that I was inspired to re-read after finding another Fforde fan in my book club (thanks Ashley!). It’s a great read if you can keep up.

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Graphic Novels

It’s been a long time for something that I’m trying to update “regularly”. Sorry about that. I tried to get all of the Caldecott Honor books, but one of them is has become wildly popular, unexpectedly so it seems. I’ve been trying to get a copy for a while, my library system just put in its third order for the title, and multiple trips to B&N have been fruitless. I’ve also been trying to get through Trigger Warning before it’s overdue, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, it’s fantastic so far, but I need to pick up a copy for myself at some point.

Enough excuses. This post an earth shaking death(not really), an octopus(really), and some sex (kinda).

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