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Parasha: Future Books Round Two

I'd meant to actually engage in more discussion in the comments, for these posts and the new recommendations, but didn't for whatever reason. I think mostly because I'm finally pretty much finished my sleep-cycling and am still getting caught up on sleep and am just tired. But I'm trying to ignore that (plus am finally Getting Over It) and just get some stuff (including this!) done.

I'm sure you all are thrilled to know all about that. Anyhow, moving on (and will hopefully be better about keeping on top of this now!)

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum - Fairly neutral so far. No one is driven to read it, no one wants it cut. Leaving it because it seems somewhat whimsical, and not a bad choice.

Unnamed Agatha Christie book - Probably a short story collection, maaaybe a novel. Anyhow, this seems one of the likelier choices, especially book-book wise.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen volumes 1 and 2 - Still on the list, but probably not for a while, due to being more Moore, and being in two volumes.

Hyperion by Dan Simmons - Perhaps a bit long, but no huge resistance. Still looking for more opinions.

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones - One of my own preferences, but getting neutral responses in general.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H./The Secret of N.I.M.H. by Robert C. O'Brien - Seems neutral.

Unnamed Discworld novel - Thoughts?

A Robert Silverberg book, possibly Dying Inside or The Book of Skulls - Still mostly undiscussed, mostly due to not being familiar with them.

The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller - Another one that seems to be well-received, and a strong possibility.

New suggestions:

Astro City - suggested someone offhandedly in comments, no real discussion, but I actually haven't read it and it's supposed to be awesome. Don't know how suitable it would/wouldn't be for this. Thoughts?

Wrapped up with suggestions from one comment that I'm just mostly cutting and pasting due to laziness on my part:

D.C. The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke. 2 volumes, great art, and a neat, self-contained, take on the various DC superheroes.

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. Got a lot of critical acclaim when it came out, and I thought it was great when I read it a year or two ago. Very different style of comic than any of the others we've been reading, or talking about reading.

Understanding Comics, by Scott McCloud Do we do non-fiction? If we're going to be reading more GNs, it can't hurt to go over the definitive work on comics criticism, can it?

Some Sandman as long as we're doing the GN canon. Vol 3 (Dream Country) would be perfect, since it consists of standalone stories and doesn't require familiarty with the ongoing continuity, except is is pretty short, and might not fill out a month. Maybe pair it with something that's hard to fit into 1 month, but could be done in 5 weeks?

Queen and Country, the Definitive Edition Vol 1, by Greg Rucka: Q&C is an awesome modern-day spy series, and more people should read it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Cut from the list: Orphans Tales (length), Name of the Wind (length, unfinishedness), The Best Short Stories of J. G. Ballard due to even the suggester not knowing anything about it and suggesting it get pulled, Wild Cards (out of printness), Fables because at least one participants hates the author like poison and we have enough Graphic Novels floating around that we don't need this one,

Anyhow, my own comments on any of the new stuff below.



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Jul. 14th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Alright, on the newest stuff, my thoughts, let me show you them:

Astro City sounds vaguely promising, although I'm not sure it was many comics? So not sure about dividing it up/length.

Sandman in general is made of awesome, so something in that vein might be good.

No real opinion on Queen and Country or D.C., The New Frontier although I wonder how much the latter supposes a lot of familiarity with the characters...?

I might enjoy reading something by Bechdel, due to the internet fame of her Test and the fact that it seems I might like her humor. But no strong feelings either way.

As for Understanding Comics, while there's nothing against non-fiction per se... this particular type of book might not be a good fit for our reading style, I'd think? Would there be much to discuss or pick apart? Would it be too dry? (I really don't know, not having read it.)
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Jul. 14th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
I've only read a couple of them at the start, enough to have me vaguely interested, but not enough for me to give any strong opinion.
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Jul. 14th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Silverberg (and Hyperion fwiw), I'm not the one who suggested him/them, but the one who is doesn't have an LJ account (yet), and has been hesitant to jump in and a) unlurk and b) do too much suggesting when he hasn't actually partaken in discussions yet, so i haven't been able to haul him on to give any more info. :p

I'll see if I can wring anything more helpful out of him to relay.
Jul. 15th, 2010 06:37 am (UTC)
And obviously, I think there'd be stuff to discuss in Understanding Comics, or else I wouldn't have suggested it, but that's me and not necessarily anybody else, so.

I'd be up for this -- that seems like something which would benefit from being read with folks.

[Update many days later] I listened to an anime podcast from a few months back -- they had a great time talking about the new Twilight manga. Apparently the art is pretty good, and some reviewers think it tells the story better than the books do. So, what's wrong? The dialog bubbles. The font (so I hear) is all Times New Roman, and the dialog bubble is frequently *transparent* to let the art show through. Times New Roman directly on top of graphics. This sounds so terrible that I kind of want to see it (but not buy it). And I want to read Understanding Comics even more now.

Edited at 2010-07-23 06:02 pm (UTC)
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