005) The Road by Cormac McCarthy, finished January 24
- Great, great book. I wish I had been taking notes so I would be ready to teach it at a moment's notice. And (surprise!), not a total downer.
(Incidentally, a handy book to read for those who are frequently interrupted; it's broken up into small bitesize pieces. Get your today!)
almost three weeks
004) Poor Sailor by Sammy Harkham, finished January 19
- It's becoming quite a tradition for me to enter Pegasus and read an entire book while I'm standing next to the comics (cf. Robot Dreams, The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8). This book's look is like a cross between Jason and Tony Millionaire (and I don't just say Tony Millionaire because of the nautical theme). It's breezy and surprising and simple. Nothing I'm anxious to pay money for but a pleasant book that was nice to touch and quite sad with what I can only assume is an alternate ending.
The moral of this story: Do what your wife says. Which makes it a great anniversary present, I suppose.
Also: my Fobcomics review.
003) The Waitress was New by Dominique Fabre and translated by Jordan Stump, finished January 19
- My local library always has a good selection of short, foreign novels in the NEW section and I browse them everytime I'm there. Usually they look intolerable (the last one I checked out was intolerable --- I couldn't get five pages into it and me not finishing a book no matter how bleh is strange indeed), but this novella was quite nice. It's very short, very plain and about a very "normal" person, but it's 117 pages in the life of a Parisian barkeep and a pleasant way to spend a couple afternoons.
about a week
002) Stagger Lee by Derek McCulloch and Shepherd Hendrix, finished January 12?
- Great comic that mixes cultural history and historical fiction. Read more at Fobcomics.
about a week
001) The Arrival by Shaun Tan, finished January 8
- Greatest proof that fiction is decidedly better at some things than non, and the best immigrant story I have ever come across in any medium. For more on what I mean by this, see my Fobcomics post. Or just buy yourself a copy.