We have always lived in the end of the world


103) By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman, finished November 27

I'm a longtime fan of the film Bullwhip Griffin, one of the more interesting of the live-action Disney family films from the '60s and '70s and it didn't take me long to realize this novel was the inspiration. It had been placed in my hands by son #3 upon the completion of the second magic book and I was willing to try something new. His recommendations had been solid so far.

This book also was terrific. It didn't take me long to realize the movie had taken some liberalities and so I was able to let the book just be its own thing. And it is! No wonder it's still in print! No wonder it was granted new illustrations (by Brett Helquist, no less)!

Even, to my surprise, the final pages had an emotional impact.

So yeah. If you're looking for a wild and amusing Gold Rush novel, you could certainly read this one. (Plus, it's barely 200 pages.)

two months


104)  The End of the World by Don Hertzfeldt, finished November 28

Since I last read this book it has become such a valuable collector's thingey that it's been rereleased in a new edition which may be better, but I own the original, dammit, and I like it well enough.

Once again, this book is inspiring me to make me own. Will I? Dunno. Too many other projects that make more sense to pursue, but maybe?

Anyway, I like it.

 one sitting

105) Snoopy by Charles M. Schulz, finished December 10

First published in 1955, but not including anything from the original, rounder versions of the characters (though a couple of the strips still have a shorter-nosed Snoopy). A bit strange to read because it included individual strips from longer stories we'd recently read in other collections. The child often wanted to find the rest of the story early in the book but they were not there.

Delightful collection, though! Easily a dozen tshirts I would buy!

longer than you would think

106)  We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, finished December 10
(First, if you get the version with Jonathan Lethem's intro, save it till after you've read the book. It's worth reading but leave it alone! Read the book first!)

I love the novella as a form. We don't use it enough. It is the perfect length and a startling number of my favorite books are novellas.

Anyway, this is Shirley Jackson at her best. Smart and interior and dark and clear-eyes. But besides, say, "The Lottery," other comparisons that passed through my mind as I read include mother! and a weird sense of redemption.

In short, this is a haunted-house story without any ghosts. All the haunting is done by the living. That's all you need.

And every moment is prefect and unsettling.

a couple weeks or so

107) Grace Like Water by Merrijane Rice, finished December 12

I was sent this book by the author to review on Motley Vision which, sadly, is no longer a thing to do. I do intend to write some sort of more substantial review than you'll find here but where to send it is still uncertain.

Anyway, Rice wrote this in connection with Come, Follow Me when it was a New Testament year (ie, last year). This happens regularly. Really great works come out just after they would be most useful. Then, four years roll around, and it gets lost and insufficiently promoted just when people would be most interested. I anticipate this happening again to this fine volume of poetry.

Rice wrote at least a poem a week and thus her work follows the New Testament all the way through, with roughly equal distribution of poems to pages of scripture.

It has a solid variety of takes from the more literal to the most metaphorical, from the lived to the imagined, while remaining broadly accessible.

Set yourself a reminder now to buy one December 2022.

(Note: this is the first book from the Mormon Lit Lab which I recommend supporting.)

a hair over two months


108) The Lost 116 Pages: Reconstructing the Book of Mormon's Missing Stories by Dan Bradley, finished December 13

I was pretty exited to hear about this book. The idea that you could, using historical documents and the rest of the Book of Mormon, the missing pages sounds like an academic thriller for sure. I was skeptical that there was really enough information to fill a nearly 300-page book, but I was open to laugh at whatever I couldn't appreciate.

Then I started reading. I had been tempted to skip the first third of the book which is mostly nineteenth-century history---the translation, the losing of the plates, etc---and move right into the reconstructions, but I made myself start at the beginning and I instantly was glad. I'm a fairly well read Latter-day Saint. I think I know the basics of my Church history. But every page was filled with explosive (and documented) facts that I had missed. I'll share just one here:

There were more than 116 pages.

Hit me up if you want to know more. Or just buy the book.

When lockdown started one of the first things I did was buy a book for each of my parents as part of my attempt to keep them home. This is the volume I purchased for my father. No one takes as much pure pleasure from just rereading the Book of Mormon as my dad and I figured he would dig the wild facts I was discovering.

Coincidentally, my youngest brother had also recently purchased the book and it gave us all something to talk about.

The first third ends up being the most entertaining---the more academic reconstructions are also fun and exciting, but you will have to put the book down now and then to recuperate---watch a sitcom or something.

Largely this is because the the lost pages, by Bradley's estimation, are hella Jewish and so it requires learning a lot of Old Testament stuff from a new angle as well. I love that but it was a lot to pack in my brain. I'm forgotten all my favorite stuff and, alas, there aren't three months set aside in Sunday School to talk about the scripture we don't have. Would be fun if there were!

Anyway, I enjoyed this book immensely. Almost every claim which I began by thinking was ludicrous I ended thinking was probable or at least reasonable.

He'll give you an entirely new ache for the lost pages.

almost a year


books from the recent and distant past

books one through five
001) Titiana in Yellow by Dayna Patterson, finished January 1
002) The Tree at the Center by Kathryn Knight Sonntag, finished January 5
003) After Earth by Michael Lavers, finished January 12
004) Monstress, Volume One: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda, finished January 15
005) The Last Hot Time by John M. Ford, finished January 17

books six through eleven
006) The Marriage of the Moon and the Field by Sunni Brown Wilkinson, finished January 25
007) My Parents Married on a Dare by Carlfred Broderick, finished January 26
008) The Garden of Enid: Adventures of a Weird Mormon Girl (volume one) by Scott Hales, finished January 26
009) The Garden of Enid: Adventures of a Weird Mormon Girl (volume two) by Scott Hales, finished January 27
010) Solid State by Coulton / Fraction / Monteys, finished February 9
011) Into the Sun: Poems Revised, Rearranged, and New by Colin B. Douglas, finished February 16

books twelve through sixteen
012) Wag the Dog: A Study on Film and Reality in the Digital Age by Eleftheria Thanouli, finished February 17
013) Flaming Carrot Omnibus: Volume 1 by Bob Burden, finished February 17
014) The Electric State by Simon Stålenhag, finished February 22
015) The October Faction Vol. 2 by Steve Niles and Damien Worm, finished February 24
016) Minus by Lisa Naffziger, finished February 26

books seventeen through twenty-two
017) Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks, finished February 29
018) Calexit by Matteo Pizzolo | Amancay Nahuelpan | Tyler Boss, finished March 7
019) Emma by Jane Austen, finished March 8
020) Animal Man by Grant Morrison, Book One, by Morrison and team, finished March 14
021) The Chuckling Whatsit by Richard Sala, finished March 16
022) Gloriana by Kevin Huizenga, finished March 18

books twenty-three through twenty-seven
023) Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive by an Allred-led team, finished March 20
024) Homespun and Angel Feathers by Darlene Young, finished March 25
025) Jinchalo by Matthew Forsythe, finished March 28
026) Lost Dogs by AUTHOR, finished March 28
027) The Pearl of Greatest Price: Mormonism's Most Controversial Scripture by Terryl Givens with Brian M. Hauglid, finished March 29

books twenty-eight through thirty-two
028) If Mother Braids a Waterfall by Dayna Patterson, finished April 2
029) Witchy Kingdom by D.J. Butler, finished April 11
030) Prayers in Bath by Luisa Perkins, finished April 14
031) On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden, finished April 22
032) Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher by Jake Parker, finished April 22

books thirty-three through thirty-seven
033) Irreversible Things by Lisa Van Orman Hadley, finished April 27
034) Pillar of Light: Joseph Smith's First Vision by Andrew Knaupp and Sal Velluto, finished May 3
035) Hermana by Becca McCulloch, finished May 13*
036) Best American Comics 2017 by Ben Katchor, finished May 19
037) "Q" is for Quarry by Sue Grafton, finished May 22

books thirty-eight through forty-two
038) Draft No. 4* by John McPhee, finished May 22
039) Salt by Susan Elizabeth Howe, finished May 25
040) Endless Night by Agatha Christie, finished June 5
041) A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle, finished June 8
042) Caldera Ridge by Jack Harrell, finished June 10

books forty-three through forty-seven
043) God's Man by Lynd Ward, finished June 13
044) Zot! 1987–1991 by Scott McCloud, finished June 17
045) Big Fish by Daniel Wallace, finished June 20
046) Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz, finished June 24
047) Exhalation by Ted Chiang, finished June 28

books forty-eight through fifty-one
048) iZOMBIE: Dead to the World by Chris Roberson & Michael Allred (et al), finished July 4
049) iZOMBIE: uVAMPIRE by Chris Roberson & Michael Allred (et al), finished July 4
050) iZOMBIE: Six Feet Under & Rising by Chris Roberson & Michael Allred (et al), finished July 6
051) iZOMBIE: Repossession by Chris Roberson & Michael Allred (et al), finished July 6

books fifty-two through fifty-six
052) Remember the Revolution! by James Goldberg, finished July 14
053) Future Day Saints by Matt Page, finished July 19
054) Animal Man: The Hunt by Jeff Lemire & Travel Foreman, finished July 22
055) Superman: Before Truth by Gene Luen Yank & John Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson & Dean White, finished July 27
056) Castle Waiting: The Lucky Road by Linda Medley, finished August 1

books fifty-eight through sixty-two
057) Alive: New and Selected Poems by Elizabeth Willis, finished August 4
058) Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson, finished ~ August 7
059) Beyond Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulllch, finished August 9
060) Sisters by Raina Telgemeier, finished August 11
061) Marble Season by Gilbert Hernandez, finished August 15
062) Frogcatchers by Jeff Lemire, finished August 17

books fifty-eight through sixty-two
063) Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell, finished August 21
064) Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, finished August 24
065) Martian Manhunter Vol. 1: The Epiphany by William, Barrows, et al., finished August 28
066) Martian Manhunter Vol. 2: The Red Rising by William, Barrows, et al., finished August 28

books sixty-seven through seventy-six
067) Marble Season by Gilbert Hernandez, finished September 3
068) Half Magic by Edward Eager, finished September 4
069) Lux by Elizabeth Cook, finished September 12
070) Rachel Rising Vol 1: The Shadow of Death by Terry Moore, finished September 12
071) Rachel Rising Vol. 2 : Fear No Malus by Terry Moore, finished September 12
072) Rachel Rising Vol. 3 : Cemetery Songs by Terry Moore, finished September 14
073) Rachel Rising Vol. 4 : Winter Graves by Terry Moore, finished September 15
074) Rachel Rising Vol. 5: Night Cometh by Terry Moore, finished September 17
075) Rachel Rising Vol. 6: Secrets Kept by Terry Moore, finished September 17
076) Rachel Rising Vol. 7: Dust to Dust by Terry Moore, finished September 18

books seventy-seven through eighty-six
077) A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, finished September 19
078) Echo by Terry Moore, finished September 21
079) Bone by Jeff Smith, finished September 21
080) The Resisters by Gish Jen, finished September 22
081) Knight's Castle by Edward Eager, finished September 26
082) Drama by Raina Telgemeier, finished approximately September 28
083) Leaving Megalopolis by Gail Simone and J. Calafiore, finished October 2
084) Don't Hassle Me with Your Sighs, Chuck by Charles M. Schulz, finished October 2
085) The Hard Tomorrow by Eleanor Davis, finished October 2
086) Smile by Raina Telgemeier, finished October 8

books eighty-seven through ninety
087) The Twilight Children by Gilbert Hernandez and Darwyn Cooke with Dave Stewart, finished October 9
088) Sloth by Gilbert Hernandez, finished October 10
089) Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim, finished October 15
090) Hot Comb by Ebony Flowers, finished October 18

books ninety-one through ninety-six
091) East of Eden by John Steinbeck, finished Oct 28
092) Impollutable Pogo by Walt Kelly, finished November 2
093) The Regrets by Amy Bonnaffons, finished November 3
094) The Complete Peanuts: 1950 to 1952 by Charles M. Schulz, finished November 9
095) You Are Too Much, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz, finished November 14
096) David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism by Gregory A. Prince and Wm. Robert Wright, finished November 16

books ninety-seven through one hundred two
097) Your Choice, Snoopy by Charles M. Schulz, finished November 17
098) Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics by Stephen Greenblatt, finished November 19
099) This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, finished November 22
100) Lovely War by Julie Berry, finished November 23
101) It's a Dog's Life, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz, finished November 25
102) I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, finished November 25

books one hundred three through one hundred eight
103) By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman, finished November 27
104) The End of the World by Don Hertzfeldt, finished November 28
105) Snoopy by Charles M. Schulz, finished December 10
106) We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, finished December 10
107) Grace Like Water by Merrijane Rice, finished December 12
108) The Lost 116 Pages: Reconstructing the Book of Mormon's Missing Stories by Dan Bradley, finished December 13

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