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What I've been reading

Did you know that David Ives, author of highly quotable short plays and that sexy long one, has taken to writing children's books? Because I did not know this. At first I just assumed that my library had screwed up their authorities, but no.

His first book, Monsieur Eek, I thought was a little shaky, but I really enjoyed the subsequent two books, Scrib and Voss: How I Come to America and am Hero, Mostly. Both of those have strong funny narrative voices and really good judicious use of speling to convey dialect.

I read Seconds, Bryan Lee O'Malley's new book, and to be honest I was a little disappointed that I didn't love it more. Like, don't get me wrong, it's a cute, fun book, although a little claustrophobic. I guess part of the problem was that he was working on it for what seemed like approximately one million years since the last volume of Scott Pilgrim came out.

I read Life in a Medieval Village, which is so interesting and entertainingly written. I absolutely love details of day to day life from pretty much any historical period.

I read This is a Book by Demetri Martin. It is very aptly named. If you have ever seen Demetri Martin, you can probably imagine the book pretty accurately. (The illustrations aren't as fun when you don't get to watch him draw them! This is a flaw in book technology!)

I read the graphic novel adaptation of The Sworn Sword, the second Dunk and Egg novella. As an adaptation it's okay, I guess.

I read The New Deadwardians, which I thought was a longer Vertigo series but turned out to be fully contained within one trade of eight issues. I really liked it and thought the worldbuilding with the vampires and zombies and class issues was interesting and would have sustained more stories in that universe.

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