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What I've Been Reading

  • The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian, by Rick Riordan. The last two books of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. Concluded satisfactorily (he also gave himself room for sequels. Very wise).

  • D'aulaires' Book of Greek Myths. Because all that Greek mythos got me wanting to read my Ur-text on the subject.

  • Predictably Irrational, by Dan Ariely. Discusses an interesting number of ways you can be manipulated without realizing it. I don't always agree with his conclusions, but one things for sure: if you know what They're trying to get you to do, it's much easier to step around it.

  • The Sensational Spider-Man: Feral. Spider-Man's second series, right before it all fell apart in the Marvel Civil War.

  • Essential Daredevil, vol. 4. Early 70's second-string Marvel. On the plus side: guest appearances by noted SF types George Alec Effinger and Gardner Dozois (his last name not given, but it's clearly him) and after DD moves to San Fran, Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner (who also appeared in Doonesbury around that time; busy guy). On the down side: lots of hippie inspired villains and the Black Widow, who DD hooks up with after he leaves NY, is remarkably prone to tears for a former Soviet assassin.

  • Final Crisis: Revelations. Pretty art, but I didn't have a clue as to what was up, even allowing that I'd read Final Crisis.

  • Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation. Graphic novel adaptation. Very cool.

  • Mark of the Demon, by Diana Rowland. This I liked quite a bit. It's a police procedural dipped in early (good) Anita Blake and sprinkled with the Devils & Demons section of the AD&D Monster Manual, 1st edition. Funny and a bit gruesome as well. I could totally see Felicia Day playing our heroine.

  • The Somnabulist, by Jonathan Barnes. Does some very interesting & ambitious stuff that reminded me of Alan Moore's From Hell. Don't think he quite pulls it all off, but it's a good try.
  • Reading Right Now: Above World, by Jenn Reese. Go, mermaids!