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    What did you read in November 2005?

    I'll split these between books and graphic novels/trade paperbacks (the grad student's best friend!):

    BOOKS:

    • Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy - Very good - I thought that her critique of porn was one of the best I've read.

      A Passage to India by EM Forster - Part of my Modern Library 100 best novels project. This must have been revolutionary at its time simply for its topic, but it's also extremely well written and structured.

      The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - I didn't like these books as a child but I thought I would reread it since I will probably see the movie. I can see why I didn't like them, but I think the film should be entertaining.

      White Teeth by Zadie Smith - Loved it.

      The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke by Suze Orman - Attacking my credit card debt is my project for 2006 so that we can save up for a downpayment for a new car.

      All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy - I love Cormac McCarthy. I really think he is one of the best English language writers of the 20th/21st century. If Blood Meridian scares you (it is ultra violent and written in an innovative style), try this one, its more approachable.

      Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnball - My sister-in-law lent this too me and I was afraid it would be too much like "chicklit" but I ended up liking it once she really got going. The chapter on owning a dog in Paris is especially good.


    Graphic Novels/Trade Paperbacks:

    • Sin City: The Big Fat Kill by Frank Miller - One of the stories included in the film.

      Sin City: A Dame to Kill For by Frank Miller - This was excellent. It's the backstory to "The Big Fat Kill" (explaining why Dwight had to change his appearance and his relationship with Gail).

      Y the Last Man: Safeword by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Pia Guerra (artist) - The first story was a little odd but also essential to moving the plot forward. I appreciate an author who realizes he has boxed in his character and tries to fix it.

      Y the Last Man: Ring of Truth by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Pia Guerra (artist) - This series just gets better and better - finally, some answers!

      V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (writer) and David Lloyd (artist) - Excellent, one of the best series I've read this year - the movie should be interesting.

      The Defense of Kamino and Other Tales (Star Wars: Clone Wars, Vol. 1) by John Ostrander, Haden Blackman, Jan Duursema, Thomas Giorello - These are very good, especially in filling in information on the Clone Wars and the Jedi order - geekiness all around!

      Victories and Sacrifices (Star Wars: Clone Wars, Vol. 2) by Haden Blackman, John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Brian Ching, Tomas Giorello - Introduction of the ARC trooper and rouge (but not separatist) Jedi.

      Last Stand on Jabiim (Star Wars: Clone Wars, Vol. 3) by Haden Blackman, Brian Ching, John Ostrander, Jan Duursema - Introduces Alto Stratus, whose story sounds suspiciously like the back story to General Grevious...

      Sin City: Booze, Broads, & Bullets by Frank Miller - Short stories - "Blue Eyes" was my favorite.

      The Sandman: Preludes and Noctures by Neil Gaiman - Been sitting on my shelf for two years - finally read it and loved it, requested the next three from the library!

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    I was on an Agatha Christie binge this month:

    And Then There Were None
    Curtain
    Thirteen at Dinner
    ABC Murders
    Murder on the Orient Express


    After I started having murder-mystery dreams I decided to take a break. Now I'm in the middle of The Pilot's Wife, by Anita Shreve. So far I like it. I'm just starting to get into the parts where she discovers certain mysteries about her husband.

    Before The Pilot's Wife I tried reading her other book When They Last Met (or something like that) but I really disliked it. The style of writing dialogue as italicised text rather than in quotes really irked me.

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    I am halfway through a few of these, but I am going to include them anyway...

    Around the World in Eighty Dates by Jennifer Cox. Heard about this one on NPR. Its the true strory of a travel journalist searching for her soul mate.

    Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer. Had heard a lot about this one and had to check it out for myself. I am not quite done, but it has been such an interesting, compelling read about Mormon Fundamentalism. Has made me think a lot about religious belief systems.

    The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley. I highly recommend this book to any parents who struggle with getting their baby to sleep, but don't want to go the "cry-it-out" route. I learned so many good tips on getting my little one to sleep from this book.

    [/i]The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. It is my first time reading this- I wanted to read it before I watched the movie. I am not quite done, but I am enjoying it so far. I am a little bit annoyed with all of the over marketing going on relating to the movie though!

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    I got sick right after Thanksgiving and my sister gave me four Tony Hillerman novels to read, which I did. Besides that, I read Female Chauvinist Pigs, and I have Doris Kearns Goodwin's latest on my reading list.
    AndiMae, I have also read Under the Banner of Heaven. As a practicing "mainstream" Mormon, it was a little uncomfortable at times, but as one who tries to be open-minded about everything, especially religion, it confirmed my basic belief that, as Brother Cadfael says, "even in the House of God, there is danger in excess."

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    Most of my reading was light this month.

    Redwall
    Quite an imaginative book! I can see why the series is so popular.

    The Three Musketeers
    (abridged version, borrowed from my cousin) Very different from the image I'd had from television shows and pop culture featuring the musketeers. For one, I didn't realize it was a group of four friends.

    The Dilbert Principle
    Funny.

    the fifth Lemony Snicket book
    Well written, interesting, but the constant negativity was a little tiring.

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    it takes me ages to read anything these days, which i LOATHE because i want to read all the time. but i don't have so many free moments.

    in any case, i finally read prozac nation, a million years too late, but i loved it because being someone who has suffered from clinical depression, i really understood where wurtzel was coming from... i heard so many mixed things about the book, and didn't give it a chance like i should have a long time ago!

    i also read the tori amos kind of oral biography collaboration with ann powers, which i don't remember the name of but i loved it... it makes me want to learn about history and religious female archetypes and all sorts of things... so much more than a bio!

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    The World Before by Karen Traviss: Words can not express how much I love this series.

    Fullmetal Alchemist Novel Vol. 1: The Land of Sand by Makoto Inoue: It was okay, but I prefer the manga.

    The House of Gaian by Anne Bishop: This trilogy was very disappointing. It doesn't seem like Bishop has progressed much from her first series.

    Very Far Away from Anywhere Else by Ursula K. Le Guin: A sweet book. I wanted to spend more time with the characters.

    Fruits Basket Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya: I'm addicted to this manga.

    The Arm of the Starfish by Madeleine L'Engle: This book got on my nerves. I kept wanting to slap the main character and tell him to wake up.

    InuYasha Ani-Manga Vol. 1 created by Rumiko Takahashi: When I ordered this from the library, I thought it was the manga, not the ani-manga (which is just scenes taken directly from the anime show with text overlaying them). I've seen the anime, so this wasn't anything new. It seems like since manga is doing so well now, the publishers are doing whatever they can to cash in: like this ani-manga and the above Fullmetal Alchemist novel.


 

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