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incorrigibly frivolous ([personal profile] shinyjenni) wrote2016-12-01 11:36 am

Books and comics read in November 2016

All-New, All-Different Avengers: The Magnificent Seven
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States - Sarah Vowell
Cheer Up, Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate - Susan Calman
The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories - Terry Pratchett
New Avengers: Everything Is New
All-New Wolverine: The Four Sisters
The Wicked and the Divine: Commercial Suicide
Buffy: The High School Years: Freaks and Geeks
Star Wars: Dark Force Rising - Timothy Zahn
Angela Queen of Hel: Journey to the Funderworld
Twilight Robbery - Frances Hardinge
Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling and Cracking Up - Mary Beard
Deadly Election - Lindsey Davis
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel You Really Got Me Now

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
I thought this book was a bit slighter than I wanted it to be: it's definitely possible to write about history in a way that's irreverent and chatty whilst still having substance, but unfortunately I don't quite think this book achieved it. I wanted more on the meaning and significance of Lafayette-in-America and how he's been understood and interpreted throughout the years. I was also a little disappointed that the historical narrative sections only covered the war era - I wanted more about his later visit! (And also about that time Angelica Schuyler broke him out of prison, but I SUPPOSE that wasn't quite in scope given it didn't happen in the US.) And I found the author's theorising that hey, have we considered, maybe Baron von Steuben was actually straight! ...somewhat uncomfortable to read. :/ All that aside, the book was a pretty fun read, it just fell short of what I wanted from it.

Buffy: The High School Years: Freaks and Geeks
This was pretty slight, but very charming: a pitch perfect slice of season 1 Buffy, with excellent dialogue and feelings. I really liked the way it managed to find a new angle on Buffy's concerns about the sort of person she'd have been if she hadn't been the slayer. (It also helped that I've been listening to [ profile] bufferingcast discuss season 1 recently and was therefore REALLY in the mood for it.)

Didn't finish: Constantine the Hellblazer: Going Down
I'm not exactly a Hellblazer expert, but this felt kind of hollow and inauthentic to me. I think the fact that it needed a solid Britpicking may have been part of the problem? But it was also just a bit... dull.