shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
incorrigibly frivolous ([personal profile] shinyjenni) wrote2017-02-02 11:01 am

Books and comics read in January 2017

A Natural History of Dragons - Marie Brennan
Hurricane Heels - Isabel Yap
The Ultimates: Omniversal vol 1: Start With The Impossible
We Need New Names - NoViolet Bulawayo
Star Trek: The Lost Era: One Constant Star - David R. George III
Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner: A Story About Women and Economics - Katrine Marçal
Crown of Stars - Kate Elliott
Black Light Express - Philip Reeve
Speak Gigantular - Irenosen Okojie
The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch
Saga vol 7
Hellblazer: Stations of the Cross
Star Wars: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon
Spider-Gwen: Greater Power
Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears: Baby Talk
Tropic of Serpents - Marie Brennan

(I am currently in the process of changing jobs and moving to a new city, so did not really have the wherewithal to say things about books this month! /o\)

Star Wars: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon
When I read the first volume of this, I said that my opinion on it would stand or fall on how it resolved the cliffhanger of someone showing up claiming to be Han's wife. And... well, going back, I'm surprised I gave it as many as three stars. :( I mean, there was a lot of good stuff there (I loved the art!), but I have very strong feelings about Han's characterisation, plus everything about the resolution of that storyline was so lazy. Ugh.

Didn't finish: Everfair - Nisi Shawl
I really wanted to like this! The premise was cracking - it's alternate history set in a utopian African nation created by purchasing land from Belgium's Leopold II - but the wide geographical and temporal sweep and the huge cast of characters were handled in a way that made it really bitty and hard to get into. It's broken down into tiny chapters (a few pages each) which jump from character to character and place to place, and often a year or two forward in time, so as soon as I started getting into one narrative, it switched to something else, and I ended up just bored and annoyed, because I wanted to care about the characters, but the book just wouldn't let me.
raven: Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, wearing green and red and looking up (Default)

[personal profile] raven 2017-02-03 01:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, I'm sorry to hear you didn't get on with Everfair! It's on my list for the premise, but it does sound quite frustrating.
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[identity profile] 2017-02-02 12:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Is that the London job you mentioned going for?

Anyway, either way, congrats on the new job and good luck with the moving!
lokifan: Text "London", sepia Big Ben & stamps (London)

[personal profile] lokifan 2017-02-14 09:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Welcome :)