Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, February 2014
Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. To exemplify this,
the theme for the month was finally getting a tablet, and so indulging in a
taste for not very sophisticated comic books.
- John Rogers et al., Dungeons and Dragons: Shadowplague, First Encounters, Down
- Comic book mind candy. It is with praise and affection that I say it made
me want to play D&D again.
- Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Christopher Mitten, and Bill Crabtree,
- Lora Innes, The Dreamer, 1: The Consequences of Nathan Hale
- Matt Fraction and David Aja, Hawkeye, 2: Little Hits
- Comic book mind candy, assorted flavors.
- Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, Sex Criminals, 1: One Weird Trick
- Comic book mind candy, but so wonderfully weird as to deserve special mention. If your orgasms stop time for everyone else, wouldn't you (ROT-13'd for
spoilers) ratntr va n frevbhf bs eboorevrf gb fnir ybpny yvoenevrf , obviously?
- Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows, Neonomicon
- Comic book mind candy. One the one hand, I am glad I am not alone in
seeing the (ROT-13'd for
spoilers) Wrfhf Puevfg/Terng
Pguhyuh cnenyyryf . On the
other hand, this is so pervy, in such an ugly way, that it made me feel soiled
and somehow complicit in a way very few books do. (Also, I
suspect Moore doesn't altogether regard it as mind candy.)
- Gail Simone and Walter Geovani, Red Sonja, 1: Queen of Plagues
- Comic-book mind-candy, but enjoyable as such without apology. (And yes,
that Red Sonja.)
- Carrie Vaughn, Dreams of the Golden Age
- Mind candy; sequel
to After the Golden
Age, half a generation later. Good, but not as good.
Moretti, Distant Reading
- A collection of essays, in which Moretti works his way from his early, more
conventional ideas about literary history to the Graphs, Maps,
Trees position. Despite the promise of the publisher's blurb,
work, some of
which actually does feature principal
components, is not included. I enjoyed reading or re-reading these essays,
but I'm very much on his side, and it doesn't make a
good introduction to the debate.
- Konstantin Kakaes, The Pioneer Detectives
- It takes a special kind of person to find a gripping read in a
decade-spanning saga of high-precision measurement, celestial mechanics,
academic dispute, and detailed numerical modeling of thermal stresses. If you
read this blog, you are very likely to be that kind of person: go be gripped.
(I forget where I saw this recommended.)
Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur;
Scientifiction and Fantastica;
Writing for Antiquity;
The Commonwealth of Letters;
The Eternal Silence of These Infinite Spaces
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