Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Books of April

April total:27
Year to date: 101

Fiction
Dandelion Wine        Bradbury, Ray
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)        Rothfuss, Patrick
Brokedown Palace       Brust, Steve

Nonfiction
Popular Tales from the Norse Dasent, George Webbe
In My Father's Court    Singer, Isaac Bashevis

Comics
Age of Reptiles: Omnibus, Vol. 1                            Delgado, Ricardo
Daredevil, Volume 3: The Daredevil You Know   Waid, Mark
Rumble #5       Arcudi, John
Mormon Shorts                             Hales, Scott

Picture Books
Hampire!          Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta
The Hog Prince  Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta
Leo: A Ghost Story       Barnett, Mac
The Longest Wait          Bradby, Marie
West Coast Wild: A Nature Alphabet    Hodge, Deborah
Mustache Baby Meets His Match          Heos, Bridget
Shamoo: A Whale of a Cow      Hill, Ros
1000 Times No   Warburton, Tom
Small Elephant's Bathtime         Feeney, Tatyana
Potato Pancakes All Around: A Hanukkah Tale Hirsh, Marilyn
Waga's Big Scare            Hiti, Samuel
The Blue Whale             Desmond, Jenni
The Story of Giraffe     Pigni, Guido
Beware of Tigers           Horowitz, Dave
Bambino and Mr. Twain                             Maltbie, P.I.
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?         Gray, Rita
Swords: An Artist's Devotion   Boos, Ben
Do Not Build a Frankenstein!  Numberman, Neil

Quick Takes
I did enjoy "The Wise Man's Fear" more than "The Name of the Wind". I think Rothfuss pulled off the pacing better here, and there's less drawing of folksy morals here. We still have to grapple with the fact that the protagonist is effectively a teenage male who has become an academic (as well as a minstrel, duelist, and paramour) because he's obsessed with what's effectively a political conspiracy theory about an ancient order. So sort of like going to Harvard because you're really in to the Knights Templar.

"West Coast Wild" is a really cool alphabet/nature book. My nephews really enjoyed it as a read aloud.

And I have to give a shout out here to "Mormon Shorts" by Scott Hales". The book combines Hales' comics with some of his Mormon microfiction, and both are fabulous. You can read some of the comics from the collection for free online here. And you can find out more about Scott and other things he writes here.