Friday, December 2, 2016

Books of November

November Total: 34
Year to date: 375

Comics
Absolute All-Star Superman Morrison, Grant
Supergirl, Vol. 1: Last Daughter of Krypton Green, Michael
Last of the Sandwalkers Hosler, Jay
Saga, Volume 1 Vaughan, Brian K.
Saga, Volume 2 Vaughan, Brian K.
Star Wars #6 Aaron, Jason
Star Wars #4 Aaron, Jason
Star Wars #5 Aaron, Jason
Justice League of America, Volume 1: World's Most Dangerous Johns, Geoff
Angel Catbird, Vol. 1 (Angel Catbird, #1) Atwood, Margaret
Snow White: A Graphic Novel Phelan, Matt
Captain Coconut and the Case of the Missing Bananas Ravishankar, Anushka
Batman/Superman, Volume 1: Cross World  Pak, Greg
The Arrival Tan, Shaun
Fantasy Sports No. 1 Bosma, Sam
Mosque Macaulay, David
Fantasy Sports 2: The Bandit of Barbel Bay Bosma, Sam
Mighty Jack (Mighty Jack, #1) Hatke, Ben

Picture Books
Saved by the Boats: The Heroic Sea Evacuation of September 11 Gassman, Julie
Naamah and the Ark at Night Bartoletti, Susan Campbell
This Is the Turkey Levine, Abby
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie Jackson, Alison
We Gather Together...Now Please Get Lost! deGroat, Diane
The Three Ninja Pigs Schwartz, Corey Rosen
Turkey Pox Anderson, Laurie Halse
How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story Bunting, Eve
An Outlaw Thanksgiving McCully, Emily Arnold
Thanksgiving Is Here! Goode, Diane
Goodnight Already! John, Jory
Building the Book Cathedral Macaulay, David
The Sword in the Stove Dormer, Frank W.
Frank and Lucky Get Schooled Perkins, Lynne Rae
A Long Way Away Viva, Frank
Freedom Song: The Story of Henry "Box" Brown Walker, Sally M.

Quick Takes
As you can see from the list, my reading this month skewed heavily towards visual work.

"Building the Book Cathedral" is a delightful meta take on Macaulay's excellent historical how-things-work books.  The oversized book shows the original art and text of "Cathedral", while marginalia discusses the process of researching, writing and revising the book.

Matt Phelan is a master of incredibly spare stories, and his almost worldless "Snow White" is no exception.  It's a retelling set at the tail end of the roaring Twenties, where the seven dwarves are replaced by a gang of urchins, and the magic mirror by a stock ticker tape.

Sam Bosma's "Fantasy Sports" series is off to a great start-- one part epic fantast quest, one part sports story, it's a fun mash-up that's building suspense for a bigger mystery that will be resolved in future installments.

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