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The Encyclopedia of Early Earth: A Novel   book icon  
by Isabel Greenberg (2013)

read: 25 March 2017
rating: [+]
categories: best in show, graphic novel

I’m always looking for big graphic novels because I read quickly and I want them to last. This was on the shelf at the library where I was working and now I want to read everything that Greenberg has done. It’s based on a storytelling sort of structure. Characters who are in a story and the stories they tell within the story. Maybe even one story in a story in a story, I wasn’t quite sure. There’s a calm at the center of this book that I found really appealing as well as all the other stuff that is good about it.

The Spin   book icon  
by Robert Charles Wilson (2005)

read: 22 March 2017
rating: [+]
category: fiction

I read this at the same time I read another book which was different but similar. I had the feeling that the second book was “better” but I enjoyed this book more. More human relationships and a lot more thinking about what really WOULD happen if the end of the world were... sort of ... maybe ... telegraphed into the future. Worth thinking about. Never gets too gory. Enjoyable.

The Three-Body Problem   book icon  
by Cixin Liu (2008)

read: 22 March 2017
rating: [+]
category: fiction

I read this at the same time I read another book which was similar but different. I was ashamed to admit that I had trouble with some of the names, not the fact that some of them were the same, but not being able to determine nuances by what people called one another etc. I enjoyed but had a hard time with the hard science-y aspects of this book since I felt like there was a lot of telling-not-showing and ultimately it wasn’t about the human stories at all which were the parts I found most compelling.

Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy   book icon  
by Noelle Stevenson (2015)

read: 21 March 2017
rating: [+]
category: graphic novel

Liked this, but was expecting it to be somehow AMAZING and it was only very good. I think I’ve been really lucky in that I’ve had access to a bunch of great graphic novels with cool female leads that I have had a bunch to choose from. I enjoyed this book but it wasn’t one of my favorites of the genre. There’s clearly a whole culture built up around it and yay hooray for that.

Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles Into Comics   book icon  
by James Sturm (2009)

read: 16 March 2017
rating: [+]
category: graphic novel

A super fun story-as-explanation of how you can write and illustrate graphic novels with only a small amount of what people might think of as “raw talent” I really enjoyed this book, geared towards children, of outlining the aspects of graphic storytelling with a “show don’t tell” approach. And a really nice shoutout to Ed Emberly who was always a firm childhood favorite

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