February 17th, 2009

Self-Portrait 3

Imma dunk this rock, then read some books.

In the past month, I've purchased --

-- Killing Johnny Fry: A Sexistential Novel, Fear of the Dark (A Fearless Jones book), Fortunate Son, Cinnamon Kiss (Easy Rawlins), and 47, all by Walter Mosley, from a huge clearance sale at bn.com.

-- On Guerrilla Warfare by Mao Tse-tung and The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

-- Becoming Batman by E. Paul Zehr, Chalice by Robin McKinley, Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, and The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi from the Sci-Fi Book Club

And all from Amazon, I got --

Grass by Sherri Tepper

The Legend of Tarik
and Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

Dreams From my Father and The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (which I've (I'm ashamed to admit(HDANCN?)) never read)

The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi

Dumbbell Training for Strength and Fitness by Matt Brzycki and Fred Fornicola

The first Scott Pilgrim trade by Bryan Lee O'Malley

The fourth Blue Beetle trade by John Rogers and Rafaele Albuquerque

And also, I ordered four trades from khepri.com back in early December that I had completely forgotten about.  There were a couple of pre-orders mixed in with them, so they should be getting here sometime soon.  I got

Vigilante: City Lights, Prarie Justice by James Robinson and Tony Salmons.  Picked up on equal parts because I like the things James Robinson does with old characters that nobody really cares much about, and because I kinda got into Vigilante after Nathan Fillion did such a great job voicing him on Justice League Unlimited.

Banana Sunday by Colleen Coover.  Picked up mostly on Chris Sims' recommendation.

Phonogram: Rue Britannia by Kieron Gillen and Jamie Mckelvie.  Picked up mostly on Warren Ellis' recommendation.

The Walking Dead, Vol. 9: Here We Remain.  Picked up before I got five trades into The Walking Dead and got so thoroughly fucking depressed by it that I'm not at all sure I want to keep reading it.

About 3/4 of it is here already.  There's two package slips in my post office box, and I'm pretty sure that's Persepolis and Chalice from the SFBC and Oscar Wao, Farenheit 451 and the Blue Beetle trade from Amazon.  Agent to the Stars, Scott Pilgrim, and Dumbbell Training haven't shipped from Amazon yet (I think the Scott Pilgrim trade is the holdup), and I'm pretty sure my khepri.com books haven't shipped yet, since that new Walking Dead trade just came out, but those should be heading to me any second now if they aren't already.  No idea when that last Amazon shipment (which was actually the first thing I bought on this spending spree) is going to ship out.

Most of what's here is piled up on top of my bookshelves (I have NO MORE shelf room), waiting to be read.  I read the first chapter of Dreams From My Father, and had to put it down before I got =completely= sucked into it because I had other stuff to do.  I flipped through the Batman book, and it seems like it's going to be a bust.  It was written by a kinesiologist so I was hoping there'd be some workout techniqes in it, but it looks like crap for the most part.  I've read the first two issues of Crisis on Infinite Earths and I'm still sort of dealing with the culture shock; I'd forgotten how astonishingly goddamn talky mid-80's comics were.  People these days might bitch about the decompression of Ultimate Peter Parker spending three issues sitting in his bedroom crying about how much he sucks, but I'd rather deal with people sitting around and talking than people mid-fight, getting off a soliloquy before a punch lands.

Incidentally, I didn't pay full price for ANY of these books.  The ones from Amazon all had the standard 10-20% discount, the stuff from khepri.com came with their standard 20-30% discount, except the two pre-order books were 50% off.  I snagged my books from SFBC by placing two separate orders, one during a BOGO sale and the other using a Buy One, get one 50% off coupon.  All the Walter Mosley books and On Guerrilla Warfare were on clearance @ $3.99 each and $1.99, respectively.  And I snagged Grass and The Legend of Tarik for a penny apiece with three dollars shipping from sellers on the Amazon Marketplace.

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