01 February 2012

Reading Roundup Wrapup: January 2012

Pick of the month: Psychohistorical Crisis by Donald Kingsbury.  It was the first book I read in January, and it just did not get better from there.  I would say that Kingsbury out-Asimovs Asimov, except that he does something Asimov never dreamed of.  This deserves to be more widely read. (I do wonder how well it would stand alone, though.)  The other standouts for me this month were the two Legion of Super-Heroes deluxe editions, Mary Barton, and almost any given volume of Lucifer.

1. Psychohistorical Crisis by Donald Kingsbury
2. Lucifer: The Divine Comedy by Mike Carey
3. The Case of the Female Orgasm: Bias in the Science of Evolution by Elisabeth A. Lloyd
4. Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal
5. Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga: The Deluxe Edition by Paul Levitz
6. Legion of Super-Heroes: The Curse: The Deluxe Edition by Paul Levitz with Keith Giffen
7. Lucifer: Inferno by Mike Carey
8. Lucifer: Mansions of the Silence by Mike Carey
9. Doctor Who: Short Trips #18: Time Signature edited by Simon Guerrier
10. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
11. The Picture of Dorian Gray: An Annotated, Uncensored Edition by Oscar Wilde, edited by Nicholas Frankel
12. Star Wars: Legacy, Volume Seven: Storms by John Ostrander and Jan Duursema
13. That Lass o' Lowrie's by Frances Hodgson Burnett
14. Lucifer: Exodus by Mike Carey
15. Star Wars: Legacy, Volume Eight: Tatooine by John Ostrander and Jan Duursema
16. Star Wars: Legacy, Volume Nine: Monster by John Ostrander and Jan Duursema

This is the most I've read in a month since October 2010.  Of course, some nine comics has to help. (Actually, those Legion deluxe editions didn't go fast at all!)

All books acquired:
1. Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, illustrated by Arthur Rackham
2. That Lass o' Lowrie's by Frances Hodgson Burnett
3. Haworth's by Frances Hodgson Burnett
4. A Fair Barbarian by Frances Hodgson Burnett
5. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
6. Cousin Phillis and Other Stories by Elizabeth Gaskell
7. Watchmen by Alan Moore
8. Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley
9. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World by Bryan Lee O'Malley
10. Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness by Bryan Lee O'Malley
11. Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together by Bryan Lee O'Malley
12. Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe by Bryan Lee O'Malley
13. Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour by Bryan Lee O'Malley
14. The Smartest Kid on Earth, Jimmy Corrigan: An Improvisatory Romance, Pictographically Configured by Chris Ware
15. The Walking Dead: Compendium One by Robert Kirkman
16. We3: The Deluxe Edition by Grant Morrison
17. Fun Home: A Family History Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
18. The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures by Phoebe Gloeckner
19. Black Jack, Volume 1 by Osamu Tezuka
20. American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar and More American Splendor: The Life and Time of Harvey Pekar by Harvey Pekar
21. One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry
22. The Obverse Quarterly, Book Three: The Diamond Lens and Other Stories by Fitz-James O'Brien
23. William Shakespeare's Richard III by Ian McKellen & Richard Loncraine
24. The Doctor Who Programme Guide, Volume 2 by Jean-Marc Lofficier
25. The Annotated Sandman: The Sandman #1-20 by Neil Gaiman, edited by Leslie S. Klinger
26. Star Wars: Legacy, Volume Eleven: War by John Ostrander and Jan Duursema
27. Doctor Who: The Wonderful Book 1965 by Paul Smith
28. Professor Bernice Summerfield #6: The Big Hunt by Lance Parkin
29. Professor Bernice Summerfield IV: A Life Worth Living edited by Simon Guerrier
30. Professor Bernice Summerfield V: A Life in Pieces by Dave Stone, Paul Sutton, and Joseph Lidster
31. Profressor Bernice Summerfield #7: The Tree of Life by Mark Michalowski

Holy hannah!  This is the biggest intake since I started rationing my intake!! It's going to take me months to read enough to work off this book debt!!!  I have some excuses/rationalizations: #2-21 were for classes, #22 was a preorder, #24 was a free gift from the owner of my local comic book store, #27 will literally never be available ever again, and #28-31 were on a very good sale.

Books remaining on "To be read" list: 370

This is actually down, since many of those books, as they were for school, did not go on the list.

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