02 January 2017

Reading Roundup Wrapup: December 2016

Pick of the month: The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. A quality month of reading-- I found Kicking and Screaming the ideal sort of superhero comic, Smoke and Shadow one of the better Last Airbender comics, and Adventures in Oz a nice set of Oz comics. But The Lie Tree was the most compellingly readable book I read all month, the sort of book that keeps you up until 1am because you "only" have 75 pages to go! Teenage lady Victorian scientists solving crimes, what could I not like about it? As always, a full review will come in the fullness of time.

All books read:
1. The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, Volume 2 by James Roberts
2. Talkback: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Doctor Who Interview Book, Volume Three: The Eighties edited by Stephen James Walker
3. Black Canary, Volume 1: Kicking and Screaming by Brenden Fletcher
4. The Avengers: Steed and Mrs Peel: The Comic Strips: Eight Vintage Stories from the Diana Comic art by Emilio Frejo, assisted by Juan Gonzalez
5. Spider-Man: The Venom Factor by Diane Duane
6. Double Dutch by Sharon M. Draper
7. Doctor Who Magazine: Special Edition #21: In Their Own Words, Volume Five: 1987-96 compiled by Benjamin Cook
8. Black Canary, Volume 2: New Killer Star by Brenden Fletcher with Matthew Rosenberg and Julie Benson & Shawna Benson
9. Doctor Who: The Sleep of Reason by Martin Day
10. Doctor Who Magazine: Special Edition #24: In Their Own Words, Volume Six: 1997-2009 compiled by Benjamin Cook
11. Manhunter: Trial by Fire by Marc Andreyko
12. Captain Atom: Armageddon by Will Pfeifer
13. Little Wizard Stories of Oz by L. Frank Baum
14. Avatar: The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow by Gene Luen Yang
15. The Royal Book of Oz: In which the Scarecrow goes to search for his family tree and discovers that he is the Long Lost Emperor of the Silver Island, and how he was rescued and brought back to Oz by Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion by L. Frank Baum with Ruth Plumly Thompson
16. Adventures in Oz by Eric Shanower
17. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
18. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
19. Star Trek: The Next Generation #4: Survivors by Jean Lorrah

Overall, a strong month, which is good, because December means Christmas means presents means book explosion:

All books acquired:
1. Forever... by Judy Blume
2. Star Trek, Volume 3 by Mike Johnson
3. Doctor Who: The Sleep of Reason by Martin Day
4. From Hell: Being a Melodrama in Sixteen Parts by Alan Moore
5. Superman: The Black Ring, volume two by Paul Cornell with Gail Simone
6. Star Trek: The Original Series: From History's Shadow by Dayton Ward
7. A Dance to the Music of Time, Third Movement by Anthony Powell
8. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
9. Threshold, Volume 1: The Hunted by Keith Giffen
10. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
11. Trashed by Derf Backderf
12. The Book of Gin by Richard Barnett
13. The Jack Kirby Omnibus, Volume One: Starring Green Arrow by Jack Kirby with Joe Simon, France E. Herron, Bill Finger, Dave Wood, and Robert Bernstein
14. Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
15. Seventeen Blocks from the River by Marylou Vonder Brink
16. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
17. Suzi Sinzinnati by Joe David Bellamy
18. The Serpentine Wall by Jim DeBrosse
19. Two Truths and a Lie by Katrina Kittle
20. Taxes, Death & Trouble: An Audrey Wilson Mystery by C. M. Miller
21. Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements edited by Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown
22. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
23. Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
24. Descender, Book One: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire
25. The Adventures of Oliver Twist or, The Parish Boy's Progress by Charles Dickens
26. Hard Times: For These Times by Charles Dickens
27. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
28. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
29. The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
30. A Christmas Carol in Prose: Being a Short Story of Christmas / The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells That Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In / The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home / The Battle of Life: A Love Story / The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain: A Fancy for Christmas Time by Charles Dickens

I bought very few of these, thankfully. #1 was a complimentary publisher copy, #4 was a gift from a professor, #10-24 were Christmas presents, and #25-30 were given to me by my great-uncle a few months ago, but I only just took physical possession. Still, even free books increases the infinite size of the pile:

Books remaining on "To be read" list: 648 (up 17)
Books remaining on "To review" list: 63 (down 3)

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