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Catching Up

Time to catch up with the books I read during my fever-induced haze.

#10: Sandman: Brief Lives by Neil Gaiman

It's Sandman. 'Nuff said.

#11: Finding Serenity: Anti-Heroes, Lost Shepherds, and Spacehookers in Joss Whedon's Firefly by Glenn Yeppeth and Jane Espenson

One of the better collections of pseudo-academic essays out there (I say pseudo as its the Smart Pop series and none of these are written by actual academics). And it's Firefly! Definitely a must-read if you're a flan. The best part of the book is devoted to character studies and and gender discussions. I personally could've done with more religion and politics, but that's just me.

#12: 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Chris Mann

This is an awesome history that successfully explains technobabble while using it minimally, gives you all sorts of fascinating trivia (ex. cotton was so popular that European woolmakers' sought a ban on its import, and even came up with a hare-brained scheme to send prostitutes out into the streets dressed in cotton which the police would have to remove--cos, yeah, the worst thing a prostitute could do would be wear cotton--and so rich women wouldn't want cotton for fear of being mistaken as prostitutes: like I said, hare-brained), and a real indignation that more of this isn't being taught in schools. Gotta gotta gotta read.

#13: Blankets by Braig Thompson

A graphic novel/autobiography in which a teenager growing up in an intensely religious household falls in love and loses his faith. I think overmuch was made of the guilt over sex but that's just me; personally I never got the sex guilt. I got puritan guilt over not working hard enough (sometimes) but not the sex. Seems a bit cliched at times and there's not enough humor in it all, and god knows there's a lot. There's one scene in which a high school counselor cautions the author against art school because life drawing can lead to homosexuality. THAT sounds real. There's also some vignettes about a sexually abusive babysitter that are just there but never addressed socially: call me crazy but just a line about him telling SOMEONE or something would've made it better. (And yeah I can get how you'd be too ashamed, but I don't think that you can live in this day and age without having someone press therapy on you for things far less intense than that. Just saying.)

Okay, feel very tired after sitting upright. I hate that.

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