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October in Books

December 31, 2007

Shakespeare: Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V, Measure for Measure, Hamlet. I ❤ Prince Hal.

Other classes: “Lady into Fox” by David Garnett, which was very cool, and The Velveteen Rabbit, which I never read as a kid and was unsurprisingly adorable.

Manga: CLAMP’s Miyuki-Chan in Wonderland, which I couldn’t follow at all; Le Portrait de Petite Cossette by Asuka Katsura, which was okay; Tramps Like Us volumes eleven through thirteen, which continues to be my favorite manga series ever and, sadly, ends in February with volume fourteen; The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci, which was GREAT (and I suggest parents read it and decide whether it’s okay for the kids; the recommended reading level has more to do with the girls’ illegal actions in the name of art than any sort of “adult” content); the first Model by Lee So-Young, which I’ll be reading more of in the future; the first The Queen’s Knight by Kim Kang Won, another series I’ll be keeping tabs on; and Breaking Up by Aimee Friedman and Christine Norrie, which was a fantastic story of female friendship.

Graphic novels: Queen & Country Declassified and Operations Crystal Ball, Blackwall, Storm Front and Dandelion, which I’ve spoken of before; Young Justice: A League of Their Own by Peter David, which is probably my favorite series by him despite the fourth-wall breaking; Ex Machina‘s first four collections and maybe Brian K. Vaughan’s greatest work; the graphic novel version of Anthony Horowitz’s Stormbreaker, which was fun; the second Jack of Fables by Bill Willingham; and Age of Apocolypse Volume 2, which is not only a fantastic, fully-realized alternate time-line story for the X-Men universe (take THAT, House of M), but also proves to anyone with eyes that women used to be stronger, sexier, and well-written in the Marvel Universe, even with more clothes on.

Finally, novels: I read two, one published and one unpublished. The first was Remember Me to Harold Square by Paula Danziger, which was just as fun almost twenty years later as it was the first time I read it. The second was another draft of Matt Besterman‘s Grownups, which continues with each rewrite to be one of the most entertaining uh, “dick lit” books I’ve ever read. Watch out, Hornby.

Coming up: pineapple-orange juice for my cold and November.

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