Monday, January 01, 2018

Welcome to Book-A-Day 2018!

I seem to do this every three to four years -- long enough for my reading and posting to ebb lower, and for me to get first annoyed and then energized by that -- so it's about time again.

Like 2014, this is planned to fill the whole calendar year. (I also had earlier stints of Book-A-Day in 2006-2007 and 2010-2011.) If you wonder what kind of books these will be, the 2014 Post-Mortem is likely to still match my current reading style pretty well. And my old post on how to read a book a day could also be informative.

I expect 2018 to closely match the 2014 model: I'm starting out with fewer books "saved up" to review (six), but the point is still to post a review of something every day for the whole year, and have that need for content force me to read more.

Below this point, an index will grow, as the year goes on and I actually read books and post about them. If history is any guide, I will double-count at least once.

Today's book post will go up sometime this afternoon (since I haven't written it yet), and after that I hope to settle down to my usual noon posting time. As always, plans are not guarantees.

The Index:

1: Inio Asano, A Girl on the Shore
2: Kaori Ozaki, The Gods Lie
3: Rick Geary, The Lindbergh Child and The Saga of the Bloody Benders
4: Deborah Blum, The Poisoner's Handbook
5: Paul Theroux, The Tao of Travel 
6: Tom Gauld, Baking With Kafka
7: Richard Sala, The Bloody Cardinal
8: Ben Blatt, Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve
9: Michel Choquette, editor, The Someday Funnies
10: Frank Thorne, The Complete Iron Devil
11: Rick Geary, The Secret Room at the White House
12: Velhmann and Kerascoet, Satania
13: Peter Bagge, Fire!!
14: Mawil, Home and Away
15: Randall Munroe, Thing Explainer
16: Chris Achilleos, Amazona
17: Roger Langridge, Fred the Clown in "The Iron Duchess"
18: Cyril Pedrosa, Equinoxes
19: James Vance and Dan E. Burr, On the Ropes
20: Jonathan Barli, Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch
21: Steven Brust, Vallista
22: Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, Sex Criminals, Vol. 4: Fourgy!
23: Jeff Lemire, Royal City, Vol. 1: Next of Kin
24: Kevin Underhill, The Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance
25: Mimi Pond, The Customer Is Always Wrong
26: Sarah Glidden, Rolling Blackouts
27: Teri S. Wood, Wandering Star
28: Stephen J. Sansweet and Peter Vilmur, The Star Wars Poster Book
29: Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Mr. Higgins Comes Home
30: Michel Rabagliati, Paul Has a Summer Job
31: Colleen Frakes, Prison Island
32: Catel and Veronique Grisseaux, Bluesy Lucy
33: Lawrence Block, The Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes
34: Makoto Shinkai and Yukiko Seike, 5 Centimenters per Second
35: Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth, Stumptown, Vol. 1: The Case of the Girl Who Took Her Shampoo (But Left Her Mini)
36: Jennifer Hayden, Underwire
37: Scott Rubin, Sean Crespo, and Mason Brown, editors, National Lampoon's Big Book of Love
38: Svetlana Chmakova, Brave
39: Shannon Wheeler, Sh*t My President Says
40: Nico Tanigawa, No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!, Volumes 8 and 9
41: J.M. Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians
42:  Howard Chaykin's American Flagg!, Vol. 1
43: Jeff Lemire, Roughneck
44: Brandon Graham, King City
45: Paul Grist, Jack Staff, Vol. 1: Everything Used To Be Black and White
46: Julia Wertz, Museum of Mistakes
47: Katsu Aki, Manga Sutra, Vol. 2
48: Satoko Kiyuduki, Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro, Vol. 4 and 5
49: P.G. Wodehouse, A Pelican at Blandings
50: Kate Ascher, The Works: Anatomy of a City

51: Howard Chaykin, Black Kiss and Black Kiss 2
52: Dan Piraro, Bizarro Heroes
53: Tillie Walden, Spinning
54: Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota, Lucky Penny
55: Carla Jablonski and Leland Purvis, Defiance and Victory
56: Diana Wynne Jones, The Pinhoe Egg 
57: Gabrielle Bell, Everything Is Flammable
58: Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim, Poppies of Iraq
59: Paul Hornschemeier, The Collected Sequential
60: Santiago Garcia and David Rubin, Beowulf
61: Jeff Smith, editor, The Best American Comics 2013
62: Naoki Urasawa with Takashi Nagasaki, Pluto, Vol. 1 and 2
63: Haruki Murakami, Men Without Women
64: Andy Warner, Brief Histories of Everyday Objects
65: Zander Cannon, Kaijumax, Season Two: The Seamy Underbelly
66: Terry Pratchett*, The Compleat Discworld Atlas
67: Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault, Louis Undercover
68: Lorena Alvarez, Nightlights
69: Georges Perec, The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise
70: Kim Dong Hwa, The Color of Water and The Color of Heaven
71: Thu Bui, The Best We Could Do
72: Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda, Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening
73: Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone, Shade the Changing Girl, Vol. 1: Earth Girl Made Easy
74: Jonathan Lethem, editor, The Best American Comics 2015 and Roz Chast, editor, The Best American Comics 2016
75: Stewart O'Nan, The Night Country
76: Batton Lash, The Soddyssey and Other Tales of Supernatural Law and The Werewolf of New York 
77: Ryan North and Erica Henderson, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now
78: Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, and Klaus Jason, Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race
79: Kyle Baker, Nat Turner
80: Paul Grist and Phil Elliott, Jack Staff, Vol. 2: Soldiers
81: Charles Forsman, I Am Not Okay With This
82: Pascal Girard, Nicolas
83: Eleanor Davis, You & A Bike & A Road
84: Bill Corbett and Len Peralta, Super-Powered Revenge Christmas
85: Sergio Aragones, Mark Evanier, and Thomas Yeates, Groo Vs. Conan
86: Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen,  Descender, Vol. 4
87: Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, Paper Girls, Vol. 3
88: Cassandra Jean, Reindeer Boy
89: Dan Wells, Nothing Left To Lose
90: Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, Nemo: Heart of Ice, Nemo: The Roses of Berlin, and Nemo: River of Ghosts
91: Ted McKeever, Meta4 92: Jeff Lemire, Essex County
93: Nina Bunjevac, Fatherland
94: Nick Bertozzi, Lewis & Clark
95: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson and Paul Grist, The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed
96: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson and Christopher Mitten, Rise of the Black Flame
97: Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist
98: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, Saga, Vol. 8
99: Gretchen Edgren, The Playmate Book
100: Masamune Shirow, The Ghost in the Shell

101: Frederik Peeters, Aama, Vol. 3: The Dust of Mirrors
102: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson, and various artist, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1954
103: Lynda Barry, Syllabus
104: Paul Levitz and Steve Lightle, Legion of Super-Heroes: The More Things Change
105: Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
106: Kyle Baker, King David
107: Gary Spencer Millidge, Strangehaven: Brotherhood
108: Mike Grell, Jon Sable Freelance: Ashes of Eden
109: Roberta Gregory, As Naughty As She Wants to Be!
110: Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres, Valerian: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1
111: Herge, The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 1
112: Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin, Tank Girl, Vol. 1
113: Ryan North and Erica Henderson, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 4: I Kissed a Squirrel and I Liked It
114: Lawrence Block, Borderline
115: Neil Gaiman, et. al.Free Country: A Tale of the Children's Crusade
116: Kurt Busiek and Brent Eric Anderson, Astro City: The Dark Age, Vol. 1: Brothers and Other Strangers
117: Laura Lee, Around the World in 80 Cliches
118: Marcel Beyer and Ulli Lust, Voices in the Dark
119: Julia Wertz, Tenements, Towers & Trash
120: Joe Ollmann, The Abominable Mr. Seabrook
121: G. Willow Wilson and various artists, Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous
122: Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, and Carolyn Nowak, Lunberjanes, Vol. 3: A Terrible Plan
123: Jillian Tamaki, Boundless
124: Bruce Chatwin, In Patagonia
125: John Porcellino, The Hospital Suite
126: Roz Chast, Going Into Town
127: Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta, The Vision (2 Vols.)
128: Brahm Revel, Guerillas, Vols. 1 & 2
129: Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin, Tank Girl, Vol. 2
130: P.G. Wodehouse, Louder and Funnier
131: Stephen Murphy and Michael Zulli, The Puma Blues
132: Bruce Marshall, Building New York
133: Mike Mignola and various collaborators, Abe Sapien, Vols. 8 & 9
134: Mawil, We Can Still Be Friends
135: Dave McKean, Cages
136: H.P. Lovecraft and I.N.J. Culbard, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
137: Howard Chaykin and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Twilight
138: Richard Gehr, I Only Read It for the Cartoons
139: Joe R. Landsale, Tim Truman, and Sam Glanzman, Jonah Hex: Shadows West
140: John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Max Sarin, Giant Days: Not On the Test Edition, Vols.1 &
 2
141: Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century
142: Berkeley Breathed, The Bloom County Library, Vol. 4: 1986-1987
143: Jane Yolen and Rebecca Guay, The Last Dragon
144: Kate Leth, Brittney L. Williams, and Natasha Allegri, Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat!, Vol. 1: Hooked On a Feline
145: Jackson Landers, Eating Aliens
146: Edward Lucie-Smith, Erotica: The Fine Art of Sex
147: Andi Watson, Skeleton Key (5 vols.)
148: The New Yorker Book of Mom Cartoons
149: Dennis O'Neil, Denys Cowan, and Rick Magyar, The Question, Vol. 2: Poisoned Ground
150: John Layman and Rob Guillory, Chew: The Omnivore Edition, Vol. 4

151: James Morrow, The Asylum of Dr. Caligari
152: Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, and Christophe Blain, Dungeon: The Early Years, Vol. 1: The Night Shirt
153: Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, and Christophe Blain, Dungeon: The Early Years, Vol. 2: Innocence Lost
154: Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar, Dungeon: Zenith, Vol. 1: Duck Heart
155: Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar, Dungeon: Zenith, Vol. 2: The Barbarian Princess
156: Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, and Boulet, Dungeon: Zenith, Vol. 3: Back in Style
157: Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, and Manu Larcenet, Dungeon: Parade, Vol. 1: A Dungeon Too Many
158: Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, and Manu Larcenet, Dungeon: Parade, Vol. 2: Day of the Toads
159: Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Mazan and Jean-Christophe Menu, Dungeon: Monstres, Vol. 1: The Crying Giant
160: Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Stephane Blancquet and Andreas, Dungeon: Monstres, Vol. 2: The Dark Lord
161: Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Carlos Nine and Killoffer, Dungeon: Monstres, Vol. 3: Heartbreaker
162: Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Jean-Emmanuel Vermot-Desroches and Yoann, Dungeon: Monstres, Vol. 4: Night of the Ladykiller
163: Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blutch and Bezian, Dungeon: Monstres, Vol. 5: My Son the Killer
164: Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Stanislas and Keramidas, Dungeon: Monstres, Vol. 6: The Great Animator
165: Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim, Dungeon: Twilight, Vol. 1: Dragon Cemetery
166: Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, and Kerascoet, Dungeon: Twilight, Vol. 2: Armageddon
167: Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Kerascoet, and Obion, Dungeon: Twilight, Vol. 3: The New Centurions
168: Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Alfred, and Mazan, Dungeon: Twilight, Vol. 4: The End of Dungeon
169: Chris Offutt, My Father, The Pornographer
170: Charles Stross, The Delirium Brief
171: Jason Shiga, Demon (4 vols.)
173: Chad Sell and various writers, The Cardboard Kingdom
174: Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, and Boya Sun, 5 Worlds, Book 2: The Cobalt Prince
175: James Crumley, The Wrong Case
176: Jaime Hernandez, Maggie the Mechanic
177: Baboon Metaphysics and Other Implausibly Titled Books
178: Jason, On the Camino
179: Nagata Kabi, My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness
180: Peter Watts, The Freeze-Frame Revolution
181: Jacques Tardi, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, Vol. 2
182: Hartley Lin, Young Frances
183: Gilbert Hernandez, Heartbreak Soup
184: Taiyo Matsumoto, Sunny, Vols. 5 & 6
185: Robert Niles, Stories from a Theme Park Insider
186: Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, Paper Girls, Vol. 4
187: Joan Aiken, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
188: Jeff Lemire, Royal City, Vol. 2: Sonic Youth
189: Peter S. Beagle, In Calabria
190: Jaime Hernandez, The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S.
191: Lewis Trondheim and Nicholas Keramidias, Mickey's Craziest Adventures
192: Jacques Tardi and Leo Malet, Fog Over Tolbiac Bridge
193: Richard Sala, The Chuckling Whatsit
194: Jason, Why Are You Doing This?
195: Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins, Grass Kings, Vol. 1
196: Peter Milligan, Chris Bachalo, and Mark Pennington, Shade, the Changing Man, Vol. 1: The American Scream
197: Gilbert Hernandez, Human Diastrophism
198: Massimo Carlotto and Marco Videtta, Poisonville
199: Guy Delisle, Hostage
200: Jason, Pocket Full of Rain

201: Howard Mohr, How to Speak Minnesotan
202: Alan Moore and various artists, Saga of the Swamp Thing (6 vols.)
203: Larry Gonick and Art Huffman, The Cartoon Guide to Physics
204: Jaime Hernandez, Perla La Loca
205: Bill Morrison, Roswell Walks Among Us
206: Greg Ruth, Sudden Gravity
207: Lewis Trondheim, Mister I
208: Kristen Radtke, Imagine Wanting Only This
209: P.G. Wodehouse, Over Seventy
210: Manuele Fior, Blackbird Days
211: Gilbert Hernandez, Beyond Palomar
212: G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, Takeshi Miyazawa, and Mirka Andolfo, Ms. Marvel, Vol. 6: Civil War II
213: Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Kevin Maguire, and Joe Rubinstein, Formerly Known as the Justice League
214: John Stanley with Lloyd White, Tubby, Vol. 3
215: George O'Connor, Hermes: Tales of the Trickster
216: Michael Chabon's The Escapist: Amazing Adventures
217: James Alan Gardner, All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault
218: Los Bros Hernandez, Amor Y Cohetes
219: Fran Krause, The Creeps
220: Jason Novak, Et Tu Brute?
221: Ryan North and Eric Henderson, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 5: Like I'm the Only Squirrel in the World
222: Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, and Brooke Allen, Lumberjanes, Vol. 4: Out of Time
223: Penelope Bagieu, Brazen
224: Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock, Knife's Edge
225: Jaime Hernandez, Penny Century
226: Matthew Hughes, The Commons
227: Russell Ash, It Just Slipped Out...
228: Hope Larson, All Summer Long
229: Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda, Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood
230: Eleanor Davis, Why Art?
231: Reverend Jen, Live Nude Elf

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