Saturday, March 03, 2007

Incoming Books: Week of 3/3

This week, a few things wandered home from work, I went to two different comics stores (and didn't buy all that much, by my standards, at either), and the first few books of a large but scattered ABEbooks order arrived. And those new books to be read are:
  • Path of the Assassin, Vol. 5: Battle of One Hundred and Eight Days by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima (comics collection...pardon me, tankoubon)
    And I see that I'm now a book behind, since I still haven't read Vol. 4 yet. I'm not worried; a few years back, I got five or six books behind on Lone Wolf and Cub and then read them all in one week -- that was fun.
  • Fortune and Glory by Brian Michael Bendis (graphic novel)
    I think I'm officially on a Bendis kick, now. Given that I'm not too fond of standard superheroes, does anyone have any other suggestions? (Are Goldfish or Jinx any good? I'm not all that fond of more-gritty-than-thou crime fiction, either, come to think of it.)
  • Cravan by Mike Richardson and Rick Geary (graphic novel)
    I was vaguely interested in this, since I love Geary's art and had heard about Cravan (the subject of this biographical comic), but I never saw it when it was published. But yesterday I nabbed it from the comic-shop sale shelf for $4.50!
  • Jack of Fables, Vol. 1: The (Nearly) Great Escape by Bill Willingham and three other guys (comics collection)
    As I understand it, this is to Fables as Sandman Mystery Theater was to Sandman...and I did enjoy SMT (and do like Fables), so I'll give this one a whirl.
  • Alias, Vol. 4: The Secret Origins of Jessica Jones by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos (comics collection)
    I suspect I'm going to dislike this, given what I've seen online about the plot, but I do want to know what happens.
  • 300 by Frank Miller (graphic novel)
    We're doing it in the SFBC -- actually, our sister the Military Book Club bought it -- so I'm finally reading it. I expect it will be the usual Miller thing -- treating women exceptionally nicely and finding non-violent solutions to all problems.
  • How Not to Get Rich (or Why Being Bad Off Isn't So Bad) by Robert Sullivan (non-fiction)
    A little book by the author of Rats. Probably will come up in the hopper very soon, since it's so short.
  • Love Trouble Is My Business by Veronica Geng (collection of humorous essays)
    I read the title piece (in which, in response to a glancing comment in the Village Voice about some other topic, the words "Mr. Reagan" and "read Proust" appear in every sentence) some years ago in an anthology, and had been vaguely looking for this since. I finally just ordered a used copy, for hardly any money.
  • Charles Adams: A Cartoonist's Life by Linda H. Davis
    A book I found on the freebie shelf at work, and that I hope I'll have time to read someday (though I have no idea when).


Ran said...

Jinx and Goldfish aren't, I think, going to be your sort of thing from what you say about them though I don't know as I'd describe them as being especially "gritty".

To be honest, they're not helped by the fact that one of the best things Bendis ever did is drop the pencil and ink and let someone else handle the art chores for him... but that he didn't do that until _after_ these works.

That said, _Fortune and Glory_ is good, and another one of those 'outsider-in-Hollywood' yarns that are always so amusing.

Andrew Wheeler said...

Elio: I've read some crime stories in comics form -- I vaguely liked the first hardcover of David Lapham's Stray Bullets, which I think was of roughly the same era and genre as Bendis's first two books -- but I seem to enjoy them less than I do the same kind of stories in prose form (like the Parker novels of "Richard Stark").

So I think I will avoid Jinx and Goldfish, at least for now -- thanks for your thoughts.

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