Sunday, January 17, 2010

Some Books and a Couple of Movies

  1. Un Lun Dun by China Mieville. Great young adult novel about an adventure in the "abcity" of Unlondon (there are other abcities, such as No York, Parisn't, and Sans Francisco). A pair of girls from London find their way to Unlondon, where they discover that one of them is the Chosen One destined to save the abcity. Unfortunately, she is incapacitated. However, the other decides that if the Chosen One can't do the job, she will instead. Very good. Lots of playful ideas and some clever wordplay. (Borrowed from Teena.)
  2. Yotsuba &!, vol. 7 by Kiyohiko Azuma. Still amazingly cute. (Checked out of the library.)
  3. Electropolis: The Infernal Machine by Dean Motter. "Hard-boiled" story staring a robot detective named Menlo Park. Loosely ties in with Motter's work on Mr. X and Terminal City. Features some great punning names such as Anesta Robbins and Tess LaCoyle.
  4. Rin-Ne, vol. 1 by Rumiko Takahashi. Takahashi's latest. Fun, but her formula has become overly familiar, so I think from here on out, I'll be following this through library copies.
  5. Dark Avengers, vol. 1: Assemble by Brian Michael Bendis & Mike Deodato. This is my favorite of Bendis's Avengers titles. He really has a handle on writing villains. (Library.)
  6. XKCD, vol. 0 by Randall Munroe. Geeky web comic collection. (Borrowed from Teena.)
  7. Shivering Sands by Warren Ellis. Collection of essays and odds & ends that Ellis wrote for a variety of places on the web. Published through Lulu.

  • Key Largo. Man, it's weird to see Lauren Bacall when she's so young.
  • Doctor Who: Logopolis. Tom Baker's final story as The Doctor.

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