Monday, September 9, 2013

365 Books a Year Challenge: 35 Books in August

Another 35 books on the list, bringing me to 260 books for the year!  It's safe to say that I'll hit my mark, I think.  This month had a couple reads that I wanted to talk a little more about than I usually do.

Elric of Melniboné (Elric, #1) by Michael Moorcock

So if you search through my Goodreads books, there is a good amount of fantasy in there but I had never picked up Moorcock's work.  I actually liked this one and am tempted to read a few more.  It's nothing great or inspiring but it had good progression to it--it didn't linger to long (I'm looking at you, late Robert Jordan).  It reminded me a lot (for obvious reasons) of the DragonLance and Forgotten Realms series.

The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind by James Boyle

So everyone should read this book that is ever thinking of making anything in any form that they may or may not want credit for (either in accolades or payment).  It's a great book for understanding the complexities of the public domain and the ways in which ensuring there is indeed a public commons of works after a reasonable time has passed from its creation (that is, current copyright is ridiculous) ensures a rich and vibrant culture.  Additionally, it is a book that practices what it preaches and is indeed available in digital for free on its website.

Sweet Tooth, Vol. 6: Wild Game by Jeff Lemire

I don't often spend much time in these posts talking about graphic novels, but Lemire (who I've talked about before) is just wonderful to read.  The end of this series (Sweet Tooth) was a bittersweet.  It was an enjoyable, quirky, and intriguing story that reminds me why I try to read everything that he contributes to.  It's a post-apocalyptic story with an adoptive father and destine-born strange child, but Lemire still manages to make it engaging and curious.

Screaming with the Cannibals by Lee Maynard

This recommendation comes with a warning.  This book is not for easily offended.  It's a complex book but one with a good amount of swears, sex scenes, and racial epithets.  In earnest, it feels like Huck Finn reinvented for the middle of the 20th century.  However, what's most enjoyable is the audiobook where Ross Ballard II of Mountain Whispers Audiobooks plays the producer, director, and narrator making it a fantastic listening experience.  I actually had the opportunity to interview Ross and that will be published in the near future.  To be forewarned, this is a sequel to the book, Crum, but you can still pick this one up and listen to it without missing much.

Here's the full list thus far (or check it out on GoodReads):
Here are this month's books:

BOOKS

  • Lovers' Yoga: Soothing Stretches for Two by Darrin Zeer
  • Analyzing Performance Problems: Or, You Really Oughta Wanna--How to Figure out Why People Aren't Doing What They Should Be, and What to do About It by Robert F. Mager

AUDIOBOOKS

  • Elric of Melnibon√© (Elric, #1) by Michael Moorcock
  • Think Like a Futurist: Know What Changes, What Doesn't, and What's Next by Cecily Sommers
  • The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind by James Boyle
  • The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1) by Rick Yancey
  • Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables by Stephen Antczak
  • Screaming with the Cannibals by Lee Maynard
  • Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts by Emily Anthes
  • Police Your Planet by Lester del Rey

GRAPHIC NOVELS

  • Sir Edward Grey, Witchfinder, Vol. 2: Lost and Gone Forever by Mike Mignola
  • Batman: Arkham Unhinged, Vol. 1 by Paul Dini
  • Aquaman, Vol. 2: The Others by Geoff Johns
  • Justice League Dark, Vol. 2: The Books of Magic by Jeff Lemire
  • Fairest, Vol. 2: Hidden Kingdom by Lauren Beukes
  • Invincible Volume 18: Death of Everyone by Robert Kirman
  • Star Wars: Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse by John Ostrander
  • Great Pacific Volume 1: Trashed! by Joe Harris
  • Sweet Tooth, Vol. 6: Wild Game by Jeff Lemire
  • Captain America, Vol. 1: Castaway in Dimension Z by Rick Remender
  • Bedlam vol. 1 by Nick Spencer
  • Deadpool, Vol. 1: Dead Presidents by Brian Posehn
  • Saga, Volume 2 by Brian Vaughan
  • Blackacre Volume 1 by Duffy Boudreau
  • Action Comics, Vol. 2: Bulletproof by Grant Morrison
  • Teen Titans, Vol. 2: The Culling by Scott Lobdell
  • The Walking Dead, Vol. 18: What Comes After by Robert Kirkman
  • The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks
  • Genius by Steven T. Seagle
  • The Occultist Volume 1 by Tim Seeley
  • Uncanny Avengers, Vol. 1: The Red Shadow by Rick Remender
  • Thunderbolts Vol. 1: No Quarter by Daniel Way
  • Voodoo, Vol. 2: The Killer in Me by Josh Williamson
  • The Victories Volume 1: Touched by Michael Avon Oeming
  • Paradox Entertainment Presents: Kult by Jeremy Barlow

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