073) Dial H: Exchange by China Miéville et al, finished July 27
This one added too many characters and covered too much time, making it less fun than the first volume. I still appreciate what's being attempted, but the pacing was off and so much is going on, it's tough to juggle in the confines of the pages alotted to a monthly comic. So it goes.a few days
072) Sir Charlie: Chaplin, the Funniest Man in the World by Sid Fleischman, finished July 24
we celebrated the Little Tramp's centenniel in a movie theater) but I don't think he's going to read it. I've been picking it up though and reading it now and then. It's great! Sure, it's for kids, but it's detailed and I certainly learned things I did not know. And it doesn't hold back when our hero's a cad either. Some parents might find this book too honest, too detailed.weekish
I however hope one of these kids actually picks it up and gives it a go.
In the meantime, we're working our way through this: http://www.openculture.com/..free_charlie_chaplin_films...
071) "C" is for Corpse by Sue Grafton, finished July 22
ishly, two weeks
This was the first of the novels to keep me up late, tense, working my way to the finish.
Dramatic irony is the best path to suspense. But too much and the protagonist just becomes an idiot and how is she a detective? Kills my ability to care.
This novel teetered on that line, dangerously.
Can't wait for "D"!
070) Isle of 100,000 Graves by Fabien Vehlmann and Jason, finished July 19
This nutty look at a young girl whose quest to find her father takes her to a school of executioners is nutty fun and suitably European in direction.not long
Writer Vehlmann has written a very Jasonian book. I would be happy to see them work together again.
Previously in 2014 . . . . :