Aardy R. DeVarque (aardy) wrote,
Aardy R. DeVarque

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Books that I read in November

Books that I read in November:

66. Lee, Stan, Wally Wood, et al. Essential Daredevil Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) (544 p.)

67. Duane, Diane. The Door Into Shadow (The Middle Kingdoms, v. 2) (298 p.)

68. Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations (530 p.)

69. Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book (312 p.)

70. Harrison, Harry. Stainless Steel Visions (254 p.)
(Contents: The Streets of Ashkelon; Toy Shop; Not Me, Not Amos Cabot!; The Mothballed Spaceship; Commando Raid; The Repairman; Brave Newer World; The Secret of Stonehenge; Rescue Operation; Portrait of the Artist; Survival Planet; Roommates; The Golden Years of The Stainless Steel Rat)

November total: 1,938 pages
2010 total: 19,063 pages

My takeaways from this month's reading:

• Silver Age Daredevil stories are silly & fun. Emphasis on the "silly".

• Reading Diane Duane's The Door Into Shadow is the closest I've gotten in a very long while to deciding not to finish a book I'd started, which is very rare for me anyway but is extraordinarily rare for fantasy or science fiction, even for poorly written or schlocky stories. I did soldier on and finish it, though. (I've read worse-written stories, but somehow this one just repeatedly rubbed me the wrong way.) However, I definitely will not be tracking down & reading the rest of the series. (That said, if you like Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books, you might also like Duane's Door Into... books.)

• Go read The Graveyard Book; it deserves every award it wins. No really, go read it. I'll wait for you to finish it and get back...

• Stories featuring The Stainless Steel Rat are lots of fun, though the character is almost too hyper-competent. (In that he definitely is, but the stories seem to stay just this side of the border of making you wonder if he can really get away with it this time rather than going way off into MarySue-ville.) Additionally, I hadn't realized that Soylent Green was based on a Harry Harrison story. (Several of the others in this collection are also quite good.)

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Tags: books, reviews

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