42. De Crevecoeur, J. Hector St. John. Letters from an American Farmer; and Sketches of Eighteenth-Century America (501 p.)
Books that I read in October:
43. Jones, Diana Wynne. Howl's Moving Castle (212 p.)
44. North, Ryan. To Be Or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure (740 p.)
Books that I read in November:
45. Sim, Dave. Cerebus (Cerebus, v. 1) (535 p.)
46. Sim, Dave. High Society (Cerebus, v. 2) (512 p.)
47. Sim, Dave. Cerebys Number Zero (92 p.)
48. Archie Jumbo Comics, 75th Anniversary Celebration, #2 (Archie Library) (222 p.)
September total: 501 pages
October total: 952 pages
November total: 1361 pages
YTD total: 9,965 pages
So. Three months gone by. Life's been busy and I've been sick and I just haven't had the time, or spoons, or spare brain-power, or get-up-and-go.
Anyone into Revolutionary-era American History should read Crevecoeur. Also, those who mindlessly worship the Founding Fathers and the patriots who followed them should be sat down in front of the "landscapes" that finish off the second half of this volume--unlike the pristine glory that you see in history textbooks, it's an uncomfortable look into the mob justice & corruption from the winners that punctuated the everyday life of everyday folk for much of the time before, during, & after the Revolutionary War, and shows that some of America's current dark undertones have been there since the beginning.
I read Howl's Moving Castle before seeing the Miyazaki film for the first time. The movie is excellent. The book is so much better.
To Be Or Not To Be is a choose-your-own-adventure for adults that nominally tells the story of Hamlet. And instead of a play within a play includes a choose-your-own-adventure within the choose-your-own-adventure. And also gives you the option to play as Ophelia or Hamlet's Dad. (Hint: Choose Ophelia for some of the storylines that veer furthest from the original.) Highly recommended and hilarious.
The first four volumes of Cerebus are some of the best comics writing ever; High Society is one of my favorites, and reading the election story in it right after the U.S. elections made for an interesting set of parallels. It's unfortunate that it veered off into misogyny and navel-gazing after that. (There's some good stuff sprinkled in some of the later volumes, but it's so very different that they might as well be completely different novels by the same author.) I'm still deciding whether to re-read Church & State (v. 3-4). Probably will, but it's a bit more nihilistic than I've been in the mood for lately.
And what to say about Archie. It's a light palate-cleanser. Also, this volume also reprints the first part of the "Archie meets Kiss" story (yes, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehely, and the rest) that is basically plaid crack on paper.
Feudalism: Serf & Turf