The 2013 Book Polygamist Awards!

Welcome Ladies, Gentlemen and super-intelligent cats who secretly surf the web while their owner is at work, to the 3rd Annual Book Polygamist Awards!

Since 2011 the Awards have been publicly aired on my humble little blog, rather than the bottomless pit of Facebook, or the relative privacy of my book journal, and as long as Book Polygamist sticks around each year I will share my quirky Awards with you, my precious few Bookbaggers 🙂

Like last year and the year before the Awards will be broken up into two categories: the Annual Awards, which are the same each year, and the Special Awards, which change with the calibre of books read and any patterns I notice.

This year, since I read more comics/graphic novels than ever before there will be some Awards specifically for the format i.e. Best Inside Art.

So without further ado I present: The 2013 Book Polygamist Awards!!!

Annual Awards

Shortest Read (Book):

the-amber-amuletThe Amber Amulet by Craig Silvey – approximately 1 hour

Honorable Mentions:

The Tiny Wife by  Andrew Kaufman – approximately 2 hours

Married With Zombies by Jesse Petersen – 6 days

Longest Read:

Tales of mystery and imaginationTales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe – 1 year, 1 month and 1 day!!!

Honorable Mentions:

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller – 43 weeks, 6 days!!

Kraken by China Miéville – 30 weeks, 3 days!

Most Books/Graphic Novels Read by a Single Author:

Gaiman,_Neil_(2007) Neil Gaiman – 2 books (Anansi Boys and Neverwhere) and 6 Graphic Novels (The Sandman Vol # 1, #2, #3 and # 4; Death: The High Cost of Living; and The Books of Magic)

Honorable Mentions:

Stacia Kane – 5 (Unholy Ghosts; Unholy Magic; City of Ghosts; Sacrificial Magic; Chasing Magic)

Gail Carriger – 5 (Changeless; Blameless; Heartless; Soulless Vol #1; Etiquette and Espionage)

Best “New” Author Award:

Every year I try to discover authors I’ve never read before (in addition to my old favourites and follow-ups to “new” authors from previous years) and then I compile a list of ones I want to read more from, and pick one from the bunch that’s the stand-out. It’s always a tricky process because I find so many great authors that are new to me, but usually I just weigh-up the impact they made on me with the amount of work they have that I can continue on with, plus take into account how new they are to writing, and how unknown they were to me (and sometimes others) before I discovered their work. In the case of the winner for this year I had never heard of them before picking up the first book, and since then their series was one of the highlights of my reading year and has become a bit of an obsession for me and my best friend, Sarah 🙂

stacia kaneStacia Kane (Unholy GhostsUnholy MagicCity of GhostsSacrificial MagicChasing Magic)

Honorable Mentions:

 China Miéville (Kraken)

 Max Brooks (World War Z)

 Jasper Fforde (Shades of Grey)

Special Awards

The Best End to a Series Award:

house of many waysHouse of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones

Honorable Mention:

chasing magicChasing Magic by Stacia Kane

This is a cheeky honorable mention because it’s not actually the end of the series, but at the time of reading it I did think it was the end, and it was a fucking awesome end! Lucky for me and Sarah the next book is due to be published at some point 😀

The Best Start to a Series Award:

shadesofgreyShades of Grey (Shades of Grey Book 1) by Jasper Fforde

Honorable Mentions:

Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane

Married With Zombies by Jesse Petersen

The Sandman Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman (writer), Sam Kieth (penciler),Malcolm Jones III (inker), Robbie Busch (colourist), Todd Klein (letterer)

 FreakAngels #1 by Warren Ellis (writer) and Paul Duffield (artist)

The Longest and Strangest Title Award:

BookofHumanInsectsThe Book of Human Insects by Osamu Tezuka

Honorable Mention:

Ball Peen Hammer by Adam Rapp  (author) and George O’Connor (artist)

The Tick That Off The Bucket List Award:

catch22Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

in 2013 I continued the accidental tradition of reading a book from my Top 10 Classics I Want to Read list – in accidental order and all! – which definitely deserved another award! To continue this tradition I will have to read The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger this year so I better locate it quick smart 😛

The My Brain Hurts But I Love It! Award:

kraken-by-china-mieville-UKKraken by China Miéville

As I said in my Top 10 Books I Read in 2013 list, this book was the literary equivalent of taking a trip and at times the language and sheer craziness of the world hurt my brain, but I loved every second of it! 😛

Honorable Mentions:

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Best Cover Art (Book):

the-tiny-wifeThe Tiny Wife by  Andrew Kaufman

Honorable Mentions:

shadesofgreyShades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

Neverwhere (1)Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

kraken-by-china-mieville-UKKraken by China Miéville

the-amber-amuletThe Amber Amulet by Craig Silvey

Best Cover Art (Graphic Novel):

willow wonderlandBuffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow – Wonderland 
by Jeff ParkerChristos N. Gage (writers) Brian Ching (penciler), Jason Gorder (inker),
Michelle Madsen (colourist), David Mack (cover artist), and Joss Whedon (executive producer)

Honorable Mentions:

persepolis coverPersepolis by Marjane Satrapi

the unwritten vol 1The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity (The Unwritten, Volume # 1) by Mike Carey (writer), Peter Gross (artist), Chris Chuckry and Jeanne McGee(colourists) and Todd Klein (letterer)

BallPeenHammer_COVER_300rgb(1)Ball Peen Hammer by Adam Rapp  (author) and George O’Connor (artist)

buffy talesBuffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales by Joss WhedonJane Espenson,  Becky Cloonan (writers)
Tim Sale,Doug PetrieLeinil Francis YuGene Colan and others (artists)

Best Inside Art (Graphic Novel):

buffy talesBuffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales by Joss WhedonJane Espenson,  Becky Cloonan (writers)
Tim Sale,Doug PetrieLeinil Francis YuGene Colan and others (artists)

This is a bit of a cop-out as this anthology contains a whole bunch of amazing artists making it the easy choice, but with such diverse art from story to story this was a clear winner. Below is an example of some of my favourite art styles for you to ogle 😛

Buffy tales art

Honorable Mentions:

Zombies Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Jim McCann (writers), David Baldeon (penciller), and Jordi Tarragona (inker)

Star Trek TNG: Hive by Brannon Braga (story) and Joe Corroney (art)

Most Fun Challenge:

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While I set myself some great challenges last year, I had to choose Comic Companions as the best as it led me to read so many amazing comics and graphic novels! This year I’m not continuing this challenge but I’ve decided the graphic novels pile is just as important as the others so I’ve been going through the same process in reading them – when I finish one I pick another from the pile (or rather a random green piece of paper from my book-choosing jar so I don’t have to choose which wonderful graphic novel I want to read next – I’m chance’s bitch instead 🙂 )

Best Book Chosen for Old Books October:

Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

guards guardsI haven’t actually finished Guards! Guards! since I’ve been pretty slack with reading this year, and I got distracted with other books and comics at the end of last year, so I’ve been reading this very funny Discworld novel for a while, but every time I do read a bit its highly entertaining! Plus the other book I chose for Old Books October is Brisingr by Christopher Paolini which I have been even more slack with, so this was a no-brainer 😛

Best Graphic Novel Chosen for Old Books October:

The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists by Neil Gaiman (writer), Kelley JonesMalcolm Jones IIIMike DringenbergMatt WagnerP. Craig Russell,George PrattDick Giordano (artists), Daniel VozzoSteve Oliff (colourists), and Todd Klein (letterer)

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Best Book Chosen for New Books November:

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

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Best Graphic Novel Chosen for New Books November:

 FreakAngels #1 by Warren Ellis (writer) and Paul Duffield (artist)

freak angels vol 1

2013 was a really interesting year for me, both in my reading life and personal/professional life, and I certainly have some good memories from it. I hope all my Bookbaggers also had an excellent year with a bevy of brilliant books (gosh I love alliteration :P) and tons of good memories, and that your 2014 is just as fruitful 🙂

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Challenge Update # 18 – Week 7 of War & Pages + A Wrap-Up of Old Books October and More

Hello again my magical, mysterious Bookbaggers!

Welcome to the belated 7th update of  War & Pages + a little wrap-up of Old Books October since New Books November has officially begun, and news about a couple of new books I got that won’t be part of New Books November, but are still exciting 🙂

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Last week (or the week before last now!) was a good week for this challenge! I read Catch 22 a few times over the week and surpassed my quota:

Catch 22:

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70 pages (4 chapters)

World War Z:

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Finished! :D

Total:

70 pages

I’m pleased I read 20 pages over my target since I didn’t quite make it last week and it’s getting really interesting (in a surreal and funny way) as I near the end 🙂 

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There’s not much to say about Old Books October at its close but I thought it deserved a proper send-off, so here’s the highlights:

  1. I finished the Soulless manga by Gail Carriger (writer) and REM (artist) the other day and I have to say I enjoyed it immensely! I was impressed with how much they could get in and with the amount of lines that were straight from the book, and I thought the Manga style of illustration fitted really well for the world and characters of this series. I will definitely we getting my hands on the next installments (each based on a book from the series) and it has also given me a hankering for the last book – Timeless I’ll have to borrow it from Sarah and add it to the pile 😛soulless manga
  2. I finally started Brisingr by Christopher Paolini! Or at least I read the synopsis at the start of it which covers main events of the last two books (very handy since I finished Eldest way back in September 2010!). I got the guilts because my brother (who I borrowed it off) was visiting early this week and he saw the unopened book sitting on the arm of the couch (I thought if it was sitting there when I got home it would encourage me to start :P) and then proceeded to tell me how this is the best one of the series and I just had to read it! Now I’m at least caught up on what’s happened I just need to dive in and then I’m sure I’ll get into it 🙂Brisingr
  3. Overall I was pleased with my old book choices – Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett is very funny so far and the perfect book to tuck into my bag for commuter reading;  The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists was the best volume of The Sandman I’ve read so far; Brisingr, while daunting had probably been on the pile longer than any other (except maybe Everville by Clive Barker which neither I nor Sarah cavn remember how long ago she lent it to me) so it was a very fitting choice; the Free Comic Book Day comics were a fun bonus; and Soulless as I said above was excellent! So, all-in-all it was a fun challenge which allowed me to start some books which have been gathering dust for far too long 🙂

In other book-news last weekend I did a bit of a shop as a birthday present to myself (mainly because I had 50 from my nana to buy my own gift and partly because I had a money spare and was still in a birthday mood :P)

Firstly I went to JB Hi-Fi with my workmate, Scott, specifically to buy American Horror Story: Asylum but then since they were doing a 2 stickered TV series’ for 30 dollars promotion I also go Twin Peaks Season 1 and Six Feet Under Season 1 – a right creep-fest all round 😀

Then I was meeting Sarah at Kaleido where she said I could pick out a book as an extra bday present 😀 Not knowing where to start I suggested maybe a China Miéville book since I loved Kraken which she lent to me. She initially wanted to get me The City and the City since that is another Miéville she has read, but alas it was out of stock so instead she picked Un Lun Dun which another friend of mine had recommended.

ChinaMieville-UnLunDunThen just as we were chatting with one of the Kaleido guys and looking at books near the Miéville’s I spotted something very exciting:

the rookThe Rook by Daniel O’Malley

I first saw The Rook months ago in a bookstore when I was too strapped for cash to buy it, but I did remember the intriguing blurb and that the title had the word “rook” in it. Then recently it popped up on Tammy’s Top Ten Unusual Character Names list on Books, Bones & Buffy, one of my favourite book blogs, and I told myself “I have to find this book!”. Since Sarah knew I had been looking for it she made it my present instead of Un Lun Dun which I then bought for myself 🙂 They both went straight on my TBR pile but will have to wait until after New Books November 😛

Well, that’s it for now, but expect an update next week as usual plus some other bits and pieces 🙂
Until then:

Books. People never really stop loving books. Fifty-first century. By now you’ve got holovids, direct-to-brain downloads, fiction mist. But you need the smell. The smell of books, Donna. Deep breath! – See more at: www.planetclaire.org/quotes/doctorwho/series-four/silence-in-the-library/#sthash.AfRu9AbB.dpuf

Since the last sign-off was Giles from Buffy showing his love for books and their smelly-ness I thought it only fitting to make this one The Doctor voicing his opinion on the subject 🙂 The quote is from possibly my favourite episode of Doctor Who – Silence in the Library. As always if you have other bookish quotes or ones which can be transformed into bookish quotes, share them in the comments, drop me a line at bookpolygamist(at)gmail(dot)com or pop on over to the Facebook page 🙂 

Challenges Update # 17 – Week 6 of War & Pages + Birthday Happenings & a Glut of Book Journals!

Ahoy there my rollicking, rambunctious Bookbaggers!

Welcome to the 6th update of  War & Pages + a little news regarding Old Books October and the fast approaching New Books November, a little share of what I did/got for my birthday this week, and some book nerd stuff about book journals/reading diaries/reading logs/whatever you wanna call em 😛

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This week has only been somewhat successful in the War & Pages department, mainly because I’m down to just Catch 22 now and last weekend was filled with celebrations for my 27th birthday (as the calendar has conspired against me and put the actual date on a unfavourable-for-celebrations Tuesday). Despite this I still came pretty close to my quota:

Catch 22:

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43 pages (3 chapters)

World War Z:

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Finished! :D

Total:

43 pages

…I’m not sure whether to be pleased that I almost reached my goal, or frustrated because I came so close! I did mean to read one more chapter on the weekend to get over 50, but I was too busy getting spoilt by my wonderful close friends, Sarah, Luke & Ron. I wasn’t gifted any book-related prezzies (while books are obviously one of my main loves, I rarely get gifted them as its hard for loved ones to know what I already have) but they did cover some of my other most favoured things: jewelry, foxes, owls, crystals and teapots, so I was mighty chuffed 😀 We also went to my favourite local restaurant Picco’s Kitchen which none of my friends had been to before (or at least not since it was under former ownership as a gourmet pizza place) and  I had an awesome steak with potato gratin, grilled asparagus and this zesty avocado and tomato salsa 😀 YUM!

On my actual birthday I was feeling a bit under par, with an annoying tickle in the back of my throat and a persistent cough, but when I got into work I was greeted by a lovely surprise – my boss, Yve, had decorated my desk with a couple of birthday banners, balloons, a poster wishing me a happy birthday from the whole team, and this hilarious poster stuck to my computer monitor:

Star Trek birthday posterXD Love it! The birthday spoilage continued with a lovely card (which had Nerdy spelled out with elements – N = Nitrogen; Er = erbium; Dy = dysprosium) and a morning tea of mini sausage rolls and red velvet cupcakes 🙂 That night I went out to another local – Rifo’s Cafe – with my mum and had a huge bowl of chilli mussels with garlic bread, so all-in-all, despite my annoying throat it was a great day 🙂

Then yesterday when I saw my workmate, Scott, at East Perth (I work at the Mt Lawley campus of my college Monday-Wednesday and then at the East Perth campus Thursday-Friday) I got probably the best present of the whole birthday week:

Buffy the vampire slayer TalesBuffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales by Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson,  Becky Cloonan (writers)
Tim Sale,Doug Petrie, Leinil Francis Yu, Gene Colan and others (artists)

The book is a beautiful hardcover with place-keeping ribbon, and is filled with stories from different generations of slayers and vampires all illustrated by different artist’s with unique styles. With every random turn of a page I found a new style of art and from what I saw all the work is stunning! I can’t wait to get into this one and may even let it bypass all my usual processes and challenges 😀 As if this wasn’t enough of an awesome present, Scott also brought in donuts and cronuts for us to have for morning/afternoon tea (the sheer amount and yumminess of the treats allowed for two separate teas) which in my opinion was way better than cake!

Ok, now onto the actual challenge stuff :P:

Old Books October challenge badgeNot much Old Book October activity this week. On my birthday I finished  The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists by Neil Gaiman et al

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Which was my favourite volume so far! It started with a meeting of all but one of the Endless (Destiny, Delirium, Desire, Despair, Dream and Death) which included a beautiful spread of individual portraits with wonderful descriptions of each character. The rest of the story was also excellent with Dream/Morpheus/The Sandman travelling to Hell to right a wrong only to find it empty and that Lucifer has quit and released all the damned and demons. Lucifer also leaves the key to Hell, and the kingdom it unlocks to The Sandman to do with as he pleases. As Morpheus has no interest in running Hell, he soon finds his Dream realm filled with all manner of Gods, demons, angels and other being vying for the rights to the abandoned kingdom. As always the writing and art were top-notch and I loved how the Sandman team had envisioned some famous beings from Mythology like the Norse Gods Odin, Thor and Loki.

I have also been loving Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (which isn’t technically involved in Old Books October but deserves a mention anyway as its awesome) and the Soulless manga by Gail Carriger (writer) and REM (artist). On the downside, I haven’t read much more of Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett, I still haven’t even started Brisingr by Christopher Paolini yet :S but I hope to read them more next week. With less than a week left the likelihood of another Old Books October choice is slim, but I’m happy with what was already chosen 🙂

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New Books November is very close now and in light of all the exciting new comics/graphic novels I have I have decided to tweak the rules a little 😛 Instead of putting new purchases aside until after November I’m going to include all my to-be-read comics/graphic novels, so the two most recent and any published this year will be contenders. This will only be a rules change for the Comic Companions pile and any books I said would have to wait will do so. Also I may make my new Buffy book the official mascot of the challenge or something so I can start reading it straight away 😛

The full rules and list of contenders will be posted on the 1st of November 🙂

In other news, the other day I got a very exciting package – 3 book journals I bought from Abe books recently for about 3-4 dollars each!

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Now, I can almost hear what you’re thinking even through the noise and chaos of cyber space (OoooEeeeOoooo!) – I know you read a lot Book Polygamist, but why on earth would you need 3 book journals all at once? Well the truth is that I had a bunch of trouble finding a new book journal – all the ones I found on Bookdepository or Amazon were either ones I’ve already tried (and I like to mix it up each time rather than having the same journal over and over), didn’t have features I wanted, or when I found a great new one they didn’t ship to my country! I was getting so frustrated that by the time I tried Abe books and found three suitable ones at a cheap price I just got all of them so I wouldn’t have the same issue next time I ran out of space.

I was ecstatic to have my hand on not 1, but 3 new (well used but in near new condition) journals, but then I was faced with a dilemma – which one should I use first? After weighing up the amount of entries for each book, the fields to fill in for each entry, and other features of the 3, as well as their relative condition (the Reader’s Journal on the left has a name in the front and the one on the right has a few parts filled in which I have to decide whether to white out or keep as a look into the previous owners reading habits – perhaps I’ll get some recommendations :)) I decided I would go with Smart Women Read Between the Lines: A Reader’s Journal

Smart Women Read Between the Lines A Reader's Journal

Besides its lovely retro cover art it is filled with neat features such as tabs along the side for easy access to the different sections, a pocket at the back for storing review clippings and the like, ownership stickers to put in the front of your books, and little tear out bookmarks with art from the different sections on them (only one of which was missing from my used copy!). The journal is broken up into 4 sections: Book Read & Reviewed or Smart Women Never Judge a Book by its Cover, which is where you chronicle the books you’ve read; Novel Ideas or Smart Women Read Between the Lines, where you can jot down quotes and the like; Books to Read or Smart Women Thirst for Knowledge, which is where you put books you want to read; and Lists or Smart Women Make a List and Check it Twice, which has all kinds of lists to fill out such as books lent and borrowed, books to give as gifts, bookclub and supplier info, and favourite books as well as a list of Smart Women A-Z.

It also has 32 pages for noting books you’ve read so that should keep me going for the rest of this year and some of next year, at which point I will have two others waiting for me 🙂

That’s it for now. Keep a lookout for upcoming regular features and the official opening of New Books November next week but until then:

Smell is the most powerful trigger to the memory there is. A certain flower, or a-a whiff of smoke can bring up experiences long forgotten. Books smell musty and-and-and rich. The knowledge gained from a computer is a – it, uh, it has no-no texture, no-no context. It’s-it’s there and then it’s gone. If it’s to last, then-then the getting of knowledge should be, uh, tangible, it should be, um, smelly.

So that one is just a straight up quote by Giles in a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode – I, Robot… You, Jane (Season 1, Episode 8) but I thought it was fitting what with my awesome Buffy-themed present plus its one of my favourite Giles moments 🙂 As always, if you think of any pop culture quotes I could adapt into a sign-off, or if you just have some nice bookish quotes for me hit me up in the comments,  at bookpolygamist(at)gmail(dot)com or over at the Facebook page 🙂

Challenge Update # 16 – Week 5 of War & Pages + Things & Stuff

Salutations my glorious, distinguished Bookbaggers!

Welcome to the fifth update of  War & Pages + a wee bit of news regarding my first Old Books October choices 🙂

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As I said in my last update, I finished World War Z by Max Brooks last Tuesday, so this challenge has started to get to the pointy end! Plus, since I also read some of Catch 22 on the weekend this week’s total has made up a little for last weeks poor effort:

Catch 22:

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12 pages (1 chapter)

World War Z:

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43 pages – Finished! 😀

Total:

55 pages

As I have finished World War Z (which I absolutely loved and it definitely is one of my top 10 reads of this year) the challenge now falls solely on Catch 22. I will be keeping up the 50 pages a week quota and from a quick look at the number of pages remaining, I can tell that the challenge only has a max of 4 or so weeks to go. Perfect timing for Catch 22‘s replacement to be a contender in New Books November 😀

Now to the Things & Stuff:

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I thought I’d do a little Comic Companions update since I’ve been reading some excellent graphic novels this week, and it hasn’t gotten its own look-in for a while what with the other challenges.

Firstly, last weekend I also read all my Free Comic Book Day comics – Star Wars: Captain Midnight/Avatar: The Last Airbender ; Mouse Guard /Rust flip book ; and Molly Danger/Princeless

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They were of course all very short and besides the front-runners, each one had other short previews of different comics, which was fun. I think of the three my favourite was the Mouseguard/Rust flip book because the art for both the main stories and the other snippets was lovely, and the little stories were just enough to gather interest in the series’ without making zero sense on their own. I also thought Princeless was quite cute and funny, and the Star WarsCaptain Midnight; Avatar: The Last Airbender and Molly Danger stories were all action-packed and colourful.

Then early this week I read the second half of Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis #2 – The Story of a Return)

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While it wasn’t quite as confronting as the first half, with the author/main character studying abroad in Austria for most of her teenage years, it still didn’t shy away from tough topics, and introduced new ones that many teenagers face regardless of race and upbringing – exploring a developing identity, the balance between fitting in and being unique, experimentation with drugs and other rebelions, the expectations and confusion of hormones and sexuality etc. I was generally surprised by how much I enjoyed this graphic novel, as I don’t usually like autobiographical, or biographical stories. Yes it was hard to read in parts, but with every account of oppression, every death or every heart-breaking moment, there was an account of triumph, a hilarious story or an uplifting moment. Satrapi’s simple black ink artwork paired with the more complex written work created something which touched me without pushing me away, and in the whole I learnt a lot about Iran’s culture and politics (plus how the outside world perseived the country at that time) and ultimately about a young woman’s struggle to find herself and BE herself in a world trying to stifle her. it really made me think about our preconceived perceptions and asumptions of countries like Iran, and how as a westerner, I have been guilty of seeing a whole nation through the choices of a radical few. I hope that these realisations stay with me and make me take pause if I ever I find myself lumping people together rather than seeing an individual’s actions as their own.

I am glad I finally read Persepolis; cheers Banned Books Week :). It is definitely one of the best graphic novels I’ve read this year and will be featured in one of  my Top 10 Reads of 2013 posts (this year because I’ve read so many graphic novels I thought I’d do a Top 10 purely of graphic novels plus the usual one of books 🙂 )

Besides Persepolis I also started one of my other Comic Companions yesterday –  The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists 

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which I would’ve continued all the way through if it wasn’t one of my favorite TV nights (Wednesday night has a great line-up on Australia’s non-commercial channel ABC) and I plan to delve into the world of the Endless again tonight, and maybe also start my other Comic CompanionSoulless 

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There is only a tiny bit of news on the Old Books October front, but I’ll share it anyway 😛

This week I started one of the two books chosen: Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

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which even 15 pages in is already very funny in Terry Pratchett’s wonderfully weird and witty style (as seen in my most recent Notable Quotable). I haven’t opened Brisingr yet, but I hope to do so this weekend when I have some spare time.

Well, that’s all folks, for the moment anyway 🙂 Keep your eyes peeled for more Stuff and likely more Things as well next week, but until then:

It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, plenty of books, it’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses.

(As The Blues Brothers is probably my favourite movie of all time, and I caught some of it last weekend I thought this tweaking of a famous line was appropriate. I even use to have a sound bite of this quote [minus the books part obviously :P] as my SMS tone for years, but I lost it when changing to my current phone 😦 If any of my clever, nerdy Bookbaggers can think of other pop culture references/quotes I can adapt to be book related, share away in the comments, drop me a line at bookpolygamist(at)gmail(dot)com or saunter on over to the Facebook page 🙂 )

Challenge Update # 15 – Week 4 of War & Pages and the first Old Books for October!

Well hello there my ravishing, lovable Bookbaggers!

Welcome to fourth update of  War & Pages (and frankly a pretty anticlimactic one!) + the announcement of the first books chosen for Old Books October!

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The reason this week’s update is a little anticlimactic is that I had a fun and busy weekend, firstly doing a Studio Noah photography session with my dogs on Saturday morning (yes, I know that is a bit weird, but they’re getting old and I wanted at least one really nice photo of them which was done by a professional instead of just grabbing my phone and taking a few blurry shots when they’re being cute) and then just as I was settling down to read for the day, I got a call from my friends inviting me to AQWA (The Aquarium of Western Australia) and a shop around Hilarys boat harbour! We had a fantastic afternoon oooing and ahhing at sea critters, perusing the quirky little shops (I ended up with 3 pairs of earrings, a broach, a hair-clip bow and other goodies) and ending the adventure with a treat from Cold Rock Icecreamery 🙂 of course afterwards we hung out at theirs until the wee hours and the next day Sarah and I slept until 3pm (Which really messes with your head, time-wise) and chilled the rest of Sunday, so I didn’t read any of either Catch 22 OR World War Z all weekend!

I did read a little bit of World War Z earlier in the week, so it wasn’t a complete failure, but I didn’t come close to my quota:

Catch 22:

catch22

0 pages (0 chapters) 😦

World War Z:

world-war-z-book-cover

15 pages

Total:

15 pages

I hope to do better this week, and I’m already on track since I finished the last 40 odd pages of World War Z on Tuesday 🙂

On that note, on to more positive challenge updates:

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On Sunday I was pretty positive that I would finish both World War Z and Heartless by Gail Carriger during the week so I asked my Official Jar Chooser, Sarah, to pick my first books and graphic novels for Old Books October! Good thing I thought ahead too, because I finished Heartless on Monday, and as I said above, I finished World War Z the day after.

Since both books I was finishing are from the Books-Borrowed-From-Others Pile (Red Slips) I got Sarah to pick 1 new book from that pile, 1 from the Books-I-Own-But-Have-Yet-To-Read Pile (Purple Slips) since that is the largest, and 2 Comic Companions, 1 for each new choice.

The first book she chose, and the one that replaces Heartless is:

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Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett 

Since I read the last Discworld book at the start of the year, I’m really excited to get into some more Discworld hilarity 😀

And for the Comic Companion:

Sandman season of mists - Old books oct

 The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists by Neil Gaiman (writer),
Kelley JonesMalcolm Jones III
Mike DringenbergMatt WagnerP. Craig Russell,George PrattDick Giordano (artists),
Daniel VozzoSteve Oliff (colourists), and Todd Klein (letterer)

Again, I’m excited to read the next installment of this awesome graphic novel series, and I’m also enjoying the coincidence of the first two choices for Old Books October being from the “published before 2000” part of the challenge 🙂 Plus with a Terry Pratchett offering and a Neil Gaiman one, its like my own personal Good Omens reunion 😛

For the second book which replaces World War Z she picked:

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Brisingr by Christopher Paolini 

I am less excited about this because the last book (Eldest) took me forever, and this one is a monster, but I have had it forever and the end of Eldest was good so even if it takes me forever to get through I will do it goddammit!

Then for the Comic Companion she picked:

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My little collection of comics my workmate, Scott, picked me up from Free Comic Book Day –
Star Wars: Captain Midnight/Avatar: The Last Airbender ; Mouse Guard /Rust flip book ; and Molly Danger/Princeless 🙂

Since they’re all really short and were included as a bonus anyway I said Sarah could pick another graphic novel which was:

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Soulless by Gail Carriger (writer) and REM (artist)

I am especially pleased about this one as it’s the first volume of the Soulless manga, based on the Parasol Protectorate series (of which Heartless was the fourth) which I absolutely love, and I can’t wait to see how they’ve adapted it visually!

So I have a veritable cornucopia of new (old) reads to start at the moment!

Also, since I’ve chosen books out of the original contenders the list needs to be updated. As Guards! Guards! and The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists were Books Published Before 2000 and not Longest-On-The-Pile Books they don’t get a replacement (ditto the Free Comic Book Day comics since they were a bonus) however, Brisingr and Soulless make way for the next longest on their respective piles.

Here is the update list of contenders:

Books-I-Own-But-Have-Yet-To-Read Pile (Purple Slips)

Longest-On-The-Pile Books:

Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris

gravesurprise

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

the-graveyard-book

Books Published Before 2000:

The Complete Illustrated Lewis Carroll by Lewis Carroll
(Collection published in 2008 but works collected published from 1865)

The Complete Illustrated Lewis Carroll

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962)

a clockwork orange

Carrie by Stephen King (1974)

Carrie

The Shining by Stephen King (1977)

the shining

Books-Borrowed-From-Libraries Pile (Blue Slips)

Longest-On-The-Pile Books:

Forbidden Fruit by  Kerry Greenwood

forbidden-fruit

Skinlane by Neil Bartlett

skin lane

Books Published Before 2000:

None.

Books-Borrowed-From-Others Pile (Red Slips)

Longest-On-The-Pile Books:

Everville by Clive Barker

everville

Sharp Shooter by Marianne Delacour

sharp shooter

Books Published Before 2000:

The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton  (1994)

The-Laughing-Corpse

Graphic Novels (Green Slips)

Longest-On-The-Pile Books:

 House of Mystery: Room and Boredom (House of Mystery, Volume # 1)
by Matthew Sturges and Bill Wilingham (writers), Jill Thompson (penciler), Luca Rossi (inker) and Todd Klein (letterer)

House of Mystery

The Unwritten:  Inside Man (The Unwritten Volume # 2)
by Mike Carey (writer) and Peter Gross (artist)

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Books Published Before 2000:

None.

That’s it for now 🙂 Stay tuned for the next War & Pages update next week (which will hopefully make up for last weeks abysmal effort!) and anything else that takes my fancy.

Until then:

Reading is Next to Godliness!

(Better than cleanliness in my opinion 😛 If you agree, or not feel free to vent in the comments,  via  bookpolygamist(at)gmail(dot)com or on the Facebook page 🙂 )

Challenges Update # 14 – Week 3 of War & Pages

Greetings my dazzling, sprightly Bookbaggers!

Welcome to third update of War & Pages + other exciting challenge developments 🙂

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Last weekend was a long one due to a Monday public holiday (it was the Queen’s Birthday holiday, but only in Perth…and her birthday is actually in April…its a little confusing but woo! public holiday!) so I was able to socialize and read more – huzzah! The downside was that I became a bit discombobulated with Sunday feeling like Saturday, Monday feeling like Sunday and Saturday not knowing how to feel, that I didn’t complete my reading for War & Pages until the Monday! Since it was a public holiday and the week was all screwy I decided that Monday still counted as last week and thus I completed my quota sufficiently :P:

Catch 22:

catch22

26 pages (2 chapters)

World War Z:

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26 pages

Total:

62 pages

Woohoo another unintentional perfectly balanced set of numbers! 😀
(I swear I really didn’t do that on purpose and was embarrassingly excited when I discovered it)

In other news, in case you don’t know a certain month-long challenge has officially begun:

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So far this month I finished one of my current reads:

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Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane, and so have my guilty preemptive pick – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – ready to start, but I haven’t finished anything else yet. However, Heartless by Gail Carriger has only 4 chapters to go, and World War Z by Max Brooks is similarly nearing the end so this weekend may be when I choose my first books and graphic novels for Old Books October 🙂

I also started reading my Banned Books Week choice – Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – yesterday (yes, I didn’t even begin it during Banned Books Week :s Darn long weekend!) and went through the whole first half (the copy I borrowed is actually a collection of both the original volumes:  Persepolis #1 – The Story of a Childhood and  Persepolis #2 – The Story of a Return) in one sitting. Almost immediately I was glad I chose it out of the list of banned/challenged books because it is a wonderfully honest and confronting tale of the author’s childhood in Iran during the Islamic revolution and regime change of the early ’80s and the war between Iran and Iraq. I have already learnt a lot about the culture and politics of Iran at the time which I either wasn’t aware of or knew just as flat facts from school, and it has inspired me to read up more on the subject as well as related concepts (i.e. Communism and Marxism). I can’t wait to read the rest of it (which I will probably do this afternoon or tomorrow).

That’s all for now, but brace yourself for a potentially juicy update next week 🙂

Until then:

Live Long and Read!

(Is that sacrilegious to Trekkies? In my mind prospering and reading are synonymous, but as always if you have opinions or other suggestions for a new sign off say so in the comments or hit me up at  bookpolygamist(at)gmail(dot)com or the Facebook page if email isn’t hip enough :P)

Let Old Books October Begin! :D

Welcome one and all, young and old, sentient books and squishy meat beings of any species that somehow are reading my blog, to the grand opening of:

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You are all welcome to join, use my nifty challenge badge on your blog and come up with your own rules related to old books but the official rules for myself are:

  1. The 2 books on each pile that have been there the longest go in the draw. This includes ones which have been on and off the pile due to library due dates and the like. Basically the 2 which have been marked as TBR for the longest are the contenders
  2. In addition to the 2 longest-on-the-pile books, any book (or graphic novel) on any pile which was originally published before the year 2000 also gets entered into the draw
  3. The eligible books from each pile get put in the jar and will be chosen using the current system – when I finish a book the new book will come from the same pile (i.e. if I just finished a library book than I’ll choose a new library book), If I am already reading one from that pile (as is often the case as I read 4-6 at a time and there’s only 4 piles – library; borrowed from friends; books I bought; and graphic novels) the new book will be picked from the pile with the most books
  4. Comic Companion will still be chosen with each new book but they will also be chosen using the above rules
  5. If the chosen book is one of the 2 longest-on-the-pile ones the next oldest will be added to the draw for next time
  6. The challenge goes from the 1st of October to the 31st

    And one more added when it occurred to me that the whole month could go by without me finishing any books:

  7. If at halfway through the month (the 15th)  no books have been chosen, all contenders for all piles (except graphic novels) will be put in the jar and one book will be chosen, plus a comic companion from the green slip contenders

The current contenders for the challenge are:

Books-I-Own-But-Have-Yet-To-Read Pile (Purple Slips)

Longest-On-The-Pile Books:

Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris

gravesurprise

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

the-graveyard-book

Books Published Before 2000:

The Complete Illustrated Lewis Carroll by Lewis Carroll
(Collection published in 2008 but works collected published from 1865)

The Complete Illustrated Lewis Carroll

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962)

a clockwork orange

Carrie by Stephen King (1974)

Carrie

The Shining by Stephen King (1977)

the shining

Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett (1989)

guards guards

Books-Borrowed-From-Libraries Pile (Blue Slips)

Longest-On-The-Pile Books:

Forbidden Fruit by  Kerry Greenwood

forbidden-fruit

Skinlane by Neil Bartlett

skin lane

Books Published Before 2000:

None.

Books-Borrowed-From-Others Pile (Red Slips)

Longest-On-The-Pile Books:

Everville by Clive Barker

everville

Brisingr by Christopher Paolini 

Brisingr

Books Published Before 2000:

The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton  (1994)

The-Laughing-Corpse

Graphic Novels (Green Slips)

Longest-On-The-Pile Books:

Soulless by Gail Carriger (writer) and REM (artist)

soulless manga

 House of Mystery: Room and Boredom (House of Mystery, Volume # 1) by Matthew Sturges and Bill Wilingham (writers), Jill Thompson (penciler), Luca Rossi (inker) and Todd Klein (letterer)

House of Mystery

Star Wars: Captain Midnight/Avatar: The Last Airbender ; Mouse Guard /Rust flip book ; and Molly Danger/Princeless
 
(Free Comic Book Day comics – bonus choice because I have had these as long as House of Boredom)

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Books Published Before 2000:

 The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists by Neil Gaiman (writer),
Kelley JonesMalcolm Jones III
Mike DringenbergMatt WagnerP. Craig Russell,George PrattDick Giordano (artists),
Daniel VozzoSteve Oliff (colourists), and Todd Klein (letterer)
(1992)

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Let the festivities begin! 😀

Stay tuned for updates as the month goes on and until then:

Happy Old Books October!