Tag: house of anansi press

Shelf Life: July 2013It’s summer. Traditionally a time for beach reading, fluff reading, right? This is how I’m justifying all the comics and manga to myself, anyway. Judge ye not, etc.

Spike: Asylum87. Spike: Asylum, by Brian Lynch
(IDW Publishing, 2007)

Brian Lynch has a terrible habit of over-explaining things both within the comics themselves, and then going over every obvious plot point and allusion yet again in the back pages of the graphic novel. I don’t know why he does this, and I really wish he’d stop. Somehow he missed the “show, don’t tell” lesson of story showing 101.

Anyway, Spike falls for an obvious deception and makes friends in an asylum claiming to cure supernatural beings. It’s all very silly, and not in the fun way that Shadow Puppets almost manages to pull off.

Shelf Life: June 2013 Another month, another eclectic mix.

In Search of Duende, by Federico García Lorca74. In Search of Duende, by Federico García Lorca
(New Directions, 2010)

A combination of poetry, and essays which felt a bit over my head. This probably shouldn’t have been my first introduction to Lorca.

75. Gwendolyn MacEwan, Vol 2, by Gwendolyn MacEwan
(Exile Editions, 2001)

This series of short, reasonably priced books serve as an introduction to MacEwan’s work, with poetry, prose poems, and novel excerpts.

The introductory essays to each book are also great, very helpful in situating those unfamiliar with her work on MacEwan’s place in the Canadian poetry scene.

Shelf Life: May 2013

TCAF was in May, and I came out of it with a few comics, and a desire to read lots more.

Spike, The Complete Series, by Brian Lynch61. Spike: The Complete Series, by Brian Lynch
(IDW Publishing, 2012)

While Spike was my favourite character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the television series), he’s lost something in the comic. Lynch seems intent on making him a male fantasy of a sex symbol, rather than exploring the complex background depicted in the later seasons of Buffy and Angel. It’s a shame. Even so, it was…interesting to see how Spike came to be king of a steampunk spaceship piloted by giant cockroaches.

62. Testament, by Dennis Lee
(House of Anansi Press, 2012)

Shelf Life: April 2013

April was Poetry Month, and I did get in some poetry, but also quiet a few graphic novels.

The Metaphysician in the Dark, by Charles Simic42. The Metaphysician in the Dark, by Charles Simic
(University of Michigan Press, 2003)

43. Far to Go, by Alison Pick
(House of Anansi, 2010)

44. In Reliquary, by Daryl Hine
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2013)

45. Are You My Mother?, by Alison Bechdel
(Mariner Books, 2012)

I loved Fun Home, but the pacing in Are You My Mother? seemed off, and oddly circular. Perhaps that’s the difficulty in writing about a parent who’s still alive, and suggested input from the side, however indirectly.

Shelf Life: December 2012

Last Shelf Life of 2012. Gonna be brief.

Sunset Park, by Paul Auster154. Sunset Park, by Paul Auster
(Henry Holt and Co., 2010)

I’d never read Auster before, but I’ve heard good things. Perhaps this wasn’t the best introduction. I found Sunset Park to be very disjointed and there were too many pointless references to baseball. I couldn’t get into it.

155. The City and the Pillar, by Gore Vidal
(Abacus Books, 1948, 1997)

A classic of gay literature, it tracks Jim’s dawning awareness and acceptance of his sexuality, exploring the different scenes available to gay men in the 40’s and 50’s.