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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: 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)

July’s reading consisted largely of fiction, poetry, literary criticism, and comics. By the end of the month I’d reached 100 books read in 2012.

82. Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen
(Picador, 2010)

Huh. This is the second month I’ve entered this year reading Jonathan Frazen. I have no idea why. It’s not intentional.

Like The Corrections, it’s a sprawling family epic that tries to cover more social issues than a can be comfortably handled in a single novel, even a longish one such as this. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, environmentalism, feminist and racial politics, infidelity, complex relationships between parents and children – at times it becomes overly preachy (even when I sympathize with the positions expressed) and at others, not enough depth is given to fully realize the characters or scenes.

83. The Fetch, by Nico Rogers
(Brick Books, 2010)

What a lovely first name, and what a gorgeously rich first collection. I had the pleasure of hearing Rogers read a couple of years ago at the Art Bar, and couldn’t pass this up when I came across it again in the bookstore.

These prose poems are drawn from interviews with Newfoundland enders and research from regional archives and museums. They’re brilliantly executed snapshots of people and situations communicated in Newfoundland’s unique dialect, aided in part by the Dictionary of Newfoundland English.

A mixed bag of poetry, graphic novels, non-graphic novels, literary criticism and other non-fiction.

66. Selected Poems, by Robert Bringhurst
(Gaspereau Press, 2009)

I haven’t read Bringhurst before, but this collection was recommended to me. It contains selected poems from several other works. Philosophy and a wandering geography, from Japan to the Middle East and elsewhere, I’m not sure I was up to some of these poems, but I’d like to see more. This is a collection I can see myself coming back to again, and again.

67. The Giant Seed, by Arthur Geisert
(Enchanted Lion Books, 2012)

A wordless children’s book featuring a town of tiny pigs, whose homes are destroyed due to a volcanic eruption.  They fly away to safety on giant seeds.