D.C.: Is it Still Swag if you Pay for It?

febrero 27, 2012 at 11:28 am (Comic Books, I am what I buy, Random Lists, Reviews, Stuff, Things that make me froth) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

One of the reasons I was super-excited about going on my trip to DC was because, with Borders gone, Puerto Rico has had no major bookstore, meaning that there was no way to get stuff like Pratchett or Bujold without relying on Amazon, which isn’t particularly .  While the situation with comic books isn’t as dire–Metro Comics, PR’s biggest comic book shop, generally satisfies my needs–it’s still good to head outside once in a while to fill in any gaps (for example, I was looking for copies of Berserk Vol. 35 and Brodie’s Ghost Vol. 2., neither which I found. ;_; ), which means that I was glad for the chance to go visit another store.  So, three days and approximately $100 later, this is what I bought:

  • Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, by Melissa V. Harris-Perry: I’ve had my eye on this book ever since Harris-Perry started promoting it, and from what I’ve read so far, it does not disappoint, being informative
  • The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle: I’ve always loved the movie version of Unicorn; unfortunately, getting the book is one of those things that I never quite manage to remember to do, and something that probably wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t seen a copy while browsing for something else.  I’m super-excited to read it.
  • I Am America (And So Can You), by Stephen T. Colbert, others: Found in the discount racks, and so I quickly picked it up.  Colbert can be a tad predictable, and this is especially so here, where there’s no room for improv, but it’s still fun.
  • Thud! by Terry Pratchett: It’s a Pratchett Squad book, which means it’s always a good time.  I really didn’t like the subplots involving Angua and Sally though–not only am I way tired of “women in the workplace can’t be friends” trope, I don’t like how they meddled in Tawneee’s relationship with Nobby.  It’s none of their business.

As for comic books, my list looks something like this:

  • TMNT (Vol. 6) (IDW) #7: I’d given up on the comic after the first arc, and returned for a bit to see what was being done with Krang, one of my favorite characters from the original cartoon.  It still doesn’t catch my attention.
  • Polly and the Pirates Vol. 2: I’d run into the first volume of this graphic novel series at Metro Comics, and  bought it on the strength of the cover, which made it seem like The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, if The Wind Waker had starred a girl.  It is utterly and completely charming, and I was gobsmacked when I found a second volume.  Haven’t read it yet, but when I do, I’ll probably review it.
  • Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 5: Lone Goat and Kid: Stan Sakai is like the comic book version of Pratchett, regularly crafting UY comics with a shockingly consistent level of quality for the past 25+ years.  This volume does not disappoint, and happens to feature not only the introduction to the Lone Goat and Kid (a riff on the Japanese Lone Wolf and Cub story), but also what is my personal favorite moment involving the “Kid” half of that equation. Also, with this volume I know have all but the most recent of the UY collections, so I am finally completely caught up, more or less.
  • Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan: I bought this for dad’s birthday as gift, so don’t tell him, ‘kay?

Surprise “I can’t believe I forgot this” (actually, I totally can) edit!:

  • Castle Waiting Vol. 2, by Linda Medley: I bought the first volume of Castle Waiting some years back after hearing Paul O’Brien speak complimentary about the series, and I found it to be an excellent read.  It’s hard to do a work where the mundane is made interesting, and she did it rather effortlessly.  It is totally on the top 3 series I’d recommend for people who are tired of standard (read: super-hero) comic books.  We’ll see how Volume 2 pans out.

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No longer on my own.

mayo 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm (Random Lists, Stuff) (, , , )

In a few hours, my parents will return from their Caribbean cruise, and my one week as the sole human in the house will end. It’s been an odd week, and I’m not sure what lessons I should take from it. Things I’ve noticed:

1) I can totes get prepared and ready to leave for school by 7:00 a.m.

2) I apparently have a blind spot when it comes to my brother’s girlfriend, and will easily forget past interactions with her.

3) Overt religiosity (say, for example, a visible rosary) will not prevent me from being attracted to someone.  Should have asked her out, even if I’d just met her.  Worst case scenario, she says no, we never see each other again (we met on a train station I very rarely take).

4)  Being alone will not curb my internet addiction.  I really must try getting a typewriter some day.

5) I am apparently willing to sell my (non-existent) soul if it’ll get me out of here.  Also, working for Andrew Sullivan now feels like selling out.

6) No response yet on the Princeton Review count, although I’ve been assured that I am still being considered.  I really hope it happens.

7) Also no response on my appeal for reconsideration regarding the Translation Program at the University.  Does not bode well.

8) I’ve totally screwed myself when it comes to my special education class, and it appears I won’t be able to get the necessary six hours of observation before the deadline.  Now my options are either dropping out (which would make this the second class where I’ve done so this semester) or taking the grade hit and hoping I still have enough to get a C (not likely).

9) Existential dread level: 6  (out of 10)

10) My Arthurian lit professor gave my essay a provisional A (pending revisions), which, given how rushed it was and how good he usually is, strikes me as disappointing.  Also, his handwriting is officially less understandable than Japanese.

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