Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.
Grabbed plenty of picture books, and even some back issues of kids magazines, this week. And also roamed the comics and graphic novel shelves upstairs for a bit. I’ve decided to jump in and do some Reading this weekend during the #24in48 Readathon! It’s highly unlikely that it will be 24. Or even 12. (Insert excuses here, which include the fact that after recovering from a cough, I now have caught a cold. Plus my kids still are coughing. Oh and did I mention that I have kids? Two little boys whose idea of fun is running around and throwing things. Well sometimes they might sit down and flip through some books for a bit before going back to running and jumping and wrestling. See bottom of post for books I hope to amuse them with this weekend!)
Loyola Chin and the San Peligran Order – Gene Yang
Did not know this was a sequel! Will have to see if it makes sense without reading the first!
In this sequel to Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, high school sopomore Loyola Chin meets the mysterious Saint Danger in one of her many food induced dreams. The two strike up a friendship which leads to something entirely beyond Loyola’s imagination.
Displacement: a travelogue – Lucy Knisley
While I really did like Knisley’s Relish, I wasn’t all that fond of French Milk, so I’m wondering what I’ll think of this one.
In her graphic memoirs, New York Times-best selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley paints a warts-and-all portrait of contemporary, twentysomething womanhood, like writer Lena Dunham (Girls). In the next installment of her graphic travelogue series, Displacement, Knisley volunteers to watch over her ailing grandparents on a cruise. (The book s watercolors evoke the ocean that surrounds them.) In a book that is part graphic memoir, part travelogue, and part family history, Knisley not only tries to connect with her grandparents, but to reconcile their younger and older selves. She is aided in her quest by her grandfather s WWII memoir, which is excerpted. Readers will identify with Knisley s frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents frailty.”
SuperMutant Magic Academy – Jillian Tamaki
Ok so I got this for that title. And for Jillian Tamaki, who illustrated This One Summer.
The New York Times and New Yorker illustrator Jillian Tamaki is best known for co-creating the award-winning young adult graphic novels Skim and This One Summer—moody and atmospheric bestsellers. SuperMutant Magic Academy, which she has been serializing online for the past four years, paints a teenaged world filled with just as much ennui and uncertainty, but also with a sharp dose of humor and irreverence. Tamaki deftly plays superhero and high-school Hollywood tropes against what adolescence is really like: The SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep school for mutants and witches, but their paranormal abilities take a backseat to everyday teen concerns.
Science experiments go awry, bake sales are upstaged, and the new kid at school is a cat who will determine the course of human destiny. In one strip, lizard-headed Trixie frets about her nonexistent modeling career; in another, the immortal Everlasting Boy tries to escape this mortal coil to no avail. Throughout it all, closeted Marsha obsesses about her unrequited crush, the cat-eared Wendy. Whether the magic is mundane or miraculous, Tamaki’s jokes are precise and devastating.
Dial H: Volume 1, Into you – China Mieville, writer ; Mateus Santolouco, David Lapham, Riccardo Burchielli, artists ; Tanya & Richard Horie, colorists ; Steve Wands, letterer ; Brian Bolland, collection & original series cover artist
Hadn’t heard of this before, but when I saw China Mieville, I had to pick it up.
Hugo Award-winning novelist China Miéville breathes new life into a classic DC Comics series as part of the second wave of DC Comics – The New 52.
In the small run-down town of Littleville, CO, a troubled young man stumbles upon the lost H-Dial and all of the secrets and power it possesses. It has been many years since the H-Dial has been seen, though legions of villains have been scouring the globe looking for it and its ability to transform users into a variety of superheros and take on their powers and psyches.
Will our hero be able to harness the power of the H-Dial and protect it from falling into the hands of evil? Will this newfound power plunge our hero to madness? And will we ever discover where the H-Dial came from and its true meaning?
Birds of Prey: End Run – Gail Simon, Ed Benes, Adriana Melo , Alvin Lee
Another one I hadn’t heard of. This one I also picked up upon recognising a name – Gail Simone, whose Red Sonja I read last year.
Soaring out of BRIGHTEST DAY, the Birds of Prey are back!Oracle, Black Canary, Huntress and Lady Blackhawk all return to Gotham City, where they belong – and they’ve brought a couple of new friends (or are they foes?) along with them.
The Birds of Prey are forced to ally themselves with the worst of Gotham City’s mega-criminals while they struggle to save his life from the unspeakable horror that hunts them all. Pursued by an unstoppable killer, the Birds are forced to run a gauntlet of insane gang members and corrupt cops out to kill them while trying to keep a teammate alive
The two-year-old immediately declared: “this is MY train book and MY Thomas book!”
Have you read any of these? What did you think of them?
I’m going to venture a guess that you’ll really like Displacement. And I have to say, her new one coming out in March, Something New, is definitely on par with Relish. Just lovely. Enjoy your graphic novels! I have lots and lots of singles waiting on my e-reader, and I’ll be diving into Y: The Last Man for sure.
I’m surprised you get any reading done at all if you have two running, jumping bundles of energy around.
My second son really liked the Putter and Tabby books; I remember the Race one. The comics looked good as well. Enjoy your loot!
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