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The Vintage Caper

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The Vintage Caper by Peter Mayle Published: 2009 Series: Sam Levitt #1 Length: 223 pages I love Peter Mayle’s Provence books, where he details his life after moving there from England. He apparently also has a series of detective novels that focus on food and wine, a combination of two things I enjoy quite a bit, so I thought I’d… Read more »

Kaijumax, Season 1

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Kaijumax, Season 1 by Zander Cannon Format: Trade Paperback Illustrated by: Zander Cannon Series: Kaijumax #1 Publisher: Oni Press Published: 2016 Length: 168 pages Last year, while attending PAX West, we dropped by the Oni Press booth. They had some discounted comics for sale, and since I’ve only read their Bryan Lee O’Malley books, most of it was new to… Read more »

Fool’s Quest

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Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb Published: 2015 Series: The Fitz and The Fool, #2 Length: 768 pages I’m so happy to have gotten back into reading Robin Hobb. I’m spreading the books out, partly because they’re quite chunky and partly because I don’t really want this story to come to an end. I’ll console myself with the fact that I… Read more »

January in Review

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Books Acquired: Irredeemable, Vol. 3 by Mark Waid Irredeemable, Vol. 4 by Mark Waid Ayoade on Ayoade by Richard Ayoade The Photographer’s Eye by Michael Freeman Books Read: Morning Star by Pierce Brown Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb Kaijumax, Season 1 by Zander Cannon The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark It’s been a decent start to the… Read more »

Morning Star

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Morning Star by Pierce Brown Published: 2016 Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds Series: Red Rising #3 Length: 21:50 (524 pages) This is the third novel in the Red Rising trilogy, and I thought it came to a very satisfying conclusion. Brown is apparently planning a follow-up trilogy, one that will follow new characters living with the result of this story,… Read more »

Sex Criminals, Vol. 3: Three the Hard Way

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Sex Criminals, Volume Three: Three the Hard Way by Matt Fraction Illustrated by: Chip Zdarsky Series: Sex Criminals #3 Published: 2016 Publisher: Image Comics Length: 160 pages Collects: issues #11-15 When I was skimming reviews before purchasing this, I saw that they were generally less enthusiastic than the last two volumes, but I seem to be having the opposite experience… Read more »

Born a Crime

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Born a Crime by Trevor Noah Published: 2016 Narrated by: Trevor Noah Length: 08:50 (224 pages) I never sit down and watch The Daily Show, but over the years I have seen quite a lot from people just sharing the videos. Since Trevor Noah took over, very few clips have made their way to me, so I wonder how well… Read more »

The Thirty-Nine Steps

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The 39 Steps by John Buchan Published: 1915 Narrated by: David Thorn Series: Richard Hannay #1 Length: 04:10 (100 pages) I think I first heard of this while browsing lists of classic Scottish literature. It’s referred to as one of the earliest spy novels, a man-on-the-run thriller really, in which an ordinary man finds himself wrapped up in an international… Read more »

Ballistics: Poems

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Ballistics: Poems by Billy Collins Published: 2010 Length: 113 pages After reading Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, Billy Collins stuck in my head as someone to further explore. I enjoyed his poem The Lanyard, which was J.J. Abrams’ choice for the collection, but I also really liked Collins’ choice, Bedecked by Victoria Redel. He was the Poet Laureate of… Read more »