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Oh 2008! It's been an interesting year so far, but one in which I've pretty much failed at LJ-ing (it's terrible, I know, lol). But I'm trying to remedy that and post more often. The new Macbook I just got is making me motivated. I've got a few fics in the works (two Bruce/Dick, one Bruce/Clark featuring a Sandman character) that might actually see the light of day. Early next week I plan on starting a monthly "Random Panel" challenge, writing ficlets based on a random comics panel from the interwebz or my digital comics collection. Anyone can participate if they feel so inclined :)

But today, I bring book reviews!

Better Late Than Never:

Y: The Last Man

If you haven’t read this series you should start. Like, right now. I decided to start reading the trades since the series officially ended earlier this year. The basic premise is that a freak plague wipes out everything on the planet with a Y chromosome… except for 22-year-old Yorrick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand. His mother’s a congresswoman trying to help rebuild the government. His sister gets taken in by the violent, cultish “Daughters of the Amazon” and his girlfriend may or may not still be alive somewhere in the Australian Outback. But the best part is that he travels around with two kickass ladies: Agent 355 of the mysterious “Culper Ring" and Dr. Allison Mann, the biochemist whose cloning research might just save the world… if they can make it to her lab.

Aside from the intriguing premise, it also has very interesting, complex characters and great storytelling overall (both in Brian K. Vaughan’s words and Pia Guerra’s art). And a great blend of humor and social commentary that doesn’t feel forced. This is the 3rd Vertigo series I’ve really gotten into (the others being Sandman and Fables) and it does not disappoint. I highly recommend it.



Re-reading:

Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics by Sasha Cagen
I actually read this book a few years ago, but reading these excellent recs from [profile] jen_in_japan made me want to pick this one up again. A term she coined after spending New Year's with some like-minded (and single) female friends, a quirkyalone is....

"a person who enjoys being single (but is not opposed to being in a relationship) and generally prefers to be alone rather than date for the sake of being in a couple. With unique traits and an optimistic spirit; a sensibility that transcends relationship status..."


Which is pretty much me to a T :) And sometimes I like to think of Bruce and Clark that way (especially the more social, non-psycho versions of Bruce).

Aside from your basic quirkyalones, she also talks about quirkytogethers (quirkyalones who find love) and quirkysluts (quirkyalones who still have high standards for a relationship, but not so much for a weekend encounter). In the U.S., I think there's a huge cultural pressure to be a part of a couple, especially for women.I really like this book because it challenges the idea of one person being able to fulfill all of your needs and the idea that you're not a "real" or valuable person unless you're part of a couple. We also need room to value the other relationships, and goals, and activities that give our lives meaning. The layout is fun and almost zine-like, plus there are fun mini-profiles of quirkyalones sprinkled throughout it. Quirkyalone is a very enjoyable book, especially for anyone who's sick of being asked "Why aren't you married yet?"
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