Reading List: February 2015

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I’m still having a Graphic Book-Binge.

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» Feb 2. 2015

Tank Girl: Apocalypse by Alan Grant.

I HAVE A HUGE CRUSH ON HER! If she was real, I wouldn’t even know what to do with myself. She is just too cool. Attitude, confidence, style, the way she talks – Tank Girl is everything. Maybe not the BEST role model in terms of her alcohol/drug consumption, but her free thinking and fix-shit-up philosophy is something to aspire to. IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE STOP READING THIS AND GO WATCH TANK GIRL!!!
In Apocalypse, Tank Girl gets knocked up by a mutant kangaroo and the world is coming to an end. Grant did a good job satirizing different apocalyptic world views that are still relative. Its pretty much a huge joke about the coming of the END and I was really enjoying the way he poked fun at it. Keep an eye out for the one-legged “messiah”.
She’s pretty groovy!

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» Feb 4.

Sloth by Gilbert Hernandez. Interesting concept with nicely drawn illustrations. I got really confused at the end with the goat … but if I tell you anymore, I’ll ruin it.orochi-umezu

» Feb 5.

Orochi:Blood by Kazuo Umezu. Interesting story about two sisters and a time-drifter who tries to make their lives better. Think jealousy, violence, trickery and abuse. I started the book loving a character but felt like I had betrayed her at the end as my feelings began to change. I finished feeling kind-of confused, but I think it may be the last book in a series… Let me know if you read this! Lets talk about it :]

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The Drifting Classroom Vol 1, 2, 3 & 4 by Kazuo Umezu. The series reminds me of a sci-fi universe where Lord of the Flies meets Battle Royale (the original Hunger Games) and insane desert hallucinations. An elementary school suddenly vanishes from a city in Japan and is teleported to what seems to be a different universe. The teachers all die and the children grades 1-6 are left to fend for themselves, establish a government, and kill a giant sand-millipede(?). This book is crazy. Cool illustrations, psychotic children… but a bit sexist at times. Most of the girls are always downplayed for their roles, shoved aside or are told “you can’t do that, you’re a girl!”  I think he is just narrating their society. Who knows?
After I finish reading this series, I will have read all Umezu books in the Toronto Public Library. laaame.

» Feb 26.

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
Best book ever! If Dolly Wilde was real I would throw a rock at her window and blast Bikini Kill’s Rebel Girl out of a radio, begging her to be my best friend. This book is full of movie/book references, sex, feminism, poverty and british humour in the best way possible. I was laughing and well, I only cried once. The rest of the time I was in happy fits of laughter. :]  People need to read this book especially if you are into 90s rock/punk/alternative music. This book was such a great escape from the  awful February I’ve been having that I refused to put it down and finished it in 2 weeks. Seriously, though. I think girls especially should read this book. This book is REAL.

BajanLove» Feb 27.

Bajan Love  by Arnold F. Ward
Reuben took this collection of short stories from the discard pile at his university’s library. He thought I’d be interested to read it. It was published in 1992 and I had no idea what Bajan was until I saw the advertisements printed in the back of the book. It’s another word for Barbadian! The main themes are universal, but the way the book is written is so rich in culture. The stories are narrated in Barbadian slang and the descriptions of clubs and home environments are like nothing I have experienced. The story Gran Gran really got me.

» Feb 27.

Prevention Food Lover’s Issue.  I had nothing to do while Reuben was studying and read this special edition he picked up last year. Its full of good, healthy food products and information about the situations facing the farming industry.

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