WWWoW – I Now Have Graphic Novels

It’s been awhile since I participated in WWW. It’s a bit late for Wednesday but I’m not sure I’d be able to publish another post the next few days, so let’s get it onnn.


What are you currently reading?

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Learning to Swim by Annie Cosby

Ms. Cosby was kind enough to give me a free copy of the book inexchange for an honest review. I was super stumped when I received an email from her and whooped with joy because, well, I got a free book and an author noticed me ohemgee. 

I’m still a bit mixed about the book, particularly because the MC is another snarling teenager with snarly problemos, but we’ll see how it all turns out. I’m not a big fan of the cover though.

 

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

You know these guys. It’s a free ebook I downloaded in my tablet and reading it was a spur-of-the-moment-thing. Loving it so far, still not know what to think about, but it’s hard not to like it, so, I guess it’s okay.

 

 

And since I’m earning a bit, I am now able to buy graphic novels and not just stare at them whenever I pass a bookstore. It’s become my recent practice to buy one graphic novel each month and the investment is totally worth it. The first thing I bought when I got my salary was Through the Woods by Emily Carroll, which I recently finished reading. The next are these wonderful graphic novels:

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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, adapted by Nancy Butler

Let me just say that I have never read Sense and Sensibility before, but I could see how difficult it would be to translate the novel or any of Austen’s works visually, and in this case, into a graphic novel. As expected, the graphic novel adaptation is wordy and a bit dull for a comic, but it’s nice to see the characters pop-out from the pages and the warm colors are nice to look at. The artist wanted to keep the adaptation faithful to Austen’s novel so I think it’s a good medium for those who want to try out Austen without having to pick through numerous details.

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Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton

I love Beaton’s comics. I still check them out and read them over and over again on her website during breaks. They always make my day. Getting a physical copy of her works was a relief because I could now read them at home anytime I want. Why I bought the second book, I don’t know. 

 


What did you recently finished reading?

I have finished quite a lot of books this from last month to today. While reading inside jeepneys isn’t really easy, it does pay off and I’m able to cover a bunch of books. Here are a few I’ve finished these past weeks.

They’re all pretty good 😉 The Stranger made me ponder, Through the Woods amused my twisted side, The Last Wish was an adventure, Anansi Boys was the funniest book I have read for awhile and The Most Dangerous Game was a short but action-packed read that kept me awake on travel. Here’s my review for The Stranger.


Waiting on Wednesdays

Okay. I decided to put WWW and WOW together since I couldn’t follow-up with the books that I intend to read. Something always comes up that deems far more important to read, so, instead, I’ll post here the books I want to read.

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Sockpuppet by Matthew Blakstad

Twitter. Facebook. Whatsapp. Google Maps. Every day you share everything about yourself – where you go, what you eat, what you buy, what you think – online. Sometimes you do it on purpose. Usually you do it without even realizing it. At the end of the day, everything from your shoe-size to your credit limit is out there. Your greatest joys, your darkest moments. Your deepest secrets.

If someone wants to know everything about you, all they have to do is look.

But what happens when someone starts spilling state secrets? For politician Bethany Lehrer and programmer Danielle Farr, that’s not just an interesting thought-experiment. An online celebrity called sic_girl has started telling the world too much about Bethany and Dani, from their jobs and lives to their most intimate secrets. There’s just one problem: sic_girl doesn’t exist. She’s an construct, a program used to test code. Now Dani and Bethany must race against the clock to find out who’s controlling sic_girl and why… before she destroys the privacy of everyone in the UK. Expected publication: May 19, 2016

When was the last time I have read a book that incorporates social media and popular technology? Zilch. I cringe everytime I read Facebook on a book. Something’s so cold and unbelievable about that word. Hex did this a lot. I mean, A LOT, it practically smashed the word on my face, and it drove me away despite its promise.

We’ll just have to see how Sockpuppet does its thing. Will it slap me with internet slang, social media apps, iphones and selfies for the sake of proving a point? Or will it be an awesome book about the consequences of science and technology, with an actual story to prove that point? Am I expounding too much? 

Sockpuppet is book one of the Martingale Series. We seem to have politics in the mix so it looks interesting enough.


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