Culture Consumption: October 2014

September’s list might have been late, but I’m making sure October is RIGHT ON TIME.

Books

34) Perdition by Ann Aguirre
35) Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
36) Motherless Child by Glen Hirshberg
37) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
38) Unexpected Stories by Octavia E. Butler
39) Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi

Short Fiction

39) Hunting Monsters by S.L. Huang
40) In Her Head, In Her Eyes by Yukimi Ogawa
41) Midway Relics and Dying Breeds by Seanan McGuire
42) The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn’t, The Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar by Gail Carriger

Comics

Individual Issues:

American Vampire: Second Cycle #5
Batgirl #35
Black Widow #11
Caliban #7
Coffin Hill #11
Copperhead #2
Lazarus #11
Ms. Marvel #9
Sleepy Hollow #1
The Massive #27
Thor #1
Unwritten: Apocalypse #9
The Walking Dead #132
The Walking Dead #133

Movies

Gone Girl
Occulus


That’s it from me! Also, feel free to share whatever 2014 stats you’ve got! How many books? How many movies? What were your favorites? Lay them on me!

Cheers!

10 thoughts on “Culture Consumption: October 2014

    1. I’m enjoying it, and I really loved hearing about their process during the RocketTalk podcast. I love what they’re doing, and I’d love to be able to submit something to one of their future ventures.

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        1. It’s a really exciting venture. I’ve always liked the Book Smugglers’ model, and I’m always excited when they do something new. I definitely hope other blogs try this route, but lord only knows it’s not easy. I also wonder how they’re able to pay their writers, but I wish them the best. 🙂

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          1. For pay, I’m assuming it’s a combination of money from ads and a personal investment from the Book Smugglers to get things started out. It will be interesting to see if it’s sustainable. The fact that they’re already talking about year two is encouraging at least.

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  1. I don’t think I have read anything on your list this month, though it’s possible I’ve read Me Talk Pretty One Day. I’ve read SOMETHING by David Sedaris, but I can’t remember which book. As you can see, it did not make a lasting impression.

    My list this month is sparse, largely because I’ve joined a second book club and we are reading The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie. It’s a huge, wonderful, complicated book, and it is taking me forever to read. I’m at 60% right now. I will report back next month.

    New books:

    1. Touch, by Michelle Sagara. 4 stars. Book 2 in the Queen of the Dead series. YA paranormal without romance. I liked this book very much, but I liked the first book better.
    2, Wyrd Sisters, by Terry Pratchett. 3.5 stars. For Mark Reads. This is where everyone says the Discworld books start to get good, and I did like it better than the earlier books. It remains not my sense of humor though.
    3. A Perfect Village, by David Schild. 3 stars. Read for my local book club. This is a self-published book by an author local to me. The book is set in a town 5 miles from where I live, and the author’s family owns a grocery store that I regularly shop at. I actually though this was very well done for a self-published book. It was well-written and professionally produced, but it was a type of literary book that I just do not enjoy. I did not want to read about the dysfunctional marriage of the main characters, which is largely what I got. I feel bad about rating it three stars on Goodreads though. My review is the only one up for this book besides the one from the author himself, which makes me feel exposed and like my review is weighted way too heavily.

    Re-reads:

    1. The Ship Who Searched, by Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey. 3 stars. Mercedes Lackey is an author who gets worse on re-reading rather than better, but this remains a comfort read.
    2. Briar’s Book, by Tamora Pierce. 4 stars. Re-read for Mark Reads.

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    1. The thing is, with Goodreads, three stars means you LIKED the book. Four means you REALLY liked it, and five means it’s OMG AWESOME. Two means it’s okay, and 1 means you didn’t like it at all. So three isn’t a bad rating at all, if you’re paying attention to what that means on Goodreads.

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      1. Yeah, I do try to follow those guidelines, and I did basically like this book. I just was not wowed by it and it was out of my normal comfort zone. I still think it is not great press for a book to have only a single review other than the author’s and have that review be a three star one, and I feel mean doing that to the author. But then I remember that reviews are for other readers and not for the author and I post the review anyway. 🙂

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