So far this summer I have read the first two volumes of Jeff Smith's Bone. My friend Bill Beechler frequently lists Bone as one of his favorite series to hand to potential comic-book readers. According to the Scholastic blurb more than 1 million Bone books have been sold. Because I have liked several other series recommended to me by Doc Beechler (like True Story Swear to God by Tom Beland and Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan), earlier this summer I looked at our library system's catalog and found that they have about 12 volumes of the Bone available. So I have been requesting them a rate of about one a week. I finally got volume 3 this afternoon. I am really excited about the series. It has defied my expectations so far. I find it tender, funny and exciting. I really enjoyed the humor for beginning, the dragon, and the fantasy valley setting but when they introduced Thorn (human girl) at first I was disappointed because I knew that I don't like stories where small anthropomorphic funny creatures fall in love with pretty human girls(bad, bad memories of the Howard the Duck Film)and Fone Bone clearly had a crush on Thorn, I also resented that were leaving behind the woodland setting.
But I kept on reading and I have absolutely fallen with Thorn's Grandma Rose. She is just a fantastic character that you don't often see in comics, tough old broad, that can take on forest full of rat-like monsters or race cows in the most matter of fact manner.
I know eager look forward to each volume, and I will probably buy series at some point for the girls to enjoy as they get older.
The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue has come up on several podcast I have listened to on NPR this year. I listen to the NPR: Books Podcast, which is weekly collection of interviews and radio essays on books, authors and the publish industry. Since it collects stories from most of NPR's shows, there can sometimes some very similar stories grouped together. I know that in the matter of three weeks I heard at least 3 stories where this book was mentioned. I believe the first one was a interview with a independent bookseller where she talked about her favorite novels by rookie novelists. Later I heard a essay about Amazon.com book reviewers, and how they had pushed the Stolen Child up the chart despite the book being ignored by traditional print-media reviewers, called Upon Further Review. The three stories made me file the title in the back of my mind as something I should consider looking at in the future. I like stories where myths and the modern world mingle. One of my favorite comic books is called Fables where characters of fairy tales and myth live in secret in our mundy world refugees escaping the conquering armies of the Adversary. Neil Gaiman's American Gods is one of my favorite novels. So if The Stolen Child lives up to it is first chapter where the changeling that took Henry Day's place and began to live his life ask not be called a fairy and explains the etymological reasons why, I might have a hard time putting this book down.
The last book in my bedside table is Queen bee moms & kingpin dads : coping with the parents, teachers, coaches, and counselors who can make--or break--your child's life / I had heard of Rosalind Wiseman's previous book, Queen bees and wannabes : helping your daughter survive cliques, gossip, boyfriends, and other realities of adolescence on which the movie Mean Girls was based on. Aay is starting school in the fall but I have already been playing in the minefield that is inter-parent relationships for the last two years, ever since Aay started gymnastics. Wiseman hopes to deconstruct some of the behavioral patterns and roles parents fall into when dealing with each other as parents. I think I am doing fairly well in the parent game, since I am trying to play it the same way I played high school, by not excluding anyone and by not trying to hide who I am. Nevertheless this book might give me insight on the adult cliques and snits that I might encounter. While the book is trying to stand-alone I have been a bit overwhelmed in the first chapter as she seems to use a lot of jargon that I might grasp better if I had read her first book. I want to read it because I know I will have to deal with some of difficult situations in the future, like bullying and conflict management with a teacher or other authority figure and I want to go in well prepared. I'll report back if I decide to abandoned this one till I read the first.