What I Read in October
|December 26, 2014||Posted by Jess under Books, Comics, Disney|
Week Forty (October 5-11): Koko Be Good by Jen Wang. Jon is ready to pack up his whole life and move to Peru to support his girlfriend’s humanitarian efforts when he meets Koko, a high-octane troublemaker who, inspired by Jon’s example, decides to devote herself to “being good.” Naturally, chaos ensues. I’ve been a fan of Jen Wang’s art for something like a decade – I used to read an old webcomic of hers in college – and so I pretty much bought this to gaze at the artwork. The story was fine and the characters were engaging enough, but mostly I just spent this book enraptured by the way Wang draws eyes and hands and expressions and everything else. It’s an absolutely visually stunning piece of work.
Week Forty-One (October 12-18): The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan. For the past five years, Sebastian has gained both respect and infamy as one of England’s foremost thinkers for his work on inherited traits in plants. However, it’s not his work – it’s his dear friend Violet’s, and even though he loves her, he can’t keep up the charade anymore. Meanwhile, Violet must grapple with not just her fear of being exposed, but of what would happen if she let herself return Sebastian’s feelings. As I’m discovering is a trend for me with Milan, I was more interested in the non-romance elements of the plot – Violet’s work, their awful siblings, etc. There’s also kind of a weird element where Sebastian stood by Violet throughout her awful marriage and that’s supposed to be him being heroic – but he also thought she was being abused (she was, thought not in the way he thought) and he didn’t, uh, actually do anything about it or anything. But Violet’s mom was awesome, so there’s that.
Week Forty-Two (October 19-25): Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck, “The Son of the Son”: The Don Rosa Library, Vol 1 by Don Rosa. I wrote about this over at Panels, but suffice to say it’s great and you should buy it immediately. #DUCKS
Week Forty-Three (October 26-November 1): Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix. In this regency-pastiche fantasy novella, Lady Truthful Newington must retrieve the powerful Newington Emerald after it’s stolen by a malignant sorcerer – but to do so, she’ll have to dress as a boy, face off against bloodthirsty villains, and maybe even fall in love. This was super cute and the worldbuilding was delightful, but the pacing seemed off – the second half in particular dragged, with Truthful stuck in a frustratingly passive role. Alas!