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March 2nd, 2015

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09:15 pm - Books read February
Only three... must have been slacking.

The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Dark of Deep Below
Patrick Rothfuss (words) and Nate Taylor (art)
Subterranean Press, 2013
Just as with the first "Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle", this is note a children's book. It IS a lot mellower than the original. Also longer. This one has a genuinely happy ending, with only a little gore and fewer creepy moments than the first. Having said all that... I don't think I liked it as much as the first book. It lacked the oomph.

The Antelope Wife
Louise Erdrich
HarperFlamingo, 1998
I think this is one of a series of connected novels involving a couple Native American families living in Minnesota. I've read "The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse" and really liked it. This is the second of her novels that I've read. It read like magic realism for North America. I should read more of her work.

Mat Johnson (story) and Warren Pleece (art)
Vertigo, 2008
"Incognegro" refers to a light-skinned black-identified person passing as white. One example is Walter Francis White, who passed as white to investigate lynchings in the 30s. This is the fictional story of Zane Pinchback, a reporter for a New York newspaper whose articles investigating lynchings are beginning to be syndicated even to white papers. He's sent to investigate his own brother who is about to be lynched. The double crosses pile up and the deep secrets are revealed until everything is finally straightened out. This book reveals a lot about this period of American history. It's only by facing this history that we can transcend it.

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Date:March 3rd, 2015 12:09 pm (UTC)
Incongranego sounds good but emotional. You're right that we have to face it, Luke.
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Date:March 3rd, 2015 04:57 pm (UTC)
It was pretty intense, but well worth reading. And it has a happy ending!
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Date:March 3rd, 2015 02:09 pm (UTC)
The last two books on your list look interesting, have made a note of them.
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Date:March 3rd, 2015 04:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, very worthwhile.
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Date:March 3rd, 2015 09:06 pm (UTC)
I've read two novels by Erdrich. It's been so long (probably the late '80s) that I can't remember for sure, but I believe it was her first two: Love Medicine and The Beet Queen. Again, the memories may not be trustworthy, but what they tell me is that I was blown away by Love Medicine while finding The Beet Queen good but not great.
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Date:March 4th, 2015 05:24 am (UTC)
Maybe if I ever get caught up on my library reading I'll read all the Louise Erdrich in order. Hah!

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