I know how cranky I sound, and it's really terrible because this first week at school's been kind of a delight. I've got two sections of a lecture class this term and I've been all but vibrating with excitement about them. So yeah, I sound like an ungrateful, angry mess. Excuse me as I roll my eyes at myself.
/edit 2:41, the next day: just got home from a nice walk with mum. feel less like cat whose fur was brushed the wrong way. that's good, I suppose. Pope has also arrived and mum and I poked around the limits of the barricades in the Taft area just because we could. Taft seems like a different creature.
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis has been on my radar for quite a while now. I've long been a fan of Stevenson's work and ideas, so I had high hopes for this book. The comic is delightful. Dialogue's snappy, and the character design's is amazing. Everyone and everything is adorable. One of them has a racoon familiar that doubles as a hat. The art's pretty but doesn't flow quite right sometimes, and the panelling doesn't quite do it for me, so that did impede my enjoyment a bit. It's a solid read though, and I'm definitely going to keep following the series to wherever it intends to go (and with all the elements it's got up in the air right now, that could literally be anywhere).
The Fifth Beatle by Vivek Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker made me cry. No shame at all. I could have done with a longer book, like a chunk of it in the middle really breezed by because they gave us the graphic novel version of a high-speed montage, but otherwise I really enjoyed and was moved by it. (I'm sure that Epstein would have loved a longer life as well, let alone a happy one, but oh dear.) I have to admit that I hadn't even heard of Brian Epstein until I got to read this, but the treatment of his life story was very loving and it made me feel very invested in him in a very short time.
The Providence of Fire (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #2) by Brian Staveley is a definitely subverted expectations. It's literally only the second novel in the series, and it's pretty much an exercise on how quickly things can turn on a dime, and how apparently, you can trust absolutely no-one. You can't hate anyone either (okay fine, Balendin) because you have no idea what anyone is doing. As soon as you think that you've cottoned on to someone's motivations, they'll pour out their bloody backstory and your theory won't hold any water. Staveley has thoroughly hooked me. There's less of issue re: pacing, but that's still there, unfortunately. And now I've got to wait until 2016 for the next novel :C
Firefight (Reckoners #2) by Brandon Sanderson
The Just City (Thessaly #1) by Jo Walton
Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
Off to be the Wizard (Magic 2.0 #1) by Scott Meyer
2. Fortune's Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach
3. The Witch Queen (Fern Capel #3) by Jan Siegl
4. Sous Chef by Michael Gibney
5. Dancer by Colum McCann
6. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
7. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
8. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
9. Milk: the Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages by Anne Mendelson
10. Red Shirts by John Scalzi
11. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything by Col. Chris Hadfield
12. Waking the Merrow by Heather Rigney
13. A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
14. Fulgrim (Horus Heresy #5) by Graham McNeill
15. The Master & Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
16. Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
17. Dawn (Xenogenesis #1) by Octavia Butler
18. Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #1) by Steven Erikson
19. Diaspora by Greg Egan
20. Abarat: Days of Magic Nights of War (Abarat #2) by Clive Barker