I got more reading done yesterday than I thought I would. I started two hours late. I took a two hour nap. I quit reading 7 hours early. So…for a 24 hour read-a-thon, I really only read for 13 hours – and for most of those 13 hours, my kids were up and asking me to do things for them (“What do you mean ‘lunch’?! Mommy is reading!”). I really don’t know how many hours I truly read, but I still managed to get some decent pages in.
This is what I read:
The Cute Girl Network - MK Reed, Greg Means, Joe Flood
Review copy provided by First Second Books
I kind of (totally) hate the name of this comic, and my four stars are only mine (I really don’t know that it would resonate much with anyone else), but the story told here is much like mine with my husband (and that has a mostly-happily-ever-after, so…).
Girl moves to town, meets silly and sweet boy that doesn’t treat her like an accessory to boost his cred, enjoys dating him, but finds out that he’s got a gaggle of angry exes who think he screwed them over. Said angry exes are all part of “The Network,” which exists for the sole purpose of making sure no girl ever dates anyone again? No, but really, they all get together and dish on what poor schlubs did that might have caused their breakups so “fair warning” to the new girl.
Whatever. Because people don’t ever grow up, right?
Anyway, this was pretty sweet and (as I said), the story was kind of a funhouse mirror held up to my own courtship, so I enjoyed the hour I spent reading it.
‘ware swearing and fornicating.
Once Upon a Crime – Michael Buckley
I’m still a little angry because the cover of this book kind of gives away the end of the book – or, if not the end, then the climax. Based on that, it was super easy to figure out who did what to whom. [shrug] As I’ve said about these books before, they’re definitely for kids but still fun for adults. My 13y/o is totally done with the series and is kind of annoyed with me for not having finished, so that’s something I’ll have to work on catching up with soon.
Daphne, Sabrina, Granny, Mr Canis and the former sheriff of Ferryport Landing head to NYC to visit the faeries and see if they can help heal [REDACTED]. While there, [REDACTED] is murdered and the Grimm family is tasked with finding the murderer.
Like I mentioned, the cover gave much away but even if it hadn’t, I still turned to 13y/o and said “So it was [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] that did it, right?” But he was not really paying attention since I was talking about this instead of Doctor Who and just gave me that “I know, but I’m not telling” look that he excels at.
This was cute, but I liked the previous book a lot more. It was very weird to have something not set in Ferryport Landing at ALL, and I kind of missed it. NYC was nice to visit, but I’m glad we’re not staying there for long.
Maximum Minimum Wage – Bob Fingerman
Review copy provided by Image Comics
I read a few issues of Minimum Wage many moons ago cos my friend R was a fan. This is pretty cool, the entire run not only consolidated in one book BUT ALSO revamped and reworked art, including the original art. Lots of really cool extras (all the original cover art, a script for another book that was never drawn or published) and an introduction written by Robert Kirkman.
Minimum Wage follows freelance artist Rob (he doesn’t do much work he’s proud of, mostly porno comics and send ups for a fictional version of Cracked) and his girlfriend Sylvia (a lapsed Catholic Italian hairdresser who still hangs out with this girl she used to sleep with) and , their all-too-real Brooklyn lives.
Fear of marriage, pregnancy scares, inability to find decent work, spying pervy kids, it’s a pretty accurate slice of life, just taken to 11.
Think Seinfeld, but with more swearing and other explicit content.
This was really great, and I’ll be asking for the HC for my birthday.
The Terrors of Rock and Roll – Susan Smith
This series is as cute as I remember it being when I was a kid (thank goodness for RIF, or I’d have never been able to feed my reading habit during the summer).
I was a bit annoyed that we’re expected to believe that these 7th graders have jobs at fast food places and stuff, but I guess we’re supposed to suspend our disbelief when dealing with a family of monsters and their babysitter.
I would have KILLED for $6/hour when I was 12!
I think maybe that gave me unrealistic expectations about what I would actually be paid. Hm.
I also managed to get in ~70 pages on Martin Millar’s Lonely Werewolf Girl, which I was reading BEFORE the read-a-thon, and am hoping to finish either today or tomorrow.
How did you guys all do? Read anything you loved?