Adventures in Reading July 13 — July 19, 2015

ParentChildIntenseEmosMECH.inddParenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Help Your Child Regulate Emotional Outbursts and Aggressive Behaviors by Pat Harvey (2009). This book helps parents deal with children with intense, emotional outbursts who probably have some sort of precursor to a personality disorder. I picked up the book to help me understand Dialectical Behavior Therapy and apply it for an adult so this wasn’t necessarily the most helpful book, but I did learn a few helpful tips and mindsets to apply in the future.

American Vampire Vol. 2 by Scott Snyder (2011). This volume takes place in the 1930s, following Police Chief Cash McCogan in Las Vegas and Hattie and Pearl in California. I like that it focuses less on Skinner Sweet and more on the other characters such as Felicia Book. The art feels a bit rushed, but it’s still a pretty fun ride.

American Vampire Vol. 3 by Scott Snyder (2012). This epic World War II volume follows first Pearl and Henry in the Pacific and then Felicia and Cash in Europe. I loved seeing Pearl and Felicia kick so much ass. This is probably my favorite volume of the series – it had a great story, great characters, great pacing, and gorgeous artwork.

American Vampire Vol. 4 by Scott Snyder (2012). This volume follows Mimiteh, the actual first American vampire; Travis Kidd, an incredible vampire killer with a tragic backstory; and Cal, fresh from his reanimation and tooling around in the racist South. This was probably my least favorite volume as the Mimiteh and Travis stories seemed redundant and predictable. I also don’t particularly appreciate the racist and shortsighted characterization of Mimiteh and other American Indians. Cal’s story was good though too contingent upon the whole “white savior” trope.

American Vampire Vol. 5 by Scott Snyder (2013). This volume has two stories, Pearl and Skinner working for the Vassals to bring down Hollywood vampires, and Felicia heading to eastern Europe to take down Dracula. I’m glad that Rafael Albuquerque came back as the artist, but both of these stories were pretty thin and slow. Henry kept almost dying, lessening the impact when he finally snuffed it, and the Dracula side plot was just ridiculous.

American Vampire Vol. 6 by Scott Snyder (2014). This volume is a collection of various stories by Becky Cloonan, Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon, Jeff Lemire, Greg Rucka, and Gail Simone among many other writers and artists. It’s pretty hit or miss, but the story about Hattie and the framing story about Skinner were pretty good. I’m getting tired of the shallow American Indian-related stories though.

Ofelia by Gilbert Hernandez (2015). This volume follows Luba and her family after they’ve come to live in California. A large portion of the volume deals with Petra, Fritz, and their lovers, including the recently outed as bi Pipo. It’s a good volume that clears up a lot of the questions I had in my sporadic reading, though Fortunato remains a mystery.

Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists by miscellaneous authors (2013). This book contains classic fairy tales illustrated by such incredible cartoonists as Raina Telgemeier, Cherise Harper, Brett Helquist, and Craig Thompson. It’s mostly European, and the stories are uneven in their quality, but it was inspiring, and I enjoyed seeing comic adaptations of these fairy tales.

Well-Read WomenWell-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines by Samantha Hahn (2013). This book contained portraits of some of Western fiction’s most famous heroines including Blanche DuBois, Lorelei Lee, and Scarlett O’Hara. The illustrations are gorgeous and richly done, but they do lack diversity and substance. It was a good book but I was hoping for more.

The Girl Who Was Mostly Attracted to Ghosts by Corinne Mucha (2013). This short comic follows a girl who keeps getting into relationships with ghosts despite how distant and unreliable they can be. It’s a fun comic. I really like Corinne Mucha’s work.

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