Adventures in Reading — September 14 — September 20, 2015

Secondhand SoulsWhat did I read (and finish) this week? Look below to find out.

Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore (2015) – This is the sequel to Moore’s Dirty Job about Charlie Asher, a Death Merchant, his girlfriend Audrey the Buddhist nun, other Death Merchants, some reanimated Squirrel People, and his daughter Sophie, the personification of Death. This book involves trying to get Charlie a new human body (don’t ask) and figuring out who is stealing all of San Francisco’s souls and why. It’s very funny and fun and great companion to Dirty Job. I loved it.

Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughn (2015) – This volume continues the saga (hee hee) of Marko and Prince Robot IV trying to find their kidnapped kids, Gwen and Sophie trying to fix The Will, and Alana trying to keep Hazel alive. I tried reading it in the issues but didn’t think it flowed that well. This volume was funny and incredibly over-the-top and finally saw Marko and Alana getting back together. I loved it but would caution that the series seems to work better in trade rather than issues.

East of West, Vol. 4: Who Wants War? by Jonathan Hickman (2015) – In this newest trade, we learn about this US’ structure, how the Three Horsemen are getting on, what Balloon is trying to do to Babylon, and how the Endless Nation’s war is going. It’s a great trade, one of my favorites, and so interesting. This is one of my favorite series right now.

Hana-Kimi (For You in Full Bloom) by Hisaya Nakajo (1996 – 2004) ch. 144 – I think this is technically the last chapter in the series with Mizuki needing to leave Ohsaka High and Sano coming to her. It’s a very sweet chapter with everyone rallying behind her, but I do think there are a few other extra chapters left to read. A very good ending.

The DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics by Freddie E. Williams II (2009) – This detailed guide gives readers step-by-step instructions on how to digitally create comics, including how to make a library of resources for later, how to assembly-line your comics, which brushes to use, and where to go for more tips. It’s a really great guide that I’ve learned so much from, and I plan on buying it for myself soon (There’s just too much there to learn!).

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