Adventures in Reading — November 2 — November 8, 2015

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

Archaeology, Sexism, and Scandal: The Long-Suppressed Story of One Woman’s Discoveries and the Man Who Stole Credit for Them by Alan Kaiser (2014) – This book tells of two stories, one of a 21st century archaeologist discovering an early 20th century archaeologist’s papers and a shocking case of plagiarism, and the other of an excavation in Olynthus in 1931. The excavation and the work of Mary Ross Ellingson is a rich story about archaeology, history, and women in archaeology. It details the sexism and discrimination they face/d and how they carved out a niche for themselves. I loved this book, especially the epilogue. The framing of Dr. Kaiser telling how he discovered Mary Ross’ story is a bit awkward, but the rest of the book makes up for it. A must read for students, archaeologists, women, and feminists.

Rat_Queens_2Rat Queens, Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe (2015) – Volume two adds more plot and backstory to the mix, revealing the secrets and hidden fears of all the girls as well as something big and bad to fight. Arguably the best parts of the volume are the bits about Lola, the Town’s Watch’s second in command (and a certified badass). Hannah is still irritating, and Dee is still imperfectly formed, but it was decent enough that I actually want to read the third one. I especially liked Stjepan Sejic as the new illustrator.

Ongoing manga:

One Piece by Oda Eiichiro (1997 – ongoing) ch. 354 & 355 – Troubles come to Tom, Franky, and Iceberg just as things start going their way. Damn world government (It’s gotten really good.).

Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars!/Soma’s Cooking Battles) by Yuto Tsukuda (2012 – ongoing) ch. 142 – Soma persists in issuing a shokugeki, and his friends can only stand by and watch. Nothing too big happened in this chapter.

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