Alchemical Thoughts

Books Reviewed: May 2015

Posted on: June 19, 2015

Photo from Flickr user Raider of Gin (fairerdingo). Image used under terms of Creative Commons 2.0 Generic Attribution License.

Photo from Flickr user Raider of Gin (fairerdingo). Image used under terms of Creative Commons 2.0 Generic Attribution License.

In case you missed it, here is the list with links of books I reviewed during the month of May. This was a pretty good month for reviews over at The Itinerant Librarian. As always, if any interest you and you read them, I would love to hear from you; comments always welcome.

  • I learned a little bit about hip hop and how it developed in the graphic novel Hip Hop Family Tree, Volume 1. I hope to read the second volume soon.
  • I also learned a bit about an aspect of colonialism and imperialism we may not often hear about: collecting of artifacts from other parts of the world now housed in some of the great Western museums in The China Collectors.
  • I read some old school Transformers comics in The Transformers Classics, Volume 4.
  • I made a pleasant discovery and read the comics of The Mask. If all you know of the character is the Jim Carrey movie, you really need to go and read these comics.
  • Here is one for both kids and/or Star Wars fans. Jeffrey Brown does it again with Goodnight Darth Vader.
  • May is the month of Cinco de Mayo, where Americans for the most part use that dubious holiday as an excuse to get drunk. Well, want to learn a small bit of Mexican history? The graphic novel Pancho Villa Takes Zacatecas may be of interest.
  • Like clowns? Like mobster books and films like The Godfather and Goodfellas? Want to read something a bit out of the ordinary? Then check out ClownFellas, “an epic mob saga where life is cheap and the gags will slay you.”
  • Here is another for Star Wars fans, a novel about the destroyer of Alderaan: Tarkin.
  • A little kitchen and cooking trivia that may also help you cook better. This book is entertaining, but it also has some basic trivia and information you can use. The book is 101 Things I Learned in Culinary School.
  • When I was a kid, I used the watch the Batman television show from the 1960s quite a bit. So, when DC “revived it” in comics, I began reading them. The series is great fun, and now Batman and Robin get to meet another crime fighter in Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet.
  • I did not plan it this way, but I ended up reading another Star Wars tale that also looks at Grand Moff Tarkin. However, Tarkin is not the protagonist here, but he has a prominent role in the graphic novel Darth Vader and the Lost Command.
  • I also did a bunch of short quick reviews on various comics and graphic novels. Check out “Short Booknotes on Graphic Novels 21, and a Bonus Item.
  • And finally for the month of May, I read a new origin tale for Batman in Batman: Earth One.
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