Leave it to Andrew Vachss to get me out of my (very short) reading slump. I blazed through the rest of Strega last night, Xenosaga II be damned!
We meet Immaculata, who is fabulous. I love her. I loved the description of her introduction to Max, I loved the bits with Mama--she's just wonderful. Wolfe (love her too) and Terry are also introduced.
I love books about revenge! Revenge revenge revenge!
I do think that it dragged a bit in the middle. But when they finally catch up with the bad guys, hoo boy. Max is my hero. As is Pansy, actually. And I love the Mole. Yep, basically the whole crew. I love them the same way I love Dortmunder's crew. Burke's crew is just far, far scarier.
Pembroke's version involves a new romance for Harry with an exchange student from America whose physical description is remarkably close to the picture on her website. The new character, who rapidly rises to the top of her class, has a mysterious scar on her forehead similar to Harry's famous lightning bolt. She is also an "animagus" who can assume the form of a talking winged unicorn.
I mean, really. Would it actually surprise you if this happened for real? Not so much.
(I must admit, I had no prior knowledge of The Watley Review. And I was skimming, so they kind of almost had me going for a couple of minutes. The quote from Professor S. O'Crates was a tip-off, though).
Call for Holmes: Conan Doyle is accused of betrayal and murder
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, one of the world's most famous crime writers, was himself a murderer and a thief according to a team of literary sleuths, who plan to prove their claim with a macabre exhumation in a Devon churchyard.
CHICAGO-The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), plans to begin an annual list of graphic novels for teens. The decision to create the list was made at ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago, June 23 – 29, 2005.
The list, which is anticipated to debut at the ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in 2007, will consist of long form stories or compilations of comics’ issues. Graphic novels will be judged on appropriateness for young adults aged 12-18, how well image and word are integrated, clarity of the panel’s flow on the page, ability of the images to convey the necessary meaning, and the quality of the artwork’s reproduction.
It'll be interesting to see what they pick, at any rate. And it's just one more step in convincing people that comic books have FREAKING merit. Like many others, I'm getting sick and tired of the people that can't seem to grasp the concept that there are many, MANY books out there that transcend Archie & Jughead.
I'm in one. Mostly because I've recently become addicted to Xenosaga II. I have a couple of books going at the moment, but even though I'm really enjoying both of them, neither of them is going particularly quickly. My "walk to work" book is Strega, the second of Andrew Vachss' Burke novels. (While you're walking, it's easier to read Vachss than Fitzgerald). I came across this bit today:
The "third shift" means eleven at night to seven in the morning, just like it is in prison. When you're doing time, you learn that each shift has its own personality. The first shift, the joint is on its best behavior; that's when the visitors are allowed in and that's the only time the Parole Board comes around. The jerkoff therapists and counselors and religious nuts all make their appearances on the first shift too. The second shift is where you settle all your disputes, if you're serious about them. Prison fights only last a few seconds--someone dies and someone walks away. If the guy you stab lives, he's entitled to a rematch. And the third shift is where you check out of the hotel if you can't stand the room--that's where the young ones hang up in their cells. Prison's just like the free world: bullshit, violence, and death--only in prison it's on a tighter schedule.
He's so fabulous. Obviously, this book should not be confused with the Tomie dePaola. I have a short vacation coming up at the end of the week (four days) so I'll get a lot of reading done then.