Amanuensis (amanuensis1) wrote,

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A few endorsements:

I was directed to Least I Could Do, an online comic strip, (here, start with yesterday's rather than today's; it's funnier and a perfect example of the humor level) just yesterday, and already I've gone through three years of the archive. It's hilarious. Somehow the writer has created a sexist pig of a protagonist who gets all the women he pleases and maintains a kind of naïve charm despite his loathsome qualities (sexist, looksist, sizeist, selfish)--but, hey, it's a comic strip. The artist changes twice during the run of the strip and each change was a bit of an adjustment for me, but I grew used to the new styles. Watch as Rayne is denied his request for a female Swedish exchange student to do his housework and then sulks, "I admit I'm a little disappointed with IKEA's customer service."

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party, with its lengthy title, is billed as Young Adult fiction, but I suspect there was debate about that classification. Yes, the protagonist begins as a child, but so was Pip in Great Expectations--nothing YA about that book, last I checked. Octavian claims to be the son of royalty, surrounded by professorial types who bear numbers instead of names, incorporated into their experiments like any fish or bird. What gets me about this book is how Octavian's circumstances are laid plain for the reader, and yet how easily the reader fails to recognize how simple it is. No, I can't say more; just read it. Don't read the reviews on either; they spoil too much.

Also, isn't this pretty?

I'm tempted, but it would just take up space. Still, pretty.
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