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Books (Being) Read and Enjoyed

One of the things I did over the Christmas and New Years break was read a lot. Here's the first few of the list of books I've read and enjoyed, either now or over the break, along with a short bit on why I enjoyed it. Click on any image to go to the book on Amazon.

Books in this posting:
- _Zot! The Complete Black and White Collection_ by Scott McCloud
- _The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao_ by Junot Diaz
- _Mainspring_ by Jay Lake



- _Zot! The Complete Black and White Collection_ by Scott McCloud



I adored Zot! when it first came out, and it's great to see that it hasn't lost anything with the passage of time. Zot! is crisp storytelling with fun stories, appealing characters, and a simple yet expressive art style.

- _The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao_ by Junot Diaz



This book absolutely bleeds style, it explodes with style, it has more style than any book might even have a right to have. It also does a great job with depth of character, and with the history and politics of the Dominican Republic. Once I got over my initial preconception of how a story ought to be told, since the book does move (on a chapter) basis between four characters, I really liked the book.

- _Mainspring_ by Jay Lake



Two of the things I really appreciate in Jay's work are his inventiveness and his excellent craft. Jay ideas are out there, yet fully realized. Also, Jay is marvelous at the sheer skill of putting words together, to create a style that is expansive yet economical.

Both these talents are on display in _Mainspring_. The clockwork universe at the core of the book is well-defined and very intriguing, causing me to ask the question "But, where did it come from?" (which is, I think, one of the questions I'm supposed to be asking). Also, from the opening scene _Mainspring_ moves along at a strong steady clip and never lets up, delivering proper doses of plot, setting, and character in what always seems like the proper proportions. I enjoyed reading _Mainspring_ and know I will enjoy the next book, _Escapement_, as well.



That's it for now. More books later.
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