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Reading and watching in 2018 – part 2

The list of things I read and watch quickly gets long so I decided to break them up at the half-way of the year. Check out part 1 if you’re interested in what I’ve watched and read so far this year. Below are notes for the second half of 2018. Enjoy.


  1. What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, a collection of short stories by Lesley Nineka Arimah. A wonderful set of stories with diverse settings and styles. The next to last line of the book captures well the underlying mood of so many of these stories: “Girls with fire in their bellies will be forced to drink from the well of correction till the flames die out.” I highly recommend this book.
  2. Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeff Loeb with art by Tim Sale. This story was amazing and the art was fabulous. Almost makes me want to read more Batman.
  3. March – book one; by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. This is a three volume set of graphic novels about the life of John Lewis and his part in the Civil Rights movement and beyond. The first book focuses on his youth and is both well written and well illustrated. I look forward to reading the other two volumes soon.
  4. Locke & Key volume 4: Keys to the Kingdom. Although this volume started a bit slowly it ends with a fairly major shift in what is going on that sets things up well for the next arc. This continues to be a creepy and well written story from Joe Hill with excellent art from Gabriel Rodriguez.


  1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I didn’t actually just watch all seven seasons of this, but my daughter and I finished watching the series together this past week. I’ve now watched the whole show 3 times and it continues to be one of my favorite television series of all time. There are some weak moments (like most of season 6) and some overall problems with how Joss Whedon handles some story elements, but I still find the total series both enjoyable and encouraging.
  2. The Two Towers. I love these books and greatly enjoy the movies, but they can drag on at times. The second movie (especially in the extended version that I own) does feel a bit long in places.
  3. The Last Jedi. Saw that this was on Netflix so I rewatched it. I know some folks hated it, but I think it’s overall a good movie with a few meandering segments.
  4. The Return of the King. I rewatched this third part in the Lord of the Rings trilogy with my daughter this week; the movies are enjoyable but in the end I do prefer the books.
  5. Hannah Gadsby: Nanette. This Netflix special was very well done. At turns funny, angry, insightful, raw, and encouraging, this was well worth the hour+ time it takes to watch. If you haven’t seen it yet I urge you to do so.

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