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text 2018-04-26 04:29
Reading progress update: I've read 116 out of 359 pages.
The Wolf Road: A Novel - Beth Irwin Lewis

Darn: hockey game went right in the crapper towards the end. Yay!: book is still a blast.

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text 2018-04-26 00:26
Reading progress update: I've read 89 out of 359 pages.
The Wolf Road: A Novel - Beth Irwin Lewis

Elka wandering--having lost what she had, searching for what she may never find--and making an unexpected friend.

 

this is a terrific read, and it's only some Game 7 Maple Leafs hockey (and dinner) that is gonna tear me away from it (also baseball, and basketball!).

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text 2018-04-25 14:52
Reading progress update: I've read 31 out of 359 pages.
The Wolf Road: A Novel - Beth Irwin Lewis

okay, well, I've started my Post-Apocalyptic Novel That For Some Reason Was In The Mystery Section, and...it's fabulous so far. Elka and Trapper are a pair I want to hang around with for now, that's for sure.

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text 2018-04-25 01:33
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 359 pages.
The Wolf Road: A Novel - Beth Irwin Lewis

as I've spent weeks planning to get to this tempting book, and then dropping that idea, and then trying to work it into the schedule again (now finally comitting!), my brain has been telling me it was a recommendation from a List of 10 Books called 'Crime in a Cold Climate', said list featured in issue # 1 of Crime Scene Magazine. that has been a fun List for me, having led to reading something called Hold the Dark by William Giraldi (would work well for Horror fans, maybe just as much as Mystery fans--not your average, traditional whodunit; think Jack Ketchum, slightly), and more recently, a 5 star (for moi, anyway) book called What She Left, by T. R. Richmond. incidentally, I had already read Roseanna, by writing team (married couple, I think, could be wrong) Wahloo and Sjowall. and also incidentally, The Sittaford Mystery  by Agatha Christie is on the List, unread by me so far, but I just acquired it (nice to to see at least one much older title on the list, predating even Roseanna, which I guess is pretty old now, too).

 

but, my troubled mind, and a double-check, straightened things out for me: The Wolf Road ain't on that List, much as it would fit; I think it's more "cold climate-y/burrrrrr" than What She Left (but thank goodness that book was included!). no, this book is from the 10 Book List in issue # 2 of the magazine I mentioned...List being called "Debuts for 2016" (presumably debuts worth recommending). from that List I pursued and read The Last One by Alexandra Oliva, and The Trap by Melanie Raabe. and would you believe there are another 3 books on that List that I read because they are featured in Reviews provided by various issues of the magazine in question. so that List has got a lot of attention from me, one way or another.

 

the last thing I'd mention is that I thought The Wolf Road took place in Alaska or somewhere cold--but it seems this book has a bit of an SF element to it: things are cold because what we have here is a post-apocalyptic "cold world", complete with some kind of Crime or whodunit plot. so here we have another "Mystery" on one of these 10-Book Lists this magazine featured every issue--along with The Last One, on this list, and Hold the Dark, on the "Cold Climate" List--where the book is a hybrid...two SF scenarios, and one Horror candidate with some Mystery content. these are very interesting books to come across, and maybe as much as they are avoided by traditionalist readers of Mystery, certainly are a breath of fresh air for me.

 

anyway...finally, i'm onto The Wolf Road...part Mystery, part SF novel. but it was on the Mystery shelves at the bookstore, just so ya know.

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review 2018-04-24 15:55
Great Graphic Novel Featuring the Civil Rights Movement
March (Book One) - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Robert Lewis

I have to say that this graphic novel was fantastic. I loved the writing and the art. I cannot wait to get book #2.


"March: Book #1" follows Congressman John Lewis is John Lewis's first hand account of the American Civil Rights Movement. We follow Lewis's family and his first meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King. You get to read the rules that those who participated in the lunch counter sit-ins as well as some awful scenes depicting what people said to those who were protesting, how they were beaten and treated. 

 

What was great though was that we have Lewis preparing to attend President Barack Obama's inauguration and you get to see how happy he and many other African Americans were that they got to witness the first African American president. The graphic novel segues between this and Lewis remembering his past until we get to the end of book #1. 


I recently went to the National Museum of African American History & Culture and there are tons of displays that showcase the Civil Rights Movement and talk about how it first got started and highlights those who participated like Rosa Parks, John Lewis, Dr. Martin Luther King, and so many others. I loved reading the displays and looking at the pictures on display. Seeing this in graphic form though made it feel more real to me. 

 

I read this on my Kindle Fire so I was able to blow up some of the scenes in order to read the speech bubbles. I do wonder how this would look if I had a hard copy in my hand though. 

 

The art was so great. Though I have to say I don't know what's worse, reading people being bigoted and racist in written form or via a graphic novel. 

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