The books I forgot to tell you I read

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I realized after writing last week’s Sunday Salon post that I forgot to tell you about the books I read earlier this month…

…so without further ado, now I’ll tell you:

  1. Ms. Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
  2. The Order, Volume 1: The Next Right Thing by Matt Fraction, Barry Kitson, and Mark Morales
  3. The Order, Volume 2: California Dreaming by Matt Friction and Barry Kitson
  4. Virtual Unreality: Just Because The Internet Told You, How Do You Know It’s True? by Charles Seife

Out of the four, the Ms. Marvel collection and Seife’s book were the highlights with the first volume of The Order pretty good and the second one, just disappointing and probably why the series didn’t continue, although the group did appear in other comics later. Instead of what would be no doubt my feeble attempt to explain what and who The Order is and were, I’ll let this wiki on the Marvel.com site break it down for you.

Perhaps tying into my reading of Seife’s book or treatise, I had to search for about half an hour to find that link so that hopefully I’m not misrepresenting what The Order is within the Marvel universe. After surfing around, it looked like this link was the best since it was from Marvel.com itself even though like other “wikis,” it is written by people with aliases. Seife examines both Wikipedia and online personas in his book, with the latter of course being of interest to me since I didn’t use my real name for many years on the blogs I wrote.

Ms. Marvel was infinitely better than either of The Order collections, and I look forward to reading the second collection, Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why and, when it comes out in late June, Ms. Marvel Volume 3: Crushed. Again instead of what would be my feeble attempt at an explanation, I’m going to let someone else explain, this time, Swapna Krisha, managing editor of Panels and a contributor for Book Riot, who reviewed the collection last November. In fact, I doubt I even would have wanted to read this collection if it hadn’t been for Swapna, but after seeing her profile picture on Twitter where she is dressed up as Ms. Marvel, I was intrigued. Thank you, Swapna, for introducing me to Kamala.

As for what I’m reading now, I plan to start the sixth in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, Fever of the Bone, later today and also have the seventh, The Retribution, out from the library where I work. Another book from our brary, and to which I might get this long holiday weekend, is Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo. Last in the mix is The Deaths of Tao by Wesley Chu to which I’m returning after abandoning it last month for personal reasons (see end of post if you’re interested in my reason why), because I still want to read it.

Have you read the new Ms. Marvel? If not, why the hell not? Get to it already. Are you doing any reading this Memorial Day Weekend? If so, what are you reading? If not, what’s your next read or your last good read?

FYI: I have updated my “About” page (yes, again), this time to refocus my blogging on what my previous blog was focused: the journey of an unfinished person through the lenses of body, mind, and soul. In keeping with that, I also wrote two short posts earlier this week: Me and caffeine, and Am I ever gonna change? with the answer to that last question being, as you can tell, yes as I am still unfinished.

Currently | Hello again to mysteries, bye to Friends and B.B. King

Time and place | 8:06 p.m. Saturday night as I start this, on the couch.

Eating and drinking | Nothing right now. Had fish and sweet potato fries for dinner (hey, it can’t always be wings!).

Reading | Beneath The Bleeding, the fifth in the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series, by Val McDermid, after deciding that science fiction really isn’t my thing. I read the first book in The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation, but tried the second one, Authority, and just found myself bored. As in my previous experience with Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Sword after reading the first in the series, Ancillary Justice, I was waiting for action to happen but it didn’t seem to be forthcoming.

Watching | Not Friends as my wife and I just finished watching it Thursday night  (apropos, don’t you think?). We realized that we didn’t see the finale when it first was on TV because at that time we didn’t have a TV. We actually had no television and only read for entertainment. Those were the days… We both agreed that we enjoyed the last few seasons better than we enjoyed the last few seasons of Cheers and even that it was more consistent than M*A*S*H during its last few seasons (I know, BLASPHEMY, but…that’s what we thought, TV heretics that we are).

@dispatcher12 and I watching the final Friends. Salud!

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Listening | By the time you’re reading this Sunday morning, I should be listening to B.B. King’s King of the Blues, a four-disc collection of his work from 1949 until 1991 while my wife is sleeping after working her usual midnight shift. This is probably my favorite song by King, who died also on Thursday.

Blogging | I took a break last week from The Sunday Salon and just tossed in an aside with a quote from a random person at a convenience store on the state of modern country music.

Promoting | I’m a week behind but I’m promoting this post “Currently | Seven Years of Book Blogging” by Kim Ukura of the blog Sophisticated Dorkiness. Consistently, she is an inspiration, even with the format many book bloggers choose to do their posts from time to time…ahem.

Hating | My ears, well, more specifically the sound I hear coming from them with my tinnitus as with weather changes today, it’s been especially bothersome.

Loving | Having windows open in our house even though I have to wear noise-canceling earbuds to listen to music (at a moderate level, of course) to block the noise of barking dogs, a nearby factory that has its door open because of the heat, and passing cars (which admittedly aren’t that many on a back street in a small town but when they DO pass, they annoy me! Half- ;).)

Anticipating | A three-day weekend for Memorial Day, even though my wife has to work every one of them. However, she is on day shift for a change, so I’ll be able to spend time with her in the evenings those three days. So yay for that! Also hopefully a four-day weekend for my birthday in June, from Friday, June 6, to Tuesday, June 9, the day of my birthday, and then whether or not I get those other days off or not, my wife and I are going on a bus trip on June 14 to Smokin’ Summer Kickoff on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. For dinner, we’re on our own, but my sister was in Watkins Glen earlier today at a place called Nickel’s Pit BBQ that she said was very good, so we’ll probably try that. Plus they have wings!

So what’s catching your eyes in reading or watching, your ears in listening, your taste buds in tasting recently? Share in the comments.