Friday, September 11, 2009

Library Loot ( 11 September 2009)

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

It was a heavy loot this week, with two large and hefty hardcover weighing my bag down. But I was pretty excited to find those books on the shelves, so I'm sure the extra weight will be worth it!

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats - Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio

Time magazine had featured some photos from this book a while ago, and they were fascinating - families sit amid their groceries for the week. I'm guessing there's far more in the actual book.

The age-old practice of sitting down to a family meal is undergoing unprecedented change as rising world affluence and trade, along with the spread of global food conglomerates, transform eating habits worldwide. Hungry Planet profiles 30 families from around the world--including Bosnia, Chad, Egypt, Greenland, Japan, the United States, and France--and offers detailed descriptions of weekly food purchases; photographs of the families at home, at market, and in their communities; and a portrait of each family surrounded by a week's worth of groceries. Featuring photo-essays on international street food, meat markets, fast food, and cookery, this captivating chronicle offers a riveting look at what the world really eats.

Hellboy Library Edition, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction and Wake the Devil (v. 1) - Mike Mignola

Hefty Book No. 2 is this gorgeous 'library edition' of the Hellboy comics. I am quite fond of the Hellboy movies and can't wait to read this one!

This handsome collection of the first two Hellboy arcs is comparable in splendor to DC’s slipcased Absolute gatherings of Sandman and The Dark Knight. Arc one, Seed of Destruction (1994), is Hellboy’s origin story (but see Hellboy Junior, 2004, for his prehistory), revealing how Nazis were behind it all, though they were being used by that old Russki bogeyman, Rasputin. The somewhat longer Wake the Devil (1997) shows Hellboy putting the kibosh on the worse-than-Nazis scheme Rasputin got rolling in Seed. Scott Allie introductorily opines that Hellboy isn’t the red demon we know and love ’til Wake, but Mignola’s Ben Shahn–meets–the Austrian Secession–meets–Mervyn Peake style is uniformly magnificent - Booklist

Fables Vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers - Bill Willingham

I was just so glad to see the next book in the Fables series!

Bill Willingham's runaway hit series Fables continues its success in this fourth trade paperback, collecting issues #19-21 and #23-27 (issue #22 will appear in a future collection) and featuring the rise of a new threat to Fabletown. Also included is the Prestige Format Special Fables: The Last Castle. When Little Red Riding Hood suddenly walks through the gate between this world and the lost Fable Homelands, she's welcomed as a miraculous survivor by nearly everyone - everyone except her old nemesis, Bigby Wolf, who smells spying and subversion more than survival. But will he be able to prove his case before disaster strikes? And how will it all affect Prince Charming's upstart campaign to become the new mayor of Fabletown?

Parable of the Sower - Octavia Butler

I'm about to join the Sci-Fi Challenge that Stage and Canvas is hosting and I think this will be quite suitable. 

When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death Lauren Olamina, a minister's young daughter, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny... and the birth of a new faith.

Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman

Aha, I finally got my hands on Neverwhere, part of my RIP IV Challenge reading pool. 

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinarylife, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change - Elizabeth Kolbert

Long known for her insightful and thought-provoking political journalism, author Elizabeth Kolbert now tackles the controversial and increasingly urgent subject of global warming. In what began as groundbreaking three-part series in the New Yorker, for which she won a National Magazine Award in 2006, Kolbert cuts through the competing rhetoric and political agendas to elucidate for Americans what is really going on with the global environment and asks what, if anything, can be done to save our planet. Now updated and with a new afterword, Field Notes from a Catastrophe is the book to read on the defining issue and greatest challenge of our times.

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avisannschild said...

Hungry Planet is a fantastic book (I own it). I hope you enjoy it! Someone just recommended the Fables series to me recently. I'll have to check to see if my library has any of them. Enjoy your books!

Eva said...

So jealous of Fables! My library has volume one, then volumes 6-12. So I've just ILLed the intervening ones-who knows when they'll appear! I just read a different Butler-Fledgling-and it was incredible. And I love Gaiman!

olduvai said...

avisannschild - I just loved the pictures in Hungry Planet, and so far, the writing and all the details about the food have been equally fascinating. And you definitely have to check out Fables. They're such great reads.

Eva - Oof, that's a weird way of owning a series of graphic novels (or any kind of series). I do hope you manage to read them in some kind of order!

mel said...

I enjoyed Neverwhere, provided the escapism I needed at that time I read it ;)