MyTBR#58 Buddies in Fiction with special guest Buddy Gott

Episode #58 of the To Be Read Podcast got us talking with author and podcaster Buddy Gott about buddies in fiction, and a great discussion ensued:

In my own reading, I’m continuing on with Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds by Jim Sterba, and this week read about how the return of nature has brought beavers, white-tailed deer, Canada geese, turkeys and bears into conflict with humans. In every case the situation is way more complicated than news headlines and the partisans involved would have you believe, and there’s usually no good/clean/cheap answer.

I finished reading the Lewis Carroll classic Alice in Wonderland and started on Through The Looking Glass. As I mentioned on the show, it’s way more psychedelic and Alice’s internal monologues and discoveries really put her in there with the crazy characters she meets along the way. As a big fan of the Disney movie I’ve been so intrigued to see how they mashed together both books into the movie, often taking great confounding dialogue from a TTLG meeting and putting those words in the mouth of a completely different character from the first book. Short and really well written, but I love this kind of crazy thing.

The graphic novel fun continues, and my son and I finished Adventure Time volume 2 by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, with its awesome take on time travel.

We also finished Jeffrey Brown’s Return of the Padawan, book 2 in the Jedi Academy series. Perfect for tweens or early teens Star Wars fans.

But I still far prefer his single page comics in Darth Vader and Son, Good Night Darth Vader, Vader’s Little Princess, and Darth Vader and Friends.

On the more adult side, I read Jeff Smith’s Sci-Fi Noir series RASL #2: The Fire of St. George, and #3: Romance at the Speed of Light. I’m really liking it. It’s a crazy blend of science, tied to real events and mysteries, romance, and crazy noir-ish and trippy stuff. Looking forward to reading the final #4 soon.

Yes, if you happen to buy one of these from Amazon based on my recommendation links, they’ll throw a few cents my way as a thank you. Or go get the book out of the library (I love my library), buy it in a used bookstore, or borrow it from a friend. If it catches your eye, you’ll find a way.