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How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel by Jess Keating
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The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King
Mutt's Promise by Julie Salamon
The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party by Shannon Hale
The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco by Laura DiSilverio
Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley
A Study in Sherlock edited by Laurie R. King
Tailing a Tabby by Laurie Cass
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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
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Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life: 08/06/16

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley is the first book in a six book series. Scott Pilgrim is a schmuck; he's out of work, he's dating (preying on) a high school student, and he shares his gay roommate's bed because he's too cheap to get his own bed.

All that changes when he starts dreaming about a roller blading delivery woman named Ramona Flowers. Things get weirder when he meets her in person. She is, to borrow a phrase from Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter's Long Earth series, a natural stepper. But in a Being John Malcovich (1999) sort of way, Ramona's short cuts happen to go right through Scott's mind.

I'll admit right away that I started liking the book a hell of a lot more after Ramona shows up. Ramona is her own, self possessed, proud person. She's not going to be gas-lamped by Scott. She's perfectly capable of turning the tables on him. She also comes with her own supernatural list of angry-ex-boyfriends, who each want to take down Scott Pilgrim.

I have to admit I'm rooting for the boyfriends.

Four stars

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