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Archie vs Predator by Alex de Campi
Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates
Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett
Carson Crosses Canada
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
Giant Trouble by Ursula Vernon
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
It Might Have Been Worse by Beatrice Larned Massey
It's a Book by Lane Smith
Kleine Katze Chi #1 by Kanata Konami
No Place for Magic by E.D. Baker
Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson
Lumberjanes, Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson
Mystery of the Midnight Rider by Carolyn Keene
Paper Girls, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
Road of Her Own: Women's Journeys in the West by Marlene Blessing
A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett
Shopaholic & Sister by Sophie Kinsella
Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman
There Are No Cats in this Book by Viviane Schwarz
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Winnebago Graveyard #1 by Steve Niles
Winnebago Graveyard #2 by Steve Niles
Woof by Spencer Quinn
Yours Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

Miscellaneous
August 2017 Reading Sources
August 2017 Reading Summary
Books on Books
Crossing the Cornfield and Saving the World: The Neddiad by Daniel Pinkwater
Greenglass House by Kate Milford: A road narrative deconstruction
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 04)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 11)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 18)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 25)
The maze isn't for you — except when it is

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Paper Girls, Volume 2: 09/14/17

Paper Girls, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

Paper Girls, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan opens in the present days (2016). The paper girls now like Samurai Jack need to get back to the past — if they can fix things in their future first.

There are two ways to do time travel stories. The first is to make it so the travelers can't visit themselves on the timeline. The other is the oft-repeated meeting of oneself as the timeline unravels.

Volume two takes the latter approach. The girls are picked up by an older Erin — an Erin who is my age and has experienced the last thirty years, including the recent election. Her recollection of events has no bearing on young Erin's version of things — the last memory they can agree on is the first few minutes of when Erin met up with the other paper girls.

The majority of this volume's action is set inside a shopping mall — one that has been shuttered for a decade. It serves as a dystopian marker for the paper girls, while bringing to mind another 1980s time travel story that has its second act inside a mall — Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989).

There's also the on-going metaphor of Apple being the modern day fruit of knowledge. Modern day Erin can run the future version of the iPod or iPhone. The future seems to be under the control of Apple — an evil Apple — a sort of Big Brother Apple like the one they were claiming not to be with their ad introducing the first Macintosh.

Volume 3, which collects issues 11 through 15 came out in August.

Five stars

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