Books Read in May 2011

Selling to VITO by Anthony Parinello

Interesting practical advice on reaching and interacting with the top decision maker. Some I took. Some I couldn't really use. Some I chickened out on a bit. But will definitely be revisiting.

The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff

Delightful book with a light feel and a different twist on a paranormal family living in the modern world. It's unashamedly a story about growing up and finding your place in the world.   

Bag that Elephant by Steve Kaplan

Great book on figuring out how to reach and help that big customer that will make a huge difference to your business. Different personality to Selling to Big Companies, which I also like. Another one I need to spend some time with figuring out specific ways to relate it to my own job, not just counting on what I absorb from the first reading.

In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters and Robert Waterman, Jr.

I wasn't particularly blown away by this book even though I know it is a business classic. The examples felt dated and I've seen the principles so often in more recent books (that presumably built on this one) that I didn't feel anything in particular seeing them here. I'm going to revisit it again after I read the follow up book.

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

I enjoyed following this series into book 2. More reveal of Egyptian mythology and modern implications. More characters and appropriate complications. It's still definitely written for young adults, but good enough that I don't care.

Strange Candy by Laurell Hamilton

Decent collection of supernatural stories with some additional commentary. 

Graphic Novels and Comics

I spent a good bit of my reading time this month pulling out some of these from my husband's shelf, so I thought I'd comment, although I'm not adding them to my books read count.

I read Thor from the new counting of #1-12 followed by #600-614 (not sure how that worked in the original publishing, but that's what the trades say) as he tried to re-establish Asgard on Earth after breaking the cycle of Ragnorak. It was very satisfying, with multiple little ooo moments. Unfortunately there was this big cross-over event during part of it, called Siege, that meant I was missing large chunks of plot, but there was still enough ooo to be satisfying.

I worked my way through the entire Superman/Batman series. Some of the storylines were fantastic and some were mediocre. My favorites were:

Superman | Batman Absolute Power

Three villains from the future take the baby Clark and the child Bruce and raise them as their own children. The journey of the two as world conquering brothers learning that something was wrong and then trying to set it right, with memories overlaid on memories, was compelling.

Superman | Batman The Search for Kryptonite

Batman and Superman seek to remove all the Kryptonite from Earth to make it safer for Superman to do his job saving people. The story overall was good, but there were two scenes that were big kicks in the gut that just made the whole book book for me.