The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles - Art and Design by Daniel Falconer
This was a book showing a lot of the work WETA did that went into the movie. My favorite part was where they showed the places where they tested looks for the dwarves and worked to make them each have an individual silhouette and look.
Three Sookie Stackhouse books I hadn't read yet. It's disconcerting reading them after watching the TV show, True Blood, where much is different. It was interesting to see a Sookie who had changed, one who calmly stated that she and Eric needed to plot to kill another vampire to make sure they weren't the ones killed instead.
The Lego Ideas Book by Daniel Lipkowitz
I had fun seeing how different people invented various models and reading about why they did so.
APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur - How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch
I borrowed this one through Amazon Prime. It was definitely what it said - a clear guide to approaching getting your work published and making money at it. I didn't try to absorb any of it, because I don't currently have a need but it was nice to see what the current state of possibility was.
The Sacrifice by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
I've been reading Kris' business blogs but have only read a little of her fiction even though it's all in genres I like. This was a deep book and I loved the twists she made to the nature of a Faerie race. The conflict and culture were intriguing, but I'm not particularly planning on reading further into the series.
Drive by Daniel H. Pink
The principles of autonomy, mastery, and purpose at the heart of this book resonated with me. It was filled with the clear and lively writing I'd expected since I'd previously read A Whole New Mind.
How People Tick: A Guide to Over 50 Types of Difficult People and How to Handle Them by Mike Leibling
The book delivered on the title, although the advice was uneven across the types and sometimes seemed more like advice on handling yourself if you're one of them. The anecdotes included in each section helped bring the book to life.
A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Wow, The Wheel of TIme saga is actually over. My favorite character, while I wouldn't want to interact with him, has always been Mat Cauthon and I was extremely satisfied with how he was involved and depicted. The ending overall was fitting. I still wish that Jordan had decided to pare out some of those groups of people and sub-plots much earlier in the saga because there were so many people I couldn't remember without starting all over, which is not happening.
How to Be a Star at Work by Robert E. Kelly
What impressed me the most about this book was that it was based on some pretty in-depth research of actual corporate employees and situations. The ideas were strongly presented and clearly illustrated to help the reader understand the difference between being a good, strong performer and a true star. I want to go back over it and see what actions I can glean for myself.
I bought the first because it was recommended by a friend. I got the second because it came in my Box from Knowledge Blocks. And they struck me as a fitting pair. The Icarus Deception is about living your art, however you define it. It's a personal book. Igniting the Invisible Tribe is about creating corporations in which art can be lived. I'm considering reading them both again as I rather rushed them the first time.
Graphic Novels Read:
The Killing Joke - This is the story where Joker paralyzes Batgirl
, although because she's the Commisssioner's daughter, not because she's Batgirl. It worked well on many levels, with echoes and ambiguities to match up to the clear storyline and the underlying message of life being about choices in the face of adversity.
A Death in the Family - This is the story where Joker kills Robin/Jason Todd, It wasn't as strong as The Killing Joke, but part of that was because it was in the comic issues and they kept recapping every issue. A lot. The voice of Batman was more abstract somehow, among other things. But it was worth reading.
Joker's Asylum - This was a collection of twisted short stories narrated by the Joker. Decent.
Emperor Joker - Crack. Pure crack when Joker gets reality altering powers. But also pain and a strong, suitable ending.