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Anthropologist in the making with a fondness for photojournalism, tech & writing. Also a mime who fosters kittens & loves to volunteer.

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Scritti corsari
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Saga, Volume 2
Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Lettere lutarane
Paolo Pasolini
Star Wars: Legacy, Vol. 7: Storms
Omar Francia, Jan Duursema, John Ostrander
Writing at the Margin: Discourse Between Anthropology and Medicine
Arthur Kleinman
Patients and Healers in the Context of Culture: An Exploration of the Borderland Between Anthropology, Medicine, and Psychiatry
Arthur Kleinman
Dave Gibbons, John Higgins, Alan Moore
Rethinking Psychiatry
Arthur Kleinman
The Difference Engine (Spectra special editions)
William Gibson
Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain
Antonio R. Damasio

Planetary: All Over the World and Other Stories

Planetary, Vol. 1: All Over the World and Other Stories - Warren Ellis, John Cassaday Forget about the bird. The word is... Planetary! BAM! Just like that, I'm addicted to yet another series. I was told, before I started reading it, I was lucky because it already ended and I wouldn't have to suffer like others did, waiting for new issues, etc. I now agree. I have the other volumes just at a distance of more or less 70kms and I'm jonesing already. Damn!If you like sci-fi, pop culture, twisted humor and mystery archeology, this is the comic for you.

X-Men: Deadly Genesis

X-Men: Deadly Genesis - Ed Brubaker, Trevor Hairsine I wish I could give it a 3.5 star, here, because it's not really just a 3, but if I compare it with other things I've read recently, comic book wise, it's not really a 4, either. I grew up watching X-men animations. Saw all the movies. Read a special on Wolverine (my favorite, along with Rogue) some years ago and that's it. Until today. X-men: Deadly Genesis made me want to get engaged with X-men again.Scratch what I said earlier. It's a 4. A book that brings me back to something is definitely a 4. :supernods:

Nine Rings of Wu-Tang

Nine Rings of Wu-Tang - Brian Haberlin;Aaron Bullock;Clayton Henry The Nine Rings of Wu-Tang: Book of Days is just too awkward as a piece of pop culture history to not be read. I mean, here we have a comic whose main characters follow the likes of the Wu-Tang Clan, and they kick ass.It doesn't have the kind of "bling-bling" I'm used to by now, after comics like Morning Glories, but it still has a place in my shelf and a special place in my memory. I wish they kept it going. I was amused by the plot and now I shall remain forever curious. *sobs*

Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games

Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games - Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez I read vol 1 and 2 in a row. I got so hooked I couldn't stop. It got to the point I've read it in the car while my grandmother was driving - at night. She didn't let me use the car's light, so I used my phone's - I think that added a bit to the ambiance. I got some chills. More than chills, though, what I got was a good horror/mystery/supernatural story that promises to keep being entertaining. I want more. This is yet another one of those series that you just gotta have on your shelf after you finish reading them: the drawings are amazing, the story is rich and there are some funny parts, too (if you're into dark humor, you'll love it). It also poses some philosophical questions - and it does so without sounding snobby or pretentious - What would you do without your fears and doubts? How would you depict the insides of your head? - What if you could die any time you want? are just some of 'em.TL;DR: I thoroughly recommend these books. Joe Hill's storytelling kicks ass and Gabriel Rodriguez's artwork finishes the job, leaving us K.O.


Transhuman - Jonathan Hickman I loved this.It is part of a series yet each volume has an independent story, so you don't miss out anything background-wise on some characters if you only read one of them, like I did.I love this.You pick it. Open it and start checking out the pages and the first thing that crosses your mind is: "webdesign". This comic looks like a website! Indeed, not only the design of the covers of the chapters calls out for the web user in me, but along the story there's little details that keep evoking the web. Very... wiki-like! I friggin' love it.The story is all about transhumanism in a documentary style. It's as if we, the reader, are watching a doc, years past the events of the story. It's not just that, though. What makes me really love it is how it all revolves around genetics, mutations, experiments, human nature, post-humans and... well, see for yourself. Disregard the foreword and pick it up. Read it. :D

V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta - David Lloyd, Alan Moore When I finished reading V for Vendetta I was still wanting more. It was very addictive. Also: better than the movie. A classic that went straight to my fav's.I'm still overwhelmed, and it woke up the sleeping activist in me (that sometimes goes dormant but then along comes a story like V for Vendetta and it rises). 10 days after reading it, I'm still feeling its effects. :,)

Green Wake Volume 1 TP

Green Wake Volume 1 TP - Kurtis J. Wiebe Green Wake took me in without notice. I was lured by the artwork of the vol.1's cover and convinced to buy it (along with vol.2, but I like vol.1 better) after just a few seconds looking at the rest of it. The final blow was given by one of the comic book store's guys, Marco, who told me the gist of it without spoiling it for me.When I finally picked it up, after reading Wiebe's Grim Leaper, I was amazed at how much deeper the story was than I expected it to be and, mostly, at how close to home it stroke. It's all about human relationships and feelings of guilt, despair and heartbreak. It's about trying to forget, and trying to forgive - others, but also yourself. Mostly, yourself.Green Wake still has me.

Grim Leaper TP

Grim Leaper TP - Kurtis J. Wiebe, Aluisio Santos Grim Leaper is a one-volume story that I wish it could have more. It's a soft reading when compared to Morning Glories, but not less beautiful. It's a love story about two people who die all the time. With each death the plot thickens and you know more about the main characters. The deaths and drawings are amazing. I'm in love. :,)

Morning Glories Volume 3: P.E. TP

Morning Glories, Vol. 3: P.E. - Joe Eisma WTFuckery ensues. Plot twists left and right, more background given about the characters (this, if I'm getting it right and it's not future stuff) and then some new faces in the biggest cliffhanger in these comics so far. My heart can't stand this. One day I'll die! D:

Ghost World

Ghost World - Daniel Clowes Daniel Clowes's gorgeous lines and ability to depict a slice of life of a couple of imaginary teenage girls was astounding. Even though they annoyed me to pieces (from the slut-shaming to the always-being-complaining-about-anything-and-anyone to the really mean prank they pulled on that guy) I could enjoy the story and have a few laughs with the character's witty and sarcastic remarks. It ended where it should, not too late, not too soon. The only reason I don't give more stars to this is because: a) they effin' annoyed me to pieces and b) after reading things like Morning Glories and American Vampire I can't really give this a 4. Maybe a 3.5, if GoodReads allowed it.P.S.: Going to watch the movie soon. I'm hoping it'll be a better experience.

Morning Glories, Vol. 2: All Will Be Free

Morning Glories, Vol. 2: All Will Be Free - Nick Spencer The WTF-per-minute rate in Vol.1 was already high, but this volume broke the charts. Imagine Lost, Supernatural and Heroes all together in an high-school - in a comic. A really fucked up comic with awesome illustrations, coloring and story. I need to re-read the two first volumes I just read today because this second one got me a bit confused with some plot twists and... I don't know. I don't know if there's time travel involved or WTF is going on in there (hence the LOST ref). Anyway, I loved it and it's yet another comic series that goes straight into my favs. This one's so great I wish I could have it all in my shelves. *dreams*

American Vampire, Volume 2

American Vampire, Vol. 2 - Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquereque As soon as I saw the cover and who the authors involved in this project were I knew American Vampire was going to derail from the current pop-culture view of lovey-dovey vampires, but damn! They worked the extra mile to make us forget about all that glitter and be afraid of those creatures again, which reminds me...In this story there isn't just one type of vampire. There's evolution, baby! :DNot only is this one of the coolest things I've seen in a vampire story, for reasons (ok, it's because I studied evolution a lot in anthropology, too), it's also a way to leave the story open for way more volumes than a vampire story normally would. I'm talking Doctor Who openness style, here!That surprised me, but not as much as finding what they look like when in "vamp-mode" - especially the face. Wow. Me likes! *insert drool, here*Overall, the drawings were amazing. The story is original and takes a hold of you since the very first page.I could only notice time has passed when I'd have some difficulty flipping to the next page. This would wake me up from the "reader's hypnosis state". Luckily it didn't happen much so I didn't even begin to worry about the time and how much sleepy I was. *tehe* I have a feeling that if I had more volumes with me last night I would have read them till day and only notice it was day already when I finished them all.With this story, more than with any other of any comic book I've read, I found myself deeply immersed in it and I'm not sure what I like the best about it. If the excellent artwork, if the storyline or if the junction of those two. Sometimes I wished I could just read the story quicker, with no drawings - other times I found myself mentally blocking the text bits in order to just gaze at the illustrations. This felt funny, never happened to me before, but I adapted quickly and now I yearn for more of those scary pages. ;)The second volume was even better than the first and went right up to #1 of my favourite vampire stories, with its plot twists (I even had 2 moments of "I did not see that coming!"), new characters and further development of the main ones. I expect a crescendo of quality (which also comes attached as a consequence of the story's development, I guess) in the next volumes and I wish we could have a 6 stars system in GoodReads (so I don't need to go back to almost all my previous "5 stars ratings" and change them to 4, because of this story), but alas... #1stWorldProblems. :BI'm drooling like a mad dog, now. Waiting to read volume 3. And the sneak peak we had of it in the end of volume 2 didn't help at all. The bastards! Arrgh! How could they do this to the reader? THAT was a major plot twist! D:

The Walking Dead, Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars

The Walking Dead, Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars - Charlie Adlard, Robert Kirkman I picked it up before sleeping and I just couldn't, despite all my sleepiness, put it away before finishing it. If the next volume wasn't so far away from me and the bed I tell ya, I'd have read that one as well already. This is way better than the tv show.

The Walking Dead, Vol. 4: The Heart's Desire

The Walking Dead, Vol. 4: The Heart's Desire - Cliff Rathburn, Charlie Adlard, Robert Kirkman I'm loving these comics. The drawings kept the quality and the story was even better than in the previous volume. I'm now going to watch the last season of the tv show but I'm seriously considering just following this story via comics. It's much, much better and addictive this way.

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future - Daniel H. Pink I gave it 3 stars on Amazon, but here I'm giving it only 2 because of the difference of meaning I give to the stars on GR. The fact is, I did not like it much. It was ok, for anyone who doesn't already know about 90% of what Pink says in this book (either by academic process or common-sense).For me, it was a bit boring to read. Just like when I was bored in English class because all my classmates were a bit slow on learning the proverbial ABC's and I was already conjugating them and juggling other tasks. That's how I felt while reading this. But I gotta hand it to Pink: he did his research (I even recognized some of his references from my Anthro classes); knows how to tell a story and present facts in an easy-reading way, and when to insert a punch line. I practice for quite some time some of the exercises he gives at the end of each section, but some of those were new to me and I may try them.

Fables Vol. 3: Storybook Love

Fables, Vol. 3: Storybook Love - Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha Fables seems to get better with every issue. :)