August 2022 Books …

A bit more reading this month, once again offset by a stack of graphic novels and comics-related books, but book-ended by a crime thriller by a new (to me) author and the yearly offering from a favorite writer. Missing, Presumed ... by Susie SteinerA vibrant, beautiful young woman from the British upper class goes missing... Continue Reading →

July 2022 Books …

Just a few books this month as—even as “just” an attendee—Comic-Con took up an inordinate amount of my time and mental energy, along with reading a dense but fascinating history of underground comix. Appropriately enough for the month of Comic-Con, all my reading was comics-oriented. Dirty Pictures: How an Underground Network of Nerds, Feminists, Misfits,... Continue Reading →

Now You Can Buy My Books!

You probably won’t find them on Amazon or in your local indie bookstore or comic book shop, but the entire Innocent Bystander oeuvre is still available … only from me! For complete information, just click on the BUY MY BOOKS! link in the menu on the black bar at the top of this page! There's... Continue Reading →

June 2022 Books …

A short month this time, at least reading-wise … June flew by much quicker than I could imagine. Here’s what I read. The New York Times Book Review: 125 Years of Literary History I will confess that I didn't read all of this fascinating history of the storied (pun definitely intended) New York Times Book... Continue Reading →

May 2022 Books …

A bit of a short month, with a 30th anniversary salute to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, two new YA graphic novels, and a triple threat of nostalgic comics reading. The Black Echo by Michael Connelly This is the first of Michael Connelly’s books about LAPD detective Harry Bosch (actually, Connelly’s first novel ever), and 2022... Continue Reading →

April 2022 Books …

I slowed down a little in April after a record-breaking (for me, at least) ten-book March … here’s what I read this month. Batman: The Long Halloween: The Sequel: Dark Victory Deluxe Edition by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale Despite the long title that borders on overkill (the series was originally called Dark Victory, and... Continue Reading →

March 2022 Books …

An amazing Hollywood bio, a trio of comics-related histories, and a small stack of graphic novels make up my March readings … a record-setting (for me at least!) ten books for the month. Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life by James Curtis We seem to be undergoing a mini-renaissance devoted to the silent film comedic actor/writer/director... Continue Reading →

February 2022 Books …

A couple more books about Marvel Comics, two more movie-themed biographies, a cultural history of Britain in the early 1960s, and an eagerly-awaited mystery novel make up my February reading list … Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge by Sheila WellerI love a good movie star biography and Sheila Weller’s 2019 bio on Carrie... Continue Reading →

January 2022 Books …

It’s all Marvel, Marvel, Marvel for me in this first month of the year, as I catch up with some Christmas gifts and visit some old friends … namely 1960s Marvel Comics! When You Are Mine by Michael RobothamThis is the third year in a row that I read a Michael Robotham book to start... Continue Reading →

Top Five 2021 …

2021 marked my first (almost-full) year of retirement, so I had plenty of time to watch, read, and wander in my never-ending quest for new movies, TV shows, and books. Here are my top five picks for the year in comics and graphic novels, books, movies, and TV. Longer reviews of the books can be... Continue Reading →

December 2021 Books …

And we round out 2021 with my last book report on the books I read in December. Over the course of the past year, I read 77 books by my count, and 69 on GoodReads, which was 115% of my goal (some books, like older comics series like the Blackthorne Dick Tracy reprints, just don't... Continue Reading →

November 2021 Books …

December already? WTF?! Here's what I read in the fondly-remembered month of November. Gated Prey by Lee GoldbergThis is the latest (third) book in Goldberg’s Eve Ronin series and is definitely the weakest of the three. I think Ronin is a great character with lots of potential; she’s a dedicated cop trying to make it... Continue Reading →

October 2021 Books …

It seems like forever since I read some of these … is October really that long? I think I finished Batman in the Fifties and Countdown: Bin Laden in the first week of the month, which seems like an eternity ago. Anyway … here’s what I read in October, equally split between comic collections and... Continue Reading →

September 2021 Books …

An equal 50/50 split between graphic novels and regular books this month. Here’s what I read in September, which flew by … I can’t believe it’s fall already. The Night She Disappeared by Lisa JewellI've read a number of Lisa Jewell books over the past two years or so and while I've enjoyed them all,... Continue Reading →

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