Jan. 30th, 2017

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10. The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary - I probably shouldn't have read this book during the week when Trump got inaugurated. Mice hiding from people so they aren't all killed off by the hotel owners is way too much of the narrative and every time that came up, I just thought about how much this is reminding me of Maus. The book is pretty cool and sweet. A mouse finds a little motorcycle that works and rides it around the hotel. He makes friends with the family and old members of the staff. His family comes along and they worry because a maid sees mouse holes because he has to eat his way out of the library and HOLY FUCK THEY ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!!! Beverly Cleary is truly a good author but wow, this was written for children who aren't thinking about the holocaust.

11. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now by Ryan North & Erica Henderson - This one actually still makes me laugh. I quite love Squirrel Girl and this one gave us the cosplaying Doombots. Cosplaying Doombots are the best. I love how Squirrel Girl takes comic book tropes just seriously enough to have fun with them. Kraven the Hunter driving around in a Kra-Van is beautiful - especially when we get arguments about how he did kill Spiderman, he really did and then he was dead for a time. The main story is the time travel one with Dr. Doom taking advantage of some of it but it is really just another computer science student sending his rivals back in time. There are computer science jokes that I don't get, but I love that they are there.

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