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<time datetime="2009-05-31T00:00:00-07:00" pubdate><span class='month'>May</span> <span class='day'>31</span> <span class='year'>2009</span></time>
<h1 class="entry-title"><a href="/book-reviews-for-may-2009.html">Book Reviews for May 2009</a></h1>
<div class="entry-content"><p>This was a really bad month for reading books. I had barely half an hour everyday for reading books. Sigh.</p>
<h3>Batman: The Killing Joke</h3>
<p>I had heard a lot about <a href="">Batman: The Killing Joke</a> and was delighted to find it in my library. It did live up to the hype. The Joker has an interesting backstory as a failed comedian. It also has an interesting perspective of the Batman and the Joker being reflections of each other (just like in Matrix of Neo and Agent Smith). A very enjoyable book!</p>
<h3>Still I Rise</h3>
<p>This is a comic book that details the history of blacks in United States. It was quite informative - talks about the black inventors who are usually not acknowledged in public history and the rise of the Civil rights movement. It is written and drawn by two African-Americans, so it is a personal story of struggle as well. Still, I think it is a little odd that it did not cover <a href="">the slavery that occurred among Africans</a> before the colonialists arrived. Also missing is a description of the creation of <a href="">Liberia</a> which was founded by the freed slaves from United States. But this book is an excellent source of information about African-Americans who have contributed to the society and for the struggle for civil rights.</p>
<h3>The Doll&rsquo;s House</h3>
<a href="">Sandman : The Doll&rsquo;s House</a> is one of the Sandman series. I had actually read a later one, <a href="">The Sandman Vol. 7: Brief Lives</a> earlier. It is an engrossing read, as is typical of Gaiman. I was very amused by the idea of a Conference for Serial Killers (known as the &ldquo;Collectors&rdquo;).
<h3>Another Day of Life</h3>
<p><a href="">Another Day of Life</a> is about the <a href="">Angolan Civil War</a>. It is deeply personal and free from assumptions and stereotypes about Africans. The author claims to have evidence of <a href="">FNLA</a> troops practicing Cannibalism and the <a href="">UNITA</a> getting the funding from American Churches. It is amazing to read about what the author had to go through to cover this important event in Cold War Era.</p>.
The main reason for finishing only 4 books was, I was stuck reading <a href="">The Savage Detectives: A Novel</a> which is a heavy tome. Sadly, I had to give it up as it was reserved by a lot of people. But I have bought a copy now, so hopefully, I should write about it next month!
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