So, to get caught up on things...
I picked up Will Eisner's Life, in Pictures: Autobiographical Stories partially because I didn't really know that much about Eisner, who's one of the seminal figures in American comics history, and partially because I found the idea of an autobiography done as graphic novel interesting. And it is, but it's also a string of depressing stories about growing up Jewish in America, and I needed that right now like I need another hole in my head.
Greg Bear's Hull Zero Three is a another take on the old Robert Heinlein Orphans of the Sky story about a generation starship gone awry, but it suffers in comparison with Elizabeth Bear's (no relation) Dust, which P had given me a few months ago. Hull Zero Three is shorter, less detailed, and more than a little annoying thereby; its protagonist stumbles through a situation he doesn't understand with a near-complete ignorance of how things work or what he's supposed to be doing, and no notion of whether he can trust the others he encounters along the way. I found it terribly frustrating and can't honestly recommend it.
I am beginning to think that Iain Banks doesn't know how to end a novel without killing his protagonists. I've read Consider Phlebas before; in fact, it was the first Culture novel I ever read, loaned to me by stuckintraffik when I was still living in Minnesota. So I shouldn't have been surprised by the way it ended, but still, it had been long enough since I've read it that that apocalyptic ending was a surprise, and it is rather a downer. I still recommend the book, but you probably shouldn't read it if you're already in a down state of mind.
I already discussed Agatha H And The Airship City here so I won't reeat myself. Good book, well worth reading.
And now I must do the linkagery thing.