Borne

Author: Jeff VanderMeer Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2017 I read it: May 2017 Jeff VanderMeer returns to the wonderfully weird. His latest novel is set in a not-too-distant future or a parallel now, after the collapse of most of society. Rachel is a scavenger in an unnamed city, “a damaged city, a city that could…

Ghost World

Author and artist: Daniel Clowes Type: Fiction, comic Published: 1998 I read it: June 2017 After reading a string of fantastical modern comics, I figured I’d knock out the slim Ghost World, a classic of day-to-day realism. I had gathered that Daniel Clowes was a well-respected figure in this vein of comics, though I don’t…

The Autumnlands, Volume One: Tooth and Claw

Author: Kurt Busiek Artist: Benjamin Dewey Type: Fiction, comic Collects issues: 1-6 Published: 2015 I read it: June 2017 The Autumnlands rests on the resume of Kurt Busiek, he of Marvels renown. In that book he paired with Alex Ross, and the artwork was so wondrous that Busiek’s story was only part of the draw.…

Shutter, Volume Two: Way of the World

Author: Joe Keatinge Artist: Leila del Duca Type: Fiction, comic Collects issues: 7-12 Published: 2014 I read it: June 2017 Something is off about that cover. Seems like the framing isn’t quite right. And unfortunately that tends to be the case for this book overall. In Volume Two, Kate Kristopher continues to be chased, captured,…

Saga, Volume Five

Author: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Fiona Staples Type: Fiction, comic Collects issues: 25-30 Published: 2015 I read it: June 2017 Volume Five opens with an overarching summary about war in general and this story’s war in particular, explaining how it’s been going on so long that the original planets involved are hardly involved, while the other…

You’re Saying It Wrong

Authors: Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: You’re Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse Published: 2016 I read it: May 2017 I received a free copy of this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. My second…

Guns

Author: Stephen King Type: Non-fiction, essay (Kindle single) Published: 2013 I read it: August 2017 (re-read) Throughout my re-reading adventure of The Dark Tower series, I kept thinking back to this essay that Stephen King released in the spring following the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. I had remembered that part of King’s goal…