I picked up a copy of Kakushigoto: My Dad's Secret Ambition Vol. 1 through Net Galley. The premise of the book sounded interesting: a single-father manga artist writes dirty manga series and is terrified what it will mean for his daughter should she find out.
The Will and the Wilds finds a land where monsters called mystings linger in the wildwood beyond the village, threatening the townspeople. Our main character, Enna, is one of the few who engages in the kind of rituals and magic that might get her ostracized if the other townspeople were to find out. Enna's willingness to strike a deal with a mysting to help protect herself and her father leads to trouble after the deal goes awry.
Fight of the Century is a collection of essays edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, each of which focuses on a specific landmark case that the ACLU helped argue. The release earlier this year celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the organization and recruited some literary heavyweights like Ann Patchet, Neil Gaiman, Marlon James, and so many more to contribute to the cause. I picked this up on a whim, seeing that Chabon (one of my favorites) was helping edit, along with some of the other names involved, and I'm very glad I did.
Joe Golem: Occult Detective volume 2 brings back the same creative crew as volume 1 (Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, Patric Reynolds, Dave Stewart, and Clem Robbins) for the second entry in the series. Much like volume 1, the second entry in the series was a bit uneven.
Joe Golem: Occult Detective, Vol. 1: The Rat Catcher and the Sunken Dead is the first volume of the Joe Golem series. This volume is written by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden with Patric Reynolds on art and Mignolaverse legend Dave Stewart on colors. Most of the names here are familiar to anyone who's read Hellboy and BPRD and, as you'd expect, they bring a certain floor to the quality of a book they're involved in. I found that to be true of Joe Golem.
Today I'm reviewing Uzumaki by Junji Ito. This beautiful hardcover is the 3-in-1 edition, containing all three volumes of the series.
★★★★★ Farmhand continues to impress in volume 2. In this volume we get a shift more towards horror, now that the groundwork for the series was laid out in the first volume. I find it to really be an intriguing story, not least of all because it seems fresh. I can't think of much else... Continue Reading →
Weather is my first exposure to Jenny Offill's work. This book was a very unique reading experience. The style of the book lives somewhere at the intersection of slice-of-life and stream-of-consciousness. Rather than build its narrative on extended scenes, it relies on short passages, sometimes only a few sentences, that come at a breakneck pace.... Continue Reading →
This is the first collection of the daily Nancy strip since new author Olivia Jaimes took over. I rarely read strips, and had read zero Nancy strips before this, only having been exposed to Jaimes' work on Nancy through social media. I have nothing bad to say about this book. It was great. It's one... Continue Reading →