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Tim Leong: Super Graphic – A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe

29 Dec 2013 · No Comments

Imagine, if you well, a Venn diagram, with circles for people who:
* like mainstream comic books
* like indie/alternative comic books
* are interested in information design
* like infographics/”chart porn”
* have a sense of whimsy
If you’re in the intersection of all these, you want this book. I don’t think every graphic succeeds — although maybe the impenetrability [...]

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Tags: criticism · humor · l-author · s-title

Mur Lafferty: The Shambling Guide to New York City

26 Dec 2013 · No Comments

The Shambling Guide to New York City is an urban fantasy that starts out with an intriguing exploration into how the human world might interact with a Buffy-esque any-myth-system-is-fair-game secret supernatural world. I was aware that the major plot arc doesn’t really get cranking for quite a few chapters, but I didn’t mind, because Lafferty’s [...]

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Tags: fantasy · l-author · s-title

Mick Farren: The Quest of the DNA Cowboys, Synaptic Manhunt

07 Sep 2013 · No Comments

Farren’s “DNA Cowboys” trilogy had been on my to-read list for a long time, and I finally decided to give it a go. It’s a simultaneous homage to and send up of Burroughs-style “planetary romance,” raunchier, more overtly parodic, and much less structured than Philip José Farmer’s “World of Tiers” novels, but not entirely dissimilar. [...]

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Tags: f-author · fantasy · q-title · s-title · science fiction

Greg Ketter: Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores

26 Mar 2013 · No Comments

Greg Ketter, owner of Minneapolis’ DreamHaven books describes this volume as a labor of love, and that’s evident. But its thematic focus is so narrow that it’s probably better dipped into than read straight-through: it’s a bit too easy to play spot-the-trope (haunted bookstore, haunted books, store-of-books-never-written, store-of-books-that-warp-reality), and I found the quality uneven.
I give [...]

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Tags: fantasy · horror · k-author · s-title · science fiction

Dia Reeves: Slice of Cherry

06 Feb 2013 · No Comments

I liked Reeves’ first novel Bleeding Violet so much that I ordered her second in advance of its publication date. And then I didn’t read it until now thanks to a quandary familiar to me: I didn’t want the new book to be the same as the one I just read, but I wanted to [...]

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Tags: fantasy · horror · r-author · s-title · young adult

Julian Fellowes: Snobs

27 Jan 2013 · 1 Comment

I like Julian Fellowes’ TV series Downton Abbey quite a bit, but unfortunately I bought this book before I realized that relatively little of what I like about the show is about the writing, particularly the plotting. It’s almost uniformly excellently acted, and the production design is gorgeous. Certainly some of my emotional investment in [...]

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Tags: f-author · fiction · s-title

Jim C. Hines: The Stepsister Scheme

03 Jan 2013 · No Comments

I first heard of Jim C. Hines via his project of challenging the objectification of women on “urban fantasy/paranormal romance” book covers by painstakingly (literally) re-creating the poses with himself in the starring role. Like much of my favorite activism, it’s funny and serious at the same time. (He even tackles a book where I [...]

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Tags: fantasy · h-author · s-title

Tobias Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim: Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won

07 Jun 2012 · 1 Comment

Ye gods, someone wrote a sports book for me.
Except it’s not, quite, because a lot of it is not specifically about baseball. But there was more than enough baseball to keep me engaged throughout. Moskowitz and Wertheim apply scientific rigor to analyzing why perplexing issues like why teams and managers consistently make suboptimal decisions, [...]

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Tags: baseball · m-author · s-title · w-author

Eva Ibbotson: The Secret of Platform 13

19 Jan 2012 · No Comments

This past Christmas afforded me the happy opportunity of researching what-next-after-Potter? books for a young relation, and of course I’m reading a bunch myself. This book shares the plot detail of a mysterious train platform leading to another world*, but what it reminded me of most was Roald Dahl, perhaps because cute, quirky, and creepy [...]

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Tags: children's · fantasy · i-author · s-title

Erik Spiekermann, E.M. Ginger: Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works

29 Dec 2011 · No Comments

As the name might suggest, Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works takes a breezy, irreverent approach to introducing typography to the lay reader. It does a good job of explaining the vocabulary of the field. It demonstrates how elements of of a typeface contribute to legibility in various contexts. And it introduces [...]

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Tags: g-author · nonfiction · s-author · s-title