TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT by Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson
A workmanlike effort by Mr. Sanderson. I’m finally starting to get used to his change of tone. I think the book is most solid when it follows Perrin, but the wheels come off when Mat takes centerstage. I can’t help but mourn the loss of Jordan when I read this book and admit to myself that I’m really just reading it for the plot. The joy of reading this series is gone for me, which has almost nothing to do with the actual quality of writing.
OLD MAN’S WAR by John Scalzi
Shades of FOREVER WAR. Rock solid, heartily tongue-in-cheek military SF. Read it for the wit and the crazyweird alien violence. I liked it enough that I’m bound to read the sequels.
GOTHAM CITY SIRENS by Paul Dini
I remember virtually nothing from reading this.
THE INCAL: THE EPIC CONSPIRACY by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Truly weird. I was at a loss explaining it to Max, who latched onto it on the way home from the library. A fine example of the Euro-style of comics. I think.
THIRD CLASS SUPERHERO by Charles Yu
I seem to recall at least two of the stories in this collection being tops. Liked them enough that I read HOW TO LIVE SAFELY IN A SCIENCE FICTIONAL UNIVERSE.
YESTERDAY’S TOMORROWS v1 ed. by Rian Hughes
This book poured straight down the rabbit hole of my brain. All that’s left is greasy dream memory. Also, there’s a piece by Grant Morrison in it. A Dan Dare story, which is kind of the flipside to the one Garth Ennis did.
THE INSTRUCTIONS by Adam Levin
Most excellent. Somewhat unlike anything I’ve ever read. Effectively, three days in the life of a would-be (Jewish) messiah.
BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE by Grant Morrison
Batman as caveman, Puritan witchfinder, cowboy, private dick… It was better than it should’ve been. That being said, I did not understand the ending of the story.
BATMAN: TIME AND THE BATMAN by Grant Morrison
This one tied up all of the Batman loose ends. This one would not make a good stand-alone read.
THE CRIPPLED GOD by Steven Erikson
The tenth and final volume of THE MALAZAN BOOK OF THE FALLEN series. Truly epic. It was bittersweet to reach the end. I’ve only been traveling with these characters for upwards of ten thousand pages. Needless to say, don’t start with this one.
PYONGYANG: A JOURNEY IN NORTH KOREA by Guy Delisle
Whimsical art combined with oppressive totalitarian government makes for truly strange reading.
BLACKSAD by Juan Diaz Canales
Anthropomorphized animals noir it up in this beautifully drawn comic. Compelling title character, too.