I turned 25 the other month, and in came the increasingly depressing realisation that there is no way to stop the ongoing slog of time, but that blow was softened by getting a Waterstones gift card and my chance to spend a ridiculous amount of money in a bookstore, completely guilt free. I rounded up a great selection of books that I cannot wait to show you!
First up we have the graphic novels I’ve had my eye on for a while now. All of these titles I picked up the first trade paperback by chance, whilst I worked at Waterstones and I instantly fell in love with all of them. Saga is one of the greatest, space adventures about family and growing up that you could have asked for. I love the overtly rude, sexual, violent, laugh out loud moments. Bryan K Vaughan (of Y:The Last Man, Ex Machina fame) clearly does not care for any TV/Film adaptions of his work, as he is trying to create an un-filmable piece of work, and Saga ticks every box. I bought the latest trade paperback (vol 6) and my only problem with it, was the length between trades that I kind of forgot what was going on (this was a common problem when reading all these graphic novels to be honest).
Rick Remender features twice on this list, with Black Science (vol 4) and Deadly Class (again vol 4). These two series are wildly different, yet both feature fantastic artwork that really brings both narratives to life. Black Science deals with a group of scientists (and a couple of kids) as they travel through dimensions using a device known as the Pillar. With as many twists and turns, weird alien planets, and tragic deaths that you can shake a stick at, Black Science really does surprise you with every turn of the page.
Sex Criminals instantly sounds insane, and it totally is. From lightsabre dildo fights, time stopping orgasms and weird floating jizz ghosts, you’re in for one wild ride. The basic premise is two people find out they can stop time when they climax, and decide to rob banks, what could possibly go wrong?! Well… a lot of things but I’ll leave you to discover that if you decide to delve into the mad world that Matt Fraction and illustrator Chip Zdarsky have created.
Now onto to rest of the haul. I picked up The Circle by Dave Eggers, one I had been recommended by a friend. It deals with a Mae, a new employee of the world’s leading tech company who are incredibly influential across the world. I’ve started reading this and I’m really enjoying it so far! Eggers is a fantastic writer, who creates very real characters that stick out of the page.
I picked up Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge, which delves into a single day’s worth of gun crime and the resulting death of 10 kids aged from 9 to 19. I’ve read so many good things about this book, and it is such a morbidly fascinating topic that you can’t help but want to pick it up. I’m looking forward to reading this.
Last but not least, is a lovely little collection of books that Penguin have put out. They are 5 classic science-fiction novels all republished with some fantastic jackets. To be honest, the reason I picked them all up was because of the splendid covers, though there is nothing wrong with picking up a book with a nice cover, because who know, you might end up falling in love with it. These books are War of the Oaks by Emma Bull, Horror Stories by E. Nesbit, We Who Are About To… by Joanna Russ, True Names and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier by Vernor Vinge and The World In Winter by John Christopher. I’m planning on getting back into this blogging business, so do expect more posts! What books have you picked up recently? Let us know what you recommend.
Thanks for reading!