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In David Sedaris' most recent, and most emotional, collection of non-fiction essays he shifts from his usual formula of consistently funny and bizarrely relatable tales to dive deeper into his personal relationships, and what it was like to lose them. From the loss of a rough-around-the-edges mother to cancer, to the loss of an estranged and resentful sister to suicide, Sedaris succeeds again in painting real life, as well as the struggles we must endure to participate in it, in a realistic and entertaining light.
This book hooked me from the start and took me on a journey I will never forget. While the characters are not your typical protagonists, you are sure to love them and all their quirks. As they take on a heist to break into the most well guarded place in the world, you get to learn more about each one of these characters and what really makes them tick. That may have been one of my favorite parts of this book, the characters. It is no secret that they are a band of criminals with intriguing pasts, so naturally you may be hesitant to trust anyone in this story, but trust me, you will find yourself cheering them on even while they do very questionable things.
Uzumaki is a literal world of spiraling terror and the most horrifying of circumstances. Centering around an innocent teen girl, Kirie, and her boyfriend, Shuichi, it starts with the seemingly simple issue of Shuichi's father becoming obsessed with a certain shape...the spiral. The obsession overtakes his life to the point of death-- and that's only where this tale starts. The entire town of Kurouzo-Cho becomes one with the spiral and, in turn, also submits to the point of its own deteriorating demise. Overall, Uzumaki is an anthology of smaller horror stories that build into the central plot of the diseased town. Junji Ito is well known for his disgusting, grim, and explicit artistic style; unafraid to instill fear in his reader through disturbing images and situations. It's nearly impossible to look away from what's happening on the page, no matter if your brain can comprehend what's going on or not. There will be things you wish you could unsee, and things you will stare at until you've forgotten where you're sitting. These exhilarating stories will frighten, invite, and to be honest, become entirely unforgettable. Not for the faint of heart.
Ah, the classic coming of age story. A young boy disagrees with his father, and decides to strike out on his own. A man struggles to speak to people, and can speak to animals. A boy wakes up, covered in blood, with news reports of his father being dea... Wait, this doesn't sound typical! Haruki Murakami's masterpiece. A tale filled with twists, turns, love, sadness, and realizing that, unlike most coming of age stories, you can not run away from your problems. Murakami manages to masterfully weave together the lives of multiple individuals, past, present, and future, in a winding road of trials and tribulations. You'll feel the pain of youth, you'll laugh at the odd situations, and you'll sit and wonder: why is Murakami so obsessed with talking cats? An absolute masterwork. I recommend this to anyone who likes strange, slightly supernatural, modern day fiction. Come along with Kafka, and traverse the shores of life.
There are a lot of great books on spirituality and science but when I think of metaphysics I think of The Field by Lynne McTaggart. Rather than tell you what to believe in, Lynne presents scientific experiment after experiment so you can ask your own questions on the nature of reality.
Scott Pilgrim's in a rock band and his life is pretty awesome. It gets even better when he, maybe, meets his soul mate. But if he wants to date her he'll have to battle her evil exes; there's video-game like magic involved! I picked up this gem for it's cool art, I stayed for the fun.
The beginning of the Neapolitan Quartet, My Brilliant Friend is brimming with honesty and tragedy. The story follows the sometimes harrowing early journey of two friends, Lila and Lenu, their lives intersect and grow together. Ferrante's writing is simply undeniable; precise and pitch perfect. The first story of this quartet is an entrance to a world that you will never forget.
This is a mystery involving the theft of a large diamond (with a touch of international intrigue) and a subsequent murder, set in Victorian England. Considered to be the first modern English detective novel, it laid many of the ground rules of today's detective novel. It is one of my favorite novels.
Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey redefine Moon Knight and make him and his white suit the focus of your attention. The avatar of Khonshu will protect all the travelers in the night. From battling mobsters to ghosts, Marc Spector's multiple personalities always have a man for the job at hand!
As the stakes continue to grow in each new book in James S. A. Corey's series, the characters don't get swept away. The Expanse series is the best space opera of the millennium so far and we're lucky we get to see more adventures of the Rocinante crew.
How does one sum up the universe Philip Pullman has built? Full of adventure, teeming with wonder, all of it driven by characters that will reaffirm (or restore) your faith in the human spirit. Pullmans follow-up trilogy to His Dark Materials lives up to everything his biggest fan could wish for.
Do you ever find yourself listening to I Wanna Be Your Dog and think Man, I wish I could teleport back in time to the Detroit punk scene fifty years ago? No? You will after hearing about it first-hand. From MC5 and the Stooges to Dead Boys and the Ramones, Please Kill Me is chock-full of wild anecdotes straight from the mouths of those who lived it.
Ellen Raskin published this twisty puzzle of a book in 1979 and 40 years later, its as fun as ever. The Westing Game is a lovingly crafted, cleverly developed, and thoroughly satisfying mystery. A perfect pick for readers who are too young for Investigation Discovery specials and Ruth Ware.
This was dense reading, but as I continued, it started to move along. I was always curious about the Korean war as I was a child when it was going on and I used to hear my parents talk about it a lot. This book explains much. It gets into the cause of the war, and the politicians, generals and the press that were involved in the creation of the conflict. It covers the actual combat experience of the soldiers fighting and the horror when the Chinese crossed into Korea. It points out great failures in American political, military policy and arrogance that almost destroyed the U.S. military forces in Korea It also pointed to the great bravery of the soldiers. The Marine escape from the Chosin reservoir was one of that service's greatest moments. The book also deals with Cold War world that it influenced. It is a great read and worth the effort.
The most elegantly wasted man on the planet, "the human riff" - just a few of the things Keith Richards has been called throughout his life, which itself seems like a crazy adventure that no one else but Keith could ever survive. It's all there in gritty detail - the rock n roll lifestyle, the danger, the laughs, the highs and lows and everything in between. At times it feels like you're sitting there having a drink with him as he's telling you everything. I'm still amazed that he could even remember it all.
I really enjoyed the imagination and creativity with the characters of this series. I found it had great comedic timing and drama through out the entire book. A lot of action combined with really interesting twists and turns for the plot. Also loved how the main character was strong willed.
Presented here are the humble beginnings of one of the most influential and long-running manga series of all time, all in a beautiful hardcover volume with gorgeous new cover art. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure mainly follows the Joestar family and their descendants as they battle all sorts of vampires, ancient Aztec gods, cowboys, mobsters, and rock people. While its art at this point is really nothing special, Phantom Blood's unabashed melodrama and love-to-hate antagonist are just too much fun to put down, and the series only skyrockets in creativity, artistic quality and absurdity from here. Required reading for any manga fan.
Fatale is a perfect blend of noir and the supernatural. Taking place in 1950s San Francisco, a cult devoted to cosmic gods is in pursuit of the mysterious Josephine and all who are entranced by her seductive ways. But what is Jo's tie to the cult, and how many men must die to keep her safe? Follow the trail of blood and read Fatale to unravel this mystery.
In Pachinko we follow four generations of a Korean family living in Japan, starting during the Great Depression and ending in a more modern era. Each generation is faced with the same problems such as sexism, racism and personal identity. Racism is the overall theme of the novel, but it also explores the ideas of being a woman in a male-dominated world. Neither change, but often become more subtle overtime. Min Jin Lee shows a plethora of women working within the confines of the patriarchy before them and becoming strong and independent. Pachinko is a gamble, as are often the lives of the Korean people living within Japan.
Welcome back to the land of faerie! This book is rich and intense with political intrigue. If you love strong willed powerful women you will love Jude, she's just as strong as she was in the first two books! I fell in love with the support characters all over again and I love the mention of characters from her previous series. After becoming high queen and becoming exiled, Jude is forced back into the mortal world and must come to terms that Cardan has once again betrayed her. Her and Cardan's journey is transcendent and heartbreaking. Holly Black takes your heart, rips it apart and puts it together again. If you loved her previous works, you'll be immersed in this. The ending was everything I wanted and more!