Wednesday, December 29, 2021

There's a Ghost in This House by Oliver Jeffers

There's a Ghost in This House There's a Ghost in This House by Oliver Jeffers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This delightful gem of a book is brought to us by @oliverjeffers and @philomelbooks. A little girl has never seen a ghost in her house, but by turning the page, the reader helps the ghosts appear all around her. A clever clever bit of storytelling technique using architectural found photos and transparent paper, Jeffers creates a book that is both charming and a little eerie. A sure treat for any young readers who are fascinated by the spookier side of things.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed by Helene Tursten and translated by Marlaine Delargy

An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed by Helene Tursten
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

AN ELDERLY LADY MUST NOT BE CROSSED by Helene Tursten and translated by Marlaine Delargy from @soho_press is the perfect follow up to AN ELDERLY LADY IS UP TO NO GOOD. Here, we journey with Maud as she not only takes the vacation of a lifetime, but also as she wanders down memory lane. We discover some of what makes Maud tick, and also find that she may have a heart of gold buried under that fierce, irascible façade of hers. I seriously cannot recommend either of these two books enough. They’re both slim little volumes that can be read in an afternoon, and perfect for to read with a nice cuppa on a cold, winter’s afternoon.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dickens' perennial Christmas classic about Ebenezer Scrooge and his visits from the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come and the Christmas lessons Scrooge learns from them. I try to read this every year around the holidays, and it never seems to get old.

The illustrations in this particular edition by P. J. Lynch are gorgeous!

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Monday, December 20, 2021

An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten and translated by Marlaine Delargy

An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This small volume is an absolute delight. AN ELDERLY LADY IS UP TO NO GOOD by Helene Tursten and translated by Marlaine Delargy from @soho_press is one of those rare finds of a book that you didn’t know you needed in your life until you read it. Maud, an 88 year old elderly lady, likes her routine and her quiet life in her apartment. However, if that routine or quiet is disturbed, Maud is not above a little murder to set her world back to rights. She is irascible and cranky and the most lovable murderer you’ll ever find in a book.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Between Snow and Wolf by Agnès Domergue and illustrated by Hélène Canac

Between Snow and Wolf Between Snow and Wolf by Agnes Domergue
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another fantastic volume from @magneticpress, BETWEEN SNOW AND WOLF by Agnès Domergue and illustrated by Hélène Canac tells the story of Lila, a young girl who must discover her inner courage to find her lost father on an island of eternal winter. In the process, she also discovers lost memories, missing family, and potentially the answer to ending the eternal winter. Inspired by Japanese mythology and folklore, fans of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli will definitely enjoy this beautifully told and gorgeously illustrated fairy tale. Like all of Magnetic Press’ releases, the production value of the physical book is impressive. Issued in a slightly oversized hardcover edition, the book itself is just as lovely as the story it holds. If you haven’t picked anything from Magnetic Press up before, you should treat yourself to one if their fantastic books.

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Sunday, November 7, 2021

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

A Spindle Splintered A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Finished A SPINDLE SPLINTERED by @alix.e.harrow from @tordotcompub today, and it is as fantastic in its telling as it is in its design. The Arthur Rackham silhouettes throughout the book perfectly compliment the modern-day fairy tale Harrow has created. I’m looking forward to her future Fractured Fables.

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Star Wars: The Secrets of the Sith by Marc Sumerak, et al

Star Wars: The Secrets of the Sith: Dark Side Knowledge from the Skywalker Saga, The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and More Star Wars: The Secrets of the Sith: Dark Side Knowledge from the Skywalker Saga, The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and More by Marc Sumerak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Friday, November 5, 2021

Bigfoot in Maine by Michelle Souliere

Bigfoot in Maine Bigfoot in Maine by Michelle Y. Souliere
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had the great opportunity to read BIGFOOT IN MAINE by my friend @msouliere while actually visiting Maine. It made the reading experience all the more vivid after being able to wander some areas that are similar to those in the book. Michelle is a natural-born storyteller, so being able to read her histories and interviews with people who have seen Bigfoot, and then being able to explore areas that are like those described in her book, I could really understand how something like Bigfoot could remain so well hidden in the forests and wilds of Maine. If cryptids are your thing, then this book is definitely for you! You can order a copy directly from her shop, @greenhandbooks in Portland ME.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Batman: Noël by Lee Bermejo

Batman: Noël Batman: Noël by Lee Bermejo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



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Reign of X, Vol 11 by Jonathan Hickman, et al

Reign Of X Vol. 11 Reign Of X Vol. 11 by Simon Spurrier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Collecting: Way of X (2021) #2, Cable (2020) #11-12, Children of the Atom (2021) #4-5

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Reign of X, Vol 10 by Jonathan Hickman, et al

Reign Of X Vol. 10 Reign Of X Vol. 10 by Leah Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Collecting: X-Factor (2020) #8-9, X-Corp (2021) #1, Marauders (2019) #20, Way of X (2021) #1

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Reign of X, Vol 9 by Jonthan Hickman, et al

Reign Of X Vol. 9 Reign Of X Vol. 9 by Zeb Wells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Collecting: Hellions (2020) #11, Wolverine (2020) #11-12, New Mutants ( 2019) #18, S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #5, X-Factor (2020) #7

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Reign of X, Vol 8 by Jonathan Hickman, et al

Reign Of X Vol. 8 Reign Of X Vol. 8 by Gerry Duggan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Collecting: Cable (2020) #10, Children of the Atom (2021) #3, Excalibur (2019) #20, X-Men (2019) #20, Hellions (2020) #9-10

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Saturday, October 30, 2021

HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Hex Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For my last spooky season book of the year, HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt from @tornightfire offered up all the child and scares that I was hoping for. Holy crap, this book was intense, and did not hold back or shy away from going where I did not think it was going to go. Hands down, my favorite book this spooky season. Will absolutely be picking by Heuvelt’s Echo when it is released next year.

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

The Last House on Needless Street The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

THE LAST HOUSE ON NEEDLESS STREET by Catriona Ward from @tornightfire is a deeply unsettling work of psychological horror and I couldn’t put it down. Read it in 2 sittings. I felt I had a pretty good idea where the story was going, but Ward pulls the carpet out from under the reader’s feet about a dozen times by the end of the book. So, while I was partially right, the story went so much deeper than I was expecting. An excellent reading experience. I’ll definitely be looking for more of Ward’s books.

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

Basketful of Heads by Joe Hill & Leomacs

Basketful of Heads Basketful of Heads by Joe Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Spooky season continues with BASKETFUL OF HEADS by @joe_hill & @leomacs from @dccomics & Hill House Comics. Another, great story from Hill with his usual weird sense of humor: June Branch is visiting her boyfriend Liam on the small Maine island where he’s working for the summer when she gets entangled in a messy showdown between the local police force and some escaped convicts from a prison Stephen King fans will recognize. To protect herself and save Liam, June grabs the first weapon she can, a magical axe that severs heads, but keeps them talking. How many heads will it take for June to piece together the puzzle? A basketful should do. It’s goofy and bloody and exactly what I’ve come to expect from Joe Hill. I’m looking forward to the upcoming follow up series, REFRIGERATOR FULL OF HEADS.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Daphne Byrne by Laura Marks & Kelley Jones

Daphne Byrne Daphne Byrne by Laura Marks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Now, this is a delish little bit of Gothic fun. DAPHNE BYRNE, by Laura Marks and Kelley Jones, from @joe_hill & @dccomics Black Label imprint, Hill House Comics. The story hits all the perfect Gothic horror notes, and Jones’ mastery of the Grand Guignol fits this story and it’s macabre flavor perfectly. Perfect for your spooky season reading!

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Something is Killing the Children, Vol 2 by James Tynion IV, et al

Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 2 Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 2 by James Tynion IV
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The love child of IT and STRANGER THINGS, this is an excellent horror story and I am quickly becoming a fan of everything that James Tyrion IV writes (WYND is another favorite graphic novel from earlier in the year). Full of children eating monsters and monster killers (along with plenty of gore), I’d love to see this made into a proper television series. If you’re on the Comixology Unlimited program, the first two volumes are available there for your creepy reading pleasure. 💀💀💀

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Something is Killing the Children, Vol 1 by James Tynion IV, et al

Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 1 Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The love child of IT and STRANGER THINGS, this is an excellent horror story and I am quickly becoming a fan of everything that James Tyrion IV writes (WYND is another favorite graphic novel from earlier in the year). Full of children eating monsters and monster killers (along with plenty of gore), I’d love to see this made into a proper television series. If you’re on the Comixology Unlimited program, the first two volumes are available there for your creepy reading pleasure. 💀💀💀

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Star Wars Adventures: Beware Vader's Castle by Cavan Scott, et al

Star Wars Adventures: Beware Vader's Castle Star Wars Adventures: Beware Vader's Castle by Cavan Scott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Think TALES FROM THE CRYPT viewed through a Star Wars lens, aimed at younger readers. It’s a fun series, and one I think most casual SW fans will enjoy, especially during Spooky Season.

Collecting STAR WARS ADVENTURES: TALES FROM VADER’S CASTLE and STAR WARS ADVENTURES: RETURN TO VADER’S CASTLE

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

Nothing But Blackened Teeth Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really, really wanted to like this more. The premise sounds fantastic, the buzz was hot, and the cover was worth the price of admission alone. Unfortunately, while Khaw achieves a healthy balance of minimalist description and creepy vibes, it all becomes bogged down in far too much purple prose (or in this case, violent violet prose). I don’t think there is a single sentence in this slim novella that doesn’t have some sort of metaphor or allegory, and in a story that is already short, it becomes just too much. If all of that flowery description were to be removed, we’d have been left with a decent story, but a very short one at that. Overall, rather disappointing.

Thanks to NetGalley and Tor Nightfire for a free digital review copy.

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Star Wars: The High Republic: Tempest Runner by Cavan Scott, et al

Tempest Runner Tempest Runner by Cavan Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Little Nemo by Frank Pé

Frank Pe's Little Nemo Frank Pe's Little Nemo by Frank Pé
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

LITTLE NEMO from @frankpe1921 & @magneticpress is a gorgeous reimagining of Winsor McCay’s whimsical and perpetually sleeping creation, Little Nemo. Pé’s artwork is beautiful and his dreamlike creations practically leap off the page. A wonderful tribute to McCay’s original stories. Thank you to @magneticpress & @this_is_edelweiss for a free digital review copy in exchange for a review.

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Sunday, September 5, 2021

Certain Dark Things by Syliva Moreno-Garcia

Certain Dark Things Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A whip smart, fast paced, urban fantasy that takes vampire lore to an entirely new level, CERTAIN DARK THINGS by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia is the debut offering from @torbooks new horror imprint, Nightfire, and it is a perfect book to launch with. Reading almost as much as an alternate history as it does urban fantasy/horror, vampires are discovered in the 1960s to actually exist. As the world struggles with this new knowledge, vampires and humans attempt to coexist, but of course this doesn’t work out. CDT takes place in a near-future Mexico City, one of the few vampire-free zones in the world. Told from multiple points of view, CDT follows young, naïve Atl, a vampire of Aztec decent, who is on the run after her family is murdered by a rival vampire cartel. She befriends street kid Domingo, who can help her navigate the unfamiliar streets of Mexico City as she tries to negotiate them passage out of North America before either the Mexico City police, the human mafia, or the rival vampire family finds her and kills her.

The way Moreno-Garcia creates such complex lore around each of the different types of vampires is fantastic. You won’t find sparkling vampires here, nor vampires that can change into mist. Instead, these are vampires grounded in the real world, with various subspecies and a history and lore to go with each. While being dark and gritty and bloody, it’s still refreshing to see a writer be able to do something original like this with vampires. Moreno-Garcia’s writing is slick and stylish; I’m sorry I haven’t read any of her other books yet. I’ll need to remedy that sooner than later.

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Monday, August 30, 2021

Stray Dogs by Tony Fleecs, illustrated by Trish Forstner

Stray Dogs Stray Dogs by Tony Fleecs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How the hell is it possible for a horror story about dogs and a serial killer, that looks like it was drawn by a late-80s/early-90s Disney animator, give me such feels?! Holy shit. Think SILENCE OF THE LAMBS thru the lens of Disney or Don Bluth. This is terrifying and incredible, and very much worth reading if you’re up for being made wildly uncomfortable. Definite trigger warning for animal violence/abuse and murder. Thank you to @imagecomics and @this_is_edelweiss for a free digital copy in exchange for a review.

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Radiant Black, Vol 1: (Not So) Secret Origin by Kyle Higgins, et al

Radiant Black, Vol. 1 Radiant Black, Vol. 1 by Kyle Higgins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Gave me some definite INVINCIBLE vibes, with a dash of POWER RANGERS thrown in for a colorful visual cue. A good start to the series, but made the (IMO) irritating jump from person discovers they now have super powers and within moments have decided that they know this is meant for something important and they are going to do good by these powers. I’ve never felt like that kind of immediate jump to that kind of life-altering decision seemed realistic in that situation. To me, that kind of storytelling is a little on the weak side. At least we’re eventually given a somewhat more grounded backstory on one of the other characters in the book and how/why they came to the decision on how they’d use their powers. Kept me interested enough to want to read the next volume, so it wasn’t all that bad. Thanks to @this_is_edelweiss and @imagecomics for providing a free digital copy in exchange for a review.

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