Okay, let’s face, I’m not consistent with writing reviews but I am consistent with a few key things in my life. Drinking water, taking my allergy medicine and reading every day are all things I’m good at. Writing reviews? Not so much. Could I blame this on the fact that I work overtime pretty much every week? Yes. Should I work on being more consistent? Also yes.
So, here we are in April 2023, with me finally posting my list of favorite books from 2022. I read 138 books in 2022 and here are my top 10.
I don’t remember visiting a bookstore before moving to northern New Jersey. Fond memories abound of being brought to the local library, but I can’t remember going to a bookstore, not once. It was only after leaving a place filled with more farms than fast-food franchises that I remember going to a bookstore.
One of the things authors get asked most frequently is to name the other writers who have most strongly influenced their work, and I think it’s a fair enough question. No one writes in total isolation, after all. Our work always forms part of a conversation between the ourselves and the wider culture, and we are influenced, either positively or negatively, by every piece of fiction we consume.
So, with that in
mind, I have been asked to write a few words about the influences behind my
forthcoming novel, Stars and Bones.
If you haven’t seen it by now, my friend and partner in crime, Kate, has given herself an insane reading challenge for 2022. 500 Books. I repeat. Five. Hundred. Books. So, how am I supposed to compete with that?
So far, 2022 is shaping up to be one hell of a reading year! Tons of new speculative fiction books are coming our way. A few manga series I’m extremely excited about are going to be released in English for the first time. And I’ve gotten myself into a wild reading challenge with my cousin.
After more than a year of online-only events big and small, many fans were itching for a return to normalcy. Despite huge strides in inclusivity online-only events have brought about, there is something wonderful about meeting friends you’ve only ever interacted with online in person, or for me, meeting up with editors, managers, and other staff I normally don’t get see in person across the manga and anime world.
Webcomics aren’t exactly a new medium. These web-based comics are very popular with both artists and readers, and they have some of the absolute best artists and writers working on them. Sites like WEBTOON have become enormous powerhouses with award-winning webcomics and huge industry names on their platform. But this isn’t about the webcomics industry as a whole. Today I want to talk about the webcomic Boyfriends.
Unlike the West’s comics,
manga is often drawn in black ink on white paper. This is for a number of
reasons. Besides artistic style, there’s one huge factor: cost. It’s much, much
cheaper for all involved. How’s this? Well, let me throw in a little history
and a little know-how from doing production editor work.
I’ve been sitting here starting a blinking cursor for a while now, trying to put words to paper on the passing of Kentaro Miura, the creator of the famed manga Berserk. I don’t think I can put it any better than what I’ve already said in my article “Kentaro Miura & Berserk: Finding Hope in Insurmountable Darkness” for Funimation. But write-ups for other websites come with things like word counts, so here’s a little more on my experience with Berserk and the passing of one of the great creators of our time.
Well 2020 was a bit of a rollercoaster, wasn’t it? I know I’m not alone in thinking this but it has to be acknowledged all the same. The chaos we all went through led to a lot of ups and downs and perhaps one of the few high points for me was that I got a lot more reading done this year.
My original goal was 110 books and I managed to read 114. On January 1st, 2020 I thought my goal of 110 books was a huge stretch, little did I know a global pandemic would cut out the few social things I used to do that prevented me from reading. The pandemic also provided nightmare fuel for me which mean insomnia was the worst it has ever been which inevitably led to the thought of, “Well if I can’t sleep I might as well read that book I started earlier.” Most nights I was up until around 4 AM reading which, while not the healthiest coping mechanism and definitely horrible for my health in other ways it did allow me to reach one goal in 2020.