Review – Skin Folk: Stories by Nalo Hopkinson

Skin Folk: Stories
By: Nalo Hopkinson
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Open Road Media
Award: World Fantasy Award for Best Collection (2002); Sunburst Award (2003)

I love short story collections. I also love fantasy. So this week I picked up a copy of Skin Folk: Stories by Nalo Hopkinson over on Hoopla. Despite this collection of short stories winning the World Fantasy Award for Best Collection in 2015, I was not familiar with the author or her other works. I was intrigued, and quickly dived into the book. This is a fantastic collection of stories – mostly fantasy, some horror, and a few stories which were written in a more contemporary style.

Tome Topple Round 6 TBR

It’s that time of year again ladies and gentleman. Another round of the Tome Topple Readathon will be soon upon us. It’s time for discussions of possible to be read piles, and I wanted to share what I will potentially be reading with you.

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Review – Lady Mechanika Vol 4: The Clockwork Assassin by Joe Benitez

Lady Mechanika Vol 4: The Clockwork Assassin
By: Joe Benitez; M.M. Chen
Illustrator: Joe Benitez (pencils); Martin Montiel (pencils); Beth Sotelo (colors); Michael Heisler (letters)
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Publisher: Benitez Productions
Series: Lady Mechanika #4
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)

You know what? There aren’t enough steampunk stories. Doubly so for graphic novels. I mean who doesn’t love cool steam based tech and gorgeous Victorian outfits? Well, thankfully there’s the Lady Mechanika series. Lady Mechanika Vol 4 by Joe Benitez, M.M. Chen, Beth Sotelo, Michael Heisler, and Martin Montiel is a steampunk graphic novel series with detectives, fabulous lady investigators, and some scientists closer to the evil genius side of things than is comfortable.

Review – The Rig by Roger Levy

The Rig
By: Roger Levy
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Publisher: Titan Books
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)

This book took a little longer than I thought it would, partially because it’s a whopping 615 pages long. The Rig by Roger Levy kept me hooked for every single page, though. Even as the days begin to turn to weeks since I’ve finished it the story has stayed with me, and I find myself thinking about it more as time goes on. It’s been some time since a book has stayed with me in quite this way, and I think I might have found a new favorite.

Review – Harmony Black (Harmony Black #1)

Harmony Black
By: Craig Schaefer
Release Date: January 5th, 2016
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Series: Harmony Black Series

 Am I the only one who likes having books read to me? Am I the only one who misses story time on the carpet in school where all of us as kid would gather and sit, cross-legged to look at our teacher, holding a book and reading aloud to us for those precious thirty-minutes or so? 

Review – The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch

The Gone World
By: Tom Sweterlitsch
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons

Telling me there are time travel aspects to a book might be one of the quickest ways to get me to read a book. I’m a sucker for a good time traveling story. And that is certainly a major aspect of The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch.

Review – Vampire Hunter D Vol. 1 by Hideyuki Kikuchi

Vampire Hunter D Vol. 1
By: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Illustrator: Yoshitaka Amano
Translator: Kevin Leahy
Release Date: March 10, 1983; (English) 2005
Publisher: DH Press
Series: Vampire Hunter D

Fun story. I borrowed a copy of Vampire Hunter D from Hoopla. Since Yoshitaka Amano (of Final Fantasy fame) is the artist, something I was aware of earlier, I assumed this was a manga. Not sure why, seeing as Yoshitaka Amano hasn’t illustrated any manga as far as I am aware. (Do correct me if I’m wrong. I’d love to read a manga he’s illustrated.) As it turns out, Vampire Hunter D by Hideyuki Kikuchi is a light novel! I love light novels!

Review – The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts

The Freeze-Frame Revolution
By: Peter Watts
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Series: Sunflower Cycle
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)

The Freeze-Frame Revolution is a story of revolution aboard a space ship tasked with traversing the galaxy building warp gates. In order to keep building for as long as possible the humans aboard are cryogenically frozen between builds, waking only when absolutely necessary. But not everything is as it seems.

Review – The Strange Bird by Jeff VanderMeer

The Strange Bird
By: Jeff VanderMeer
Release Date: February 27, 2018
Publisher: MCD/Firrar, Strous, and Giroux
Series: Borne

My library tends to always have novellas in their new books section, and I tend to always check them out immediately. This past week I found a book called The Strange Bird by Jeff VanderMeer, which is a title I hadn’t heard of before. Once I’d checked the book out and gotten home I realized I was in the middle of two other novels by the same author – Annihilation, the first book in the Southern Reach trilogy, as well as Borne.

Review – Devilman: The Classic Collection Vol. 1 by Go Nagai

Devilman: The Classic Collection Vol 1
By: Go Nagai
Translator: Zack Davisson; Adrienne Beck
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Publisher: Seven Seas
Series: Devilman: The Classic Collection
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)

I love reading classic manga. Too often these are the manga that have shaped the industry we know today, but haven’t been published in English for decades, or sometimes never at all. Now, all that seems to be changing, and I am making sure to read as many as these fantastic manga as possible. Devilman: The Classic Collection Vol 1 by Go Nagai is a fantastic horror manga that has truly stood the test of time.