Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 By:
(English Translation) June 19, 2012
Attack on Titan #1 Award:
Kodansha Manga Award for Best Shounen Manga (2011), 『エンタミクス』NEXTブレイク漫画ランキング BEST50 for 2nd place (当時1巻) (2010) Rating:
This isn’t the first time I’ve read Attack on Titan Vol. 1 by Hajime Isayama. The first time was quite some time ago, right around when the English version was released. This time was because I’d picked up a used copies of the first two volumes in the series at a used book sale. But this is the first time I’ve read the manga with a more critical eye.
Fragments of Horror By:
(Original Japanese) July 8, 2014; (English) June 16, 2015
This book has been sitting on my shelf for quite some time. Unlike the majority of the small library my husband and I have acquired, this one is his! Fragments of Horror is a manga filled with short, one chapter stories by Junji Ito, author of longer works such as Tomie. Ito is a master of horror, each story filled with strange, bizarre happenings and art that is as beautiful as it is terrifying.
Website: http://www.gradyhendrix.com/ Release Date:
September 23, 2014
Goodreads Choice Nominee for Horror (2014) Rating:
The more I think about it, the more I like this book. Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix is a traditional haunted house story turned on its head. Familiar themes are explored, changed, and discarded while remaining happily familiar and easily readable.
The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturns By:
Website: http://www.neilgaiman.com/ Release Date:
(Original) 1988; (this edition) December 1, 1988
The Sandman #1 Rating:
I was in the used book store attached to my library recently, seeing what new things they’d put on the shelves since the last time I wiped out their stock. Out of curiosity I wandered over to a shelf labeled ‘humor’. There, tucked between copies of newspaper comic strip compilations and stand up comic’s autobiographies was a misplaced copy of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: Preludes and Nocturns.
A ‘humor’ book this is not. But if you’re looking for some graphic novel horror in your life, you’ve come to the right place.
The Family Plot By:
Website: http://www.cheriepriest.com/ Release Date:
September 20, 2016
Every once in a while I just need to read a good ghost story. I haven’t picked one up in some time, so I was quite excited when I discovered The Family Plot by Cherie Priest. This is a ghost story set in the American south at a beautiful old mansion which holds more then the usual dusty family secrets and furniture for the salvage team to pick through.
The Six-Gun Tarot By:
January 22, 2013
Golgotha #1 Rating:
I have this bad habit of starting a series right in the middle. Sometimes it’s an accident. I don’t bother looking at the small line under the title that says ‘Book 45 of Awesome Series You Need to Read’. Other times it’s deliberate because, for whatever reason, the library just doesn’t have books one and two.
I was actually more intrigued by The Shotgun Arcana by R. S. Belcher than I was by the synopsis of The Six Gun Tarot . But I was good this time and started at the very beginning of the Golgotha series instead of with book two like I normally would.
And I am very happy I did.
I, Cthulhu, or, What’s a Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing in a Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47° 9′ S, Longitude 126° 43′ W)? By:
Website: http://neilgaiman.com/ Release Date:
(Original) 1986; (Tor.com) December 28th 2009
It’s Throwback Thursday once more. This week we read a short story by Neil Gaiman titled I, Cthulhu, or, What’s a Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing in a Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47° 9′ S, Longitude 126° 43′ W)? It’s a fun story with what is possibly the longest title that I ever have (and maybe ever will) come across.
But what, exactly, is it about?
Survive the Night By:
Website: http://www.daniellerollins.com/ Release Date:
July 7th 2015
High hopes for this book were, unfortunately, dashed. The cover was intriguing and I had hoped for a great story. I don’t normally read what could be considered horror and so, given that I’d heard of the success of Vega’s other book The Merciless (which I have yet to read) I took a chance. I sort of which I hadn’t.
November 3, 2015
Simon & Shuster/Simon451
I stumbled upon this book at the library and immediately picked it up (mostly because I thought the author had one of the most awesome names I’ve come across); I’m pretty happy I did. Styx, written by Flemmish author Bavo Dhooge, is a mystery novel with what is probably the most original twist on a zombie story I’ve ever seen.
No, really. Trust me on this. It’s pretty awesome.