The Cat Who Saved Books By:
Louise Heal Kawai Release Date:
December 7, 2021
Books about books is a genre that many if not most readers often find themselves drawn to. This is true for The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa’s novel as well. Translated from the original Japanese by Louise Heal Kawai, this is a Japanese novel about Rintaro Natsuki, a young man whose grandfather has recently passed away. His life is immediately upended, as his grandfather was also his guardian.
Before the Coffee Gets Cold By:
Sunmark Publishing Inc (Cover illustration) Translator:
Geoffrey Trousselot Release Date:
September 19, 2019
Hanover Square Press
Before the Coffee Gets Cold (#1) Rating:
novel Before the Coffee Gets Cold is
a slight first volume in an ongoing series expertly translated from the Japanese
by Geoffrey Trousselot. The entire story takes place within a certain coffee
shop, the type of tiny, cozy place only known to locals. This shop is one
filled with secrets, though. A ghost occupies a certain chair, drinking her
coffee just as diligently in death as she did in life. People claim that on the
rare occasion she leaves her seat, the new chair’s new occupant is able to go
back in time and have one more conversation with a loved one.
If Cats Disappeared from the World By:
Leeann Falciani (Jacket Design); Henry Sene Yee (Jacket Illustration) Translator:
Eric Selland Release Date:
March 12, 2019
Genki Kawamura’s first
novel, If Cats Disappeared from the World,
has sold over two million copies worldwide, and it isn’t difficult to see why. A
storyteller in all forms, Kawamura isn’t simply a novelist. He has also
produced movies such as the famed Your
Name as well as done work as a screenwriter and showrunner. All of these
myriad of storytelling techniques leak into the novel, if not in method it was
crafted, then in our nameless main character, his hobbies, and his loves.
Light Boxes By:
Kein Garduno (illustrations); Paul Buckley (Design/Lettering) Release Date:
Shane Jones’ debut novel Light Boxes is a short, vivid thing with all the trappings of a fable. Prior works of Jones’ include poetry and short stories in publications such as New York Tyrant, Unsaid, Typo, and Pindeldyboz.
The Strange Library By:
Chip Kidd Translator:
Ted Goossen Release Date:
December 2, 2014
A small novella, The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami sits neatly in the space between fairy tales, the surreal, and magical realism. It is a short thing, barely 96 pages, with a great deal of artwork. But within that space lies the unknown, the unforgiving, and both the harshness and beauty of the world and people.
Go with the Clouds, North by Northwest, Vol. 1 By:
Aki Irie Translator:
David Musto Release Date:
April 16, 2019
Go with the Clouds, North by Northwest #1 Rating:
Combining mystery with magical realism, Go with the Clouds, North by Northwest, Vol. 1 is the latest manga by Aki Irie whose other works include manga series Ran and the Gray World and Ultramarine Schooldays. This series follows a seventeen-year-old main character Kei Miyama, a half-Japanese boy living with his French grandfather in Iceland.
Lisa Sterle (artist); Stelladia (colorist); Rachel Deering (letterer) Release Date:
February 12, 2019
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
A graphic novel of true beauty, both artistically and literarily, Submerged Volume 1 by Vita Ayala and Lisa Sterle is a brand new release not to be missed. This is a story of many things. It is a story of family, a story of coming to terms and letting go, it’s about relationships. It is a story many can relate to, on one level or another, and one that is so very worth reading.
The Book of Hidden Things By:
June 19, 2018
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
Ladies and gentlemen, let us talk about The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri. I’ve sat on this review for a while. I wasn’t sure how I felt right after finishing this novel. The characters were unlikeable, I was angry with some of their actions and decisions, and there was at once not enough and too much magic. Yet I found the story still in my head, leaving me thinking about it days and then weeks later. It is this, I think, that hallmarks a good story, and maybe more importantly than that, a story that makes you think and question even if you’re not positive what it is you should really be questioning.
In Calabria By:
Peter S. Beagle
February 14, 2017
Books steeped in myth and folktale are ones that I am always drawn to, so it is with no surprise that I found myself with a copy of In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle.
Claudio Bianchi needs no one, opting to remain on his farm with his animals and his poetry to the exclusion of everything and everyone else. But one day a unicorn that, if he isn’t mistaken, is about to give birth wanders onto his farm and calls it home. Suddenly entrusted with this magical appearance, he finds himself beset upon by those who want the unicorn for their own ends, some of whom refuse to take no as an answer.
Exit West By:
Website: http://www.mohsinhamid.com/home.html Release Date:
March 7, 2017
Man Booker Prize Nominee for Longlist (2017) Rating:
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid is a short book involving a new love, brewing war, and magical doors. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize this year, this is a book that begs to be read.
The story is about two people, Nadia and Saeed, as they meet and fall in love in the days just before civil war breaks out in an unnamed country. Nadia and Saeed are thrown together, not just for love but for survival in an ever changing, increasingly dangerous world. Then the rumors of the doors start – doors that open to other places. Sometimes it’s a bedroom, a bathroom, an office building, but the important part was that it was not Here, somewhere not torn apart by war. Their goal? To go through one of these doors.