October 31, 2017

Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, October 2017

Attention conservation notice: I have no taste.

David Wong, What the Hell Did I Just Read? A Novel of Cosmic Horror
Mind candy: horror with juvenile humor. It's very loosely tied to John Dies at the End and This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It, and very much in the same style.
Juliet Marillier, Tower of Thorns
Mind candy: more Ireland-in-the-early-Dark-Ages fantasy.
Ryu Murakami, In the Miso Soup
Mind candy thriller, in which a sleazy, disturbing American businessman hires a Japanese guide to the Tokyo sex trade, and then things get ugly. I didn't like it, exactly, but I also really couldn't stop reading.
Cullen Bun et al., Harrow County, vol. 1: Countless Haints
Michael Alan Nelson and Dan Mora, Hexed: The Harlot and the Thief (1, 2, 3)
Max Bemis et al., Evil Empire (1, 2, 3)
Comic-book mind-candy, assorted. Harrow County is unusually well-written and creepy, and I will keep following it, though the art is just OK. The others are just candy, though Hexed is particularly tasty candy. (As for Evil Empire, I'm sure a story about horrible celebrities accidentally replacing the American republic with an incompetent, nihilistic fascism-for-giggles dictatorship seemed a lot more uncomplicatedly funny in 2015; now, well, as the poet said, "Why are you laughing? I could change the name and tell the story about you".)

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