MyTBR #42: Cliffhangers, more Amulet, and bad graphic novels…

This week on the To Be Read Podcast we had special guest Stacy Claflin on with us to discuss Cliffhangers: when we like them and when we don’t, and how can they be used effectively.

We also got to congratulate Patrick on releasing his first children’s book, The Lonely Snowflake, with his fantastic illustrator Anita Sølver. Check it out if you have kindergarten-age kids, or slightly below, especially if you have Kindle Unlimited:

And my other co-host, Michael La Ronn released his latest, a sci-fi thriller to kick off his Android X series, Android Paradox.

I’ll have a little announcement of my own very soon, and bigger ones coming not too long afterward.

Another busy reading week in the Maltman household, including a number of graphic novels.

I’d been wanting to check out a series of graphic novelizations of classics (Barron’s Graphic Classics) at the library, and Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights (adapted by Jim Pipe) was one next to something else I was looking at. Picked it up, and was very disappointed by the format. They basically distilled it down to 48 pages of graphic-assisted cliff’s notes, with the odd speech bubble and mostly chunks of text below the cells. So unless you’re a lazy highschool student working your way through the assigned reading, avoid this series.

So as unimpressive as that was, it was blown away by the fantastic Amulet volume 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse, by Kazu Kibuishi, which I finished reading to my son. The graphics and story both get even better. Bone’s Jeff Smith endorsed it on the jacket cover. We both think it’s fantastic, and if you or your kids like Bone, check it out. The rest of the series is so great we’ll be done 3 more by next week’s show.

Neil Patrick Harris’ Choose Your Own Autobiography, on the other hand, was fantastic. I loved the CYOA books as a kid, and so did he, and presenting the real and fictionalized threads of his fascinating life was a blast to read through. There were special guest appearances from many of his interesting friends, and some fantastic and touching moments.

I finished Reader Magnets by Nick Stephenson, which is a very interesting approach to passive book marketing. Great for indie authors.

Whew! A busy week, and then I started on my next read… but I’ll leave it for next week.

Yes, if you happen to buy one of these from Amazon based on my recommendation links, they’ll throw a few cents my way as a thank you. Or go get the book out of the library (I love my library), buy it in a used bookstore, or borrow it from a friend. If it catches your eye, you’ll find a way.