MyTBR#43: Authors Losing Us, Middle Grade Neil Gaiman, Amulet

In this week’s episode #43 of the To Be Read Podcast we talked about How That Author Lost Us, specifically authors we’d previously enjoyed but did something to diminish or lose our interest in subsequent books.

My son and I finished the next 3 volumes of Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi, and only realized at the end that there’s more than 5 volumes, and more dishearteningly, that volume 7 is scheduled for sometime in early 2016. So it will be a while before we get closure on this great story, and it’s only a problem because we enjoyed it so much. Tons of great twists that we didn’t see coming, and further development of all the characters and the world, with just as beautiful artwork.

So with that left unfinished, we started on Fortunately, The Milk, a middle grade book by Neil Gaiman that I found at the library by accident. We both loved it, with it being my son’s first exposure to Gaiman. Imagine a father recounting in Neil Gaiman style why he was so late coming back from a trip to the corner store, except blending timey wimey elements of Doctor Who with Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy type happenings. Yes, there’s time travel, aliens, dinosaurs, and much more, along with whimsical illustrations. I love his kids stuff.

We then continued on with M is For Magic, a selection of middle grade/young adult short stories also by Neil Gaiman (they were next to each other on the shelf). The first story was my chance to introduce my son to a lot of detective genre jargon in his noir-ish nursery-rhyme story. He loved it, and we’ll keep going with the rest of the stories in the book.

(Yes, I linked to the paperback version of both of those, because it’s less than the Kindle price!)

And my fantasy reading continues with Robin Lythgoe’s As The Crow Flies. I’ll talk more about it when I finish it, but it’s a first person thief protagonist story that has been a lot of fun so far and kicks off with a bang.

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.