This week we got back to the topic we were supposed to hit the week of July 1st, before Andy Weir pushed it back a few weeks (and rightfully so!) Episode #59 of the To Be Read Podcast was all about Canadian authors (and other celebrities, toward the end, where it became clear that the panel has wildly diverging musical tastes.) I especially enjoyed highlighting some of my favorites in fantasy.
More graphic novels this week!
Continuing my exploration of the the works of H.P. Lovecraft, I found Dan Lockwood’s compilation in graphic novel form (adapted either by him or others, with various illustrators): The Lovecraft Anthology, Volume 1. It included the following stories:
The Call of Cthulhu
The Haunter of the Dark
The Dunwich Horror
The Colour Out of Space
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
The Rats in the Walls
and serves as a great intro to his mythos, which is what I wanted to explore, since there are so many references in books, pop culture, and boardgames.
I’ve also started on a major project: reading the graphic novelization of A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin and adapted by Daniel Abraham and illustrated by Tommy Patterson. Wow, they do a fantastic job. From the preface where an excited GRRM shares his lifelong love of comics, through the great art and adaptation of an amazing story (but with all the visuals to streamline the more descriptive passages of the books), and a spectacular behind the scenes look at how it was created, this was a treat to experience. I’m using it to steep myself in the world before heading on to book 3 of the novels later this summer. Oh, and this is volume 1 of 4 for the first novel! What a huge undertaking for the whole creative team, and I have a ton of respect for them.
Still not quite finished Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds by Jim Sterba. The final section discusses the denatured life we lead, and issues with roadkill, feral cats, and our complicated relationship with birds. Still very good, just taking me longer than The New Wild, which I liked even better.
I finished reading the Lewis Carroll classic Through The Looking Glass, but forgot to mention it on the show. I didn’t like the ending of the second book as much of the rest, but it was still very cool to see where the Disney classic blended parts of both books into one awesome movie.
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.