In The Oversight
, Charlie Fletcher introduced us to a secret history of London and the ancient order that defended it from the creatures of the dark. Now, with The Paradox
, a sequel, Fletcher plunges the bedraggled heroes of the Oversight into danger that they may not be able to best.
Randall "XKCD" Munroe's Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
arrives in stores today: it combines technical diagrams and wordplay in pure display of everything that makes XKCD brilliant and wonderful in every way.
Craig Thompson's second graphic novel, the 582-page mammoth Blankets
, swept the field's awards, taking three Harveys, two Eisners, and two Ignatzes. More than a decade later, and buoyed by his later successes (such as 2011's seminal Habibi
), Drawn and Quarterly has produced a beautiful new edition.
I blogged the announcement of the Qwerkywriter more than a year ago, when the company was retooling from its successful kickstarter to full retail production. I've had one of the production models in my office for a couple of months now and I've been very impressed! (I wrote this review on it).
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I really tried to make this book last. It's the last Discworld novel
, written by Terry Pratchett in the last days of his life, as his death from a tragic, unfair, ghastly early onset Alzheimer's stole up on him. But I couldn't help myself. I read it, read it all. I wept. Then I read it again.
Today, Firstsecond publishes Ozge Samanci's Dare to Disappoint
, a graphic novel memoir of growing up in Turkey. Ms Samanci has favored us with an essay describing the tumultuous relationship between Turkey's authoritarian, thin-skinned president and her fellow cartoonists.
In Made to Kill
, Adam Christopher presents us with a mashup of Raymond Chandler and Philip K Dick: the world's last robot (all the others were destroyed after they stole everyone's jobs) and his boss, a building-sized computer, who operate a private detective agency that's a front for an assassination business. And business is good.
Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora
is the best book I read in 2015, and by "best" I mean, "most poetic" and "most thought provoking" and "most scientific," a triple-crown in science fiction that's practically unheard of. I wouldn't have believed it possible, even from Robinson, had I not read it for myself.
Between the World and Me
is the memoir of Ta-Nehisi Coates -- certified genius
and author of many seminal essays
on race in America
. It is a work of rage and beauty, and it should be the very next thing you read.
Firstsecond's new Fable Comics
is the third knockout anthology in which amazing, hugely varied comics creators recreate some of the world's best loved stories. As with Nursery Rhyme Comics
and Fairy Tale Comics
, Fable Comics
draws from diverse source material and presents it in varied, fresh ways that have something for everyone.
Welcome to Night Vale is the spookiest, funniest podcast on the net
and now it's a book
that manages the near impossible: balancing precisely on the single-molecule-thick line separating weird humor and real pathos.
Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes's Secret Coders
is volume one in a new series of ingenious graphic novels for young kids that teach the fundamentals of computer science.
Scott Westerfeld's YA canon is huge and varied, from the Uglies books
to the excellent vampire parasitology book Peeps
to the dieselpunk Clankers
trilogy, and the new one, Zeroes
, breaks new ground still: it's a collaboration with Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti about teens with powers.
Thinking of buying an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus? If photographic quality matters to you, check this out first. Read the rest
Daniel Jackson Lim is the youngest kid in a huge family of overachievers, and he hardly surfaces in his family's consciousness -- which is a good thing, because he's just found a kid in silver underwear who can't remember anything before the moment he hurtled through a hole in space and hit the ground so hard he made a crater, but didn't hurt himself.
We've projected our political and spiritual longings on the Moon since antiquity, and it's been a talismanic home to science fiction's most ambitious dreams for generations. But no one writes like Ian McDonald, and no one's Moon is nearly so beautiful and terrible as Luna: New Moon
Economist Paul Mason's blockbuster manifesto Postcapitalism
suggests that markets just can't organize products whose major input isn't labor or material, but information, and that means that, for the first time in history, it's conceivable that we can have a society based on abundance.