Books one and two of Lumberjanes
introduced us to the characters and setting of the awesome, women-run, girl-positive comics: the girls of Roanoke cabin at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types are Lumberjanes, being trained in the badass arts. Book three -- collecting comics from a kind of victory lap of the title after its amazing success -- turned the series' reins over to some of the best writers and illustrators in comics-dom for a series of vignettes. Now, with Out of Time
, the fourth book, the original creative team are back at the helm, telling a long-form story that illuminates the Lumberjane backstory and introduces one of the best, scariest monsters of cryptozoologica.
The first two volumes of Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's Sex Criminals
were a dirty romp: a pair of lovers who discover that they can stop time at the moment of orgasm start robbing banks to save a local library from demolition, and run into a posse of other time-stopping fuckers who are set against them. But in volume three, Three the Hard Way
, the story transcends the sex and the jokes to take a hard, wet look at what humans do when we do sex.
I lost about 40 pounds on a keto diet, that being the near-total abnegation of carbs. It worked, for me, but the strict mandate means my foodlife is mostly salads, nuts and meat. Tough going! The popularity of the diet, and others similar to it (paleo, Atkins, etc), has created a market for carbless snacks that nonetheless resemble carbtastic snacks. Such as "keto cookies," a new product from ketokookies.com that they're kickstarting. Read the rest
For the past couple years, the "new, hipster
" Archie has been pushing the envelope on what can be done within the confines of an old, beloved (and outdated) media brand: there was Kevin Keller, a gay character
; Jughead coming out as asexual
; a seriously scary zombie story
; Sharknado spinoffs
; a breast cancer storyline
; even a guest appearance by Jaime "Love and Rockets" Hernandez
: but Chip "Sex Criminals
" Zdarsky's run on Jughead, illustrated by Erica Henderson and just collected in a trade paperback
shows just how much fun
the new normal of Archie can be!
Archangel is a five-part science fiction comic written by William Gibson and Michael St. John Smith and illustrated by Butch Guice; Issue #1 came out last month and sold out immediately, and IDW has only just got its second printing into stores this week, just ahead of the ship-date for #2, which is due next Wednesday.
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Lindy West is one of those web-writers who's done consistently great work over the years, whether it's talking about boobs
or talking about trolls
, and so I expected to like her memoir Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman
, but I didn't expect to find myself laughing aloud over and over, nor did I expect to end up crying -- and having done both in great measure, now I can't get that most excellent book out of my head.
Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths' Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions
is pitched as a combination of personal advice and business book grounded in the lessons of computer science, but it's better than that: while much of the computer science they explain is useful in personal and management contexts, the book is also a beautifully accessible primer on algorithms and computer science themselves, and a kind of philosophical treatise on what the authors call "computational kindness" and "computational stoicism."
AJ Hartley's new YA series opens with Steeplejack
whodunnit whose unlikely and welcome hard-boiled detective is a young
woman who has to beat class and race discrimination as well as the bad
Seanan McGuire is one of science fiction's most passionate voices, no matter whether she's writing under her Mira Grant pseudonym or her own name, you always know that you're going to be reading a story that moves and inflames, illuminating the cause of the underdog and the overlooked with stories that are firmly adventures first and allegories second, the best kind of political fiction, and now, with her new novella Every Heart a Doorway
, McGuire shows us that she can weaponize that talent and use it as a skewer to pin the reader, right through the heart.
Kameron Hurley is first and foremost a talented novelist (see, for example, her critically acclaimed God's War
books), but her first Hugo was awarded for an essay, "We Have Always Fought
," which is just one of many significant, eloquent, and insightful nonfiction pieces collected in The Geek Feminist Revolution
, just published in paperback.
Faith Erin Hicks (Zombies Calling
, Friends with Boys
, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong
) is back with the first volume of a new, epic YA trilogy: The Nameless City
, a fantasy adventure comic about diplomacy, hard and soft power, colonialism, bravery, and parkour.
The latest incarnation of Parent Hacks is the best yet: Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids
, with illustrations from Craighton Berman.
Ian Bogost's How to Talk About Videogames
isn't just a book about games -- it's a book about criticism, and where it fits in our wider culture. Bogost is the rare academic writer whose work is as clear and exciting as the best of the mainstream, and whose critical exercises
backfire by becoming enormous commercial/popular successes.
When my daughter Poesy discovered the first Phoebe and Her Unicorn book
, it was love at first sight. When I pried the book out of her hands, I was also addicted, and just as delighted with book two
. Book three is out today
, and I'm so immensely excited to announce that my daughter and I co-wrote the introduction!
Nitesh Dhanjani's 2015 O'Reilly book Abusing the Internet of Things: Blackouts, Freakouts, and Stakeouts
is a very practical existence-proof of the inadequacy and urgency of Internet of Things security.
the Birds in the Sky
is everything you could ask for in a debut
novel -- a fresh look at science fiction's most cherished memes,
ruthlessly shredded and lovingly reassembled.
The launch of Starve
, the new comic from Brian Wood, creator of the landmark DMZ
and artists Danijel Žeželj and Dave Stewart, was widely celebrated as a major new comic that started as strong as Warren Ellis's Transmetropolitan