After reading Josh Simmons' Black River I had to read Cormac McCarthy's The Road and watch Requiem for a Dream to cheer myself up.
If Simmons' artwork wasn't so spellbindingly hallucinatory I would have stopped reading this grim odyssey of a group of women, a man, a couple of dogs making their way through a devastated wasteland in search of the promised land. Everyone in the group is afflicted with brain-crippling traumatic stress. They compound their misery by taking a joyless drug called gumdrop that "turns your head inside out." They encounter sadistic psychopaths. They die horribly. What's not to love?
Simmons' depictions of burned out buildings and blighted countrysides is made more surreal by his obsessively detailed renderings of the sky, with exaggerated Aurora Borealis trails, leaden Mammatus clouds, and impenetrably dense smoke. If you have a stomach for inhuman hopelessness, I highly recommend Black River!
Chamber’s second novel, A Closed and Common Orbit, in her Wayfarer series is so wonderful I cried several times. A Closed and Common Orbit picks up immediately after Chambers’ first story, Long Way to a Small and Angry Planet concludes but is barely an extension of that tale, beyond further expanding on Chambers’ wonderful universe. […]
Despite showing its age, John Wyndham’s Day of the Triffids continues to be a consuming post-apocalyptic tale.
P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever is a fun new alphabet book written by rapper Lushlife that shows kids just how nutty the English language really is (rules schmules!): Turning the traditional idea of an alphabet book on its head, P is for Pterodactyl is perfect for anyone who has ever been […]
Kudos to those of us who have chosen a less wasteful third option to “paper or plastic” at the supermarket or club stores. Tote bags are reusable, but they can be a pain to tote around. Here’s an upgrade to that planet-saving measure. The Club Cart Lotus Trolley Bag is that rare tote you’ll want […]
Looking for a career in IT, gaming or software development? In the ever-changing world of the internet, versatility is your biggest asset. In other words, mastering Java might not cut it in an interview if you don’t know C#. However, there’s a bundle that covers the essentials in most any language. The Legendary Learn to […]
Getting a set of cookware that will outlast you is one of those signs you’ve truly grown up. It used to be easy to find durable materials that also cook well, but these days it can be hard to tell what’s quality and what brands are coasting by on a recognizable name. Well, there’s at […]