33 books on the list
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Sea of Tranquility
This award-winning novel takes readers on a journey through time and space, from 1912 Vancouver Island to a dystopian moon colony 300 years in the future. Follow the lives of three interconnected characters, including a writer trapped in a pandemic-ravaged Earth. Seamlessly blending science fiction, metaphysics, and humanity, this book is a must-read for anyone looking for a thrilling and thought-provoking adventure.
Best (new) books I read in 2022. I read a lot of excellent work, but to pick a top four: SHRINES OF GAIETY by Kate Atkinson, MERCURY PICTURES PRESENTS by Anthony Marra, SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Emily St. John Mandel and TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, by Gabrielle Zevin. – source
Also recommended byWaleed Shahid
Shrines of Gaiety
Step into the debauchery and extravagance of London's Roaring Twenties. Corruption, seduction, and debts due run rampant in the delirious nightlife of Soho clubs. Meet Nellie Coker, a ruthless ruler with a fierce ambition for her six children, and her eldest son Niven, whose enigmatic character is forged from the horrors of the Great War. But beneath the gaiety lies a dark underbelly where danger lurks at every corner.
I’ve just finished SHRINES OF GAIETY by Kate Atkinson, the seventh (I think) of her books that I’ve read. There’s a point in most of them that I’ve thought “Why am I reading this? It isn’t going anywhere!” And then it all wraps up very satisfyingly, not because everything… – source
Blurb Your Enthusiasm
An A-Z of Literary Persuasion
Explore the fascinating world of book marketing with this illuminating read. From cover designs and blurbs to publishing secrets and author feuds, discover the inner workings of the industry. Delve into classic literature, bonkbusters, and plot spoilers to discover why it's okay to judge a book by its cover. Written by Louise Willder, this book will ignite your enthusiasm for the power of marketing in the literary world.
Given how often I have to write book blurbs, I think this is going to be a must read. And just the preview alone has told me that Ian Fleming's MOONRAKER might have instead been called MONDAYS ARE HELL, so it's already giving value. – source
Old Dog #1
"OLD DOG follows the story of Jack Lynch, a retired CIA operative who wakes up years later to a changed world and a changed self. Tasked with a final mission that goes awry, Lynch is offered a second chance at adventure with a new partner. This striking spy-fi series by acclaimed author Declan Shalvey is a must-read for fans of Moon Knight, X-Men Unlimited, and TIME BEFORE TIME."
And since I'm catching up, I also just read OLD DOG 1 by @declanshalvey Clayton Cowles @HeatherAntos. Another great looking book -- high energy, don't-know-who-to-trust action/espionage with a tough, bitter, surprising lead and a winning series concept. Check it out! – source
As an example of how behind on things I am, I just now read advance copies of THE LONESOME HUNTERS 1-2 by @MrTylerCrook, and issue 4 just came out recently. So, late. But it's an amazing book, and I recommend it highly. – source
Also recommended byBrian Michael Bendis
Less Is Lost
Join Arthur Less on an unforgettable road trip across America as he faces personal demons and adventures with a series of writerly characters and his trusty duo. In the follow-up to the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Less, Less Is Lost explores important themes of life in America, the enigma of love, and the stories we tell along the way with irrepressible wit and musicality.
I'm currently reading LESS IS LOST by Andrew Sean Greer, and I gotta say, it's a delight. The previous book about the hapless Arthur Less won the Pulitzer, but this one seems funnier, warmer, slyer and more confident. I am, as they say in France, digging it the most. – source
Outrage Volume 1
"Outrage Volume 1" by Fabian Nicieza and Reilly Brown is a comic book that explores the fantasy of exacting swift and anonymous justice on those who abuse and humiliate others on the internet. With a range of weapons limited only by his imagination, the mysterious individual known as Outrage physically manifests at the source of vile bile that spews throughout social media. But more than just a satisfying revenge fantasy, Outrage also touches on the darker parts of human nature and the struggle to control anger within ourselves. Who or what is Outrage? Find out in this thrilling and comedic tale of internet justice.
If you haven't been reading OUTRAGE, by @FabianNicieza @Reilly_Brown @jayleisten @MattHerms @droog811, I recommend giving it a try. From the co-creator of DEADPOOL and a stylish posse of collaborators. Good stuff! – source
Just got an advanced copy of THE ART OF THE REAL TOM SAWYER by Leif Peng, Thomas B. Sawyer & Ana-Marija Vlahovic. It’s a gorgeous art book, covering Tom’s career in comics, advertising and more. – source
Mercury Pictures Presents
"Mercury Pictures Presents" follows the story of Maria Lagana, a brilliant woman who moves to Los Angeles to escape her past after a childhood transgression led to her father's arrest in Mussolini's Italy. As an associate producer at Mercury Pictures, Maria navigates through personal and professional challenges, including a mother who won't speak to her and a boss summoned to Washington by congressional investigators. Against the backdrop of World War II, Maria rises through conflicting politics, divided loyalties, and jockeying ambitions. This beautifully written novel is a love letter to life's bit players and a tour de force with an exhilarating sense of possibility.
I am currently reading MERCURY PICTURES PRESENTS by Anthony Marra, and it is really good. Just so's you know. – source
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
Follow the creative journey of two childhood friends turned video game design partners as they navigate the highs and lows of fame, fortune and heartbreak. From their first blockbuster hit to thirty years of success and betrayal, this novel explores the complexities of identity, disability, and the redemptive power of play. Ultimately, it's a love story unlike any other, filled with heartfelt twists and turns that will leave you captivated until the very end.
This is an excellent book and I recommend it highly. – source
Also recommended byJohn GreenBethanne PatrickAndrew LevyJeff JarvisCeleste NgJames PattersonAli SpittelJojo MoyesLisa BloomEmma Bostian3 others
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The Stand by Stephen King
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
Radiant Black, Volume 1 by Kyle Higgins
Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
Better Luck Next Time by Julia Claiborne Johnson
Stillwater By Zdarsky & Pérez #2 by Chip Zdarsky
Stillwater by Zdarsky & Perez, Volume 1 by Chip Zdarsky
DC Cybernetic Summer #1 by Corinna Bechko
Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell
Kirby & Lee by John Morrow
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
The Martian by Andy Weir
Digger Unearthed by Ursula Vernon
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Fiction Editor, the Novel, and the Novelist by Thomas McCormack
The Color of Money by Walter Tevis
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
A Girl from Yamhill by Beverly Cleary
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel