New Books & Novel Discoveries (December 2019)

I’m annoyed about this (no good reason really), but circumstances dictate that I must post twice in a day. I got sick for Christmas, which put a significant damper on my ability to get anything written. Finding myself suddenly preoccupied yesterday, that left today to post my Top 5 and New Books. It would bother me more if I did it tomorrow or beyond that, though, so here we are. Feel free to giggle at my little idiosyncrasies.

Anyway, on to the books!

New Books

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Jenny Finn by Mike Mignola et al, you may recall, was under the “Novel Discoveries” heading just last month. Well, as I was Christmas shopping online I came across a hardcover online that cost as much as the digital edition. I was going to go digital, but if I can get the physical copy for the same price I always will.

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft and adapted to graphic novel by I.N.J. Culbard was yet another discovery while Christmas shopping. It wasn’t my favourite story from the collection I’d just read, but Culbard’s work looks really compelling. More importantly, I found a seller that had the book new for $7. This was despite it coming from the UK. And it was their last copy. Shipping was free as well. Needless to say, I’m hoping the book is haunted.

No Longer Human by Junji Ito is a book I’ve had preordered for a while now. It’s the new Junji Ito book released in English. That’s enough for me. It’s apparently adapting a famous Japanese novel, but know nothing about it. I’m here for Ito.

As far as digital purchases go for the month, I got the next two volumes that I needed from the main Star Wars title Marvel Comics is running, as well as volume five of the Doctor Aphra series. With the release of The Rise of Skywalker in theatres, these books went on sale on Comixology. You never quite know when that’ll happen again, so I jumped on the deal to catch up a bit on each series.

Novel Discoveries

Just two new books I’ve come across this month. The first, Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis, I added partly out of support. I’ve recently become a fan of Lindsay Ellis’s video essays, so when I found out through a video of hers that she’s got a science fiction novel coming out, I made sure to add it to my to-read list. All I know about it is it’s an alternate history, taking place in the 2000s, where a young woman somehow makes contact with a potentially hostile alien civilization. I’m excited to eventually read it.

The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez I came across on another blog’s WWW post, though I can’t remember whose. It’s another science fiction novel, this one concerned with a woman who frequently travels through space at light speed, condensing time for her while it passes normally for people on Earth, causing life to pass her by. For some reason I have vague memories of shelving this book because something about it sounded weird to me (in a good way). I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Closing Thoughts

Not much else to say, with all this said and done today. I got the last book I wanted to read for the year finished the morning, my end-of-the-month posts up, so I think I’ll be taking my annual break from reading for a week or so. We’ll see how stir-crazy I get.

I hope everybody has a safe and happy New Year. Thank you for reading!

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