New Books & Novel Discoveries (November 2020)

November was yet another month where I could’ve sworn I got more books than I end up writing about. I think the main reason for that is I’m still waiting on a book my friend ordered me for my birthday. The shop she ordered it from is taking its time shipping it, and I guess I kept assuming I’d have it soon. I’ve been expecting to include it in one of these posts since October. Oh well, it’ll be along sometime.

Enough about the book I’m still waiting for, on to the new books!

New Books

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The Empire Strikes Back: From a Certain Point of View is a book I added to “novel discoveries” only a couple of months ago. This year marked the 40th anniversary of that classic Star Wars film and, as they did with the original film, they have released an anthology telling the story of the film from the perspective of its many background characters. I really enjoyed that first collection and I look forward to eventually getting through this one.

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers is yet another book from my post back in September. I decided to go to one of my local bookstores a couple weeks ago to give them my patronage, since I’m fortunate enough to be able to go into shops in my town at the moment. Of all the books there, this most grabbed my interest, as I’m a new Chambers fan and it looks like such a nice fast read that there’s a good chance I’ll read it sooner rather than later.

Superman Action Comics: Superman and the Men of Steel by Grant Morrison et al was a completely unexpected purchase. I found it in one of the big dollar store chain stores here for $3, as I have a lot of comic book volumes this year. Way back when these issues were coming out I followed along with this series, and seeing the first volume being sold so inexpensively was enough to convince me to buy it.

These were my only two digital purchases of the month, made together thanks to a code my browser randomly gave me that got me $5 off.

The Immortal Hulk: Hulk is Hulk by Al Ewing et al is the most recently released volume of the series, which I needed to stay on top of reading through it. I’m in love with this series so I was more than happy to pick it up. I’ve already read it too. I can’t believe how creatively they’ve allowed Ewing to twist the character, it’s fantastic.

Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren by Charles Soule et al is a Star Wars miniseries I’ve been anticipating since I heard the series was coming out. Rey and Kylo Ren were a big part of why I loved the sequel trilogy, so I’m really looking forward to getting a better look at Ben Solo’s fall to the Dark Side.

Novel Discoveries

Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee is a reference book I learned about from a video essay, citing it as an excellent resource. I don’t really have an interest in screenwriting, but I’m sure many of the principles are transferable to other forms of writing.

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde I learned about through Molly @ Silver Button Books, who read it as a part of her Frighteningly Good Reads this year. I had no idea Wilde wrote a comical short story from the perspective of a ghost, but I know I must read it now.

Behold the Void by Philip Fracassi is a collection of Lovecraftian horror stories that was highly recommended by one of the hosts of a podcast I listen to every week. I don’t really know much more about the contents of the collection, but the host’s recommendation was enough to pique my interest.

The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell is a book I recently came across on another blog’s WWW post. It’s not coming out until early next year, but I loved the premise and decided I had to add it to my TBR. A Victorian era silhouette artist, struggling with the rise of photography, finds that all of her clients are winding up murdered. Wondering if her business is being targeted, she employs a medium to contact the dead victims to try and uncover the truth. Compelling, no?

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón is another novel I came across thanks to WWW. It was spoken quite highly of and the premise, of someone seeking the works of a mysterious author and finding that someone has been systematically destroying their books, has me interested.

Closing Thoughts

Nothing really on my mind today…I’m rather tired. I do hope everybody has a happy and safe holidays, with the seasons steadily upon us. Are there any books you’re excited about that are still set to come out this year? I’d love to hear about them.

Until next time, thank you for reading.

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